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The Infiltrator- Karl Sides “The Flick Fanatic”

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Bryan Cranston follows the money and takes down the drug Kingpin Pablo Escobar’s operation in The Infiltrator.

Robert Mazur (Cranston) an undercover agent in the US Customs agency decides to take on one more case before he retires and it ends up being Pablo Escobar! Following getting burned (literally) by a defective wire he was wearing, Mazur is offered early retirement but elects to stay on for one more case and help a young gun Emir Abreu (John Leguizamo) by infiltrating the Medellin cartel.

Abreu has been targeting dealers in Miami trying to work their way up the chain to Escobar but never gets close to him. Mazur brings him the idea to follow the money and cut off the finances to the cartel, somewhat suffocating it and bringing down the leaders and the bankers laundering the money. Mazur poses as a banker and begins to move millions in drug money, but tells the informant they won’t take any more money until he sits down with the boss.

Mazur gets a sit down with Roberto Alcaino (Benjamin Bratt) the cartels money man and becomes friends and more important Mazur is trusted. Mazur starts moving more of the cartels money and the US government sets up the sting to bust all the cartel players. Escobar sends Mazur a message in the mail, a bloody coffin! Is Robert in too deep? Is the last job going to kill him and his family?

The Infiltrator is based on actual events and very entertaining. If you are a fan of Miami vice, this is the real deal in south Florida. Cranston is amazing; Leguizamo is perfect in the film. The Infiltrator has the colorful nightlife of Miami, drugs and guns that you would expect in a film about Pablo Escobar.

I loved this film, and recommend going to the cinema and checking out the Infiltrator this weekend!

Rated R (drugs, violence, nudity)


Ghostbusters (2016)- Karl Sides “The Flick Fanatic”

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Who You Gonna Call…….Now?

Paul Fieg reinvents a comedy classic with an all female crew led by Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy in Ghostbusters (2016). As in the 1984 original, a group of scientists are faced with a ghost apocalypse taking over NYC! Co-starring with Wiig and Mccarthy are Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Chris Hemsworth that make up the new Ghostbusters crew.

Erin Gilbert (Wiig) is a college professor and about to get tenure when a man (Ed Begley Jr.) asks her to help rid a classic New York mansion of the ghost living in the basement. Gilbert tells the man she is a scientist and doesn’t believe in ghosts. The man produces a book she co-wrote and Erin knows her old friend Abby Yates (McCarthy) produced the book without her permission. Gilbert must get the book off the internet before it ruins her chances of tenure.

Abby currently chasing the paranormal with her partner Jillian Holtzmann (McKinnon) and explained to Erin that they were broke and needed cash. Abby makes a deal to remove the book if Erin introduces her and Holtzmann to the guy with the ghost problem. The ladies come face to face with the ghost of Gertrude Aldridge, a girl that killed her entire family. Gertrude escapes the house and the ladies are euphoric…..they have seen a real ghost!

Rowan North (Neil Casey) an end of the world wacko, is placing electromagnetic devices around New York that generate ghosts like the Aldridge girl and the electrified prisoner in the subway that the ladies encounter next.  Patty Tolan (Jones) subway agent, decides to join the girls since she has a knowledge of New York streets and her dad has a spare car they can use. Next they hire a receptionist, Kevin (Hemsworth) that is handsome but dumb as a brick! The Ghostbusters are born.

Denounced by the Mayor (Andy Garcia) in the press but financed in secret to get rid of the ghosts! New York becomes over run by an army of specters including rat ghosts! Holtzmann invents new and more powerful weapons to combat the ghosts. Will they survive or will the ghost run New York?

Comparisons will be made to the original, but all fans will enjoy the homage to the 1984 film with cameos by Dan Ackroyd, Slimer, the Staypuff marshmallow man and many more! The ghosts are more impressive and visually stunning in 3D. McKinnon and Hemsworth carry the comedy load in this flick with Wiig as the straight woman and McCarthy doing the same shtick she always does in her movies.

I was very skeptical walking into this film but laughing as I left! Go see the new Ghostbusters and be sure to stay for the credits and you will laugh all the way to your car! Who you gonna call….GHOSTBUSTERS 2016!

Rated PG-13 (sci-fi violence)

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Mike and Dave poster They Needed Hot Dates.  They Got Hot Messes.

Meet Mike and Dave.  The two brothers run a tequila business and love to have a good time.  With their little sister’s wedding around the corner, Mike and Dave’s parents sit them down to discuss their antics at family gatherings.  They point out how often Mike and Dave ruin the events by destroying things and hitting on all of the single friends.  To make sure this doesn’t happen Continue reading

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The Secret Life of Pets posterWhat Do Your Pets Do When You’re Not Home?

Ever wonder what your pets do while you’re gone?  Do you think they just wait by the door or sleep all day?  Well guess again!  “The Secret Life of Pets” follows a Terrier, named Max, and his owner, but with a twist; the story is told from Max’s point-of-view.  Max and Katie are so happy together, when all of a sudden one day Katie brings-home another dog, named Duke Continue reading


The BFG- Karl Sides “The Flick Fanatic”

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Steven Spielberg brings the children’s novel to the big screen with the new film “The BFG”.

Steven Spielberg brings the tale of BFG aka Big Friendly Giant, a book by Roald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) to the big screen this weekend in a mixture of live action and beautiful animation. BFG stars Ruby Barnhill as the orphan girl with a nasty case of insomnia that by a stroke of luck sees a giant out her window. Mark Rylance, Jemaine Clement, Adam Godley and Bill Hader provide voices for BFG and the other giants.

Sophie, an orphan that can’t sleep or dream, spends her nights roaming the halls of her orphanage. That is until the night she is looking out the window and catches a glimpse of a giant walking the streets of London! The giant snatched up Sophie, not wanting her to give away his existence, and took her back to “Giantland” where he lives with a group of other giants.

Sophie strikes up a conversation with her captor to see if she is going to be his guest or his dinner. She finds out the giant is friendly and only wants to remain unseen by the public and is protecting Sophie from the other giants that WILL eat her whole. Sophie names the giant BFG for Big Friendly Giant. Sophie accompanies BFG on his “job”, he collects dreams and goes back to town every night to give people their dreams.

BFG is abused and mistreated by the other giants as he is the smaller nicer giant. Sophie comes up with a plan that involves the Queen and her army to drive the other giants away and keep them from eating any humans. The highlight of the film is the scene with Sophie and BFG meeting and having breakfast with the Queen of England (Penelope Wilson), it is “explosive” and hilarious.

The BFG is a cute film, but I fear far too slow for the little one (the target audience) to stay involved in the story. BFG is also way too long for a children’s film. I did enjoy Mark Rylance’s BFG giant. His butchering of the English language as he talks to Sophie is cute and very entertaining.

In the end, The BFG is one of those films that you wait and get it on DVD for the kids as a rental. It will be lost in the group of good children’s films coming out this summer.

Rated PG (Animated violence)

Running Time 117 mins

RATING 1.5/6