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Ghostbusters (2016)- Karl Sides “The Flick Fanatic”

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Who You Gonna Call…….Now?

Paul Fieg reinvents a comedy classic with an all female crew led by Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy in Ghostbusters (2016). As in the 1984 original, a group of scientists are faced with a ghost apocalypse taking over NYC! Co-starring with Wiig and Mccarthy are Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Chris Hemsworth that make up the new Ghostbusters crew.

Erin Gilbert (Wiig) is a college professor and about to get tenure when a man (Ed Begley Jr.) asks her to help rid a classic New York mansion of the ghost living in the basement. Gilbert tells the man she is a scientist and doesn’t believe in ghosts. The man produces a book she co-wrote and Erin knows her old friend Abby Yates (McCarthy) produced the book without her permission. Gilbert must get the book off the internet before it ruins her chances of tenure.

Abby currently chasing the paranormal with her partner Jillian Holtzmann (McKinnon) and explained to Erin that they were broke and needed cash. Abby makes a deal to remove the book if Erin introduces her and Holtzmann to the guy with the ghost problem. The ladies come face to face with the ghost of Gertrude Aldridge, a girl that killed her entire family. Gertrude escapes the house and the ladies are euphoric…..they have seen a real ghost!

Rowan North (Neil Casey) an end of the world wacko, is placing electromagnetic devices around New York that generate ghosts like the Aldridge girl and the electrified prisoner in the subway that the ladies encounter next.  Patty Tolan (Jones) subway agent, decides to join the girls since she has a knowledge of New York streets and her dad has a spare car they can use. Next they hire a receptionist, Kevin (Hemsworth) that is handsome but dumb as a brick! The Ghostbusters are born.

Denounced by the Mayor (Andy Garcia) in the press but financed in secret to get rid of the ghosts! New York becomes over run by an army of specters including rat ghosts! Holtzmann invents new and more powerful weapons to combat the ghosts. Will they survive or will the ghost run New York?

Comparisons will be made to the original, but all fans will enjoy the homage to the 1984 film with cameos by Dan Ackroyd, Slimer, the Staypuff marshmallow man and many more! The ghosts are more impressive and visually stunning in 3D. McKinnon and Hemsworth carry the comedy load in this flick with Wiig as the straight woman and McCarthy doing the same shtick she always does in her movies.

I was very skeptical walking into this film but laughing as I left! Go see the new Ghostbusters and be sure to stay for the credits and you will laugh all the way to your car! Who you gonna call….GHOSTBUSTERS 2016!

Rated PG-13 (sci-fi violence)


The BFG- Karl Sides “The Flick Fanatic”

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Steven Spielberg brings the children’s novel to the big screen with the new film “The BFG”.

Steven Spielberg brings the tale of BFG aka Big Friendly Giant, a book by Roald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) to the big screen this weekend in a mixture of live action and beautiful animation. BFG stars Ruby Barnhill as the orphan girl with a nasty case of insomnia that by a stroke of luck sees a giant out her window. Mark Rylance, Jemaine Clement, Adam Godley and Bill Hader provide voices for BFG and the other giants.

Sophie, an orphan that can’t sleep or dream, spends her nights roaming the halls of her orphanage. That is until the night she is looking out the window and catches a glimpse of a giant walking the streets of London! The giant snatched up Sophie, not wanting her to give away his existence, and took her back to “Giantland” where he lives with a group of other giants.

Sophie strikes up a conversation with her captor to see if she is going to be his guest or his dinner. She finds out the giant is friendly and only wants to remain unseen by the public and is protecting Sophie from the other giants that WILL eat her whole. Sophie names the giant BFG for Big Friendly Giant. Sophie accompanies BFG on his “job”, he collects dreams and goes back to town every night to give people their dreams.

BFG is abused and mistreated by the other giants as he is the smaller nicer giant. Sophie comes up with a plan that involves the Queen and her army to drive the other giants away and keep them from eating any humans. The highlight of the film is the scene with Sophie and BFG meeting and having breakfast with the Queen of England (Penelope Wilson), it is “explosive” and hilarious.

The BFG is a cute film, but I fear far too slow for the little one (the target audience) to stay involved in the story. BFG is also way too long for a children’s film. I did enjoy Mark Rylance’s BFG giant. His butchering of the English language as he talks to Sophie is cute and very entertaining.

In the end, The BFG is one of those films that you wait and get it on DVD for the kids as a rental. It will be lost in the group of good children’s films coming out this summer.

Rated PG (Animated violence)

Running Time 117 mins

RATING 1.5/6



Legend of Tarzan- Karl Sides “The Flick Fanatic”

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Alexander Skarsgard and Margot Robbie swing into theaters this weekend with a new take on the classic tale of Tarzan in “The Legend of Tarzan”.

John Clayton (Alexander Skarsgard) the Lord of Greystoke, after being orphaned in the jungles of Africa and raised by apes, he has finally become acclimated to life as an aristocrat in England. His wife Jane (Margot Robbie), missing her friends back in the Congo spends her time teaching children about animals. An offer for John to return to the Congo arrives to see what King Leopold of Belgium has done with his old homeland, inspecting railroads, housing and see how the natives are being treated. Clayton will be accompanied by Jane and American war veteran George Washington Williams (Samuel L. Jackson).

Leon Rom (Christoph Waltz), Leopold’s liaison to the Congo and leader of a mercenary army ready to strip the region of its diamonds and enslave its population. Rom makes a deal with local Chief Mbonga (Djimon Hounsou) to deliver Tarzan to him in exchange for a case of diamonds that King Leopold needs to pay the army and bail out Belgium. Mbonga’s son killed an ape as a right of passage, unknowingly it was the same ape that raised Tarzan from a baby. Tarzan retaliated and killed the boy. Now Mbonga wants revenge.

Rom lays a trap for the returning hero of Africa only to be out smarted by Tarzan. John, Jane and George jumped ship early to make their way to the old village where Jane grew up and first met the boy from the jungle. Greeted by their friends and welcomed back into the tribe that Jane taught to speak English, they are informed all is not well in the Congo. Clayton and Williams learn about natives abducted into slavery to build bridges for the railroad and others murdered.  Rom and a group of soldiers invade the village, setting fire to the huts and murdering the Chief. He captures John/Tarzan and takes Jane as well. George, a crack shot is able to get the soldiers dragging Tarzan to the boat, but Rom escapes with Jane. Rom confronts Jane with a carefree attitude explaining, “He is Tarzan, you’re Jane…He’ll come for you.”

Tarzan goes native and decides to cross through the Congo to intercept the boat carrying Jane and will take him through the mountains we he lived with the apes. Tarzan is confronted by his “brother” now leader of the apes and ready to fight for dominance. Tarzan is beaten and bloody, but survives to continue tracking Rom. Next Williams and Tarzan come face to face with Mbonga and a hundred tribesmen ready to kill Tarzan. Rom takes the Diamonds and Jane down the river to meet his mercenary army and take over Africa. Tarzan beats half the tribe single handed with George covering with a rifle. Mbonga knows he is beaten when Tarzan’s apes show up as reinforcements. Tarzan explains that Rom is the enemy to all of Africa and he will kill Mbonga’s tribe and take your land and diamonds.

Will Tarzan stop Rom from paying the army and conquering the Congo? Will Jane survive? You will have to go to the theater this weekend to find out!

I enjoyed this version of Tarzan. It was nice to tell the back story in flashbacks during the film and starting Clayton in England. This is like the Tarzan Homecoming. The other aspect of the film I really enjoyed was using two characters out of history that were actually part of the Belgium expansion into the Congo (Rom and George Washington Williams). The movie is breathtaking and features some great fights and animal scenes. The amazing thing is that it is almost completely done with special effects, green screen with the African village filmed off the sound stage. You can see that it is set up to be seen in 3D, we were treated to the 2D version and it was great. The only thing I can say negatively about The Legend of Tarzan is it is a bit too long and would be perfect with about 15 mins trimmed from it. That being said, The Legend of Tarzan is still a great film and should be seen on the big screen.

Swing into theater this weekend and go ape over this latest version of Tarzan!!!

Rated PG-13 Violence

Running Time 109 mins

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Free State of Jones- Karl Sides “The Flick Fanatic”

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Matthew McConaughey rebels against the Confederate army in the new film based on actual events during the Civil War called “Free State of Jones”

Newton Knight (McConaughey), a soldier in the Confederate Army, charged with bringing injured soldiers to the field hospital. Newton was loyal to the cause until the Rebels dragged his young nephew Daniel (Jacob Lofland) out of his sister’s house to fight the Union army. Daniel ran and made his way to find Newton and his regiment. Knight has a plan to get his kin back home as the fighting is going on they are going to make a break for the woods. Daniel catches a bullet and dies in front of Newton, who leaves his company to go home and bury his family.

Knight learns that a few Confederate soldiers are taking advantage of the farmers in Jones County Mississippi stealing crops, live stock and money. Newton decides to stay and protect his kin. Lieutenant Barbour (Bill Tangradi) and his band of soldiers ride up to steal all the pigs from a farm, only to be greeted by Knight, his sister and her three daughters all holding loaded guns and pointing them at his head. Barbour rides away empty handed, but vows to return with more soldiers to arrest Newton.

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Finding Dory- Karl Sides “The Flick Fanatic”

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Ellen DeGeneres is back as the forgetful fish we loved in Finding Nemo, only this time the waters she’s swimming in are a lot murkier.

Marlin (voice of Albert Brooks), Nemo (voice of Hayden Rolance) and Dory (voice of Ellen DeGeneres) are all back from their adventure across the ocean saving the young clown fish. Now Dory, who suffers from short term memory loss, is getting flashes from her past. Dory knows she had a family, her parents (voiced by Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy) that marked their home by placing shells around it so Dory could remember her way home. They also warned Dory to avoid the undertow that eventually swept her away and ended up bring her to Marlin and Nemo with no idea what she had left behind.

Dory, realizing her parents are out there wants to take another trip across the ocean to find them. Marlin is reluctant and hopes she will forget this idea like she does everything else, but Nemo agrees with Dory and the trio set out with the sea turtles across the ocean to California’s Monterey Marine Life Institute. Dory is grabbed by workers as they get to the coast (just lie Nemo was in the original) and taken into quarantine. Marlin and Nemo make new friends with sea lions Rudder (voice of Dominic West) and Fluke (voice of Idris Elba). Fluke calls down a quirky sea bird to carry the father and son into the institute to find Dory.

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