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My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

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It’s been 14 years since we first bet the most lovable, hectic, and crazy Greek family, the Portokalos’.  Now Toula and her husband Ian are struggling to find-time for each other; being constantly surrounded by her over-bearing family or taking on too many tasks.  Their daughter Paris is reaching that pivotal moment in life, where one must Continue reading

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BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE

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The wait has finally ended!  “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” finally brings the two DC Universe giants to the big screen!  The film begins with Bruce Wayne furiously driving through Metropolis, as he is witnessing the carnage Superman is causing to the city.  He frantically tries to get his best friend and employees out of the Wayne Financial Building before it’s destroyed.  Unfortunately, he Continue reading

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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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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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