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manchester-by-the-sea-posterA Harrowing Tale of Family, Life, and Loss

Kenneth Lonergan brings-us one of the year’s most dark and depressing familial dramas in the fantastic “Manchester by the Sea”.  The film takes place in Manchester, a northern coast town in Massachusetts.  Lee Chandler lives his life taking Continue reading


Allied- Karl Sides (the Flick

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Pitt and Cotillard are spies in WWII taking on Nazis in the new thriller “Allied”.

Max Vatan (Pitt) is an army intelligence officer in 1942 that is sent to Nazi occupied North Africa to meet with a French resistance fighter and assassinate a Nazi general. Max is tod by his local contact to look for the woman in a purple dress that will be his wife.
Vatan walks in to the club and sees Marianne Beausejour (Cotillard) and walks up and she kisses him! Marianne greets this stranger as her husband on vacation from his job in Paris, there to spend 5 weeks with his wife. Vatan and Beausejour have a drink, dance and make their exit as Max explains it has been awhile since he has been with his wife.

When Max and Marianne arrive at her apartment and she explains how things work in Casablanca. Married couples make love in the apartment and then the man goes up and sleeps on the roof where its cooler. Marianne joins him up on the roof for a goodnight kiss to show anyone watching that they are indeed a married couple in love. This way they don’t blow their cover and endanger their mission.
Marianne and Max succeed with their mission and kill the Nazi general and a few soldiers as well and get away. Max asks Marianne to come back to London with him and they get married for real. Beausejour agrees but has to stay behind for a few weeks until she is cleared to come to England. Max married Marianne and they have a child together. Everything is going well and Vatan goes in to meet with his supervisor about a promotion only to be thrown into an interrogation!

Vatan is told by a section leader that his wife is believed to be a Nazi spy!

Max is aggravated by the accusation after Marianne cleared all the government background checks. He also pointed out she help him kill high ranking Nazi leaders, only to have the army tell him Hitler wanted them dead. Vatan is ordered to plant some false intelligence and see if it shows up in Nazi radio broadcasts over the weekend. Max is ordered to kill Marianne if she is found to be a Nazi spy!
Allied is a good suspense tale of wartime espionage. Cotillard is sold as always in her role of the supposed spy. Pitt was good but his appearance is n issue, as he looks like his face was either botoxed or computer age corrected….either way he looks bad. Allied story is solid but the pace is as slow as the war!

I am Karl the flick fanatic, your mission is to go to an early matinee and enjoy “Allied”.

Rated R (Language, Violence. Sexual Situation)

Running Time: 124 mins

Rating: 3/6




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MOANA review

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moana-posterCome Sail Away on a Brand New Magical Ocean Adventure

From the studio who brought you “Frozen” and “Zootopia”, Disney’s latest tale revolves around a Polynesian island in the South Pacific.  “Moana” follows the young daughter of the Chief named Moana, as her people’s way of life is explored and Continue reading

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BAD SANTA 2 review

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bad-santa-2-posterGiving the Holidays Another Shot

When we last left-off with our alcoholic, but lovingly-brash, Willy, he was recovering after being shot multiple times in the back while getting-busted in Arizona.  “Bad Santa 2” starts-off with a depressed and, once again, drunken Willy as he hates his life.  After a few half-assed “suicide” attempts, Willy Continue reading


Edge of Seventeen- Karl Sides (the Flick Fanatic)

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Hailee Steinfeld gives us a look back to the “good ole” days in high school in her new film Edge of Seventeen.

Nadine (Steinfeld) always did things her way, dressed the way she liked and this made her an outcast in school. After another round of mean girls picking on her, Nadine runs into another loner named Krista. The two were instant friends and this continued through high school. At home Nadine had a ally in her father while her mother favorited her older brother Darian (Blake Jenner). Nadine and Darian are constantly at it since he is the popular jock and she is the school anti social kid.

Nadine’s dad decides to treat his daughter to a late night cheeseburger after a fight with her brother. The evening turns out to be the worst of Nadine’s life when her Dad has a massive heart attack on the way home. Now Nadine is stuck with Darian and her mother.
Mona (Kyra Sedgwick) goes away for the weekend on a date, so Nadine and Krista (Haley Lu Richardson) decide to have a party with just the two of them. Nadine gets drunk and passes out in the bathroom. Nadine staggers to Darian’s room only to see Krista and her brother having sex. Nafine goes off the deep end feeling her BFF has betrayed her with Darian. She asks Krista to choose and she says she is going to prom with Darian.

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