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KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE- Karl Sides (The Flick Fanatic)

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KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE

Starring: Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Julianne Moore

Director: Matthew Vaughn

Eggsy and the Kingsmen are reloaded to save the world again!

Eggsy (Egerton) is a Kingsman agent after taking down Valentine and his killer cell phones, Eggsy is accosted outside the Kingsman shop that serves as a secret base by a familiar face. Charlie (Edward Holcroft), a Kingsman recruit that washed out and was working with Valentine, shows up with some goons to take out Eggsy. A car chase ensues and runs through London to Hyde Park where Merlin (Strong) tells Eggsy to take them out. Eggsy beats Charlie, crashes his car throwing Charlie through the front windshield leaving only a mechanical arm.

Charlies mech arm plugs into the car and downloads all the Kingsman information. Charlie is now working for a new psycho, a drug kingpin named Poppy that runs the golden circle. Poppy brands her people with a 24-karat circle hence “the Golden Circle” name, she puts her enemies through a meat grinder. Poppy’s plan is to lace her drugs with a disease that will kill the users in a few days without the antidote. Poppy also attacks all the Kingsman agents and bases killing everyone except Merlin and Eggsy who were not at their homes.

 

Merlin and Eggsy launch disaster protocol that takes them to Kentucky and recruiting their fellow agents called the Statemen. Tequila, a problem agent smokes some pot and comes down with Poppy’s “blue rash”. The Statesmen also had another surprise, Galahad (Firth) is alive and after Eggsy triggers a memory, he is back in action. Galahad and Eggsy must find the antidote before millions die.

 

Just like the 2014 original, The Golden Circle features a ton of action and jaw dropping special effects. The opening car chase and a sky tram used in a downhill ski slope are just a couple of examples of the action in this installment. Moore is great as the homicidal drug dealer. There are supporting roles by Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges and Channing Tatum as the Statesmen that are very good. The best highlight is a cameo by Elton John who plays himself, a captive of Poppy that is there to play for her and help the Kingsman.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle is a fun follow-up to the original. It is easy to see it is based on a graphic novel, but has enough action and humor to entertain for 3 hours.

Rating 4/6 umbrella guns!

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Patti Cake$ by Karl Sides (www.theflickfanatic.com)

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Danielle Macdonald will rhyme her way into your heart in the new film “Patti Cake$”

New comer actress Danielle Macdonald stars as Patti Dombrowski, a bartender and part time caterer with hopes of being the new hit rapper in the film “Patti Cake$” Patti, aka Killa P aka Patti Cake$, with her band made up of her best friend and pharmacist Jheri (Siddharth Dhnanjay), homeless Satanist Basterd (Mamoudou  Athie) and her grandma Nana (Cathy Moriarty) have dreams of making it big and getting out of New Jersey.

Patti is not the prototypical rapper, a white heavyset girl that reminds us of a female Eminem that the town ridicules calling her “Dumbo”. Patti is also taking care of her drunken mother who lives for her 80’s glory days singing on karaoke night at the bar where Patti works. Patti’s best friend and fellow rapper in their group PBNJ (Patti, Basterd, Nana, Jheri) Jheri believes in her and lines up a recording studio in the basement of a pet shop, but it all goes south when Patti freaks out after smoking some pot.

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DUNKIRK- Karl Sides (The Flick Fanatic.com)

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DUNKIRK

Rylance and Hardy head up the cast of the new World War II epic, DUNKIRK!

Early in World War II, England sent troops to fight the Germans across the channel in France. The Nazis drove the French and English troops through Belgium to the sea at Dunkirk. They papered the town to let Allies know they were surrounded, Tommy (Fionn Whitehead), an English infantry soldier, made his way to the beach dodging bullets on every turn through town to find thousands of soldiers waiting for ships to take them home. England commissioned private boat owner to ferry troops across the channel before they could be picked off like fish in a barrel.

Mr. Dawson (Mark Rylance), his son Peter (Tom Glynn-Carney) and his buddy George (Barry Keoghan) loaded their boat with life jackets and headed out to save as many soldiers as they can. Dawson gets within sight of Dunkirk when they come upon a stranded sailor (Cillian Murphy) sitting on a capsized ship. The sailor loses it when he finds out they are taking him back to Dunkirk, a struggle ensues and George is knocked down into the hold striking his head. Dawson tells him they are going to Dunkirk and pick up survivors.

Tommy finds a French soldier on the beach and they manage to grab a stretcher which allows them to cut to the front of the lines boarding the ship. The Germans would send in bombers each time a ship full of soldiers left Dunkirk killing most of the soldiers. Tommy manage to get off the ship before it sank and ended back on the dock. Tommy and a small group of survivors from the boat made their way to a tug boat that was beach waiting for the tide to come in.

While all this is going on in Dunkirk, Churchill sent a small group of fighter pilots (3) led by Farrier (Tom Hardy) to take out the German bombers. Churchill wasn’t going to send more troops to fight in France since the war was coming to England. Farrier’s wing man Collins (Jack Lowden) is shot down after taking out a German plane and is rescued by Mr. Dawson and his boat.

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Office Christmas Party Review- Karl Sides (the Flick Fanatic.com)

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OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY

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It’s the Holiday season…so why not party with T.J. Miller?

Clay Vanstone (T.J.Miller) runs a the Chicago division of his family’s data server company left to him by his father. Carol Vanstone (Jennifer Aniston), his sister and CEO of the company, still jealous that her father liked Clay better swoops in and tells him to fire half his staff or she will shut the division down. Merry Christmas? Josh Parker (Jason Bateman), is the tech supervisor at the company and together with Tracy Hughes (Olivia Munn) they develop an app that would allow anyone to connect to the internet anywhere at anytime. This technology would bring the division out of the red and save the company.

Josh has a meeting with a perspective client Walter Davis (Courtney B. Vance) to help Clay fend off his sister and the mass firing she ordered. Davis liked there pitch but told them they weren’t the company he was looking for. Clay invites him to see the office and join in on all the frivolity of the company Christmas party. This is the same party that his scrooge of a sister had him cancel earlier in the day. Davis agrees. Clay, josh, Tracy and Josh’s secretary Allison (Vanessa Bayer) have to transform the office into a killer holiday party in a few hours.

The party gets out of hand quickly with employees (Rob Corddry, Karan Soni, Andrew Leeds, Oliver Cooper) drinking too much and the drugs are flowing. There is all levels of debauchery at this Christmas party. Nate (Soni) hires Savannah, a prostitute (Abby Lee), to be his girlfriend so that the other guys quit teasing him about being a geek. Savannah leaves some cocaine next to the snow machine and when it is put in it hits Walter Davis right in the face. This transforms Mr. Davis into a party animal that is swinging from the Christmas lights. Walter comes crashing to the ground hitting his head on a filing cabinet. After the cocaine is in the air, employees begin trowing vending machines out the windows and light things on fire. Savanahs gun toting pimp (Jillian Bell) takes Clay for a ride think he will take her to his safe and she can rob him. Josh and Tracy are confronted with a furious Carol when she arrives at the party she wanted cancelled. Josh explains they need to find Clay and they have landed Davis and his company, only to be told that Davis was laid off earlier that day and could sign with Clay.

Office Christmas party is funny, it would be hard not to be with the likes of T.J. Miller, Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, Rob Corddry and Olivia Munn in the cast. But Office Christmas party isn’t as funny as I was expecting. The story comes from Jonah Hill so I expected all the language, drugs and sex….but I just wanted more from the party and less of the family sqabbles and supporting stories.

Fans of films like “This is the End, Deadpool and Horrible Bosses” will like “Office Christmas Party”.

T.J. Miller is throwing a Christmas Party….I’m there! I recommend you catch this party, but do it early and save a few bucks!

Rated R (Sex, Nudity, Drugs, Language and violence)

 

Running Time: 105 mins

Rating: 4/6

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Alice Through The Looking Glass- Karl “the Flick Fanatic” Sides

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ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS 

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“You can’t change the past, only hope to learn from it.” Time

Mia Wasikowska is back as Alice, the girl who tumbled down the rabbit hole to discover a new whole of impossible things called Underland. Alice is now having adventures in the real world until she returns home to find her mother has signed over their home. Alice goes to meet with the new owner of her fathers company. Hamish, the man she left at the alter. As Hamish explains to Alice that she is going to be a clrk not a ship’s captain Alice sees an old friend Absolem (the voice of the late Alan Rickman).

Absolem leads Alice to a mirror that becomes a portal back to Underland where she is needed to help save the Hatter. The tea party gang including the White Queen Mirana (Anne Hathaway), Tweedledee and Tweedledum (Matt Lucas) explain that the Hatter is dying from depression. Alice goes to see the Hatter (Johnny Depp) and learns the story of his family, the Hightopps .

Hatter tells the tale of how he ruined Princess Iracebeth’s coronation day by making her crown too small. The princess of hearts (Helena Bonham Carter) sends her jabberwocky to kill the Hightopps. Hatter had just made his first hat and gave it to his father only to have him dismiss it as a poorly made hat. While on a walk the Hatter finds that same hat and thinks his family is alive! No one believes him and he sinks into a depression that may kill him!

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