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DEADPOOL 2

Rated: R

Release Date: May 18, 2018

Director: David Leitch

Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Zazie Beetz

Plot: Deadpool tries to save a boy from being killed by Cable

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

 

 

Deadpool has made a triumphant return!

 

While the first Deadpool movie was extraordinary, this one falls just short of that glory. It is still amazing and better than 90% of the other movies out there, but it feels like we are covering some of the same ground with this movie. Sure, there are a million different jokes about male anatomy, but once you know Deadpool is willing to go there it gets a little tired after a while.

 

The story is compelling and well-told. The villain is outstanding and his mission is not only understandable, but logical and worthy. It makes for an interesting plot that pulls at your emotions from several directions.

 

The new characters make for some fun and interesting scenes, but make no mistake, this movie is all about the guy in red and black. 

 

For those of you looking for dirty jokes, lots of blood, big explosions, and juvenile behavior, be not afraid. You will feel the presence of Deadpool's glory covering you in some sort of Deadpoolish fluid from head to toe. Just take your antibiotics before you head to the theater.

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BOOK CLUB

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: May 18, 2018

Director: Bill Holderman

Stars: Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen

Plot: Four women try to spice up their love lives after reading a steamy romance book

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Clint Says: Wait for the digital release

 

 

This film is a tale of two emotions. The first 70 minutes are incredibly funny and smart. Then the movie doesn't just slam on the brakes, it insta-stops and switches to something that tries to be heartwarming and dramatic. There isn't a single memorable laugh for the last 30 minutes of the film.

 

Aside from the pacing issues there are several scenes that look like they were, shot with green screen technology from the mid-90s. One of the Los Angeles landscape scenes looked so fake I swear it was a painting. And the filtering done to soften the faces of the four leads is so overdone that in some scenes it looks like they don't have noses because everything is so flat.

 

It is a good movie, but not great. It's not the kind of film that will make you want to talk about it after it's over or revisit some of the scenes. It's more of a movie that makes for a decent girls' night out for the girls that are over the bar scene.

 

It will give you plenty of laughs and a few groans, but don't expect much more out of it that that.

 

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LIFE OF THE PARTY

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: May 11, 2018

Director: Ben Falcone

Stars: Melissa McCarthy, Gillian Jacobs, Debby Ryan, Luke Benward

Plot: A newly divorced woman goes back to college to finish her senior year with her daughter

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Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee

 

 

Show of hands...Is anyone else sick and tired of Melissa McCarthy always playing the same character? Good to know. I'm glad I'm not alone.

 

I'm sure she has the ability to stretch beyond this character. We've seen it before in SPY, and hopefully we will see it again in CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME, but this film offers nothing but the same old thing.

 

The only thing that makes this film worthy of being seen is the writing. There are several funny moments including one that is so spectacularly funny we missed at least the next 30 seconds of dialogue because of all the people laughing so hard. There are also several cringe worthy moments. Some of this moments are good cringe worthy, some of them are bad cringe worthy.

 

If you go see this, you won't be upset that you spent money on it, but it is the kind of movie you will forget you saw in a few weeks.

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BREAKING IN

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: May 11, 2018

Director: James McTeigue

Stars: Gabrielle Union, Billy Burke, Ajiona Alexus, Seth Carr

Plot: A woman, trapped on the outside of her house, tries to save her children from burglars

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Clint Says: Wait for the digital release and make someone else rent

 

 

Here's the bottom line: Universal Studios, the company that made this movie, doesn't care about it, so why should we? How do I know? 

 

Two reasons.

 

1. There are at least five times where a character drops an F-bomb, but the studio decided they wanted a PG-13 rating, so they overdubbed the lines. They didn't bother to re-shoot any of the scenes, they just overdubbed to save money. So, several times you'll see a character saying "f---", but "friggin'" comes out of his or her mouth.

 

2. This film actually releases the Friday before Mother's Day, but all of the promotion for the film says, "Mother's Day." Why would you skip over the two biggest movie going days of the week in order to promote a Mother's Day open?  Obviously, they have already written this one off.

 

So, why should we care about this movie? We shouldn't. It's a bad story, it has secondary characters played by people that are some of the worst actors I've ever seen on the big screen, and it is full of ridiculous plot holes.

 

This one is a complete waste of your time and if you take your mother to see this on Mother's Day she will be very disappointed in your life choices.

 

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TULLY

Rated: R

Release Date: May 4, 2018

Director: Jason Reitman

Stars: Charlize Theron, Mackenzie Davis, Ron Livingston

Plot: A tired mother of three is skeptical, but relieved when a night nanny helps with her infant

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

 

 

This film is a hidden gem. It's the kind of film that you have to see to understand and then you will want all of your friends to see it so you can talk with someone about it.

 

The performances are outstanding and emotional, and the story is incredible. 

 

The only thing I didn't really like about this movie is that it relies heavily on the husband/father character to be significantly more absentee than a real person would be. Aside from that, this is a powerful, unique film that is worth your time and money.

 

I highly recommend seeing this with at least one other person, because you are going to need someone to talk it over with after the movie ends.

 

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BAD SAMARITAN

Rated: R

Release Date: May 4, 2018

Director: Dean Devlin

Stars: Robert Sheehan, David Tennant, Kerry Condon

Plot: A thief finds a woman chained up in a house he is trying to rob

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Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee

 

 

As far as thrillers go, this one is pretty good. The plot is interesting, the acting is good, and it is fast-paced. It's the kind of film that will have you holding your breath and gripping the armrests a little too tight.

 

The unfortunate side of this film are all of the crime thriller tropes. Like, no one in authority believes the hero and everyone loves the bad guy. Like, the bad guy keeps on coming back. And more. Tropes aside, this is a fun, intense, and exciting movie that will get your heart beating faster.

 

It doesn't tie up all of the loose ends at the end which will drive some of you crazy, but the main story line plays through well from start to finish. 

 

It's not a who-dun-it style film. You know the bad guy within the first 10 minutes of the movie, but it still takes a long time for us to find out who he really is. It would have been nice to have a little more character development, but we are able to piece things together by the end.

 

If you like crime thrillers this is a movie worth seeing.

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OVERBOARD

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: May 4, 2018

Director: Bob Fisher, Rob Greenberg

Stars: Anna Farris, Eugenio Derbez, Eva Longoria

Plot: When a billionaire playboy can't remember anything, one of the women he wronged hatches a plan to get her revenge

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Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee

 

 

This is a pleasantly funny film that will make for a fun night out. It's not the kind of movie that is going to rock your world. It's not as good as the original. But it has enough in it to make it enjoyable.

 

The acting isn't great, but the characters are fun. Eugenio Derbez makes a great lovable bad guy turned good. Anna Farris is a lovable good girl turned bad. The rest of the cast does a fine job moving the story forward without any cringe worthy moments.

 

For those of you that are fans of the original OVERBOARD, you'll be happy to know that there are a couple of callbacks to that film as well as a few scenes that are nearly identical.

 

If you want a fun night out this movie will give it to you. If you need more emotion in your films then try something else.

 

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AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: April 27, 2018

Director: Anthony and Joe Russo

Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson

Plot: Thanos is on a mission to collect all of the Infinity stones. The Avengers and friends are on a mission to stop him.

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

 

 

Dear reader, I need you to see this movie. I need you to see it now. And then, we need to talk.

 

We. Need. To. Talk.

 

Walking out of the theater I wanted to simultaneously high-five all of the Marvel employees and punch them straight in their stupid faces. It's a comic book movie! I'm not supposed to have this many feels!

 

This movie is massive, it's fast-paced, it's non-stop, it's hilarious, it's insanely busy, and it's fun. It is also heart-wrenching, heart-breaking, dark, and powerful.

 

But, best of all, it has a manliness showdown between Chris Hemsworth and Chris Pratt. That alone is worth the price of admission.

 

This movie will have you cheering one minute, laughing the next, and crying the minute after that. 

 

What really makes this movie work is the villain. He's big, bad, almost unbeatable, and his reasoning for doing what he is doing almost makes sense. Given the right circumstances he could even be seen as a hero.

 

If you are new to the Marvel Universe this is not the place to start. It will be really confusing. If you are a Marvel fan, this film is a must see, and you should see it in the biggest theater possible.

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I FEEL PRETTY

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: April 20, 2018

Director: Abby Kohn, Marc Silverstein

Stars: Amy Schumer, Michell Williams,

Plot: A woman in a dead end situation hits her head and then thinks she is super-model gorgeous. She uses her new-found confidence to her advantage.

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Clint Says: Wait for the digital release

 

 

 

Here's the good news. Amy Schumer finally plays a different character in a movie. It's also a decently funny film with some heartwarming moments.

 

The bad news is that this movie is totally formulaic from beginning to end, it is 20 minutes longer than it needs to be, and there are plot holes everywhere.

 

This isn't a bad movie at all, it's just plain and forgettable. The message is nice and empowering, but it could have been delivered in a much more entertaining and compelling way.

 

If you are wanting a decent comedy with a positive message then give this one a shot. If you want a great story to go along with the laughs then look elsewhere.

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SUPER TROOPERS 2

Rated: R

Release Date: April 20, 2018

Director: Jay Chandrasekhar

Stars: Jay Chandrasekhar, Marisa Coughlan, Brian Cox,  Rob Lowe

Plot: The Troopers are reinstated to deal with a border dispute between the US and Canada.

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Clint Says: Wait for the the digital release and make someone else rent it

 

 

 

A stoner movie released on 4/20? Shocker.

 

If you saw the first SUPER TROOPERS movie then you've already seen this one. The only difference is that this one has a lot more Canadian jokes than the original. Basically, just think "stupid jokes, but now with 33% more Canada."

 

If you didn't see the first SUPER TROOPERS film, consider yourself lucky and stay far away from this one. This is the kind of film where you will feel dumber for having seen it.

 

It does have a few laughs, but the plot is ridiculous, the acting is terrible, and there is nothing new that this movie offers. There are way better comedies available. See any one of those instead.

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TRAFFIK

Rated: R

Release Date: April 20, 2018

Director: Deon Taylor

Stars: Paula Patton, Omar Epps, Missi Pyle

Plot: A romantic weekend away turns into a fight for survival when a couple are attacked by a gang.

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Clint Says: Wait for the digital release

 

 

This is one of those "could have been" movies. The premise is intriguing, the story is compelling, but the execution is so bad  that it is nearly cringe-worthy. There are so many plot holes in this film that even the most casual of movie-goers will notice how this movie just keeps trying to push forward by people spouting out information that they should have no way of knowing.

 

It feels like the decision makers on this film just said, "we need to get from point A to point B, so let's just have several characters deliver lines completely out of character, but it will help the story along."

 

Only slightly less annoying than the plot holes is Paula Patton. Can we all finally agree that she is not a great actor? She's good, but she isn't strong enough to lead a movie. There were several scenes where I was pulled out of the story because her acting was so sub-par.

 

This movie does have a couple of moments of good suspense, but you will see the twist coming from a mile away. And once you know the twist, the rest of the story plays out like any other thriller/drama does. Chances are, you will be checking your clocks about an hour into this movie.

 

This film could have been something special, unfortunately it's just another forgettable drama.

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RAMPAGE

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: April 13, 2018

Director: Brad Peyton

Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Naomie Harris, Jeffrey Dean Morgan

Plot: Three genetically enhanced animals wreak havoc on Chicago while a handful of experts try to stop the mayhem

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Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee

 

 

RECIPE:

1 (or more) Something really bad trying to destroy the world.

1 Beautiful and smart woman with the key to neutralize the bad things

100 Buildings falling

1,000 Explosions

1,000,000 (or more) Bullets and missiles buzzing around

35 Witty comments or comebacks

2 Stupid and one-dimensional bad guys

1 Dwayne Johnson

 

Let simmer over an open flame for an hour, bring to a boil for 30 minutes, remove from heat and let it be cool. Serve when Dwayne Johnson smiles, winks, and delivers one last witty one-liner and everyone has a good laugh.

 

Dwayne Johnson saves the world...again...ho hum.

 

It's a skin-deep movie. Lots of action, lots of fun, hardly any depth.

 

This movie isn't bad. It's exactly what you expect it to be. If you walk in with a large bucket of popcorn and zero expectations that this film will stimulate your brain, you will have a great time.

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TRUTH OR DARE

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: April 13, 2018

Director: Jeff Wadlow

Stars: Lucy Hale, Tyler Posey, Violett Beane, Hayden Szeto

Plot: A group of friends play Truth or Dare, but a supernatural being turns the game into a life or death situation

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Clint Says: Don't even bother

 

 

Movie: Truth or dare?

 

Me: Truth.

 

Movie: What do you think of me?

 

Me: You totally suck. There were ZERO scares during the entire movie and you are supposed to be a horror film. Shoot, you barely even made an attempt to do jump scares.

 

Movie: Ouch.

 

Me: The truth hurts. Okay, your turn. Truth or dare?

 

Movie: Truth.

 

Me: Did you really think you could follow a horror movie like A QUIET PLACE?

 

Movie: No, but we wanted to release on a Friday the 13th, so...whatevs.

 

Me: Solid business plan.

 

Movie: #Sarcasm?

 

Me: Duh.

 

Movie: Your turn. Truth or dare.

 

Me: Dare.

 

Movie: Go see me again.

 

Me: Nope. You win.

 

This movie is a terrible, cliche-filled, waste of your time. It's not scary. It's not smart. It's painful to watch. Save your money and your sanity.

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SGT. STUBBY: AN AMERICAN HERO

Rated: PG

Release Date: April 13, 2018

Director: Richard Lanni

Stars: Helena Bonham Carter, Logan Lerman, Gerard Depardieu

Plot: Based on the true story of the most decorated dog in U.S. military history

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Clint says: Save some money and see a matinee

 

 

This is an interesting film. On one hand I loved it and would highly recommend it. On the other, it's a film that covers a lot of dark subject matter that may not be appropriate for your children.

 

I took my 6 and 8 year old daughters. It was too much for the 6 year old. She loved the dog and the fun moments, but there were some images and events that she did not want to see. She spent a good portion of the movie covering her eyes or her ears. The 8 year old was fascinated by the film and ended up asking a lot of questions about war. It opened up some good and healthy discussions with her.

 

As for the movie, it is about as "G rated" as you can make a PG movie about war. There is no blood or death, nobody gets injured on screen, and there is essentially no hand-to-hand combat, even though some is implied.

 

The soldiers on both sides do look scary in their gas masks, but the masks are introduced in a way as to try not to make them scary for kids watching the film, but to show that they are needed for saving lives.

 

If you are looking for a funny, happy animated film this is not the movie for you or your family. It is a heartwarming, heroic tale, but it is a tale that happens in the middle of trench warfare. If your kids are younger you may want to check this one out first before you let them see it. If they are older, I recommend taking them and then talking through some of the deeper issues portrayed in this film.

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BEIRUT

Rated: R

Release Date: April 11, 2018

Director: Brad Anderson

Stars: Jon Hamm, Rosamund Pike, Dean Norris

Plot: A professional negotiator must return to the land of his worst nightmare to try to negotiate the release of one of his long-time friends

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Clint Says: Wait for the digital release

 

 

I'm not really sure why this movie was made. It's a good movie. It's interesting. But it just feels like a film that has no audience. It would have made a little more sense if this was based on a true story or based in the current day Middle East, but it's a fictional story based in the 1970s and 1980s.

 

I will be shocked if this makes more that $5 Million total.

 

Audience aside, the acting is outstanding and the story is compelling. It has pacing issues, character issues, and a couple of minor plot holes, but for the most part it is a slightly above average film.

 

There isn't anything that makes this a movie worth seeing in theaters, but you might enjoy it from the comfort of your own couch.

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ISLE OF DOGS

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: April 6, 2018

Director: Wes Anderson

Stars: Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, Edward Norton, Bill Murray

Plot: A boy tries to find his dog after his uncle bans all dogs from their city

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Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee

 

 

If you are a Wes Anderson fan you are going to love this movie. It is one of his top works. If you can't stand films like THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS, FANTASTIC MR. FOX, or MOONRISE KINGDOM then stay far away from this one. 

 

Wes Anderson films are quirky and have an acquired taste. They are works of art more than they are films. It's like walking into an art gallery and having the paintings start telling a story.

 

If you can handle the quirkiness, this movie is uniquely animated, funny, heartwarming, and compelling. It has a dry sense of humor that carries throughout the film. Each dog brings it's own element to the movie and when they are all put together it works like a puzzle to make a beautiful picture.

 

This movie isn't one for people who go to the movies once or twice a year and are thinking, "oh yea, a dog movie!" This is a film for people who know who Wes Anderson is when someone says, "It's a Wes Anderson film."

 

For me, this is my second favorite Wes Anderson film right behind THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL.

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CHAPPAQUIDDICK

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: April 6, 2018

Director: John Curran

Stars: Kate Mara, Jason Clarke, Ed Helms

Plot: The story of the death and cover up of Mary Jo Kopechne

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Clint Says: Wait for the digital release

 

 

As evidenced by the theater where I saw this film and from reports of other friends that have seen this movie, this is a very popular film among the 60+ age group. Each showing has been a nearly packed house. What is interesting is that this is a story that, for some reason, does not resonate with people too young to remember this event. 

 

Personally, I knew about it, but I was born years after it happened, so by then it was an old story, swept under Washington's rug. Now that we are almost 50 years on it fascinates me that Ted Kennedy had any sort of a career after this, much less the revered career he had for over 40 years in the U.S. Senate.

 

Even though this is based on a true story, it is still a work of fiction. I don't know how much of it is true, but what I do know s that if even half of this narrative happened Ted Kennedy was a vile and despicable human being. I think that if this same thing happened with today's 24-hour news cycle he would have been out of a job by the end of the week.

 

This movie holds nothing back when it comes to the Kennedy clan. It paints them as power-hungry, career politicians willing to do anything to get ahead and stay there. The elder Kennedy is nothing more than a mean, old man willing to lie, cheat, and steal to get his sons elected.

 

As far as the movie goes, the acting is outstanding, and the story is fascinating and infuriating. That said, there isn't anything in this movie that makes it worth spending the money to see it in a theater. Wait for the digital release. That way, you'll be able to pause it and take a few breaths when you get really mad.

 

Now that this story has been told it will be interesting to see if Hollywood tells the story of Rose Marie Kennedy. Ted's sister. She had some sort of mental health issue that could have been as simple as dyslexia or more complex like bi-polar disorder, but she was a fully functioning member of society until Joseph Kennedy had her lobotomized. After that she couldn't walk or talk and was institutionalized and essentially shunned and forgotten.  

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A QUIET PLACE

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: April 6, 2018

Director: John Krasinski

Stars: John Krasinski, Emily Blunt

Plot: A family tries to survive while being hunted by monsters that find victims by sound

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Clint Says: Drop everything and go see this movie now

 

 

This is the horror/monster movie I have always wanted to see, and finally it exists! I am so happy that someone made a smart, intense, suspenseful film that will scare the ever-loving snot out of you.

 

From the opening scene to the end credits the stakes are high, the characters are real and likable, and the pressure is insurmountable. And even without talking the movie is able to give us all of the important information we need to understand all that is happening.

 

The only bad thing about this movie is that it is so quiet that you'll probably be annoyed by the idiot that feels it necessary to dig around in his massive popcorn bucket, because apparently the popcorn on top is unworthy of his loud-chomping mouth. (Yeah, I'm looking at you, guy in the 5th row on the right side of the theater. You annoyed the crap out of everyone around you!!)

 

But I digress....

 

This is some of the most masterful story-telling to come out of Hollywood in the last decade. It is a powerful and moving film that will stay with you long after you see it. Go see this movie as soon as possible. Just stay away from the loud, popcorn-chomping jerk and you'll enjoy it thoroughly.

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BLOCKERS

Rated: R

Release Date: April 6, 2018

Director: Kay Cannon

Stars: Leslie Mann, John Cena, Ike Barinholtz

Plot: Three parents try to stop their children from going too far on Prom night

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

 

 

BLOCKERS, (because nobody is allowed to say or print the real, full title of this movie for fear of getting in trouble from the censors), is a fun, funny film that has some heartwarming moments, and some of the most cringe-worthy scenes you will ever witness on the big screen.

 

It is a coming-of-age story for the kids in the film, but it is also a coming-of-age story for their parents as well. We see the kids start to realize that actions have consequences, while the parents begin to understand that their children need to have room to make their own choices and learn from their mistakes. Fortunately for us, the path they all take to get there is laugh-out-loud funny.

 

For those of you looking for a fun comedy, you need to know that this film is very R-rated. If you aren't a fan of continuous raunchy jokes, ridiculously awkward scenes of intimacy, bad language, and drug use you should steer clear of this movie. If you don't mind the mature nature of this film, you will laugh until your jaw hurts.

 

While the acting is nothing special, there are a couple of stand-out performances by the teens. John Cena also proves to the world that he can hang with the best of them when it comes to physical comedy.

 

BLOCKERS isn't a movie for everyone, but it is a comedy worth seeing.

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THE MIRACLE SEASON

Rated: PG

Release Date: April 6, 2018

Director: Sean McNamara

Stars: Helen Hunt, Erin Moriarty, Danika Yarosh

Plot: A girls high school volleyball team tries to overcome the tragic loss of their star player

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Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee

 

 

This is a well-written, emotional story that the whole family can enjoy.

 

It's not a great film by any stretch of the imagination, but it gets the point across in a meaningful way. It feels a lot like a high-quality made-for-TV movie rather than a big screen film, but the story makes up for the lack of quality.

 

The acting is pretty basic, even from the bigger stars in the film. There are several moments where cameos were given to people that aren't actors and it shows. However, the volleyball that is played in the film is actually pretty close to being on a true level with real girls high school volleyball. So many sports movies don't care about getting the sport right, thankfully this one took the time and effort to make it all look real.

 

The only part of the film that feels off is the language. I know they wanted a PG rating, so because of that there is no adult language, but there are a couple of moments where the dialogue feels odd and altered from what a real person would say in that situation. That said, at least you don't have any explaining to do to your young kids about what certain words mean.

 

This film is an emotional ride, so be prepared to laugh, cry, and cry a lot more. It is a sad tale, but it is also very inspirational and moving. If you like inspirational sports flicks, this is a great movie to see.