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JOKER

Rated: R

Release Date: October 4, 2019

Director: Todd Phillips

Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz

Plot: A man with a mental illness comes to embrace his dark side

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Clint Says: Drop everything and go see this movie now

 

 

Welp. There is no need to go any further in the nomination process for best actor this year. The Academy might as well go ahead and mail the Oscar to Joaquin Phoenix's house. I'd bet the mortgage payment that there won't be a better acting performance this year.

 

As for the movie. I loved it. And I hated it.

 

This is, so far, my favorite film of the year. It is incredible and terrible in every way. I was completely taken in by the story, and yet so repulsed by the fall of the main character as well as the society around him that failed him repeatedly.

 

The number one thing that makes a great villain is making their mission understandable, almost to the point of the viewer being sympathetic to thought process. This film does a fantastic job making the downtrodden Arthur Fleck (pre-Joker) a very sympathetic character that chooses a life of evil and chaos only after it is forced on him again and again.

 

This film is a mirror of how our society still treats mental illness. I know this from personal experience, because I have seen society and "the system" fail a person with mental illness very close to me over and over again.  It is sad and terrible to watch the unnecessary fall of someone like Arthur Fleck who only wants to make people happy and bring joy to their lives, but society hates him for being different, and the system doesn't want to deal with him.

 

This is a very powerful and disturbing film. It is not a film for kids at all. This is not anywhere near a typical super hero-like movie. This movie is brutal, in-your-face, horrific, and incredibly disheartening. Do not take your 8 year old to see this movie. It's way too much for them to handle, and the story is way over their head anyway. I was disturbed by this film and I've been around a lot longer than 8 years.

 

There are several shocking reveals in this origin story as well. A few of them will get audible gasps from the audience.

 

This is not a fun film. It is, at moments, hard to watch, but it is very much worth seeing. Movies like this don't come along very often. I highly recommend seeing this one in theaters. Just make sure you have time to process it afterwards, because this one is going to stick with you for quite some time.

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SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: July 2, 2019

Director: Jon Watts

Stars: Tom Holland, Zendaya, Jake Gyllenhaal, Samuel L. Jackson

Plot: Peter Parker goes on a European school trip, but a new threat emerges and he must take action

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Clint Says: Drop everything and see this in theaters now

 

 

It's been just a couple of months since AVENGERS: ENDGAME emotionally destroyed every comic book nerd on the planet. Now, we get the first story in the timeline after the events in ENDGAME. Tom Holland returns as the best Spider-Man ever and absolutely kills it with his post Tony Stark emotions. 

 

Once again the MARVEL people have done an outstanding job at taking a movie that could have easily been way too serious and made it exciting, fun and thoroughly enjoyable and funny. There wasn't a single note out of place.

 

Jake Gyllenhaal joins the MARVEL Universe as Mysterio, and while he probably won't be a major player in other MARVEL films, his character is exactly what Spider-Man needs to learn more of the valuable lessons Tony Stark was trying to teach him.  

 

This film is filled with fantastic action, fun dialogue, and a highly compelling story. It also has several beautifully awkward moments where Peter Parker tries to get closer to MJ. (And tries to keep Happy from moving in on Peter's aunt). It swings back and forth with the audience cheering for Spider-Man to save the world and then realizing that Spider-Man is just a kid who could really use a hug. 

 

This is easily the best live-action Spider-Man movie ever made. It has all of the elements of a wonderful comic book action film. This is a must-see for anyone that is even slightly interested in comic book movies. It might be the best action flick of the Summer. 

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AVENGERS: ENDGAME

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: April 26, 2019

Director: Anthony Russo and Joe Russo

Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson

Plot: The Avengers that are left alive reassemble with the hope of defeating Thanos and restoring the universe to the way it was before Thanos's devastation

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

 

 

Wow. Where to begin? All of the thoughts and feels....

 

Let's start with the questions everyone has been asking me:

 

1. Does this movie answer all of the questions? Well, sort of...there are some things that you'll still be questioning after seeing it. 

 

2. Is it really 3 hours long? Yes, but it doesn't feel like it at all.

 

3. Are all those people really dead? Why on earth would I tell you the answer to that question? Go see it for yourself!

 

4. Is it worth the hype? ABSOLUTELY! This movie is everything I hoped it would be and more.

 

Since 2008 when IRON MAN hit the big screen we have been working our way towards this moment 22 films in the making. Not only did we get to see some incredible films along the way, but we became friends with the characters like never before. And we came together as one united nerdom the world over to support our favorite superheroes.

 

Like this other films this one is full of fantastic dialogue, laugh out loud moments, wild action, and deeply emotional moments that bore into your soul. This movie also gives us satisfaction. It is a great ending to a wonderful series. (Yes, there will there be other movies in this Universe, but this can still be considered a good end point).

 

There are a couple of moments where the movie starts to drag just a little bit, but those moments are made up for by some fantastic moments during the final act. I saw this in a completely full theater and the cheers near the end of the film were almost deafening.

 

When all of the movies are finally ranked best to worst, this one won't end up on top, but it will most assuredly be in the top 5. It is that good.

 

When you go to the theater to see this movie, go ahead and buy yourself another ticket for another showing because you will want to see this one at least a second time. Probably more. Especially, if you have invested as much of your life into this Universe as many of us nerds have.

 

Avenger fans, assemble! (At the theater).

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CAPTAIN MARVEL

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: March 8, 2019

Directors: Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck

Stars: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Gemma Chan

Plot: A woman who can't remember her past must piece things together in order to figure out how to save an alien race from annihilation

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

 

 

I don't envy anyone who is tasked with writing or directing an origin story. It is incredibly difficult to get through all of the important, but tedious information, and get to the action without boring the audience. MARVEL, for the most part, has done a great job at making its origin stories informative and exciting. This film is no exception. In fact, I would put this one up on the level of the IRON MAN origin story.

 

CAPTAIN MARVEL takes us back to the early 1990's. It is a blast to see all of the throwbacks, hear the music, and enjoy a world where most people didn't know what the internet was. It's also a lot of fun for MARVEL fans to see the beginnings of some of their favorite characters.

 

The story is told well and it has great pacing. This is one of the shorter MARVEL films clocking in at just over two hours. The good news is that it doesn't feel long at all. There is enough excitement, action, and mystery throughout to keep the audience engaged the whole time.

 

Brie Larson is fantastic as Captain Marvel, she straddles the lines between superhero, military pilot, and an alien with no long term memories seamlessly. The rest of the cast around her is just as good. There is great chemistry between most of the characters, and the dialogue is fun and funny.

 

If you are a MARVEL fan, this film is a must-see. It's not the best of the bunch, but it it really good. There are a ton of Easter eggs throughout the movie of things we already know thanks to all of the other films that have been made. There are also several references to events we have yet to see play out on the big screen.

 

If you've never seen a MARVEL comic book movie, but are interested in giving them a shot, this is a great starting point since it is the first film in chronological order.

 

This is also the first live-action MARVEL film released since the death of MARVEL creator Stan Lee. The tribute to him is moving and appropriate. Thankfully, he was able to film a cameo for this film before his death, so we get to see him one more time.

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GLASS

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: January 18, 2019

Director: M. Night Shyamalan

Stars: James McAvoy, Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Sarah Paulson

Plot: A psychiatrist is trying to figure out why three people think they are superheroes, but things spin out of control

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

 

 

Who would have ever thought that when UNBREAKABLE hit theaters in late 2000 that 17 years later SPLIT would blow all of our minds by being set in the same universe? Now, two years later we get to see the first offering of the M. Night Shyamalan comic book superhero world.

 

Shyamalan has a very odd ability to make either fantastic, out-of-this-world, blockbusters, or heaping piles of putrid trash. This may be his first movie ever not to fall into one of those two categories. This film is not terrible in any way shape or form, however it isn't nearly as incredible as THE SIXTH SENSE or even SPLIT.

 

James McAvoy is wildly entertaining once again as he effortlessly switches between a dozen different personalities, many times in one continuous scene. Samuel L. Jackson is very good, but it feels like he should have played a bigger role. And Bruce Willis is...well...Bruce Willis. 

 

There are several fun twists and turns along the way that keep things interesting, even though the pacing is a bit slow. And there is a huge twist at the end that opens up all sorts of possibilities for future films. 

 

If you liked SPLIT you will almost certainly enjoy this film. If you think Shyamalan should spend more time just trying to make a decent flick instead of worrying about one mind-blowing twist to make us ohhh and ahhh for a few seconds at the end of the movie, then maybe you should take a pass on this one. 

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AQUAMAN

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: December 21, 2018

Director: James Wan

Stars: Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson

Plot: Arthur/Aquaman is summoned to the sea to stop his half-brother from starting a war with the humans

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Clint Says: Wait for the digital release

 

 

Congratulations DC you managed to mess up another film that could have been amazing. Your track record is almost entirely unblemished in that effort. (Wonder Woman being the exception).

 

Basically, this movie stinks like a fish.

 

I will never understand how an office full of movie people can manage to make an entire movie that promises a massive climax, it gets marketed that way in every commercial and trailer, and then the film doesn't deliver the promise. Sorry for the spoiler, but there is no war between the land and sea. I think it is vitally important that you know that before you spend your money to be completely disappointed. 

 

What we should see is Aquaman on top of the Empire State Building as a wave full of ships and sharks and sea people comes racing towards him. Instead, we get a sea battle between groups that were not introduced until the battle...and we don't care about them at all!

 

If that wasn't bad enough, Momoa and Heard have zero chemistry. Neither of them seemed to bother with trying to act at all. Their dialogue is stilted, wooden, and in some cases, eye-rollingly terrible. All of this while they are on a quest that happens all too easily with plot jumps that leave out major plot points.

 

To be fair, there are several scenes that are very exciting and done well, but those are few and far between. It's not worth the wait between those scenes. About 20 minutes into the movie I was completely bored and I never recovered.

 

I'm sure that this movie is going to make a bazillion dollars and 10 - 12 year old boys will want to nominate it for Best Picture, but they aren't the ones buying the tickets. If you are the one shelling out the dough, at the very least try to talk the kids into seeing a matinee.

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SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE

Rated: PG

Release Date: December 14, 2018

Director: Bob Persichetti and Peter Ramsey

Stars: Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali

Plot: A young Spider-Man finds out there are others like him when a villain opens up a portal to other worlds. And they all must work together to set the world on track again

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

 

 

Since the early 2000's we have had six different SPIDER-MAN films roll through the theaters. Some were great, others were...not great. Now comes along a comic-book looking Spider-Man flick with the main character being played not by Peter Parker, but a teen boy. And there is also a Spider-Pig (Spider-Ham to be precise...and he was created 20 years before the Simpson's Spider-Pig scene). 

 

Of the seven films, this one is without a doubt the best of the bunch. It is a fantastic film that hits every single note all the way through. There was not a single second that I wasn't completely entertained and enjoying everything I was watching. And the most incredible thing about that is that I am not a huge Spider-Man fan at all.

 

There are many funny moments interspersed within a compelling plot. The characters are all interesting and everyone of them brings something special to the film. 

 

Possibly the best part of the film is that it doesn't take the Spider-Man world too seriously. This doesn't mean that it is continually making fun of itself or trashing canon, on the contrary. It does a great job of lifting up the Spider-Man world by using self-deprecating humor. 

 

If you are a Spider-Man fan this is a must see. If you are a fan of great movies, this is a must-see. If you want to see the movies that will be up for awards this year, this is a must-see.

 

NOTE: Stay through all of the credits. It is sooooooo worth it this time.

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ANT-MAN AND THE WASP

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: July 6, 2018

Director: Peyton Reed

Stars: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, Michael Pena

Plot: Scott and Hope team up to try to bring back her mom, but an evil force has other plans for their tech

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Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee

 

 

I am dealing with a bevy of emotions as I am writing this review. On the one hand, this is a fantastically fun movie that will have you laughing throughout. It is exciting. It is full of action and incredible CGI work. 

 

On the other hand, I really think that I am starting to get Marvel Fatigue. Yes, this film is all of those great things, but so is almost every other Marvel movie. I need something different, something new. And I'm not talking about a new character on a new quest, I mean a shift from the formula. 

 

I know that is a lot of big talk from someone not having to write the checks or worry about box office numbers, but I also wonder if I am not alone in this thinking. Is it possible that we are at a moment where Marvel movies may not get to $300 or $400 million? Could one actually lose money sooner rather than later? I don't have that answer, but I do know that I want to see something new and exciting like we all felt the first time IRON MAN hit the big screen.

 

ANT-MAN AND THE WASP is great, but it also offers us very little that we haven't seen before. We've all experienced the effects and action hundreds of times over on the big screen, so maybe this is one where you finally just wait for the digital release. 

 

Is it worth the money to see it in theaters? Sure! Especially if you are a huge Marvel fan. It's 2 hours of exciting fun. Is it necessary to see it in theaters? No. You'll get the same experience with your home entertainment system as you would on the big screen.

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DEADPOOL 2

Rated: R

Release Date: May 18, 2018

Director: David Leitch

Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Zazie Beetz

Plot: Deadpool tries to save a boy from being killed by Cable

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

 

 

Deadpool has made a triumphant return!

 

While the first Deadpool movie was extraordinary, this one falls just short of that glory. It is still amazing and better than 90% of the other movies out there, but it feels like we are covering some of the same ground with this movie. Sure, there are a million different jokes about male anatomy, but once you know Deadpool is willing to go there it gets a little tired after a while.

 

The story is compelling and well-told. The villain is outstanding and his mission is not only understandable, but logical and worthy. It makes for an interesting plot that pulls at your emotions from several directions.

 

The new characters make for some fun and interesting scenes, but make no mistake, this movie is all about the guy in red and black. 

 

For those of you looking for dirty jokes, lots of blood, big explosions, and juvenile behavior, be not afraid. You will feel the presence of Deadpool's glory covering you in some sort of Deadpoolish fluid from head to toe. Just take your antibiotics before you head to the theater.

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AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: April 27, 2018

Director: Anthony and Joe Russo

Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson

Plot: Thanos is on a mission to collect all of the Infinity stones. The Avengers and friends are on a mission to stop him.

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

 

 

Dear reader, I need you to see this movie. I need you to see it now. And then, we need to talk.

 

We. Need. To. Talk.

 

Walking out of the theater I wanted to simultaneously high-five all of the Marvel employees and punch them straight in their stupid faces. It's a comic book movie! I'm not supposed to have this many feels!

 

This movie is massive, it's fast-paced, it's non-stop, it's hilarious, it's insanely busy, and it's fun. It is also heart-wrenching, heart-breaking, dark, and powerful.

 

But, best of all, it has a manliness showdown between Chris Hemsworth and Chris Pratt. That alone is worth the price of admission.

 

This movie will have you cheering one minute, laughing the next, and crying the minute after that. 

 

What really makes this movie work is the villain. He's big, bad, almost unbeatable, and his reasoning for doing what he is doing almost makes sense. Given the right circumstances he could even be seen as a hero.

 

If you are new to the Marvel Universe this is not the place to start. It will be really confusing. If you are a Marvel fan, this film is a must see, and you should see it in the biggest theater possible.

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BLACK PANTHER

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: February 16, 2018

Director: Ryan Coogler

Stars: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Letitia Wright

Plot: The new King of Wakanda, is trying to solve a decades-old mystery, but another adversary is coming

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Clint Says: Drop everything and go see this movie now

 

 

Move over every comic book movie ever made (except AVENGERS), because BLACK PANTHER is here and it is amazing! The story is exciting from beginning to end, the pacing is perfect, the acting is outstanding, and the effects are out of this world.

 

Michael B. Jordan plays a perfect villain. His character and his motivation are 100% believable and legitimate. For half of the movie I was kind of on his side. It's so nice to see a film with depth to the antagonist rather than a bad guy that wants to destroy the whole world because he had a bad childhood.

 

Letitia Wright completely steals the show. She is so much fun to watch. I hope her role is expanded in the other Marvel films where she can have a presence. And she is just one of the huge cast of strong women that can do it on their own, than you very much. They are all a joy to watch.

 

This film clocks in at almost 2 1/2 hours, but I would have sworn that we were only in the theater for 90 minutes. I can't believe how fast everything flew by in this film, but surprisingly, nothing seemed rushed or glossed over. 

 

The effects in this film take CGI to the next level. There is nothing out now or before this film that can match this level of graphic superiority. Only one time in the entire film did I feel like I was watching a CGI moment and that lasted about one second. 

 

This is a film that is well worth the time and money to see in the biggest theater possible with the loudest sound you can get. 

 

I know it is really early in the year, but I will be shocked if this movie doesn't make my Top 10 of 2018 list.

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JUSTICE LEAGUE

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: November 17, 2017

Director: Zack Snyder

Stars: Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller

Plot: Batman assembles a crew of superheroes to try to take down a villain intent on destroying the world

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Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee

 

 

Ugh. DC is back to their old ways of making below-average films. WONDER WOMAN was so good! I thought they might have figured it out and turned the corner, but JUSTICE LEAGUE is two steps backward. 

 

This film takes a while to really get going, and when it does the villain is so ridiculous and the stakes are so cliche that I was just checking off the plot line boxes until the end. 

 

I should have known we were in for a tough slog when, in the opening scene, there is a "flashback" to Superman and he literally has a CGI mouth over his face that doesn't even come close to matching. From the opening moments I was pulled out of the story hard. 

 

Then there are two moments (no spoilers) later in the film that are so spectacularly stupid that I basically checked out for the rest of the film. In one case the villain says and does something so against character that it makes zero sense why he would do it, except for the convenience for how the director wanted the story to go. In the other case one of the good guys is literally able to just walk up to the one thing that the bad guy's army should be protecting and start destroying it. 

 

I must say, thank goodness for The Flash. If he wasn't in this movie it would have to be called No Chemistry League. Without him in it this would have been as bad as BATMAN VS SUPERMAN. Also, two of the heroes serve no purpose in this movie other than to help stall the villain until someone else can show up. DC has no idea what to do with their characters, and until they figure it out we are going to be stuck with junk like this.

 

Compared to WONDER WOMAN and to THOR: RAGNAROK, this flick is nearly unwatchable. If you are in the mood for a fun and entertaining comic book movie stay far away from this one and either go see THOR or get a digital release of WONDER WOMAN. Your weekend will be better for it. 

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THOR: RAGNAROK

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: November 3, 2017

Director: Taika Waititi

Stars: Chris Hemsworth. Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson

Plot: Thor and Loki must work together to destroy Hela, the goddess of death, before she can destroy all of Asgard

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Clint Says: Drop everything and go see this movie now

 

 

Yes! Yes! A thousand times, yes!

 

Until now, the THOR movies have been okay, but not great. But this third installment is everything! It is funny, action-packed, Loki-filled awesomeness wrapped up in a cuddly blanket made of Chris Hemsworth's smiles and winks, and sprinkled on top with the Jeff Goldblumiest role of Jeff Goldblum's career.

 

Cate Blanchett plays the goddess of death like she was custom made for the role. (That's a good thing). She is fun, creepy, and super-evil all at the same time.

 

It feels like MARVEL has finally figured out the formula for making these "single hero" films as great as the "team" films. And this one is so good you'll most likely be setting your next appointment to see it right after you see it the first time.

 

As will all MARVEL films, be on the lookout for Stan Lee, and stay through the end of the credits.

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SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: July 7, 2017

Director: Jon Watts

Stars: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr., Jacob Batalon

Plot: Peter Parker tries to figure out where his life is going while he deals with high school and being Spider-Man. Then Tony Stark and a crime lord give him direction.

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Clint Says: Drop everything and go see this movie now

 

 

WooHoo! The summer of 2017 continues to be all sorts of awesome thanks to movies like SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING. 

 

I was seriously questioning the sanity of several people in Hollywood when I heard that they were doing yet another reboot of Spidey, but I must say they did it right and it was a good choice. This is an origin story, but it skips all of the beginning stuff we all know and slows down the story. This version jumps right into the action and doesn't let up for the full 2 1/2 hours. 

 

This film is also riotously funny. There were so many times I laughed out loud that by the end of the movie my stomach hurt. When you add that to a great story, and spectacular acting by Tom Holland and the rest of the cast this film is well worth your time and money.

 

The only thing that I didn't like about it was the CGI. Spidey moves too fast and choppy, and it happens a lot. I'm not sure why that is still a thing with special effects, but it is 2017 and it should be fixed by now. 

 

If you are a Spider-Man fan, I think you'll find this to be the best Spider-Man movie yet. For Marvel fans, this is right up there with THE AVENGERS and GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY. 

 

Grab your friends and go see this right now! 

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TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: June 21, 2017

Director: Michael Bay

Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Laura Haddock, Isabella Moner, Anthony Hopkins

Plot: Humans must work with the Autobots to find the item that has the power to destroy them all before the Decepticons get to it first

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Clint Says: Don't even bother

 

 

If there is one interesting thing about this movie it is that I keep on assuming that the next TRANSFORMERS film can't possibly be as bad as the one before it, and yet I continue to be wrong. Michael Bay has sunk to a level of such horrible story telling and entertainment that, I'm guessing, even Hollywood executives are starting to have second thoughts as to whether they should give him a $250 million budget and a green light on his next venture. (Nah, I'm just kidding. Hollywood execs will always throw stupid amounts of money at Bay).

 

Literally, the only good thing about this movie are the effects. The story is almost non-existent, and what story that is there is ridiculous. The acting is terrible. (It pains me to say this, but Sir Anthony Hopkins needs to hang it up. His last two roles have been astonishingly bad). The writing is cringe-worthy. And the movie is 2 1/2 hours long. Thankfully it only feels like 4 hours long.

 

Even 14 year old boys are going to walk out of this movie saying it was just okay. And we all know that the average 14 year old boy has a negative brain cell count. 

 

I really hate the fact that this film will, most likely, be nominated for an effects Oscar. Michael Bay and his cronies have no business even being mentioned with the likes of the writers and directors that make all-around good films. This guy takes a $250 million budget and spends about $240 million of it on the effects, and spends the other $10 million campaigning for an Oscar. (This is a completely false statement, but you get my point). To Bay, things like plot holes, bad acting, or stupid writing are no big deal as long as the explosions are huge and the effects look incredible. 

 

To sum up this craptastic tragedy in one line: GREAT BIG AMAZING EFFECTS, itty-bitty plot.

 

Also, stop teasing us by using words like "last" or "final" in the title then setting up yet another sequel at the end of the movie. It may be more disappointing to know that another one of these might be coming, than having just sat through one. (Yes, there is another one coming in 2018...it's the story of Bumblebee). 

 

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WONDER WOMAN

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: June 2, 2017

Director: Patty Jenkins

Stars: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, David Thewlis

Plot: A young Amazon princess leaves her sheltered life to help save the outside world from war and destruction

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Clint Says: Drop everything and see this in theaters now

 

 

This film was going to be a turning point for DC one way or another. While the DC films have made money, nearly all of them have been poorly received by fans and critics alike. 

 

But this movie was different. 

 

This one needed to be good because DC has had plenty of time to figure out why their other films weren't well received. This one also needed to be good because it is the first time we've had a major comic book film with a female lead. And this film needed to be good because of the legions of fans that love and adore Wonder Woman.

 

It may have been a tough road back for DC if this movie failed.

 

It didn't. 

 

Congratulations DC, you finally nailed it! You hit this one out of the park! WONDER WOMAN is a spectacular film that is captivating from the opening scene until the end credits roll. 

 

Gal Gadot carries on the legacy of Diana Prince with dignity, charm, and strength. She isn't just something pretty to look at while the men figure out what to do and then she is able to help. She leads the way.

 

Chris Pine is wonderful as always. His chemistry with Gadot is so fun to watch, and his acting is spot on. (Just wait until you see him with the Lasso of Truth). 

 

The story is told in a compelling and exciting way that keeps the film moving forward. It's almost 2 1/2 hours long, but it doesn't feel like it. The action scenes and effects are incredible. In fact, there were only a couple of instances where the special effects were just sightly off.

 

My only complaint with this movie is that it has the one scene where the villain runs his mouth for a long time and explains to Wonder Woman exactly what she needs to do to defeat him. I hate scenes like that because they are lazy and could have easily been written around to give us the same information in a more realistic way. For a film that is so amazing, this one scene was highly disappointing.

 

That said, all you really need to know about this movie is this: My wife grew up a huge fan of Wonder Woman. She dressed like her, pretended to be her, and wanted to grow up to be her. She is now a New York Times bestselling author, so she knows a thing or two about great story-telling. She needed this movie to be amazing. She needed Wonder Woman to be true to the original and not disappoint her childhood memories or her adult story needs. 

 

As the credits rolled I looked at my wife and she was crying. I asked if she was okay, and she said, "It was perfect! I need to see this movie again right now!"

 

Good job, DC. 

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GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: VOLUME 2

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: May 5, 2017

Director: James Gunn

Stars: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Kurt Russell, Michael Rooker

Plot: The gang of misfits continue their adventures across the galaxy while Peter tries to build a relationship with his father

Trailer

 

Clint Says: Drop everything and go see this movie now

 

 

My expectations were exceedingly high for this movie, and it met them! If you haven't seen the first GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, stop right now and go watch it.

 

The rest of us will wait.

 

Okay, now you understand what an incredibly awesome franchise this is. All other film companies should take notes while watching these two movies and title it, "How to make a great movie".

 

This film is full of great banter, fun action, a compelling story, and great music. It's 2 1/2 hours long, but it feels shorter than a lot of 90 minute movies. And Baby Groot may be the most adorable thing ever.

 

If you haven't seen the first GUARDIANS make sure you see that one before this one, otherwise you will be lost. However, if you've already seen the first one, get to a theater now and enjoy Star Lord in all of his awesomeness.

 

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LOGAN

Rated: R

Release Date: March 3, 2017

Director: James Mangold

Stars: Hugh Jackman, Dafne Keen, Patrick Stewart

Plot: Wolverine has given up on life as a mutant, but then he meets a young mutant and must return to his old ways to save her

Trailer

 

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

 

 

I was skeptical when I heard there was going to be another Wolverine movie, but the trailers intrigued me. Now that I have seen the film, I am thrilled that it turned out as well as it did. 

 

While this is another comic book movie, parents need to know that this film is rated R for a reason. There is adult language throughout and the violence is brutal. This isn't the comic book violence we are used to seeing in films like THE AVENGERS. This is much more along the lines of DEADPOOL. (Speaking of DEADPOOL, we get a trailer for the second flick at the beginning of LOGAN. That alone is worth the price of admission).

 

This film is surprisingly emotional and a much deeper story than we are used to seeing from films like this. The relationships are more important and the losses are more painful. 

 

If you are a comic book movie fan I think you will really enjoy this film. Get together with your nerdy buddies and enjoy this movie for all it has to offer.

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DOCTOR STRANGE

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: November 4, 2016

Director: Scott Derrickson

Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel McAdams, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tilda Swinton

Plot: A neurosurgeon finds a new purpose for his life after his operating career is cut short by a car crash

Trailer

 

Clint Says: Drop everything and go see this movie now

 

 

 

When it comes to origin stories, Marvel has outdone themselves with DOCTOR STRANGE. This movie is entertaining, funny, exciting, action-packed, and captivating. Even more than that, it boasts two actors with the best names in Hollywood in Benedict Cumberbatch and Chiwetel Ejiofor! It really can't get much better than that. 

 

The visual aspect of this film is spectacular. There is a constant barrage of mesmerizing scenery and special effects for the full two hours. It almost gets to the point where your brain can't take the bending anymore.

 

The only issue I had with this film is that the reasoning behind the antagonist's war against the world isn't clear enough. We get some information as to why he is doing what he's doing, but it's not enough for us to understand his turn from good. Aside from that, this film is nearly flawless as far as comic book movies go. 

 

This is one of those rare films where I recommend seeing it in 3D and on the biggest screen possible. It is worth the extra money to go big. It's also one you will probably want to see again because it is so entertaining. 

 

Call your friends and head to the theaters as soon as you can for this one.

 

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SUICIDE SQUAD

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: August 5, 2016

Director: David Ayer

Stars: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Jared Leto

Plot: The U.S. Government assembles a covert task force of the baddest of the bad guys in order to fight the supernatural beings trying to take over the world

Trailer


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

 

 

I know a lot of film critics have been slamming this movie, and a lot of that criticism is warranted. But the bottom line is that this is a movie that the fans will love. It is really fun, the characters are well cast, and the story is exciting enough to keep fans happy. 

 

Margot Robbie is outstanding as Harley Quinn. Her performance is second only to Viola Davis who plays one of the most hard-core characters to ever grace the big screen. The rest of the cast does a great job as well, with the exception of Cara Delevingne who is slightly better than passable as Enchantress. 

 

This is a movie you should see in the biggest theater possible with the best sound. It isn't worth the money for 3D, but the visuals and the soundtrack need to be seen and heard in the biggest and best way you can. This may be the best soundtrack of the year. 

 

Finally, just know that you should just enjoy this film for what it is. If you go into it with the mindset that you are going to watch a bunch of bad guys do some crazy stuff you will really enjoy this movie. If you go into it expecting some deep and meaningful revelation you will be highly disappointed.