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COPSHOP
Rated: R
Release Date: September 17, 2021
Director: Joe Carnahan
Stars: Frank Grillo, Gerard Butler, Alexis Louder
Plot: A scammer uses a local police station to hide out, but a hitman works his way into the situation
 
Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee
 

 

Sometimes you have to own up to your mistakes. The mistake I made was judging this movie off of the trailer. I try hard not to do that. I try to give every movie every opportunity to be the best movie of the year and then wait until I see it to prove to me that it is or isn't. 
 
But the trailer was so bad. I mean colossally bad. 
 
Then I went to see the movie, and for the first 20 minutes I was sure that my suspicions were correct. But then the movie actually started to build and become interesting. 45 minutes in I was actually emotionally invested in a couple of the characters and was rooting for a specific outcome. With 15 minutes to go, I was thrilled with an amazing twist on one of the the typical action flick tropes. 
 
Now, I'm not saying this movie is the next Die Hard or anywhere near it. It's a decent movie at best, but it isn't the complete disaster that I feared it would be. Grillo and Butler and fine, Alexis Louder does a good job, but kudos to Toby Huss for stealing the entire movie. His character is one of the best I've seen all Summer. 
 
If you like action flicks, you'll most likely enjoy this one. It's not one that will stick with you forever, or one that you'll want to see again, but it is worth seeing once in the theater. If you aren't a fan of action movies go ahead and skip this one. It has a few good moments, but nothing that would make it worth your while. 
 
 

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THE PROTEGE
Rated: R
Release Date: August 20, 2021
Director: Martin Campbell
Stars: Maggie Q, Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson
Plot: An assassin finds herself in a tangled web while she searched for the killer of her trainer
 
Clint says: Save some money and see a matinee
 

 

This may be one of the most action-packed, yet forgettable films to come out this year. It's fun, it's exciting. it has a good mystery, but it won't stick with you at all. 
 
If I can I try to let a movie roll around in my head for a couple of days after I've seen it before I write my review. It gives me a chance to make sure what I originally thought is correct or not. This time I'm having a difficult time even remembering the plot of the movie. So it is either entirely forgettable in almost every way, or I have early onset dementia. 
 
For the most part the cast is great, the action is exciting, and the story is compelling, however it doesn't have that special something that makes it unique and makes it stand out from the rest. It's simply another action flick. 
 
For the most part I enjoyed the movie,  but there were a couple of things that pulled me out of the story. The main thing being the relationship between Michael Keaton and Maggie Q. There is just no way that Maggie Q is falling for a guy like Keaton. I'm sure this film will be nominated for the award for largest age gap between on-screen lovers. It's just a weird matchup all around. 
 
Overall this is a pretty good movie, just don't expect to be thoroughly wowed by it. It's worth a night out, and that's about it. 

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F9: THE FAST SAGA
Rated: PG-13
Release Date: June 25, 2021
Director: Justin Lin
Stars: Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, John Cena, Charlize Theron
Plot: Dom and company are tasked with saving the world, this time their foe is Dom's younger brother

Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee

When you have nine of anything you are bound to have a couple of great ones and a couple of stinkers. And while this film doesn't fall low enough to be in the stinker category, it is still a long way from being a great film. 

One of the things that has always been great about this franchise is that it avoids taking itself too seriously. Until now. This movie feels more like a soap opera than a FF film. It has way too many moments where the plot drags along, and way too many moments that feel like they were taken straight out of a General Hospital script. 

The other downfall of this film is the ridiculousness of the action. It's always been crazy and over the top in these films, but this one takes the ridiculousness to a whole new level that makes you want to laugh out loud and roll your eyes at the same time. For example, taking out a plane as it is trying to take off? That is ridiculous and fun, but launching a Fierro into space? That's way over the top for most people. 

This is the kind of movie that you should watch once if you are a big fan of the franchise. However, if you are just a casual observer, I would recommend skipping this one. It has a few great moments, but the overall story is pretty lame. 

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WRATH OF MAN
Rated: R
Release Date: May 7, 2021
Director: Guy Ritchie
Stars: Jason Statham, Holt McCallany, Scott Eastwood, Jeffrey Donovan
Plot: A man seeks revenge after a heist goes bad
 
Clint Says: See this in theaters if you like action flicks
 
 
I have come to the scientific conclusion that Jason Statham does not age. I don't know how he does it, but he looks and acts the same way he did nearly 20 years ago when he made The Transporter. And as is the case in almost all of his films, he spends the majority of this one destroying those that want to destroy him with perfectly choreographed elegance and brutality. 
 
This may not be one of his best films, but it is still worthy of being seen. It's a tad slow in some places, and it uses a non-linear timeline to tell the story, so it can get confusing if you aren't paying close attention.
 
The good news is that it has several good twists that are difficult to see coming, it has several interesting side stories, and all of the characters are believable and you can understand why each of them is doing the things they are doing. The character development is some of the best you'll ever see in an action flick. 
 
If you are a fan of action movies, you should put this one on your list to see as soon as possible. It will not disappoint you.

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TOM CLANCY'S WITHOUT REMORSE
Rated: R
Release Date: April 30, 2021
Director: Stefano Sollima
Stars: Michael B. Jordan, Jodie Turner-Smith, Jamie Bell, Guy Pearce
Plot: A special ops team is being killed one by one after an operation goes unexpected
 
Clint Says: Stream this when you are in the mood for an action flick
 
 
Michael B. Jordan has quickly become one of the biggest and best stars in Hollywood. He can play a wide variety of characters over several genres, and he almost always makes the movie better. 
 
In this film he plays a special forces soldier and a family man who is well-balanced, but doesn't think twice about doing what needs to be done to accomplish the mission. But when things take an unexpected turn he quickly comes to the conclusion that it is him or them. 
 
This feels a lot like Tom Clancy's answer to The Bourne Identity. It is filled with action, suspense, and twists and turns. The only negative is that the story moves along pretty slow. It jumps right in with great action, but then it feels like it takes a while to get everything set up for the big showdown. It can also get very confusing if you aren't paying close attention. 
 
Aside from those minor drawbacks, this is an exciting flick. Jordan is impressive with his acting and his physical ability. There is one scene in particular where he is right up there with the likes of Jean-Claude Van Damme and Jackie Chan. 
 
While this isn't a film that you are going to stop and watch every time it is on TV, it is a great movie to stream once or twice. If you are looking to watch an action flick this weekend, you don't need to look any further than this. 

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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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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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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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THE MARKSMAN
Rated: PG-13
Release Date: January 15, 2021
Director: Robert Lorenz
Stars: Liam Neeson, Jacob Perez, Juan Pablo Raba, Katheryn Winnick
Plot: A rancher must help a boy escape a Mexican drug cartel
 
Clint Says: Wait for the digital release
 

 

I know the question you are all wanting answered. Does Liam Neeson have a certain set of skills in this movie? Of course he does! He's a one-man army versus the baddest of the bad in the Mexican Cartel.
 
Now, if that is your only reason for wanting to see this movie, then go for it. Grab your popcorn, candy, and drink and enjoy. If you like that stuff, but you also want a smart film, well...this is not the movie you are looking for. 
 
While this flick is entertaining and somewhat suspenseful. it is also filled with about 20 moments where you will find yourself saying, "Why did they do that instead of this obvious thing?" There are more holes in this plot than there are holes in Lim Neeson's truck after the Cartel shoots it up. (Not a spoiler. We all know that happens in every movie he's in).
 
If you are in the mood for a good action flick, check your brain at the door and have a fun time. If you are hoping to discuss this film over coffee, you may want to buy a small. 

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MONSTER HUNTER
Rated: PG-13
Release Date: December 18, 2020
Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
Stars: Milla Jovovich, Tony Jaa, T.I., Ron Perlman
Plot: An Army crew finds themselves in another world, full of dangerous monsters, after they are hit by a massive storm
 
Clint Says: If you love monster movies, see this in theaters now
 

 

If we ever needed a film to sum up what the year 2020 felt like, this is it. One minute everything is going along just fine, and then WHAM a massive storm sweeps you into a completely unknow world of danger and isolation. Thankfully Milla Jovovich is there to save the day. (I wonder if she could do the same for 2020?)
 
This is not anywhere near what one might consider to be an "important" film, or a "smart" film. No, this is just a good old monster flick. All you need is a big bucket of popcorn and a place to check your brain so you aren't trying to overthink it, and you will have  a blast watching this.
 
One of the best things about this movie is that they spent a massive chunk of the budget on the effects. There wasn't a single moment where the monsters looked fake, or the setting felt off. And in a movie that is probably close to 70% CGI, that is a difficult task to achieve. 
 
This film makes no excuses for what it is. It jumps right in with the action and doesn't let up for 90 minutes. The fighting scenes are long and intense, and there are a lot of them. Which is great, because that is why we go to see movies like this. 
 
If you are in the mood for a bunch of action, explosions, and out of this world monsters, this is a perfect flick for you to see now.  

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VANGUARD
Rated: PG-13
Release Date: November 20, 2020
Director: Stanley Tong
Stars: Jackie Chan, Yang Yang, Miya Muqi, Lun Ai
Plot: A security firm is tasked with saving a father and daughter from a ruthless criminal with deep pockets
 
Clint Says: Wait for the digital release
 

VANGUARD is the best comedy of the year. There is only one problem. It's not supposed to be a comedy.
 
From the amateurish CGI lion, to the car chase scenes filmed at 30 miles per hour and then sped up on film, to the early 1990's-looking graphics superimposed onto large computer monitors, it looks like the effects budget for this movie was somewhere around $36.25 (plus tax). But the good news is the bad effects make for some great laughs. 
 
Aside from the effects (and some truly atrocious, yet refreshingly hilarious, acting by about half of the cast), the rest of the movie is pretty good. The plot is interesting and the action is great. I enjoyed watching the whole thing. I even enjoyed cringing through the car chase scenes, and awkward confrontations where it was quite obvious the actors were hired for their fighting skills and not their ability to deliver dialogue. 
 
I'm probably being a bit too harsh on the actors. This is a Chinese film, shot with 90% Mandarin dialogue. If it were the other way around I wouldn't want to be judged on how poorly I was speaking my Mandarin lines in an English film. So, all is forgiven there. But, that still doesn't make it any less funny. 
 
This is the kind of film you have to go into knowing exactly what you are paying for. As long as you understand that it is so bad that it is good, you and your friends will have a great time. If you are going in hoping to see a moody action film, you are going to be very disappointed. 
 
I can't recommend seeing this one in theaters, but if you want to help the theaters out while they struggle through this pandemic, at least you know you will be entertained and get some good laughs out of this movie. 

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HONEST THIEF
Rated: PG-13
Release Date: October 16, 2020
Director: Mark Williams
Stars: Liam Neeson, Kate Walsh, Jai Courtney
Plot: A retired Marine has spent his retirement years robbing banks, and now he wants to make things right, but he has to prove he is innocent of a wild crime spree first
 
Clint Says: Wait for the digital release
 

 

Not to make this too simple, but, for the most part, if you've seen one Liam Neeson one-man-against-the-world movie, you've seen them all. It is true, he has a special set of skills, and he uses them all in every film he does. It would be nice to see him use another set of skills by playing a character of another type, but he knows these flicks are his wheelhouse, and so do we. 
 
I would rank this film somewhere in the middle of his similar films. It's not great, but it isn't terrible either. It's pretty much exactly what you think it is. 
 
The one thing that brings this movie down is that nothing really exciting happens for the first 30 minutes. Yes, the story gets established, but let's be honest, we don't go to movies like this for a long, drawn-out story. We go to see Liam use his special skills. 
 
After the 30 minute mark the movie picks up the pace and gets into the good stuff, but even then, it's still pretty tame. After all the guy is an honest thief. By definition that makes him pretty bland. Now, if Liam starred in a flick called Back-stabbing, Explosive Thief, I'm paying extra to see that. 
 
But, since it is called Honest Thief there aren't a whole lot of reasons to see this in theaters. Unless you just want to be an awesome person and support the theaters and their employees, which I always highly recommend. Otherwise, just wait for the digital release. You won't miss anything...honest. 

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THE OLD GUARD
Rated: R
Release Date: July 10, 2020
Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood
Stars: Charlize Theron, Kiki Lane, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Harry Melling
Plot: A group of soldiers-for-hire take on a job that is not what it seems, but they have secrets of their own
 
Clint Says: Unique premise, lots of twists, worth a watch
 
 
Streaming exclusively on Netflix. 
 
I knew nothing about this film when I started watching it. For the first three minutes I thought it was going to be another in a long line of typical action flicks. And then something happened. Something amazing and unique. Something that made me sit up and say, "Yes! I love it, and I need that explained now!"
 
This film is filled with twists, layers of complexity, difficult decisions, regret, and nefarious plans built to serve the greater good. It is so much more than an action flick, but I don't want to say what it is because I want to to be surprised like I was. 
 
Charlize Theron is wonderful in the lead role. She kick's butt like no other, but she also has the weight and responsibility of caring for others while she has to push away the demons in her own head. The rest of the cast fills in around her perfectly. Every character brings something unique and special to the story.
 
If you skipped over this one thinking it was just another shoot-'em-up action flick, you should pull it up and watch at least the first 10 minutes. I have a feeling you'll be hooked. 

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EXTRACTION
Rated: R
Release Date: April 24, 2020 (Netflix)
Director: Sam Hargrave
Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Rudhraksh Jaiswal, Randeep Hooda, Priyanshu Painyuli
Plot: A mercenary with nothing to lose takes on the impossible task of rescuing the kidnapped son of a drug lord from another powerful drug lord.
 
Clint Says: Formulaic, but fun
 
 
Streaming exclusively on Netflix. 
 
If you are craving one of those action flicks where it's one guy versus hundreds, the task is impossible, and every person the hero encounters wants him dead and is a martial arts master, well then this is the movie to satisfy your needs. 
 
This film dispenses with all of the frivolous stuff that layers a plot and characters. Instead it just jumps right into the battle and drags you along for the whole ride. Which is great, because you weren't going to have to use your brain at all while watching this flick, so this just makes it that much easier to enjoy without having to think about anything. 
 
There is nothing to say about this film that you don't already know. If you like blood, and guts, and weapons, and fighting, and car chases, and explosions then you should check it out. If you need to think about your characters and their motives, stream something else. 

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BLOODSHOT

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: March 13, 2020

Director: Dave Wilson

Stars: Vin Diesel, Eiza Gonzalez, Guy Pearce

Plot: A tech firm brings a soldier back to life, but the person responsible for the scientific breakthrough has alternative plans 

Trailer

 

Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee

 

 

This is exactly what you think it is. It is a comic book turned action flick that doesn't bother with things like character development or worry about massive plot holes. The whole premise of the movie is so far-fetched that you can easily suspend disbelief and just roll with it. 

 

If you are into action flicks, this is a perfect film for you. It has all of the gadgets and explosions you could ever want. It even has all of the cheesy one-liners.

 

There isn't anything great about this movie, but there isn't anything terrible either. It's fun, it's exciting, and it is an escape from reality. What more could we all want right now? 

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THE RHYTHM SECTION

Rated: R

Release Date: January 31, 2020

Director: Reed Morano

Stars: Blake Lively, Jude Law, Sterling K. Brown

Plot: A woman bent on destroying her own life, after the tragic death of her family, finds out the event wasn't an accident, and turns her destructive desires towards the people responsible

Trailer

 

Clint Says: Wait for the digital release

 

 

The number one rule of an action flick is that there should be a lot of action. This movie breaks that rule, and so many others. 

 

To say this movie is slow would be an understatement. A better description would be to say that this movie gives you an incredible opportunity to enjoy a 110 minute nap. 

 

I will say that it is not the fault of the actors that this flick is so bad. They all do a pretty good job in their roles. Unfortunately, the writing and directing are just plain terrible. The writer got the pacing and the plot all wrong from the first act, and was not able to recover. The director tried to be unique and artistic with the film, but instead it looks like the whole thing was shot by amateurs. 

 

The story spends too much time focusing on the main character trying to get well enough to be able to do anything. This is fine in most films, but in this one, it lasted 3/4 of the movie. It isn't until there are about 15 minutes left in the film that the quest finally gets on track and starts moving forward. By then, it's way too late to salvage the movie. 

 

If you saw the trailer and were hoping for an action flick with a powerful female protagonist, you will be thoroughly disappointed. 

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THE GENTLEMEN

Rated: R

Release Date: January 24, 2020

Director: Guy Ritchie

Stars: Matthew McConaughy, Charlie Hunnam, Hugh Grant, Henry Golding

Plot: A group of criminals get swindles by a reporter with no scruples

Trailer

 

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

 

 

The movie trailer lies!

 

This is one of those films that looks like it is going to be action-packed, filled with witty dialogue, and teeming with effervescent chaos for 115 minutes, thanks to the trailer. Instead, the first 45 minutes are an utter snoozefest, and the last hour does little to snap you out of your slumber.

 

I will never understand why writers and directors choose the "Unreliable Narrator" gimmick to lead you through the story. 95% of the movies that use it aren't any good. They fall flat, because half of the film is just some guy talking about something that happened instead of it being show to us. And then, he's unreliable, so you know that some of the information you are getting is false, because he's trying to save his own skin. 

 

I wish that was the only issues with this film, but it is full of terrible decisions. For example, we never see the outcome of one of the main characters. A certain thing is about to happen to him and it's never mentioned or shown again. Throw on top of that a ton of racist jokes, and the constant use of the nastiest word in the English language, and this movie becomes thoroughly unpalatable.

 

It's slow, it's barely funny, it's not nearly as smart as it would like you to think it it, and it's offensive. Pass on this one.

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BAD BOYS FOR LIFE

Rated: R

Release Date: January 17, 2020

Director: Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah

Stars: Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Jacob Scipio, Vanessa Hudgens

Plot: Two hero Miami cops must stop an assassin that is killing high-level government employees

Trailer

 

Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee

 

 

It's been 25 years since bad boys Will Smith and Martin Lawrence gave a couple of fantastic performances in a movie that was almost ruined by director Michael Bay. It's been 17 years since Michael Bay messed up BAD BOYS 2. Now it is 2020, and we have a third installment in the franchise, and the great news is Michael Bay had nothing to do with this film except for one uncredited cameo! 

 

BAD BOYS FOR LIFE is easily the best of the three films in the BAD BOYS franchise. It's still not a fantastic film, but for an action flick it is above average.

 

One of the things that makes this movie better is that the guys are older now and have to rely on their wits and experience more than their muscles. Not to mention that middle-aged guys doing physical comedy is so much more funny than when people in their 20's do it. Don't get me wrong, it's still filled with a ton of action and mayhem, but it has balance as well.

 

Martin Lawrence proves once again that he can be amazingly funny even in the midst of a high-drama scene. He has so many great one-liners that you'll probably need to see this one a second time to catch them all. 

 

Will Smith gives his best performance in years by giving us a new and improved Mike Lowrey. He straddles the line between straight guy and comedian with precision. It never feels like he is trying to do too much or to out-funny Lawrence.

 

This third film also has the best story of the three. Michael Bay was more interested in showing off explosions and girls in bikinis than he was in actually telling a story. Thankfully, the new directors gave us a movie that has a compelling plot that will keep you entertained through the end credits.

 

If you liked the first two movies, you are going to love this one. If you are an action flick fan, you'll want to see this in theaters. 

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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

Trailer

 

 

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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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

Trailer

 

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.