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.