Reviews Of What Is In Theaters Now

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WRATH OF MAN
Rated: R
Release Date: May 7, 2021
Director: Guy Ritchie
Stars: Jason Statham, Holt McCallany, Scott Eastwood, Jeffrey Donovan
Plot: A man seeks revenge after a heist goes bad
 
Clint Says: See this in theaters if you like action flicks
 
 
I have come to the scientific conclusion that Jason Statham does not age. I don't know how he does it, but he looks and acts the same way he did nearly 20 years ago when he made The Transporter. And as is the case in almost all of his films, he spends the majority of this one destroying those that want to destroy him with perfectly choreographed elegance and brutality. 
 
This may not be one of his best films, but it is still worthy of being seen. It's a tad slow in some places, and it uses a non-linear timeline to tell the story, so it can get confusing if you aren't paying close attention.
 
The good news is that it has several good twists that are difficult to see coming, it has several interesting side stories, and all of the characters are believable and you can understand why each of them is doing the things they are doing. The character development is some of the best you'll ever see in an action flick. 
 
If you are a fan of action movies, you should put this one on your list to see as soon as possible. It will not disappoint you.

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HERE TODAY
Rated: PG-13
Release Date: May 7, 2021
Director: Billy Crystal
Stars: Billy Crystal, Tiffany Haddish, Louisa Krause
Plot: An aging man tries to tie up several loose ends in his life before dementia makes it impossible
 
Clint Says: See this in theaters when you can
 

 

One of the great sins in Hollywood is not having someone there to tell you "no" when you need it. That is why 9 out of 10 films that are written, directed, and starring the same person are terrible films. But that means that 1 out of 10 are good, and sometimes great. 
 
Here Today is a great film. 
 
This was written, directed, and stars Billy Crystal, and he pretty much nailed it. Not only is it funny and endearing, but it feels like it could be a real story lived out by real people. Crystal obviously took the time to make sure every scene felt authentic, and had an emotional delivery as well. 
 
This is a film that will have you laughing a lot, but it will also bring you to tears and fill your heart with warmth. It feels like it hits all of the right tones. It never feels campy or overly sentimental, it simply feels real. 
 
Tiffany Haddish is a wonderful addition to the cast. She plays her role well and plays off of Crystal with ease and an incredible chemistry. They are a joy to watch and their dialogue is thoroughly entertaining. 
 
If you are looking for a few belly laughs and a good cry or two, this is a film worthy of your time and money. See it as soon as you can. 

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THE MITCHELLS VS. THE MACHINES
Rated: PG
Release Date: April 30, 2021
Director: Michael Rianda, Jeff Rowe
Stars: Olivia Colman, Maya Rudolph, Danny McBride, Abbi Jacobson
Plot: A family tries to get over their arguing ways with one, last family road trip, but the robot apocalypse gets in their way
 
Clint Says: Stream this with the whole family as soon as possible
 

 

So far 2021 has been a tough go for movies, but it has been a banner year for animated films. Films like Raya And The Last DragonArlo The Alligator Boy, and The Croods: A New Age have all been smash hits, (relatively speaking as we continue to climb out of the pandemic). Now we have a new animated offering from Netflix and it is amazing.
 
This movie has it all. It is funny, heartwarming, filled with action and slapstick comedy, and the dialogue is brilliant. There are several "aside" jokes that will have parents belly laughing and kids asking, "what's so funny?"
 
The animation and style of this movie is unique. It has a few scenes that are live action, and then the rest of the film is done in the typical animation style, but it has "old school" animation drawn over it. It makes for a fun, layered look to the movie, and adds a lot to the overall excitement and entertainment of it. 
 
This is the kind of movie that your whole family will love. There is plenty of entertainment and jokes for the adults to stay engaged, and there is enough action and excitement to make the little ones sit still and stuff their faces with popcorn and candy for almost two hours. 

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TOM CLANCY'S WITHOUT REMORSE
Rated: R
Release Date: April 30, 2021
Director: Stefano Sollima
Stars: Michael B. Jordan, Jodie Turner-Smith, Jamie Bell, Guy Pearce
Plot: A special ops team is being killed one by one after an operation goes unexpected
 
Clint Says: Stream this when you are in the mood for an action flick
 
 
Michael B. Jordan has quickly become one of the biggest and best stars in Hollywood. He can play a wide variety of characters over several genres, and he almost always makes the movie better. 
 
In this film he plays a special forces soldier and a family man who is well-balanced, but doesn't think twice about doing what needs to be done to accomplish the mission. But when things take an unexpected turn he quickly comes to the conclusion that it is him or them. 
 
This feels a lot like Tom Clancy's answer to The Bourne Identity. It is filled with action, suspense, and twists and turns. The only negative is that the story moves along pretty slow. It jumps right in with great action, but then it feels like it takes a while to get everything set up for the big showdown. It can also get very confusing if you aren't paying close attention. 
 
Aside from those minor drawbacks, this is an exciting flick. Jordan is impressive with his acting and his physical ability. There is one scene in particular where he is right up there with the likes of Jean-Claude Van Damme and Jackie Chan. 
 
While this isn't a film that you are going to stop and watch every time it is on TV, it is a great movie to stream once or twice. If you are looking to watch an action flick this weekend, you don't need to look any further than this. 

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TOGETHER TOGETHER
Rated: R
Release Date: April 23, 2021
Director: Nikole Beckwith
Stars: Ed Helms, Patti Harrison
Plot: Two lonely people are pushed into each other's lives through a surrogate pregnancy

Clint Says: Wait for the digital release

 
What do you get when you put two great actors together, but the script you give them doesn't allow them to have their own personalities and they have no chemistry? You get a 90 minute movie that feels like it is three hours long.
 
I am a huge fan of Ed Helms, and the work he does with the script he was given is as good as anyone could possibly hope it to be. Unfortunately, the script is so flat and off-puttingly awkward that his talents are wasted. 
 
The film does have a few moments of heart and a couple of funny lines, but it is by no means a movie that will make you feel strong emotions, or laugh out loud and miss the next line of dialogue. At its best it is a pleasant story. At its worst it is a boring slog. 
 
There is no reason to spend the money or the time to see this in theaters. Wait for the digital release. At least then you can turn it off if you don't like it, and if you do it will be a pleasant surprise.