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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. 

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TERMINATOR: DARK FATE

Rated: R

Release Date: November 1, 2019

Director: Tim Miller

Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Mackenzie Davis, Natalia Reyes

Plot: A new and better terminator has come from the future to kill a girl that could destroy their future, but she has unexpected help

Trailer

 

Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee

 

 

If you've seen one TERMINATOR flick you've seen them all. The plot of this one is about 95% the same as the original. It almost feels like they wanted to give the franchise a reboot, but also wanted to tie it into the original series somehow.

 

As with all of the other films in this franchise, you go for the action. If you are going for any other reason you will be left wanting more. The plot is regurgitated, the plot holes are massive, and the acting is average at best. The good news is this film is full of action, explosions, fighting, huge weapons, and cheesy one-liners. 

 

Thankfully, the studio spent money on making most of the special effects look right. There are a couple of scenes where the CGI doesn't work, but for the most part the effects are amazing. I just wish the same could be said for the rest of the movie. 

 

Yes, it is fun to see Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger in a movie together again, but it would be much more fun if the film were better.

 

If action flicks are your thing, this one will satisfy. If you need something to think about while watching a movie, think about seeing something else. 

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GEMINI MAN

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: October 11, 2019

Director: Ang Lee

Stars: Will Smith, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Clive Owen, Benedict Wong

Plot: The best assassin in the world must stay alive while his much younger and more agile clone is trying to kill him

Trailer

 

Clint Says: Wait for the digital release

 

 

 

Will Smith is one of the biggest stars in Hollywood history. Ang Lee is an Oscar-winning director. One would hope that a team like this would make an amazing film.

 

They didn't.

 

Yes, this movie does have some good suspense and an intriguing story line, but there is so much more about it that is below average.

 

First, the effects are just plain terrible. It looks like they pulled out the CGI software from 2005 and decided to give it another shot. The young Will Smith never looks right, to the point where every time he was on screen it pulled me out of the story. The action scenes are just as bad with the effects moving faster than reality. Your eye knows when it is seeing something moving faster than it should be, and in the case of this movie almost all of the effects move too fast.

 

As for the acting, Smith does a fine job. Benedict Wong steals the show with his funny one-liners. Unfortunately, the entire cast had to work with a horrible script. There are so many eye-rolling line delivered that it got to the point where the audience was laughing at lines that were never meant to be funny.

 

This is a film that will quickly be forgotten. There is nothing that makes it worth seeing in theaters, and there is no way anybody will call this a great film. It is mediocre at best, and well below average for a Will Smith movie.

 

We are getting to the part of the year where a lot of great films will be in theaters. Save your money and wait for one of those.

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RAMBO: LAST BLOOD

Rated: R

Release Date: September 20, 2019

Director: Adrian Grunberg

Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Yvette Monreal

Plot: Rambo must return to his violent ways after his niece is taken by Mexican human traffickers

Trailer

 

Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee

 

 

Do you remember that scene in HOME ALONE where the kid is looking over a map of his house and plotting all of the traps he is going to set for the bad guys? And then we see little Kevin setting up the house of horrors? Well, imagine that movie all grown up and every trap that gets set is going to kill someone in a brutal and gory way. 

 

RAMBO LAST BLOOD, meet HOME ALONE. You two are going to get along great, you have a ton of stuff in common.

 

Here's the deal. If you are wanting nothing more than a bunch of explosions, some cringe-worthy death scenes, and a couple of good fights then you will get everything you want out of this flick. If you are a person who cares about things like plot and intelligent dialogue this film should be avoided at all costs. 

 

While I did want to keep referring to Rambo as Killer Kevin from HOME ALONE, for the most part I found the action to be fun and exciting. However there was one major exception. The end of the big fight near the end of the movie is absolutely hilarious...but it isn't supposed to be. It is so ridiculous and insane that all you can do is laugh at the stupidity. 

 

As far as action flicks go this one is middle of the road at best. It's not one that will stick with you or become a cult classic like the original. Maybe it's just best if we all pretend that this one doesn't even exist. 

 

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ANGEL HAS FALLEN

Rated: R

Release Date: August 23, 2019

Director: Ric Roman Waugh

Stars: Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, Nick Nolte, Danny Huston

Plot: When the President is attacked his top security detail is framed and must fight to clear his name

Trailer

 

Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee

 

 

This is the third film in the "FALLEN" franchise. You would think by now that the President would realize that his number one security guy is incredibly terrible at his job, because people have almost killed him in massive plots three different times. 

 

Just fire the guy already!

 

As for the movie, it's the same stuff as before, just a different setting. Lot's of explosions, lots of gunfire, and about a thousand laws broken, but none of that matters in the end, because the good guy finally gets his man. 

 

The best part of this movie is Nick Nolte. He completely steals the show. He is hilarious and heartwarming. And he adds a much-needed element of humanity to the story. Without him this film would be stiff and unbearable. 

 

As with most movies of this ilk, it is full of plot holes and moments of convenience. Just ignore those and go with it if you want to enjoy the film.

 

If you like high-stakes action flicks then you'll probably enjoy seeing this. You might as well see it in the theaters, just so you can get the full, body-shaking effect of stuff blowing up. If you are hoping for a smart, political thriller you should keep your money in your pocket and wait for something else to come along.

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HOBBS AND SHAW

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: August 2, 2019

Director: David Leitch

Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Vanessa Kirby, Idris Elba

Plot: Two former enemies must work together to save the world from a deadly virus and a mad man

Trailer

 

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

 

 

Sometimes in life you just want something brainless, ridiculous, and stupid to satisfy your cravings. This is the perfect movie for that. It is, in every way, brainless, ridiculous, and stupid. But it is also a good movie. 

 

The banter and jokes thrown between Dwayne Johnson and Jason Staham are fantastic, funny, entertaining, and awesome. I have no idea how they managed to shoot several of the scenes without cracking up every single take. 

 

One of the best additions to this film, and the FAST AND FURIOUS franchise is the appearance of Helen Mirren as Shaw's criminal mastermind mother. She is brilliant in the role and perfectly hilarious, too. 

 

Vanessa Kirby also brings new blood to the franchise in more ways than one. Her fighting skills are on par with the guys three times her size, and she is faster and smarter than everyone she encounters. Plus she has a very interesting relationship with both Hobbs and Shaw making for some great comedic tension.

 

Idris Elba plays the over-the-top bad guy as well as anyone has ever played the bad guy in a movie like this. He goes to the extreme without it becoming too campy. And because of his character we get to see a ton of cool stuff blow up. 

 

I'm pretty sure I lost brain cells while watching this film, but I'm completely okay with that. This is 100% awesome fun. It is insanely funny, overflowing with ridiculous action, and packed with high levels of testosterone and stupidity. What more could anyone possibly want or need in a summer popcorn flick. 

 

This one is so fun you may even want to see it twice. 

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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

Trailer

 

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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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

Trailer

 

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.

 

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

Trailer

 

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.