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The Boss- Karl “the Flick Fanatic” Sides

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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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THE BRONZE- Karl Sides “The Flick Fanatic “

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Melissa Rauch really sticks the landing in the new comedy “The Bronze!”

Melissa Rauch co-wrote (with her husband Winston) and stars in the new comedy “The Bronze!” Melissa is Hope Ann Greggory, a local gymnast from Ohio that is the USA’s best chance at a gold medal at the 2004 Olympic games in Rome. Hope grew up being encouraged by her father Stan (Gary Cole) and pushed by her Russian coach. Hope was eyeing a medal until a misstep on the beam and she injured her foot. Hope has her best event left, the uneven bars, but a bad foot and needing a near perfect routine to medal. Hope toughs it out and performs. She sticks the landing and returns to Amherst, Ohio a hero with a bronze medal!

Years roll by and Hope is still living in the past trying to stretch out her 15 minutes of fame to 15 years. The once Olympic athlete is now drinking, doing drugs, masturbates to her Olympic footage and takes advantage of her enabling father. Stan, a postal carrier, cooks, cleans, and supports his unemployed daughter who sneaks in and steals money out of letters in his mail bag. Hope needs to get a job but she thinks she can still live of her celebrity and Stan.

Hope is so domineering over her father that his only other relationship he can have is with his pet goldfish! Hopes ex-coach dies suddenly and in a letter promises to give Hope $500,000 if she agrees to train the new up and coming superstar gymnast “Miracle” Maggie (Hailey Lu Richardson).Hope being her self-centered self agrees to coach Maggie, but then realizes she will de-thrown Hope as the local celebrity. Then the sabotage begins. Hope gets rid of Maggie’s diet and fattens the gymnast up and has her hooking up with boys. On team Greggory, there is no practice.

The Olympic team coach and former gymnast Lance Tucker(Sebastian Stan) comes in to check on Maggie’s progress finding a bulging girl drunk at noon. Lance was Hope’s teammate and boyfriend at the 2004 games, and he tells her Maggie wont make the team. Hope sees the end of her coaching career and a payday until Stan tells her there is no money unless Maggie makes the Olympics and she is coaching her!

Hope has to go to work for real and Maggie is put through gymnastic drill camp!

Melissa Rauch transforms from the nice girl next door we know as Bernadette from the Big Bang Theory to a Tonya Harding raunchy win at all cost athlete in the comedy “The Bronze”. There is a record setting use of the “F” word with Hope talking like a sailor. Hope is a drinker, druggie and has one of the most elaborte and well choreographed sex scenes in movie history! Gary Cole, Sebastian Stan and Hailey Lu Richardson are fantastic in their supporting roles.

I encourage you to GO FOR BRONZE! Go see this film and laugh until you fall out of your chair!!

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Rated R (Language, Strong Sexual Situation, Nudity, Drugs)

Grade: 4/6

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EDDIE THE EAGLE- Karl “the Flick Fanatic” Sides

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Most people have dreams that they let fade, Eddie Edwards was born with a dream of greatness and refuse to let obstacles and cynics stand in his way!

Eddie Edwards (Taron Egerton), a British boy born with a pair of bad knees and a dream of being an Olympic athlete. At a young age Eddie would hold his breath in the bath tub and when he made a minute, he packed a bag and headed to the bus station telling his mom, ”I’m off to the Olympics!” Eddie’s father regularly had to pick Eddie up at the station taking him home telling his son he is going to be a plasterer not an Olympian.

Eddie moved through Olympic events as he grew older and failed miserably at swimming, the javelin and hammer throw. Just as Eddie is ready to concede defeat, Eddie spots the new man made ski slopes in town and switches to the winter Olympics.

Eddie Edwards becomes a very good skier, winning trophies. The British Olympic committee comes to town to select skiers for the 1988 winter games in Vancouver Canada. Eddie is one of the better skiers but because he isn’t the athletic looking person, the judges tell him the same thing his dad did, “You will never be an Olympic athlete.” Eddie starts working with his dad plastering houses when he sees his first person ski jump on TV.

Eddie is back on his Olympic dream!

Eddie researches that Britain doesn’t have a ski jumping team. Eddie travels to Germany, the Olympic ski jumping training center, to learn to survive a 70 meter jump. Eddie hooks up with ex-Olympic hopeful Bronson Peary (Hugh Jackman), a ski jumper thrown off the American team just prior to the games, and the one Eddie wants him to coach him.

Bronson is reluctant until Eddie ends up in the hospital following a tumble from the 70 meter. Eddie manages to land some short jumps that make him a qualified athlete, until the British Olympic committee triples the distance to qualify. Peary works with Eddie n the European circuit and Eddie lands a jump and qualifies to represent Great Britain at the Olympics!

Eddie the Eagle is going to Vancouver to compete in the 1988 Olympics!

Eddie the Eagle is based on the true story of Eddie Edwards who competed in the 1988 games an had an unorthodox jumping style and would flap is arms for the crowd who coined him “Eddie the Eagle”. This is a feel good story to inspire folks to follow their dreams featuring great performances by Jackman, Egerton, Keith Allen and Jo Hartley as Eddie’s parents.

I’m Karl, the flick fanatic telling you to “fly” to the theater and see “EDDIE THE EAGLE”!!

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RATING 5/6

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13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi by Karl “The Flick Fanatic” Sides

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Michael Bay bring the true story of six brave soldiers that risk their lives trying to save a US Ambassador from the warring gangs in Benghazi. There is violence, tragedy and tons of explosions in true Bay fashion as we find out the repercussions of bringing down the Qaddafi dictatorship. John Krasinski and Toby Stephens head a cast of veteran TV actors and give outstanding performances in this action flick!

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