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A DOG'S WAY HOME

Rated: PG

Release Date: January 11, 2019

Director: Charles Martin Smith

Stars: Bryce Dallas Howard, Ashley Judd, Jonah Hauer-King, Alexandra Shipp

Plot: A dog gets lost 400 miles from home and must find her way back

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Clint Says: Wait for the digital release

 

 

This is one of those films that is a little too pleasant for its own good. It's rated PG so there isn't a lot of suspense. The whole story just meanders along until it comes to the expected conclusion.

 

Sure, it is cute and the dog is adorable, but that only goes so far before something of substance needs to happen. Unfortunately, the conflict that finally gives us a plot is a bit too much for younger kids and way too simple for adults. There are scenes in this film that would probably give every kid under 8 nightmares, but for adults they are so tame it is boring.

 

There are a couple of fun scenes along the way, but nothing that makes this something worth spending the money to see it in theaters. If you are mildly interested in this film, or if you are a big dog lover just go ahead and wait for the digital release. You'll be glad you didn't waste the extra money.

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JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: June 22, 2018

Director: T.A. Bayona

Stars: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rafe Spall, Isabella Sermon

Plot: A small group of people are trying to save the dinosaurs from a cataclysmic event

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Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee

 

 

I can still remember 25 years ago, sitting in the theater, staring at the screen in awe, and watching what looked to be real dinosaurs walking with humans. I remember how fun and terrifying JURASSIC PARK was. I also remember how smart it was. It made us have to think about the consequences of our actions, and how even the most noble missions can have unintended and disastrous consequences.

 

Now, it's 25 years and 5 movies later and I'm still watching the same story. Sure, the dinosaurs look even more realistic now, but other than that the only thing that has changed is that the movies have become less about the consequences for humanity and more about watching the big, bad reptiles tear each other limb from limb. (And occasionally watching a big, bad reptile do the same thing to a little, bad man).

 

With one small, but completely predictable exception, JURASSIC WORLD FALLEN KINGDOM is the exact same movie as JURASSIC WORLD, with a few moments from the earlier films thrown in for good measure. Same dinosaurs, same people, bad guys we've seen before, scientific debates that never progress, and way too many shots of things reflected in car side view mirrors.

 

Is it a good monster movie? Yes. The packed crowd we saw it with seemed to enjoy themselves. They even cheered at two or three key moments. If you are going because you want to see big lizards duke it out like MMA gone wild then you will thoroughly enjoy your experience.

 

Critically speaking, this film is terrible. It does nothing to advance the overall story line. (Except that the Jeff Goldblum speech makes it feel like this movie could have been skipped completely and we should all just move on to the next installment). It barely advances the JURASSIC PARK world, and the way that it is advanced is incredibly predictable, lazy, and convenient. If you need your Sci-Fi films to be smart and make you think about issues and consequences then you need to skip this movie. It will shrivel your brain with its overwhelming amount of dumb.

 

I love a good monster movie, but this one is so much of the same, and so poorly written that I almost got dizzy from my eyes rolling. At one point I got so bored I almost walked out of the theater just to walk around outside for a few minutes in the clear air. I didn't, but if I had I wouldn't have missed anything. This flick is nothing more than a summer blockbuster cash grab. It's all effects and no content.

 

Hopefully, the next one will get back to what made the original a classic.

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PETE'S DRAGON

Rated: PG

Release Date: August 12, 2016

Director: David Lowery

Stars: Oakes Fegley, Bryce Dallas-Howard, Oona Lawrence, Robert Redford

Plot: A boy and the dragon that raised him are discovered by the outside world

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Clint Says: Wait for the DVD

 

 

 

 

This is the latest offering from Disney in their attempt to remake all of their classic films into live-action blockbusters. CINDERELLA and THE JUNGLE BOOK were smash hits, and this one probably will be as well. 

 

This movie targets younger children. I would say it is a great film for kids around 7-9 years old. Kids younger than that will be bored by the slow pace and people older than that will find this film to be cliche and predictable.

 

I will say though that the kids who saw it in the screening I went to absolutely loved this film. It is visually amazing, and the story is told well, even though it is formulaic. The child actors are incredible, and the dragon is an incredible creation that will have you wanting your own pet dragon. 

 

While the movie is good, there is nothing in it that makes it worth seeing in the theaters. Beyond that, the 3D is completely useless so don't waste your money on the extra stuff. If you do have kids that want to see this, they will be entertained. So it won't be a waste of money to take them to the theater. Just be prepared to be a bit bored if you are a parent. 

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JURASSIC WORLD

Rated: PG-13

Director: Colin Trevorrow

Stars: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard

Plot: The park is now open and business is starting to dwindle, so to keep it going the staff are creating hybrid dinosaurs. And, once again, through the order comes chaos.

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

 

 

I found this film to be completely absurd and totally awesome. It is a great Summer flick. You don't have to think too hard, you can just sit back and be entertained. The effects are outstanding, there is enough suspense to keep you somewhat near the edge of your seat and the story, while not great, is good enough to make it engaging.

 

For those of you expecting this to be a nerdtastic sequel to the first epic film in the franchise, you will be disappointed. This is not a thinky science-fiction marvel like the original, it is more like a disaster film.

 

Although I really enjoyed this film I'm nervous that they left it wide open for multiple sequels. If and when there is a sequel I hope they add in the one missing element that will make it spectacular...JEFF GOLDBLUM! That is all.