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SHANG-CHI: AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS
Rated: PG-13
Release Date: September 3, 2021
Director: Destin Daniel Cretton
Stars: Simu Liu, Awkwafina, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Meng'er Zhang
Plot: A young man must face off against his father in order to save the world
 
Clint Says: Wait until after opening weekend, but see this in theaters
 

 

By now we all know that one of the hardest type of films to do well is the origin story. Marvel, however, has done a very good job at making great origin films for the last several years. And while this movie is very good, it isn't quite as great as some of its predecessors. 
 
Like with many origin stories, this one has some pacing issues leading to some slow moments, but if you have a little patience, the movie pays off well. 
 
Aside from the pacing issues, nearly everything else about this film is excellent. It has incredible action, the tried and true Marvel witty banter, and many moments that will have you laughing out loud. The story is compelling, the villain is one that you understand and actually fear that he might win, and the secondary characters give the movie incredible depth. 
 
The main characters are perfectly cast. Simu Liu is going to be a huge star, and Awkwafina steals every scene she is in. Plus, her character has its own hero arc which is fantastic to watch. 
 
As with most films set in China, this one is filled with beautiful scenery and imagery. The costumes are gorgeous, and worthy of an awards nomination. And if you thought the dragon was incredible in the trailer, wait until you see it on the big screen. It will blow you away. 
 
As with all Marvel movies, make sure you stay all the way through the credits. there are two scenes you don't want to miss. 

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THE SUICIDE SQUAD
Rated: R
Release Date: August 5, 2021
Director: James Gunn
Stars: Margot Robbie, Idris Elba, John Cena, Joel Kinnaman
Plot: The US government calls on the Suicide Squad to save the world again, but things aren't exactly what they seem
 
Clint Says: Wait until after opening weekend, but see this in theaters
 

 

The first Suicide Squad film was a hot mess, but a ton of fun. This one replaces the hot mess with amped up everything, and keeps all of the fun. It is ridiculous, it is over the top, it is way too much, and it is a must see movie for comic book movie fans. 
 
It feels like the writers took every single moment in the first draft and said, "how can we turn this scene up to a 10?" Then they did it. 
 
You know every moment is on hyperdrive when after the movie is over you overhear a couple of teenage boys talking about the movie and one says, "man, I didn't expect it to be that gory!" And it is a true statement. This movie is gory, filled with bad language, violent, and so incredibly weird. 
 
At times, this movie feels like you are watching John Wick, other times it feels like you are watching one of the original Japanese Godzilla movies. And surprisingly, it works. Especially since the big, bad villain is the best bad guy to come along since the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man. 
 
This movie is not for everyone. It is very R-rated. If you can't handle gore, violence, and blood, you can't handle this movie. If you can handle all of that, then strap in for one crazy ride. It's the kind of movie that dreams and nightmares are made of. Half of the movie you'll be saying, "ewwww," and the other half you'll be laughing at how strange everything is, but you'll also enjoy every minute of this crazy trip. 
 
Note: There is an end credit scene, so make sure to stick around for that. 

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SNAKE EYES
Rated: PG-13
Release Date: July 23, 2021
Director: Robert Schwentke
Stars: Henry Golding. Andrew Koji, Haruka Abe, Takehiro Hira
Plot: A drifter saves the life of a powerful man who takes him in and teaches him how to become a warrior, but other forces are trying to pull him away
 
Clint Says: Wait until after opening weekend, but see this in theaters
 

 

G.I. Joe fans, the long wait is over. You are finally going to get the movies that you've always wanted. This reboot is way better than the 2009 version.
 
The great thing about this movie is you don't have to be a fan of the series in order to enjoy it. Sure, there are some great Easter eggs for fans all throughout the film, but if you never watched the cartoon, you'll still get all of the important information. 
 
This is a fun flick for anyone that likes action movies, old Kung Fu films, and good mysteries. It encompasses all of those elements into one action-packed origin story. In fact, it has so much action that it really doesn't feel like your typical origin story. They get through the pertinent, but static stuff quickly and without it being overly slow, and get to the reason everyone goes to these movies as fast as possible. 
 
The one big strike against this movie is the camera work. They used the shaky cam method to shoot all of the fight scenes, and there are a ton of fight scenes, so it feels like half of the movie is out of focus. It would have been a much better movie if we could have seen all of the fights. 
 
For fans of the series, you'll be happy to know that this film sets up at least two more movies if not more. It wouldn't surprise me if Snake Eyes 2 was already in production. So if you are a fan of the series, or you just love action flicks, give this one a shot. It's a fun way to spend a hot afternoon in a cool place. 

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BLACK WIDOW
Rated: PG-13
Release Date: July 9, 2021
Director: Cate Shortland
Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, David Harbour, Rachel Weisz
Plot: While the Avengers are torn apart, Natasha Romanoff discovers a past rival is still operating in secret
 
Clint Says: Drop everything and see this in theaters now
 

 

It's been 11 years since Scarlett Johansson gave us our first look at the character we know as Black Widow. From the first moment Tony Stark laid eyes on Natalie Rushman we all knew she was going to be something special. For a lot of fans she has been one of their favorite Avengers, and now she gets her own story to show off her skills and give us a better look into what makes her tick. 
 
I know a lot of people have been confused by the timeline of this film. For reference, this story happens after the Avengers have been torn apart and some of them imprisoned. Black Widow is on her own. 
 
That being established means this isn't a true "origin story," but we do get to see how it all began for her. The good news is this doesn't have your typical, slow-moving, information dump. It gets right to the point and keeps the pace up throughout the entire 2 1/2 hours. 
 
This film is filled with amazing action, fantastic dialogue, and a highly compelling and emotional story. You really feel for her and her sister as they go through a nearly impossible journey of healing. There are moments that will break your heart and make you want to get into the fight with her. 
 
Aside from the emotions, this film is packed with action. There are so many great fight scenes and action sequences. It barely gives you time to catch your breath before the next big event slams into the screen. 
 
There are somewhere in the neighborhood of 2 dozen Marvel films out now. Personally, I would rank this one in the top 5 or 6. It is an incredible film that never feels like it is dragging or is too long. It hits all of the right notes and will leave you wanting more. 
 
I know that this film is releasing simultaneously in theaters and on Disney+, but I highly encourage you to see it in theaters. This is the kind of film made to be seen on the big screen. It is totally worth the money and the time to see it as big and loud as you possibly can. 
 
Finally, make sure you stick around for the after-credits scene. It will make you wish you could see that movie right now. 

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ZACK SNYDER'S JUSTICE LEAGUE
Rated: R
Release Date: March 18, 2021
Director: Zack Snyder
Stars: Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Henry Cavill
Plot: Several Super Heroes assemble to try to defeat a destructive force of evil
 
Clint Says: Don't even bother
 

 

Four hours and two minutes. That is the official running time of this flick. 
 
That's twice as long as two long movies. 
 
That's nearly six episodes of Supernatural.
 
That's sixteen episodes of that little kid show Peppa Pig.
 
Four hours and two minutes. 
 
I'd rather watch Peppa Pig.
 
First of all, if you are thinking, "hmmm, this movie sounds familiar," you are correct. This movie was released in late 2017. Back then it was 2 1/2 hours and everybody hated it, including the director. So he decided to go back and add another 90 minutes to the movie to try to explain certain story points, and make it connect better with the audience. 
 
He failed. Again. 
 
They should have renamed the movie Zack Snyder's Justice League: Now With 750% More Establishing Shots. Sure, it does have a few new scenes, and some of them attempt to answer plot hole questions from the original, but for the most part they just feel out of place or are thoroughly useless to the overall plot. 
 
This film was almost a complete waste of time during its original release. Now that it is over 4 hours long it is a complete waste of time. Save yourself the agony.
 

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WONDER WOMAN 1984

Rated: PG-13
Release Date: December 25, 2020
Director: Patty Jenkins
Stars: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, Pedro Pascal
Plot: An ancient artifact is stolen and Diana must find it before it is used for evil purposes
 
Clint Says: Drop everything and go see this in theaters now
 
 
Congratulations, Patty Jenkins, you are now two for two with making my wife cry tears of joy at the end of your Wonder Woman movies. And that is no small feat because my wife is a New York Times bestselling author so she understands story a lot more than your average audience member. 
 
One of the greatest aspects of this film is not only do we get to enjoy the awesome on-screen chemistry between Gal Gadot and Chris Pine again, but we get to enjoy it while they are wearing 80's fashions.  There are few things more totally radical than Chris Pine in a fanny pack and Gal Gadot in shoulder pads. 
 
I must say I was a little worried when I saw the running time was over 2 1/2 hours, but thankfully the pacing is spot on. I never felt like the movie was overstaying its welcome. In fact, I wanted more. Speaking of which, make sure you stick around after the credits begin because there is a mid-credit scene that will have Wonder Woman fans literally screaming with delight. 
 
They also do another thing in this movie that will have fans cheering and clapping like they are little kids again. You'll know it when you see it. 
 
Personally, I thought this film was better than the first one, and I loved the first one. It is fun, action-packed, smart, and filled with heart. My only criticism of the film is that one of the bad guys is overly dramatic, but it's a comic book movie so we will let that slide. 
 
2020 has been a crazy year, but seeing this film is a great way to end the year on a high note. You will laugh, (mainly at the fashion), and you will cry, and you will have a great time watching this movie. 

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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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BIRDS OF PREY

Rated: R

Release Date: February 7, 2020

Director: Cathy Yan

Stars: Margot Robbie, Rosie Perez, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ewan McGregor

Plot: Harley Quinn does whatever it takes to stay alive after breaking up with The Joker.

Trailer

 

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

 

 

Just like Harley Quinn, this movie is a hot mess...but in a good way. Nay. In a great way.

 

It is a film filled with crazy action, hilarious one-liners, fun music, and an interesting story. That said, the plot is a bit lacking. There are a couple of minor plot holes, moments of convenience, and events that are downright ridiculous, but sometimes, that is what makes a comic book flick work. As long s you are willing to suspend your disbelief, you will enjoy this film. 

 

Margot Robbie is so much fun in the lead role, and her partners in crime bring a lot to the movie. Mary Elizabeth Winstead is hilarious in the most serious way possible. And Ewan McGregor is spot on as a perfectly psychotic criminal mastermind. 

 

One of the great aspects of this movie is that there are so many things happening on the screen. The movie is filled with fun graphics, and animations. It keeps the movie moving fast, even during the slower parts. 

 

If you are a fan of comic book movies, this one is a must-see. It's unique in that it is a lot like an origin story, but it is really a story of Harley becoming her own person for the first time in her life. 

 

NOTE: Make sure to stay until the end of the credits. If you do, you will be treated to a moment that is as Harley Quinn as Harley Quinn can get.

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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

Trailer

 

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

Trailer

 

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

Trailer

 

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

Trailer

 

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

Trailer

 

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

Trailer

 

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

Trailer

 

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

Trailer

 

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

Trailer

 

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.