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THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN

Rated: PG

Release Date: August 9, 2019

Director: Simon Curtis

Stars: Kevin Costner, Milo Ventimiglia, Amanda Seyfried

Plot: A dog spends his life with a race car driver and his family

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Clint Says: Wait for the digital release

 

 

First off, let's just get this one out of the way right away, Kevin Costner is a terrible voice actor. I spent the entire film picturing him standing in a recording booth reading lines over and over again, but always reading them the same way until the director finally just gave up and said, "we've got it." There are so many lines that feel awkward and out of place. 

 

Next, since the entire movie is narrated by the dog (Kevin Costner), it feels like I was watching someone read a bad book aloud. The whole time I was mentally screaming at the movie to stop telling me things and start showing me. Telling is boring and static, showing is exciting and dynamic. 

 

The other thing that is so strange about this movie is that it doesn't seem to know it's target. Is it a dog movie? Is it a romance? Is it a movie about racing? Is it a movie about living life together? The answer is yes to all of them. You can't have a good movie that tries to do all of the things at once. It won't please anyone.

 

Throw on top of that poor dialogue, mediocre acting, and boring cinematography and you have a pretty bland flick that isn't worth your time or effort. If you happen to run across it when it comes out digitally, you might give it a shot just to see if you like it, but don't be surprised if you turn it off before the halfway point. 

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MAMMA MIA: HERE WE GO AGAIN

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: July 20, 2018

Director: Ol Parker

Stars: Lily James, Amanda Seyfried, Pierce Brosnan, Meryl Streep

Plot: The crew returns to the same Greek island to celebrate the grand re-opening of the hotel, but it stirs up a lot of old memories

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

 

 

Yes, here we go again...

 

Only this time it is much better than the first one! 

 

If you loved the first MAMMA MIA film then this is a must-see for you. For those of you that didn't really care for the auditory talent in the first film. (*Everyone stops to stare at Pierce Brosnan.*) Never fear, because this flick is filled with a ton of people who can really sing.

 

Even the story is better this time around. It's a lot more fun and carefree than the first.  We get into some more great songs from ABBA and even a few deep cuts that you haven't heard in 40 years...or ever.

 

Lily James is an outstanding addition to the cast. She brings so much joy and wonderment that you almost feel like you are on the island with them. As far as I'm concerned, she should be cast in everything for the next 50 years or so.

 

The Cher character is the only one that doesn't ring true. (Assuming you are okay with the whole premise of a musical on a Greek isle as truth.) It feels really forced and wedged into the story just so they could sing a specific song. Also, her scenes are so heavily filtered it feels like the movie goes out of focus every time she is on screen. 

 

If you were excited about the release of this film the first time you heard that they were making a MAMMA MIA 2 then stay excited. Warm up your singing voice and get yourself to a theater as soon as you can.

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FIRST REFORMED

Rated: R

Release Date: June 8, 2018

Director: Paul Schrader

Stars: Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried, Cedric The Entertainer

Plot: A priest tries to help a young woman dealing with a tragedy while he struggles with his own issues

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Clint Says: Wait for the digital release

 

 

FIRST REFORMED clocks in at about 110 minutes. For the first 80 minutes I was intrigued, I was entertained, and I was ready for a fascinating finale. Then the last 30 minutes happened and I still have no clue what the heck happened to this film. It was compelling and emotional and then it went so far off the rails that it was impossible for me to go with it.

 

One of the things I really liked about this film is that it deals with the issue of the destruction of our planet via human pollution in a balanced manner. The religious side is not mocked for its biblical approach, and the environmental side isn't held up as the gold standard of righteousness. Arguments are made on both sides that have legitimate and proper reasoning behind them. 

 

There are many powerful moments as we watch these tormented souls struggle with their new realities and with their lifelong beliefs. If it had stayed on that track this may have been one of my favorite films of the year. Instead, it goes to a place that is weird, out of character, and ridiculous.

 

I spent the last 30 minutes of the film sighing loudly and rolling my eyes. 

 

It's really too bad that a terrible third act ruined what could have been something special.

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TED 2

Rated: R

Director: Seth MacFarlane

Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Amanda Seyfried, Seth MacFarlane

Plot: Ted's civil rights are under attack by people saying he is nothing more than property, but Ted's friends are their to help in their own special way.

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Clint Says: Don't even bother, unless you love raunchy, juvenile humor.

 

 

TED 2 is full of stupid, juvenile, and raunchy humor. It has a ridiculous plot, the story is thin and the characters are all one-dimensional idiots.

 

That said, this movie is stupidly funny. I missed the dialogue of a good five minutes of this film because the audience was laughing so hard we couldn't hear it. There are three scenes in particular that are easily three of the funniest scenes I have ever seen on the big screen.

 

A special "thank you" needs to go out to Amanda Seyfried for playing along with a great gag in the movie that is spectacularly funny.

 

I really can't recommend this movie on any level other than comedy, at that it excels. In all other areas of film it fails miserably.  But if all you are looking for is a night of dirty jokes this movie will be more than enough.