Reviews Of What Is In Theaters Now

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MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL

Rated: PG

Release Date: October 18, 2019

Director: Joachim Ronning

Stars: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Michelle Pfeiffer, Chiwetel Ejiofor

Plot: War between the human and creature world hangs in the balance as a grand wedding to unite their worlds draws near

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

 

 

Angelina Jolie returns to her magnificently evil ways in another beautiful and suspenseful chapter of the misunderstood life of Maleficent. As with the first film, this one is filled with spectacular imagery, near-perfect effects, and gorgeous scenery.

 

Last time MALEFICENT was nominated for a costume design Oscar. This time I think it stands a better chance of actually winning that award. The costumes are truly incredible. I've rarely been so taken in by the wardrobe choices as I was while watching this movie.

 

As for the plot, this film isn't quite as good as the first one, but it is still very well done. It is compelling, exciting, and filled with action. It is surprisingly comedic with lots of laughs throughout. And the climactic scenes are impressive in scale and content.

 

Jolie carries the story-line once again. It is so much fun to watch a master of acting at work. She brings so much to the movie that would not be there with a lessor actor.

 

If you are a fan of the first film this one has to be on your list to see as soon as possible. It is worth your time and money. If you didn't like the first one then this one won't change your mind, so go see something else.

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ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP

Rated: R

Release Date: October 18, 2019

Director: Reuben Fleischer

Stars: Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, Jesse Eisenberg, Abigail Breslin

Plot: Nine years after the zombie apocalypse began these four survivors continue to look for other humans while facing off against evolving zombies

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Clint Says: Drop everything and see this in theaters now

 

 

ZOMBIELAND is one of those flicks that, if I see it on TV while I'm searching for something to watch, I will stop and watch every single time. It is a cult classic bordering on legendary status. It has all of the markers of a long-living film: Compelling, funny, suspenseful, great dialogue, fantastic acting, and long-running gags. It is near-perfect and one-of-a-kind.

 

And then they made another one.

 

There were so many ways that this new venture could have gone wrong. They could have slapped it together knowing that most of us would pay to see it no matter what. They could have changed out the cast. They could have royally messed it up.

 

Thankfully, they didn't. This movie is awesome!

 

From the opening credits to the final after-credit scene, (stick around), this movie pulls you in and puts you in a Tallahassee choke hold. It is hilarious with dozens of laugh-out-loud moments, it is suspenseful with several moments where you are sure it's all over for the crew, and it has its own long-running gag that has nothing to do with Twinkies.

 

One of the things that made the first film so special was the cast. Arguably, one could say that ZOMBIELAND was the breakout role for 3/4 of the cast. They all had such amazing chemistry and everything worked together so well.

 

This new film adds several new characters to the bunch all of which bring their own style and fun to the movie. I was nervous that the story might lose something with the addition of new characters, but it actually helped make a better movie. Zoey Deutch is so funny and lovable, and Luke Wilson and Thomas Middleditch are pain-in-the-jaw-from-laughing-so-hard funny as the mirror images of Tallahassee and Columbus.

 

This is a must-see movie for anyone that likes zombie movies, comedies, great acting, or fun in general. It is too good to pass up.

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GEMINI MAN

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: October 11, 2019

Director: Ang Lee

Stars: Will Smith, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Clive Owen, Benedict Wong

Plot: The best assassin in the world must stay alive while his much younger and more agile clone is trying to kill him

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Clint Says: Wait for the digital release

 

 

 

Will Smith is one of the biggest stars in Hollywood history. Ang Lee is an Oscar-winning director. One would hope that a team like this would make an amazing film.

 

They didn't.

 

Yes, this movie does have some good suspense and an intriguing story line, but there is so much more about it that is below average.

 

First, the effects are just plain terrible. It looks like they pulled out the CGI software from 2005 and decided to give it another shot. The young Will Smith never looks right, to the point where every time he was on screen it pulled me out of the story. The action scenes are just as bad with the effects moving faster than reality. Your eye knows when it is seeing something moving faster than it should be, and in the case of this movie almost all of the effects move too fast.

 

As for the acting, Smith does a fine job. Benedict Wong steals the show with his funny one-liners. Unfortunately, the entire cast had to work with a horrible script. There are so many eye-rolling line delivered that it got to the point where the audience was laughing at lines that were never meant to be funny.

 

This is a film that will quickly be forgotten. There is nothing that makes it worth seeing in theaters, and there is no way anybody will call this a great film. It is mediocre at best, and well below average for a Will Smith movie.

 

We are getting to the part of the year where a lot of great films will be in theaters. Save your money and wait for one of those.

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THE ADDAMS FAMILY

Rated: PG

Release Date: October 11, 2019

Director: Greg Tiernan, Conrad Vernon

Stars: Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloe Grace Moretz, Finn Wolfhard

Plot: The Addams family have lived in solitude for years, but now they must deal with perky new neighbors

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

 

 

Get ready to snap twice for one of the best animated movies of the year. THE ADDAMS FAMILY is fantastic.

 

I took my 9 and 7 year old daughters and they both loved it. (Especially the 7 year old. Her favorite part was the song...which she now sings incessantly). The audience was filled with kids and their parents, and nobody seemed unhappy at the end. During the film there was a ton of laughter and excitement filling the room.

 

The story itself is pretty basic and formulaic, but it is a movie made for kids, so that isn't too much of a bad thing. The good news is that it is filled with funny dialogue, amazing physical comedy, and off-the-wall weirdness that makes the Addams family so special.

 

One thing that makes this movie go great is that there are many moments that are very dark and twisted if you are an adult, but they go right over the heads of the kids so they aren't too creeped out or scared. I was talking with another adult after the movie about how wonderfully demented the whole thing was for adults, and yet still an age-appropriate movie for young kids. This is the kind of film that is great for all ages.

 

If you are looking to give your little goblins a little bit of a scare this Halloween season, this film is perfect. The whole family will enjoy it. (And you'll also have a fun, new song to sing and snap to.)

 

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JEXI

Rated: R

Release Date: October 11, 2019

Director: Jon Lucas, Scott Moore

Stars: Adam Devine, Rose Byrne, Alexandra Shipp

Plot: A lonely man has his life overtaken by the voice in his smart phone

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

 

 

If you saw the trailer for this movie and said to yourself that it didn't look like this had much of a plot, go ahead and give yourself a thumbs up for being right. Here is how thin this movie is. The total running time (including end credits) is only 84 minutes, and there are no less than three musical montages, (read "filler"), in the film. 

 

It is truly disappointing that the likes of Adam Devine and Alexandra Shipp had to waste their incredible talents on a screenplay as terrible as this one. They did their best to make this movie fun and likable, but despite their efforts it just comes across as cliche and obnoxious. 

 

I am happy to say there are a couple of good laughs, but a couple doesn't cut it in a raunchy comedy. The good ones make you leave with your face hurting from laughing so much. This film isn't even close to that standard. 

 

This is a completely forgettable and feeble attempt at comedy. There are so many better movies out now. Don't waste your money on this one. 

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JOKER

Rated: R

Release Date: October 4, 2019

Director: Todd Phillips

Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz

Plot: A man with a mental illness comes to embrace his dark side

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Clint Says: Drop everything and go see this movie now

 

 

Welp. There is no need to go any further in the nomination process for best actor this year. The Academy might as well go ahead and mail the Oscar to Joaquin Phoenix's house. I'd bet the mortgage payment that there won't be a better acting performance this year.

 

As for the movie. I loved it. And I hated it.

 

This is, so far, my favorite film of the year. It is incredible and terrible in every way. I was completely taken in by the story, and yet so repulsed by the fall of the main character as well as the society around him that failed him repeatedly.

 

The number one thing that makes a great villain is making their mission understandable, almost to the point of the viewer being sympathetic to thought process. This film does a fantastic job making the downtrodden Arthur Fleck (pre-Joker) a very sympathetic character that chooses a life of evil and chaos only after it is forced on him again and again.

 

This film is a mirror of how our society still treats mental illness. I know this from personal experience, because I have seen society and "the system" fail a person with mental illness very close to me over and over again.  It is sad and terrible to watch the unnecessary fall of someone like Arthur Fleck who only wants to make people happy and bring joy to their lives, but society hates him for being different, and the system doesn't want to deal with him.

 

This is a very powerful and disturbing film. It is not a film for kids at all. This is not anywhere near a typical super hero-like movie. This movie is brutal, in-your-face, horrific, and incredibly disheartening. Do not take your 8 year old to see this movie. It's way too much for them to handle, and the story is way over their head anyway. I was disturbed by this film and I've been around a lot longer than 8 years.

 

There are several shocking reveals in this origin story as well. A few of them will get audible gasps from the audience.

 

This is not a fun film. It is, at moments, hard to watch, but it is very much worth seeing. Movies like this don't come along very often. I highly recommend seeing this one in theaters. Just make sure you have time to process it afterwards, because this one is going to stick with you for quite some time.

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AQUARELA

Rated: PG

Release Date: October 4, 2019

Director: Viktor Kossakovsky

Stars: None

Plot: A visual study of the power of water and ice in nature

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

 

 

If you've ever been knee-deep in the ocean you know what a powerful force water is. It gives life, and it is powerful enough to take life away. It forms mountains, and it is powerful enough to move them.

 

Water is also beautiful.

 

AQUARELA is essentially 90 minutes of starting at different bodies and forms of water. There is very little dialogue, it's almost completely a visual feast. If you think this sounds boring, you are probably right. If you think this sounds interesting, you are probably right.

 

This film is not one for the average movie-goer. If you see 3 or 4 movies a year don't even bother with this one. This is made for people who love the off-beat films and are in love with visual artistry.

 

The film is shot in 96 frames per second. Most films are shot in about 30fps. This means that the visuals are that much more stunning. For this reason, I highly recommend seeing this in the theater if you are interested in seeing it. The experience will be well worth your time.

 

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ABOMINABLE

Rated: PG

Release Date: September 27, 2019

Director: Jill Culton and Todd Wilderman

Stars: Chloe Bennet, Albert Tsai, Tenzing Norgay Trainor, Eddie Izzard

Plot: A girl finds a Yeti hiding near her house and goes on a journey to return him to his home

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Clint Says: Drop everything and see this in theaters now

 

 

I love it when DreamWorks comes out with a new animated film because I know they are going to raise the bar once again. They did it with SHREK, they did it with HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON, and they did it with TROLLS.

 

And now they've done it again with ABOMINABLE.

 

This film is fun and exciting. I was pulled into the story right from the start and stayed interested throughout the whole film. The kids I was with were even more enthralled than I was. They were leaning forward and bouncing on the edge of their seats with excitement.

 

It is magical in story-line and in the visuals on-screen. I was fascinated by how crisp, clean, and detailed the animation was. Even the smallest details were visible and beautiful. And when Everest the Yeti does his magic the whole screen jumps to life. At times I didn't even know where to look because I wanted to see all of it at once.

 

The story is pretty formulaic, but that is okay. This is a movie made for kids around the age of 8-10. They haven't seen this story play out dozens of times like adults have. But even as an adult, and knowing where the story was going, I was still happy to be on the journey with the characters.

 

The kids will find this film to be exciting, magical, adventurous, and suspenseful. Parents will find it to be the same.

 

This movie should have it's name changed from ABOMINABLE to ADORABLE. Take the whole family and enjoy.

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JUDY

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: September 27, 2019

Director: Rupert Goold

Stars: Renee Zellweger, Finn Wittrock

Plot: Judy Garland, in desperate need of money, travels to London to do a series of shows

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

 

 

I must admit, I was not as smitten by this film as everyone around me was. Don't get me wrong, I found the movie to be very well done with incredible acting by Renee Zellweger, but for some reason it didn't quite hit me emotionally like it did others. 

 

The story is a tragedy in every way. From her manipulated life as a teen that led to her issues as an adult, to her loss of her money, children, and her dignity. It is a sad and hopeless tale. There are only slight glimpses of comedy and happiness, but those are so fleeting that they can easily be missed.

 

Zellweger truly becomes Judy Garland on screen. Her performance is near perfection. I even had people telling me that they didn't realize it was Zellweger until well into the film. There will be a lot of competition for Best Actress this year, but I would be shocked if she is left out of the awards conversation. 

 

If you are a fan of Judy Garland you need to see this movie. If you are hoping for a lot of great singing moments including SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW, you will be disappointed. Yes, there are a couple, but they are more sad than triumphant. This is not an easy film to watch, but it is a film forth seeing. 

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RAMBO: LAST BLOOD

Rated: R

Release Date: September 20, 2019

Director: Adrian Grunberg

Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Yvette Monreal

Plot: Rambo must return to his violent ways after his niece is taken by Mexican human traffickers

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Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee

 

 

Do you remember that scene in HOME ALONE where the kid is looking over a map of his house and plotting all of the traps he is going to set for the bad guys? And then we see little Kevin setting up the house of horrors? Well, imagine that movie all grown up and every trap that gets set is going to kill someone in a brutal and gory way. 

 

RAMBO LAST BLOOD, meet HOME ALONE. You two are going to get along great, you have a ton of stuff in common.

 

Here's the deal. If you are wanting nothing more than a bunch of explosions, some cringe-worthy death scenes, and a couple of good fights then you will get everything you want out of this flick. If you are a person who cares about things like plot and intelligent dialogue this film should be avoided at all costs. 

 

While I did want to keep referring to Rambo as Killer Kevin from HOME ALONE, for the most part I found the action to be fun and exciting. However there was one major exception. The end of the big fight near the end of the movie is absolutely hilarious...but it isn't supposed to be. It is so ridiculous and insane that all you can do is laugh at the stupidity. 

 

As far as action flicks go this one is middle of the road at best. It's not one that will stick with you or become a cult classic like the original. Maybe it's just best if we all pretend that this one doesn't even exist. 

 

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AD ASTRA

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: September 20, 2019

Director: James Gray

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

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

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Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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DOWNTON ABBEY

Rated: PG

Release Date: September 20, 2019

Director: Michael Engler

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

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

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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HUSTLERS

Rated: R

Release Date: September 13, 2019

Director: Lorene Scafaria

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

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

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Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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BRITTANY RUNS A MARATHON

Rated: R

Release Date: September 13, 2019

Director: Paul Downs Colaizzo

Stars: Jillian Bell, Alice Lee, Jennifer Dundas

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

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Clint Says: Wait for the digital release

 

 

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

 

This is not one of those films. 

 

It wants to be, but it isn't. 

 

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

 

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

 

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

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IT CHAPTER 2

Rated: R

Release Date: September 6, 2019

Director: Andy Muschetti

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

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

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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DON'T LET GO

Rated: R

Release Date: August 30, 2019

Director: Jacob Estes

Stars: David Oyelowo, Storm Reid

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

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Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON

Rated: R

Release Date: August 23, 2019

Director: Tyler Nilson, Mike Schwartz

Stars: Zack Gottsagen, Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson

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

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Clint Says: Drop everything and see this in theaters now

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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ANGEL HAS FALLEN

Rated: R

Release Date: August 23, 2019

Director: Ric Roman Waugh

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

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

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Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee

 

 

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

 

Just fire the guy already!

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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OVERCOMER

Rated: PG

Release Date: August 23, 2019

Director: Alex Kendrick

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

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

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Clint Says:Wait for the digital release

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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READY OR NOT

Rated: R

Release Date: August 21, 2019

Director: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett

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

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

Trailer

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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