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STAR TREK BEYOND review

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Star Trek Beyond posterBoldly Go Beyond

When we last left the crew of the USS Enterprise, they were beginning their five-year mission into deep space; venturing into uncharted territory.  In “Star Trek Beyond”, we pick-up with them two and a half years into their mission.  The crew is beginning to feel stale and bored, no longer enthusiastic or excited about deep space.  After a supply pick-up at Starfleet’s newest (and robust) installation Yorktown, Kirk and his crew Continue reading

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LIGHTS OUT review

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Lights Out posterYou Were Right to Be Afraid of the Dark

Ever been scared of the dark?  Well, “Lights Out” will perfectly legitimize that old-childhood feeling of yours.  The film follows a depleted family, as the family’s stepdad has recently passed away under mysterious circumstances.  Since then, the daughter, Rebecca, has moved-out to a place of her own, and the mom has been raising their young son, Martin, by herself.  The mother, Sophie, has been in a state of Continue reading

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CAPTAIN FANTASTIC review

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Captain Fantastic posterFamily Values.  Power to the People.  Stick it to the Man.

What exactly does it mean to be a parent?  While I certainly cannot answer that question, it is a topic of great discussion in “Captain Fantastic”.  The film follows a family in the Pacific Northwest that lives in the wilderness, free of social norms, media, and cultural distraction.  Ben and Leslie moved out to their home in the forest some years ago and have raised their kids by themselves.  While other kids Continue reading

FLICKANALYSIS

The Infiltrator- Karl Sides “The Flick Fanatic”

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THE INFILTRATOR

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Bryan Cranston follows the money and takes down the drug Kingpin Pablo Escobar’s operation in The Infiltrator.

Robert Mazur (Cranston) an undercover agent in the US Customs agency decides to take on one more case before he retires and it ends up being Pablo Escobar! Following getting burned (literally) by a defective wire he was wearing, Mazur is offered early retirement but elects to stay on for one more case and help a young gun Emir Abreu (John Leguizamo) by infiltrating the Medellin cartel.

Abreu has been targeting dealers in Miami trying to work their way up the chain to Escobar but never gets close to him. Mazur brings him the idea to follow the money and cut off the finances to the cartel, somewhat suffocating it and bringing down the leaders and the bankers laundering the money. Mazur poses as a banker and begins to move millions in drug money, but tells the informant they won’t take any more money until he sits down with the boss.

Mazur gets a sit down with Roberto Alcaino (Benjamin Bratt) the cartels money man and becomes friends and more important Mazur is trusted. Mazur starts moving more of the cartels money and the US government sets up the sting to bust all the cartel players. Escobar sends Mazur a message in the mail, a bloody coffin! Is Robert in too deep? Is the last job going to kill him and his family?

The Infiltrator is based on actual events and very entertaining. If you are a fan of Miami vice, this is the real deal in south Florida. Cranston is amazing; Leguizamo is perfect in the film. The Infiltrator has the colorful nightlife of Miami, drugs and guns that you would expect in a film about Pablo Escobar.

I loved this film, and recommend going to the cinema and checking out the Infiltrator this weekend!

Rated R (drugs, violence, nudity)

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

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GHOSTBUSTERS (2016)

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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)