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THE NEW MUTANTS
Rated: PG-13
Release Date: August 28, 2020
Director: Josh Boone
Stars: Blu Hunt, Maisie Williams, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Heaton
Plot: A group of young mutants try to figure out how to escape their situation and control their powers at the same time
 
Clint Says: Wait for the digital release and make someone else rent it
 

 

In theaters. 
 
We waited five months for this film to finally be released in theaters. I would have been okay waiting another five months. 
 
With the exception of the first 60 seconds of the movie, absolutely nothing happens for the first 40 minutes. It's just a bunch of moody teens moping around while hating each other and everything else. It's like a nightmare version of THE BREAKFAST CLUB. 
 
When the action finally kicks in, and just when you start to think that the film might actually have a slight chance of redeeming itself, it manages to reverse course and make the movie even more unbearable than it was for the first half. 
 
This is by far the worst film in the X-Men universe, and that is really saying something, because there have been some tremendous stinkers to hit the big screen before this one. 
 
There are going to be a ton of flicks hitting the freshly opened theaters in the next few months. Don't waste your money on this one. 

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EMMA

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: February 21, 2020

Director: Autumn de Wilde

Stars: Anya Taylor-Joy, Johnny Flynn, Bill Nighy, Mia Goth

Plot: A wealthy, young woman spends much of her time playing match-maker, while trying to avoid those that would want to marry her

Trailer

 

Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee

 

 

Fans of Jane Austen will know that this film is based on one of the first romantic comedies to ever be written in book form. It helped to lay the groundwork for the tried and true Rom-Com formula we see in so many films, shows, and books today. By that account alone this is a film worth seeing.

 

This adaptation of the 1815 novel stays true to the original text in most cases. This is both a positive and a negative for the film and the audience. For those of you excited to see Jane Austen's words and characters come to life, your wish has been fulfilled. For those of you wanting to see a funny, fast-paced Rom-Com, you will be left wanting more. 

 

That does not mean that this is a bad film. To the contrary, it is quite good. It is however, a comedy set in the 1800's that plays like it is still in the 1800's, so the conflict and the situations are very tame compared to our lives 200 years later. The same can be said as to how humor has changed in the last two centuries as well. I'm sure the writing was significantly funnier back then than it is today. 

 

The acting is fantastic, including one of the best performances of her career by Anya Taylor-Joy. She commands the screen and the set with simple looks and gestures. Then as the secondary characters are layered into the story, we are blessed with a perfect cast for this film. 

 

It is very early in the year, but it would not surprise me in the slightest if this movie ends up being nominated for a couple of Oscars for hair and makeup and for costume design. This film does masterful work in both of those categories.

 

If you are a fan of Jane Austen, you should make it a point to see this soon. If you were hoping for a period piece that has current-day flair, you'll need to readjust your thinking before you see this, otherwise you might find it a bit too slow for your liking.  

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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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MORGAN

Rated: R

Release Date: September 2, 2016

Director: Luke Scott

Stars: Kate Mara, Anya Taylor-Joy

Plot: When a science experiment goes wrong, a no-nonsense woman from the corporate office is sent in to clean up the mess

Trailer

 

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

 

 

This is the kind of movie where you walk out of the theater and afterwards say, "well, that was a whole lot of nothing." While the film does offer an interesting twist it isn't enough to make up for the unexciting and eye-rolling events leading up to the reveal. 

 

There are several moments of convenience throughout the film in order to advance the plot and give the audience needed information. It is lazy story-telling, and that makes for a bad movie. 

 

This film isn't necessarily boring, but it isn't interesting either. It's the kind of movie that is easily forgettable.