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THE GREEN KNIGHT

Rated: PG-13
Release Date: July 30, 2021
Director: David Lowery
Stars: Dev Patel, Alicia Vikander, Joel Edgerton
Plot: Sir Gawain accepts a challenge in King Arthur's court that send him on a journey of discovery and torment
 
Clint Says: Wait for the digital release
 
 

Dev Patel is a rock star. He is one of the best actors in Hollywood today, and he makes every film he is in better. Thankfully, he was in this movie, because it could have been pretty bad without him. 

 
If you know the tale of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, go ahead a toss about 70% of that story out of your head. This film takes the story in a direction that is much less honorable than the original poem. There are several moments where Gawain isn't worthy of his knighthood. 
 
The film itself is really long and slow. It feels like they could have easily cut 30 minutes out of it and it would have only made the movie better. There is a lot of time spent on artistic imagery. That is fine for the beauty of the visuals, but the story suffers because of it. 
 
If you are the kind of person that enjoys artistic imagery with  ethereal plots then you will enjoy this movie. If you need your movies to move from point A to point B in a timely fashion and with purpose, this may be a film you will want to skip. 
 

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TOMB RAIDER

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: March 16, 2018

Director: Roar Uthaug

Stars: Alicia Vickander, Dominic West, Walton Goggins, Daniel Wu

Plot: Lara Croft travels to a dangerous island to try to find her father, but unravels a deeper mystery

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Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee

 

 

I really wanted to like this movie. I've been excited for it's release for several months. After seeing it, I was underwhelmed, but it is still a pretty decent popcorn flick. It's got some good action, some fun puzzles, and an interesting mystery with high stakes.

 

The down side is that it just isn't a good script. The dialogue isn't great, the characters are flat (except Lara who has a nice character arc unlike the Angelina Jolie Lara Croft character), and the pacing is all over the place.

 

I think the director knew he didn't have a lot with which to work, because there are a few moments where it feels like the movie is making fun of itself. It does get better in the third act when we finally get down to the business of raiding the tomb.

 

If you are looking for a fun action flick that gives you a couple of twists you will most likely enjoy this movie. Just know that things like physics, and bullet trajectories, and mortal wounds aren't really things in this world. If you go into the movie with that in mind you'll have a good time.

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TULIP FEVER

Rated: R

Release Date: September 1, 2017

Director: Justin Chadwick

Stars: Alicia Vikander, Dane DeHaan, Christoph Waltz, Holliday Grainger

Plot: A young, married woman falls in love with the man commissioned to paint her portrait while everyone around them goes crazy over tulips

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

 

 

What do you get when you put a bunch of Oscar-winning actors in a period piece that has the feeling that it might have been written by Shakespeare, but in reality the writing is a hot mess?

 

You get TULIP FEVER, a.k.a, a crappy movie. 

 

This is one of those films where you can't blame the actors. They did the absolute best with the junk that they were given. Having to hear Christoph Waltz talk about his "little soldier" in a serious way rather than the smarmy, obnoxious, holier-than-thou, Waltz characters we all know and love is really quite off-putting. 

 

At first I was intrigued by the Shakespearean style with the near misses and tragic misunderstandings, but as the film wore on I began to realize that the writer and director were throwing everything they could into the plot. Things got so complicated that major plot points were never developed or allowed at least to be understood.

 

Watching this film is a lot like watching a tulip grow. It's a long, boring process, but in the end, instead of getting a beautiful bloom we get a dead, withered, useless film.  

 

I would like to know why this movie was shelved for over a year after completion, but honestly, I don't care enough to take ten minutes to figure it out. This film is worth minimal effort at best. 

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THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: September 2, 2016

Director: Derek Cianfrance

Stars: Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander, Rachel Weisz

Plot: A couple find a stranded baby and decide to keep her, but then they meet the biological mother and things get complicated

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Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee

 

 

This film checks off a lot of the boxes to be in the yearly awards races, but it just doesn't have that captivating quality that it needs to push it over the top. Now, if you are looking for a good film that will make you ugly cry, this movie will work just fine. If you are hoping to walk out of the theater feeling like your life has been made better by seeing this film, you'll be disappointed. 

 

The main problem I have with this movie is that it is way too long. The first half hour of the film is almost completely useless and could have easily been given to us in about a minute. The rest of the movie has long establishing shots that are beautiful, but it takes too long to get to the point. If this movie had clocked in at 90 minutes instead of just over two hours it would have been significantly better. 

 

Fassbender and Vikander, who are dating in real life, have a strange chemistry on screen. It doesn't quite work with the story. It almost feels like they overplayed the necessary awkward moments and underplayed the deep love between them later in the movie. Whatever it was, it just didn't feel legitimate. 

 

This is a touching and complicated movie that will throw your emotions in a blender and turn it on high. If you are looking for a deep, complex, and difficult love story this is a good choice for you. If you need happiness in your films, you should avoid this one. 

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JASON BOURNE

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: July 29, 2016

Director: Paul Greengrass

Stars: Matt Damon, Alicia Vikander, Tommy Lee Jones, Vincent Cassel

Plot: Jason Bourne finds out more information about his past and is determined to bring down the people responsible for making him who he is

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

 

 

 

 

Jason Bourne is back, and he's done with the games. From the first moment of this film until the end credits there is no playing around with this guy. He's got a mission and nothing will stand in his way. This BOURNE film is action-packed, tough, and no-nonsense.

 

The first three films in this franchise, (I'm purposefully forgetting the 4th film), were full of mystery, and just when you thought you knew what was going to happen there would be another twist. This movie basically says, "I'm going to punch you in the face", and then it does it...repeatedly. There is no mystery worth mentioning, it's just straight-forward action. 

 

The film clocks in at just about 2 hours, but it moves along so fast that it doesn't feel long. The last 30 minutes of the film, in particular, fly by. The action is so intense there is a good chance you will literally be sitting on the edge of your seat for a good chunk of this flick. 

 

If you are looking for "thinky" Bourne then you should probably stay home and watch the forst three again. If you are looking for come-out-of-the-darkenss-punch-you-in-the-spleen-and-slip-away-before-you-know-what-hit-you Bourne, this movie may be your favorite of the whole franchise. 

 

Grab some popcorn and enjoy. 

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THE DANISH GIRL

Rated: R

Release Date: December 25, 2015

Director: Tom Hooper

Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander

Plot: A husband and wife deal with many issues as he becomes convinced he is a woman and undergoes the world's first gender changing surgery

Trailer

 

Clint Says: Wait for the DVD

 

 

Alicia Vikander proves that not only is she Hollywood's "It Girl" for 2015, but she also has the acting ability to back it up. Eddie Redmayne is already a proven actor with many awards on his shelf. I have a strong suspicion that both of them will add several awards to their collections with this film. It probably won't be any of the major awards shows, but they will get some new hardware. 

 

THE DANISH GIRL has everything the Academy Awards wants in a nominee, but there is something missing that makes it miss the target. It had every opportunity to be a very powerful and moving film, but it never gets into the upper echelon of film. 

 

It is, however one of the most beautifully shot films I've seen in the last few years. Each scene looks and feels like a painting.

 

I think that had the movie been better, Redmayne and Vikander would have been front runners for best actor and actress Oscars, but now they are dark horses at best.