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“Whiskey Tango Foxtrot”-Karl “the Flick Fanatic” Sides

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Tina Fey Goes to war only equipped with a camera in “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot”

Tina Fey stars as Kim Baker, a TV news producer in New York that gets a chance to go in front of the camera by taking an assignment covering the war in Afghanistan. “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” also stars Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman, Alfred Molina and Billy Bob Thornton in this film based upon the autobiography,  “The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan” by Kim Barker.

Baker takes on what was suppose to be a 6 month job reporting on hostility in Afghanistan that gives her an opportunity to go in front of the camera. The first few months Baker learns the ropes from the only other woman reporter Tanya Vanderpool (Robbie), where to party, who to hook up with and most of all that Kim is a 9.5 on the Afghan scale (where she is only a six back in America). Kim and Tanya are embedded with a troop of Marines led by General Hollanek (Billy Bob Thornton) and he tells Kim to stay away from his marines and not to give them any “jobs” of any kind.

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EDDIE THE EAGLE- Karl “the Flick Fanatic” Sides

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Most people have dreams that they let fade, Eddie Edwards was born with a dream of greatness and refuse to let obstacles and cynics stand in his way!

Eddie Edwards (Taron Egerton), a British boy born with a pair of bad knees and a dream of being an Olympic athlete. At a young age Eddie would hold his breath in the bath tub and when he made a minute, he packed a bag and headed to the bus station telling his mom, ”I’m off to the Olympics!” Eddie’s father regularly had to pick Eddie up at the station taking him home telling his son he is going to be a plasterer not an Olympian.

Eddie moved through Olympic events as he grew older and failed miserably at swimming, the javelin and hammer throw. Just as Eddie is ready to concede defeat, Eddie spots the new man made ski slopes in town and switches to the winter Olympics.

Eddie Edwards becomes a very good skier, winning trophies. The British Olympic committee comes to town to select skiers for the 1988 winter games in Vancouver Canada. Eddie is one of the better skiers but because he isn’t the athletic looking person, the judges tell him the same thing his dad did, “You will never be an Olympic athlete.” Eddie starts working with his dad plastering houses when he sees his first person ski jump on TV.

Eddie is back on his Olympic dream!

Eddie researches that Britain doesn’t have a ski jumping team. Eddie travels to Germany, the Olympic ski jumping training center, to learn to survive a 70 meter jump. Eddie hooks up with ex-Olympic hopeful Bronson Peary (Hugh Jackman), a ski jumper thrown off the American team just prior to the games, and the one Eddie wants him to coach him.

Bronson is reluctant until Eddie ends up in the hospital following a tumble from the 70 meter. Eddie manages to land some short jumps that make him a qualified athlete, until the British Olympic committee triples the distance to qualify. Peary works with Eddie n the European circuit and Eddie lands a jump and qualifies to represent Great Britain at the Olympics!

Eddie the Eagle is going to Vancouver to compete in the 1988 Olympics!

Eddie the Eagle is based on the true story of Eddie Edwards who competed in the 1988 games an had an unorthodox jumping style and would flap is arms for the crowd who coined him “Eddie the Eagle”. This is a feel good story to inspire folks to follow their dreams featuring great performances by Jackman, Egerton, Keith Allen and Jo Hartley as Eddie’s parents.

I’m Karl, the flick fanatic telling you to “fly” to the theater and see “EDDIE THE EAGLE”!!

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RATING 5/6

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RACE- Karl “the Flick Fanatic” Sides

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RACE” tells the heroic journey of a boy in Ohio who endures racism, hate and injustice on his way to Berlin and Olympic stardom.

Stephan James is Jesse Owens, a boy, boyfriend and father, who grew up in Cleveland and went on to college at Ohio State University. Owens about to catch a bus to Columbus to run track, but must say goodbye his 4 yr. old daughter Gloria and his high school sweetheart Ruth (Shanice Banton) promising to return to marry her.

Larry Snyder (Jason Sudeikis), former track star and coach of the OSU track and field team, fighting to save his job and puts the flames of losing out with a bottle of whiskey. Jesse Owens walks into his office and Snyder agrees to make the fastest boy in America better and part of the Olympic team competing in Berlin. Snyder asked Owens, “Why did you pick Ohio State, not the most forward thinking campus in the country (racism)”. Owens replied,” Because you were here”.

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How To Be Single- Karl “The Flick Fanatic” Sides

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Dakota Johnson and Rebel Wilson teach you how to avoid falling into a relationship in the  big city in the new film “How to be Single”.

If “Sex and the City” is the guide to women dating in the big city, then “How To Be Single” is the guide to women getting free drinks, having sex and avoiding the entanglement of a relationship. Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson and Leslie Mann give us three different views on dating in this romantic comedy.

Alice (Dakota Johnson) is ready to graduate college and comes up with the idea to take  break from her boyfriend to make sure they are right for each other. Alice is now single and working as an intern at a law firm in NYC. Her first day on the job she meets Robin (Rebel Wilson), who is going to take Alice around and show her how to be a single girl in New York.

Robin has all these “theories” about dating including how many drinks to have before you hook up and how many days to wait to call a guy back. Also if she sees use emoji’s in a text she will tit punch you! Robin takes Alice to her favorite bar so Alice can get busy with bartender Tom (Anders Holm). Tom believes in staying single, so much so he even has his apartment set up without anything for breakfast and no water so girls will leave after sex.

Alice is staying with her sister Meg (Leslie Mann), a gynecologist that doesn’t want kids or a husband until she holds a patient’s baby for 20 minutes. Meg then decides to get pregnant from a sperm donor. Meg comes in to find Alice passed out on the couch, then meets Robin who appears from behind the couch. Meg leaves for the hospital just before the guy appears in the kitchen that Robin had sex with the night before.

After hooking up with Tom numerous times and failed dating experiences with a David (Damon Wayans Jr.) a single father getting over the death of his wife, Alice decides it is time to go back to her college boyfriend Josh (Nicholas Braun). Problem is Josh has moved on and is living with his new girlfriend.

So Alice is now single in the city wanting a relationship. How To Be Single was better than I thought it would be, but still not worth paying full price to see it at the theaters. It is one of the better roles by Rebel Wilson and my favorite scenes are with Meg and Ken (Jake Lacy), a male receptionist at the law firm where Alice and Robin work. Leslie Mann is hilarious trying to find a way to tell a younger man that loves her, she is already pregnant with a baby from a sperm bank!

How to be Single also features some good supporting performances by Alison Brie (Community) and Jason Mantzoukas (The League). If you are a fan of Rebel Wilson or just need a rom com to see, catch this one at the bargain matinee. I would really wait for DVD.

Rating: 2/6

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ZOOLANDER 2- Karl “the Flick Fanatic” Sides

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Zoolander 2 is all cameos and no content!

America’s top super model that coined strike a pose with his stupid-stare “Blue Steel”, Derek Zoolander is back in ”Zoolander 2”, the sequel to the 2001 comedy. Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson return as Derek and Hansel, the roles they originated.

In Zoolander 2, someone is killing all of the world pop stars. The film starts with two mysterious gunman on motorcycles that chase down and kill Justin Bieber outside of Sting’s house. Valentina (Penelope Cruz), the leader of Interpol’s fashion police division, knows to crack the case she must find Derek Zoolander.

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