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AD ASTRA

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: September 20, 2019

Director: James Gray

Stars: Brad Pitt, Liv Tyler, Ruth Negga, Tommy Lee Jones

Plot: A son of one of the greatest astronauts ever must track his father down in deep space before the earth is destroyed

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Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee

 

 

When I saw that this movie had Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones and space pirates I couldn't wait for the day when it finally hit theaters. Now that I've seen it, I wish they had spent a little more time trying to make it better. 

 

On some levels I really enjoyed this movie. The cinematography, the lighting, the frightening feeling of being alone in space, and the music were all fantastic. I caught myself holding my breath several times during the last 30 minutes of the film. 

 

Unfortunately, the first 90 minutes were too slow with several contrived issues just for the sake of adding action, and the timeline/continuity errors are some of the worst I've ever seen in a movie. (You would think that a movie about space travel would get simple math right, but they mess it up at least three different times)!

 

Pitt gives a wonderful performance, and Jones does the best he can with the heavy-handed dialogue he was forced to deliver. There won't be any acting awards coming their way for these roles, but they were still better than most. 

 

This is very much a tone movie as well. It is methodical and dramatic from the opening scene. Then, it is a relentlessly slow and methodical mission to get to the climax more than two hours later. There isn't a single moment of levity, or even a moment where you feel like you can relax. It just keeps moving on.

 

If you like serious Sci-Fi films, you will most likely enjoy this one, if you can get past the errors. If you are a Brad Pitt fan hoping for that quirky smirk and nonchalant attitude, this is not the film for you. 

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DOWNTON ABBEY

Rated: PG

Release Date: September 20, 2019

Director: Michael Engler

Stars: Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Smith, Imelda Staunton, Matthew Goode

Plot: The Crawley family prepares for a royal visit to Downton Abbey

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Clint Says: If you are a DOWNTON ABBEY fan this is a must-see movie

 

 

If you are a fan of the DOWNTON ABBEY television show stop reading now and just head to the theater. There is nothing that I can say that would stop you from seeing this movie, nor would I want to stop you. Go, henceforth, and may joyous tidings be unto you.

 

If you've never seen the show, but you are thinking about seeing the film, the good news is you won't be completely lost. Sure, there are a lot of inside things true fans will get that you won't, but you will understand who the characters are and what is happening throughout the story. 

 

DOWNTON ABBEY is aristocratic snobbery at its best, (or worst, depending on your preferential point of view). It's the perfect film to be enjoyed with a bunch of friends and a bunch of wine.

 

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HUSTLERS

Rated: R

Release Date: September 13, 2019

Director: Lorene Scafaria

Stars: Jennifer Lopez, Constance Wu, Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer

Plot: A group of high-paid strippers have to find a way to make a living after the stock market crash of 2008

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Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee

 

 

This is one of those films that could have been so great. It has a fascinating story, (based somewhat off of a true story), and great acting. Unfortunately, the editing and cinematography pull this movie back into the "average" category.

 

There has been a lot of Oscar talk for Jennifer Lopez as Best Supporting Actress. She is very good, but I don't see her making the cut for a nomination. She doesn't stand out like one would typically see from an Oscar nominee. And that is mainly because Constance Wu and the rest of the cast are all great in their own ways as well. This is one of the best acted movies of the year so far, unfortunately they didn't have a script worthy of their talents. 

 

The main issue with this film is that it doesn't get to the point until 50+ minutes into it. From that point on the movie is amazing. It's fast-paced and compelling. Unfortunately, the first 50 minutes wander around slowly and with very little purpose. All it does is establish who they are, what they do, and why they need to alter their lives post stock market crash. This could have been handled so much more effectively and been more entertaining if it had taken 20 minutes instead of almost an hour. 

 

It's also a poorly shot film. I'm sure a lot of filters were used while making this movie, but it made a lot of the scenes look out of focus. There were also a lot of weird camera movements that didn't make any sense with the action on the screen. 

 

This had the potential to be one of the better films of the year, unfortunately it is just going to fall into the pile of mostly forgettable films that couldn't quite get the formula correct. 

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BRITTANY RUNS A MARATHON

Rated: R

Release Date: September 13, 2019

Director: Paul Downs Colaizzo

Stars: Jillian Bell, Alice Lee, Jennifer Dundas

Plot: A woman decides to get her life together by making a goal to run in the NYC marathon

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Clint Says: Wait for the digital release

 

 

I love a good inspirational film. A film that has the ability to motivate you, touch your soul, and give you all of the warm, tingly feelings. 

 

This is not one of those films. 

 

It wants to be, but it isn't. 

 

This is based on a true story, and the real story is quite inspirational. I'm not really sure how the people in charge of this movie managed to swing and miss when it came down to it, but they did. The whole time I was watching the part of the movie that should have been moving me emotionally, I found myself just sitting there, waiting for the next event to happen. 

 

Jillian Bell does a good job in the lead role when she stays on script. There are a few moments where you can tell that they let her do her own thing and most of it isn't funny at all. The supporting characters are the ones that make the film much better.

 

If you are a runner, or a health enthusiast, this is a movie you'll probably want to see and will most likely enjoy. If you are just a movie fan looking for a decent comedy, this may not be your best bet for laughs. 

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IT CHAPTER 2

Rated: R

Release Date: September 6, 2019

Director: Andy Muschetti

Stars: Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader, Bill Skarsgard

Plot: The Losers return to the little town of Derry 27 years after the events that changed their lives because strange events are happening again

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Clint Says: Wait until after opening weekend, but see this in theaters

 

 

If you haven't seen the first movie stop reading now. You absolutely have to see the first film for anything in this movie to make sense. For those of you that have already seen the first movie, get ready for a crazy ride.

 

Okay, so, I need you to see this movie right away because we need to talk. There is so much going on in this nearly 3-hour freak-fest that we all will need people to help us just to figure out what is going on and why. 

 

While this movie isn't quite as good as the first one, it is still an excellent film. It takes a bit to figure out who the characters are, but once they start weaving together the kids' lives with their respective adults everything falls into place and feels right. All of the adult actors do a masterful job at keeping the vital parts of their characters created by the kids. By the end it almost feels like the kids really grew up into these adults. 

 

As for the story, it is filled with grotesque creatures, horrific imagery, and high levels of suspense. It is also incredibly funny. And even though the movie is just shy of three hours long it never feels like it is dragging. It probably could have been better with another 20 or so minutes cut out of it, but it is fine just the way it is. 

 

There are several scenes that are quite confusing because there are a lot of flashbacks and hallucinations. Sometimes it is difficult to figure out what is "real" and what is happening in the character's head. And there are a couple of scenes where you will be left scratching your head trying to figure out what just happened. (This is why we need to talk).

 

As far as horror films go, this series is at the very top of the game. If you enjoyed the first one, you have to see this one. It will give you a satisfying ending to the twisted tale.  

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DON'T LET GO

Rated: R

Release Date: August 30, 2019

Director: Jacob Estes

Stars: David Oyelowo, Storm Reid

Plot: A man's niece is murdered, but somehow he is still able to talk to her on the phone. Now he must use her to try to solve her own murder

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Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee

 

 

This film is based on an interesting and unique premise. It requires a lot of suspension of disbelief, but if you can get there, this movie is intriguing and suspenseful. It has elements of a crime drama, but it also slides into the paranormal genre as well. 

 

The pacing isn't great. There are several moments where the story seems to drag along, but other than that everything else is a positive. The best part of the film is the acting. Storm Reid is amazing in her role. She does a fantastic job of getting the audience to root for her and feel her emotions. 

 

The film has a lot of suspense and a good mystery. It can get confusing if you aren't paying close attention, so you need to be watching all of the time. There are a couple of moments that feel like the paranormal aspect has been pushed too far, but as long as you don't let that bother you, you will be entertained. 

 

This is a really good movie, not a great one. It's worth seeing in the theaters if you are already pretty sure you are going to like it. If you are on the fence about it, you may want to wait for the digital release. If you are in the mood for a crime drama with a twist then this film will satisfy.

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THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON

Rated: R

Release Date: August 23, 2019

Director: Tyler Nilson, Mike Schwartz

Stars: Zack Gottsagen, Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson

Plot: Two people running away from their past travel together to try to find the place where one of their dreams can come true

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Clint Says: Drop everything and see this in theaters now

 

 

This film has a great chance to be the feel good movie of the year. It is so simple, but it is absolutely beautiful in its simplicity. I kept on catching myself with a big, stupid grin on my face as the story unfolded. And when it came to an end it left me wanting so much more. 

 

It's hard to believe that a movie about a couple of misfits in love with back-woods wrestling could make for one of the great films of the year, but it is true. This film is superb.

 

I'm not the biggest Shia LaBeouf fan, most of his work I find rather annoying, even though I appreciate the fact that he is always pushing the edge of acting into new and interesting places. However, he give a masterful performance in this film that is a joy to watch from beginning to end. 

 

LaBeouf is fantastic, but it is Zack Gottsagen who completely steals the show. His performance is so endearing, so real, and so raw that you feel like you are right there with him every step of the journey. His comedic timing and his sense of drama draw the audience in to the point where you can truly feel his joy and his pain. 

 

This is one of those films that will have you cheering hard for the heroes, laughing at the craziness, and crying through the heartache. It is a wonderful, powerful, and emotional film that should be on your list to see as soon as possible.

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ANGEL HAS FALLEN

Rated: R

Release Date: August 23, 2019

Director: Ric Roman Waugh

Stars: Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, Nick Nolte, Danny Huston

Plot: When the President is attacked his top security detail is framed and must fight to clear his name

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Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee

 

 

This is the third film in the "FALLEN" franchise. You would think by now that the President would realize that his number one security guy is incredibly terrible at his job, because people have almost killed him in massive plots three different times. 

 

Just fire the guy already!

 

As for the movie, it's the same stuff as before, just a different setting. Lot's of explosions, lots of gunfire, and about a thousand laws broken, but none of that matters in the end, because the good guy finally gets his man. 

 

The best part of this movie is Nick Nolte. He completely steals the show. He is hilarious and heartwarming. And he adds a much-needed element of humanity to the story. Without him this film would be stiff and unbearable. 

 

As with most movies of this ilk, it is full of plot holes and moments of convenience. Just ignore those and go with it if you want to enjoy the film.

 

If you like high-stakes action flicks then you'll probably enjoy seeing this. You might as well see it in the theaters, just so you can get the full, body-shaking effect of stuff blowing up. If you are hoping for a smart, political thriller you should keep your money in your pocket and wait for something else to come along.

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OVERCOMER

Rated: PG

Release Date: August 23, 2019

Director: Alex Kendrick

Stars: Alex Kendrick, Shari Rigby, Priscilla C. Shirer, Aryn Wright-Thompson

Plot: A basketball coach must coach a one-person cross country team when their town factory shuts down and everyone moves away

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Clint Says:Wait for the digital release

 

 

If you've seen any of the Kendrick brothers' movies, you know exactly what you are getting yourself into with this film. Is it a cinematic masterpiece? No, but it is inspirational, it will make you ugly cry, and it is a good, clean story for families. 

 

There aren't a lot of family-friendly films that are entertaining enough to earn your theater dollars and your time. This one teeters on the edge of being good enough to see in theaters, but when it comes down to it, there really isn't anything in the movie that makes it worth seeing on the big screen instead of just waiting for it to come out digitally.

 

The story is interesting, but the execution leaves a lot to be desired. There are so many "discussions over a cup of coffee" moments that slow down the film too much. A good film gives us the important information while staying dynamic, rather than having all of the pertinent information dumped out in our laps during a discussion between two characters. (That usually happens over a cup of coffee).

 

This is a fine film. It will inspire you and make you feel things, but it isn't the kind of movie that will stay with you. If you are looking for a way to spend an evening with the whole family, and you aren't afraid to cry in front of your kids, give this one a shot. 

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READY OR NOT

Rated: R

Release Date: August 21, 2019

Director: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett

Stars: Samara Weaving, Adam Brody, Andie MacDowell, Henry Czerny

Plot: A newlywed finds out her new in-laws are a murderous bunch of crazies

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Clint Says: Wait until after opening weekend, but see this in theaters

 

 

 

There is a fine line when a horror film tries to be quirky and funny at the same time. Most horror flicks don't get it right. This one gets it close enough to right to make it fun and entertaining.

 

In fact, this may be my favorite horror film to come along since IT hit the big screen. (Although HAPPY DEATH DAY 2U was really good, too).

 

It takes a few minutes for this movie to hit it's stride. At the beginning it feels like the pacing, the actors, and even the music aren't quite in sync, but after the first 15 minutes everything falls into place and from then on it is a wild and bloody ride to the end. 

 

The film is full of a lot of fun characters. Some of them are a little much for the feel of the movie, but most of them are spot on. Samara Weaving is outstanding in her role as the vulnerable, unknowing, hero. You really feel for her as she gets caught up in the high stakes game, and begins to understand all of the insanity around her. Her transformation feels real. 

 

This movie reminded me a lot of the old movie CLUE. It has the same feel and a similar comedic level, but this film takes the killing and gore to a place way beyond CLUE ever thought about going.

 

If you love horror flicks, this one is a must-see.

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47 METERS DOWN: UNCAGED

Rated: R

Release Date: August 16, 2019

Director: Johannes Roberts

Stars: Sophie Nelisse, Sistine Stallone, Brianne Tju, Corinne Foxx

Plot: Four girls find themselves trapped in an underwater, shark-infested, cave

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Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee

 

 

If you saw the first film in this franchise you know that the ending made most people throw their leftover popcorn at the screen. Thankfully, the makers of this movie learned their lesson and didn't give us a terrible ending. 

 

This flick is not great by any stretch of the imagination, but it does exactly what it sets out to do. It makes you feel lost, claustrophobic, and panicked, and then the sharks show up and scare you half to death. This isn't a movie for people that like to think about plot, or examine why someone is doing something so stupid instead of doing the obvious thing. This is a movie where you grab a huge bucket of popcorn, throw out all thoughts of science and logic, and enjoy the heck out of zombie sharks chasing people through an underground cave. 

 

Critically speaking this movie is terrible. There isn't a story, there are no character arcs, the effects are bad, and the script is worse. But from the standpoint of wanting to see sharks eat humans, this is 90 minutes of greatness. 

 

There is nothing about this film that is going to rock your world or make you think about it long after you've seen it. It's nothing more than a decent film made to creep you out and make you never want to scuba dive ever again. 

 

Try not to think at all while watching this movie and you'll have a great time. 

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GOOD BOYS

Rated: R

Release Date: August 16, 2019

Director: Gene Stupnitsky

Stars: Jacob Tremblay, Keith L. Williams, Brady Noon

Plot: Three tweens find themselves in the middle of a very grown-up adventure

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Clint Says: Wait until after opening weekend, but see this in theaters

 

 

It isn't very often that you can see a movie that is sweet, heart-warming, and adorable, and at the same time it is, insanely raunchy, foul-mouthed, drug-filled, and ridiculously hilarious. It's even less often that those opposite elements can be combined to make a great movie.

 

In this case, they work.

 

Jacob Tremblay (ROOM, WONDER) is fantastic in his first coming-of-age role. He's been a great actor for years already, but this film proves that he also has comedic timing. His co-stars are wonderful in their own ways. Keith Williams steals a ton of scenes. He is a fantastically funny straight man. And Brady Noon plays a perfect version of a 6th grader who wants to be tough, but has no clue how to make that happen.

 

What makes this movie work so well is that the kids are wanting to do adult things, but they are too innocent to figure it all out. If it had just been a movie about three potty-mouthed tweens that are wise to the ways of the world it wouldn't have worked.

 

This movie is very rated R all the way through. If you can handle 90 minutes of nastiness, then you will have a blast watching this movie. Just make sure you don't take the kids or you will have a TON of explaining to do.

 

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BLINDED BY THE LIGHT

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: August 16, 2019

Director: Gurinder Chadha

Stars: Viveik Kalra, Aaron Phagura, Nell Williams

Plot: A teen, growing up in 1980's England, finds his inspiration through the music and lyrics of Bruce Springsteen

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Clint Says: Wait for the digital release

 

 

I don't really like to compare movies to other films, but in this case I almost have to do it. This is a British comedy focused on music. It would be shelved right beside films like YESTERDAY and SING STREET. Unfortunately, both of those films are far superior to this one.

 

This movie feels like a low-budget, second-year-film-student project. It has pacing issues, the acting, aside from a couple of secondary characters is bad, the dialogue is stilted, and for a movie about a teen's love for all things Bruce Springsteen, it feels like there aren't a lot of songs from The Boss. (In reality there are 12, but most are barely used at all, and two are used extensively, so it makes it feel like they couldn't afford all of the songs they wanted so they licensed a couple a used them every chance they could get).

 

The story is interesting, but it doesn't offer us anything we haven't seen before in movies about teens chasing their dreams and breaking away from their parents. In fact, this movie doesn't even do that very well. Most of the character development happens in the last 15 minutes of the film. Essentially, everybody stubbornly stays the same for the first 95 minutes, then finally, everyone has an life-changing moment all at the same time.

 

Even if you are a huge Springsteen fan, I think you are going to have a hard time enjoying this film. If you aren't a fan of The Boss, take this one off of your list now. There is nothing for you to see or experience in this movie.

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THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE 2

Rated: PG

Release Date: August 13, 2019

Director: Thurop Van Orman

Stars: Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Leslie Jones, Bill Hader

Plot: The birds and pigs must work together when a new threat promises to take out both of their islands

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Clint Says: Wait for the digital release

 

 

This is one of those times where Hollywood should have walked away when it had the chance. The first ANGRY BIRDS movie was a lot of fun, and funny. This one feels like nothing more than a poorly written cash grab. I saw it in a theater with a bunch of kids and their parents. I might as well have been in a library with how quiet the place was.

 

I guess on the one hand, maybe that means the kids were captivated enough by the movie to sit quiet and still for 100 minutes, but it also means that all of the comedy landed flat. There wasn't a single moment where I heard crowd laughter.

 

It's slow-paced, barely funny, and annoyingly similar to the first film in look and story.

 

There is nothing innovative, special, or unique about this movie. It offers nothing that makes it worth spending your money to see it in theaters. Just wait for the digital release. That way, when your kids get bored with it, you can turn it off and not feel bad about wasting all of that money.

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DORA AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD

Rated: PG

Release Date: August 9, 2019

Director: James Bobin

Stars: Isabela Moner, Eva Longoria, Danny Trejo, Michael Pena

Plot: Dora and her friends must find her parents and the lost city of gold before the bad guys get to them first

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Clint Says: Wait until after opening weekend, but see this in theaters

 

 

As the father of five kids I have seen what feels like several thousand episodes of DORA THE EXPLORER. When I heard about the live action film I was wondering how they were going to take something so simple and turn it into something fun for the kids but also exciting enough to keep parents from being insanely bored.

 

I shouldn't have worried, because they killed it.

 

This movie is so much fun for kids and adults. There are hilarious throwbacks to the cartoon, there are moments of irreverence. and there are poop jokes. What more could you ask for?

 

Sure, the plot is somewhat formulaic and simplistic, but it is a movie made for young kids. The good news is that it is still compelling and exciting for everyone else. It is funny, sweet, and joyful from beginning to end.

 

If you have younger kids, put this one on the list to see soon. It is totally worth your time and money.

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THE KITCHEN

Rated: R

Release Date: August 9, 2019

Director: Andrea Berloff

Stars: Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, Elisabeth Moss, Domhnall Gleeson

Plot: Three women plot to take over the mob business in Hell's Kitchen after their husbands are sent to prison

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Clint Says: Wait for the digital release

 

 

Sometimes an idea looks great on paper, but when it finally plays out it isn't very good. That is the case with THE KITCHEN. What should be an entertaining, female-empowering, 1970's mobster film turns out to be a slow, half-told story where, ultimately, it is men that are really the ones in power.

 

The good news is that the acting is very good and the music is great (especially if you are a fan of Fleetwood Mac). Aside from that this movie has very little to offer that would make your ticket purchase worth it.

 

Unfortunately, the best parts of this movie are pushed off to the side, and the twists that could be fascinating are played out way to fast and too matter-of-fact. When the reveals come, it isn't an a-ha moment, but rather a moment where you just shrug your shoulders and move on to the next scene.

 

Thankfully, this film is less than two hours long, but the first hour drags on forever. By the time the real action starts to kick in we already know almost everything about the story, so it's just a matter of watching it all play out instead of feeling like we are experiencing things with the characters.

 

It is truly disappointing that a film that could have been filled with kick-butt women doing kick-butt things ends up being a story about the women only being able to handle things with the help of men, and eventually ending up in a situation where they only have power because the men are letting them. If you are going simply for the female power angle, then go ahead and take this one off your list now, otherwise you will be severely disappointed.

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SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: August 9, 2019

Director: Andre Ovredal

Stars: Zoe Margaret Colletti, Michael Garza, Gabriel Rush, Austin Zajur

Plot: A group pf teens find a book in a suspected haunted house, and the stories inside the book begin to come true

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Clint Says: Wait for the digital release

 

 

This is about as middle-of-the-road horror flick as you can get. It's not overly scary, it's not mind-numbingly stupid, but it also never really goes anywhere innovative or exciting. It just sort of happens. 

 

It feels like a lot of the cast and crew were just going through the motions while making this movie. There are several scenes that are shot poorly, or have bad acting, or terrible lighting. The characters aren't very compelling, in fact it is pretty difficult to care about any of them. And the scary figures are more laughable than creepy.

 

There are a couple of suspenseful moments, and there is one interesting twist that happens, but it is never explained. If they had expanded on that twist some more this could have been a much better film. 

 

This one is okay, but it isn't worth theater money. Save that for films like IT CHAPTER 2 (which will hopefully be as good as the first one). This film will be fine to see on your computer screen a couple of months from now.

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THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN

Rated: PG

Release Date: August 9, 2019

Director: Simon Curtis

Stars: Kevin Costner, Milo Ventimiglia, Amanda Seyfried

Plot: A dog spends his life with a race car driver and his family

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Clint Says: Wait for the digital release

 

 

First off, let's just get this one out of the way right away, Kevin Costner is a terrible voice actor. I spent the entire film picturing him standing in a recording booth reading lines over and over again, but always reading them the same way until the director finally just gave up and said, "we've got it." There are so many lines that feel awkward and out of place. 

 

Next, since the entire movie is narrated by the dog (Kevin Costner), it feels like I was watching someone read a bad book aloud. The whole time I was mentally screaming at the movie to stop telling me things and start showing me. Telling is boring and static, showing is exciting and dynamic. 

 

The other thing that is so strange about this movie is that it doesn't seem to know it's target. Is it a dog movie? Is it a romance? Is it a movie about racing? Is it a movie about living life together? The answer is yes to all of them. You can't have a good movie that tries to do all of the things at once. It won't please anyone.

 

Throw on top of that poor dialogue, mediocre acting, and boring cinematography and you have a pretty bland flick that isn't worth your time or effort. If you happen to run across it when it comes out digitally, you might give it a shot just to see if you like it, but don't be surprised if you turn it off before the halfway point. 

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HOBBS AND SHAW

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: August 2, 2019

Director: David Leitch

Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Vanessa Kirby, Idris Elba

Plot: Two former enemies must work together to save the world from a deadly virus and a mad man

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Clint Says: Drop everything and go see this in theaters now

 

 

Sometimes in life you just want something brainless, ridiculous, and stupid to satisfy your cravings. This is the perfect movie for that. It is, in every way, brainless, ridiculous, and stupid. But it is also a good movie. 

 

The banter and jokes thrown between Dwayne Johnson and Jason Staham are fantastic, funny, entertaining, and awesome. I have no idea how they managed to shoot several of the scenes without cracking up every single take. 

 

One of the best additions to this film, and the FAST AND FURIOUS franchise is the appearance of Helen Mirren as Shaw's criminal mastermind mother. She is brilliant in the role and perfectly hilarious, too. 

 

Vanessa Kirby also brings new blood to the franchise in more ways than one. Her fighting skills are on par with the guys three times her size, and she is faster and smarter than everyone she encounters. Plus she has a very interesting relationship with both Hobbs and Shaw making for some great comedic tension.

 

Idris Elba plays the over-the-top bad guy as well as anyone has ever played the bad guy in a movie like this. He goes to the extreme without it becoming too campy. And because of his character we get to see a ton of cool stuff blow up. 

 

I'm pretty sure I lost brain cells while watching this film, but I'm completely okay with that. This is 100% awesome fun. It is insanely funny, overflowing with ridiculous action, and packed with high levels of testosterone and stupidity. What more could anyone possibly want or need in a summer popcorn flick. 

 

This one is so fun you may even want to see it twice. 

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THE FAREWELL

Rated: PG

Release Date: August 2, 2019

Director: Lulu Wang

Stars: Awkwafina, Shuzhen Zhao, Diana Lin

Plot: A Chinese family gathers to say goodbye to their dying matriarch, but she doesn't know she is dying

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Clint Says: Drop everything and go see this in theaters now

 

 

This is easily one of my favorite movies of the year. It is so touching, emotional, and so perfectly Chinese in every way. 

 

I have had the pleasure of spending a significant amount of time all over China and there are things there that you would never experience in the West. Watching this movie brought back all of those memories. 

 

Lulu Wang does an amazing job at directing this film. The pacing is perfect, the shots and sets are artistic and beautiful, and the story is told well. 

 

Awkwafina proves that she is one of Hollywood's finest actors with her award-worthy performance. You truly feel for her character and the struggle she is going through throughout the film. And seeing her finally make the choice that she feels is the right one is such a powerful and moving moment. 

 

The show-stealer though is Shuzhen Zhao who plays the matriarch of the family. She is so incredibly funny with her abrupt, no-nonsense talk. And her face lights up the room every time she is on screen. 

 

Even if you aren't a fan of foreign language films, you should give this one a shot. The story is told so well. It is funny, heartbreaking, beautiful, and wonderful. I would bet that this film makes a lot of people's Top 10 Films list this year.