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BORAT SUBSEQUENT MOVIEFILM
Rated: R
Release Date: October 23, 2020
Director: Jason Woliner
Stars: Sacha Baron Cohen, Maria Bakalova
Plot: A Kazakh reporter returns to the US to try to repair the damage he did 14 years earlier
 
Clint Says: Watch this only if you are okay with being offended
 

 

Sacha Baron Cohen is a man of many talents. He is incredibly funny, he seems to always be topical, and he's an equal opportunity offender. This film is filled with all of those elements. 
 
While this sequel isn't as good as the original, it has several moments that are laugh-out-loud funny. It also has many cringeworthy moments as well. And then there are all of the completely offensive moments.
 
Here's the deal: If you are a Trump supporter that doesn't like people making fun of him or his administration, you should just skip this one. If you are someone that thrives on seeing Trump and his administration treated like fools, you may consider this to be one of the best films of the year. However, if you are easily offended by jokes about the pandemic, the oppression of women, or making fun of other cultures you should probably watch something else this weekend. If you are someone that is fine with people in real life being pranked for a farcical story, and you can separate comedy from real life, then you'll enjoy this movie. 
 
The good news for everyone is that this film actually has a decent story and character development. Rather than just throwing together a bunch of prank interviews and calling it a day, there is an underlying story behind the madness that is, believe it or not, endearing and heartwarming. That doesn't mean that this is some incredible tale that must be heard by all. It just means you have something to keep you interested between the laughs and the groans. 

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HONEST THIEF
Rated: PG-13
Release Date: October 16, 2020
Director: Mark Williams
Stars: Liam Neeson, Kate Walsh, Jai Courtney
Plot: A retired Marine has spent his retirement years robbing banks, and now he wants to make things right, but he has to prove he is innocent of a wild crime spree first
 
Clint Says: Wait for the digital release
 

 

Not to make this too simple, but, for the most part, if you've seen one Liam Neeson one-man-against-the-world movie, you've seen them all. It is true, he has a special set of skills, and he uses them all in every film he does. It would be nice to see him use another set of skills by playing a character of another type, but he knows these flicks are his wheelhouse, and so do we. 
 
I would rank this film somewhere in the middle of his similar films. It's not great, but it isn't terrible either. It's pretty much exactly what you think it is. 
 
The one thing that brings this movie down is that nothing really exciting happens for the first 30 minutes. Yes, the story gets established, but let's be honest, we don't go to movies like this for a long, drawn-out story. We go to see Liam use his special skills. 
 
After the 30 minute mark the movie picks up the pace and gets into the good stuff, but even then, it's still pretty tame. After all the guy is an honest thief. By definition that makes him pretty bland. Now, if Liam starred in a flick called Back-stabbing, Explosive Thief, I'm paying extra to see that. 
 
But, since it is called Honest Thief there aren't a whole lot of reasons to see this in theaters. Unless you just want to be an awesome person and support the theaters and their employees, which I always highly recommend. Otherwise, just wait for the digital release. You won't miss anything...honest. 

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2 HEARTS
Rated: PG-13
Release Date: October 16, 2020
Director: Lance Hool
Stars: Jacob Elordi, Tiera Skovbye, Radha Mitchell, Adan Canto
Plot: Two couples that have never met have their lives intersect in a dramatic way
 
Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee
 

 

Here is pretty much all you need to know about this movie: If you like to laugh a little bit and then sob uncontrollably while watching movies then you need to go see this right now. This film will jerk the tears right out of your face and collect them in a pool between your feet. 
 
Aside from the emotional ride, this is a pretty decent film. It's not one that will become a life-long classic, but it will be one that you may want to watch every once in a while to get your cry on. 
 
The actors do a decent job, but their performances aren't anything better than average. Thankfully, they don't need to be anything better than average, because the story is the star of this film. 
 
My only big issue with this movie, and this is a personal preference, so it may not be a big deal to you, is that the film relies on an unreliable narrator. To me, that is lazy writing. I would rather see the story unfold rather than hear someone talk about it over a montage. 
 
Aside from that, this film gives you just about everything that it promises. It's not a technical masterpiece, but it is one that could be a fun night out with your girlfriends. Just be sure to bring a big box of tissues. 

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EVIL EYE
Rated: Not Rated
Release Date: October 13, 2020
Director: Elan Dassani, Rajeev Dassani
Stars: Sunita Mani, Sarita Choudhury, Omar Maskati
Plot: A mother suspects that her daughter's boyfriend isn't as perfect as he seems
 
Clint Says: A good thriller worth streaming
 

 

NOTE: This film is part of a unique collaboration between Amazon and Blumhouse Television. The two studios have released four films over the last two weeks, and are doing several virtual party screenings called "Welcome to the Blumhouse" through Fantastic Fest and Fangoria.
 
A mother's instincts are always right. Trust your mother. Listen to your mother. These are all phrases we've heard all of our lives, but when it comes to love we tend to ignore mom. 
 
The lesson from this film is do not ignore your mother.
 
Just like the other three films in this collection, this isn't a jump-scare, slasher style horror flick. Instead, this is a creepy thriller similar to films like SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY. What makes this unique is that it uses Indian culture and beliefs to tell a story we've seen many times in a new way. 
 
This film is a slow burn, but when the fire gets going it doesn't let up. It is an intense, hold-your-breath story that will keep you glued to your couch while you eat all of the popcorn. 
 
If you are looking for a fun thriller to get you into the Halloween mood, EVIL EYE will not disappoint. 

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NOCTURNE
Rated: Not Rated
Release Date: October 13, 2020
Director: Zu Quirke
Stars: Sydney Sweeney, Madison Iseman
Plot: Twin sisters compete for a coveted spot in their art school's senior recital while dealing with the suicide of one of their peers
 
Clint Says: Definitely worth streaming as soon as you can
 

 

NOTE: This film is part of a unique collaboration between Amazon and Blumhouse Television. The two studios have released four films over the last two weeks, and are doing several virtual party screenings called "Welcome to the Blumhouse" through Fantastic Fest and Fangoria.
 
We all know that the arts are very competitive, but this film takes that competitive nature to a new and creepy level. 
 
Of the four films in this collection, this one is the creepiest. I wouldn't say that any of them are scary, but this one gets the closest to it. It is filled with suspense, betrayal, sabotage, and incredibly good music. 
 
From the opening scene until the end credits this film will captivate you. Even in its darkness it has an ethereal beauty to it that draws you in and holds you. 
 
If you are someone that loves creepy movies, but isn't really into the slasher horror flick stuff, this is a great film for you. It will give you all of the thrills and chills you could ask for. This is a great choice for a evening on the couch trying to get into the Halloween spirit. 

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THE WAR WITH GRANDPA
Rated: PG
Release Date: October 9, 2020
Director: Tim Hill
Stars: Robert De Niro, Oakes Fegley, Uma Thurman, Rob Riggle
Plot: When grandpa moves in with his family and takes over his grandson's room was is declared
 
Clint Says: See this in theaters when you can
 

 

Robert De Niro is the human equivalent of the Energizer Bunny. He's pushing 80 years old, but he works as much, if not more, than most Hollywood A-listers. In fact, he still has two films, other than this one, still to be released this year, and five other films in some stage of production. And the beast thing about his acting is that he makes every film he is in better.
 
There is no way this film will ever be mistaken for cinematic brilliance, but it is one that the whole family can enjoy together. It's filled with funny one-liners, an entertaining story, and a ton of slapstick. You and your kids will be laughing all the way through. 
 
The only thing I didn't like about this movie is that it got a little too preachy with the anti-war message. It's not that the message was wrong, it just felt like they were trying to force a moral lesson into the movie that didn't really need to be there. If it had been just one moment between grandfather and grandson after their feud ended that would have been okay, but it comes up several times making it too much.
 
Aside from that, this is the first new-release film that the whole family can enjoy in a theater in the last six months. If you are looking for a fun outing with the kids, give this one a shot. It's not a fantastic film, but it is good enough to make it worth your time and money.

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YELLOW ROSE
Rated: PG-13
Release Date: October 9, 2020
Director: Diane Paragas
Stars: Eva Noblezada, Dale Watson, Liam Booth
Plot: A young, undocumented girl tries to make her dream of being a country music star become a reality
 
Clint Says: See this in theaters when you can
 

We all know that if you are going to chase after your dreams you are going to have to overcome a lot of obstacles. This film is all about doing just that. 

 
And it does it with beautiful music. 
 
Eva Noblezada gives a fantastic performance in a moving film that draws you in and gives light to the struggles faced by many people. She also sings several of the songs herself, which will come as no surprise when you realize she has played the lead in MISS SAIGON on Broadway and and London.
 
While this isn't a film that you would classify as exciting or entertaining, it is one that is well-told and compelling. It is heartwarming and will bring out a lot of emotions as you watch it. 
 
If you are a fan of underdog stories you should give this one a chance. If you like the sound of classic country music, this is a must-see movie. 
 

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BLACK BOX
Rated: Not Rated
Release Date: October 6, 2020
Director: Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour
Stars: Mamoudou Athie, Phylicia Rashad, Amanda Christine, Tosin Morohunfola
Plot: A man goes through a controversial treatment to recover his memory after barely surviving a car accident that killed his wife
 
Clint Says: It's worth streaming once
 

 

NOTE: This film is part of a unique collaboration between Amazon and Blumhouse Television. The two studios are releasing four films over the next two weeks and doing several virtual party screenings called "Welcome to the Blumhouse" through Fantastic Fest and Fangoria.
 
If you know anything about Blumhouse Studios you know that they have quickly become the kings of horror. Now they are trying something a little different. BLACK BOX is much more along the lines of classic horror than the jump-scare or slasher flicks that we see all over the place today. It is a thriller that has a few startling moments, but the story is filled with horror. 
 
What is strange is that this film is very similar to one of the most popular Blumhouse films of all time, GET OUT. I'm somewhat baffled as to why they decided to make a film with a concept so close to GET OUT and release it only three years later. 
 
That said, this isn't a bad film, it's actually quite good. It's just, in comparison to GET OUT, it doesn't stand as tall. 
 
If you are looking to be frightened enough to have to hide behind your couch, this is not the movie you are wanting. If you want a thriller with twists and turns and a good, if not entirely unique, story, then you will enjoy an evening streaming this movie. 

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THE LIE
Rated: R
Release Date: October 6, 2020
Director: Veena Sud
Stars: Joey King, Peter Sarsgaard, Mirielle Enos, Cas Anvar
Plot: A family tries to keep a terrible secret, but there is more to the story than anyone knows 
 
Clint Says: It's worth streaming once
 

NOTE: This film is part of a unique collaboration between Amazon and Blumhouse Television. The two studios are releasing four films over the next two weeks and doing several virtual party screenings called "Welcome to the Blumhouse" through Fantastic Fest and Fangoria.
 
Joey King has come a long way since her days as a bit player on THE SUITE LIFE OF ZACK AND CODY and as Beezus's little sister, Ramona. She has proven time and again that she has incredible range as an actor, deftly moving between genres like horror and romantic comedy. She has always been a scene stealer, and this film shows that she can play a serious lead giving a powerful and emotional performance.
 
That's the great news about this film. 
 
The good news is that THE LIE is a suspenseful thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat and trying to guess what is going to happen next. It's a compelling story filled with wild twists and issues that escalate quickly and wildly. 
 
The bad news is all of the good news rests on top of a very fragile house of cards. This film has one of the biggest, and worst plot holes I have ever seen in a movie. The whole film revolves around a specific event that happens in the first few minutes of the film. Unfortunately, the actions taken immediately after the event, which determine the following actions throughout the film, are totally ridiculous given the circumstances. 
 
It's not easy to do, but if you can put that one moment aside and just pretend that the obvious and easy solution doesn't exist, the rest of the movie is a lot of fun to watch. It's a solid thriller and even if you do figure it out, the reveal will leave your jaw on the floor. 

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A CALL TO SPY
Rated: PG-13
Release Date: October 2, 2020
Director: Lydia Dean Pilcher
Stars: Sarah Megan Thomas, Stana Katic, Radhika Apte, Linus Roache
Plot: With nearly all of Europe under the control of Hitler, England employs civilian women as Allied spies in France
 
Clint Says: Watch this movie as soon as you can
 

 

This movie has it all. Espionage, sabotage, betrayal, escapes, near misses, courageous acts, and powerful, intelligent women. And it is all inspired by real events and real women during World War II. 
 
If you are a fan of spy flicks this is a must-see. This is a film that will have you sitting on the edge of your seat and holding your breath for way too long. It is exciting and suspenseful from the opening scene all the way to the end credits. 
 
Perhaps the best thing about this movie is that it doesn't sugar-coat or give an idealized version of what we all want our spies to be and act like. This is not James Bond stuff, this is based in reality. It's gritty, scary, and intense. It makes you think about what kind of special person it must take to become a spy, knowing that your life is on the line at all times. 
 
This movie never hits a false note. Everything about the situations and the characters feels true and real. It is a fast-paced, high-adrenaline, feels-like-you-are-right-there-with-them movie. 
 
You should watch this film this weekend. It will entertain you for sure, but it may also inspire you.

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ETERNAL BEAUTY
Rated: R
Release Date: October 2, 2020
Director: Craig Roberts
Stars: Sally Hawkins, David Thewlis, Morfydd Clark, Penelope Wilton
Plot: A woman with schizophrenia tries to navigate life, love, and family while dealing with the constant voices in her head
 
Clint Says: Watch this movie as soon as you can
 

 

I know it is only early October in a very weird year, but this is my favorite film of the year...so far. And I have a good feeling it will stay pretty high up in my top 10 films of 2020 when all is said and done. 
 
Simply put, this is amazing. 
 
Sally Hawkins puts on a master clinic in acting. I know this is a small film without a lot of reach, but I hope that the big studio behind it pushes hard for Hawkins to win Best Actress. She totally deserves to be in the conversation. 
 
Almost everything about this movie is great. The story is captivating, the characters are deep and meaningful, and the music and scenery round it out perfectly. It checks off a lot of the boxes for an award-worthy film. 
 
This film will run you through the emotional obstacle course. You'll laugh out loud, you'll ugly cry, and you'll cringe at the awkward, but you will also embrace everything that is not "normal" and out of balance. Most of all, you will completely fall in love with Jane (Sally Hawkins). 
 
This may not be the kind of film you would typically choose to watch, but if you are willing to take a step outside of your comfort zone I think you will really enjoy this incredible work of art. 

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THE LAST SHIFT
Rated: R
Release Date: September 25, 2020
Director: Andrew Cohn
Stars: Richard Jenkins, Shane Paul McGhie, Ed O'Neill
Plot: A man retiring after 38 years at his fast food job spends his last week training his replacement
 
Clint Says: See this in theaters when you can
 

 

Richard Jenkins is a fantastic actor, and his performance in this film is nothing short of a master class. Add to that the amazing performance by Shane Paul McGhie and you have a solid foundation for a very good film.
 
The story is interesting if not exciting. Seeing the conflict that arises between a white man that made a career out of a fast food job and the young, black man that is hired to replace him, but couldn't care less about the job, is a fascinating slice of life in modern day America. 
 
This isn't your typical big screen flick that is filled with a lot of flashy moments, rather it is a film that tells a story of people from different worlds where their lives cross. This means that the film ends when their lives move apart. For many, the ending will feel odd and incomplete, for some, you will love it. 
 
This isn't the kind of movie that you go to see to escape life and eat some candy. This is a film you go to see because you love cinema and the way that it can display a story like no other medium can. If you are more of a cinema lover than a person that wants to sit back and enjoy the glitter, you will enjoy this film thoroughly.
 

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KAJILLIONAIRE

Rated: R
Release Date: September 25, 2020
Director: Miranda July
Stars: Evan Rachel Wood, Gina Rodriguez, Debra Winger, Richard Jenkins
Plot: A young woman and her parents are low-level criminals, but their lives change when they bring in an outsider
 
Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee
 

 

While the big studios continue to push their big-budget flicks into 2021, the indie films that typically don't have the opportunity to get into the large theater chains are finding their way in. KAJILLIONAIRE is one of those films that, in a normal year, 99% of people would never even know it exists, but this is not a normal year. 
 
If you don't watch a lot of indie films you need to know that they are an acquired taste. They aren't polished and edited down to the perfectly focus-grouped scenes. They are typically slower-moving films that tell a slice-of-life story rather than the fast-paced, single-event-driven blockbusters. 
 
This is a quirky, awkward, somewhat funny, somewhat heartbreaking film. It has moments of greatness, and moments that are pretty bland and boring. 
 
The strongest element of this movie is the acting. Evan Rachel Wood's performance is incredible. She plays an awkward teen so well, that you will want to reach through the screen, give her a comforting hug, and tell her everything will get better soon. The rest of the cast does a wonderful job of either forcing her to be even more awkward or trying to pull her out of her sheltered life. 
 
Overall, it is a good movie. There isn't anything special that makes this film amazing or groundbreaking, but it is one that is worth seeing if you enjoy indie films. 

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SHORTCUT

Rated: Not Rated
Release Date: September 25, 2020
Director: Alessio Liguori
Stars: Jack Kane, Zak Sutcliffe, Sophie Jane Oliver, Zander Emlano
Plot: A group of students are trapped on their school bus when they are attacked by an evil creature
 
Clint Says: Wait for the digital release
 
 
When a feature film clocks in at 80 minutes you can be assured of one of two things. It is either going to be jam-packed with action and suspense, or it should have been a short film that got stretched into an 80-minute film with 30 minutes of fluff. 
 
SHORTCUT is jam-packed with fluff. 
 
To put it in perspective, the opening credits, (where nothing happens), are four minutes long. The end credits are 6 1/2 minutes long. Ladies and gentlemen, that makes up nearly 15% of the film's total running time! Add to that several slow-moving and long montage scenes and half of the film is knocked out. 
 
I will say that the other half of the movie is really suspenseful and "horror flick fun". This is not a film that you can take seriously at all, but if you are willing to suspend all disbelief you'll have a good time with it. 
 
The climactic scene is riotously funny. It's not supposed to be, but it is. I don't want to give away anything, but let's just say that the Paul Reuben's (Pee Wee Herman) death scene in BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER may have lost its crown as the funniest on-screen death in cinematic history.
 
If you like laughing at horror flicks, this one is a must-see movie. If you are hoping to experience cinematic excellence, this is not the film for you. 

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OTTOLENGHI AND THE CAKES OF VERSAILLES
Rated: Not Rated
Release Date: September 25, 2020
Director: Laura Gabbert
Stars: Yotam Ottolenghi
Plot: One of the world's great chefs puts together a team of pastry masters to make edible art inspired by Versailles for the opening of the Versailles exhibit at The Met in New York City
 
Clint Says: A must-see for any foodie
 
 
Back in the time of King Louis XVI and Marie Antionette, Versailles was the epitome of opulence and decadence, especially when it came to food. Most of what we know of the history of food was popularized in the kitchens of Versailles.  
 
That is why, when The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York decided to do an exhibit honoring Versailles, they called upon one of the world's great chefs to put together a team of pastry masters to create cakes inspired by Versailles. This documentary follows his journey from finding the right people for the task, to learning about the history of food at Versailles, through to the opening of the exhibit. 
 
If you are a foodie, this is a must see film. It is filled with interesting history and innovative techniques. It's also stuffed with suspense as the chefs deal with last-minute issues that could destroy the whole party. 
 
This is not a documentary that will change your life or make you see the other side of powerful and important issues, but it is one that will entertain you and make you want to eat cake. 

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INFIDEL
Rated: R
Release Date: September 18, 2020
Director: Cyrus Nowrasteh
Stars: Jim Caviezel, Claudia Karvan, Hal Ozsan
Plot: A man is kidnapped while visiting Cairo so his wife travels there to do whatever she can to save him
 
Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee
 
 
I can't even  begin to imagine what it would be like to be kidnapped in a foreign land, but this film does a pretty good job of conveying the fear, pain, and desperation of anyone in that situation. 
 
While the story is highly suspenseful and compelling, the film itself is a bit below average. It looks and feels like a step above a made-for-TV movie, but a step below your typical wide-release, big-screen film. The cinematography is adequate, but there are moments where it feels very "film student" in its quality. 
 
The acting also leaves something to be desired, but this isn't the actors' fault. It seems like the director didn't convey the vision properly, so the end product isn't as good as it would have been in the hands of a more accomplished leader. 
 
The good news is that those issues are pretty minor to the overall experience. If you like suspenseful thrillers this film will satisfy your cravings. It isn't anywhere near a film like ZERO DARK THIRTY or LONE SURVIVOR, but it is intense and entertaining enough to watch. 

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H IS FOR HAPPINESS
Rated: Not Rated
Release Date: September 18, 2020
Director: John Sheedy
Stars: Daisy Axon, Wesley Patton, Richard Roxburgh, Joel Jackson
Plot: A one-of-a-kind girl takes it upon herself to save her family while befriending a boy who says he is from another world
 
Clint Says: Rent this movie this weekend
 
 

This is one of the more pleasantly surprising films I've had the pleasure of seeing in quite some time. It's filled with happiness, joy, innocence, and humor. The main character's love of life and people is highly infectious. If you are like me, you will find yourself with a big, silly grin on your face every time she is on screen. 

 
One of the best aspects of this film is that the kids seem so full of joy even though they are completely surrounded by darkness. It is these opposing forces that make the story so compelling and emotional. It is beautiful to watch.
 
This is a film that will have you laughing hard one minute and crying just as hard the next. It will drag you back into your middle school days, and it will invite you to daydream about your first crush. It will make you think about forgiveness and about the beauty of being unique. 
 
This is a fantastic film for the whole family if you have kids that are a bit older. Anyone under 7 or 8 may be slightly confused by the plot and a tad scared by some of the scenes. I would suggest watching it first before showing it to the younger kids. 
 
If you are looking for something to make you happy, this film is the answer. (At least for 90 minutes). 

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THE BROKEN HEARTS GALLERY
Rated: PG-13
Release Date: September 11, 2020
Director: Natalie Krinsky
Stars: Geraldine Viswanathan, Dacre Montgomery, Molly Gordon, Phillipa Soo
Plot: A woman, suffering from a bad break up, works to create an art gallery for people to display their mementos from past relationships
 
Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee
 

 

In a very long line of romantic comedies, this is another one. 
 
Is it good? Yes. Is it great? No. Will you walk out satisfied if you are a fan of RomComs? Probably. 
 
It follows the RomCom formula completely, so you know exactly what you are going to get even before you sit down to see it. 
 
The thing that makes this one different than the others is this story is played out by young, dating, New-York-City-dwelling, millennials. Those descriptive words either make or break the movie for you. If you read that sentence and think, "Oh, great! They sound like a lot of fun!", then you are going to love this film. If you read those words and thought, "This sounds like my idea of 110 minutes in hell.", you should go ahead and skip this one. 
 
The cast all play their roles very well, and the writing is spot on. I have spent a lot of time with this age group and watching this film made me feel like I was right there in the room with real people having real conversations. That said, I am now the old fuddy-duddy and it was very difficult for me to connect with the characters and their issues in any meaningful way. 
 
This is never going to become a classic RomCom playing on TV 30 times a week for the rest of eternity, but it is one that is worth seeing with all of your girlfriends. It'll give you some good laughs, a couple of good cries, and may even help you finally push out the last bit of that old ex that is still stuck in your head. 
 
 

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TENET
Rated: PG-13
Release Date: September 3, 2020
Director: Christopher Nolan
Stars: John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Kenneth Branagh
Plot: A CIA operative joins a dark forces team to try to stop a mad man from destroying the world with a time-altering weapon
 
Clint Says: Wait for the digital release
 
 
When the first trailer was released for TENET many months ago I was so excited to see it. After all, it was directed by Christopher Nolan who has made some fantastic films, including a couple of my all-time favorites. It looked like it was going to be a smart, sci-fi, version of a James Bond flick.
 
Then I finally got to see it. 
 
And I was thoroughly disappointed. 
 
First and foremost, the premise of the film is incredibly confusing, to the point where it was virtually impossible for the characters to properly educate us on what we needed to know in order to follow along with the story.  I was so completely confused for the first 40 minutes that by the time things started to gel a little I was too exhausted to care. 
 
Second, a large portion of the important dialogue is almost impossible to hear. For some reason Nolan thought it was a good idea to have major plot points discussed through respirator masks, over headsets while on a noisy ocean, and in several other hard-to-hear environments. Throw on top of that some heavy accents discussing PhD-level science, and it becomes nearly impossible to follow along with what is being said. 
 
The good news is that the acting is incredible. John David Washington leads a fantastic cast in giving the best performances possible on a below average script. 
 
This could have been another INCEPTION, but instead it falls short of being anything worthy of your time or money.

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MULAN
Rated: PG-13
Release Date: September 4, 2020
Director: Niki Caro
Stars: Yifei Liu, Donnie Yen, Jet Li, Li Gong
Plot: A young girl becomes one of China's greatest warriors after pretending to be a man in order to replace her aging father in the war
 
Clint Says: Worth every penny, watch it with the family today
 
 
I have been waiting for this film for a long time. When Disney started making live-action remakes of their classics one of my first thoughts was, "I hope they do MULAN." 
 
You see, I have two beautiful daughters that are from China. They have spent most of their lives in the US, but we make it a point to help them connect to their heritage and culture. The original MULAN was one of the only accessible works of art that showed my daughters a powerful, but kind woman that looks like them. Now, they have a real life version to admire. 
 
We sat down, as a family, to watch this together and we all fell in love with it. 
 
It is a stunningly beautiful film filled with bright colors, breath-taking landscapes and sets, and mesmerizing motion. Every member of the cast gives a great performance adding to a well-written script. And the people in charge did a perfect job in modernizing the story without taking anything away from the rich heritage of ancient China. 
 
For those of you with small children, this film is rated PG-13. There are several intense fight scenes and Xian Lang (the witch) that could be a little much for them. You may want to screen it first before you let them hop on the couch to watch it.  But for the older crowd, these elements bring a level of excitement and suspense that brings this remake to a whole new level.
 
If you are a fan of the original MULAN you have to see this one. You'll become a fan all over again.