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GOLD

Rated: R

Release Date: January 27, 2017

Director: Stephen Gaghan

Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Edgar Ramirez, Bryce Dallas Howard

Plot: Based on the true story of a down-on-his-luck prospector and a geologist trying to find the mother lode in Indonesia

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

 

 

You may have heard rumblings about Matthew McConaughey gaining nearly 50 pounds for one of his roles. This is the film. The way he transforms himself into a nearly-destitute, yet highly-motivated, sleazeball salesman is truly fascinating to watch. His performance was almost award-worthy, and in a year that didn't have so many incredible films released, he may have been up for several awards. 

 

This film is full of incredible twists and surprises that make it seem almost unbelievable. But then, when you remember that this is based on a true story, it is mind-blowing that anyone on earth would have the guts and the lack of ethics to do what he did. 

 

This isn't a high-paced action flick that is going to keep you on the edge of your seat. It is however, a compelling story that draws you in and keeps you engaged for the entire film. 

 

If you are looking to watch something that is slightly off the beaten path, but is still highly satisfying, you should give GOLD a shot.

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THE FOUNDER

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: January 20, 2017

Director: John Lee Hancock

Stars: Michael Keaton, Nick Offerman, John Carroll Lynch

Plot: A traveling salesman comes across an innovative restaurant, and has the big picture mentality to turn it into the biggest chain in the world

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

 

 

If you are a Michael Keaton fan you have to see this movie. This is the kind of film and character that is right in his wheelhouse. And, true to form, he kills it. 

 

I don't know how accurate of a portrayal this film is when it comes to the real-life people involved in the creation of the McDonald's empire, but I can say that this film is thoroughly entertaining and exciting.

 

Watching Michael Keaton at his best while building one of the biggest companies in the world from the ground up is a great way to spend a couple of hours.

 

Too bad we don't have Smellevision in theaters. The one thing that would have made this movie better is if we could have smelled the fries. 

 

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20TH CENTURY WOMEN

Rated: R

Release Date: January 20, 2017

Director: Mike Mills

Stars: Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig, Lucas Jade Zumann

Plot: Three generations of women live different lives in 1970's California

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Clint Says: Don't even bother

 

 

This is one of those films where I feel like I'm the only movie critic that saw a completely different movie than everyone else. Critics everywhere are raving about this movie and the performances in it. Personally, I hated it.

 

I saw this film in a theater with 14 people. All of us were invited directly by the studio to screen this movie. Within 30 minutes of the opening scene 3 of the 14 people had walked out never to return.

 

My soul left with them.

 

I wish I could have walked out, but I had already promised them that I would give them my feedback after it was done. Let's just say that the last 90 minutes of enduring this movie was one of the most painful movie-going experiences of my life. 

 

I heard several of my colleagues describe this movie as "ambitious". That's critic-speak for "it is really terrible, but somehow I know we aren't supposed to think that it is, so I'm going to use big and ambiguous words to talk about it."

 

This film meanders, it's slow, it has no point, and the characters are just there. Nothing makes them likable or someone you need to hate. They just sit there, being nothing but boring...and there...and you can't get rid of them...for two long hours. 

 

Maybe you will find this film to be existential and important and several other movie-snob terms, if so, good for you. For the rest of us, this is nothing more than a complete waste of time.

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THE EAGLE HUNTRESS

Rated: G

Release Date: January 20, 2017

Director: Otto Bell

Stars: Aisholpan Nurgaiv, Rys Nurgaiv, Daisy Ridley

Plot: A documentary of a young girl that wants to be the first female eagle huntress in her village

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Clint Says: Drop everything and go see this movie now

 

 

This is one of the best documentaries I have ever seen. It is beautifully shot, and the story is told in a way that will literally have you sitting on the edge of your seat and cheering for the main subject. 

 

This is a wonderful story of empowerment, growing up, and challenging the system. It is also a story of how deep a father's love will go for his daughter. 

 

By the end of this film you will be cheering and crying tears of joy.

 

If you have daughters I highly recommend taking them to see this film. 

 

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THE RED TURTLE

Rated: PG

Release Date: January 20, 2017

Director: Michael Dudok de Wit

Plot: A person gets stranded on an island with turtles, and figures out how to live life with them

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

 

 

If you've been following the finalists for the different awards shows you may have seen THE RED TURTLE popping up in the Best Animated Film category. It is a unique and interesting film that is very much worthy of the accolades.

 

It is beautifully drawn and the story is compelling and emotional. The most interesting aspect of this movie is that it has no dialogue, but even so, the emotion comes through in spectacular fashion.

 

This is not an animated movie that young kids will enjoy. It deals with several adult themes that most children would find either boring or too complicated. However, for adults that like animated films, this is one that is a must-see.

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SILENCE

Rated: R

Release Date: January 13, 2017

Director: Martin Scorsese

Stars: Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson

Plot: Two Jesuit missionaries travel to 17th century Japan to discover what happened to one of their own

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Clint Says: Drop everything and go see this movie now

 

 

There are very few films that have the power to cause an entire group of people to sit with rapt attention for almost three hours then file out of the theater in absolute silence. This is one of those films. 

 

This is not a film full of action. It is a slow-moving, thought-provoking, superbly-acted testament to people that are much stronger than most of us could every hope to be. It is a film that never lets up on the intensity, emotion, nor does it ever let you forget the stakes.

 

Watching this film is no easy task. There are times where you will be bitterly angry, uncontrollably sad, and terrified for the characters. It will poke at emotions in you that you may not have even known existed. And when it is all done, you will feel things that you won't be sure what to do with them except just let them process over time. 

 

If you are the kind of person that only sees three of four films a year this one will probably be a bit much for you. However, if you can handle the power of a SCHINDLER'S LIST style film, then I highly recommend putting SILENCE on your watch list. 

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PATRIOT'S DAY

Rated: R

Release Date: January 13, 2017

Director: Peter Berg

Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Michelle Monaghan, J.K. Simmons, Kevin Bacon

Plot: Based on the true story of the Boston Marathon bombing and terrorist manhunt

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

 

 

 

This is the third film Mark Wahlberg and Peter Berg have done together (LONE SURVIVOR and DEEPWATER HORIZON), and all three have been well made and well worth seeing. Out of the three of them PATRIOT'S DAY surprised me the most. 

 

This film would have been interesting if it had been a just-the-facts movie, but the emotion and strength that is layered into this film makes it something special. I saw this movie almost two months prior to it's release and have seen about 80 movies since then, and my mind still returns to scenes from it. Another thing that surprised me about this movie is how much of the story I didn't know, or had forgotten. This retelling covers it all.

 

This is the kind of film that helps us all remember what is really important and brings us together. It seems to me like we could all use a little bit of that right now.  

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LIVE BY NIGHT

Rated: R

Release Date: January 13, 2017

Director: Ben Affleck

Stars: Ben Affleck, Zoe Saldana, Chris Cooper, Sienna Miller

Plot: A low-level gangster works his way quickly trough the ranks of the mob, but makes a lot of enemies along the way

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Clint Says: Wait for the DVD

 

 

Dear Hollywood, 

 

Unless the person's name is Denzel Washington, do not, I repeat, DO NOT, allow any actor to direct and act in the same film. Also, even if that person's name is Denzel Washington, do NOT allow ANY actor to direct, star and write the same movie. 

 

Sincerely, 

 

The Movie-Going Public

 

 

This is a forgettable, boring, slow-moving, wannabe-gangster film that will have you shifting in your seat after the first 30 minutes and looking at your watch the rest of the time. Ben Affleck needed somebody to tell him "no".

 

The flick actually gets really good for one brief shining moment. That moment was the moment that the film should have ended, but alas it drags on for who knows how long after that. 

 

While watching a movie about gangsters and booze I was hoping for a shot from either just to dull the pain.

 

This one isn't worth your time or money in theaters, just wait for digital so you can pause for naps.

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ELLE

Rated: R

Release Date: January 13, 2017

Director: Paul Verhoeven

Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte

Plot: A woman forms a sexual relationship with a man that raped her

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Clint Says: Don't even bother

 

 

 

*Contains Spoilers

 

I typically don't review foreign films, but this one is getting so much awards attention that I couldn't let my thoughts go unread. 

 

First off this film is directed by Paul Verhoeven. He's directed such "masterpieces" as SHOWGIRLS, BASIC INSTINCT, and many other lesser known but similar themed flicks. Therefore, almost any time you see the name Paul Verhoeven you should read "Guy that really wants to make pornos, but doesn't have the guts to just do it, so he wraps it around a crappy plot and calls it 'art'".

 

(He did also direct ROBOCOP and STARSHIP TROOPERS, so I will give him that).

 

Moving on...

 

This film is all about a woman trying to find the guy that raped her, and when she finally does she has a sexual relationship with him. This is the kind of stuff you HAVE to make up, because it would NEVER happen in real life. It's so far out of the realm of possibility that it doesn't even make sense as a movie. It just feels like somebody wanted to make a weird point and this was the only way they could think to do it. 

 

There is another thing that is going on throughout the film that is similarly sexualized and stupid and not worth your time. 

 

I'm sure that there are a ton of artsy-fartsy types out there saying this is a revolutionary film that empowers women, but I think it does the exact opposite. I think it objectifies women, then makes them give in to rape culture, and then it shows that a woman is so weak she can't even resist the comings-on of  a man she knows assaulted her.

 

This film is utter crap from beginning to end.

 

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2016 was a banner year for Hollywood. There are several films that came out this year that would have easily been awards contenders if they had been released in just about any other year.  This is my list of the best films of 2016, I know it doesn't match your list, and that is great! That is what makes movies so fun and fascinating. We each see art in our own ways and it touches each of us in a different way. Please, let me know what your favorite films are, and in the meantime, I hope you enjoy my list!

 

 

#1 - LA LA LAND

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This Hollywood throwback musical is by far the best movie of the year. Not only does this movie put a goofy smile on your face for two straight hours, but it gets your toes tapping with incredible music as well. The on screen chemistry between Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, plus their incredible acting makes this film a pure joy to watch. 

 

 

#2 - FENCES

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 If you want to see a master class in acting, you need to see FENCES. Denzel Washington and Viola Davis give performances that will garner them many awards this year. This is a powerful, moving film that is worth your time.

 

 

 

#3 - SWISS ARMY MAN

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This film may have slipped past you this year, and for most people that is probably a good thing. For those of you that like weird, quirky films that allow the audience to think for themselves and draw their own conclusions as to what is really going on, you will absolutely love SWISS ARMY MAN. This is also one of the funniest films of the year. 

 

 

#4 - HELL OR HIGH WATER

 

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 This is a spectacular old-fashioned Western set in modern day. It blurs the lines between good and bad in a compelling and emotional way. Ben Foster gives a performance that everyone should see. 

 

 

 #5 - CAPTAIN FANTASTIC

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This is an extraordinary and unique film that will break your heart and heal your soul. Viggo Mortensen gives the performance of a lifetime, and the child actors accompanying him make this film truly special. 

 

 

#6 - HIDDEN FIGURES*

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If you want to see a film that will make you proud and have you yelling, "you go, girl!" at the screen repeatedly, HIDDEN FIGURES is your movie. The ensemble cast is incredible and the story is fascinating. 

*While this film will not be released wide until January 2017, it was made eligible for the 2016 awards season.

 

 

#7 - THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN

 

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If John Hughes were still alive this is the kind of film he would have made. This movie will have you laughing, crying and feeling all of those crazy teenage emotions once again. Then throw in an award-worthy performance from Hailee Steinfeld and the scene-stealing comedy of Woody Harrelson and you have a near-perfect movie. 

 

 

#8 - ME BEFORE YOU

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 If there is such thing as a hard-hitting comedy this film is it. The chemistry between Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin is beautiful to watch as is the story unfolding before your eyes. Beware though, this movie will make you ugly cry to the point of uncontrollable sobbing. But it is so worth it. 

 

 

#9 - DEADPOOL

 

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We didn't realize how much we needed an irreverent, foul-mouthed, anti-hero in our lives until DEADPOOL hit the big screen this year and became the second highest grossing R-rated movie of all time. Not only does this film offer up large doses of snark and self-deprecating humor, but it also gives audiences a great story with a ton of fun action. 

 

 

#10 - DENIAL

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This was a limited-release film that didn't get a lot of consideration, but if it had been released in a year with a little less competition it most-likely would have been a front-runner for a lot of awards. This is a superbly-acted drama, based on true events. The story is shocking and riveting, and the cast makes this film jump off the screen. 

 

 

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When it comes to entertainment, there are few things worse than spending a ton of money on movie tickets, popcorn, candy, and drinks only to have to sit through a horrible flick. Now, try to imagine my pain as I watch about 250 movies a year!

I go into every film with the same thought in my head: "This might be the best movie of the year." Then I sit back and wait for the film to confirm my beliefs or disappoint me greatly. The following list are movies that managed to get that thought out of my head within seconds of the opening scenes. I hope for your sake that you didn't have to suffer through any of these flicks.

Let me know what films you think should have made the cut for Worst of the Year.  

 

 

#1 - FIFTY SHADES OF BLACK

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 I can't even begin to describe how stupid and unfunny this parody film is. I wouldn't watch this movie again even if you offered me free popcorn for a year.

 

 

#2 - GODS OF EGYPT

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The main character has his eye pulled out of his head a few minutes into the movie. By that point I was begging to be next so I wouldn't have to see any more of this lame flick.

 

 

#3 - BLAIR WITCH

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The original BLAIR WITCH film was so insanely scary and intense, this follow-up is anything but that. Most of the scary stuff is a repeat from the original and the rest is just plain boring.

 

 

#4 - WARCRAFT

 

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This is the kind of video game to film adaptation that will make you want to break your game console into little pieces. It feels like a Breaking Bad version of Shrek.

 

 

#5 - THE SHALLOWS

 

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While Blake Lively's husband, Ryan Reynolds, enjoys his time on my Best Films of 2016 list, she gets to hang out in the depths of horrible moviedom. This film is pretty decent until the last 20 minutes when it turns into a bad version of SHARKNADO.

 

 

#6 - BILLY LYNN'S LONG HALFTIME WALK

 

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How does a director like Ang Lee make a movie like LIFE OF PI and then something as terrible as this? This film has some of the worst acting of the year. Then you throw in a story that is unrealistic and mediocre at best and by halftime of the movie you are ready to make the long walk to your car. 

 

 

#7 - THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER'S WAR

 

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The first film in this franchise was hated by critics and moviegoers everywhere, so naturally the studio thought it would be a great idea to make a sequel. It's basically a mashup of the FROZEN sisters gone bad and moved to Middle Earth. I'd rather be frozen than have to see this flick again.

 

#8 - NORM OF THE NORTH

 

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 An unfunny, political, animated film...ohhhh, let's put that on the "never to see" pile.

 

 

#9 - ZOOLANDER 2

 

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 15 years after the original was not long enough. The first film was stupid funny, this one is just stupid. 

 

 

#10 - HARDCORE HENRY

 

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I will give the studio props for thinking outside the box and making a "First-Person Shooter" movie. Unfortunately, it's a really bad film. After the first five minutes it just feels like you're watching someone else play a video game for two hours. Not fun.

 

 

DISHONORABLE MENTION

               

 

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FENCES

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: December 25, 2016

Director: Denzel Washington

Stars: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen Henderson, Mykelti Williamson

Plot: A 1950's African-American father tries to keep his son from making the same mistakes he made, while he continues to make his own mistakes

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Clint Says: Drop everything and go see this movie now

 

 

This is easily one of the top five films of the year. It will be up for, and win, a ton of awards. While LA LA LAND will most likely take Best Picture, look for FENCES to be in the hunt for that award, and I would expect it to be a winner of Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress. 

 

Denzel and Viola are masterful in this film. It is some of the finest acting you will ever see on the big screen. And then, when you throw in the likes of Stephen Henderson and Mykelti Williamson (who steals every single scene he is in), you have a master class in how a movie should be done. 

 

This is an emotional film that will rock you to your core. There are moments where you will laugh out loud, sob uncontrollably, shake your fists in anger, feel your heart break in sadness, and want to walk through the screen and give out hugs. 

 

This is a film that will make you think and make you want to talk out some very serious issues with the people closest to you. I highly recommend seeing this movie with a group of diverse friends and then going out for coffee afterwards to help everyone digest and understand the intricacies that this film offers. 

 

Whatever you do though, do not miss this film. 

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PASSENGERS

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: December 21, 2016

Director: Morten Tyldum

Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt

Plot: Odd events occur aboard a spaceship with 5,000 hibernating passengers, causing two of them to wake up 90 years too early

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Clint Says: Wait for the DVD, and make someone else rent it

 

 

A Sci-Fi movie with Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt? Yes, please!

 

That was my initial reaction upon hearing that PASSENGERS was a real thing and coming to theaters in a few months.

 

Then I saw the movie. And my reaction was something more like this:

 

 

 

Honestly, I don't think I've ever seen a movie go from amazing to terrible so fast. 

 

One moment, they are in critical trouble and the next they are saved by the most ridiculous moment of convenience possible. And that is followed up by another ridiculous moment of convenience so we can get back to the love story. 

 

This is a Sci-fi movie that completely ignore the "science" part. They set up rules in one scene and completely break those rules 10 minutes later. They set up improbable scenarios and solve them with the impossible. It makes no sense. 

 

That aside, the love story between the main character is great. A lot of the emotions they show, being stranded for the rest of their lives, feels very authentic.

 

If you go into it with the idea that you are watching a love story you will probably enjoy it. If you are a Sci-fi fan, you'd be better off just crossing this one off your list.   

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ASSASSIN'S CREED

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: December 21, 2016

Director: Justin Kurzel

Stars: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons

Plot: A modern-day criminal is used to sync up with once of his Spanish Inquisition ancesters to help a group of powerful people find an object that will help them control the world

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Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee, unless you are an AC fan then go see it right now

 

 

We have seen several video games turned into movies over the last few years. This may be one of the best in that category. The concept is fascinating, the story keeps you locked in, and the action is non-stop and incredible.

 

I have never played, nor had any interest in the ASSASSIN'S CREED games, so I made sure to see this film with an AC expert. Bottom line...He love it. He felt this film completely captured the essence of the game, informed the non-gamers of the proper information, and gave us a compelling look into the AC universe.

 

As a non-gamer, I felt the film was slow-paced and jumpy. I was told that the pace of the film is very much in line with the pace of the game, so that is probably a good thing for the AC crowd. As for the jumpiness of the film, it seems to skip over crucial plot points to get us to certain places faster. For example, there is a thing that Fassbender's character doesn't want to do, then all of a sudden he's ready to do it. We get to see a bit of what leads him to his decision, but it isn't enough.

 

It is a fun action film, and the chase scenes are some of the best I've ever seen. That alone makes this a movie worth seeing. Just don't think about the science or the reasoning too much.

 

For fans of the games, you will be happy to know the film has several Easter eggs for you to find.

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SING

Rated: PG

Release Date: December 21, 2016

Director: Garth Jennings

Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane

Plot: A down-on-his-luck theatre owner gives his business one last try with a singing competition

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Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee

 

 

I need to review this movie from two different points of view.

 

First, I saw this film in a theater full of young kids. They LOVED it. They all came out raving about how good and funny it was. So, know that your kids will be happy to have seen SING.

 

As for the parents, this movie is above average as far as animated movies go, but it is about 30 minutes too long. There are scenes that add nothing to the overall story, and other scenes that carry on far too long.

 

The story is entertaining, but formulaic all the way through. Kids will enjoy the story, but parents will see everything coming. That doesn't make it a bad movie, but it does make it just a bit boring.

 

The finishing act is a lot of fun and inspiring for all, so there is that to look forward to near the end of the film. However, parents, like most things in life, if you go see this just know that you are taking one for the team.

 

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WHY HIM?

Rated: R

Release Date: December 23, 2016

Director: John Hamburg

Stars: Zoey Deutch, James Franco, Bryan Cranston, Megan Mullally

Plot: A young woman introduces her mid-western family to her eccentric, millionaire boyfriend

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Clint Says: Wait for the DVD

 

 

If you have seen the trailers for this film you know that it is, essentially, a raunchy rom-com. What you don't get from the trailers are:

 

1. How sweet this movie is. It is actually a nice, touching, heart-warming movie that will lift your holiday spirits.

2. How funny Megan Mullally is. There are several scenes where she steals the spotlight, and will nearly make you choke on your popcorn from laughing so hard.

3. How raunchy it really is. Wow! This is like Jason Bateman raunchy. If you aren't okay with a ton of bad language and graphic anatomy humor...especially of the animal variety, you need to stay far away from this movie.

 

James Franco and Bryan Cranston have wonderful on-screen chemistry, and Cranston carries the movie like the elite actor that he is. They make this film a lot better than it would have been with average actors.

 

That said, there isn't really anything in this movie that makes it worth seeing right away. The only exception being that December is typically a really heavy, dramatic month for movies, so a funny comedy is a refreshing change of pace.

 

Wait for the DVD. You'll enjoy it just as much then.

 

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LION

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: December 23, 2016

Director: Garth Davis

Stars: Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara, Sunny Pawar

Plot: The true story of a boy who gets separated from his family at age five, and finds them again 20-something years later

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Clint Says: Drop everything and go see this movie now

 

 

This is a powerful film that draws you in and keeps you captivated every second of the way. At times it is almost too painful to watch if you keep remembering that it is a true story.

 

Dev Patel give an outstanding, award-worthy performance, Nicole Kidman is amazing, and Sunny Pawar's acting will break you into pieces. The story itself is award-worthy, and has already been nominated for several big awards. It is a long-shot to win, but it would not surprise me if it did.

 

If you are looking for a dramatic, yet inspirational film, you need to give LION a try. You may walk away thinking it is the best film of the year.

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ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: December 16, 2016

Director: Gareth Edwards

Stars: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Alan Tudyk

Plot: A small group of rebels go on a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star from Imperial forces

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

 

 

The moral of this tale is simple: Don't mess with Jyn Erso. And if you do mess with Jyn Erso she will mess you up. Oh, and she gets it done, too!

 

There were so many rumors flying around about this movie over the last several months, but the reality is nobody got to see it until release week. We heard it was bad: wrong. We heard they had to do major re-shoots to make it better: If they did, it worked.

 

If you are not a STAR WARS fan, you can still see this movie without having seen any of the other ones and will find it to be an interesting action flick. For STAR WARS fans, you are going to love how this film expands the STAR WARS universe and gives us glimpses at events that shaped the lives of the characters we know and love.

 

This is a different kind of STAR WARS film. It is grittier, it has a lot more intimate battle scenes, and it focuses much more on the quest than the characters. It is also a one-off film so the entire story arc takes place in this one movie.

 

There are a lot of elements that make this a STAR WARS film, but it is very different than any of the other seven. It is a very good movie with great actions and some powerful emotional scenes. (Some of which may be a bit too intense for younger audiences).

 

For fans of the franchise, get ready to do some serious Easter egg hunting. This movie is FILLED with fun tidbits and nods to the other films. That alone makes this a movie that you will want to see several times.

 

One bit of advice: Do not make plans after you see ROGUE ONE. You will want to go home immediately and throw A NEW HOPE into your DVD player.

 

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LA LA LAND

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: December 16, 2016

Director: Damien Chazelle

Stars: Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling

Plot: Two artists living in Los Angeles help each other find their dream

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Clint Says: Drop everything and go see this movie now

 

 

This is the best movie of the year. 

 

Hands down. 

 

Second place is a distant thought. 

 

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling's on-screen chemistry is so perfect that you will almost need surgery by the end of the movie to remove the silly grin from your face. Their dance scene are reminiscent of Fred and Ginger, their banter is playful and filled with emotion, and their relationship is intoxicating. 

 

I can't remember the last time I saw a movie like this, and I'll bet it will be a long time before we see anything like it again. I never thought that I would be raving on like this about a musical. 

 

The music is amazing, the cinematography is beautiful, the story is captivating. It's quite possibly the closest thing I've seen to cinematic perfection in years. 

 

I can't recommend this movie enough. Go out and see it now!

 

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COLLATERAL BEAUTY

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: December 16, 2016

Director: David Frankel

Stars: Will Smith, Edward Norton, Helen Mirren, Naomie Harris, Kate Winslet, Michael Pena, Keira Knightley

Plot: A man writes letters to Love, Time and Death after a tragedy in his life, and the three entities answer him

Trailer

 

Clint Says: Wait for the DVD

 

 

This is one of those films that audiences will love and critics will hate.

 

Critically speaking, everything about this movie is too perfect. The lives parallel uncannily well, everything plays out exactly the way it is supposed to, and basically it follows the tear-jerker, holiday-release formula down to the most minute detail.

 

As far as anyone going to the movies is concerned this film is the equivalent of shooting saccharin straight into your bloodstream. On some level you know it isn't good, but you don't care at all because it makes you feel incredible.

 

While the performances by the cast are tidy and contrived, they all do a great job in giving the audience exactly what they want. It isn't a bad movie at all, it's just not real enough to be something that can be taken seriously. It's kind of like when a sit-com would have "a very special episode", but was still able to wrap everything up with a happy ending in a mere 22 minutes.

 

I will say that the twists, and there are several of them, do keep the movie interesting.

 

I can't recommend this movie based on quality, but if you are a fan of Hallmark movies, you might think this is the best picture of the year.