Reviews Of What Is In Theaters Now

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VANGUARD
Rated: PG-13
Release Date: November 20, 2020
Director: Stanley Tong
Stars: Jackie Chan, Yang Yang, Miya Muqi, Lun Ai
Plot: A security firm is tasked with saving a father and daughter from a ruthless criminal with deep pockets
 
Clint Says: Wait for the digital release
 

VANGUARD is the best comedy of the year. There is only one problem. It's not supposed to be a comedy.
 
From the amateurish CGI lion, to the car chase scenes filmed at 30 miles per hour and then sped up on film, to the early 1990's-looking graphics superimposed onto large computer monitors, it looks like the effects budget for this movie was somewhere around $36.25 (plus tax). But the good news is the bad effects make for some great laughs. 
 
Aside from the effects (and some truly atrocious, yet refreshingly hilarious, acting by about half of the cast), the rest of the movie is pretty good. The plot is interesting and the action is great. I enjoyed watching the whole thing. I even enjoyed cringing through the car chase scenes, and awkward confrontations where it was quite obvious the actors were hired for their fighting skills and not their ability to deliver dialogue. 
 
I'm probably being a bit too harsh on the actors. This is a Chinese film, shot with 90% Mandarin dialogue. If it were the other way around I wouldn't want to be judged on how poorly I was speaking my Mandarin lines in an English film. So, all is forgiven there. But, that still doesn't make it any less funny. 
 
This is the kind of film you have to go into knowing exactly what you are paying for. As long as you understand that it is so bad that it is good, you and your friends will have a great time. If you are going in hoping to see a moody action film, you are going to be very disappointed. 
 
I can't recommend seeing this one in theaters, but if you want to help the theaters out while they struggle through this pandemic, at least you know you will be entertained and get some good laughs out of this movie. 

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THE LAST VERMEER
Rated: R
Release Date: November 20, 2020
Director: Dan Friedkin
Stars: Claes Bang, Guy Pearce, Vicky Krieps
Plot: A man is put on trial for being a Nazi sympathizer, but stunning revelations during the trial change his life and the entire art world
 
Clint Says: See this as soon as you can
 

 

I knew nothing about this real-life story going into this movie. Now that I have seen it, I want to find all of the information I can about it. This is a fascinating story, told in a creative, entertaining, and dramatic way. 
 
You wouldn't think that a film about a trial over stolen art would be overly exciting, but this movie is filled with action, suspense, intrigue, and drama from the opening scene to the chaotic climax. There wasn't a single moment where I was bored or my mind slipped out of the story. It is captivating. 
 
The principle cast all give wonderful performances. You can see the chemistry and feel the tension in all of the right places. Guy Pearce does so well as to portray a specific emotion to the audience with just a simple movement of his, very pointy, eyebrow. It is truly something to behold. 
 
If you like WWII-era dramas, and/or art-heist films, this one is a must-see. And if you don't know the story already, I highly recommend not looking anything up before you see it so you don't spoil the reveal. 
 

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THE NEST
Rated: R
Release Date: November 20, 2020
Director: Sean Durkin
Stars: Jude Law, Carrie Coon, Oona Roche, Charlie Shotwell
Plot: A couple moves to England and their lives fall apart
 
Clint Says: Don't even bother
 
 

Imagine a movie that opens with the first four minutes being barely more than two establishing shots. One, a shot of the outside of the main character's house, and one, through the window, of the main character while he talks on the phone, (with no audible dialogue for us to hear). Between those two shots is another, long establishing shot of a close up of the main character before 20 seconds of "action", which is him dialing and talking on the phone. 

 
Did that paragraph bore you? If so, imagine how much more boring it would be as a movie. 
 
Oh, wait, you don't need to imagine it, someone already shot it and named it THE NEST.
 
Side note to the director: If your establishing shots take longer than 3 or 4 seconds then one of three things needs to happen...
 
1. If the scene is too confusing to allow it to be established in 3 or 4 seconds, fire your set designer and cinematographer.
2. If the scene is perfectly established in 3 or 4 seconds, but the establishing shot continues on for another 40 or so seconds, fire your editor. 
3. If you can't figure out what the problem is with a 45 second establishing shot, fire yourself.
 
Side note over.
 
By the way, the next hour and 40 minutes don't get much more exciting than the first four minutes. In fact the only thing of note to happen in the first half hour is the move to England. It isn't until about 35 minutes in that we finally get the slightest bit of drama and conflict. The rest of the movie slowly builds the conflict, but the big reveal is so minor, so #firstworldproblems, that you'll question why you chose to waste nearly two hours of your life watching it. 
 
Not only is the story boring, but it is poorly told. There are plot elements that are set up but never resolved, characters that pop in an out at strange times, and useless scenes that do nothing to move the plot forward. 
 
I am confident that most of us would be more entertained spending 2 hours watching an empty bird nest than watching this film. Save yourself the money and the agony and skip this one. 

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FREAKY
Rated: R
Release Date: November 13, 2020
Director: Christopher Landon
Stars: Kathryn Newton, Vince Vaughn
Plot: A girl switches bodies with a serial killer and has only 24 hours to change back before it's permanent
 
Clint Says: Worth it if you are a fan of slasher flicks
 

 

Do you remember the Disney Freaky Friday films and all of the other body-switch movies that have come out over the last 40 years? Well, don't mistake this one for the slightly dramatic, but mostly comedic Lindsey Lohan-led plotline. This one is a straight up, gory, slasher flick. 
 
Sure it has several comedic moments with Vince Vaughn pretending to be a teenage girl, but this is a horror flick before anything else. And here is the good news, as far as slasher flicks go, this one is better than most. Yes, it still has stupid people doing stupid things and more plot holes than swiss cheese, but it is also filled with wild scares, creepy chases, and epically gross, yet mysteriously entertaining kill scenes. (Oh, don't get all high and mighty on me...you know you love it when the idiot jerk gets what's coming to them.)
 
Vince Vaughn does a great job essentially playing two roles in this one. It's great to see him play something other than the big, goofy guy. He pulls off the serious role of a deranged serial killer with masterful ease. And Kathryn Newton does the same going from awkward teen to complete psycho. 
 
This is one of those films that is purely entertaining. It offers nothing to stimulate your brain or to manipulate your emotions. 
 
If you like scary flicks filled with blood and gore, check your brain at the door and have a blast watching this one. 

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THE CLIMB
Rated: R
Release Date: November 13, 2020
Director: Michael Angelo Covino
Stars: Michael Angelo Covino, Kyle Marvin, Gayle Rankin
Plot: Two life-long friends struggle through relationship and trust issues
 
Clint Says: Watch this as soon as you can
 

 

If you like quirky, awkward, and funny, this is the perfect movie for you. It is a fantastic and hilarious look into the relationship between two lifelong friends.
 
This is a film that is the exception to the, (my), rule that the same person should not write, direct, and star in the same film, because there is nobody to tell them "no", and the story gets lost. Well, in this case they did a masterful job of staying on track and telling the story in the most effective and compelling way. 
 
The two leads have great chemistry and their banter and pacing are great. Their stories will make you laugh, empathize, and cringe. They feel like real people that could actually be in your life. 
 
There is no simple label for this movie. "Bromance" doesn't quite fit, "best frenemies" may be a little closer, but it still doesn't tell the whole story. This is a unique and wonderful film that will give you a lot of much-needed laughs. 

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WOLFWALKERS
Rated: PG
Release Date: November 13, 2020
Director: Tomm Moore, Ross Stewart
Stars: Honor Kneafsey, Eva Whittaker, Sean Bean, Simon McBurney
Plot: A girl and her father set out to rid their town of wolves, but a mysterious girl may change their course
 
Clint Says: Watch this as soon as you can
 

 

2020 has been a weird year. With the theaters being closed most of the year there have been a lot less movies released, especially movies for kids. Maybe that is one of the reasons why WOLFWALKERS feels so special. Or maybe it is really special and would stand out in a normal year, too. 
 
Either way, this is a film that is very much worth seeing. It is one that almost the whole family can and will enjoy. 
 
One of the best aspects of this movie is the animation. I don't know if I've ever seen anything quite like it. At times, it almost feels like you are watching an unfinished project. Other times it feels like you are seeing the most beautiful drawing you've ever seen. There are a lot of straight, bold lines that cut through the screen, making the animation pop in ways that are unique. 
 
Beyond the animation, the characters are interesting and deep. the story they tell is formulaic, but told well, and the music is beautiful. If you are a fan of Irish accents, this film has them in abundance. If you have trouble deciphering words spoken with a heavy accent, this may not be the best film for you. It takes a lot of concentration to catch everything they are saying. 
 
If you are looking for a fun evening out with the family you should give WOLFWALKERS a try. It isn't your typical, commercial animation style, so there may be a bit of a learning curve for some, but it is a wonderful film that is worth seeing. 

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LET HIM GO
Rated: R
Release Date: November 6, 2020
Director: Thomas Bezucha
Stars: Diane Lane, Kevin Costner, Kayli Carter, Jeffrey Donovan
Plot: A retired couple, dealing with the loss of their son, tries to rescue their only grandson from an abusive family
 
Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee
 
 
I didn't really know what to expect going into this movie, but I know that I expected more than what I got. That isn't to say that this is a bad film, it just doesn't have a gripping, edge-of-your-seat plot to keep you engaged for almost two hours. 
 
This movie relies much more on emotion than action. It's odd in a way because the reality is that only three big things happen in the first 45 minutes, but  it doesn't feel like the movie is dragging. Yes, it does feel like a slow-moving story, but in doesn't feel like it gets bogged down or the story loses momentum. It's simply a slow burn. 
 
For the most part the acting is pretty solid. Diane Lane does a great job leading the cast, and Kevin Costner gives one of his better performances. (That's not saying a lot, since he is the same character in every film he does, but at least it fits in this movie).
 
If you are a fan of the slow, emotional tale then this is a film that you will want to see. If you saw the trailer for this and you were excited to see a couple of grandparents act like Rambo for two hours, you are going to be disappointed. This isn't the kind of film that will win a ton of awards, but it is still one worth seeing. 

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18 TO PARTY

Rated: Not Rated
Release Date: November 6, 2020 (Opens in virtual theaters)
Director: Jeffrey Roda
Stars: Nolan Lyons, Taylor Richardson, Alivia Clark, Tanner Flood
Plot: A mismatched group of junior high kids discuss and debate life, death, school, and more while they wait to get into a nightclub

Clint Says: Worth a watch if you like Indie films
 

If you grew up watching movies from the 1980's then you know that John Hughes was the master of the teen comedy. He captured the reality and true essence of teens growing up in the time before cell phones and the internet. 
 
Now comes a guy named Jeffrey Roda, with very few credits to his name, but he's essentially given us a 1980's, Junior High version of THE BREAKFAST CLUB. Really. The whole movie centers around a group of Junior High kids waiting outside of a nightclub for what seems like two or three hours, and while they are waiting, they discuss and debate all of the issues that a 1980's Junior High kid would find important. 
 
Now for the reality check. Is this as good as a John Hughes film? Not even close. It's good, and sometimes it even borders on great, but it isn't anywhere near the same league as THE BREAKFAST CLUB or any of the other classics by Hughes. The main issue with it is the slow pace and the clunky transitions. You can almost hear the director saying, "and, scene," at the end of a segment, then readjusting the cameras to shoot the next bit. It just doesn't flow like it should. 
 
Aside from the pacing and transition issues, everything else is pretty spot on. The acting is very good for the most part. There are a couple of small moments where the dialogue doesn't feel legitimate, but overall, the characters do feel real. 
 
If you are a child of the 80's this film will bring back a lot of crazy Junior High memories. I would recommend seeing this just for the memories alone.
 
 

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THE EMPTY MAN
Rated: R
Release Date: October 23, 2020
Director: David Prior
Stars: James Badge Dale, Stephen Root, Joel Courtney, Marin Ireland
Plot: A group finds out how to summon an evil entity and things take a bad turn
 
Clint Says: Wait for the digital release
 

 

It must be near the end of October. Why? Because even in the middle of a pandemic Hollywood still manages to push out bad horror flicks. (That, and I looked at the calendar just before I wrote this).
 
While this is not your typical, do-something-stupid, make-all-the-wrong-choices, the-person-acting-like-a-jerk-is-about-to-die horror flick, it tries to be smart and moody, but it just falls flat. 
 
What makes this one worse than most is that it is nearly a full hour longer than the average horror flick. Most of them clock in at 80 or 90 minutes. Sometimes they push an hour and 45 minutes. But this one drags on for a full 2 hours and 17 minutes! That's like 3 years in horror flick time. Trust me, nobody's got time for that.
 
If you are desperate to get out of the house and see a new horror flick for the Halloween season, this is pretty much your only option. I wish it was better, but we don't always get what we wish for...even if we blow into an empty bottle and chant for it. 
 
I have a feeling that The Empty Man is going to be playing to a lot of empty theaters. 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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