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Me Before You- Karl Sides “The Flick Fanatic”

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Emilia Clarke is Spectacular as a young woman charged with the daily care of a paraplegic in the new love story “Me Before You.”

Emilia Clarke has made her career as the “Mother of Dragons” on the hit TV show Game of Thrones and she is starting to get more roles on the big screen as a result. Emilia’s new film is a wonderful love story called “Me Before You” where she is staring with a cavalcade of stars including Sam Claflin (Finnick from Hunger Games), Brendan Coyle (Bates from Downton Abby), Jenna Coleman ( Clara from Dr. Who), Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom from the Harry Potter series) and a fellow Thrones cast mate Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister from Game of Thrones).

Lou Clark (Clarke) is a young girl living and supporting her family by working at a pastry shop in a small town in the shadow of a Traynor Castle. She took the job as a dare from her unemployed father (Coyle) and ended up staying for 6 years. Lou gets sacked due to a lack of business and is on the job hunt with her father again. She gets prodded by her self-absorbed boyfriend (Lewis) to go back to the job service. Lou isn’t qualified to do anything, but enthusiastic and willing to learn any job they have. The center finds her a well paying caregiver job for a disabled man that requires no experience and sets up an interview for her.

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Alice Through The Looking Glass- Karl “the Flick Fanatic” Sides

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ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS 

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“You can’t change the past, only hope to learn from it.” Time

Mia Wasikowska is back as Alice, the girl who tumbled down the rabbit hole to discover a new whole of impossible things called Underland. Alice is now having adventures in the real world until she returns home to find her mother has signed over their home. Alice goes to meet with the new owner of her fathers company. Hamish, the man she left at the alter. As Hamish explains to Alice that she is going to be a clrk not a ship’s captain Alice sees an old friend Absolem (the voice of the late Alan Rickman).

Absolem leads Alice to a mirror that becomes a portal back to Underland where she is needed to help save the Hatter. The tea party gang including the White Queen Mirana (Anne Hathaway), Tweedledee and Tweedledum (Matt Lucas) explain that the Hatter is dying from depression. Alice goes to see the Hatter (Johnny Depp) and learns the story of his family, the Hightopps .

Hatter tells the tale of how he ruined Princess Iracebeth’s coronation day by making her crown too small. The princess of hearts (Helena Bonham Carter) sends her jabberwocky to kill the Hightopps. Hatter had just made his first hat and gave it to his father only to have him dismiss it as a poorly made hat. While on a walk the Hatter finds that same hat and thinks his family is alive! No one believes him and he sinks into a depression that may kill him!

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NEIGHBORS 2:SORORITY RISING- Karl “The Flick Fanatic” Sides

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Rogan and Burns get new neighbors, this time it’s a sorority in Neighbors2: Sorority Rising!

Seth Rogan and Rose Byrne are back in the sequel to the 2014 generational comedy hit “Neighbors” battling college girls in “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising”. Joining the battle are friends Jimmy ( Ike Barinholtz), Paula (Carla Gallo) and previous nemesis Teddy (Zac Efron).

Mac and Kelly Radner (Rogan and Byrne) are happy again, relishing in the victory over the fraternity that moved in next door. They have sold their house and bought a new house in the suburbs with no neighbors in site. The only thing that can wreck their world is if the buyers back out while sale is in escrow for the next 30 days. During a love making session when Kelly vomits in Mac’s face, they learn Kelly is pregnant again!

Shelby (Chloe Grace Moritz), Beth (Kiersey Clemons) and Nora (Beanie Feldstein) are college freshman that are pledging a sorority. They learn that sororities have parties but all the real fun (drugs and drinking) happen at the fraternities. So Shelby decides to find a house and start their own sorority, Kappa Nu!

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CAPTAIN AMERICA:CIVIL WAR- Karl “the Flick Fanatic” Sides

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Friend vs. Friend, Avenger vs. Avenger as the Marvel Universe divides in the latest film Captain America: Civil War!

As a comic book fan and a film critic, I love that the Marvel Cinematic Universe knows how to cross promote their films and TV shows while introducing characters in cameos prior to their solo films. We met Nick Fury all the way back in Iron Man (2008), Agent Peggy Carter was introduced with Captain America and now we get a look at two new heroes in the new film Captain America: Civil War.

Civil War picks up where Age of Ultron left off with Captain America (Chris Evans) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson)leading the new group of Avengers:  Falcon (Anthony Mackie) & Scarlett Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) tracking down Crossbones (Frank Grillo) to prevent HYDRA from obtaining a biological weapon. The fight takes place in the streets of South Africa and there are numerous casualties including a group of students from Wakanda as Cap and his crew defeat Crossbones securing the chemical.

The governments of the world are demanding accountability by the Avengers after the battles in New York (Avengers), Washington DC (Captain America Winter Soldier), Sokovia (Avengers Age of Ultron) and now Africa. Secretary of State Ross (William Hurt) tells the Avengers they have to agree to supervision by the United Nations to continue policing the planet.  This is accepted by Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and the military minded Rhodey aka War Machine (Don Cheadle), but Cap and Falcon think that they still know what is best for the heroes.

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Mother’s Day-Karl “the Flick Fanatic” Sides

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Director Garry Marshall gets the calendar out for another “holiday” film, “Mother’s Day”

Garry Marshall (New Years Eve, Valentines Day) got the calendar out and made another multi arc romantic comedy full of A-list Hollywood stars for “Mother’s day”. Mothers Day stars Jennifer Aniston, Timothy Olyphant, Kate Hudson, Julia Roberts, Hector Elizondo Margo Martindale and Jason Sudeikis in a look at the different versions of family’s celebrating Mother’s Day.

Sandy and Henry (Aniston & Olyphant) are the friendliest divorced couple you would ever meet. They are parents of two boys. Sandy is shocked when she learns Henry has secretly remarried a woman half his age and now may be splitting time with her boys on Mother’s Day.

Jesse (Hudson) is married to an Indian doctor and has a young son Tanner. She is estranged from her mother Flo (Martindale) who didn’t approve of Jesse dating an Indian man. Jesse sister and next door neighbor Gabi (Sarah Chalke) also hiding the fact that she is gay and is married to a woman. The big surprise happens when Flo and Earl (Robert Pine) roll up in their RV to surprise the girls for Mother’s day!

Bradley (Sudeikis) is struggling with the upcoming holiday. Bradley is a widower after his wife was killed in action overseas and now trying to cope with grief and raise two girls on his own. He tells his daughters that there will be no Mother’s Day celebration, a mistake for girls missing their mother.

Finally, Miranda (Roberts) is a celebrity host on HSN pushing mood necklace as the perfect gift for Mother’s day. Miranda claims she is not a mother until her agent Lance (Elizondo) brings her a girl that claims to be her daughter.

All these stories end up intersecting in this predictable holiday tale. As with Marshall’s previous attempts at holiday bliss, some of the stories hit but most just miss and are boring.

Mother’s day is the gift you don’t want to give to your mother this May! Do the right thing and get her some flowers or candy, both are better options than this bad romantic comedy.

Rated PG-13 (Language, Sexual References)

Rating 1/6

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