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BLACK CHRISTMAS

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: December 13, 2019

Director: Sophia Takal

Stars: Imogen Poots, Aleyse Shannon, Lily Donoghue, Cary Elwes

Plot: Several girls on a college campus are hunted by cloaked and masked figures

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Clint Says: Don't even bother

 

 

This is the kind of film that gives the horror genre a bad name. This is nothing but a brainless, stupid, slasher flick that serves no purpose whatsoever. 

 

The acting is embarrassingly bad, and the plot is worse.

 

On some level this is supposed to be a female empowerment movie, but they give the women power by making the men literally brainless clones that are trained only to kill. So rather than make the men smart and the women smarter, they decided to make the men as dumb as possible. 

 

There is nothing scary about this movie. Even the jump scares are lame. And by the time the film gets to the climax everything has become so eye-rollingly ridiculous that it is laugh out loud funny. 

 

If you want to see a great Christmas horror flick, go rent ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE. But whatever you do just make sure you avoid this movie completely. If you see it Santa will put you on his naughty list.

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JUMANJI: THE NEXT LEVEL

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: December 13, 2019

Director: Jake Kasdan

Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Jack Black, Awkwafina

Plot: Four friends return to the game, but this time there are more players and the game has changed

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

 

 

Yes! They did it again! The cast of JUMANJI is back with a few new players and a whole lot of fun for everyone. While I didn't like this one quite as much as the first film, this one is still very good and well above average. It's more like an A- compared to the A of the first one.

 

Once again we see the cast having to act like other people in the film and they all do it so well. Dwayne Johnson as Danny Devito is funny in every way possible. We also get the addition of Awkwafina who has become an acting force this year, and will probably be up for several acting awards for her role in THE FAREWELL. She is a blast to watch in everything she does. 

 

The rest of the cast is stellar, and this time we get to see them interact a lot more with each other. The dialogue is funny and fast-paced. All of the actors bring something special to the film that makes it better. 

 

The story is exciting, the action is awesome, and the ending will make you wish the third film was already out. So, gather up the family and go have a great time at the theater this weekend. 

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RICHARD JEWELL

Rated: R

Release Date: December 13, 2019

Director: Clint Eastwood

Stars: Paul Walter Hauser, Sam Rockwell, Kathy Bates, Jon Hamm

Plot: A security guard becomes the main suspect after a bomb goes off during the Atlanta Olympics

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

 

 

This is easily one of my favorite films of the year. In fact, it is probably in my top 5 for 2019. Not only is the story incredible, but it is told very well by a cast that is second to none. 

 

The acting in this movie is the best I've seen all year. Paul Walter Hauser, Sam Rockwell, and Kathy Bates are all getting votes from me in all of the awards groups that I vote for. They are individually fantastic, but together they are even better. 

 

This is the kind of movie that pulls you in and keeps you engaged the entire time. It is compelling throughout and fast-paced. It's a 2 hour movie that feels like 45 minutes. There wasn't a single moment where I found myself pulled out of the story, or my mind was wondering around. 

 

If you like crime dramas, this is a must-see movie. It is one of the best in that genre to come along in several years. It's the kind of movie that will make you feel all sorts of emotions, and you will feel how high the stakes are even if you already know the outcome of the true story. 

 

There are four or five award-worthy films being released over the next few weeks. This is one of that bunch, and one that you should make time to see as soon as possible. 

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BOMBSHELL

Rated: R

Release Date: December 13, 2019

Director: Jay Roach

Stars: Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie, John Lithgow

Plot: Several women take their sexual harassment claims public, demanding the Roger Ailes and Fox News be held accountable

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Clint Says: Wait for the digital release

 

 

This is going to be an interesting film to see what happens to it over the course of the next several weeks. I have a sneaking suspicion that BOMBSHELL is going to bomb. Mainly because fans of Fox News aren't going to want to see it, and people in general just don't like political dramas. I'm not sure why Hollywood keeps making them, because they all bomb. 

 

As for the movie I have mixed feelings about it. The acting is great, but the story is told in a terrible way. It's slow, boring, and it never really feels like it gets going. Things just sort of happen and then it comes to an end. The movie starts out fast-paced and exciting, but it quickly loses steam and becomes just another bland flick. By the end it's nothing but a bunch of millionaires and billionaires sniping at each other. 

 

As for the acting, Charlize Theron IS Megyn Kelly. She looks like her, she acts like her, she talks like her, it's almost too good. She's a better Megyn Kelly than Megyn Kelly. Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie are both great as well. I'm sure that they will all get a few acting nominations, although I don't think the film is good enough for them to win. 

 

This movie could have been a lot more compelling and interesting than it is. In it's current state it is a film that is not worthy of your time and will be easily forgotten. I'm sure I won't remember I saw this one by the time it gets released digitally. There are so many good movies out right now, don't waste your money on this one. 

 

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UNCUT GEMS

Rated: R

Release Date: December 13, 2019

Director: Benny and Josh Safdie

Stars: Adam Sandler, Julia Fox, Kevin Garnett, Idina Menzel

Plot: A New York City jewel seller keeps finding himself in debt to the wrong people and always trying a risky plan to get out of it

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

 

 

All I need to describe this movie is one word: Exhausting. 

 

I could literally feel my blood pressure rising as I watched this film. I was so stressed out and annoyed 10 minutes into it that I almost had to walk away for a few minutes. Why was this happening? Because this movie is basically 2 hours of several people in the same room trying to yell over the top of one another. 

 

You know how you feel when your whole extended family gets together for Thanksgiving and your idiot uncle says something stupid to your drunk great aunt, and then it's nothing but chaos? That is UNCUT GEMS. 

 

Adam Sandler is great in his role, but his character is so frustrating, so annoying, and so infuriating that I couldn't help but hate him. He spends the entire movie never learning his lesson and doing stupid thing after stupid thing. An hour into the flick I just wanted to grab him and slap the snot out of him.

 

The characters are all flat, not a single person has any redemptive qualities. Everyone is a one-dimensional criminal or a sleazebag. Nobody changes or grows, there are no character arcs, we just see a bunch of jerks continue to be jerks. 

 

Also, a word of caution. If you see that Adam Sandler is in this and you are thinking, "oh, great! A Comedy!" Change that thought process now, because this is not a comedy at all. There is nothing funny about it or in it. It's a rough, gritty drama that will leave you worse off than when you arrived.

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PLAYMOBIL: THE MOVIE

Rated: PG

Release Date: December 6, 2019

Director: Lino DiSalvo

Stars: Anya Taylor-Joy, Gabriel Bateman, Jim Gaffigan, Daniel Radcliffe

Plot: Two siblings get pulled into the Playmobil world and must figure out how to survive and get back to reality

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

 

 

 

If you are hoping this movie is going to be something similar to THE LEGO MOVIE, you need to go ahead and readjust your thoughts immediately. While it is true that PlayMobil made every effort to copy Lego in the movie world, (even down to the live action scenes), they managed to completely miss the mark with this film.

 

I saw this movie with my family. Three of us hated it. The only one of us that found it slightly interesting was my six year old daughter. And even she wasn't super excited when it was all done.

 

On some levels this film is targeted to a younger audience, however the opening scene turns very dark, so if you take your younger kids to see it you might have some explaining to do.

 

As for the plot, this is one of the least entertaining animated films I've seen in a while. It seems like there are one or two animated films that fall flat. This is one of them. I was so thoroughly bored that I was thrilled when my youngest needed a trip to the bathroom. Any reason to escape this nonsense was good enough for me.

 

If you want to see a movie with the family this weekend, go see FROZEN II again. You'll wish you had if you go see this travesty.

 

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QUEEN & SLIM

Rated: R

Release Date: November 27, 2019

Director: Melina Matsoukas

Stars: Jodie Turner-Smith, Daniel Kaluuya

Plot: A couple, finishing up their first date, end up on the run after a bad run-in with a cop

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

 

 

 

When making a movie based on fictitious people living in the real world there is only one way to make it work right. The characters have to think and act like real people. The have to do the things that almost anyone would do in the same circumstance. If they do something different, it rings an alarm bell in our minds and comes across as fake or forced. 

 

I say all of that to say that either the screenwriter had no clue how to write real characters, or we have to believe that these are two of the dumbest people to ever walk the face of the earth.

 

This could have been a spectacular film. It has all of the pieces to make something special and powerful. Instead, it completely falls apart to the point where it almost becomes a parody of a "chase" movie. 

 

The film starts out in a good enough way. We see the couple on their very awkward first date, and then, if you've seen the trailer you know I'm not giving anything away, they end up killing a dirty cop in self defense. At this point the clock starts ticking on their lives and freedom. Now, if you or I were in a horrific situation like this what would we do? We would make a plan, grab all of the cash we could, and get to our destination as quickly as possible.

 

Not these two. 

 

No, they argue over the dead cop, they stop, get out of the car and argue some more, then they go on this meandering road trip where they stop more to do stupid stuff than a family road trip with six kids and three puppies! It was killing me as I watched it because they did a good job of building up the suspense of the manhunt, but then they would kill it by stopping to see the sights.

 

As for the acting, Daniel Kaluuya does a great job. Jodie Turner-Smith, not so much. She delivers so many lines in stilted, non-emotional ways, it almost makes me think that she was reading them off of cue cards instead of actually paying attention to and feeling the words and meaning of what she was saying. It baffles me that there are some people talking her up for best actress awards. Obviously, they saw a completely different movie than I did. 

 

I would love to see someone do a remake of this movie the right way. Because, when they do, it will be amazing. 

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KNIVES OUT

Rated: R

Release Date: November 27, 2019

Director: Rian Johnson

Stars: Daniel Craig, Ana de Armas, Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis

Plot: Everyone is a suspect in the murder of a family patriarch, but a famous detective will find the truth

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

 

 

There are some movies that are entertaining, then there are a chosen few movies that truly entertain you. KNIVES OUT is one of those chosen few. Watching this movie was one of the best times I've had at a theater in several years. Not only is it a great movie, but it is so much fun to play along and try to figure everything out. 

 

This is a classic "whodunnit" flick with a fantastic cast thrown in to make it even better. The characters are all fun to watch and follow, and the plot is as thick and juicy as a porterhouse steak. The dialogue is witty, the pacing is quick and steady, and the music adds that little extra to push the whole thing into glorious, wonderful absurdity in the best way possible. 

 

There are so many twists and turns in this film that you'll feel like you are on a roller coaster. The good news is there are enough clues to give you a decent shot at figuring out most of the mystery, but this one goes so deep that you'll still be shocked and surprised by the conclusion. (Even though you'll already know what happened!)

 

This is one of those rare movies that you are going to want to see twice. You'll love the mystery the first time, and the second time, you'll want to try to find all of the clues along the way. The great news is that this movie is completely worth the price of admission, twice. 

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WAVES

Rated: R

Release Date: November 27, 2019

Director: Trey Edward Shults

Stars: Kelvin Harrison, Jr., Taylor Russell, Sterling K. Brown, Lucas Hedges

Plot: A family's life takes a turn after a tragic event

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

 

 

This is one of the more interesting and unique films I've ever seen. It is very good, but I'm still not sure that I liked it, and I'm still not sure if the final cut is done well. Honestly, I may never come to a solid conclusion on this movie. 

 

WAVES is just over 2 hours long. The first half is dedicated, almost entirely, to the story of the son/brother in the family. The second half gives us new main characters and a story line that follows the daughter/sister. It almost feels like two different films. I wonder if it might have played out better if they had focused on one of the stories and either started or ended the chosen story with 10-15 minutes of the other one instead of splitting the screen time 50/50.

 

The dual story issue is odd, but almost everything else about the film makes it great. The acting is amazing. In fact, I would be shocked if there weren't some acting nominations to come from this movie. The writing is also very powerful and moving. 

 

Technically speaking, this film is pretty average. There are a lot of weird camera movements and lens flares. Some of them would have been cool, but there are so many that it gets annoying. For example, we spend the first several minutes of the movie seeing everything through the eye of a spinning camera. Yes, it's a neat shot at first, but then it becomes a gimmick, and then it quickly turns off putting. It could have been a much more powerful film if it didn't try so hard to be artsy.

 

This is a poignant and powerful film that will poke around at all of your emotions. It's not the easiest film to watch, but it is one that you will be glad you saw after it is over. 

 

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FROZEN II

Rated: PG

Release Date: November 22, 2019

Director: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee

Stars: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad

Plot: Trouble comes to Arendelle, and Anna and Elsa must travel to an enchanted forest to find the reason and figure out how to stop it

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

 

 

I love how so many critics love to bash Disney movies in the weeks leading up to the release of the film, then we all sit down for the screening and, inevitably, when it is over they all talk about how pleasantly surprised they are by how good the movie was.

 

FROZEN II was no exception to this rule. 

 

This movie is so much fun! The animation is great, the songs are great, the story is interesting, the jokes are hilarious, and Olaf completely steals the show once again. The movie also gives us a lot of callbacks to the first movie, so make sure you've seen that one before you see this one. 

 

For adults, the best part of the movie is without a doubt the song by Kristoff. Ladies and gentlemen, he sings an 80's power ballad! And they do a music video to match! There wasn't a single adult in the theater that wasn't laughing hard and wishing they had a lighter to wave high above their heads during that scene. (Our kids were all looking at us like we had lost our minds).

 

We do get some answers to questions left over from the first film, and I will tell you now that one of the answers wrecks about 3,407,826 different fan theories in one shot. But it is a very powerful and emotional scene. 

 

This film is also significantly darker than the first one. There are moments where I thought my seven year old wasn't going to be able to handle it, but for the most part she was okay. She did have some questions after the movie though, so if you have young ones you may want to check it out before taking them to see it. (For most kids this will be just fine, this is more of an overabundance of caution).

 

So, go ahead, gather up the whole crew and enjoy this movie in the theaters. And then get ready to go back again because the kids (and adults) are going to love it.

 

Finally, make sure you stick around for all of the credits. There is an after-credit scene that is totally worth the time. 

 

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21 BRIDGES

Rated: R

Release Date: November 22, 2019

Director: Brian Kirk

Stars: Chadwick Boseman, J.K. Simmons, Sienna Miller

Plot: A NYPD detective is tasked with finding 2 cop killers in Manhattan, but he only has a few hours to do it

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Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee

 

 

First things first, Chadwick Boseman is a beast. He is great in everything he does, and he makes every movie he is in better. Not only is he fun to watch, but it is obvious he works hard at his craft in order to give us the best possible version of every character he portrays. 

 

As for the movie, it's pretty good. Not great, but not terrible either. It's one of those movies that is filled with excitement, action, and suspense. And because it is filled up on those things there isn't much room for things like compelling dialogue, character development, or any emotions other than fear and anger.

 

If you are going for the fun stuff then go for it. You'll enjoy this movie for sure. It's filled with great chases, fights, and explosions. If you are hoping to see a smart film you should look elsewhere. This film is formulaic from beginning to end. They even had a wonderful opportunity to steer away from the typical police procedural plot with this one, but chose to stick with the same old thing once again. 

 

This isn't the kind of movie that is going to win any awards. It's not the kind of movie you'll be dying to see again once it comes out digitally, but it is a movie that can be really fun to watch once. 

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A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD

Rated: PG

Release Date: November 22, 2019

Director: Marielle Heller

Stars: Tom Hanks, Matthew Rhys

Plot: An investigative journalist for Esquire magazine is tasked with interviewing and writing a story on the legendary Mr. Rogers

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

 

 

 

This is a wonderful and beautiful film that will make you feel all sorts of feelings. This is a film that will make you want to be a better person. This is a film that will have you singing and smiling from ear to ear. 

 

This is not the film you think it is.

 

It is a story about the writer. He is the subject of the film. His is the life and story we see play out on the screen. Mr. Rogers is simply the catalyst that helps him figure out what is wrong in his own life. In fact, I would guess that Tom Hanks is only on screen about a third of the movie. 

 

If that sounds disappointing to you, don't worry, you are in the same boat as I am. The good news is that, once I adjusted my thinking and realized what the real story was, I really enjoyed the film. It is a beautiful story of brokenness, redemption, and forgiveness. 

 

Tom Hanks is a power-house once again and will most-assuredly be up for all of the supporting actor awards. It felt like I was watching Fred Rogers again.

 

Matthew Rhys is very good as the broken writer. He and Hanks play well off of one another. It's interesting how both of them played their characters in subdued ways, never stealing scenes from each other, but letting the story be the star. 

 

The movie itself is done in a unique and entertaining way. It's almost like the whole thing is one long episode of MR. ROGER'S NEIGHBORHOOD. The traveling scenes are done in the style of the old PBS show, and the open and close are done in the same manner. I was pleasantly surprised that I remembered all of the words to the songs. And no, I was not the only one in the theater singing along. 

 

If you grew up watching Mr. Rogers this is a must see movie. It may not be exactly what you were hoping it would be, but it is exceptional in its own way. 

 

Just. Like. You. 

 

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DARK WATERS

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: November 22, 2019

Director: Todd Haynes

Stars: Mark Ruffalo, Anne Hathaway, Tim Robbins, Victor Garber

Plot: An environmental corporate defense attorney takes on a case against one of the largest chemical companies in the world, putting his career and possibly his life at risk

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Clint Says: Wait for the digital release

 

 

This is one of those "based on a true story" films that makes you say, "How on earth did I manage to miss that story when it came out?"

 

It is based on the story of a corporate environment lawyer trying to uncover what DuPont did to cause so many health issues in a small West Virginia town. Personally, I don't know all of the details of the real story, so I can't speak to how factual the film is, nor can I tell you if it is one-sided or if it is unbiased. What I can say is that if the real story happened the way the movie plays it out then this is one of the most compelling and tragic man-made environmental disaster stories ever told.

 

Mark Ruffalo is outstanding in his role as the lawyer that everyone hates. His character arc is well done and complex. Unfortunately, he is the only main actor of substance in the film. Anne Hathaway does a fine job, but her part in the movie is entirely useless. They could have left all of her scenes on the cutting room floor and had a better final product. The other characters are all either one-dimensional or simple pawns used to move the plot forward. 

 

As with most environmental flicks that come out of Hollywood, this one gets a little too preachy. It loses the story a bit to try to force the message. Thankfully, it isn't as over the top as some films are. 

 

The best part of the film is how well the suspense builds as we get closer and closer to the truth. The did a good job of pacing the film well, even though it starts out pretty slow. 

 

This isn't the kind of movie that you have to see in the theaters. Just give it a few months and check it out when the digital release is available. You may enjoy it somewhat, or you may be thankful that you didn't spend $15 to see it on the big screen. In any case, I don't see this one cracking anyone's top 10 list for the year. 

 

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THE GOOD LIAR

Rated: R

Release Date: November 15, 2019

Director: Bill Condon

Stars: Helen Mirren, Ian McKellen, Russell Tovey

Plot: A con-man thinks he's found an easy mark worth millions, but there is more to her than he knows

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Clint Says: Wait for the digital release

 

 

Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen are two of the best actors to ever grace the big screen. To see them together is a treat. Their acting is superb, the plot is intriguing, and the secondary characters add in just the right amount of spice to liven everything up. Unfortunately, the screenplay is lacking.

 

It would be amazing to see this cast do a similar film with better writing. It is obvious that they did the absolute best that they could with what they had to go with, but that wasn't enough to turn this into a great film.

 

Perhaps the greatest sin is in the reveal. When we finally get to figure out what is really happening it's all done in one, quick dialogue dump. As it was happening I wanted to yell at the characters to leave us more to figure out. Instead, we ended up being force-fed the entire plot twist then hurriedly pushed to the finish.

 

Another element that takes away from this film is that it may have fallen victim to the trailer giving too much away. It might have been better had we not known Mirren's character was setting him up from the beginning. It's a long slog for the first hour or so waiting on what we already know to be true.

 

I will say that I do recommend this movie for people interested in watching fantastic actors doing their craft very well. As for the movie itself, I would recommend waiting for the digital release. You won't miss anything.

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CHARLIE'S ANGELS

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: November 15, 2019

Director: Elizabeth Banks

Stars: Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, Ella Balinska, Elizabeth Banks

Plot: The Angels must try to stop the sale of a technological device that can be weaponized

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Clint says: Wait for the digital release

 

 

I'm not really sure that in 2019 the world was clamoring for another CHARLIE'S ANGELS reboot, but we got one anyway. Thankfully, it isn't terrible.

 

This reboot is more "women power" than the previous iterations, but it still feels like it spends a lot of time objectifying women. Apparently the only way to fight crime is while wearing skin tight booty shorts.

 

The plot is one we've seen a thousand times in spy flicks. There is nothing new or special to make this movie worth your time. The acting is okay, but nothing special, and the dialogue is pretty cheesy.

 

There are a few exciting and somewhat suspenseful scenes, but it isn't like the whole movie is that way. In fact most of the film is pretty slow-paced. It does pick up a bit towards the end, but not enough to make up for the slow start.

 

The best part of the flick is the last few minutes where we get a ton of fun and funny cameos. That is about the only thing that makes this a movie worth watching.

 

If you like formulaic spy movies, then you may find this one tolerable, but it isn't one you are going to be overly excited about seeing.

 

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FORD V. FERRARI

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: November 15, 2019

Director: James Mangold

Stars: Matt Damon, Christian Bale, Tracy Letts, Jon Bernthal

Plot: Two of the world's best car guys try to work within the confines of Ford to build a car fast enough to beat Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans

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Clint Says: Wait for the digital release

 

 

You would think that a film about the fastest cars in the world would be fast-paced. Well, not in this case. FORD V. FERRARI clocks in at nearly 2 1/2 hours, and I am not exaggerating when I say that they could have easily cut 50 minutes out of it. The first 90 minutes was so slow. I was thoroughly bored.

 

Thankfully the last hour picked up the pace and gave us some excitement and entertainment. If it hadn't been for that this film would have been a complete disaster.

 

The acting is good, but nothing award-worthy. I'm sure Damon and Bale did spot-on jobs portraying their real-life characters, but the men themselves weren't that dynamic. Therefore the acting falls flat and doesn't do a good job of carrying the story. 

 

If you are a gear head or any type of car junkie then you'll probably enjoy a good portion of this movie. There is a lot of technical talk that will keep you entertained. If you aren't a fan of cars and/or racing this is not the movie for you. It will be a very long 2 1/2 hours.

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PARASITE

Rated: R

Release Date: November 8, 2019

Director: Joon-ho Bong

Stars: Kang-ho Song, Yeo-Jeong Jo, Woo-sik Choi, Kim Ki-jung

Plot: Two families from different classes have their lives intertwined

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Clint Says: Drop everything and see this in theaters now

 

 

This film is the perfect example of what a dark comedy should be. It is a fascinating story that starts off funny and quirky then goes dark incredibly fast.

 

Not only is the story great, but the acting is wonderful, too. Each member of the cast brings a powerful element to the film. Even the secondary characters have important roles in the way the story plays out.

 

From the opening scenes of the game all the way through to the wild ending, the whole film feels very Shakespearean. It is a crazy ride filled with colorful characters.

 

I highly recommend seeing this film. It may pull you out of your comfort zone a bit, but that is a good thing. This is one of the best films of the year. It is completely worth your time and money.

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LAST CHRISTMAS

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: November 8, 2019

Director: Paul Feig

Stars: Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding

Plot: A woman who can't get her life together finally meets the man of her dreams, but there is more to him than she knows

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Clint Says: Wait for the digital release

 

 

Yes, Emilia Clarke is adorable. Yes, Henry Golding is dreamy. Yes, they are a perfect match for a Rom-com couple. 

 

No, this movie isn't very good. 

 

Oh, how I wish that these two could have starred in a movie with a better plot. The two of them made this film way better than it should be just because they are both so lovable. Without them this movie would be a terrible waste of time. 

 

The story follows most of the Rom-com formula, but it has a twist that a few people will find endearing, but most will see it as weird. When the big reveal happened I heard people around me saying things like, "What the heck?"

 

It feels like a slightly above average Hallmark channel Christmas in July original. It's the same movie you've seen a thousand times, just with better actors this time.

 

If you like Christmasy Rom-coms, then you might as well give this one a shot. You'll probably enjoy it to some degree. 

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PLAYING WITH FIRE

Rated: PG

Release Date: November 8, 2019

Director: Andy Fickman

Stars: John Cena, Keegan-Michael Key, Brianna Hildebrand

Plot: A no-nonsense fire chief finds himself having to figure out how to handle three precocious children

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Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee

 

 

John Cena has quickly become one of Hollywood's top choices for comedies. And rightfully so. He is outstanding as the straight guy that finds himself in ridiculous situations. What is surprising is how well he pulls off the heartwarming and lovable acting requirements. He made this movie much better than it would have been with someone less talented.

 

The film isn't great, but it is filled with laugh-out-loud moments and it is entertaining for the whole family. My seven year old laughed hard several times and one time she laughed for three minutes straight. I thought she was going to pass out from lack of air.

 

The story is simple, the editing is terrible, but that all can be forgiven since it is so funny and keeps the kids entertained all the way through the movie.

 

This isn't the kind of film that kids will want to see again and again, but it is one that they will be happy they saw.

 

If you are looking for something fun to do with the family this weekend, this movie would probably be a fun choice.

 

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DOCTOR SLEEP

Rated: R

Release Date: November 8, 2019

Director: Mike Flanagan

Stars: Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Ferguson, Kyliegh Curran

Plot: Dan has tried to avoid his "shining" as he has grown up, but when he finds out evil is chasing down a young girl with her ow ability to shine, he must do what he can to save her

Trailer

 

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

 

 

If you are a fan of the 1980 horror classic THE SHINING then you will want to see DOCTOR SLEEP. If for no other reason than to see what psychological damage was done to little Danny boy at the Overlook Hotel.

 

Aside from the curiosity factor though, this is a good movie. It is a horror flick, but it is more creepy than scary, just like the original. It does a good job of standing on its own while paying homage to its predecessor. There are several great call backs and Easter eggs for fans of THE SHINING.

 

The acting is very well done. Especially from newcomer Kyliegh Curran. She takes what is essentially a lead role and owns it. That's a tough job for anyone, much more so for a 13 year old just starting her film career.

 

My only issue with this movie is that I was expecting something different. The trailers make it seem like this is Danny's story, but it really isn't. Yes, we get a lot from him, but the main hero arc belongs to the young girl. He is there to support her. Once I accepted this as reality instead of Danny having the hero arc I found myself enjoying the movie more.

 

This movie is filled with creepy images, people, and of course the hotel. It was never terrifying, but I could feel a sense of dread throughout the entire film. As far as horror films go, this is one of the best of the year.

 

It may have been 39 years between the original and the sequel, but they got it right, and that is what really matters.