Reviews Of What Is In Theaters Now

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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. 

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ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD

Rated: R

Release Date: July 26, 2019

Director: Quentin Tarantino

Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie

Plot: The lives of Sharon Tate, her neighbor, and Charles Manson cross paths in 1969

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

 

 

If you are a fan of Quentin Tarantino's other films, you should stop reading now and get to the theater as fast as possible. You are going to love this film. It's set in a semi-real, semi-fictitious 1969 Los Angeles, so everything about it looks cool and the music is fantastic.

 

If you can't stand Quentin Tarantino films, you should stop reading now and never see this movie. This film is as "Quentin Tarantino" as it gets. It's over 2 1/2 hours long, it has several scenes that are too long and don't advance the plot, and it is completely self-indulgent. The only thing positive for the QT haters is that he didn't act in this one. 

 

For those of you that are still reading, this is a film that is absolutely worth seeing. It is entertaining, compelling, funny, brutal, and mind-bending. It never feels like it is dragging even though it is really long. It almost feels like you are watching two or three different movies at the same time, but somehow they all manage to work together and tie up nicely at the end. (When I say "nicely" I mean plot-wise, not the story itself, which takes some wild turns as it nears the last 30 minutes).

 

Perhaps the best thing about this film is the acting. It is filled with a-list actors giving outstanding performances. There most-likely won't be any awards love for this film or the actors, but this film has some of the best acting any of us will see all year. 

 

If you can handle the weirdness that is Quentin Tarantino, you should make the time to see this film. 

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THE LION KING

Rated: PG

Release Date: July 19, 2019

Director: Jon Favreau

Stars: Donald Glover, Beyonce, Chiwetel Ejiofor, James Earl Jones

Plot: A young lion tries to find his way in life in order to be the king he was born to be

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Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee

 

 

When Disney released the animated version of THE LION KING in 1994 it was a game-changer. It was innovative, beautiful, and an instant classic. Now, 25 years later, in the midst of Disney remaking many of their classics into live-action films, we return to Pride Rock, but it feels like we are Simba returning after Scar messed everything up.

 

This is one of those movies where the studio said, "We can do this!" But they never stopped to think if they should do it. This new version does nothing better than the original. In fact, it does a few things much worse. For example, this version clocks in just shy of 2 hours, so it feels really slow. Next, it adds a new song that is useless, boring, and totally out of place. Then, the love story between Simba and Nala does not play out well and feels rushed. Finally, all of the lions look the same, so it is really difficult to tell them apart in certain scenes.

 

Perhaps the most disappointing aspect of this film is that it is essentially a shot-for-shot remake of the original. There is no updated story line, there are no new and innovative scenes, and the songs feel off because they are sung in a different way than we have been singing them for 25 years.

 

And while I find Donald Glover to be a fantastic actor, this is not a good role for him. He makes Simba feel aloof and meek, even when he is standing his ground to become king. I don't necessarily think that it was his fault, but Director Jon Favreau should have done a better job of making Simba sound more leader like and authoritative. 

 

On the positive side, the movie is beautiful, and the animals are fun to watch, but there is nothing about this movie that makes it better than the original. Save yourself the money and the hassle of going to the theater and just watch the original at home.  

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STUBER

Rated: R

Release Date: July 12, 2019

Director: Michael Dowse

Stars: Dave Bautista, Kumail Nanjiani, Natalie Morales

Plot: And undercover cop and a timid Uber driver team up to take down the bad guys

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Clint Says: Wait for the digital release

 

 

Dave Bautista is quickly becoming a perfect straight guy in comedies. He proved it in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY and he keeps it going in STUBER. Along with the continuous, hilarious one-liners from Kumail Nanjiani, these two have seriously funny on-screen chemistry.

 

The two characters are polar opposites, so we get the entertainment of their constant clashing and total misunderstanding of each other. It makes for several good moments, and allows the characters to grow throughout the story.

 

The film takes a good 30 minutes to really get going. Before that it is pretty slow and boring. But once it kicks in it is a funny ride to the end. Unfortunately, the jokes are just about all this movie has to offer. The story is mediocre, the mystery is too simple, and it feels too long even though it is only 90 minutes.

 

If you are just wanting a few good laughs, this film will hit the spot. If you are hoping for something funny and smart, you'll need to look elsewhere.

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CRAWL

Rated: R

Release Date: July 12, 2019

Director: Alexandre Aja

Stars: Kaya Scodelario, Barry Pepper

Plot: A father and daughter are trapped in an alligator-infested house during a massive hurricane

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Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee

 

 

Okay, let's be honest. This is a movie about two people trapped in the basement of a house, surrounded by alligators, during a category 5 hurricane. The whole thing is ridiculous from the word go. But, in this case, that is fine, because this movie knows exactly what it is and it stays in its lane. 

 

CRAWL has no plot to speak of, no character development, no twists and turns. It is simply a film filled with gratuitous alligator violence with a bunch of wind and rain thrown in, plus a few of Hollywood's finest extras for the sole purpose of becoming alligator food. 

 

This movie does a great job of playing on everyone's fear of being trapped in murky waters with a 17 foot monster ready to attack at the slightest provocation. It is filled with suspense for 85 of the 90 minutes. (The first five minutes is a sad attempt to try to create an actual story, but don't worry, that doesn't get in the way of the dinosaurs and their demolition derby).

 

If you want to go into this movie and enjoy it, just try to use the primitive alligator part of your brain. If you use any other part of your brain you'll be severely disappointed.

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MIDSOMMAR

Rated: R

Release Date: July 3, 2019

Director: Ari Aster

Stars: Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, William Jackson Harper

Plot: A couple travels to Sweden for a mid-summer festival, but the festivities are much darker than they could have ever imagined

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

 

 

Two and a half hours. 150 minutes. 10% of an entire day. That is how long this insane horror flick is. Another way to put it is about 60 minutes longer than any horror film should ever be. That isn't to say that this is a bad movie. In some respects it is a masterpiece. But for the average movie-goer, this is a psychotic, weird, waste of time.

 

This film uses light as it's main theme. And just like THE SHINING, this movie is filled with horrific things that you get to see in all of their hellish glory because the lights are always on. Some of the images would be much better off being in the shadows, but there is no such luck for us or the trapped stars of the film.

 

This is a true horror film, meaning that is isn't necessarily a scary movie, but it is filled with horrifying images and moments. From the first minute where the film starts to take a dark turn it never lets you rest until the lights turn on in the theater. The creepiness factor continues to rise throughout the film until it climaxes in a moment of true terror. 

 

This is not a movie for everyone. In fact, it is a movie for very few people. Basically, the only people that are going to "enjoy" (and I put that word in quotes on purpose, because nobody is really going to enjoy this film), are high brow, high art film lovers, and those that really like strange and grotesque horror films over the typical slasher films we see all the time. If you don't fall into one of those two categories, go ahead and skip this movie. You'll just be annoyed later on when you hate it and you are trying to get your money back after walking out a hour into it.

 

As I walked out of the theater I was thinking, "that was a wild movie that I never want to see again." Then I heard a woman talking with her friends and she said, "If anyone is thinking about seeing that movie, they shouldn't. That was awful." I have a feeling there are going to be a lot of conversations just like that all weekend long. 

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SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: July 2, 2019

Director: Jon Watts

Stars: Tom Holland, Zendaya, Jake Gyllenhaal, Samuel L. Jackson

Plot: Peter Parker goes on a European school trip, but a new threat emerges and he must take action

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Clint Says: Drop everything and see this in theaters now

 

 

It's been just a couple of months since AVENGERS: ENDGAME emotionally destroyed every comic book nerd on the planet. Now, we get the first story in the timeline after the events in ENDGAME. Tom Holland returns as the best Spider-Man ever and absolutely kills it with his post Tony Stark emotions. 

 

Once again the MARVEL people have done an outstanding job at taking a movie that could have easily been way too serious and made it exciting, fun and thoroughly enjoyable and funny. There wasn't a single note out of place.

 

Jake Gyllenhaal joins the MARVEL Universe as Mysterio, and while he probably won't be a major player in other MARVEL films, his character is exactly what Spider-Man needs to learn more of the valuable lessons Tony Stark was trying to teach him.  

 

This film is filled with fantastic action, fun dialogue, and a highly compelling story. It also has several beautifully awkward moments where Peter Parker tries to get closer to MJ. (And tries to keep Happy from moving in on Peter's aunt). It swings back and forth with the audience cheering for Spider-Man to save the world and then realizing that Spider-Man is just a kid who could really use a hug. 

 

This is easily the best live-action Spider-Man movie ever made. It has all of the elements of a wonderful comic book action film. This is a must-see for anyone that is even slightly interested in comic book movies. It might be the best action flick of the Summer. 

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YESTERDAY

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: June 28, 2019

Director: Danny Boyle

Stars: Himesh Patel, Lily James, Ed Sheeran, Kate McKinnon

Plot: A man discovers, after a world-wide blackout, that he may be the only person on earth who knows about the band and the music of the Beatles

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

 

 

Rom-Coms aren't usually my favorite films to see, but I know a good one when I see it. This one goes far beyond good. It could very well be in my top 10 films of the year when 2019 comes to a close. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. I was completely wrapped up in the story throughout the entire movie.

 

Himesh Patel is incredible in the lead role, but Lily James completely steals the show. As far as I'm concerned, she can do no wrong. Both actors are endearing and lovable within the first few minutes of the film. And better yet, I found myself cheering hard for them through the entire story. Their chemistry surged through the screen and into the theater.

 

I loved the fact that this is a very British film. There are several jokes that require a British sense of humor and the movie is filled with British slang terms. It was fun trying to figure out everything they were discussing.

 

The film is so well done that if there are any pacing issues they are very minor. The story is fun, exciting, funny, heartwarming, tragic, and beautiful. The characters all have their own voice and each brings something special to the story. And of course, this film has one of the best soundtracks of all time. 

 

If you are a Beatles fan, this is a must-see film. If you like Rom-Coms, this is a must-see film. If you love good movies, this is a must-see film. In fact, the only people who wouldn't like this movie are people that hate the Beatles, and I'm guessing that there aren't a lot of those people out there.

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THE LAST BLACK MAN IN SAN FRANCISCO

Rated: R

Release Date: June 28, 2019

Director: Joe Talbot

Stars: Jimmie Fails, Jonathan Majors, Danny Glover

Plot: A young man tries to return to the heart of the city he loves, but it has pushed him out

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

 

 

Every once in a while a small-budget film comes along that has the ability to make a big splash. This might be that movie. While this isn't a mainstream style film, it is a beautiful and powerful snapshot of a city and its people. 

 

Jimmy Fails and Jonathan Majors are fantastic in their respective roles. Their portrayals are moving, heartbreaking, and inspiring. As the story unfolds we get the full essence of who they are, what they stand for, and where they want to go. 

 

The visual elements are stunning and relate perfectly to the tone and pace of the movie. There are several scenes that look like they were pulled right from a Broadway stage, while others look like they sneaked in a quick scene with just the actors, director, and his smart phone. 

 

My only issue with this movie is the continuity. There are several scenes where things are out of place from cut to cut. A perfect example being when several guys are trying to act tough on a street corner. As the scene cuts back and forth on guy is wearing a hood then he's not, then it's back, and so on. Simple things like that drive me crazy in film because they are so easily fixable. But if that is my only issue, then this is an outstanding film worthy of your time and money.

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ANNABELLE COMES HOME

Rated: R

Release Date: June 26, 2019

Director: Gary Dauberman

Stars: Mckenna Grace, Madison Iseman, Katie Sarife, Vera Farmiga

Plot: A girl unwittingly releases the evils the Warrens have locked away in a room of horrors

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Clint Says: Wait for the digital release

 

 

Since 2013 we have seen half a dozen films hit the theater in the CONJURING universe. The CONJURING films were flat out terrifying. ANNABELLE: CREATION was pretty good and very scary. The rest have been below average to terrible. This one falls in the "below average" category. 

 

One of the things that made the CONJURING films so horrifying is that they were based in the real life accounts of Ed and Lorraine Warren. Now, it seems like the film studio has decided to expand the universe in a much less realistic way, but probably one that is more commercial. 

 

This film essentially takes parts from several of the Warren accounts, puts them all together, and allows one ridiculously stupid teenager to unleash the demons of hell locked within by doing something ridiculous and stupid. 

 

Is this movie scary? Yes...to a degree. It's more of a jump scare movie than anything really terrifying. That said, it does have a couple of moments that are very creepy and done well. 

 

Is this a good movie? Nope...not even close. It's stupid people doing stupid things instead of smart people doing the smart thing and still winding up in trouble. 

 

If you want a couple of scares this movie will satisfy, but this isn't one that is going to be in the top 10 of anyone's horror list. 

 

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ANNA

Rated: R

Release Date: June 21, 2019

Director: Luc Besson

Stars: Sasha Luss, Helen Mirren, Luke Evans, Cillian Murphy

Plot: A government assassin, doubling as a model, tries to find a way out of her dangerous life

Trailer

 

Clint Says: Wait for the digital release

 

 

 

What do you get when you make an action film starring real supermodels? A very pretty picture with some of the worst acting you've ever seen. It feels like they worked with Sasha Luss for months on her martial arts skills and discussed the art of acting over lunch one day.

 

To be fair, this movie does have several exciting moments, and it almost has a smart plot. Unfortunately, it is done in a way that is both annoying and one where the viewer stands no chance at figuring out the twists. One of the big things that make mystery movies so great is being able to go back and see what you missed that would have let you figure it out before the hero. 

 

Aside from those few good moments this is a pretty bad film. The hero never does anything to endear her to us, so it is difficult to care what happens to her along the way. The timeline jumps around in a clunky way that throws the pacing off completely. And the acting is so bad that I'm not kidding when I say we've all seen better performances in a middle school play. (NOTE: The bad acting in this film does not include Helen Mirren, Luke Evans, or Cillian Murphy. They all do an excellent job with the terrible scripts they were given).

 

This is the kind of film where it can be enjoyable if you check your brain at the door, and know going into it that it's an above average very bad movie. At least then you can laugh at the bad acting rather than be annoyed by it. 

 

Whatever you do though, don't go into this film thinking it is going to be stupid fun like the FAST AND FURIOUS films, because it takes itself too seriously to be fun. Also, don't think that it is going to be another JOHN WICK or JASON BOURNE because it isn't anywhere near as smart or as good as those movies. If you go into it with the mindset of, let's see a supermodel kick the snot out of 50 bad guys, then you will probably be okay with seeing it. If you are expecting anything more you are going to be disappointed.