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THE RHYTHM SECTION

Rated: R

Release Date: January 31, 2020

Director: Reed Morano

Stars: Blake Lively, Jude Law, Sterling K. Brown

Plot: A woman bent on destroying her own life, after the tragic death of her family, finds out the event wasn't an accident, and turns her destructive desires towards the people responsible

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Clint Says: Wait for the digital release

 

 

The number one rule of an action flick is that there should be a lot of action. This movie breaks that rule, and so many others. 

 

To say this movie is slow would be an understatement. A better description would be to say that this movie gives you an incredible opportunity to enjoy a 110 minute nap. 

 

I will say that it is not the fault of the actors that this flick is so bad. They all do a pretty good job in their roles. Unfortunately, the writing and directing are just plain terrible. The writer got the pacing and the plot all wrong from the first act, and was not able to recover. The director tried to be unique and artistic with the film, but instead it looks like the whole thing was shot by amateurs. 

 

The story spends too much time focusing on the main character trying to get well enough to be able to do anything. This is fine in most films, but in this one, it lasted 3/4 of the movie. It isn't until there are about 15 minutes left in the film that the quest finally gets on track and starts moving forward. By then, it's way too late to salvage the movie. 

 

If you saw the trailer and were hoping for an action flick with a powerful female protagonist, you will be thoroughly disappointed. 

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A SIMPLE FAVOR

Rated: R

Release Date: September 14, 2018

Director: Paul Feig

Stars: Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, Henry Golding

Plot: When a woman goes missing her best friend begins to realize that she knows very little about her

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

 

 

A SIMPLE FAVOR is simply fantastic! 

 

This is one of the best dark comedies of all time. I would even go so far as to put this on the same level as FARGO. There are very few movies that can pull off a sick and twisted plot but still have you laughing hard every few minutes. This one does it nearly flawlessly.

 

Anna Kendrick is a beast and this is Blake Lively's best role of her career. I was worried that Kendrick might be a bit too nice to pull off her role, but she crushes it. Her character is fascinating. Lively's character is equal parts strong, insecure, magnetic, and repulsive. And it all works together in perfect harmony...and wonderful cacophony.

 

In fact, all of the characters are fun to watch. Each has their own strong presence that simultaneously meshes and conflicts with every other character. This is most obviously seen in the main detective character played by Bashir Salahuddin. Typically a cop character is there to move the plot along and sometimes help save the day. Here, he is a hysterical thorn in the side of everyone and manages to steal every scene he is in.

 

After the screening, all I heard from the audience were rave reviews. The only negative comment that a couple of people made was that there were too many twists. Personally, I found all of the twists to be a lot of fun. It made the comedy part of the story even stronger.

 

Don't get me wrong, this isn't just a fun and funny film. It is very dark. There are several scenes that are twisted and disturbing. Not quite FARGO wood-chipper disturbing, but really close. The way the dark scenes and the comedy work together is wonderful. It will make you feel uncomfortable because you'll be laughing at things you know you shouldn't laugh at. 

 

This film is amazing on many levels. If you like dark comedies this is a must see.

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ALL I SEE IS YOU

Rated: R

Release Date: October 27, 2017

Director: Marc Forster

Stars: Blake Lively, Jason Clarke

Plot: A blind woman has a surgery to bring back her sight, but that opens up new issues in her relationships

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Clint Says: Wait for the DVD

 

 

It's ironic that a film that focuses on sight, or lack thereof, will not be seen by very many people. This film is way too "artsy fartsy" for the mainstream moviegoer, but it isn't deep and disturbing enough to appease the elite cinephiles.

 

Blake Lively is amazing in her role, but her counterpart, Jason Clarke comes across more creepy and desperate than he should. Also, the stakes aren't high enough for us to really care about the outcome. The events that transpire are mildly suspenseful, but I never really felt like anything important was truly on the line. 

 

The movie is shot very well, giving us an interesting perspective of what she can and can't see as the film progresses. However there are a lot of extraneous artistic shots that do nothing more than drag out an already slow-paced movie. 

 

If you are looking for a good, creepy, obsessive, love story, find a copy of SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY, or FATAL ATTRACTION. This one is simply not worthy of being seen.

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THE SHALLOWS

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: June 24, 2016

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra

Stars: Blake Lively, Oscar Jaenada

Plot: A woman is stalked by a great white shark just a short distance from the shore, but she can't find a way to safety

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

 

 

Oh, dear director, what did you do? This movie started out with an interesting premise and for the first hour and 15 minutes the suspense was incredible. Even though the movie felt slow at times there was still this overwhelming feeling of dread and fear for the main character. 

 

Then the last 15 minutes played. 

 

I can't convey to you how utterly stupid this movie went without using words like SHARKNADO. Really. It got THAT bad. I was literally rolling my eyes and feeling embarrassed for all the people that worked on this movie. 

 

It is very difficult to not recommend a movie that has Blake Lively in a bikini for 90 minutes, but this is so bad that even she can't make it worth seeing.