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BARBERSHOP: THE NEXT CUT- Karl “the Flick Fanatic” Sides

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Ice Cube, Common and Cedric are ending gang violence one fade at a time!

The gang (Ice Cube, Common, Eve, Cedric the Entertainer, J B Smoove, Anthony Anderson and Regina Hall) are back at Calvin’s barbershop for the third installment, “Barbershop: The Next Cut.” We are also treated to eye candy played by Nicki Manaj showing her ample cleavage and wearing outfits 3 sizes too small.

Calvin’s (Ice Cube) barbershop right on the line between two feuding gangs and the violence is coming into the shop. Calvin secretly gets with One-Stop (Smoove) to find a new location for Calvin’s on the safer northside of Chicago. Calvin and Angie’s (Hall) son Jalen (Michael Rainey Jr.) is in high school and an aspiring basketball player. The school notified Calvin that Jalen’s been fighting, grades are slipping and Angie found gang colors in his room. That sealed the move.

Everyone else spends days discussing violence, racism, dating and politics in the barbershop with Eddie (Cedric) dropping a humorous one liner. Rashad (Common) also has a son, Kenny (Diallo Thompson), who hangs out with Jalen and being pressured by the gangs. Rashad is also dtruggling with his marriage to Terri (Eve) while fending off the flirtatious Draya (Manaj).

The group decides to donate free haircuts all weekend during the gang cease-fire to show the city officials that the neighborhood can be saved.

Barbershop: the Next Cut is the same barbershop we have seen the previous 2 films. This one does carry the message “Black Lives Matter” and a speech by Common about racial crime, that hopefully gets to the audience. The problem is there is too much message and not enough humor. My favorite scene is when a mother brings her lying little boy in for a haircut from Eddie and he leaves looking like George Jefferson!

If you are a fan of the other Barbershop films, you will like this one too. If you are looking for a funny movie you may want to wait on this haircut until it is on DVD.

RATING 3.5\6

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JUNGLE BOOK- Karl “the Flick Fanatic” Sides

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Jon Favreau brings the Disney classic to the big screen in all it’s live action and 3D glory!

Disney has been releasing live action versions of their animated classics like Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland and the under-whelming Snow White and the Huntsman. The latest in the series, directed by Jon Favreau (Ironman) is a live action version of “Jungle Book”.

Favreau has collected the best group of actors to voice the beloved jungle animals including Bill Murray (Baloo), Scarlett Johansson (Kaa), Idris Elba (Shere Khan), Ben Kingsley (Bagheera), Lupita Nyong’o (Raksha) and Christopher Walken (King Louie) opposite newcomer Neel Seethi, who plays the man cub Mowgli.

The story is the same as the animated classic with Mowgli rescued by the black panther Bagheera and taken to be raised by the wolves and his mother Raksha. Mowgli was an orphan after Shere Khan killed his father. Khan sustained a horrible burn on his face that fuels his fire to find the man cub and kill it. Bagheera agrees to take Mawgli to the man village and safety from Shere Khan.

Along the way, Khan ambushes the duo and separates Mowgli and Bagheera. Mowgli escapes Khan and is unaware if Bagheera is alive or dead. The man cub stumbles upon the temptress Kaa, a seductive anaconda that is putting the squeeze on the boy until he is rescued by Baloo the bear.

Baloo is a bear with an angle, he wants Mowgli to get him honey on the cliff edge (Baloo can’t climb).Mowgli is happy living the life of the “bear necessities” with Baloo until he is kidnapped by monkeys and taken to King Louie.  Mowgli’s journey winds through the jungle and ends up with a confrontation with the Bengal tiger Shere Khan!

Jungle Book is breath-taking and the BEST DISNEY LIVE ACTION FILM MADE! I normally avoid talking animal films, but Bill Murray and Christopher Walken are perfect as the iconic jungle characters. Jungle Book is also the best 3D film since Avatar!

Walk, Run, Swing and jump all the way to the theater and see “Jungle Book” on the big screen in IMAX 3D! The entire family will love it and leave singing, “eeeeeew I want to be like you:” and demanding more cowbell!

Rating: 6/6!!!

 

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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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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

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The Divergent Series: Allegiant Part 1 – Karl “the Flick Fanatic” Sides

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Tris and Four set off to a new frontier in the next installment of the Divergent Series : Allegiant. 

Shailene Woodley and Theo James have returned with the rest of the cast (at least the ones that survived) to explores outside the city of Chicago in The Divergent Series: Allegiant Part 1.  Miles Teller, Octavia Spencer, Zoe Kravitz, and Naomi Watts are reprising their roles in the series and welcome new cast members Jeff Daniels, Bill Skarsgard and Nadir Hilker.

Following the death of Jeanine (Kate Winslet), Evelyn (Naomi Watts) has assumed control with her army of factionless soldiers and set up a “kangaroo” court to legally execute everyone who followed Jeanine. Tris and Four watch their fellow Dauntless members shot until they realize they must break Caleb (Ansel Elgort) out and get past the wall and find a new home. As they make it past the city, Peter (Teller) and Christina (Kravitz) jump on board and they all race across the outer rim ahead of Evelyn’s troops. Just before they are gunned down an invisible force field opens revealing an army ready to defend Tris and her group.

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