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The Boss- Karl “the Flick Fanatic” Sides

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If Melissa McCarthy is “The Boss”, then she needs to Fire her writers!

Melissa McCarthy Stars in “The Boss” a comedy directed by Ben Falcone. McCarthy previously worked with Falcone on his directorial debut, the under-whelming comedy “Tammy.”  The Boss also stars Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), Tyler Labine (Reeper) and Kristen Bell.

The Boss tells the tale of orphan Michelle Darnell’s rise from obscurity to monetary superstardom. Darnell was left at an orphanage by her mother for the nuns to raise the poor child. Repeatedly as she grew up Michelle would be adopted and subsequently brought back by the family once they got to know the child and knew what they were in for.

Flash forward to the present, Darnell is an adult and a corporate superstar. She is like the female Donald Trump. She has motivational speaking tours at sold out stadiums that feel like a Rolling Stones concert. Behind the scenes Claire (Bell), Darnell’s assistant keeps her boss’ life together planning her meetings and even whitening her teeth.  Darnell gets a cryptic note from her business rival Renault (Dinklage) who also was her ex-boyfriend. Darnell and Claire head up to the roof only to find Renault on the roof of his adjoining building. The ex lovers quip back and forth until Darnell throws another deal she landed in his face. Michelle made a fortune on a stock tip (insider trading) and stole it out from under Renault.

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St. Louis Cries Out and “The Doctor” Answers at Wizard World St. Louis

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It is spring time in the Midwest. Flowers are blooming, temperatures are rising and in St. Louis almost everyone is getting ready for baseball with the Cardinals. April in St. Louis for the fan boy and girls means just one thing, Wizard World is here! Wizard World, the convention that brings everything from Movie & TV stars to artists and every retailer selling everything a geek or cos-player would need in one building. This is the fourth annual show in St. Louis and the programming featured some familiar faces and some first time visitors including show headliner David Tennant!

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My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

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My big fat greek wedding 2 posterPeople Change.  Greeks Don’t.

It’s been 14 years since we first bet the most lovable, hectic, and crazy Greek family, the Portokalos’.  Now Toula and her husband Ian are struggling to find-time for each other; being constantly surrounded by her over-bearing family or taking on too many tasks.  Their daughter Paris is reaching that pivotal moment in life, where one must Continue reading

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PHtJFMIdDG1mxu_1_lGod vs Man.  Day vs Night.  Son of Krypton vs Bat of Gotham.

The wait has finally ended!  “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” finally brings the two DC Universe giants to the big screen!  The film begins with Bruce Wayne furiously driving through Metropolis, as he is witnessing the carnage Superman is causing to the city.  He frantically tries to get his best friend and employees out of the Wayne Financial Building before it’s destroyed.  Unfortunately, he Continue reading


BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE- Karl “the Flick Fanatic” Sides

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DC comic’s two icons Square off and Wonder Woman comes out shining in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice!

Zack Snyder (Man of Steel) directs the biggest battle in DC comic movie history between Superman (Henry Cavill) and Batman (Ben Affleck). Snyder also brings back the cast that lived through “Man of Steel” (Amy Adams, Diane Lane and Lawrence Fishburne) and a couple that didn’t (Kevin Costner and Michael Shannon). Dawn of Justice also marks the arrival of Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg), Diana Prince aka Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) and cameos of future Justice League members the Flash (Ezra Miller), Aquaman (Jason Momoa) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher).

Dawn of Justice begins with a quick origin story of Batman with the execution of Thomas (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Martha Wayne(Lauren Cohen) in front of their son. Bruce, left to be raised by his butler Alfred Pennyworth (Jeremy Irons). Bruce would grow to become a billionaire business man and playboy by day and crime fighting vigilante by night.

Bruce was in Metropolis during the attack by General Zod and managed to save a few people as the Wayne Enterprises building collapsed as Superman fought Zod. The lasting image of Wayne holding a child orphaned in the fight, scowling at the sky. Batman would continue his 20 year campaign on crime in Gotham City, but time and the death of his sidekick Robin (you see the uniform in the Bat Cave with the saying “The Jokes on You!”) has changed him. Batman is now branding criminals with the bat logo when he captures them.

The “Bat vigilante” is being notice by Clark Kent, a reporter at the Daily Planet across the bay in Metropolis. Perry White (Fishburne), editor for the Planet tells Clark to stick to sorts because no one cares about Gotham. It is 2 years after Zod and Clark is living with Lois Lane (Adams) and his alter ego is coming under fire by the government and protestors for deaths resulting from his actions. Superman meets with a congressional committee on meta-humans (super heroes), only to have a survivor of the battle with Zod in a wheelchair given to him by Lex Luthor, blow up the capital leaving Superman the sole survivor Continue reading