Reviews Of What Is In Theaters Now

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MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: June 14, 2019

Director: F. Gary Gray

Stars: Tessa Thompson, Chris Hemsworth, Emma Thompson, Liam Neeson

Plot: A woman discovers the existence of MIB and then is tasked with saving the world in her very first mission

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

 

 

 

 

It's hard to believe, but the first MIB film came out 22 years ago. And it is still a classic. I watch it every chance I get. I was really hoping this new installment in the franchise would have me just as excited. And it almost did. 

 

While it may not live up to the popularity of its predecessor, it is still a very good film and one that is perfect for getting out of the Summer heat and enjoying a large bucket of popcorn.

 

Chris Hemsworth is at his Hemsworthian best. (I think they pay him based on the number of half-wink, half-smile faces he makes). He has great banter and chemistry with a lot of the characters including the character played by Tessa Thompson. But we already knew that they were great together on screen because of THOR: RAGNAROK and AVENGERS: ENDGAME.

 

The only thing I didn't like about this film is that I figured out the big twist really early on in the movie. I was hoping I would be wrong, but it ended up being exactly what I thought it was. Aside from that small annoyance, everything else was a lot of fun. The film is filled with fun throwbacks to the original, but it also gives Hemsworth and Thompson room to make this new MIB film their own. 

 

If you are looking for a great Summer flick, you should give this one a chance. You might even want to take the older kids with you, once you've seen it and made sure it isn't too much for them. 

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LATE NIGHT

Rated: R

Release Date: June 14, 2019

Director: Nisha Ganatra

Stars: Emma Thompson, Mindy Kaling, John Lithgow

Plot: A young, aspiring comedy writer goes to work for a late night talk show host near the end of her career

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Clint Says: Wait for the digital release

 

 

One would think that a film about a late night comedy show would be filled with comedy. One would also think that a movie written by  Mindy Kaling, who wrote several of the best episodes of THE OFFICE, would be smart as well as funny.

 

One would think those things, but one would be wrong.

 

Unfortunately, this film is barely funny and so formulaic that it loses all of its own character. It is also filled with ridiculously flimsy circumstances just so our hero can knock them out of the way with unrealistic ease.

 

Ironically, in a movie about girl power, the best thing is the character played by John Lithgow. He is wonderful, lovable, and dispenses timely and appropriate advice throughout the film. Without him the film would be too harsh.

 

The film is also very slow and has several pacing issues. It felt like we were skipping over important chunks of time and information. Then it felt like we were dragging through every detail of information that didn't matter. I was already checking my watch 40 minutes into the movie.

 

The character arcs were strange as well. It was like everybody stayed the same for the first 3/4 of the film then everyone changed all at once as the end approached. And the main character didn't really change at all.

 

This isn't a terrible film, but if you are expecting a lot of laughs, this movie will not deliver. You may just want to wait for the comfort of your own couch to watch LATE NIGHT...just like most of us do with real late night shows.

 

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SHAFT

Rated: R

Release Date: June 14, 2019

Director: Tim Story

Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Regina Hall, Jessie T. Usher, Alexandra Shipp

Plot: The son of Shaft needs the help of his estranged father when his best friend gets into trouble

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Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee

 

 

If you are old enough to remember the Richard Roundtree SHAFT films from the 70's then you will be happy to know that this movie does a good job of paying homage to them, while still making itself relevant to 2019.

 

I was surprised by the humor throughout. I figured there would be a couple of laughs thrown in to lighten the mood, but this movie is really funny. In fact, there were more jokes in this movie than in some of the comedies that have come out recently.

 

The only thing I didn't like was that the mystery and the solving of the mystery were too straightforward and formulaic. I was hoping for more twists and turns, but instead it's a no-nonsense who-done-it.

 

This film does a fantastic job of using the music to it's advantage. There is one scene where the main action gets interrupted, at that point the music stops dead, the characters deal with the nuisance, and then, as they get back to the point of the scene, the music ramps up again like it's being played on a record player.

 

Overall, this is a fun, funny film with a decent mystery and a little bit of suspense. If you are a fan of Samuel L. Jackson then you have to see this movie. The same goes if you are a fan of the original SHAFT flicks. It's a good summer film where you can relax, be entertained, and not have to use your brain too much for a couple of hours.

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THE DEAD DON'T DIE

Rated: R

Release Date: June 14, 2019

Director: Jim Jarmusch

Stars: Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Steve Buscemi, Danny Glover

Plot: A small, quiet town turns into the epicenter of the zombie apocalypse

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Clint Says:

 

Wait for the digital release and make someone else rent it

 

 

I am a huge fan of zombie apocalypse flicks. Movies like ZOMBIELAND, SHAUN OF THE DEAD, and ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE are films that I could just about watch on repeat. Therefore, I was annoyingly excited when I saw the trailer for this movie. The plot, the cast, the music, what could possibly go wrong? I told everybody who was listening to watch the trailer, and when I had YouTube readily available I would make them watch it with me. (Hence the "annoying" part.)

 

Then I saw the movie.

 

*Does THE PRICE IS RIGHT loser sound*

 

Oh, how I wish I could get that time back. Oh, how I wish this movie had been so much better. Oh, how I wish this movie was even slightly good.

 

It's not.

 

The overarching emotion shared by all characters from the opening moment to the end credits was "MEH". There were shockingly few moments where anyone did anything with any sort of passion or energy. The whole thing just rolls along on a very slow, very even path.

 

The whole film is slow and repetitive. One example being three people see the same thing at different times, then they all have the exact same conversation. It has the potential to be funny, but for the most part it is just annoying because it is so slow.

 

Finally, this movie is very meta. If you aren't sure what that means, basically it means that the movie is self aware that it is a movie. (Like the scene in SPACEBALLS where they are watching the VHS version of the movie to see where the Princess is going). If you like that kind of thing, there are a couple of moments that will have you laughing hard. If you hate that kind of humor, be prepared to be severely annoyed.

 

If you want to see an amazing version of this film, just watch the trailer and be happy. If you are unlucky enough to see the full length version, you'll be wishing zombies were real and would eat your brain about 40 minutes in.

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THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2

Rated: PG

Release Date: June 7, 2019

Director: Chris Renaud, Jonathan del Val

Stars: Patton Oswalt, Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish, Harrison Ford

Plot: The dogs have a kid in the house now and are doing everything they can to protect him

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

 

 

Here is all you need to know about this movie. My young daughter is a much harsher movie critic than I am. I loved this film and so did she. Therefore this may be one of the greatest movies ever made.

 

Okay, that's taking it too far, but it is a very good movie.

 

There are two greatest things about this film, First, it is laugh out loud funny. There are tons of jokes and sight gags for kids and adults. Several times during the screening I attended the entire crowd was laughing. Even my hard to please child was doubled over with laughter on a couple of occasions.

 

Second, it is mercifully short for parents. The running time is listed at 86 minutes. And because the pacing is fast and even, the time flies by. I never felt like I was bored. The short time also has another benefit. I didn't see a steady stream of parents chasing after their kids on the way to the bathroom. It seems we may have scientifically proven that young children can watch an 86 minute long film without needing a potty break as long as the movie is really good.

 

This sequel was also much less dark than the first one. You may recall the first film had several pretty scary and suspenseful moments for younger kids. This one still has some of that, but overall it is much more lighthearted and fun.

 

If you are looking for a good reason to get the kids out of the house for a couple of hours this is a great way to spend the time. You'll laugh a lot and you won't feel like you've wasted your time or money.

 

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DARK PHOENIX

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: June 7, 2019

Director: Simon Kinberg

Stars: Sophie Turner, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence

Plot: One of the X-Men gains cosmic powers and turns against her former friends

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Clint Says: Wait for the digital release

 

 

I can't recall being this bored or non-caring about a movie in a long time. It's less than two hours long, but it felt like it lasted so much longer. The plot was terrible, the pacing was off, and there was no chemistry between the characters. 

 

It got so bad at one point that I mentally checked out of the movie for about 10 minutes. I just sat there in a daze not paying attention to anything that happened on the screen. And I have no desire to go back and see what I missed.

 

MARVEL is usually so good at plot, I don't understand why this one got away from them like it did. The only thing that happens in this movie happens at least five different times and none of the characters learn from it. By the second time it happened we should have seen growth from some of the characters and a plan coming from others. Instead, we have to endure the same thing again three more times.

 

The whole film was dreadfully slow as well. When there wasn't action on the screen the time was filled with monotonous conversations where everyone feels like an angsty teen, but refuses to let the emotion take over. 

 

It was also way too serious. I know the content of this particular film made it a much more serious story, but good grief, give us some comic relief. I can recall only one joke in the whole movie, and it was a throw-away line that wasn't very good. AVENGERS: ENDGAME was a very serious movie as well, but it had a lot of comedic moments. It can be done. This movie just chose not to do it, and that was a mistake. 

 

There isn't any way I could recommend seeing this movie, but if you've already seen the others in the series you might as well check this one out, too. For those of you that haven't seen the other X-Men films, just skip this one. 

 

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GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: May 31, 2019

Director: Michael Dougherty

Stars: Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, Ken Wantanabe

Plot: A vigilante group finds a way to release all of the titans, causing mass destruction all over the world

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Clint Says: If you are a fan of monster movies, see this in theaters. If not, skip it.

 

 

This film can be summed up in one sentence. It is a lot of humans doing colossally stupid things allowing the monsters ample opportunity to destroy everything and fight each other.

 

If you read that sentence and said, "Sounds good to me," then you should go see this movie immediately. If your response was anything short of that, then do anything else.

 

This is a check-your-brain-at-the-door popcorn flick. The plot is so insanely stupid that it really feels like it is in the way of us just being able to enjoy the battles. For those of you that are MMA, boxing, or wrestling fans, the plot in this film is like enduring the 25 minutes of filler between the fights. Sometimes you get a good moment or two, but for the most part it's just annoying and a great opportunity to go to the bathroom.

 

It's sad that they didn't bother to make this movie any smarter. Movies like PACIFIC RIM prove you can make a monster movie that is smart, has great character development, and a compelling plot. This film has none of that.

 

The upside is that the fight scenes are incredible. The sights and sounds are exciting and entertaining, and there are a lot of fights in this movie.  The downside is there are usually several helpless humans below them, (oddly enough, it's almost always the same group of people), and we don't care about any of them because the character development is so bad.

 

I saw this movie with a huge Godzilla fan and a couple of 12 year old boys. You'd think they all would have considered this to be Best Picture material, but all three of them were just okay with it. Even the 12 year olds picked up on how thin the plot was.

 

If you go, just enjoy the monster bash. Do not engage your brain at all. If you do you will be severely disappointed.

 

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ROCKETMAN

Rated: R

Release Date: May 31, 2019

Director: Dexter Fletcher

Stars: Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden, Bryce Dallas Howard

Plot: This follows the private life and flamboyant career of Elton John

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

 

 

This is one of the more unique films I've seen in the last several years. It took me a good 30 minutes before I adjusted to the flashback-to-musical-to-narrative style, but once I got used to it I really enjoyed the movie.

 

Taron Egerton proves once again that he is one of the elite actors in Hollywood. He transforms into Elton John, and he delivers a very impressive musical performance as well by singing all of the songs in the movie. As one of my film critic friends said, "If Rami Malek can win a best actor Oscar while lip syncing along to Queen songs and playing Freddie Mercury, then Taron Egerton deserves TWO best actor Oscars for this performance."

 

Perhaps the best aspect of this film is how it plays out just like Elton John. The private life scenes feel very intimate and vulnerable, while the public scenes are over the top and wildly flamboyant. But the real success is that, as the movie goes on, you can see the uncomfortable, introverted Elton john in a massive battle with his public persona, even as he is performing before large audiences.

 

It seems like the director listened to all of the criticisms people had of BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY and fixed them in this movie, but still made it original and compelling.

 

If you are a fan of Elton John this is a must see movie. If you don't know anything about one of the greatest pop artists of all time this film is a great place to start.

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MA

Rated: R

Release Date: May 31, 2019

Director: Tate Taylor

Stars: Octavia Spencer, Diana Silvers, Juliette Lewis, McKaley Miller

Plot: A single woman allows high schoolers to party at her house, but her plans aren't as innocent as they seem

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Clint Says: Wait for the digital release

 

 

This film is classified as a horror film, but don't let that fool you into thinking this is some ridiculous teen slasher film. It's not. It actually fits more into the original style of horror films where the things that happen are horrific, not necessarily scary. In fact, there are very few scares in this movie, and the ones that are there are forced and useless.

 

I was excited for this movie when I saw the trailer. It looked like it was going to be smart and creepy. It delivers on the creepy, but not so much on the smart. It tries to be smart, but it misses the mark. The pivotal moment, which plays out in flashback throughout the movie so we just get little bits of it until the climax of the film, is terrible, but it isn't something that would cause the mayhem we see in this film.

 

The acting is slightly better than we see in typical horror films, but it isn't anything special. The plot is fine, for the most part, but it could easily have been more compelling and believable. And the pacing is all over the place, causing this 90-minute movie to feel a lot longer.

 

If you are in the mood to be creeped out, this movie will get you there. However, it isn't a movie that you will remember a few months from now. It's one of those films that is okay to see once and then forget about it almost as soon as you finish it.

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ALADDIN

Rated: PG

Release Date: May 24, 2019

Director: Guy Ritchie

Stars: Naomi Scott, Mena Massoud, Will Smith

Plot: A boy from the streets falls for the princess and a genie helps him find out who he really is

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

 

 

The 1992 animated film will always have a special place in my heart. It is the film my wife and I saw on our very first date. Therefore, I was really nervous when they announced this live-action reboot. But now that I have seen the movie, I can say that it is just as great and fun as the original.

 

This film is a visual feast. The colors, the costumes, the sets, and the scenery are all amazing. It wouldn't surprise me at all to see this up for a couple of Oscars for costumes, cinematography, and/or production design.

 

The only thing I didn't like about the movie is the same thing I don't like about most movies from director Guy Ritchie. He loves to get super artistic and quirky with some of the shots, which pulls people out of the story and forces them to notice the oddity of the shot. This time he does it by slowing down or speeding up the action during several of the musical numbers. I am a firm believer that the job of the director is to keep the viewer in the story, not to show off the new thing they like to do.

 

It is important to note that this is a slightly different story than the original. Also, since it is a live-action movie we get a lot less from Rajah the tiger and Iago the parrot. But we do get a much more ruthless and cunning Jafar. We also get a much more competent Sultan, and a hilarious handmaid to the princess.

 

The main actors do a wonderful job as Aladdin and Jasmine, and Will Smith is great as the genie. I commend him for taking on this role and dealing with all of the blow-back over the last several months. Robin Williams's genie is one of the most iconic characters in movie history. To try to be the guy after the guy is a daunting task that is rarely successful. Smith does a great job of making the character his own, while still paying homage to his predecessor.

 

Overall, this is a wonderful film. It stays close to the classic, but it feels updated for today. Especially with the new song added for Jasmine's character. If you are a fan of the original, you should give this one a shot. And for those of you with young kids, this would be a wonderful film to introduce them to the incredible magic of Disney movies. 

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BRIGHTBURN

Rated: R

Release Date: May 24, 2019

Director: David Yarovesky

Stars: Jackson Dunn, Elizabeth Banks, David Denman

Plot: A boy from another world discovers he has incredible superpowers, and decides to use them for evil purposes

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Clint Says: Wait for the digital release

 

 

We've all been in someone's life as they are going through puberty. Whether it was our own awkward change, or the metamorphosis of one of our children, puberty is a mess. 

 

This movie is essentially about a kid with the worst puberty rage ever. 

 

I was really looking forward to this movie because the trailer made it look unique and smart. Unfortunately, it falls in line with the formula of most horror flicks, and it never tells us what happened and why. 

 

It almost feels like the studio is trying to set us up for a series of films about anti-heroes...like the Avengers, only on opposite day. Unfortunately, this movie was so blah that I don't even care to do the research to see if more are going to be made. 

 

The film does have some good suspense, and some scary moments. It is also filled with very gory scenes, so if you have a weak stomach you should stay away from this one. 

 

There isn't anything in this movie that is exciting or compelling enough for me to recommend you see it. It's basically a poorly told, half-horror, half comic-book film that will be forgotten in a few weeks.

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BOOKSMART

Rated: R

Release Date: May 24, 2019

Director: Olivia Wilde

Stars: Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein, Jason Sudeikis

Plot: Two girls that spent their entire school careers studying, decide to party hard on the last night of high school

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Clint Says: Drop everything and go see this movie now

 

 

It seems like every year we get one or two coming of age movies, and most of them are average at best. This one may be one of the best coming of age movies in the last 20 years. Just like John Hughes used to do 30 years ago, director Olivia Wilde manages to catch the true essence of teen life in the current era. This film doesn't go as deep as Hughes's films went, but it does get deeper than just the surface emotions.

 

It is also a very funny, very raunchy film that will have you laughing constantly and cringing at the embarrassing moments. There are several times where you will be doing both at the same time. The great news is that the film also goes through several other emotional moments that will make you really feel for the characters.

 

The acting is spot on from the lead actors. Some of the minor players leave a little to be desired, but none are so bad that it pulls you out of the story.

 

My only issue with this film is with first-time director Olivia Wilde missing "the" shot in a few of the scenes. For example, without giving anything away, there is one scene that had a perfect physical comedy moment set up. Wilde gives us the before and after, but we don't see the actual moment happen. This occurs four or five times throughout the film.

 

Aside from that, this is a fantastic film that is perfect for today's climate, but it will also take you back to your fond memories of high school life. If you can handle the raunchiness, you should absolutely take the time to see this movie as soon as possible.

JOHN WICK CHAPTER 3: PARABELLUM

Rated: R

Release Date: May 17, 2019

Director: Chad Stahelski

Stars: Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry, Ian McShane, Laurence Fishburne

Plot: John Wick has become excommunicated, and now everyone is trying to claim the $14 Million price on his head

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

 

 

It is confirmed. This is the best action movie franchise in the history of film. It's better than DIE HARD, it's better than the BOURNE films, it's better than all of them.

 

Never have I seen a row full of movie critics all jump back in their seats, look at each other in amazement, and then clap and cheer like a bunch of kids at an amusement park. And that happened TWICE in the first ten minutes of the movie!

 

Just about 90 minutes into the film a fellow critic leaned over to me and whispered, "I'm going to see this movie infinity times." To which my reply was, "I know, right!?"

 

If you have not seen the first two films in this series it is essential that you do before seeing this one. This movie doesn't bother with silly things like resetting the world, the characters, or what the heck is going on. It just picks up right where the last one left off and sprints towards the finish line. 

 

This is the kind of movie where you have to suspend your disbelief. If you can do that, you'll stand a great chance of loving this movie. If you can't, you shouldn't even bother. Just about everything that happens in the JOHN WICK films are impossible and ridiculous. But that is what makes them so great.

 

For those of you that are not familiar with this franchise, you need to know that it is filled with brutal violence, and oh-I-really-don't-want-to-look-but-I-have-to moments from beginning to end. If you can handle all of that then you should watch the first two film immediately and then head straight to the theater to see this one.

 

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A DOG'S JOURNEY

Rated: PG

Release Date: May 17, 2019

Director: Gail Mancuso

Stars: Josh Gad, Dennis Quaid, Kathryn Prescott, Marg Helgenberger

Plot: A grandpa asks his old dog to come back as a puppy and help watch over his estranged granddaughter

Trailer

 

Clint Says: Wait for the digital release

 

 

Here is the good news...this movie is so much better than 2017's A DOG'S PURPOSE. The bad news...That movie was terrible, so this one is just barely average.

 

Thankfully, they stayed away from all of the tragic and traumatic dog death this time and tried to stick with the sweet and funny side of dogs.

 

The story is okay. It isn't anywhere near an exciting and compelling tale, but it does have enough conflict and twists to make it somewhat interesting.

 

Josh Gad plays the voice of all of the dogs. He's the best part of the movie delivering several funny lines. The rest of the actors are passable at best.

 

If you have young children that are interested in seeing this movie, you should probably see it first without them just to make sure they can handle it. In fact, it is probably better to just wait for the film to come out on a digital platform before you see it. That way you can pause it and answer some of the tough questions that will inevitably arise while watching this film.

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THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: May 17, 2019

Director: Ry Russo-Young

Stars: Yara Shahidi, Charles Melton

Plot: A guy tries to get a girl he just met to fall in love with him on her last day in New York City

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

 

 

I admit that I am a total sucker for a good first love story. Unfortunately, this film is nowhere near a good first love story. In fact, it is a lot closer to terribly boring than it is to good. 

 

The premise is okay, but the execution is so incredibly non-realistic that it gets to the point of laughable. I found myself checking my watch and letting my mind wander several times while waiting for something at least semi-exciting to happen. Perhaps a better title for this movie would be A BORING, SLOW WALK AROUND NEW YORK CITY.

 

Worse yet, there is no chemistry between the main characters. He comes on way to creepy and forceful and she is going against every natural thing she would be doing on her last day in the city she loves. Not once did I root them on to get together, because they never got me to care about them or their relationship. 

 

Then the movie falls off the rails completely in the third act. There are so many things that make no sense, and so many coincidences that happen that you can't help but sit in disbelief and roll your eyes.

 

On the plus side, if you are a fan of New York, this film is a great guide to a lot of the cool landmarks in the city. It almost feels like this was a really long, poorly written, ad for the New York Tourism Board. 

 

In the end, this movie asks one basic question. What would you do if you only had one day? My answer would absolutely include skipping this movie. 

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POKEMON: DETECTIVE PIKACHU

Rated: PG

Release Date: May 10, 2019

Director: Rob Letterman

Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton

Plot: A young man connects with a Pokemon and both work together to solve the mystery of his missing father

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Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee

 

 

Over the many years that I have been a professional film critic I have seen some truly nerdtastic crowds. The level of nerddom for this film absolutely destroys the nerdiness of all other films. It leaves a trail of taped up broken glasses, geek speak, and dorky laughs in its wake. I have never seen a group of 20-something guys in awkward attire so excited for a little, fuzzy, yellow, teddy bear.

 

As a complete non-participant in the Pokemon craze, I was thoroughly at a loss for most of the movie. I got the general plot enough to understand the quest, but there were people laughing all around me at things that I still don't understand why they were funny. There were also several oohs and ahhs that went over my head.

 

Thankfully, I made sure to see this movie with a couple of serious Pokemon fans. One of them a young girl, and the other a 21 year old guy. The bottom line: Both of them loved it.

 

Critically speaking, this movie felt slow and a bit too simple, the acting isn't great, and the special effects looked dated, but I don't think these are issues that will deter the true Pokemon fans.

 

If you are a Pokemon fan, this is a must-see movie. If you aren't a fan then go ahead and skip this film. There is nothing in it for you.

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THE HUSTLE

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: May 10, 2019

Director: Chris Addison

Stars: Anne Hathaway, Rebel Wilson

Plot: Two con artists team up to scam men

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Clint Says: Wait for the digital release

 

 

Oh, look. Another movie in which Rebel Wilson plays the exact same character she is in every movie she's in. I'm starting to think that she has zero ability to act and what we see on the screen is how she is in real life. Thank goodness Anne Hathaway is there to make this film somewhat tolerable and amusing. 

 

For a film about con artists, the cons are overly simplistic and easy. There are a couple of good twists, but those do more to set up another movie than to do anything to help this one be better.  It would have been nice if the women were as smart as the men are stupid. 

 

It is a comedy, and there are a few laughs, but not enough to make this a movie you'll want to see more than once. And only a couple of times are the comedic moments worthy of a big laugh.

 

There are plenty of great con flicks and comedies to choose from. Save your money by skipping this movie and watch one of the really good ones on your TV or computer. 

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POMS

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: May 10, 2019

Director: Zara Hayes

Stars: Diane Keaton, Jacki Weaver, Pam Grier, Rhea Perlman

Plot: A group of women at a retirement home start a competition cheerleading squad

Trailer

 

Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee

 

 

Just like a group of octogenarian cheerleaders, it's very difficult to expect too much out of a movie like POMS. The good news is that the film over delivers on the fun and the funny.

 

This group of sassy grannies will have you laughing until parts of you that normally don't hurt start hurting. There are several laugh out loud moments, most of which are delivered between the stars and their High School rivals.

 

The movie is just sweet enough. Only occasionally does it feel like it drops into the land of forced sweetness. And thankfully, those scenes are short.

 

Critically speaking, this film leaves a lot to be desired in the areas of acting, using cliched tropes, and continuity. There is one chase scene where they literally use the same shot 15 seconds apart. And the whole film fits perfectly into the 90-minute comedy formula.

 

Aside from those small negatives, this is a fun film that will be a great night out for you and your girlfriends. It might even surprise a few people by doing very well at the box office for several weeks. It's not a great film, but it is one worth seeing.

 

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TOLKIEN

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: May 10, 2019

Director: Dome Karukoski

Stars: Nicholas Hoult, Lily Collins

Plot: This film explores the younger years of the acclaimed fantasy author and how his experiences shaped his stories

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

 

 

As a fan of the works of JRR Tolkien, I was intrigued by the premise of this film. I wanted to see the moments in his life that shaped his writings and especially the works we all know so well like THE HOBBIT and THE LORD OF THE RINGS.

 

Not only did I get what I wanted, but I got so much more. This movie is outstanding. It is a work of art unto its own. It almost feels like the second coming of DEAD POETS SOCIETY, which, to me, is one of the greatest films of the last 40 years.

 

The acting is near perfect, the cinematography is mesmerizing, the story is well-paced, and the imagery is intense, meaningful, and exciting to see. There are so many Easter eggs in this film for fans of The Hobbit and LOTR. You probably need to see it a couple of times to catch them all.

 

Nicolas Hoult and Lily Collins have beautiful chemistry, making the love story just as enjoyable as the story about his early life and friends.  They make this movie significantly better with their skills.

 

Unfortunately, for most fans of Tolkien's works, they will never even know this film exists. The marketing for this movie has been minimal at best, and that is a true disservice to a wonderful film. If you know someone who is a fan, please let them know that this movie is in theaters now. It deserves a good audience.

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LONG SHOT

Rated: R

Release Date: May 3, 2019

Director: Jonathan Levine

Stars: Charlize Theron, Seth Rogen

Plot: Two childhood friends that have taken very different life paths, meet up again and begin working with one another

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

 

 

If you ever told me that Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen would be love interests in a RomCom, I would have said you were crazy. If you followed that up by saying the RomCom would be really good, I would have just laughed at you and walked away. 

 

Who knew that all of this time you were right? Congratulations!

 

After seeing this film I'm still not quite sure how it all worked as well as it did, but it did, and it is a fantastic movie. Theron and Rogen have incredible chemistry that has you rooting for them from beginning to end. Their conversations and interactions are fun and entertaining.

 

The film is filled with laugh out loud moments, most of which help the movie race towards its R-rating. The jokes are almost all raunchy, and so is a lot of the physical comedy. If you are okay with that kind of humor, you will laugh until it hurts while watching this one. 

 

The movie also has a great, though not fully based in reality, story that is compelling and keeps you interested throughout. It does take several liberties with the way certain events would happen in the real world in order to keep the story rolling or to give us another laugh, but those rule-breaking moments are minor compared to the entertainment that would have been lost if they stuck to a more realistic scenario. 

 

Perhaps the most interesting aspect of this movie is that Rogen manages to become a heartwarming, lovable teddy bear, rather than just his typical stoner portrayal. And Theron seamlessly slides into the roll of party animal with surprising ease. Both of them play roles that are never their style, yet they pull it off very well. 

 

Before I saw this I would have told you that it was a LONG SHOT to be any good. Now, that I've seen it, I am happy to say that it is a front runner for best comedy of the year.