The Huntsman: Winter’s War-Karl “the Flick Fanatic” Sides

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Hemsworth and Chastain look in the mirror and see likeness of Charlize Theron in the Chilly film “The Huntsman: Winter’s War”

Chris Hemsworth (Erik) and Charlize Theron (Queen Ravenna)return in “The Huntsman: Winter’s War”, the sequel to the 2012 film Snow White and the Huntsman. There is no trace of Kristen Stewart (thank goodness!), but we are introduced to some new characters played by Emily Blunt (Queen Freya), Jessica Chastain (Sara), Nick Frost (Nion) and Rob Brydon (Gryff).

Winters War picks up after Erik and Snow White have defeated Ravenna, and supposedly killed her, leaving the magic golden mirror in the castle slowly killing Snow White. A small group of soldiers were sent with the mirror to store it away in sanctuary and never to be seen again. The mirror never made it there. Erik is commanded to find the mirror and with dwarves Nion and Gryff get it to the safety of santuary.

This is when we get the back story on the huntsman. We learn about Freya, Ravenna’s sister who fell in love only to have her beau burn their child alive. This sends Freya reeling and she spurns love and releases her icy powers. She leaves for the north, setting up her kingdom and begins to conquer the north. She steals children and trains them to be her huntsman army. To fall in love is forbidden. Erik and fellow huntsman Sars are Freya best warriors and as the grew older they grew closer and secretly marry. Freya sees this with her spying ice owl and pits the lovers against each other telling them, “If you can get to each other you can leave.” They are then surrounded by the other huntsman and the battle begins. Sara and Erik beat the other and just before joining hands Freya erects a wall of ice between them. Erik is beaten and thrown in the river, left for dead. Not before he sees Sara stabbed and killed.

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BARBERSHOP: THE NEXT CUT- Karl “the Flick Fanatic” Sides

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Ice Cube, Common and Cedric are ending gang violence one fade at a time!

The gang (Ice Cube, Common, Eve, Cedric the Entertainer, J B Smoove, Anthony Anderson and Regina Hall) are back at Calvin’s barbershop for the third installment, “Barbershop: The Next Cut.” We are also treated to eye candy played by Nicki Manaj showing her ample cleavage and wearing outfits 3 sizes too small.

Calvin’s (Ice Cube) barbershop right on the line between two feuding gangs and the violence is coming into the shop. Calvin secretly gets with One-Stop (Smoove) to find a new location for Calvin’s on the safer northside of Chicago. Calvin and Angie’s (Hall) son Jalen (Michael Rainey Jr.) is in high school and an aspiring basketball player. The school notified Calvin that Jalen’s been fighting, grades are slipping and Angie found gang colors in his room. That sealed the move.

Everyone else spends days discussing violence, racism, dating and politics in the barbershop with Eddie (Cedric) dropping a humorous one liner. Rashad (Common) also has a son, Kenny (Diallo Thompson), who hangs out with Jalen and being pressured by the gangs. Rashad is also dtruggling with his marriage to Terri (Eve) while fending off the flirtatious Draya (Manaj).

The group decides to donate free haircuts all weekend during the gang cease-fire to show the city officials that the neighborhood can be saved.

Barbershop: the Next Cut is the same barbershop we have seen the previous 2 films. This one does carry the message “Black Lives Matter” and a speech by Common about racial crime, that hopefully gets to the audience. The problem is there is too much message and not enough humor. My favorite scene is when a mother brings her lying little boy in for a haircut from Eddie and he leaves looking like George Jefferson!

If you are a fan of the other Barbershop films, you will like this one too. If you are looking for a funny movie you may want to wait on this haircut until it is on DVD.

RATING 3.5\6

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JUNGLE BOOK- Karl “the Flick Fanatic” Sides

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Jon Favreau brings the Disney classic to the big screen in all it’s live action and 3D glory!

Disney has been releasing live action versions of their animated classics like Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland and the under-whelming Snow White and the Huntsman. The latest in the series, directed by Jon Favreau (Ironman) is a live action version of “Jungle Book”.

Favreau has collected the best group of actors to voice the beloved jungle animals including Bill Murray (Baloo), Scarlett Johansson (Kaa), Idris Elba (Shere Khan), Ben Kingsley (Bagheera), Lupita Nyong’o (Raksha) and Christopher Walken (King Louie) opposite newcomer Neel Seethi, who plays the man cub Mowgli.

The story is the same as the animated classic with Mowgli rescued by the black panther Bagheera and taken to be raised by the wolves and his mother Raksha. Mowgli was an orphan after Shere Khan killed his father. Khan sustained a horrible burn on his face that fuels his fire to find the man cub and kill it. Bagheera agrees to take Mawgli to the man village and safety from Shere Khan.

Along the way, Khan ambushes the duo and separates Mowgli and Bagheera. Mowgli escapes Khan and is unaware if Bagheera is alive or dead. The man cub stumbles upon the temptress Kaa, a seductive anaconda that is putting the squeeze on the boy until he is rescued by Baloo the bear.

Baloo is a bear with an angle, he wants Mowgli to get him honey on the cliff edge (Baloo can’t climb).Mowgli is happy living the life of the “bear necessities” with Baloo until he is kidnapped by monkeys and taken to King Louie.  Mowgli’s journey winds through the jungle and ends up with a confrontation with the Bengal tiger Shere Khan!

Jungle Book is breath-taking and the BEST DISNEY LIVE ACTION FILM MADE! I normally avoid talking animal films, but Bill Murray and Christopher Walken are perfect as the iconic jungle characters. Jungle Book is also the best 3D film since Avatar!

Walk, Run, Swing and jump all the way to the theater and see “Jungle Book” on the big screen in IMAX 3D! The entire family will love it and leave singing, “eeeeeew I want to be like you:” and demanding more cowbell!

Rating: 6/6!!!


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“Everybody Wants Some!!” arrives this week and is being called the “spiritual sequel” to the cult classic “Dazed and Confused”.  The film follows a team of college baseball players; focusing on the freshmen and newcomers to the team as they juggle their newly-inherited independence and the world that is college.  Our primary protagonist, Jake, is a nice kid and is coming from an area where he was dominant; only to realize Continue reading