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The Happytime Murders- Karl Sides (The Flick Fanatics)

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THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS 

Starring:

Bill Barretta- voice of Phil Phillips

Melissa McCarthy- Det. Connie Edwards

Elizabeth Banks- Jenny

Maya Rudolph- Bubbles

Joel McHale- FBI Agent Campbell

Fructose, Fluff and F-bombs are flying in the new Adult puppet comedy “The Happytime Murders”

THESE ARE NOT YOUR KIDS MUPPETS!

Brian Henson, son of the Muppet creator Jim Henson, assembles a group of comedians to star opposite a new group of stuffed puppets in the new “who dunnit” film “The Happytime Murders”. Modern day Los Angeles and puppets live and work along side humans. The relationship is not totally harmonious as humans ridicule and torture puppets, while dogs treat them like chew toys.

Private Investigator Phil Phillips, a puppet and former police detective, walks into his office and into a new case. Bubbles (Rudolph), his secretary tells Philips he has a new client in his office and did he…. Sandra, a knockout puppet who is receiving threatening letters. Phillips takes the case and the clues in the letter lead him to a porn shop where he runs into a familiar puppet, Mr. Bumblypants (voice of Kevin Clash) , who claims not to have a porn addiction and is lost. Phillips questions the store owner only to be interrupted by a crew shooting puppet porn in the back room with an alien milking a cow in bondage and milk is spewing all over the store. Phillips goes in back to check the store purchase receipts as a mysterious figure with a shotgun and kills all the puppets in the store. Phillips emerges from the back to see the fluff floating everywhere.

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

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GHOSTBUSTERS (2016)

ghostbusters poster

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)

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The Boss- Karl “the Flick Fanatic” Sides

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Boss, The (2016)

If Melissa McCarthy is “The Boss”, then she needs to Fire her writers!

Melissa McCarthy Stars in “The Boss” a comedy directed by Ben Falcone. McCarthy previously worked with Falcone on his directorial debut, the under-whelming comedy “Tammy.”  The Boss also stars Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), Tyler Labine (Reeper) and Kristen Bell.

The Boss tells the tale of orphan Michelle Darnell’s rise from obscurity to monetary superstardom. Darnell was left at an orphanage by her mother for the nuns to raise the poor child. Repeatedly as she grew up Michelle would be adopted and subsequently brought back by the family once they got to know the child and knew what they were in for.

Flash forward to the present, Darnell is an adult and a corporate superstar. She is like the female Donald Trump. She has motivational speaking tours at sold out stadiums that feel like a Rolling Stones concert. Behind the scenes Claire (Bell), Darnell’s assistant keeps her boss’ life together planning her meetings and even whitening her teeth.  Darnell gets a cryptic note from her business rival Renault (Dinklage) who also was her ex-boyfriend. Darnell and Claire head up to the roof only to find Renault on the roof of his adjoining building. The ex lovers quip back and forth until Darnell throws another deal she landed in his face. Michelle made a fortune on a stock tip (insider trading) and stole it out from under Renault.

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FANATIC TRAILERS

WHO YA GONNA CALL!

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Finally!  We have the debut trailer for Paul Feig’s “Ghostbusters” reboot!

Well, what did you think…sound off in the comments!

“Ghostbusters” stars Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig, and Leslie Jones as the four main heroes!  Check out their antics and see “Ghostbusters” in theaters July 15th, 2016!