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PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: May 26, 2017

Director: Joachim Ronning, Espen Sandberg

Stars: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Javier Bardem, Kaya Scodelario

Plot: Jack Sparrow and crew try to beat several other crews with bad intentions to the Trident of Poseidon, which has the power to remove all curses

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Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee

 

 

 

 

Here's the good news. This episode of PIRATES is significantly better than the fourth movie in this series. The bad news? It's just okay. 

 

This film does give you lots of excitement and fun throughout. For that alone it is a movie worth seeing with a huge bucket of popcorn. The action scenes are exciting, the overarching story is interesting, and Captain Jack Sparrow is at his Sparrowiest.

 

The downside is that we are introduced to the spawn of Will Turner and Elizabeth Swan, which should be an exciting turn of events, but the reality is we couldn't care less. The same goes for his science-minded counterpart. Their presence in this film is barely necessary, and there isn't any chemistry between them.

 

Javier Bardem is excellent, as always. Geoffrey Rush expands the character of Barbosa to a new level that is intriguing, and Johnny Depp is so into the character of Jack Sparrow that I don't think the person of Johnny Depp existed for several months while this film was being shot. 

 

If you've enjoyed the other POTC films this one will entertain you as well, just don't expect it to be one of your favorites. 

 

NOTE: Stay until the end of the credits. There is a scene that could possible set up a return of several interesting characters.

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PETE'S DRAGON

Rated: PG

Release Date: August 12, 2016

Director: David Lowery

Stars: Oakes Fegley, Bryce Dallas-Howard, Oona Lawrence, Robert Redford

Plot: A boy and the dragon that raised him are discovered by the outside world

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Clint Says: Wait for the DVD

 

 

 

 

This is the latest offering from Disney in their attempt to remake all of their classic films into live-action blockbusters. CINDERELLA and THE JUNGLE BOOK were smash hits, and this one probably will be as well. 

 

This movie targets younger children. I would say it is a great film for kids around 7-9 years old. Kids younger than that will be bored by the slow pace and people older than that will find this film to be cliche and predictable.

 

I will say though that the kids who saw it in the screening I went to absolutely loved this film. It is visually amazing, and the story is told well, even though it is formulaic. The child actors are incredible, and the dragon is an incredible creation that will have you wanting your own pet dragon. 

 

While the movie is good, there is nothing in it that makes it worth seeing in the theaters. Beyond that, the 3D is completely useless so don't waste your money on the extra stuff. If you do have kids that want to see this, they will be entertained. So it won't be a waste of money to take them to the theater. Just be prepared to be a bit bored if you are a parent. 

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THE JUNGLE BOOK

Rated: PG

Release Date: April 15, 2016

Director: Jon Favreau

Stars: Neel Sethi, Ben Kingsley, Bill Murray, Idris Elba

Plot: A young boy raised in the jungle is hunted by Shere Khan who wants the jungle to be free of humans

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

 

 

Disney scared a lot of us when they said they were going to take animated classics and make them live-action. Well, we've now seen three or four of them from Disney and they have nailed them all. If you grew up loving THE JUNGLE BOOK this film will allow you to fall in love with it all over again. For those of you with children that have never experienced this story, this version is a wonderful introduction to the classic tale.

 

The scenery and cinematography are top of the class. To the point where it is almost too perfect at times making you notice that it was shot on a studio lot somewhere in Los Angeles. But without being too nit picky, this movie is a visual delight.

 

The characters all come to life through the incredible animation, but also the talented voice work of Bill Murray, Idris Elba, Ben Kingsley, Christopher Walken and many more. They are truly a joy to watch.

 

My only hesitation with this film is that it is quite scary in parts. There may be a few scenes that are too intense for younger viewers, but overall the film is fine for the whole family.

 

If you are looking for a fun and entertaining family outing, THE JUNGLE BOOK is a great choice.

 

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THE REVENANT

Rated: R

Release Date: January 8, 2016

Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson

Plot: A frontiersman fights for his life and searches for the killer of his son after he is mauled by a bear and left for dead

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

 

 

THE REVENANT is an amazing film, but it is not an easy one to watch. It is gritty, rough, harsh, brutal, violent and uncomfortable. It is also one of the best films of the year. It was released just under the wire for the 2015 awards season, so expect to see it getting all sorts of accolades over the next few months.

 

DiCaprio gives an Oscar-worthy performance and his supporting cast, especially Tom Hardy, is nothing short of spectacular. While filming this movie, the cast had to endure ridiculously harsh conditions, and DiCaprio even slept inside an animal carcass as well as ate raw bison meat. (That scene was left in the movie and DiCaprio’s reaction is legit).

 

Obviously, this film is not one that everybody will love. It's not a light-hearted popcorn flick or a suspenseful thriller, but it is an outstanding film that will move you and stick with you long after you leave the theater.

 

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PAN

Rated: PG

Release Date: October 9, 2015

Director: Joe Wright

Stars: Levi Miller, Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara

Plot: A young orphan finds himself leading a battle against pirates in a strange land as he searches for his mother

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

 

 

I was nervous going into this film because the studio moved the release date a few times, and that is rarely a good sign for a movie. I'm still not sure why they changed the release date, but it was worth the wait. This film is a spectacular sight that will captivate and mesmerize your entire family. 

 

This is a prequel to the Peter Pan story, but it honors well the story that we all know. It even feels like the Director wanted to pay homage to HOOK with some of the sets and the overall look of Neverland. 

 

This film is also one of the first to use 3D to the full effect by adding in a black bar at the top and bottom of the screen and having the action spill over that. It makes the movie come to life even more than your typical 3D film. 

 

The acting, for the most part, is outstanding. (Garrett Hedlund is the weak link here). And the film is highly entertaining and action-packed throughout. Some of the action may be a bit too intense for the under-five crowd, but I think most kids will enjoy this film. 

 

Although this movie is really good, it isn't really award-worthy, except in a few of the technical areas. It wouldn't surprise me if we see PAN up for a costume Oscar.

 

Hopefully, this is not the last we see of this franchise. There are a lot of story lines that would make for an interesting sequel, not the least of which is the falling out between Peter and Hook. Personally, I can't wait for PAN 2. 

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THE TRANSPORTER REFUELED

Rated: PG-13
Director: Camille Delamarre
Stars: Ed Skrein, Ray Stevenson, Loan Chabanol, Radivoje Bukvic
Plot: The Transporter finds himself in a twisted mess when his father gets kidnapped
 
Clint Says: See it in theaters if you liked the other Transporter films
 

 
Yes, the rumors are true. Ed Skrein is, in fact, not Jason Statham. But this is still a good TRANSPORTER flick. Skrein does a fine job in the role and keeps the franchise moving forward. 
 
If you've seen any of these films you know that it's fairly important to check your brain at the door. The whole point of these films is to showcase incredible driving with spectacular crashes, big fights, gorgeous women, and a twisty turny plot that is complicated enough to keep the audience engaged. 
 
If you are going to see this in theaters, I highly recommend seeing it on one of the extra large screens with the best sound system available. It will add to the fun of the film. 
 
Those of you that are wary about seeing this film because it isn't Jason Statham should rest easy. It is still a film worth seeing.

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FANTASTIC FOUR

Rated: PG-13

Director: Josh Trank

Stars: Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell

Plot: A group of scientific geniuses get caught in one of their own experiments causing them to have super powers.

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

 

 

This movie is more aptly titled MEDIOCRE FOUR or LAME FOUR or DON'T GO SEE IT FOUR. The acting is sub-par, the dialogue is bad, and the effects are worse. Plus, this is a comic book action flick with only about 20 minutes of action and even that's not very good action. 

 

If you like origin stories this one give you all the origin you could ever want. We don't even see any F4 powers until about two thirds of the way through the film. And before that we have to endure a lot of sciency and mathy stuff. Ugh. 

 

The only reason to see this movie in theaters is to be able to see the DEADPOOL trailer before it. Other than that, skip it.

 

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MAX

Rated: PG

Director: Boaz Yakin

Stars: Thomas Hayden Church, Josh Wiggins, Luke Kleintank

Plot: A military dog is given to the family of his military trainer after the trainer dies

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Clint Says: Wait for the DVD

 

 

This is one of those movies that could have been so much better if it had been PG-13. I understand what they wanted to do and the audience they wanted to reach and for that I am thankful, but this movie depended on quite a bit of action and suspense that had to be watered down significantly in order to keep the PG rating.

 

This feels more like a made-for-TV special than a big screen feature film. The acting is mediocre at best, and sometimes it is truly cringe-worthy. The story feels forced and contrived, and the drama, conflict, and suspense are hardly there.

 

While the film is good for almost all ages, there is nothing in this movie that makes it worth seeing in the theater. Wait for the DVD. You won't miss anything at all and you'll save a few bucks as well.

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JURASSIC WORLD

Rated: PG-13

Director: Colin Trevorrow

Stars: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard

Plot: The park is now open and business is starting to dwindle, so to keep it going the staff are creating hybrid dinosaurs. And, once again, through the order comes chaos.

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

 

 

I found this film to be completely absurd and totally awesome. It is a great Summer flick. You don't have to think too hard, you can just sit back and be entertained. The effects are outstanding, there is enough suspense to keep you somewhat near the edge of your seat and the story, while not great, is good enough to make it engaging.

 

For those of you expecting this to be a nerdtastic sequel to the first epic film in the franchise, you will be disappointed. This is not a thinky science-fiction marvel like the original, it is more like a disaster film.

 

Although I really enjoyed this film I'm nervous that they left it wide open for multiple sequels. If and when there is a sequel I hope they add in the one missing element that will make it spectacular...JEFF GOLDBLUM! That is all.