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VANQUISH
Rated: R
Release Date: April 16, 2021
Director: George Gallo
Stars: Ruby Rose, Morgan Freeman, Chris Mullinax
Plot: A woman is pulled back into her old life of crime for one last night of jobs
 
Clint Says: Don't even bother
 

 

Have you ever watched a movie that is so bad that it is almost good? Well, if you can't say that you have then gather up all of your sharp-witted friends and que up Vanquish this weekend.   
 
I have seen well over 5,000 movies in my life and this one ranks right up there as one of the worst of all time. This is bordering on The Room level of bad. 
 
This is the kind of film you beg the writers of Mystery Science Theater 3000 to roast someday, because it is filled with hundreds of moments where the one-liners nearly write themselves. In fact, after I got over the initial shock of how terrible the movie was, I literally had tears in my eyes from laughing so hard at it. 
 
It's almost like the director tried to make a horrible movie. Ruby Rose and Morgan Freeman are both incredible actors. Do you know how hard it would be to make them both suck in a movie? Well, kudos to this director, because he managed to do just that. And the acting from the rest of the unknown cast is worse than Junior High School Autumn Play acting. 
 
It also has one of the poorest written scripts I've ever had the misfortune of seeing turned into a film. It feels and sounds like this was written in a day and they called the first draft good. The dialogue is so amateur and embarrassingly weak. I found myself cringing every time poor Freeman had to pretend to be talking to someone on the phone. 
 
They must have spent the entire film's budget on landing Freeman and Rose because the rest of the film looks like it was made for about $5,000. ($3,900 of which was used to rent the cool car at the end for a day). I mean, you know it's bad when one of the bad guys shows up in a Smart car. (Or something quite similar to that. Honestly, I couldn't be bothered to try to figure it out. I've already wasted too much of my life on this flick). 
 
It's pretty early in the year still, but I can say with 99.9% confidence that this film will absolutely make my 10 Worst Films of 2021 list. And it has a great shot at taking the top spot. 
 
I can't recommend this film in any positive way, but I can tell you this is a must-see movie if you are a person that loves to make fun of crappy films. I highly doubt you will find a film more deserving of the insults you throw its way. 

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ARLO THE ALLIGATOR BOY
Rated: PG
Release Date: April 16, 2021
Director: Ryan Crego
Stars: Michael J. Woodard, Mary Lambert, Tony Hale, Vincent Rodriguez III
Plot: An alligator boy meets up with a band of misfits as he travels to New York to find his father
 
Clint Says: Watch it with the whole family this weekend
 

 

It's not very often that I can get my whole family to agree to watching something together, much less having everyone like what is on, but this film had all of us tapping our toes, smiling, laughing and enjoying the story and the characters. 
 
The story of the band of misfits on a road trip to find happiness is an old trope, but this film uses it in a unique and modern way that gives it a fun twist. It is lighthearted, funny, and quirky. 
 
It is a story that focuses on celebrating differences, working together, and discovering what really makes a family. It also has some great music. The songs are all catchy and fast-paced. It would not surprise me at all if my youngest child asked to watch this again and again. 
 
If you and/or your family love animated movies this is one you should watch as soon as possible. It is filled with great characters, great songs, and a great story. It may end up being one of the best animated films of the year. 

 

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VOYAGERS
Rated: PG-13
Release Date: April 9, 2021
Director: Neil Burger
Stars: Tye Sheridan, Lily-Rose Depp, Colin Farrell
Plot: A group of teens are the go-between generation taking humans from earth to a new planet
 
Clint Says: See this if you are a fan of Sci-Fi movies
 
 
This is like a lot of Sci-Fi flicks in that it is a good film, but it could have been a lot better with a faster pace and some more excitement throughout. It does get very exciting and compelling when it finally gets to the main conflict, but it takes a while to get there and then it feels like it resolves too quickly. 
 
One odd point is that the acting feels very wooden and stilted, but there is a good reason for that, so it is difficult to tell if the acting isn't great or if the actors are really good at being boring and monotonous. (I'm leaning towards them being really good actors based on their previous roles). In either case, the outcome is the same. You have to watch boring people doing their boring routines for about half of the movie. 
 
Once the story gets going there is a lot of suspense and compelling conflict to keep you engaged. It will give you a few moments of holding your breath, a few good jump scares, and throw you a couple of twists as well. 
 
While this isn't a movie that I would consider to be great by any standard, it is a good one. It's also the kind of film that makes you think about the importance of every life. Some lives may seem greater than others, but this film shows that all lives have great value no matter how mundane the task may seem to be. 

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THUNDER FORCE
Rated: PG-13
Release Date: April 9, 2021
Director: Ben Falcone
Stars: Melissa McCarthy, Octavia Spencer, Jason Bateman, Bobby Cannavale
Plot: Two middle-aged women become superheroes in order to stop the supervillains from taking over their city
 
Clint Says: It's worth streaming once
 

 

I'm not sure that most of the world knew that we needed a couple of middle-aged superheroes in our lives, but Netflix did, and now we have Thunder Force
 
Melissa McCarthy has made some interesting role choices over the last several years, and to her credit, she has done a great job in almost all of those films. This one is no exception. Yes, she plays the character you would expect her to play, but she does it in convincing and fun fashion. 
 
Octavia Spencer does a great job as the buttoned-up, too-serious, the-real-brains-behind-the-duo sidekick. She gives McCarthy the space and time to do her thing and make the movie funny.
 
My only issue with this movie is that it tried to be too much and it fell short everywhere. It wants to be a comedy, but it also wants to be a superhero flick. And rather than choosing one or the other, it tries to do both, which means it isn't nearly as funny as one would hope, and it isn't nearly as suspenseful or exciting as you would want a superhero movie to be. 
 
It would have been a much more entertaining movie if they had decided to ham it up more with the villains and the superheroes. It would have been a much more suspenseful film had they left some of the slapstick on the editing room floor. (It's 2021, we should update this to "left it in the desktop recycle bin).
 
This isn't a bad film. It has its moments of fun, funny, and excitement, but it isn't one that you are going to want to watch over and over again. Give it a shot, you might be surprised by how much you like it. Then again, maybe you won't. In which case you can just go back to browsing through all of the thousands of movies you haven't seen yet, but surprisingly none of them look good at the moment.
 

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GODZILLA VS. KONG
Rated: PG-13
Release Date: April 2, 2021
Director: Adam Wingard
Stars: Alexander Skarsgard, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry
Plot: When Godzilla unexpectedly starts attacking humanity, Kong is brought in to take down the other Titan
 
Clint Says: This is a must-see for monster movie fans
 
 
Look, there is no need to beat around the bush regarding this film. All you need to know is that Godzilla and Kong beat the ever-loving tar out of each other for a good 40 minutes. The rest of the movie is only there to funnel you towards the fight scenes. 
 
If you read that and got excited, then go see it now. You will not be disappointed. 
 
If you are interested in things like great acting, a powerful and meaningful screenplay, and a movie without massive plot holes why on earth are you bothering to read a review of the biggest monster movie of all time? The plot is ridiculous, thin, and full of massive holes. The acting is passable at best. And the only thing meaningful is who is going to destroy who. Caring about anything more than that is a complete waste of your time. 
 
This is a fantastic monster movie. Compared to all other movies, it is average at best. So, enjoy it for what it is and forget about what it is not. Just go in, pick your favorite, and cheer them on with the rest of the movie-goeres. (Then go grab more popcorn while the humans are talking). 

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FRENCH EXIT
Rated: R
Release Date: April 2, 2021
Director: Azazel Jacobs
Stars: Michelle Pfeiffer, Lucas Hedges, Valerie Mahaffey, Tracy Letts
Plot: A broke socialite moves to Paris with her son
 
Clint Says: Wait for the digital release
 

 

I have to say, I was quite surprised by this film. The trailer did nothing to make me want to see it, but alas, it is my job to see movies that I don't always want to see.
 
I went into it with an open mind, but my suspicions were disappointingly confirmed about 20 minutes into the film when I found myself looking at my watch and letting my mind wander. Then, it happened. About 50 minutes into the movie there is an exchange that is so incredibly funny that I was pulled back in. And then a few minutes later, there is a scene that made all of the boring opening almost worth it. 
 
From that moment on, I felt like I was watching a different film. It was funny, smart, and charming. The problem was that I had to sit through 50 minutes of boredom to get there.
 
If you can make it through the first half you will be treated to some great acting, and a dialogue that is both witty and prose-like. If you can't make it all the way to the end it is entirely understandable. 

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NOBODY
Rated: R
Release Date: March 26, 2021
Director: Ilya Naishuller
Stars: Bob Odenkirk, Aleksey Serebryakov, Christopher Lloyd
Plot: A family man must call upon his former life and training after he takes on the Russian mafia to help an innocent girl
 
Clint Says: See this in theaters when you can
 
 
Sometimes we all need something in our life that is just fun. Something that doesn't mean anything, something that isn't trying to be something else, something that lets you check your brain at the door and just absorb the entertainment. 
 
Nobody does just that. 
 
Bob Odenkirk is fabulous in his role as a former hired gun turned family man. You can see him trying so hard to be the perfect, normal husband and father, but the bad boy side of him is itching to come out and play. And when that part of him finally gets its chance, it is game on. 
 
Then, you add in a riotously funny performance by Christopher Lloyd and a bunch of overacting Russian mafia types, and you have a recipe for one heck of a wild melee. 
 
Even though this film is a lot of fun, it is not for everyone. It is filled with brutality and violence. It's like a cross between John Wick and a UFC fight.
 
It isn't the kind of movie that will move you emotionally or intellectually, but it will give you a chance to root for the good guy and watch the bad guys get all that is coming to them. To that end this is a fun and satisfying flick. 

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A WEEK AWAY
Rated: Not Rated
Release Date: March 26, 2021
Director: Roman White
Stars: Bailee Madison, Kevin Quinn, Jahbril Cook, David Koechner
Plot: A troubled teen in foster care is given the choice of juvenile detention or going to church camp for a week
 
Clint Says: Stream this with the whole family soon
 
 
When I first heard about this film I had all sorts of alarm bells going off in my head. A Christian, church camp musical? There are so many ways that this movie could have easily become a disaster. 
 
Thankfully, the writers and the people behind the movie made sure that it stayed on track and it ended up being a fun, quirky film that the whole family will enjoy. 
 
The main characters, played by Bailee Madison and Kevin Quinn, have great on-screen chemistry. They are a lot of fun to watch. Quinn is a standout star that has all of the makings of the next Zac Efron. He can act, sing, and dance as good or better than most of Hollywood. 
 
Yes, this movie is goofy and awkward, but that is one of the things that makes it so endearing. It takes itself seriously enough to be a solid and entertaining film, but it doesn't take itself so seriously as to lose the fun and crazy side of teen life. It's like High School Musical goes to church camp and meets up with some John Hughes-esque drama when it gets there. 
 
One of the best things about this movie is the music. The original songs are catchy, but there are several iconic songs from the 80's and 90's that will stir up all sorts of fun memories for any of you that grew up during that time. (Be on the lookout for some great cameos as well). 
 
If you are looking to watch something with the whole family this weekend, this would be a great choice. 

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THE COURIER
Rated: PG-13
Release Date: March 19, 2021
Director: Dominic Cooke
Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel Brosnahan, Merab Ninidze
Plot: A British salesman is recruited to spy on the Russians during the peak of the cold war
 
Clint Says: See this in theaters as soon as you can
 
 
Benedict Cumberbatch is like bacon and butter, he makes everything he's in better. 
 
I'm sure The Courier would have been a wonderful film without him because the story is so compelling and incredible, but it could end up being one of my favorite films of the year because he is in it. 
 
Based on a true story, this otherwise unbelievable story is filled with suspense, intrigue, and fascinating characters. It is a powerful examination of how even a seemingly average person living an average life can step up and accomplish extraordinary things when duty calls. 
 
The film starts with a bit of a slow burn, but it quickly escalates into a breath-holding, fist-clenching roller coaster ride all the way to the finish. It pulls you into the story and keeps you fully engaged. There wasn't a single moment where I found my attention wondering elsewhere. 
 
If you haven't gone back to the theaters since the shutdown, this film would make for a great return. 

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ZACK SNYDER'S JUSTICE LEAGUE
Rated: R
Release Date: March 18, 2021
Director: Zack Snyder
Stars: Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Henry Cavill
Plot: Several Super Heroes assemble to try to defeat a destructive force of evil
 
Clint Says: Don't even bother
 

 

Four hours and two minutes. That is the official running time of this flick. 
 
That's twice as long as two long movies. 
 
That's nearly six episodes of Supernatural.
 
That's sixteen episodes of that little kid show Peppa Pig.
 
Four hours and two minutes. 
 
I'd rather watch Peppa Pig.
 
First of all, if you are thinking, "hmmm, this movie sounds familiar," you are correct. This movie was released in late 2017. Back then it was 2 1/2 hours and everybody hated it, including the director. So he decided to go back and add another 90 minutes to the movie to try to explain certain story points, and make it connect better with the audience. 
 
He failed. Again. 
 
They should have renamed the movie Zack Snyder's Justice League: Now With 750% More Establishing Shots. Sure, it does have a few new scenes, and some of them attempt to answer plot hole questions from the original, but for the most part they just feel out of place or are thoroughly useless to the overall plot. 
 
This film was almost a complete waste of time during its original release. Now that it is over 4 hours long it is a complete waste of time. Save yourself the agony.
 

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YES DAY
Rated: PG
Release Date: March 12, 2021
Director: Miguel Arteta
Stars: Jennifer Garner, Edgar Ramirez, Jenna Ortega, Julian Lerner
Plot: A couple decides to say "yes" to everything their children want for 24 hours
 
Clint Says: Stream this with the whole family this weekend
 
(Streaming on Netflix)
 
Jennifer Garner is one of those rare Hollywood commodities that can turn out a fantastic action flick and then turn around and give us a wonderful family film. And she has done it once again with Yes Day
 
This is the movie of kids' dreams and parents' nightmares. As much as I think I would like to give my kids a "yes" day, I'm almost positive that they would use it to try to kill me. I got proof of this while watching this film and my young girls kept on looking at me and then launching into diabolical laughter.
 
If you are looking for something to watch with the whole family this weekend, this is a perfect choice. It is fun, funny, exciting, heartwarming, and wonderfully enjoyable for the whole family. 
 
Garner and Jenna Ortega have great chemistry in their respective mother/daughter roles. And Edgar Ramirez fits in well to the chaotic harmony of their family. They all have moments that will make you laugh out loud, shed a tear, and cringe with sympathy. 
 
Grab some popcorn and whatever else the kids want as snacks and enjoy this film together. Just be warned that your children are going to get all sorts of terrible ideas from this movie, and they are going to expect you to say "yes".

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RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON
Rated: PG
Release Date: March 5, 2021
Director: Don Hall and Carlos Lopez Estrada
Stars: Kelly Marie Tran, Awkwafina, Gemma Chan, Izaac Wang
Plot: A young girl must find the last dragon to bring peace to her land and bring back her father
 
Clint Says: Drop everything and go see this in theaters now
 
 
(In theaters).
 
I was excited from the first moment I saw the teaser poster for this film. I couldn't wait to see it. I just hoped it would live up to all of my wild expectations. 
 
It did. 
 
This movie is awesome. 
 
It is funny, sentimental, inspiring, sad, powerful, and beautiful. You'll spend a lot of time laughing, a lot of time cheering on Raya, and a lot of time holding your breath as she faces difficult challenges head on. 
 
Awkwafina plays the last dragon, and she is nothing short of incredible. She is riotously funny, thoroughly likeable, and a complete pain when it comes to Raya. 
 
The animation is astounding. To the point where my 10 year old daughter was convinced that some of the scenes were animation over live action. (They aren't). But it is true, the animation is possibly the best ever. In fact, there is one scene where Raya is crying that looks so real, I was almost convinced that they were real tears. 
 
The story is wonderful, too. It is compelling, exciting, and filled with wonder and magic. It is a Disney Princess story told in a new and bold way. 
 
This is a fantastic film for the whole family. Load up the car and take them all to see it this weekend.

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COMING 2 AMERICA
Rated: PG-13
Release Date: March 5, 2021
Director: Craig Brewer
Stars: Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, Wesley Snipes, James Earl Jones
Plot: Akeem finds out he has a son in America, but his eldest daughter wants the throne
 
Clint Says: Stream this as soon as you can
 

(Streaming on Amazon Prime).
 
It's been 33 long years since the Prince of Zamunda went to Queens to find his bride. Along the way there were rumors of a possible sequel, but nothing came of those. Until now. 
 
It was worth the wait. 
 
I am happy to tell you that this film is amazing! It may even be better than the first one. It is filled with cameos, laughs, and Easter eggs. (My favorite being a painting on the wall while Akeem's son is being interviewed).
 
Eddie Murphy proves again that he knows comedy like few others. He could have easily made sure this movie was all about him, but instead, he lets the other characters fill a lot of the space around him. This makes for a much more dynamic and interesting film. Especially when it comes to the secondary characters. For example, Wesley Snipes completely steals every scene he is in. I highly doubt Eddie would have let that happen three decades ago. 
 
There are several new characters that give the franchise a fresh feel, but there are plenty of the original characters making returns as well. There are several times I wished I was watching this in a packed theater just to be able to enjoy the crowd reactions when one of the old favorites pops up on screen. 
 
If you are a fan of the first film, this is a must see. If you've never seen the first one, there is no time like the present to watch both. It's already been 33 years, don't wait any longer. 

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CHAOS WALKING
Rated: PG-13
Release Date: March 5, 2021
Director: Doug Liman
Stars: Tom Holland, Daisy Ridley, Demian Bichir, Mads Mikkelsen
Plot: Humans have inhabited a new planet, but men's thoughts are constantly on display causing rifts
 
Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee
 

 

(In theaters).
 
This film is based on a trilogy of books released around 2010. That was the apex of the Young Adult dystopian craze. Eleven years on, we still get a good reminder every now and again at how many wild and thought-provoking books explored that genre. 
 
Imagine living in a place where your thoughts were always on display for everyone to hear, but you had no idea what the women around you were thinking. A difference like that could cause some serious issues. This film explores several of those issues. 
 
For you readers out there, the movie does a good job of staying true to the books. Yes, it is three books crammed into one 2-hour movie, so a lot of the source material had to be left out of the finished product, but it still feels like they hit all of the major points. 
 
Daisy Ridley is spectacular as always, and Tom Holland gives a convincing performance as a teen trying to constantly control his thoughts, to no avail. Their interactions seem very true to their characters. 
 
My only issues with this film are that "the noise" (the constant audible thoughts emanating from every man), gets really annoying really fast. The other issue is that for a film that crams three books into one movie, it feels like it drags along at times. There are definite pacing issues. 
 
That said, this is still an entertaining and thought-provoking film. If you are a fan of dystopian YA you should get to a theater and check this out soon. 

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BOOGIE
Rated: R
Release Date: March 5, 2021
Director: Eddie Huang
Stars: Taylor Takahashi, Taylour Paige, Pop Smoke, Domenick Lombardozzi
Plot: A high school basketball phenom has to deal with the pressures of parents, recruiters, girls, friends, and enemies
 
Clint Says: Don't even bother
 
 
(In theaters).
 
I love a good sports movie. Especially one that centers on basketball. At the same time, I hate bad sports movies with the passion of a thousand burning suns. My only hard rule for a sports film is, whatever sport you choose, make sure you are showing the sport being played properly and well. 
 
This is a bad sports movie. 
 
I found nothing of value in this film. The dialogue is choppy and cringe-worthy, the basketball looks like it is being played by a bunch of actors, and there are major plot holes everywhere. The main character is totally unlikeable, his nemesis is useless, and his character arc looks more like a cliff.
 
I was annoyed less than 5 minutes into the movie, and I was completely done with it about 20 minutes in. But I still forced myself to endure the remaining time just to make sure it didn't redeem itself. 
 
Spoiler alert: It didn't. 
 
There is a very good chance this flick will make my 10 Worst list at the end of the year. So far, it's going to take 10 movies worse than this to knock it off the list.  

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BOSS LEVEL
Rated: R
Release Date: March 5, 2021
Director: Joe Carnahan
Stars: Frank Grillo, Mel Gibson, Naomi Watts
Plot: A man finds himself trapped in an infinite time loop where a lot of people want him dead
 
Clint Says: Stream this as soon as you can
 

 

(Streaming on Hulu).
 
Sometimes all you want in a movie is a bunch of crazy people trying to kill each other in crazy ways. If you find yourself in that mood, you should immediately sit down and watch Boss Level
 
Is this movie going to stimulate your critical thinking? No. Is it going to give you all the feels? No. Is it going to punch you in the face, kick you while you are falling to the ground and then try to blow you up? Oh, yeah. 
 
While there is a decent plot that holds this story together, it kind of feels like it was an afterthought. I imagine the first meeting being something like this: 
 
Writer: "So, this guy wakes up every day to the same day, and everyone is trying to kill him."
 
Studio Exec: "Cool! Let's do it!
 
Intern: "What's the story that makes it all happen?"
 
Studio Exec: To intern - "You're fired!" To the writer, "Just come up with a little something so that it justifies the good stuff."
 
If you just read that and said, this sounds like something I want to see, trust me, it is. As long as you check your brain at the door you will have a blast watching this movie. 
 

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MOXIE

Rated: PG-13
Release Date: March 3, 2021
Director: Amy Poehler
Stars: Hadley Robinson, Lauren Tsai, Alycia Pascual-Pena, Nico Hiraga
Plot: A shy girl starts a revolution at her school to rid it of the sexist culture
 
Clint Says: Stream this when you can
 
 
(Streaming on Netflix).
 

This is Amy Poehler's second time directing a film for Netflix, and she has done an outstanding job with this one. This film feels like a cross between Book Smart and Eighth Grade. It's not as funny and rambunctious as Book Smart, and it isn't as awkward or emotional as Eighth Grade, but it has an abundance of all of those elements. 

 
The cast is outstanding. Hadley Robinson gives a powerful and moving performance. Her character is deep and lovable, even when she is pushing everyone away. The rest of the cast around her fills in the holes nicely. Alycia Pascual-Pena completely steals the show with her inspiring persona. 
 
This is a perfect film for our time and culture. It is a statement film that gives power, voices, and support to those that need it, and it inspires change and action to move away from toxic behaviors. It is the kind of film that inspires people to be able to stand up and say, "It is not okay."
 
If you are looking for a movie that will make you laugh, make you cry, give you those tingly feelings of first love, and inspire you to do more with your life, look no further than Moxie.
 

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TOM AND JERRY
Rated: PG
Release Date: February 26, 2021
Director: Tim Story
Stars: Chloe Grace Moretz, Michael Pena, Ken Jeong
Plot: The story of how Tom and Jerry met and became infamous frenemies 
 
Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee
 
 

(Theaters and HBO Max)

 
It's hard to believe that a franchise that is more than 80 years old could still find a way to be relevant and entertaining today, but this one manages to do just that. It goes to show that slapstick is still funny and an acceptable form of comedy.
 
While I would never suggest this is "Animated Movie of the Year" level, I will say this is a fun and entertaining film that the  whole family will enjoy. And in a time where good family films have been scarce, this is a great find. 
 
If you grew up watching Tom and Jerry you know exactly what you are going to get with this film. The addition of the real-life characters is fine. It doesn't add or detract from the cat and mouse game being played. It just feels like a different way to get across the same story.
 
The plot is thoroughly formulaic. There are no surprises or twists. But it does give you everything you want and expect from a Tom and Jerry cartoon. So, while it isn't the greatest movie, it is still good enough to see with the whole family. Everyone will have fun and be entertained. 

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THE UNITED STATES VS. BILLIE HOLIDAY
Rated: R
Release Date: February 26, 2021
Director: Lee Daniels
Stars: Andra Day, Trevante Rhodes, Garrett Hedlund
Plot: An undercover drug agent gets too close to Billie Holiday during a sting operation
 
Clint Says: Wait for the streaming price to come down
 

 


(Streaming exclusively on Hulu)
 
If you are unaware of Billie Holiday, I highly encourage you to do some research into her life and legacy. She is nothing short of a national treasure, but she also had to deal with many demons in her life. Many of those demons were forced on her by some of the terrible people that surrounded her, some of the demons were self-inflicted. 
 
This film centers around one of her most powerful songs and how the U.S. Government went after her to try to stop her from singing it. If you have never heard "Strange Fruit," you should give it a listen. It makes perfect sense why this was a black anthem, and why the 1940s Government wanted to get rid of it and Miss Holiday.
 
Based on all of this, one would think this would be a very dynamic and suspenseful film. Unfortunately, it is nearly the opposite. It is slow, drawn out, and flat. That doesn't mean the film is all bad. It has several incredible moments. But overall, it lacks intensity. 
 
Andra Day does a nice job playing Miss Holiday, and her voice is simply stunning, but the script she has to work with doesn't lend itself to a compelling character arc. It's really too bad, because this story could have been something special. 
 
This is a good movie, but not one worth paying premium pricing to see. Wait until it is available to stream for free. You'll be happy with your choice once you see it. 

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THE FATHER
Rated: PG-13
Release Date: February 26, 2021
Director: Florian Zeller
Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Olivia Colman, Mark Gatiss, Olivia Williams
Plot: An aging man tries to keep things in order, but his mind is confusing reality with things he thinks are real
 
Clint Says: See this in theaters if you can
 
 
(Limited theatrical run)
 
If you have ever watched a loved one struggle with dementia, you know how heartbreaking it is to see them lose their grip on reality. It is a brutal disease that takes the greatest among us and whittles them down to the equivalent of an unteachable child. Yet, you can see in their eyes that, somehow, they know there is a forgotten world in which they still live. 
 
Portraying dementia on screen to this point has been a very difficult task. Some films have done a decent job of it, most haven't. This film nails it. And not only does it nail it, it puts you into the mind of the afflicted. You will walk out of the theater after this film thanking your lucky stars that you don't really feel the way you have felt for the last two hours. 
 
Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman give unforgettable performances even though it must have been an extremely difficult exhausting process to film this every day. It is difficult to watch as the breakdown of one person leads to the breakdown of another, but it is also beautiful to watch as the broken learn to mend and lift each other up. 
 
This is not a happy tale. It is not a film that ends with a tidy bow. It gets more and more messy as it progresses, and it becomes more tragic and heartbreaking as the truth is slowly revealed. Just like with dementia, there are no happy endings here. 
 
While this isn't an entertaining film, it is one that I highly recommend. It is not easy to watch, but it will give you a better understanding of what dementia patients experience. Beyond that it is also a masterful job of storytelling and acting that is well worth seeing.