Reviews Of What Is In Theaters Now

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BLOODSHOT

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: March 13, 2020

Director: Dave Wilson

Stars: Vin Diesel, Eiza Gonzalez, Guy Pearce

Plot: A tech firm brings a soldier back to life, but the person responsible for the scientific breakthrough has alternative plans 

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Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee

 

 

This is exactly what you think it is. It is a comic book turned action flick that doesn't bother with things like character development or worry about massive plot holes. The whole premise of the movie is so far-fetched that you can easily suspend disbelief and just roll with it. 

 

If you are into action flicks, this is a perfect film for you. It has all of the gadgets and explosions you could ever want. It even has all of the cheesy one-liners.

 

There isn't anything great about this movie, but there isn't anything terrible either. It's fun, it's exciting, and it is an escape from reality. What more could we all want right now? 

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I STILL BELIEVE

Rated: PG

Release Date: March 13, 2020

Director: Andrew Erwin, Jon Erwin

Stars: K.J. Apa, Britt Robertson, Gary Sinise, Shania Twain

Plot: The true story of Jeremy Camp and how love and loss made him the artist he is

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

 

 

If you know the story of Jeremy Camp, then you already know where this film is going. The great news is that, even if you do know, they did a fantastic job in making it compelling anyway. If you don't know anything about Jeremy Camp, his story will make you laugh, cry, and find hope in tragedy. 

 

This is from the same people that made I CAN ONLY IMAGINE. That was a great film, and this one is too. They manage to tell difficult and personal stories that feel very real, but not invasive. It is filled with many moments that will give you smiles and many that will have you searching for another tissue. 

 

Britt Robertson is amazing in her role, and K.J. Apa is her perfect match. Their on-screen chemistry is electric, and their dialogue feels effortless and real. 

 

If you are a fan of inspiring love stories, this is a perfect film for you. It is a movie that will touch your soul and give you a reason to hope.

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THE HUNT

Rated: R

Release Date: March 13, 2020

Director: Craig Zobel

Stars: Betty Gilpin, Hilary Swank, Ike Barinholtz

Plot: A group of rich liberals kidnap and hunt conservatives for sport

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

 

 

If you are the kind of person that goes to movies for the gratuitous violence and prefer your plots to be paper thin, this movie is your Magnum Opus. Literally, there is no plot to this movie for at least the first 45 minutes and maybe even longer. All that happens in the first half is violent, bloody death after gory death. 

 

When we finally do get some sort of semblance of a plot it feels like the entire idea and script were thought up and written out over a three-beer lunch between two college buddies. It's basically death, death, death, oh, here's a really flimsy reason why, death, death, big fight scene, death, the end. 

 

I'm sure that on some level this is supposed to be a really smart, satire regarding our current political environment, but the reality is that it completely misses in both being smart and a satire. It is nothing more that a bloody romp through a forest.

 

On a base level this is fun and sometimes funny, but overall it's just too pointless and dumb to be worth a recommendation. 

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WENDY

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: March 13, 2020

Director: Behn Zeitlin

Stars: Devin France, Yashua Mask, Gage Naquin, Gavin Naquin

Plot: A young girl and her brothers run away to a magical place where they can stay children forever, but things don't always go as planned

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Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee

 

 

Oh, how close this movie came to being great. 

 

When I saw the trailer for WENDY, I was so excited because it looked like a gritty, modern-day retelling of the Peter Pan story. The good news is that it fits that description well. The bad news is that is doesn't quite deliver on pacing, tone, or keeping the important benchmarks of the original story. 

 

There is a lot to like about this film, and I really did like it, I just didn't love it. It is very good, but not great. It has moments that are wondrous and beautiful, but it has others that are slow and tedious. I also feel like I was a bit cheated out of seeing the Peter Pan story. There are key points in the original tale that don't show up in this version. Because of that the whole thing feels a bit off. 

 

If you like the look and feel of indie films, this one is worth your time and money, but you have to go in knowing that it isn't going to be a film that wows you. I'm happy that I saw it, but I don't ever need to see it again.  

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ONWARD

Rated: PG

Release Date: March 6, 2020

Director: Dan Scanlon

Stars: Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Octavia Spencer

Plot: Two brothers go on a quest to bring back their dad for one last day together

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

 

 

Disney/Pixar has an uncanny talent at taking very heavy subject matter and turning into an animated feature that is entertaining for the whole family and still stays true to the emotional depth of the circumstance the hero is in. Films like UP and INSIDE OUT are perfect examples of how they can take what seems to be an impossible task and make it work well. 

 

Now, we can add ONWARD to that list. 

 

My only negative comment about this movie is that it starts off a bit slow. However, after the first 15 or 20 minutes it hits its stride and becomes a fantastic film that the whole family can enjoy. The rest of the film is fun, funny, quirky, heartwarming, and exciting. It's filled with great physical comedy, adventure, fascinating characters and unique world building.

 

One of the best things about this movie is the twist. It is one that you'll never see coming, but it plays perfectly to the audience. 

 

If you are looking for a fun day out with the family, ONWARD should be on your short list of things to do.