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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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THE BRONZE- Karl Sides “The Flick Fanatic “

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Melissa Rauch really sticks the landing in the new comedy “The Bronze!”

Melissa Rauch co-wrote (with her husband Winston) and stars in the new comedy “The Bronze!” Melissa is Hope Ann Greggory, a local gymnast from Ohio that is the USA’s best chance at a gold medal at the 2004 Olympic games in Rome. Hope grew up being encouraged by her father Stan (Gary Cole) and pushed by her Russian coach. Hope was eyeing a medal until a misstep on the beam and she injured her foot. Hope has her best event left, the uneven bars, but a bad foot and needing a near perfect routine to medal. Hope toughs it out and performs. She sticks the landing and returns to Amherst, Ohio a hero with a bronze medal!

Years roll by and Hope is still living in the past trying to stretch out her 15 minutes of fame to 15 years. The once Olympic athlete is now drinking, doing drugs, masturbates to her Olympic footage and takes advantage of her enabling father. Stan, a postal carrier, cooks, cleans, and supports his unemployed daughter who sneaks in and steals money out of letters in his mail bag. Hope needs to get a job but she thinks she can still live of her celebrity and Stan.

Hope is so domineering over her father that his only other relationship he can have is with his pet goldfish! Hopes ex-coach dies suddenly and in a letter promises to give Hope $500,000 if she agrees to train the new up and coming superstar gymnast “Miracle” Maggie (Hailey Lu Richardson).Hope being her self-centered self agrees to coach Maggie, but then realizes she will de-thrown Hope as the local celebrity. Then the sabotage begins. Hope gets rid of Maggie’s diet and fattens the gymnast up and has her hooking up with boys. On team Greggory, there is no practice.

The Olympic team coach and former gymnast Lance Tucker(Sebastian Stan) comes in to check on Maggie’s progress finding a bulging girl drunk at noon. Lance was Hope’s teammate and boyfriend at the 2004 games, and he tells her Maggie wont make the team. Hope sees the end of her coaching career and a payday until Stan tells her there is no money unless Maggie makes the Olympics and she is coaching her!

Hope has to go to work for real and Maggie is put through gymnastic drill camp!

Melissa Rauch transforms from the nice girl next door we know as Bernadette from the Big Bang Theory to a Tonya Harding raunchy win at all cost athlete in the comedy “The Bronze”. There is a record setting use of the “F” word with Hope talking like a sailor. Hope is a drinker, druggie and has one of the most elaborte and well choreographed sex scenes in movie history! Gary Cole, Sebastian Stan and Hailey Lu Richardson are fantastic in their supporting roles.

I encourage you to GO FOR BRONZE! Go see this film and laugh until you fall out of your chair!!

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Rated R (Language, Strong Sexual Situation, Nudity, Drugs)

Grade: 4/6

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10 Cloverfield Lane- Karl “the Flick Fanatic” Sides

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John Goodman is savior then psycho in the creepy “10 Cloverfield Lane”

JJ Abrams reminds us of his last thriller “Cloverfield”(2008), but luckily in title only! Abrams’ new film “10 Cloverfield Lane” is a thriller starring John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and John Gallagher Jr. that will have you guessing until the final minutes of the film. JJ shows he is a fan of the classic Twilight Zone series with this new film that is character driven with a strong twist.

Michelle (Winstead), running away from a troubled relationship (boyfriend’s voice is Bradley Cooper) packing her stuff and leaving behind keys and an engagement ring. Michelle is hit from behind driving her car off the road. She wakes up in a concrete room with a cut on her forehead, an IV in her arm and a brace on her knee that is handcuffed to the wall!

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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