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THE OLD MAN AND THE GUN

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: October 19, 2018

Director: David Lowery

Stars: Robert Redford, Sissy Spacek, Casey Affleck

Plot: Based on the true story of a senior citizen who robbed dozens of banks

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Clint Says: Wait for the digital release

 

 

This is one of those films that is way better in the mind than it is in reality. Who wouldn't want to see a movie about an elderly gentleman escaping from San Quentin, robbing banks all over the place with a smile, baffling police everywhere, and charming the general public? It sounds great...on paper.

 

The harsh reality is, a guy that acts like a complete gentleman, even when he is robbing a bank is really endearing the first time. After that, it gets really boring. There is no action, no excitement. And nothing against senior citizens, but watching an awkward love story between to octogenarians isn't exactly big screen gold.

 

This movie could have easily been made in the 1980's. And by that I mean, it looks like and sounds like it was shot in the 1980's. It has the pacing, editing, camera movements, color, and music of a film that came out during the cold war.

 

It is a fun and charming film, but it isn't exciting or suspenseful at all. In fact the searching for him is downplayed quite a bit. There are a couple of moments were things pick up, but it doesn't last long.

 

This isn't the kind of cops and robbers flick that will bore you to tears, but you aren't going to be excited about it either. Save this one for a slow, rainy day when you are relaxed on your comfy couch. You'll either enjoy a decent film or you'll get a great nap. Either way, you win.

 

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A GHOST STORY

Rated: R

Release Date: July 28, 2017

Director: David Lowery

Stars: Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara

Plot: When a man dies he returns as a ghost only to find out that time has no meaning or barriers

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Clint Says: Don't even bother

 

 

Nine minutes.

 

Do you know how long nine minutes are?

 

Sometimes nine minutes feels like it goes by in a flash, sometimes nine minutes feels like a lifetime.

 

That was probably the point of director David Lowery wanting to show us the undefinable sense of time, but he does it with a NINE MINUTE scene of Rooney Mara eating a pie...aggressively. 

 

Eating a pie. 

 

Nine. Minutes. 

 

Kill me now. 

 

Look, here's the deal. If this movie was condensed to a 10 minute montage of the first hour and the last 30 minutes it would be a spectacular short film. It would even be Oscar-worthy. The third act is incredible. It will rock your world, bend your mind, and have you questioning everything you think you know about time. 

 

But that first hour...oh, how it pains me.

 

It's a perfect example of a film made by and for the Hollywood elite. They are going to love this film and rave on about it for days. They will talk about how deep and ambitious it is, and how brave everyone is for making a film of this magnitude. 

 

But, if you were to get one of them alone and drunk enough, even they would have to admit that the first hour is terrible. 

 

If you are a typical moviegoer, you'll see about 3 or 4 movies in theaters this year. If you walked into A GHOST STORY, I would say that it is a better than 70% chance that you would walk out of the theater and demand your money back in the first 30 minutes. 

 

If you do happen to stick it out, you will be treated to an incredible ending that deserves so much more than the beginning it has. It is an incredibly fascinating finish that will have you dwelling on this film for quite a while. 

 

Unfortunately, there is no way I can recommend anyone seeing this movie. 30 minutes of amazing will never make up for nine minutes of pie. 

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MANCHESTER BY THE SEA

Rated: R

Release Date: December 9, 2016

Director: Kenneth Lonergan

Stars: Casey Affleck, Lucas Hedges, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler

Plot: A man must return to the small town where his former life was filled with complications and tragedy

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

 

 

In just about any other year this film would be an easy front runner for many awards, unfortunately for it, it was released in 2016. This year there are so many incredible films that I would have to say MANCHESTER BY THE SEA is a dark horse at best. In some cases is may even miss out on nominations for awards that it would have won in other years. 

 

Awards aside, this is still very much a film worth seeing. It is beautifully told, it's real, and it will stay with you for a few days after you see it. 

 

Casey Affleck gives a superior performance. The emotion he brings jumps off of the screen and forces the audience to feel his torment and frustration. 

 

My only issue with this film, and probably the one thing holding it back from being an awards contender, is that it runs slow. It is a slow tale about lives in a small town where life seems to stand still, but the pacing could have been better. 

 

This is not an easy movie to watch, but if you are in the mood for a powerful and moving drama you will get all that you want and more out of this film. 

 

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TRIPLE 9

Rated: R

Release Date: February 26, 2016

Director: John Hillcoat

Stars: Casey Affleck, Anthony Mackie, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Woody Harrelson

Plot: Criminals and dirty cops work together to score a big heist

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Clint Says: Wait for the DVD

 

 

I was expecting a lot more out of this film simply based on the incredible cast. Unfortunately, it is slow to the point of almost being boring at times. It is poorly edited with small scenes thrown in that do nothing to advance the plot, nor are they explained. 

 

The thing that bothered me the most though was that this movie had no redemptive qualities at all. Nothing good ever happens. The bad guys are bad, the dirty cops are dirty, and the good cops are just trying to survive another day. 

 

In spite of all that is lacking in this film, the cast is amazing and they all do great jobs with their roles. 

 

I would be disappointed if I spent movie ticket prices to see this, but it would be okay to rent on DVD or watch on Netflix.  

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THE FINEST HOURS

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: January 29, 2016

Director: Craig Gillespie

Stars: Chris Pine, Holliday Grainger, Casey Affleck, Eric Bana

Plot: A Coast Guard Crew must brave treacherous waters to try to save a crew whose ship is sinking

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Clint Says: Wait for the DVD

 

 

This is a strange film to try to review. On the one hand the action is intense to the point where I was holding my breath and gripping the arm rests on my seat. On the other hand, nothing really happens in this movie other than the rescue attempt.

 

There is very little in the way of character development or dynamic relationships that make you want to care about the characters. Sure there is a love story, and people that don't like each other, but most of those relationships are just there on the surface.

 

The sea effects are quite impressive as are the tanker shots, but that doesn't make up for the fact that I never really felt worried for either of the crews. I think it had a lot to do with the matter-of-fact acting from Pine and Affleck. We never see any moments where they lose hope or show weakness. One-dimensional characters are boring.

 

If you are looking for some good special effects this film will give them to you, but don't expect to be wowed by the story.