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JUNGLE CRUISE
Rated: PG-13
Release Date: July 30, 2021
Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt, Edgar Ramirez, Jesse Plemons
Plot: An adventurous doctor hires a wild captain to help her find a tree that could change medicine forever
 
Clint Says: Wait until after opening weekend, but see this in theaters
 
 
First things first, if you are a fan of the Jungle Cruise ride you are going to love this movie. It is filled with all of the special moments and terrible jokes that make the ride so much fun. And you can tell that Dwayne Johnson had an absolute blast getting his pun on and delivering some of the classic lines from the ride. 
 
If you've never been on the ride it's okay. You will still find this movie highly entertaining and exciting. It is filled with great action, fun characters, and beautiful scenery. The story is interesting with several big twists along the way that you'll never see coming. 
 
Johnson and Emily Blunt are wonderful together. They have great on-screen chemistry, and you can tell they had a lot of fun making this film together. Yet, even though they are both two of the biggest stars on the planet, Jack Whitehall steals nearly every scene he is in. He is hilarious, giving the audience several laugh-out-loud moments. 
 
One thing that you should know going into this movie is that it is rated PG-13 for a reason. There are several scenes that I would consider to be way too intense for the under 7 crowd. It's not nearly as tame as the Disneyland ride. So if you have little ones, you may want to see it first before you bring them along. 

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THE GREEN KNIGHT

Rated: PG-13
Release Date: July 30, 2021
Director: David Lowery
Stars: Dev Patel, Alicia Vikander, Joel Edgerton
Plot: Sir Gawain accepts a challenge in King Arthur's court that send him on a journey of discovery and torment
 
Clint Says: Wait for the digital release
 
 

Dev Patel is a rock star. He is one of the best actors in Hollywood today, and he makes every film he is in better. Thankfully, he was in this movie, because it could have been pretty bad without him. 

 
If you know the tale of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, go ahead a toss about 70% of that story out of your head. This film takes the story in a direction that is much less honorable than the original poem. There are several moments where Gawain isn't worthy of his knighthood. 
 
The film itself is really long and slow. It feels like they could have easily cut 30 minutes out of it and it would have only made the movie better. There is a lot of time spent on artistic imagery. That is fine for the beauty of the visuals, but the story suffers because of it. 
 
If you are the kind of person that enjoys artistic imagery with  ethereal plots then you will enjoy this movie. If you need your movies to move from point A to point B in a timely fashion and with purpose, this may be a film you will want to skip. 
 

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SNAKE EYES
Rated: PG-13
Release Date: July 23, 2021
Director: Robert Schwentke
Stars: Henry Golding. Andrew Koji, Haruka Abe, Takehiro Hira
Plot: A drifter saves the life of a powerful man who takes him in and teaches him how to become a warrior, but other forces are trying to pull him away
 
Clint Says: Wait until after opening weekend, but see this in theaters
 

 

G.I. Joe fans, the long wait is over. You are finally going to get the movies that you've always wanted. This reboot is way better than the 2009 version.
 
The great thing about this movie is you don't have to be a fan of the series in order to enjoy it. Sure, there are some great Easter eggs for fans all throughout the film, but if you never watched the cartoon, you'll still get all of the important information. 
 
This is a fun flick for anyone that likes action movies, old Kung Fu films, and good mysteries. It encompasses all of those elements into one action-packed origin story. In fact, it has so much action that it really doesn't feel like your typical origin story. They get through the pertinent, but static stuff quickly and without it being overly slow, and get to the reason everyone goes to these movies as fast as possible. 
 
The one big strike against this movie is the camera work. They used the shaky cam method to shoot all of the fight scenes, and there are a ton of fight scenes, so it feels like half of the movie is out of focus. It would have been a much better movie if we could have seen all of the fights. 
 
For fans of the series, you'll be happy to know that this film sets up at least two more movies if not more. It wouldn't surprise me if Snake Eyes 2 was already in production. So if you are a fan of the series, or you just love action flicks, give this one a shot. It's a fun way to spend a hot afternoon in a cool place. 

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OLD
Rated: PG-13
Release Date: July 23, 2021
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Stars: Gael Garcia Bernal, Vicky Krieps, Rufus Sewell, Alex Wolff
Plot: A group of vacationers travel to a private beach only to find that time does not work the same way there
 
Clint Says: Wait for the digital release
 

 

Congratulations, M. Night Shyamalan. You finally made an average movie.
 
Up to this point Shyamalan has made either outstanding films like The Sixth Sense, or piles of cinematic junk like The Happening. He's made close to 20 films over his career. None of which I could say are just okay...until now. 
 
The main issue with this film is that we all already know the "Shyamalan twist" is coming. And if you've seen the trailer, you literally know everything that happens in the movie up until the twist. So, basically, you have to sit through an hour and 25 minutes of the drama of people getting old really fast in order to get to the five minutes of the movie that actually matter. 
 
Now, as for those last five minutes, they are very interesting. You'll spend the entire movie feeling that what is happening to the people on the beach is horrible, but after the reveal you'll be questioning your own thoughts and saying things like, "that makes perfect sense and I don't know if this is a bad thing. In fact, this might be a great thing."
 
It is really too bad that such an amazing premise and twist gets lost in a slow and almost boring film. You'd be better off watching this where you can control time yourself by fast forwarding through all of the stuff you find boring and getting to the twist when you want to get there. It's somewhat ironic that the best way to watch a movie about altering time is to do it by altering time, maybe that's the real "Shyamalan twist" to this film.  

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JOE BELL
Rated: R
Release Date: July 23, 2021
Director: Reinaldo Marcus Green
Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Reid Miller, Connie Britton
Plot: A man decides to walk from Oregon to New York to teach anyone who will listen about inclusiveness and bullying after his son tells him he is gay
 
Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee
 

 

Every year there are about a dozen films that come out that have a powerful and emotional story and message, but the film itself is average at best. This movie falls into that category. It is 100% worth seeing because of the story, you'll just have to endure the way the story is being told. 
 
This is based on a true story. If you know the story of Joe Bell and his son, don't tell anyone anything before they see this movie. If you don't know about Joe, make sure you keep it that way before you see the film. There are certain thematic elements that will not make any sense if you already know how it ends. 
 
Aside from the story, the one thing that stand out as great is the acting. Mark Wahlberg plays a hard-nosed, very rough around the edges man who loves his family deeply, but can't quite figure out how to say it or show it where they feel it. That's what makes his walk such a powerful statement. 
 
Reid Miller plays Bell's son who has come out as gay. His performance is incredible. He steals every scene he is in, and you can feel the pain and struggle through his expressions. This isn't the caliber of film that is going to get award looks, but if it does, Miller deserves a supporting actor nod. 
 
This isn't good enough to be something that I would recommend spending the time and money to see it in a theater, but the message of a father's love for his bullied son is absolutely worth it. This will not be one of the best films you see this year, but it should be one that is on your list to see at some point. 

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SPACE JAM: A NEW LEGACY
Rated: PG
Release Date: July 16, 2021
Director: Malcolm D. Lee
Stars: LeBron James, Don Cheadle, Cedric Joe
Plot: When LeBron's son is taken by a crazed artificial intelligence system, he must win a basketball game to get him back
 
Clint Says: Wait until it is streaming for free
 

 

Why? 
 
Why did Warner Brothers feel it necessary to give us another Space Jam 25 years after the first?*
 
Was there a secret underground society begging for this movie to be made? 
 
I can't think of a single person that I have ever known who has ever had the thought, "you know what we need? Another Space Jam movie!" And I know people that have worked and do work at WB!
 
This is a snoozefest filled with terrible acting, it puts a terrible twist on a boring and formulaic plot, and you know how it ends before it even begins. 
 
Here's what some of the cast members probably said about the finished product: 
 
            Sylvester the cat - "SSSSufferin' succotash! This thing sssstinks!"
 
            Daffy Duck - "I'm not a betting man, but my money is on the other guy." (That's actually a quote of his from the movie).
 
            Yosemite Sam - "Can I just shoot this dang thing and put it out of its misery?"
 
            Tweety Bird - "Are you $%$^ kidding me!? This %&#^$ is going to ruin my #^$^%* career!" (I'm pretty sure that one was caught off                    microphone). 
 
I took my 11 and 9 year old daughters to see this with me. The tween thought the movie lasted forever. (Read that line like it is coming out of a teen's mouth and you'll get all of the emotion you need.) And she was right. This movie is almost 2 hours long. I don't like this new trend with studios making kids movies that push 120 minutes. 90 should be about the max. If you can't get a kids flick accomplished in 90 minutes then re-work it until you get there. 
 
The 9 year old summed up the entire Space Jam 2 experience the best when I asked her what she thought of the movie. Her response was simply, "I'm just here for the popcorn." So, if you are like her and couldn't care less about anything other than the concession stand, you may find the movie to be somewhat tolerable. For the rest of the world, I say wait until it streams for free somewhere. 
 
*The answer is because Warner Brothers turned a 2 hour movie into a 2 hour ad for all of their film and TV franchises. There are dozens of cameos from characters in other films and shows that WB owns. At first it is kind of cute. By the end it is brutally annoying in its obvious money grab. 
ESCAPE ROOM: TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS
Rated: PG-13
Release Date: July 16, 2021
Director: Adam Robitel
Stars: Taylor Russell, Logan Miller, Deborah Ann Woll, Thomas Cocquerel
Plot: Zoey and Ben get pulled back into the sinister world of Minos and their high-stakes escape rooms
 
Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee
 
 
If you saw the first film in this franchise you know exactly what to expect out of this one. And it will give you exactly what you expect. Nothing more, and nothing less. 
 
Just like the first film, the characters are drawn into the game in an unsuspecting, but very high stakes way, and from then on it's a frantic race to find all of the clues and escape before they all die. It does have several moments of suspense, and there are a couple of twists along the way that make the story more compelling, but it is essentially the exact same film as the first one, just with updated rooms. 
 
There are a lot of good things about this film, but there are a few things that lessen the story and suspense. For one, it gets extremely annoying that the characters are always screaming as they are trying to figure out the clues. I get that it is a high stress environment, but the screaming is so annoying and over the top. Also, some of the clues are nearly impossible to figure out, but they always manage to get there. And finally, while this film does advance the overall story of the franchise, this film is essentially a replica of the first one. 
 
Aside from that, and a few plot holes that always pop up in movies like this, it is a fairly entertaining and fun flick. If you want to spice up your movie-going experience, but you don't want to go to a full on horror movie, this one is a good choice. Just don't expect too much out of it and you won't be disappointed. 

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BLACK WIDOW
Rated: PG-13
Release Date: July 9, 2021
Director: Cate Shortland
Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, David Harbour, Rachel Weisz
Plot: While the Avengers are torn apart, Natasha Romanoff discovers a past rival is still operating in secret
 
Clint Says: Drop everything and see this in theaters now
 

 

It's been 11 years since Scarlett Johansson gave us our first look at the character we know as Black Widow. From the first moment Tony Stark laid eyes on Natalie Rushman we all knew she was going to be something special. For a lot of fans she has been one of their favorite Avengers, and now she gets her own story to show off her skills and give us a better look into what makes her tick. 
 
I know a lot of people have been confused by the timeline of this film. For reference, this story happens after the Avengers have been torn apart and some of them imprisoned. Black Widow is on her own. 
 
That being established means this isn't a true "origin story," but we do get to see how it all began for her. The good news is this doesn't have your typical, slow-moving, information dump. It gets right to the point and keeps the pace up throughout the entire 2 1/2 hours. 
 
This film is filled with amazing action, fantastic dialogue, and a highly compelling and emotional story. You really feel for her and her sister as they go through a nearly impossible journey of healing. There are moments that will break your heart and make you want to get into the fight with her. 
 
Aside from the emotions, this film is packed with action. There are so many great fight scenes and action sequences. It barely gives you time to catch your breath before the next big event slams into the screen. 
 
There are somewhere in the neighborhood of 2 dozen Marvel films out now. Personally, I would rank this one in the top 5 or 6. It is an incredible film that never feels like it is dragging or is too long. It hits all of the right notes and will leave you wanting more. 
 
I know that this film is releasing simultaneously in theaters and on Disney+, but I highly encourage you to see it in theaters. This is the kind of film made to be seen on the big screen. It is totally worth the money and the time to see it as big and loud as you possibly can. 
 
Finally, make sure you stick around for the after-credits scene. It will make you wish you could see that movie right now. 

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THE FOREVER PURGE
Rated: R
Release Date: July 2, 2021
Director: Everardo Gout
Stars: Ana de la Reguera, Josh Lucas, Will Patton, Cassidy Freeman
Plot: A group of people decide the purge shouldn't stop after 12 hours
 
Clint Says: Wait for the digital release
 

 

 

Based on the first film, it's hard to believe that this franchise has lasted for five films, but thanks to the end of the second film and all of the third and fourth films this has turned into a solid and compelling series. 

 

One of the best aspects of these movies is their cultural relevance. They take current political situations, squeeze them out to the extreme and force you to answer some difficult questions. I'm sure there are some that will find this film offensive with some of the questions it poses, but most people will find it inventive and inquisitive to a degree, but it isn't nearly as good as the best Purge films. 
 
Out of the five films, I would rank this one right in the middle. It's not great, it's not terrible, it does just enough to keep the story alive and somewhat interesting, but it isn't good enough to make me want a sixth one.
 
This is a movie that is worth seeing once, but not right now. Give it a few months until it is streaming on some service and watch it then. 
 

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THE BOSS BABY: FAMILY BUSINESS
Rated: PG
Release Date: July 2, 2021
Director: Tom McGrath
Stars: Alec Baldwin, James Marsden, Amy Sedaris, Eva Longoria
Plot: When things go bad at the baby company, the Templeton brothers are called back into action to help save the day
 
Clint Says: Wait for the digital release
 

 

Most animated kids movies have some quaint little takeaway that hits home at the end of the film. Something like, "family and love are more important than anything else." Then sometimes those films are successful enough to get the green light on a sequel. And then a few of those sequels take that tidy little takeaway from the first film and spend the entire 90 minutes trying to hammer it into your brain like a railroad spike. 

 

This film is that hammer. 

I really wish this would have been a better film. The first one was great, and this one has moments of greatness, but overall it is okay at best. There is nothing noteworthy, unique, or worthy of making the trek to see this in the theaters. Especially since there are plenty of family films available right now that are so much better than this one.

It does have a few good laughs and a couple of really fun action scenes, and there are a couple of throwbacks that fans of the first film will enjoy, so if you do end up seeing it, you won't be completely disappointed.  

 

 

If you can stream it on Peacock, it might be worth it if the price is low enough, but I wouldn't pay any more than about $10 for this one. 

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F9: THE FAST SAGA
Rated: PG-13
Release Date: June 25, 2021
Director: Justin Lin
Stars: Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, John Cena, Charlize Theron
Plot: Dom and company are tasked with saving the world, this time their foe is Dom's younger brother

Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee

When you have nine of anything you are bound to have a couple of great ones and a couple of stinkers. And while this film doesn't fall low enough to be in the stinker category, it is still a long way from being a great film. 

One of the things that has always been great about this franchise is that it avoids taking itself too seriously. Until now. This movie feels more like a soap opera than a FF film. It has way too many moments where the plot drags along, and way too many moments that feel like they were taken straight out of a General Hospital script. 

The other downfall of this film is the ridiculousness of the action. It's always been crazy and over the top in these films, but this one takes the ridiculousness to a whole new level that makes you want to laugh out loud and roll your eyes at the same time. For example, taking out a plane as it is trying to take off? That is ridiculous and fun, but launching a Fierro into space? That's way over the top for most people. 

This is the kind of movie that you should watch once if you are a big fan of the franchise. However, if you are just a casual observer, I would recommend skipping this one. It has a few great moments, but the overall story is pretty lame. 

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12 MIGHTY ORPHANS
Rated: PG-13
Release Date: June 18, 2021
Director: Ty Roberts
Stars: Luke Wilson, Martin Sheen, Wayne Knight, Vinessa Shaw
Plot: A teacher at a Texas orphanage starts a football program that quickly becomes one of the best in the country
 
Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee
 

 

This film is inspired by a true story, and what a story it is. There is no way a movie could live up to the real-life story, but the people behind this film did everything they could to get it as close as possible. Unfortunately, it doesn't quite play as well as I would have hoped. 
 
Is it a good and inspiring film? Yes. Is it a great film that makes you want to hit the field? No. Is it one that you should see? Sure, if you like underdog sports movies.
 
I think the thing this movie missed was the character development, which is not easy to say because the film spends a lot of time on character development. It just feels like there could have been more, or it could have been done more effectively to help me care about the players.  
 
Luke Wilson does a pretty good job, but I never felt like he was a football genius or an inspiring leader like the real Rusty Russell was. It just felt like he came upon his innovations by stumbling into them and how he handled the teachable moments weren't powerful or emotional. 
 
This is by no means a bad movie. It is inspiring, emotional, and somewhat powerful, but it isn't one of the upper tier sports movies. It's middle of the pack. 
 

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THE HITMAN'S WIFE'S BODYGUARD
Rated: R
Release Date: June 16, 2021
Director: Patrick Hughes
Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Salma Hayek, Antonio Banderas
Plot: Michael, Darius, and Sonia are forced into one another's lives by a madman
 
Clint Says: Drop everything and see this in theaters now
 
 
Very rarely is a sequel as good as the original. Even more rare is when the sequel is better than the first. This movie can raise a toast to being night and day better than its predecessor. 
 
The first one was fun, but too long. This one is downright hilarious all the way through, never feels like it is dragging, and has a much better plot. 
 
Salma Hayek is the true star of this movie. She out-funnies Ryan Reynolds, she out-potty mouths Samuel L. Jackson, and she out-actions both of them. All the while being completely endearing and thoroughly wonderful.  
 
That is not to say that Reynolds and Jackson are lacking in any way. They are not. They bring everything to this film that we all hoped they would bring to the first one. And since the plot is so much better, the whole movie is a win. 
 
If you love wild and crazy action flicks and comedies, this is a must-see film. You will laugh until your jaw hurts, and you'll be interested in how things turn out as well. This will be one of the great popcorn flicks of the summer. So get out there and enjoy it. 
 

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IN THE HEIGHTS
Rated: PG-13
Release Date: June 11, 2021
Director: Jon M. Chu
Stars: Anthony Ramos, Corey Hawkins, Leslie Grace, Melissa Barrera
Plot: A man from Washington Heights has a dream to return to his roots
 
Clint Says: See this in theaters now
 
 
Hamilton creator, Lin Manuel-Miranda has not slowed down one bit since his smash hit took the world by storm. But you may not know that he wrote the music for In The Heights long before. In fact, In The Heights finished its long Broadway run a full four years before Hamilton debuted. And now he has helped turn it into an incredible big screen production. 
 
This is a beautifully choreographed film with incredible music and a powerful story. Nearly every scene is captivating with its colors and movement. You'll feel like you are in the middle of a wonderful party. 
 
Not only is it visually striking, but the music is fantastic as well. This film is filled with songs that are sure to quickly become some of your favorites if you've not seen the stage production. They are catchy, fun, and exciting. If you are a fan of Hamilton you are sure to love these songs as well, because they have that special something that only Lin Manuel-Miranda can give to a song. 
 
Finally, but by no means last, the story is captivating. From the moment the movie starts until the credits roll this is the kind of film that draws you in and keeps you engaged. Even though it clocks in at just over 2 1/2 hours it never feels long or like it is dragging. 
 
If you are a fan of musicals, this is a must-see movie. It may even become one of your all-time favorite stage to screen adaptations. 

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PETER RABBIT 2: THE RUNAWAY
Rated: PG
Release Date: June 11, 2021
Director: Will Gluck
Stars: James Corden, Elizabeth Debicki, Domhnall Gleeson, Rose Byrne
Plot: When Peter keeps getting blamed for things he didn't do, he decides to go down a bad path and take his friends and family with him
 
Clint Says: Wait until after opening weekend, but see this in theaters
 

 

Peter and crew are back again and just as wacky and funny as they were the first time around. It is another episode that will keep the kids laughing and does just enough to keep the parents entertained as well. 
 
As with the first film, this one is filled with physical comedy and silly hijinks. If you or your children are fans of cartoon humor, you will find this movie to be hilarious. Nearly every scene ends in some form of chaos.   
 
The downside to this film is that some of the jokes are done so often that they get old in a hurry. I found myself thinking, "Ok, we get it. Move on," a lot more often than I would have liked. Aside from that, the movie is fun, funny, and exciting. 
 
It is the kind of movie that will have the kids laughing the whole time, and they will sit through the whole thing. I was in a theater with about 40 kids and I only saw two or three leave for a bathroom break. If the film weren't that engaging it would have been a steady stream of people coming and going. 
 
If you are looking for something to do with the whole family soon, you won't go wrong taking them all to see this. Everyone will have fun.

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SPIRIT UNTAMED
Rated: PG
Release Date: June 4, 2021
Director: Elaine Bogan, Ennio Torresan
Stars: Isabela Merced, Jake Gyllenhaal, Marsai Martin, McKenna Grace
Plot: A young girl learns a new life when she moves to a small town and meets a wild horse
 
Clint Says: See this in theaters with the whole family
 
 
If you have been wanting to get back to the theaters and see something with your whole family, look no further than Spirit Untamed. This is a fun, exciting, and touching film that will entertain the kids and keep the parents engaged as well. 
 
The animation is beautiful, the story is interesting, there are plenty of jokes to keep you laughing, and there are several heartfelt moments to give you a range of emotions. It's the kind of film that a 6 year old will enjoy, and so will a 12 year old. And parents, you are going to love that it is less than 90 minutes long. (Though, even for adults, this movie never feels like it is dragging along). 
 
Part of the appeal of this film is the voice acting. The casting director got all of the right people to play all of the important roles. The voices help make this movie even better than it would have been with other people in the roles. 
 
And what is a good animation flick without music? Well, this film is filled with incredible music. You'll be tapping your toes throughout. 
 
So, gather up the family, and head to the theater this weekend to enjoy a wonderful film together. 

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A QUIET PLACE PART II
Rated: PG-13
Release Date: May 28, 2021
Director: John Krasinski
Stars: Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Cillian Murphy, Noah Jupe
Plot: Now that they know how to defeat the aliens, they must travel through treacherous lands to get the information out to the world
 
Clint Says: Drop everything and go see this in theaters now
 
 
John Krasinski is my Hollywood hero. He took a fantastic story, added another dimension to it, and gave us another smart, terrifying, and suspenseful film. And what's even better about this movie is that he fixes the one, big complaint that most of us had about the first film. We finally get to see how the whole thing started.
 
If you have not seen the first movie, it is a must watch. Not only because it is so good, but because this one assumes you already know everything from the first film. If you try to watch this one without having seen the first you will be thoroughly lost and confused. 
 
While the first film focuses almost solely on the Abbott family, the second one expands their world and introduces us to several new characters. The sequel hones in on the nature of man and how, when a catastrophe upends everything, some people turn to good while others turn to bad.
 
Emily Blunt and Millicent Simmonds are fantastic once again. They have an incredible ability to make you feel the suspense they are experiencing. The rest of the cast does good enough to keep you in the story the whole time. 
 
One impressive aspect of this film is how Krasinski created three parallel story lines that move along simultaneously. If you pay attention you will see the similarities as the movie cuts from one scene to the next. It is a powerful storytelling technique that Krasinski uses to perfection. 
 
If you've already seen the first film, get to a theater immediately and see this sequel. If you haven't seen the first one, stop everything, watch it right now, and then get to the theater for the second one. You will not be disappointed.  

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CRUELLA
Rated: PG-13
Release Date: May 28, 2021
Director: Craig Gillespie
Stars: Emma Stone, Emma Thompson, Joel Fry, Paul Walter Hauser
Plot: A fashion designer with a bent towards bad behavior finds a target in one of her heroes
 
Clint Says: Drop everything and go see this in theaters now
 

 

Disney has proven that they have the ability to make great live-action remakes of some of their best animated works. This, however, is a new twist. Giving us a live action back story of an animated villain was probably a tough decision to make, but I'm glad the project got the green light.
 
This is a wild ride right from the start. It's filled with action, comedy, intrigue, and wonderful characters. The story is juicy and filled with all sorts of interesting twists and turns. It clocks in at just over two hours, but it never felt like it was overstaying its welcome. 
 
While the movie is excellent, perhaps the biggest star of the film is the soundtrack. I can't even begin to imagine how much money Disney spent to license all of the incredible music for this film. It feels like every huge hit from the 1960s is played. And what is even better is that the film moves to the beat of the song. If you aren't tapping your toes and singing along the entire movie you may want to have someone check your pulse.
 
As for the characters, they are all so deliciously fun...and flawed. I'm sure Emma Stone had a blast playing the character of Cruella De Vil. After all, being bad is so good. And she was given a wonderfully evil script allowing her to manipulate, annoy, and embarrass the characters around her.
 
If you ever saw 101 Dalmatians and secretly thought Cruella was at least a little bit more interesting than the rest of them, or you said out loud that she was the best part of the movie, this 2021 film is a must-see movie for you. Be the tiniest bit evil today and leave work early to go see this great film.  
 

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DREAM HORSE
Rated: PG
Release Date: May 21, 2021
Director: Euros Lyn
Stars: Toni Collette, Damian Lewis, Owen Teale
Plot: A group of townspeople pool together to buy a race horse

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

 

We've all dreamed about striking it rich by winning the lottery, or some other nearly impossible, but fun way. Some of us just dream about it, others make those dreams become a reality. This film is all about one such woman who refused to be told "no" when it came to her idea of owning a champion race horse. 
 
This is a touching, heart-warming, inspirational film that is suitable for the entire family. The younger kids may not understand some of it, and they may get distracted because of the slow pace, but if they like horses I think they will enjoy this movie. For adults, it is a wonderful tale that will have you cheering wildly for the underdog, and possibly even giving you that push you need to chase down your own dream. 
 
This isn't one of the great movies of the year, but it is good enough to be worthy of your time and money. It's pretty rare for a live-action, true-story film to be something the whole family can enjoy together. If you love a good "little guy makes it in the bog boys' world" story you should go see this soon. 
 

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FINAL ACCOUNT
Rated: PG-13
Release Date: May 21, 2021
Director: Luke Holland
Stars: Various
Plot: First hand accounts from members of the Nazi party during Hitler's regime 
 
Clint Says: See this in theaters, but be prepared to be upset
 

 

This is one of the most fascinating and infuriating documentaries I have ever seen. It is fascinating because you get to hear first-hand accounts of the atrocities that occurred in Germany during WWII. It is infuriating because, even after all of the years and all of the evidence, many of them still refuse to admit what happened. 
 
This is the kind of documentary that should be required viewing in school. It shows how easily things can go bad when groupthink is the norm. It sheds light on how many of the Germans didn't agree with what was going on, but were too afraid to stand up and say anything. And it shows how people refuse to take responsibility for things if they think others will look down on them. 
 
It is filled with incredible images and video surrounded by devastating facts and emotional interviews. You are sure to go through a full range of emotions while viewing this documentary. It will break your heart, it will give you pause as you see things through the eyes of the other side, and it will make you mad. Even so, this is something that everyone should see. 
 
Perhaps this documentary, more than anything else, shows how easy it is for a group of people to get caught up in a movement and go so far down a dark path so fast that it becomes too late to turn back around.