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SPACE JAM: A NEW LEGACY
Rated: PG
Release Date: July 16, 2021
Director: Malcolm D. Lee
Stars: LeBron James, Don Cheadle, Cedric Joe
Plot: When LeBron's son is taken by a crazed artificial intelligence system, he must win a basketball game to get him back
 
Clint Says: Wait until it is streaming for free
 

 

Why? 
 
Why did Warner Brothers feel it necessary to give us another Space Jam 25 years after the first?*
 
Was there a secret underground society begging for this movie to be made? 
 
I can't think of a single person that I have ever known who has ever had the thought, "you know what we need? Another Space Jam movie!" And I know people that have worked and do work at WB!
 
This is a snoozefest filled with terrible acting, it puts a terrible twist on a boring and formulaic plot, and you know how it ends before it even begins. 
 
Here's what some of the cast members probably said about the finished product: 
 
            Sylvester the cat - "SSSSufferin' succotash! This thing sssstinks!"
 
            Daffy Duck - "I'm not a betting man, but my money is on the other guy." (That's actually a quote of his from the movie).
 
            Yosemite Sam - "Can I just shoot this dang thing and put it out of its misery?"
 
            Tweety Bird - "Are you $%$^ kidding me!? This %&#^$ is going to ruin my #^$^%* career!" (I'm pretty sure that one was caught off                    microphone). 
 
I took my 11 and 9 year old daughters to see this with me. The tween thought the movie lasted forever. (Read that line like it is coming out of a teen's mouth and you'll get all of the emotion you need.) And she was right. This movie is almost 2 hours long. I don't like this new trend with studios making kids movies that push 120 minutes. 90 should be about the max. If you can't get a kids flick accomplished in 90 minutes then re-work it until you get there. 
 
The 9 year old summed up the entire Space Jam 2 experience the best when I asked her what she thought of the movie. Her response was simply, "I'm just here for the popcorn." So, if you are like her and couldn't care less about anything other than the concession stand, you may find the movie to be somewhat tolerable. For the rest of the world, I say wait until it streams for free somewhere. 
 
*The answer is because Warner Brothers turned a 2 hour movie into a 2 hour ad for all of their film and TV franchises. There are dozens of cameos from characters in other films and shows that WB owns. At first it is kind of cute. By the end it is brutally annoying in its obvious money grab. 

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THE BOSS BABY: FAMILY BUSINESS
Rated: PG
Release Date: July 2, 2021
Director: Tom McGrath
Stars: Alec Baldwin, James Marsden, Amy Sedaris, Eva Longoria
Plot: When things go bad at the baby company, the Templeton brothers are called back into action to help save the day
 
Clint Says: Wait for the digital release
 

 

Most animated kids movies have some quaint little takeaway that hits home at the end of the film. Something like, "family and love are more important than anything else." Then sometimes those films are successful enough to get the green light on a sequel. And then a few of those sequels take that tidy little takeaway from the first film and spend the entire 90 minutes trying to hammer it into your brain like a railroad spike. 

 

This film is that hammer. 

I really wish this would have been a better film. The first one was great, and this one has moments of greatness, but overall it is okay at best. There is nothing noteworthy, unique, or worthy of making the trek to see this in the theaters. Especially since there are plenty of family films available right now that are so much better than this one.

It does have a few good laughs and a couple of really fun action scenes, and there are a couple of throwbacks that fans of the first film will enjoy, so if you do end up seeing it, you won't be completely disappointed.  

 

 

If you can stream it on Peacock, it might be worth it if the price is low enough, but I wouldn't pay any more than about $10 for this one. 

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SPIRIT UNTAMED
Rated: PG
Release Date: June 4, 2021
Director: Elaine Bogan, Ennio Torresan
Stars: Isabela Merced, Jake Gyllenhaal, Marsai Martin, McKenna Grace
Plot: A young girl learns a new life when she moves to a small town and meets a wild horse
 
Clint Says: See this in theaters with the whole family
 
 
If you have been wanting to get back to the theaters and see something with your whole family, look no further than Spirit Untamed. This is a fun, exciting, and touching film that will entertain the kids and keep the parents engaged as well. 
 
The animation is beautiful, the story is interesting, there are plenty of jokes to keep you laughing, and there are several heartfelt moments to give you a range of emotions. It's the kind of film that a 6 year old will enjoy, and so will a 12 year old. And parents, you are going to love that it is less than 90 minutes long. (Though, even for adults, this movie never feels like it is dragging along). 
 
Part of the appeal of this film is the voice acting. The casting director got all of the right people to play all of the important roles. The voices help make this movie even better than it would have been with other people in the roles. 
 
And what is a good animation flick without music? Well, this film is filled with incredible music. You'll be tapping your toes throughout. 
 
So, gather up the family, and head to the theater this weekend to enjoy a wonderful film together. 

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THE MITCHELLS VS. THE MACHINES
Rated: PG
Release Date: April 30, 2021
Director: Michael Rianda, Jeff Rowe
Stars: Olivia Colman, Maya Rudolph, Danny McBride, Abbi Jacobson
Plot: A family tries to get over their arguing ways with one, last family road trip, but the robot apocalypse gets in their way
 
Clint Says: Stream this with the whole family as soon as possible
 

 

So far 2021 has been a tough go for movies, but it has been a banner year for animated films. Films like Raya And The Last DragonArlo The Alligator Boy, and The Croods: A New Age have all been smash hits, (relatively speaking as we continue to climb out of the pandemic). Now we have a new animated offering from Netflix and it is amazing.
 
This movie has it all. It is funny, heartwarming, filled with action and slapstick comedy, and the dialogue is brilliant. There are several "aside" jokes that will have parents belly laughing and kids asking, "what's so funny?"
 
The animation and style of this movie is unique. It has a few scenes that are live action, and then the rest of the film is done in the typical animation style, but it has "old school" animation drawn over it. It makes for a fun, layered look to the movie, and adds a lot to the overall excitement and entertainment of it. 
 
This is the kind of movie that your whole family will love. There is plenty of entertainment and jokes for the adults to stay engaged, and there is enough action and excitement to make the little ones sit still and stuff their faces with popcorn and candy for almost two hours. 

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ARLO THE ALLIGATOR BOY
Rated: PG
Release Date: April 16, 2021
Director: Ryan Crego
Stars: Michael J. Woodard, Mary Lambert, Tony Hale, Vincent Rodriguez III
Plot: An alligator boy meets up with a band of misfits as he travels to New York to find his father
 
Clint Says: Watch it with the whole family this weekend
 

 

It's not very often that I can get my whole family to agree to watching something together, much less having everyone like what is on, but this film had all of us tapping our toes, smiling, laughing and enjoying the story and the characters. 
 
The story of the band of misfits on a road trip to find happiness is an old trope, but this film uses it in a unique and modern way that gives it a fun twist. It is lighthearted, funny, and quirky. 
 
It is a story that focuses on celebrating differences, working together, and discovering what really makes a family. It also has some great music. The songs are all catchy and fast-paced. It would not surprise me at all if my youngest child asked to watch this again and again. 
 
If you and/or your family love animated movies this is one you should watch as soon as possible. It is filled with great characters, great songs, and a great story. It may end up being one of the best animated films of the year. 

 

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RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON
Rated: PG
Release Date: March 5, 2021
Director: Don Hall and Carlos Lopez Estrada
Stars: Kelly Marie Tran, Awkwafina, Gemma Chan, Izaac Wang
Plot: A young girl must find the last dragon to bring peace to her land and bring back her father
 
Clint Says: Drop everything and go see this in theaters now
 
 
(In theaters).
 
I was excited from the first moment I saw the teaser poster for this film. I couldn't wait to see it. I just hoped it would live up to all of my wild expectations. 
 
It did. 
 
This movie is awesome. 
 
It is funny, sentimental, inspiring, sad, powerful, and beautiful. You'll spend a lot of time laughing, a lot of time cheering on Raya, and a lot of time holding your breath as she faces difficult challenges head on. 
 
Awkwafina plays the last dragon, and she is nothing short of incredible. She is riotously funny, thoroughly likeable, and a complete pain when it comes to Raya. 
 
The animation is astounding. To the point where my 10 year old daughter was convinced that some of the scenes were animation over live action. (They aren't). But it is true, the animation is possibly the best ever. In fact, there is one scene where Raya is crying that looks so real, I was almost convinced that they were real tears. 
 
The story is wonderful, too. It is compelling, exciting, and filled with wonder and magic. It is a Disney Princess story told in a new and bold way. 
 
This is a fantastic film for the whole family. Load up the car and take them all to see it this weekend.

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TOM AND JERRY
Rated: PG
Release Date: February 26, 2021
Director: Tim Story
Stars: Chloe Grace Moretz, Michael Pena, Ken Jeong
Plot: The story of how Tom and Jerry met and became infamous frenemies 
 
Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee
 
 

(Theaters and HBO Max)

 
It's hard to believe that a franchise that is more than 80 years old could still find a way to be relevant and entertaining today, but this one manages to do just that. It goes to show that slapstick is still funny and an acceptable form of comedy.
 
While I would never suggest this is "Animated Movie of the Year" level, I will say this is a fun and entertaining film that the  whole family will enjoy. And in a time where good family films have been scarce, this is a great find. 
 
If you grew up watching Tom and Jerry you know exactly what you are going to get with this film. The addition of the real-life characters is fine. It doesn't add or detract from the cat and mouse game being played. It just feels like a different way to get across the same story.
 
The plot is thoroughly formulaic. There are no surprises or twists. But it does give you everything you want and expect from a Tom and Jerry cartoon. So, while it isn't the greatest movie, it is still good enough to see with the whole family. Everyone will have fun and be entertained. 

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THE CROODS: A NEW AGE
Rated: PG
Release Date: November 25, 2020
Director: Joel Crawford
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Leslie Mann
Plot: Grug and his family find an amazing place to live, but soon run into the Bettermans, and things take a turn for the worse
 
Clint Says: See this in theaters as soon as you can
 

 

If you saw the first film in this franchise you know how fantastic it was. This one may even be better! 
 
Once again the animation is beautiful, fun, and imaginative. There are several scenes that will have you wondering how they were able to manage making something so amazing. 
 
The story is entertaining, interesting, and wildly funny. My whole family laughed out loud, and hard, several times during the film. It even managed to keep the interest of my 8 year old, who finds nothing longer than 10 minutes interesting. 
 
The pacing is perfect, the length is just right, and there are no annoying filler scenes that slow everything down. 
 
If you are looking for something to do with your whole family over the Thanksgiving break, this is a perfect way to spend a couple of hours. It is a wonderful and exciting film for everyone. 
 
(In theaters everywhere).

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WOLFWALKERS
Rated: PG
Release Date: November 13, 2020
Director: Tomm Moore, Ross Stewart
Stars: Honor Kneafsey, Eva Whittaker, Sean Bean, Simon McBurney
Plot: A girl and her father set out to rid their town of wolves, but a mysterious girl may change their course
 
Clint Says: Watch this as soon as you can
 

 

2020 has been a weird year. With the theaters being closed most of the year there have been a lot less movies released, especially movies for kids. Maybe that is one of the reasons why WOLFWALKERS feels so special. Or maybe it is really special and would stand out in a normal year, too. 
 
Either way, this is a film that is very much worth seeing. It is one that almost the whole family can and will enjoy. 
 
One of the best aspects of this movie is the animation. I don't know if I've ever seen anything quite like it. At times, it almost feels like you are watching an unfinished project. Other times it feels like you are seeing the most beautiful drawing you've ever seen. There are a lot of straight, bold lines that cut through the screen, making the animation pop in ways that are unique. 
 
Beyond the animation, the characters are interesting and deep. the story they tell is formulaic, but told well, and the music is beautiful. If you are a fan of Irish accents, this film has them in abundance. If you have trouble deciphering words spoken with a heavy accent, this may not be the best film for you. It takes a lot of concentration to catch everything they are saying. 
 
If you are looking for a fun evening out with the family you should give WOLFWALKERS a try. It isn't your typical, commercial animation style, so there may be a bit of a learning curve for some, but it is a wonderful film that is worth seeing. 

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TROLLS WORLD TOUR

Rated: PG

Release Date: April 10, 2020

Director: Walt Dohrn, David P. Smith

Stars: Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Rachel Bloom, James Corden

Plot: The Pop Trolls find out there are many other Trolls in the world, but the Rock Trolls want to take control over all of the other Trolls

Trailer

 

Clint Says: Wait a few months until the rental price drops

 

 

Four years ago, I took my daughters, then 4 and 6, to see TROLLS. The music was great, the girls were mostly entertained, but the story was pretty bland. Last night, we had a home movie night and watched TROLLS WORLD TOUR. My girls are now 8 and 10, and the age difference made the difference. 

 

While the 8 year old enjoyed the movie for the most part, she hasn't shown any interest in watching it again even though she knows we can watch it as many times as we want to in 48 hours. The 10 year old was both bored and annoyed by the whole thing. I asked her why, and she told me she couldn't really give me a solid reason, she just didn't like it.

 

I know why. 

 

This movie was thoroughly useless. The story was so thin that they has to resort to adding in several minutes of weird filler scenes that had nothing to do with advancing the plot. And most of them weren't even funny or entertaining.

 

Next, the story that was there, was okay, but we see it all of the time in kids' movies. It's the "We're all better together when we are different." Sure, that is a nice and true sentiment, but do we need to have that be the central point of every single kids' flick? No. There are thousands of other compelling and worthy story lines and lessons that can be explored. This one has become stale and tired. 

 

Finally, I'm sure that Rachel Bloom, the voice of the Rock Queen, is a lovely person in real life, but why she was chosen for this role will be a question that can never have a satisfactory answer. The only great things about this movie and the first one is the music. And Rachel can't sing. Believe me when I say, this is not a slight against her. She does the best job that she can, and it is passable, but if you are going to have a character that sings as much at talks, why on earth wouldn't you hire someone with amazing vocal abilities. Someone like Lzzy Hale, or Haley Williams, or Taylor Momsen, (I mean, she's already an actor, too!), would have made this movie so much better.

 

I know it is a weird time and we are all trying to do whatever we can to keep the kids entertained. But $19.99 is a lot of money to spend on a movie like this. Personally, I would wait until the price drops down below $5 before I would even consider renting this one.

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ONWARD

Rated: PG

Release Date: March 6, 2020

Director: Dan Scanlon

Stars: Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Octavia Spencer

Plot: Two brothers go on a quest to bring back their dad for one last day together

Trailer

 

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

 

 

Disney/Pixar has an uncanny talent at taking very heavy subject matter and turning into an animated feature that is entertaining for the whole family and still stays true to the emotional depth of the circumstance the hero is in. Films like UP and INSIDE OUT are perfect examples of how they can take what seems to be an impossible task and make it work well. 

 

Now, we can add ONWARD to that list. 

 

My only negative comment about this movie is that it starts off a bit slow. However, after the first 15 or 20 minutes it hits its stride and becomes a fantastic film that the whole family can enjoy. The rest of the film is fun, funny, quirky, heartwarming, and exciting. It's filled with great physical comedy, adventure, fascinating characters and unique world building.

 

One of the best things about this movie is the twist. It is one that you'll never see coming, but it plays perfectly to the audience. 

 

If you are looking for a fun day out with the family, ONWARD should be on your short list of things to do.  

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SPIES IN DISGUISE

Rated: PG

Release Date: December 25, 2019

Director: Nick Bruno and Troy Quane

Stars: Will Smith, Tom Holland, Karen Gillan, Reba McEntire

Plot: The world's greatest spy is accidentally turned into a pigeon, but that doesn't mean he can give up on the case

Trailer

 

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

 

 

I was a little wary of this film when I first saw the trailer. A guy turns into a pigeon, and that's supposed to make for a good movie?

 

Well, it did. 

 

This one is a ton of fun for kids and adults. It is filled with all sorts of physical humor and potty humor that will keep your child laughing through the end credits. It is exciting, fast-paced, and filled with lots of spy gadgets. 

 

The animation isn't the latest and greatest, but it is just fine. 

 

Some parents may want to check this movie out before you let the little ones see it. It is a spy movie, so there are several fight scenes. There isn't anything overly violent, but you may decide that it is too much for your family. 

 

While this isn't on the same level as a movie like FROZEN II, it is still a fun film. And one that could be a great escape for a couple of hours while the kids are on Winter break.

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PLAYMOBIL: THE MOVIE

Rated: PG

Release Date: December 6, 2019

Director: Lino DiSalvo

Stars: Anya Taylor-Joy, Gabriel Bateman, Jim Gaffigan, Daniel Radcliffe

Plot: Two siblings get pulled into the Playmobil world and must figure out how to survive and get back to reality

Trailer

 

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

 

 

 

If you are hoping this movie is going to be something similar to THE LEGO MOVIE, you need to go ahead and readjust your thoughts immediately. While it is true that PlayMobil made every effort to copy Lego in the movie world, (even down to the live action scenes), they managed to completely miss the mark with this film.

 

I saw this movie with my family. Three of us hated it. The only one of us that found it slightly interesting was my six year old daughter. And even she wasn't super excited when it was all done.

 

On some levels this film is targeted to a younger audience, however the opening scene turns very dark, so if you take your younger kids to see it you might have some explaining to do.

 

As for the plot, this is one of the least entertaining animated films I've seen in a while. It seems like there are one or two animated films that fall flat. This is one of them. I was so thoroughly bored that I was thrilled when my youngest needed a trip to the bathroom. Any reason to escape this nonsense was good enough for me.

 

If you want to see a movie with the family this weekend, go see FROZEN II again. You'll wish you had if you go see this travesty.

 

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FROZEN II

Rated: PG

Release Date: November 22, 2019

Director: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee

Stars: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad

Plot: Trouble comes to Arendelle, and Anna and Elsa must travel to an enchanted forest to find the reason and figure out how to stop it

Trailer

 

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

 

 

I love how so many critics love to bash Disney movies in the weeks leading up to the release of the film, then we all sit down for the screening and, inevitably, when it is over they all talk about how pleasantly surprised they are by how good the movie was.

 

FROZEN II was no exception to this rule. 

 

This movie is so much fun! The animation is great, the songs are great, the story is interesting, the jokes are hilarious, and Olaf completely steals the show once again. The movie also gives us a lot of callbacks to the first movie, so make sure you've seen that one before you see this one. 

 

For adults, the best part of the movie is without a doubt the song by Kristoff. Ladies and gentlemen, he sings an 80's power ballad! And they do a music video to match! There wasn't a single adult in the theater that wasn't laughing hard and wishing they had a lighter to wave high above their heads during that scene. (Our kids were all looking at us like we had lost our minds).

 

We do get some answers to questions left over from the first film, and I will tell you now that one of the answers wrecks about 3,407,826 different fan theories in one shot. But it is a very powerful and emotional scene. 

 

This film is also significantly darker than the first one. There are moments where I thought my seven year old wasn't going to be able to handle it, but for the most part she was okay. She did have some questions after the movie though, so if you have young ones you may want to check it out before taking them to see it. (For most kids this will be just fine, this is more of an overabundance of caution).

 

So, go ahead, gather up the whole crew and enjoy this movie in the theaters. And then get ready to go back again because the kids (and adults) are going to love it.

 

Finally, make sure you stick around for all of the credits. There is an after-credit scene that is totally worth the time. 

 

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ARCTIC DOGS

Rated: PG

Release Date: November 1, 2019

Director: Aaron Woodley

Stars: Anjelica Huston, James Franco, Jeremy Renner

Plot: A small arctic fox dreams of becoming a sled dog, but his size isn't the only thing standing in his way

Trailer

 

Clint Says: Don't even bother

 

 

Somebody needs to check on the health and well-being of all of the actors that worked on this flick. The only reason I can figure out why they would agree to do this movie after reading the screenplay, is that they are either being blackmailed or held captive somewhere. (Okay, probably not, but still this movie is THAT bad).

 

This is the dictionary definition of a Hollywood cash grab. The studio decided they could put out an animated flick, no matter what the story was about, and make a couple of million bucks. There is no passion behind this project. It looks and feels like it was put together in a executive board room with zero considerations for anything other than the bottom line.

 

The story is astonishingly underwhelming. To the point that I kept waiting for some big twist to happen that never came. It just plays out in this slow and unbearable way. By 40 minutes into the screening literally every kid in the theater was bored. Half of them weren't even watching by then. The only person in the theater having any fun at all was the 5 year old that kept running away from his mom.

 

Also, note to Hollywood casting directors. Do not, under any circumstances, ever cast Heidi Klum to do voice work. Seriously, her character would have been better if it had been voiced by the new intern that has never been in a recording studio. (And cheaper, too). You could tell that she was reading her lines word for word. It was painful.

 

Throw on top of that a useless villain with no real reason for ding what he is doing and a bunch of super-preachy adult political crap and this one ends up on the bottom of the 2019 movie pile. I'm guessing this one has a really good shot at making my 10 worst list this year.

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ABOMINABLE

Rated: PG

Release Date: September 27, 2019

Director: Jill Culton and Todd Wilderman

Stars: Chloe Bennet, Albert Tsai, Tenzing Norgay Trainor, Eddie Izzard

Plot: A girl finds a Yeti hiding near her house and goes on a journey to return him to his home

Trailer

 

Clint Says: Drop everything and see this in theaters now

 

 

I love it when DreamWorks comes out with a new animated film because I know they are going to raise the bar once again. They did it with SHREK, they did it with HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON, and they did it with TROLLS.

 

And now they've done it again with ABOMINABLE.

 

This film is fun and exciting. I was pulled into the story right from the start and stayed interested throughout the whole film. The kids I was with were even more enthralled than I was. They were leaning forward and bouncing on the edge of their seats with excitement.

 

It is magical in story-line and in the visuals on-screen. I was fascinated by how crisp, clean, and detailed the animation was. Even the smallest details were visible and beautiful. And when Everest the Yeti does his magic the whole screen jumps to life. At times I didn't even know where to look because I wanted to see all of it at once.

 

The story is pretty formulaic, but that is okay. This is a movie made for kids around the age of 8-10. They haven't seen this story play out dozens of times like adults have. But even as an adult, and knowing where the story was going, I was still happy to be on the journey with the characters.

 

The kids will find this film to be exciting, magical, adventurous, and suspenseful. Parents will find it to be the same.

 

This movie should have it's name changed from ABOMINABLE to ADORABLE. Take the whole family and enjoy.

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THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE 2

Rated: PG

Release Date: August 13, 2019

Director: Thurop Van Orman

Stars: Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Leslie Jones, Bill Hader

Plot: The birds and pigs must work together when a new threat promises to take out both of their islands

Trailer

 

 

Clint Says: Wait for the digital release

 

 

This is one of those times where Hollywood should have walked away when it had the chance. The first ANGRY BIRDS movie was a lot of fun, and funny. This one feels like nothing more than a poorly written cash grab. I saw it in a theater with a bunch of kids and their parents. I might as well have been in a library with how quiet the place was.

 

I guess on the one hand, maybe that means the kids were captivated enough by the movie to sit quiet and still for 100 minutes, but it also means that all of the comedy landed flat. There wasn't a single moment where I heard crowd laughter.

 

It's slow-paced, barely funny, and annoyingly similar to the first film in look and story.

 

There is nothing innovative, special, or unique about this movie. It offers nothing that makes it worth spending your money to see it in theaters. Just wait for the digital release. That way, when your kids get bored with it, you can turn it off and not feel bad about wasting all of that money.

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TOY STORY 4

Rated: PG

Release Date: June 21, 2019

Director: Josh Cooley

Stars: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Tony Hale

Plot: Woody and his friends must do everything they can to find and return Forky, Bonnie's favorite toy, to her

Trailer

 

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

 

 

It's hard to believe, but it has been nine years since the last TOY STORY film hit the big screen.

 

It was worth the wait.

 

This new film is another classic in what could be considered one of the best kids' movie franchises ever. It's not the best of the four, but it will be for some people.

 

Perhaps the best part of this movie is the addition of the new characters. Of course we have Forky, voiced by the hilarious Tony Hale. He is central to the plot and gives us a fun new take on learning that he is a toy. We also get to meet Duke Caboom, Canadian Stuntman, played by Keanu Reeves. To say that Keanu is on a hot streak right now would be an understatement. And he proves it once again by voicing a bit character that steals every scene he is in. Finally, we are introduced to Ducky and Bunny, voiced by Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele. Their impromptu banter is fantastically funny and steals the whole movie.

 

While the story may seem similar to the other films, (one character gets lost and the rest have to rescue them), this one feels and is different. There is some pretty amazing character development going on for a kids' movie, as well as some pretty deep philosophical thoughts, but it all plays well for the younger crowd.

 

As with the former TOY STORY films this one will have you laughing until your jaw hurts, but it will also have you crying into your bucket of popcorn. And I'm not talking happy little tears during a sentimental moment. No, I'm talking three-tissue, ugly sobbing. So come prepared.

 

If you are looking for something to do with the kids this week, this has to be your #1 choice. You don't want to miss out on one of the best movies of the Summer, and possibly the best animated film of the year. 

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THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2

Rated: PG

Release Date: June 7, 2019

Director: Chris Renaud, Jonathan del Val

Stars: Patton Oswalt, Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish, Harrison Ford

Plot: The dogs have a kid in the house now and are doing everything they can to protect him

Trailer

 

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

 

 

Here is all you need to know about this movie. My young daughter is a much harsher movie critic than I am. I loved this film and so did she. Therefore this may be one of the greatest movies ever made.

 

Okay, that's taking it too far, but it is a very good movie.

 

There are two greatest things about this film, First, it is laugh out loud funny. There are tons of jokes and sight gags for kids and adults. Several times during the screening I attended the entire crowd was laughing. Even my hard to please child was doubled over with laughter on a couple of occasions.

 

Second, it is mercifully short for parents. The running time is listed at 86 minutes. And because the pacing is fast and even, the time flies by. I never felt like I was bored. The short time also has another benefit. I didn't see a steady stream of parents chasing after their kids on the way to the bathroom. It seems we may have scientifically proven that young children can watch an 86 minute long film without needing a potty break as long as the movie is really good.

 

This sequel was also much less dark than the first one. You may recall the first film had several pretty scary and suspenseful moments for younger kids. This one still has some of that, but overall it is much more lighthearted and fun.

 

If you are looking for a good reason to get the kids out of the house for a couple of hours this is a great way to spend the time. You'll laugh a lot and you won't feel like you've wasted your time or money.

 

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UGLYDOLLS

Rated: PG

Release Date: May 3, 2019

Director: Kelly Asbury

Stars: Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton, Nick Jonas, Janelle Monae

Plot: Several misfit toys go on an adventure to find children to love them, but the perfect toys are trying to keep the misfits from being found

Trailer

 

Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee

 

 

What do you get when you put together a huge list of A-list actors and musicians, a unique animation style, and a bunch of factory-reject fuzzy dolls? You get an okay movie with some great songs.

 

Kelly Clarkson leads the way as the rejected doll that refuses to give up hope that she will, one day, be held in the arms of a child that needs her. She, along with her band of misfits, set out to make her dream a reality. 

 

The film is targeted to children about 6-8 years old, and it does very little to try to keep the adults entertained. Throughout the entire movie I heard kids laughing, but very few adults were reacting to it. So, if you are planning on taking your kids to see this, you might want to have something else to do for yourself.

 

The animation is interesting, it isn't complicated or groundbreaking, but it is eye-catching because the scenery is made out of quilt work and cardboard. It almost feels like you are watching a young child build an imaginary world out of the things they have in their room. It gives the film a simple and innocent feel. 

 

The best part of the movie is the music. Almost every song is super catchy and fun. And since they are sung by people like Kelly Clarkson, Janelle Monae, and Nick Jonas they sound amazing. The one time Blake Shelton sings leaves a lot to be desired, thankfully his part is short.

 

This is not a great animated movie by any standard, but it will entertain the younger kids for 90 minutes. You won't be mad that you spent the money to see it in theaters, but you'll be a lot happier with the savings if you wait for the digital release.