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ON THE BASIS OF SEX

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: January 4, 2019

Director: Mimi Leder

Stars: Felicity Jones, Armie Hammer

Plot: A young Ruth Bader Ginsburg fights through the courts to make all laws equal to men and women

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Clint Says: Wait for the digital release

 

 

Most people know Ruth Bader Ginsburg as a long-standing U.S. Supreme Court Justice. Most people don't know that well before that she was a lawyer who took on the issue of gender inequality during a time when discrimination based on one's sex was the norm.

 

One of the great things about this film is that it straddles the political line to perfection. It never feels like this film is pushing an agenda or mocking those on the left or the right. Sure, there are the lawyers she is fighting against that have their hardened stances, but they don't cross the line into political disagreements.

 

Whether one tends to agree or disagree with RGB's decisions from the bench it doesn't matter. This is a very good movie that covers her life from college through her late 30's. And Felicity Jones does a great job of playing RGB as a student, mother, and brilliant lawyer willing to take on the system.

 

Armie Hammer is also in this movie. He's the same character he always is in every movie. Nothing much to see there, but he does help move the plot forward, so thanks for that.

 

This is a compelling courtroom drama that has the ability to inspire teens to do something special with their lives. If you have teens you should take them to see this. You never know, they may end up on the U.S. Supreme Court someday.

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IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK

Rated: R

Release Date: January 4, 2019

Director: Barry Jenkins

Stars: KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Regina King, Colman Domingo

Plot: A young couple in love try to make a life for themselves while going through pregnancy and being accused of a crime he didn't commit

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

 

 

Director Barry Jenkins has proven once again that he can make outstanding, award-worthy films that are also accessible to the average movie-goer. His films are beautiful, important, and timely, but they never feel overdone, or pretentious, or self-congratulating.

 

This film is an emotional ride all the way through. There are moments where you feel first love, there are moments where you feel things that you want to go away. It's a captivating film with scenes where you wish you could turn away, but it is so good you can't.

 

The acting is easily some of the best of the year. Regina King is getting a lot of awards buzz, but KiKi Layne's performance is just as moving and powerful. I'm surprised she isn't getting more awards attention.

 

This is a slow-moving story, but it never feels like it gets too slow. The pacing is perfect. It gives just enough time to sit in each scene and really take in all of the beauty and meaning. This is a master class in dramatic film.

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2018 gave us a scare for about 11 months. There were a lot of really good films that came out throughout the year, but there weren't a lot of films that had that final bit of something special to push it over the top and make it a movie to remember. 

 

We started seeing fleshes of brilliance scattered throughout the early months, but it wasn't until December that we got the power players into the mix. In fact, four of my top 10 films weren't released until the last week of November or later.

 

As is the case with almost everything I do when it comes to film, I try hard to make my lists out of films that you may not have seen, but you had a good chance of at least hearing about it. All of the films in my top 10 were shown on at least 800 screens at the peak of their distribution.

 

I hope you enjoy this list, and if you haven't seen a few of them, I hope you get the chance to see them. They are all spectacular films in their own way. 

 

 

10. PADDINGTON 2

 

 

Very rarely does a film come out in the first couple of weeks in the New Year and sticks with you long enough to make a year end best of list, but that goes to show how great of a film PADDINGTON 2 really is. 

 

 

 

9. SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE

 

 

This is by far the best Spider-man movie ever made. The animation makes it look like you are in a comic book, and the story is fantastic. This film hits on all cylinders.

 

 

 

8. GREEN BOOK

 

 

Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali give award-worthy performances in this film about friendship and racial tension.

 

 

 

7. CRAZY RICH ASIANS

 

 

I loved this movie so much that I saw it twice. Akwafina is a show-stealer and deserves a lot of praise for her role. It is a fun, funny, and nearly perfect romantic comedy.

 

 

 

6. A STAR IS BORN

 

 

This film wowed audiences all through Autumn, and now it has a chance to take home a lot of shiny trophies. Bradley Cooper's directorial debut is a master-class in film.

 

 

 

5. A QUIET PLACE

 

 

This is the film that nearly got loud popcorn eaters killed all over the globe. It was so well done and so utterly quiet that I barely breathed the entire time, much less thought about chomping into some Milk Duds.

 

 

 

4. BLACK PANTHER

 

 

Any movie that makes $700 Million domestically is fantastic. There is no other way to define it. Not only is this one of the best comic book films ever made, it is one of the great films ever made. From the script to the effects to the score, casting, and costuming, this is a site to behold.

 

 

 

3. EIGHTH GRADE

 

 

This is one of the most perfectly awkward films to come along since John Hughes. I have never wanted more to jump into the screen and give Esie Fisher's character a big hug and tell her everything gets better just a few years down the road. If you have kids or you were ever in eighth grade this is a must-see film.

 

 

 

2. MARY POPPINS RETURNS

 

 

This film is practically perfect in every way. The songs are great, Emily Blunt is amazing, and the story works well with the original. I was nervous that the franchise was going to be ruined, instead they added another chapter that is just as fun.

 

 

 

1. THE FAVOURITE

 

 

This is a deliciously devious and dark film that will have you laughing out loud one moment and shrinking away the next because it gets so dark. Everything about this film is award-worthy.

 

 

 

 

HONORABLE MENTIONS

 

There were several amazing documentaries that came out this year. Three almost made my top 10 list. 

 

WON'T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR

 

 

This film about Mr. Rogers will make you laugh, cry, and feel good about life.

 

 

FREE SOLO

 

 

One of the most intense and dramatic documentaries ever. You will barely breathe for the last 20 minutes.

 

 

SCIENCE FAIR

 

 

This documentary will inspire you and infuriate you. You'll fall in love with these kids on their journey.

 

 

 

OTHER GREAT FILMS

 

These are the movies that just missed out on being in my top 10 for this year. They are still very worthy of being seen.

 

 

BLACKkKLANSMAN

 

 

 

FIRST MAN

 

 

 

 

INCREDIBLES 2

 

 

 

LEAVE NO TRACE

 

 

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2018 had a lot of great movies. 2018 also had some colossal stinkers. 

 

Here are the ones I thought were the worst of the worst.

 

 

10. HOTEL ARTEMIS

 

 

This is a bad knock off version of the JOHN WICK franchise. Unoriginal and a bad story to boot.

 

 

 

9. FIFTY SHADES FREED

 

 

This is the best of the FIFTY SHADES films...and it still made my worst 10 list.

 

 

 

8. SHERLOCK GNOMES

 

 

The first of two terrible Sherlock Holmes knock off flicks.

 

 

 

7. HOLMES AND WATSON

 

This is the second.

 

 

 

6. HELL FEST

 

 

The pitch for this movie was, "let's watch a bunch of annoying teenagers go through some crappy haunted houses." The scary part is a studio actually said, "yes!"

 

 

 

5. THE OATH

 

 

There are few things worse than Thanksgiving dinner with a family that fights about politics. One thing that is worse is watching that scenario play out in a movie.

 

 

 

4. LIFE ITSELF

 

 

This feels like the studio had six or seven decent ideas, but none good enough for one movie, so they mashed them all together into one extraordinary craptastic spectacular.

 

 

 

3. THE HURRICANE HEIST

 

 

A robbery during a category 5 hurricane...what could go right?

 

 

 

2. THE PREDATOR

 

 

A sequel that nobody wanted and the studio obviously didn't really care to make. It looks like they did a cut and paste job of the special effects from the old movies.

 

 

 

1. THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS

 

 

Raunchy puppets are hilarious...for about 2 minutes. This movie is 90 minutes long. Everyone of us that saw this movie wishes that Sesame Street would have won their cease and desist lawsuit.

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HOLMES AND WATSON

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: December 25, 2018

Director: Etan Cohen

Stars: Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Rebecca Hall, Lauren Lapkus

Plot: Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson must solve a mystery in order to save the Queen's life

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Clint Says: Don't even bother

 

 

I would like to sarcastically thank the powers that be behind this film for releasing it so late in the year that I now have the extra work of going back and revamping my Worst 10 Films of 2018 list.  You couldn't have waited one more week? Ugh.

 

Ladies and gentlemen, this movie is a tragedy. It is amazingly unfunny, pathetically childish, boring, annoying, and a complete waste of everyone's time.

 

In fact, it is so bad, I felt like I needed to do a public service, so during the movie I went out to the concession area, (trust me, I didn't miss anything worthy or important), and talked four people out of buying a ticket to the next showing. (You're welcome, MARRY POPPINS RETURNS for the extra $35 in sales). This is also the point where I realized that it is a shocking omission that movie concession stands don't sell hard liquor, because I sure could have used some to get through the last 45 minutes of this film that feels like that super-painful zit you sometimes get right on the inside of your nose. Dang, that hurts.

 

Seriously, don't go see this. It is so bad. The true mystery here is, how on earth did this movie make it to final print and distribution without someone mercifully pulling the plug on it.

 

Save yourself. It's too late for me.

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VICE

Rated: R

Release Date: December 25, 2018

Director: Adam McKay

Stars: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Sam Rockwell, Steve Carell

Plot: An irreverent look at the life and actions of former Vice President Dick Cheney

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

 

 

This is one of the more interesting and entertaining films I saw in all of 2018. The editing, the cinematography, and the visuals are all completely immersive and exciting. The acting is well above average, to the point of several award-worthy performances. In particular, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, and Steve Carell make the movie much better than it would have been with lesser actors.

 

There is one major issue that I have with this film though. It is a movie I never wanted to see. Nor do I ever want to see it again.

 

Before I continue, let me be very clear that none of the following should be taken as a political statement, or a lean to one party or another in any way.

 

At some point over the last few decades the people of the United States have lost respect for the office of the President and Vice President. So, as I watched this movie, and was completely entertained, I still did not enjoy it at all because it is so disrespectful and irreverent. I felt the same way about CHAPPAQUIDDICK and THE FRONT RUNNER. I just don't think we need narratives about current or former leaders. Documentaries and news pieces are wonderful and necessary, but narratives, to me, take the level of respect down too far.

 

If you can compartmentalize the disrespect from the entertainment, or that doesn't bother you like it bothers me, then see this movie, because it is an incredible and entertaining watch. If you think Hollywood would be better served to steer clear of political films based on reality, then you should skip this movie.

 

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AQUAMAN

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: December 21, 2018

Director: James Wan

Stars: Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson

Plot: Arthur/Aquaman is summoned to the sea to stop his half-brother from starting a war with the humans

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Clint Says: Wait for the digital release

 

 

Congratulations DC you managed to mess up another film that could have been amazing. Your track record is almost entirely unblemished in that effort. (Wonder Woman being the exception).

 

Basically, this movie stinks like a fish.

 

I will never understand how an office full of movie people can manage to make an entire movie that promises a massive climax, it gets marketed that way in every commercial and trailer, and then the film doesn't deliver the promise. Sorry for the spoiler, but there is no war between the land and sea. I think it is vitally important that you know that before you spend your money to be completely disappointed. 

 

What we should see is Aquaman on top of the Empire State Building as a wave full of ships and sharks and sea people comes racing towards him. Instead, we get a sea battle between groups that were not introduced until the battle...and we don't care about them at all!

 

If that wasn't bad enough, Momoa and Heard have zero chemistry. Neither of them seemed to bother with trying to act at all. Their dialogue is stilted, wooden, and in some cases, eye-rollingly terrible. All of this while they are on a quest that happens all too easily with plot jumps that leave out major plot points.

 

To be fair, there are several scenes that are very exciting and done well, but those are few and far between. It's not worth the wait between those scenes. About 20 minutes into the movie I was completely bored and I never recovered.

 

I'm sure that this movie is going to make a bazillion dollars and 10 - 12 year old boys will want to nominate it for Best Picture, but they aren't the ones buying the tickets. If you are the one shelling out the dough, at the very least try to talk the kids into seeing a matinee.

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BUMBLEBEE

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: December 21, 2018

Director: Travis Knight

Stars: Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena, Justin Theroux

Plot: Bumblebee is hiding out on earth, but when the Decepticons discover his location it could lead to all out war

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Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee

 

 

As far as Transformer movies go, this one is pretty good. But you must remember, that is compared to other Transformer movies...and that is a VERY low bar. 

 

The good news is this movie actually offers some character depth, relationships, and emotions. Usually it just a bunch of explosions with the semi-truck running around yelling, "I am Optimus Prime!" For those of you that like the explosions, there are plenty. But for those of you that actually like a plot, you'll be pleasantly surprised.

 

This is still a movie that you can't use any critical thinking while watching it, otherwise the whole thing falls apart. But if you are looking for a decent action flick with a decent plot while you munch on a bucket of popcorn, this movie will fill that need. Just be aware that if you run out of popcorn before the movie ends you might find yourself asking, "why am I still here?"

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SECOND ACT

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: December 21, 2018

Director: Peter Segal

Stars: Jennifer Lopez, Leah Remini, Vanessa Hudgens

Plot: A 40-something woman with no college degree finds herself in her dream job after her friend makes her a fake resume

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Clint Says: Wait for the digital release

 

 

There isn't a lot to say about this movie good or bad. It is exactly what you would expect it to be. You may not know the exact plot points, but it follows the formula completely. It is the kind of movie that women between 30ish and up are going to enjoy. 

 

It is full of laugh out loud moments, ugly cry moments, make you mad moments, and girl power moments. Jennifer Lopez plays her character well and is surrounded by great comedic actors that keep the pace moving forward.

 

There are a couple of interesting twists that you will probably see coming from a mile away, but that doesn't take away the emotion of the reveal. 

 

If this is your kind of movie, gather up all of your girlfriends and have a fun night out at the theater. It's not the kind of movie that will rock your world, but it will give you a great night of fun.

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WELCOME TO MARWEN

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: December 21, 2018

Director: Robert Zemeckis

Stars: Steve Carell, Leslie Mann, Janelle Monae

Plot: An artist uses dolls and an elaborate set to cope with life after he is horribly beaten and left for dead

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

 

 

This story has so much potential. It is a fascinating and powerful true story, unfortunately the film does a horrible job of making it come to life in a way that isn't awkward and just plain weird. 

 

The worst part of this film is that it actually gets really good for the last 15 minutes. Unfortunately, there are 90 minutes of a really bad movie before you get there. It's not worth the wait. 

 

Steve Carell does a good job with the roles he plays. He's proven that he can be a great dramatic actor as well as a comedian. It's too bad that this movie doesn't showcase his talents better. 

 

The other issue with the film is that every scene feels like the timing is off. The dialogue comes too slow, the cues are mistimed, and the transitions are awkward.

 

The best way I can describe watching this movie is to use the movie itself. Imagine how awkward you would feel if you were an adult playing with dolls in your front yard while other people watched. There you go. That's what it feels like to watch WELCOME TO MARWEN.

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MARY POPPINS RETURNS

Rated: PG

Release Date: December 19, 2018

Director: Rob Marshall

Stars: Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer

Plot: Mary Poppins returns to 17 Cherry Tree Lane when the Banks family needs her the most

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Clint Says: Drop everything and go see this in theaters now

 

 

I am one of those people that believes that the original MARY POPPINS is not only one of the best films of all time, but it is iconic. It is so far above almost every other film ever made, so close to perfection that it would be nothing but folly and disaster to attempt to make a sequel or remake it for modern audiences. 

 

Needless to say, I was quite concerned when I heard they were making a sequel. It was going to take more than a spoonful of sugar for me to swallow this idea.

 

Then I saw the first trailer. 

 

I was pleasantly surprised, but I was still cautious. 

 

Then I saw the whole movie.

 

Ladies and gentlemen, Disney did it again! MARY POPPINS RETURNS is fantastic. It is everything I could have ever wanted. It feels like a seamless transition from one film to the next. The production design and animation are very similar and beautiful. The songs, while not as instantly memorable as the original, are wonderful, fanciful, fun, and emotional. And Emily Blunt is practically perfect in every way as Mary Poppins. 

 

I sat through the entire 2-plus hours with a giddy grin on my face, and that was even with an extremely loud and annoying toddler and his oblivious mother sitting 10 feet from me the whole time. There was nothing that could have take the joy away from me as I sat in awe of the magic happening on the screen. 

 

One of the best parts about this film are all of the Easter eggs and call backs to the original film. Keep your eyes wide open and you are bound to see things that will send you on a marvelous memory trip.

 

If you love the original film you simply must see this movie in the theater. It is a spectacular site. You will laugh, cry, jump for joy, clap until your hands hurt, and leave the theater feeling like a kid all over again. 

 

This is not only one of the best films of the year, it may be another one of the best films of all time.

 

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THE MULE

Rated: R

Release Date: December 14, 2018

Director: Clint Eastwood

Stars: Clint Eastwood, Bradley Cooper, Michael Pena, Laurence Fishburne

Plot: An old man in need of a quick buck finds himself running drugs for a large cartel

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Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee

 

 

This has been rumored to be Clint Eastwood's final film. If that is the case, it is a wonderful, artistic, piece of cinema that is worthy of his long legacy. 

 

This isn't the kind of film that is overly exciting or thrilling, but it is an interesting story about family and generational differences. Overall, it is a well done film that completes everything it sets out to accomplish. 

 

The only downside to the movie is that it has one massive plot hole that should have been addressed early on in the making of the movie. I even heard two different people asking why as we walked out of the theater. In a nutshell, without spoiling the movie, there is zero reason why the main character would continue driving the same vehicle after he finds out certain things. It is a major knock against the movie. 

 

This isn't the kind of film that will be winning any awards, nor will it be one that will be on any "Top Ten Clint Eastwood Films" lists, but it is a solid film that is worthy of being seen, especially if you are a fan of Eastwood.

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MORTAL ENGINES

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: December 14, 2018

Director: Christian Rivers

Stars: Hera Hilmar, Hugo Weaving, Jihae, Robert Sheehan

Plot: A girl tries to stop a madman from destroying civilization, but there are secrets even she doesn't know exist

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Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee

 

 

This is one of the most visually stunning films of 2018. The visual effects are incredible, the world-building is superb, and the mobile cities are amazing. And while the story is good it isn't as great as the visuals. The film clocks in at just over 2 hours, but there is so much going on that it feels like there are some elements that got left out of the story that should be there.

 

That isn't to say that the story isn't any good. It is entertaining and suspenseful all the way through. The stakes are high and it feels like any of the main characters could be lost at any moment. There are several moments where you will find yourself gripping the armrests and holding your breath as the action unfolds.

 

The acting is okay, nothing overly great about any of the characters, and none of the characters are annoying either. There are complexities to most of the characters that make them and their stories compelling.

 

While this isn't the kind of movie that is going to garner any awards attention, it is still a film worthy of being seen on the big screen if you want to see it. The visuals are so big that the film will lose something special if you are watching it for the first time on your laptop.

 

We don't get a lot of new and unique material out of Hollywood anymore. If you are one of the people clamoring for a movie with fresh ideas then you need to see this in theaters. It is one of the few films this year that isn't a sequel or based on a previously used universe. And above all else, it is a pretty good flick.

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MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS

Rated: R

Release Date: December 14, 2018

Director: Josie Rourke

Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Jack Lowden, Joe Alwyn

Plot: When Mary Queen of Scots returns to her throne from her time in France, her cousin, Queen Elisabeth I, fears her power may be in danger and sets in motion a plan to dethrone her equal

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

 

 

This film has several outstanding elements. First, the costumes are fantastically elegant and stunningly beautiful. Second, the hair and makeup are mesmerizing. Next, the score is one that I could listen to on repeat for a week and I wouldn't tire of it. Finally, Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie are fierce. They play off of each other and against each other with a power that radiates from the screen.

 

It is probably the front runner for the costume awards, and may be as well for hair and makeup. There is a very good chance that Ronan will see a few acting nominations come her way as well. 

 

The downside to this film, is that it isn't very palatable to the average movie goer. By that, I am not insulting the average movie goer, I'm saying the film isn't entertaining enough to hold the interest of most people. It is a slow-moving, British, period piece that will intrigue some and bore others.

 

The upside is that if you can handle the slow pace, you will be treated to a plot filled with deceit, abuse of power, political intrigue, war, murder, betrayal, and a family quarrel that would affect the known world. 

 

If you are a history buff you should run to the theater to see this movie now. It may not be perfectly accurate, after all it is a movie, and movies have to be at least somewhat interesting, but it is close enough to be in your movie list.

 

If you love films with powerful women leads, this is a must-see movie. It is a film about the two most powerful women in the world at their time, and they are played by two other powerful women.

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SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE

Rated: PG

Release Date: December 14, 2018

Director: Bob Persichetti and Peter Ramsey

Stars: Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali

Plot: A young Spider-Man finds out there are others like him when a villain opens up a portal to other worlds. And they all must work together to set the world on track again

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Clint Says: Drop everything and go see this in theaters now

 

 

Since the early 2000's we have had six different SPIDER-MAN films roll through the theaters. Some were great, others were...not great. Now comes along a comic-book looking Spider-Man flick with the main character being played not by Peter Parker, but a teen boy. And there is also a Spider-Pig (Spider-Ham to be precise...and he was created 20 years before the Simpson's Spider-Pig scene). 

 

Of the seven films, this one is without a doubt the best of the bunch. It is a fantastic film that hits every single note all the way through. There was not a single second that I wasn't completely entertained and enjoying everything I was watching. And the most incredible thing about that is that I am not a huge Spider-Man fan at all.

 

There are many funny moments interspersed within a compelling plot. The characters are all interesting and everyone of them brings something special to the film. 

 

Possibly the best part of the film is that it doesn't take the Spider-Man world too seriously. This doesn't mean that it is continually making fun of itself or trashing canon, on the contrary. It does a great job of lifting up the Spider-Man world by using self-deprecating humor. 

 

If you are a Spider-Man fan this is a must see. If you are a fan of great movies, this is a must-see. If you want to see the movies that will be up for awards this year, this is a must-see.

 

NOTE: Stay through all of the credits. It is sooooooo worth it this time.

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THE FAVOURITE

Rated: R

Release Date: December 7, 2018

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos

Stars: Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz, Nicholas Hoult

Plot: A woman arrives at the Queen's castle looking for a job and soon finds herself in a dangerous battle for the Queen's affections with the Queen's top aide

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Clint Says: Drop everything and go see this in theaters now

 

 

If you are thinking that this looks like another stuffy, pompous, boring British period piece, you will need to go ahead and wipe that thought out of your head and get yourself ready for an insane ride. This film is nothing short of fantastic and will have a great chance at winning several awards.

 

This is not only one of the funniest films of the year, but it is also terribly, disturbingly dark. One minute you will be laughing so hard that it hurts, the next you will be cringing at how evil the players can be to one another.

 

Olivia Coleman gives an Oscar-worthy performance. In fact, at this point I have to list her as the front-runner for Best Actress. Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz's performances are just as wonderful, but it would be hard for either of them to win Best Supporting Actress since they will be splitting votes between them. In all three cases you will find yourself cheering for them and then booing them, loving them then hating them, and wishing for their success then praying for their demise.

 

Not only is the acting superior to most, the costumes, sets, hair and makeup, music, dialogue, and cinematography are all outstanding. I will be shocked if this film gets anything less than four or five Oscar nominations.

 

If you like great comedy in a dark world this is a perfect film choice for you. 

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THE POSSESSION OF HANNAH GRACE

Rated: R

Release Date: November 30, 2018

Director: Diederik Van Rooijen

Stars: Shay Mitchell, Kirby Johnson, Grey Damon

Plot: A city morgue worker must deal with a demon-possessed corpse

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Clint Says: Don't even bother

 

 

This is the time of year when all of the heavy hitters hit the theaters all vying for the top awards in cinematic excellence. It is also the time of year where studios like to drop off some of their terrible flicks in the hopes that the movie you really want to see is sold out, so you end up settling on something you never would have gone to the theater to see.

 

This film will be up for exactly zero awards.

 

There is almost nothing scary about this film. There are a couple of jump scares that are bland at best. The dead girl crawls in a creepy way and makes icky noises when she moves, but there isn't anything really scary about it. In fact, it's more laughable than it is scary.

 

The pacing is terrible as well. The first 30 minutes drags on forever and then when we finally get to the part of the movie that should be scary and interesting the whole thing is over in about 3 minutes.

 

The best part of this movie are the trailers that play before it. There are a couple of horror flicks coming in the next few months that look like they could be good. I wish I had left the theater after the last trailer. My life would be better for it. 

 

Don't waste your time or money on this one. And if you do get pushed into going and the person you go with says they liked it, you should closely examine their life choices. 

 

As with almost every horror flick they set this one up for a sequel. Unless it is called THE POSSESSION OF HANNAH MONTANA you can just go ahead an mark me down as a no-show.

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RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET

Rated: PG

Release Date: November 21, 2018

Director: Phil Johnston, Rich Moore

Stars: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Gal Gadot, Taraji P. Henson

Plot: Ralph comes up with a plan to find a replacement part on Vanellope's video game on the internet, but they've never seen anything like the internet before

Trailer

 

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

 

 

If you liked the first WRECK IT RALPH film this one is a must-see. All of your favorite characters are back, and several more are added to the fun.

 

I was slightly worried for the first 15 to 20 minutes of the movie, because it starts pretty slow. But after that it turns into a fast-paced, funny, and entertaining ride all the way to the finish.

 

The best part of the movie is when Vanellope meets all of the Disney princesses. Their scenes are epic! Try your best to read all of their T-shirts, you'll be laughing for days. And the studio did it right by bringing in as many of the original voices for the princesses as possible. They bring the whole movie up a couple of notches.

 

There are a couple of suspenseful scenes that may be too much for the under seven crew. If you have younger kids that may be sensitive to scary images and high suspense, you may want to check it out first.

 

Overall, this is a great sequel in the franchise. It is another one your kids will want to see on the big screen and then own when it hits the shelves.

 

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CREED II

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: November 21, 2018

Director: Steven Caple, Jr.

Stars: Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Florian Munteanu

Plot: Adonis Creed is challenged by the son of the man that killed his father.

Trailer

 

Clint Says: Wait for the digital release

 

 

ROCKY IV came out in 1985. 33 years later ROCKY IV was re-released under the name CREED II. It's the same story, the same characters, the same boxing match, and slightly different story lines. Ho-hum.

 

Is it a good movie? It has its moments, but it is also a forgettable film. There was nothing great about it that will stick with you long after you see it. It's just another chapter in the ROCKY world. If you are invested in the franchise, you might as well see it, but it's not going to be at the top of your list when you rank all of the films.

 

There is one thing about this film that was very troubling to me though. (Tiny spoilers that have very little to do with the main story ahead). Bianca, Adonis Creed's girlfriend has a hearing impairment that is severe enough that she can't hear without hearing aids. It is a hereditary condition, and over the course of the film they have a baby. Everyone is worried about whether the child will be deaf or not. In the hospital there is this exchange between Rocky and Adonis. 

 

NOTE: This is an accurate paraphrase. I only saw it once, so I'm sure some of the wording is incorrect, but the context is accurate.

 

ROCKY: What if she's not okay?

 

ADONIS: She's okay. I'm not going to think any other way.

 

ROCKY: Yeah, buy what if she's not?

 

ADONIS: I can't even think that way.

 

ROCKY: Will you be able to love her?

 

ADONIS: That's a stupid question! Of course I'll love her!

 

First of all, I am shocked that this scene made the final cut without anyone realizing how offensive it is to people with hearing impairments. They are okay either way. How ridiculous and offensive to say that a person with a hearing impairment is not "okay". 

 

I know a lot of people that have medical conditions or have children with medical conditions that are all "okay." And if someone walked up to them and said something like, "do you ever wish they were okay?," the asker would be in grave danger of catching a fist with their face.

 

If you are reading this and saying, yes, that sounds terrible, I would implore you to go see the movie, make up your own mind as to the meaning of the scene (after all, I could be totally wrong in my assessment), and if you still feel the same way, let the studio know your displeasure.

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ROBIN HOOD

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: November 21, 2018

Director: Otto Bathurst

Stars: Taron Egerton, Jamie Foxx, Ben Mendelsohn, Eve Hewson

Plot: Robin of Loxley returns from war to a very different Nottingham than when he left, and must work with a small group of people to try to bring down the evil Sheriff 

Trailer

 

Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee

 

 

I think that Hollywood is slowly forgetting how to write a proper hero. Several times this year I've sat through films where the "hero" does nothing on his/her own, but simply reacts to the environment presented before them. A true hero is proactive, not reactive. They figure out a way, against all odds, to overcome the bigger, badder, evil that no one else can vanquish.

 

This Robin Hood is no hero. 

 

He spends the entire movie, save for literally one minute, following the orders and wishes of everyone else in the film. He never makes his own way, until one point where he says "I have a plan," and unfurls a map in front of his gang. And that's it. That is his one shining moment as the hero.

 

There are some good things about this movie. First, Taron Egerton is in it. He's great in just about everything he does, even in a bad movie. Second, there are a lot of great action scenes. Third, the music is awesome. And finally, there is some great, witty banter between the characters. If the story had been better this could have been an outstanding film. 

 

If you are a fan of the Robin Hood tale, you may want to skip this one. It might leave a bad taste in your mouth. If you are a Taron Egerton fan, by all means, get to the theater right away and enjoy.