Reviews Of What Is In Theaters Now

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INFIDEL
Rated: R
Release Date: September 18, 2020
Director: Cyrus Nowrasteh
Stars: Jim Caviezel, Claudia Karvan, Hal Ozsan
Plot: A man is kidnapped while visiting Cairo so his wife travels there to do whatever she can to save him
 
Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee
 
 
I can't even  begin to imagine what it would be like to be kidnapped in a foreign land, but this film does a pretty good job of conveying the fear, pain, and desperation of anyone in that situation. 
 
While the story is highly suspenseful and compelling, the film itself is a bit below average. It looks and feels like a step above a made-for-TV movie, but a step below your typical wide-release, big-screen film. The cinematography is adequate, but there are moments where it feels very "film student" in its quality. 
 
The acting also leaves something to be desired, but this isn't the actors' fault. It seems like the director didn't convey the vision properly, so the end product isn't as good as it would have been in the hands of a more accomplished leader. 
 
The good news is that those issues are pretty minor to the overall experience. If you like suspenseful thrillers this film will satisfy your cravings. It isn't anywhere near a film like ZERO DARK THIRTY or LONE SURVIVOR, but it is intense and entertaining enough to watch. 

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H IS FOR HAPPINESS
Rated: Not Rated
Release Date: September 18, 2020
Director: John Sheedy
Stars: Daisy Axon, Wesley Patton, Richard Roxburgh, Joel Jackson
Plot: A one-of-a-kind girl takes it upon herself to save her family while befriending a boy who says he is from another world
 
Clint Says: Rent this movie this weekend
 
 

This is one of the more pleasantly surprising films I've had the pleasure of seeing in quite some time. It's filled with happiness, joy, innocence, and humor. The main character's love of life and people is highly infectious. If you are like me, you will find yourself with a big, silly grin on your face every time she is on screen. 

 
One of the best aspects of this film is that the kids seem so full of joy even though they are completely surrounded by darkness. It is these opposing forces that make the story so compelling and emotional. It is beautiful to watch.
 
This is a film that will have you laughing hard one minute and crying just as hard the next. It will drag you back into your middle school days, and it will invite you to daydream about your first crush. It will make you think about forgiveness and about the beauty of being unique. 
 
This is a fantastic film for the whole family if you have kids that are a bit older. Anyone under 7 or 8 may be slightly confused by the plot and a tad scared by some of the scenes. I would suggest watching it first before showing it to the younger kids. 
 
If you are looking for something to make you happy, this film is the answer. (At least for 90 minutes). 

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THE BROKEN HEARTS GALLERY
Rated: PG-13
Release Date: September 11, 2020
Director: Natalie Krinsky
Stars: Geraldine Viswanathan, Dacre Montgomery, Molly Gordon, Phillipa Soo
Plot: A woman, suffering from a bad break up, works to create an art gallery for people to display their mementos from past relationships
 
Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee
 

 

In a very long line of romantic comedies, this is another one. 
 
Is it good? Yes. Is it great? No. Will you walk out satisfied if you are a fan of RomComs? Probably. 
 
It follows the RomCom formula completely, so you know exactly what you are going to get even before you sit down to see it. 
 
The thing that makes this one different than the others is this story is played out by young, dating, New-York-City-dwelling, millennials. Those descriptive words either make or break the movie for you. If you read that sentence and think, "Oh, great! They sound like a lot of fun!", then you are going to love this film. If you read those words and thought, "This sounds like my idea of 110 minutes in hell.", you should go ahead and skip this one. 
 
The cast all play their roles very well, and the writing is spot on. I have spent a lot of time with this age group and watching this film made me feel like I was right there in the room with real people having real conversations. That said, I am now the old fuddy-duddy and it was very difficult for me to connect with the characters and their issues in any meaningful way. 
 
This is never going to become a classic RomCom playing on TV 30 times a week for the rest of eternity, but it is one that is worth seeing with all of your girlfriends. It'll give you some good laughs, a couple of good cries, and may even help you finally push out the last bit of that old ex that is still stuck in your head. 
 
 

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TENET
Rated: PG-13
Release Date: September 3, 2020
Director: Christopher Nolan
Stars: John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Kenneth Branagh
Plot: A CIA operative joins a dark forces team to try to stop a mad man from destroying the world with a time-altering weapon
 
Clint Says: Wait for the digital release
 
 
When the first trailer was released for TENET many months ago I was so excited to see it. After all, it was directed by Christopher Nolan who has made some fantastic films, including a couple of my all-time favorites. It looked like it was going to be a smart, sci-fi, version of a James Bond flick.
 
Then I finally got to see it. 
 
And I was thoroughly disappointed. 
 
First and foremost, the premise of the film is incredibly confusing, to the point where it was virtually impossible for the characters to properly educate us on what we needed to know in order to follow along with the story.  I was so completely confused for the first 40 minutes that by the time things started to gel a little I was too exhausted to care. 
 
Second, a large portion of the important dialogue is almost impossible to hear. For some reason Nolan thought it was a good idea to have major plot points discussed through respirator masks, over headsets while on a noisy ocean, and in several other hard-to-hear environments. Throw on top of that some heavy accents discussing PhD-level science, and it becomes nearly impossible to follow along with what is being said. 
 
The good news is that the acting is incredible. John David Washington leads a fantastic cast in giving the best performances possible on a below average script. 
 
This could have been another INCEPTION, but instead it falls short of being anything worthy of your time or money.

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MULAN
Rated: PG-13
Release Date: September 4, 2020
Director: Niki Caro
Stars: Yifei Liu, Donnie Yen, Jet Li, Li Gong
Plot: A young girl becomes one of China's greatest warriors after pretending to be a man in order to replace her aging father in the war
 
Clint Says: Worth every penny, watch it with the family today
 
 
I have been waiting for this film for a long time. When Disney started making live-action remakes of their classics one of my first thoughts was, "I hope they do MULAN." 
 
You see, I have two beautiful daughters that are from China. They have spent most of their lives in the US, but we make it a point to help them connect to their heritage and culture. The original MULAN was one of the only accessible works of art that showed my daughters a powerful, but kind woman that looks like them. Now, they have a real life version to admire. 
 
We sat down, as a family, to watch this together and we all fell in love with it. 
 
It is a stunningly beautiful film filled with bright colors, breath-taking landscapes and sets, and mesmerizing motion. Every member of the cast gives a great performance adding to a well-written script. And the people in charge did a perfect job in modernizing the story without taking anything away from the rich heritage of ancient China. 
 
For those of you with small children, this film is rated PG-13. There are several intense fight scenes and Xian Lang (the witch) that could be a little much for them. You may want to screen it first before you let them hop on the couch to watch it.  But for the older crowd, these elements bring a level of excitement and suspense that brings this remake to a whole new level.
 
If you are a fan of the original MULAN you have to see this one. You'll become a fan all over again.