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FRENCH EXIT
Rated: R
Release Date: April 2, 2021
Director: Azazel Jacobs
Stars: Michelle Pfeiffer, Lucas Hedges, Valerie Mahaffey, Tracy Letts
Plot: A broke socialite moves to Paris with her son
 
Clint Says: Wait for the digital release
 

 

I have to say, I was quite surprised by this film. The trailer did nothing to make me want to see it, but alas, it is my job to see movies that I don't always want to see.
 
I went into it with an open mind, but my suspicions were disappointingly confirmed about 20 minutes into the film when I found myself looking at my watch and letting my mind wander. Then, it happened. About 50 minutes into the movie there is an exchange that is so incredibly funny that I was pulled back in. And then a few minutes later, there is a scene that made all of the boring opening almost worth it. 
 
From that moment on, I felt like I was watching a different film. It was funny, smart, and charming. The problem was that I had to sit through 50 minutes of boredom to get there.
 
If you can make it through the first half you will be treated to some great acting, and a dialogue that is both witty and prose-like. If you can't make it all the way to the end it is entirely understandable. 

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THE UNITED STATES VS. BILLIE HOLIDAY
Rated: R
Release Date: February 26, 2021
Director: Lee Daniels
Stars: Andra Day, Trevante Rhodes, Garrett Hedlund
Plot: An undercover drug agent gets too close to Billie Holiday during a sting operation
 
Clint Says: Wait for the streaming price to come down
 

 


(Streaming exclusively on Hulu)
 
If you are unaware of Billie Holiday, I highly encourage you to do some research into her life and legacy. She is nothing short of a national treasure, but she also had to deal with many demons in her life. Many of those demons were forced on her by some of the terrible people that surrounded her, some of the demons were self-inflicted. 
 
This film centers around one of her most powerful songs and how the U.S. Government went after her to try to stop her from singing it. If you have never heard "Strange Fruit," you should give it a listen. It makes perfect sense why this was a black anthem, and why the 1940s Government wanted to get rid of it and Miss Holiday.
 
Based on all of this, one would think this would be a very dynamic and suspenseful film. Unfortunately, it is nearly the opposite. It is slow, drawn out, and flat. That doesn't mean the film is all bad. It has several incredible moments. But overall, it lacks intensity. 
 
Andra Day does a nice job playing Miss Holiday, and her voice is simply stunning, but the script she has to work with doesn't lend itself to a compelling character arc. It's really too bad, because this story could have been something special. 
 
This is a good movie, but not one worth paying premium pricing to see. Wait until it is available to stream for free. You'll be happy with your choice once you see it. 

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THE FATHER
Rated: PG-13
Release Date: February 26, 2021
Director: Florian Zeller
Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Olivia Colman, Mark Gatiss, Olivia Williams
Plot: An aging man tries to keep things in order, but his mind is confusing reality with things he thinks are real
 
Clint Says: See this in theaters if you can
 
 
(Limited theatrical run)
 
If you have ever watched a loved one struggle with dementia, you know how heartbreaking it is to see them lose their grip on reality. It is a brutal disease that takes the greatest among us and whittles them down to the equivalent of an unteachable child. Yet, you can see in their eyes that, somehow, they know there is a forgotten world in which they still live. 
 
Portraying dementia on screen to this point has been a very difficult task. Some films have done a decent job of it, most haven't. This film nails it. And not only does it nail it, it puts you into the mind of the afflicted. You will walk out of the theater after this film thanking your lucky stars that you don't really feel the way you have felt for the last two hours. 
 
Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman give unforgettable performances even though it must have been an extremely difficult exhausting process to film this every day. It is difficult to watch as the breakdown of one person leads to the breakdown of another, but it is also beautiful to watch as the broken learn to mend and lift each other up. 
 
This is not a happy tale. It is not a film that ends with a tidy bow. It gets more and more messy as it progresses, and it becomes more tragic and heartbreaking as the truth is slowly revealed. Just like with dementia, there are no happy endings here. 
 
While this isn't an entertaining film, it is one that I highly recommend. It is not easy to watch, but it will give you a better understanding of what dementia patients experience. Beyond that it is also a masterful job of storytelling and acting that is well worth seeing. 

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CRISIS
Rated: R
Release Date: February 26, 2021
Director: Nicholas Jarecki
Stars: Armie Hammer, Gary Oldman, Evangeline Lilly
Plot: People's lives are controlled in different ways by opioids
 
Clint Says: Wait for the digital release
 

 

(Limited theatrical run)
 
Opioids are a dangerous thing. They are highly addictive and they are highly coveted. Because of that they have become big business, both legal and illegal. Crisis tells the story of the effect that opioids have on different people in different ways. One is a scientist asked to manipulate his numbers so a new opioid can hit the legal market, one is an undercover cop trying to stop the rampant spread of illegal sales, and one is a grieving mother who had no idea her son was close enough to the drug world to die because of it. 
 
All three stories are compelling and tragic on their own. In fact, this might have been better if it was rewritten as three different movies. The problem occurs when two of their stories intersect, but not the third. It doesn't make any sense. A lot of movies and books like to do the "crossing paths" storytelling, but if it is used, all of the paths need to cross, not just a couple of them. It is a powerful film that is almost really good. Unfortunately, the whole thing feels disjointed. 
 
Gary Oldman is fantastic in his role, which is all for naught, because his storyline should have been completely removed from the final version of the movie. It feels odd to say he was the best actor, but the movie would have been better without him, but it is true. 
 
Evangeline Lilly does a great job in her role moving through the stages of grief and loss. And Armie Hammer plays the gritty, undercover cop just like you would expect a gritty, undercover cop to be played. The good news with him is that his character is the only one that brings complex issues to the story, making his character much more interesting. 
 
I would like to tell you that this is a crime/mystery movie, or a drama, or a revenge flick, but I can't, because it is all of those things and yet, nine of those things. What I can say for certain is that it is an okay flick. It's not terrible, it's not great. Just wait for it to come out on a digital platform and watch it then. 
 

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LAND
Rated: PG-13
Release Date: February 12, 2021
Director: Robin Wright
Stars: Robin Wright, Demian Bichir
Plot: A woman isolates herself in the wild after certain events change her life
 
Clint Says: Wait for the digital release
 

 

Have you ever had that urge to just get away from it all? Go out to the middle of nowhere and start fresh? Well, this is a movie all about that. Too bad she picks one of the world's harshest climates to start over in. 
 
Firsts off, congratulations to Robin Wright on her feature film directorial debut. That is a huge accomplishment and should never be overlooked. I just wish the movie had turned out a little bit better than what it is. 
 
The story is told in a very choppy way. There are things we don't learn until the end that didn't need to be a mystery. In fact, it would have made us care for the main character so much more had we known what she was going through from the beginning. The reveal is nice, but by the point that it finally happened it didn't pull any weight. It would have made for a much better movie if it was told in a linear fashion. 
 
As for the acting, both Robin Wright and Demian Bichir are marvelous. Their characters feel very real. It would have been nice if they had more to work with, but the story style didn't allow for their characters to grow with each other.
 
I wish I could recommend seeing this in theaters, but it isn't worth the time and money. Wait for the digital release. You'll be happy you did, and then you'll be okay with having seen it at home. 

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NOMADLAND
Rated: R
Release Date: February 5, 2021
Director: Chloe Zhao
Stars: Frances McDormand, David Strathairn
Plot: A woman's life revolves around her seasonal jobs while living in her van and interacting with the people she meets along the way
 
Clint Says: See this in theaters if you are a fan of high-brow cinema. If not, then skip it.
 
 

If you are not familiar with the works and stylings of Director Chloe Zhao you need to know that she is a filmmaker with a style unique to her. She is infatuated with the "wild west," she tells slice-of-life stories of ordinary people, and her films feel like they are part narrative movie and part documentary. 

 
She is a huge name in the independent film world, and rightfully so. Her films are beautiful, emotional, and moving. 
 
Just like Taylor Swift writing a breakup song, Nomadland is right in Chloe Zhao's wheelhouse. And then she went and got Frances McDormand to play the lead. Get the Academy on the line, we've got a contender. 
 
As with most independent films, this is not for everyone. It is a slow-paced film showing the slow-paced life of a typical nomadic person. Most of the drama and conflict is stuff we all deal with on a daily basis. 
 
Your typical movie amplifies the exciting moments and skips over the day-to-day life events. This movie wants you to slow down and enjoy all of those little moments. There is no goal to achieve, there is no crown to be won. The victory is in living each day and being present. 
 
This is a wonderful and beautiful film for those of you that can enjoy the slower pace and the appreciation of the little things. If you are hoping for excitement, entertainment, and escape from real life, you will want to see something else. 

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MALCOLM AND MARIE
Rated: R
Release Date: February 5, 2021
Director: Sam Levinson
Stars: John David Washington, Zendaya
Plot: A couple argues through the night after a huge evening that will change their lives
 
Clint Says: A great film if you can handle people yelling at each other for 90 minutes
 
 
Zendaya has come a long way from her time as a Disney star, and she has made the most of her climb to the up. Now, thanks to her performance in this film, she has a legitimate chance at reaching the pinnacle of any acting career by winning an Academy Award. 
 
Her performance is incredible throughout the film, but there is one scene in particular where she shows off her acting range in a jaw-dropping manner. I would be surprised if she doesn't get a nomination for all of the big award shows this year. 
 
As for the rest of the movie, it is intense, exhausting, compelling, and hard to watch. If that sounds like a list of contradictions, you are correct. One moment you'll be hanging on every word, the next you'll be wishing it was all over because the arguing is incessant. There are many moments where you will think this is some of the best writing ever. Then there are moments where you will want them to stop talking because their nonsensical ramblings are hurting your brain. 
 
For those of you that can withstand the barrage of insults and verbal punches, you will be treated to some of the best acting you will see all year. If constant arguing and yelling stresses you out, this is not the film for you. 

 

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OUR FRIEND
Rated: R
Release Date: January 22, 2021
Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite
Stars: Dakota Johnson, Casey Affleck, Jason Segel
Plot: An old friend comes to help out with a couple dealing with a terminal cancer diagnosis
 
Clint Says: See this in theaters if you can find it
 
 
 
Humans can find hope and joy in the darkest of times and situations. This film does a beautiful job of using a very dark moment to show the light. It is strange because there is nothing happy about this story, yet it feels good to have gone through it. 
 
The trio of actors are all superb. Dakota Johnson gives one of her best performances of her career. Casey Affleck proves once again that he is the superior actor in his family. And Jason Segel shows that he can be so much more than just the funny, goofy guy. 
 
This film will take you on an emotional ride. Most of which will be filled with tears. There are a few laughs as well, but most of those are laughing through the tears. But, at the end of it all it is still a story that feels good and proves that there are wonderful people in this world.
 
If you are looking for a girls' night out, this film might be a great part of your evening. 

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THE WHITE TIGER
Rated: R
Release Date: January 22, 2021
Director: Ramin Bahrani
Stars: Adarsh Gourav, Priyanka Chopra, Rajkummar Rao
Plot: A man born to be a servant, figures out a way to become a business mogul
 
Clint Says: Stream this when you have a chance
 

 

Everyone loves a good underdog story. At least that is what we've always heard. Well, if it is a true statement then you have no choice but to like this movie, because it is a good underdog story. 
 
Adarsh Gourav, who has starred in several Bollywood films, is great in the lead role. He goes from being a mousey pushover to a business mastermind, through a wild and eventful series of events. Without him this movie would be much less entertaining. 
 
This film is a lot more serious than I expected it to be. I thought it was going to have several comedic moments, but it doesn't. It's pretty much a straight up drama.
 
I highly doubt this film will be on anyone's top ten list this year, but it is a good film that is worth seeing when you have the chance. 

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NO MAN'S LAND
Rated: PG-13
Release Date: January 22, 2021
Director: Connor Allyn
Stars: Jake Allyn, Frank Grillo, Jorge A. Jimenez, George Lopez
Plot: A young man finds himself in trouble and runs away to Mexico to escape danger and find himself
 
Clint Says: Worth a digital rental
 

 

When I saw the information for this film I was nervous that it might not be very good. It is written by one brother, who is also the star of the film, and directed by the other brother. Many times that means that it is a low-budget flick without professional cinematic value. Thankfully, this movie is about 95% of what you would expect a wide-release film to look and feel like. 
 
Yes, it has its moments of bad acting, non-dramatic chase scenes, and other amateur issues, but for the most part this is a pretty good film. The story is compelling enough to help keep the movie interesting even when the film work isn't the greatest. And the characters' journeys are deep and emotional. 
 
This is in no way one of the best films you will see this year, but it is still one that is worth seeing if you have the time. I wouldn't suggest going out of your way to see it, but if you are scrolling through your streaming devices and can't find anything to watch, you might want to give this one a try. 

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ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI
Rated: R
Release Date: January 15, 2021
Director: Regina King
Stars: Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree, Leslie Odom, Jr., Aldis Hodge
Plot: Malcolm X, Sam Cooke, Jim Brown, and the soon-to-be Muhammed Ali spend an evening debating and discussing their part in the civil rights movement
 
Clint Says: See this movie as soon as you can
 

 

This film is a tale of two halves. The first 15 minutes are incredible. Especially the introduction of Jim Brown. It is one of the more powerful and poignant scenes you will see in a movie this year. Unfortunately, the rest of the first half is really quite boring. Nothing exciting happens, the four friends are hanging out with each other, which is neat to see and contemplate, but there is no conflict, there is no action, and it feels like the story stalls out. 
 
But then the second half of the film shows up to the party. 
 
It is very rare for me to love a film so much that didn't thrill me for about 45 minutes of it, but the rest of the movie is so good that it nearly made my top 10 movies of the year list. There is so much happening in the second half , so many emotional moments, and such powerful dialogue that the entire film is thoroughly redeemed. 
 
The acting is some of the best we've seen this year. Leslie Odom, Jr. deserves a supporting actor nomination for his portrayal of Sam Cooke. He also co-wrote the song "Speak Now," with Sam Ashworth. It has a very good chance of winning the Oscar for Best Song. 
 
Perhaps the most incredible thing about this film is the performance of Kingsley Ben-Adir. He plays the role of Malcolm X perfectly. You almost feel like you are watching the real man on screen. That is incredible enough, but the truly shocking thing about it is that Ben-Adir was chosen for the role only two weeks before they started shooting the film. And because the shooting schedule was so tight, there were many times where they didn't even get to rehearse their lines on scene. 
 
Give this one a watch this weekend. You won't be disappointed. In fact, you might discover one of your favorite movies of the year. 

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PIECES OF A WOMAN
Rated: R
Release Date: January 8, 2021
Director: Kornel Mundruczo
Stars: Vanessa Kirby, Shia LaBeouf, Ellen Burstyn
Plot: A couple begin to fall apart after the tragic death of their newborn child. 
 
Clint Says: It's worth watching once
 
 
The reaction to this film has been very interesting. There are a lot of people that think this is a lock for a Best Picture nomination and a probable win for Vanessa Kirby in the Best Actress race Then there are a lot of people that think this is a pretty good film with an award-worthy performance from Vanessa Kirby. I fall into the latter category. 
 
One thing is for sure, Vanessa Kirby is outstanding in this film. Her performance is so emotional and raw that it almost feels like she is really going through these events. The way she interacts with the other characters makes the whole film so much better. 
 
The one thing that might put people off to this movie is Shia LeBeouf. This is not one of his better roles. In fact, if you've been following the Hollywood news over the last couple of months you know that he has found himself in a potentially career-ending situation. Without giving too much away, let's just say that there is a scene in this film that feels way too close to his alleged reality to be comfortable. 
 
Personally, I found this movie to be too slow and depressing. 2020 was a terrible year for most, I want to escape right now. I don't want to watch some heavy, reality-based drama. Watching this felt like I had a weight around my neck. 
 
That said, it was still worth it to see Kirby's performance. This may not be one of my favorite films of the year, but Kirby definitely deserves all of the positive attention and accolades being thrown in her direction.  

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SOUND OF METAL
Rated: R
Release Date: December 4, 2020
Director: Darius Marder
Stars: Riz Ahmed, Olivia Cooke, Paul Raci
Plot: A drummer suddenly loses his hearing and must figure out what he is going to do with his life
 
Clint Says: See this as soon as you can
 
 
What would you do if you spent your entire life pursing something and had it taken away from you in an instant? That is the struggle dealt with in this story. 
 
Riz Ahmed is a front runner for best actor thanks to his incredible performance. He spent months learning how to play drums and how to speak using sign language. That kind of commitment combined with his emotional portrayal will surely help him collect several trophies this year. 
 
Paul Raci has a good chance of winning more hardware for this film in the Best Supporting Actor category. He brings the heart and calm to a story that would quickly become chaotic and unmanageable without him. 
 
The rest of the film is very good. It is emotional, raw and heartbreaking. It is definitely worth seeing. 

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PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN
Rated: R
Release Date: December 25, 2020
Director: Emerald Fennell
Stars: Carey Mulligan, Bo Burnham, Alison Brie
Plot: A woman vows revenge for her friend by hurting the men that try to hurt her
 
Clint Says: See this in theaters as soon as you can
 
 

Simply put, this is one of the best movies of the year. Carey Mulligan, who is typically amazing in everything she is in, gives the best performance of her career to this point. She plays a woman set on revenge, but she doesn't just charge ahead without thinking. No, she is playing chess while everyone else is playing checkers. 

 
She also shows the complexity of her acting skills by playing a very smart, but damaged person who has the ability to make herself become the object of desire for any man. She goes from drunk to sober in a snap, from feigning ignorance to the smartest person in the room in one sentence, and from prey to predator before the guy has any clue what is happening to him. 
 
Mulligan's acting is paired well with a fantastic script, a solid cast, and great directing from Emerald Fennell. The story moves along well, and it is filled with mystery, suspense and drama. 
 
This film will be in the mix for several of the big awards this year, especially Mulligan for Best Actress. It is one that you should watch right away and then probably see again just because you'll want to catch all of the things you missed the first time. 
 

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MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM
Rated: R
Release Date: December 4, 2020
Director: George C. Wolfe
Stars: Viola Davis, Chadwick Boseman, Colman Domingo, Taylour Paige
Plot: A blues singer comes into the studio to cut a new album, but there as friction between her bandmates, the producers, and others in the room
 
Clint Says: See this as soon as you can
 

 

Wow! We may have lost the man and the talent of Chadwick Boseman, but he left us one final, beautiful, gift with his performance in MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM. And while it is a gift to us, it is also a performance that will most assuredly win him many acting awards.
 
Add to his astounding performance the earth-shattering performance of Viola Davis and you have the beginnings of a very special film. I will be shocked if either Boseman or Davis are left out of the acting races. As of now, I consider both of them to be the front runners.
 
To make it even better, their skills were put to use in a great film. It is a powerful, moving story told with compelling dialogue and beautiful music. The costumes are amazing, the sets and the cinematography add just the right look, and the pacing is perfect leading up to an unexpected ending. 
 
This is a film that you will want to see at least twice so you can catch all of the nuance, but also because it is so good. This will be a big time awards contender in several categories. 

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AMMONITE
Rated: R
Release Date: December 4, 2020
Director: Francis Lee
Stars: Kate Winslet, Saoirse Ronan, Fiona Shaw, Gemma Jones
Plot: A female scientist and a bored housewife start a friendship that leads to more in mid-1800's England
 
Clint Says: Watch this if you need a good nap
 
 
This is one of those films where I feel like I saw something completely different than just about every other film critic. I keep hearing "Oscar contender" thrown around for this one, but I just don't see it. 
 
Sure, it's a historical drama that speaks to issues of the today, which are always markers for at least a decent awards run. But this one is missing one massive component that most major awards contenders have. It's not compelling in the slightest. In fact, I would go so far as to say it is boring. 
 
There is very little conflict, except that which is contrived, so there is no tension to build up the suspense. The plot lends itself to all sorts of drama and conflict in the time period in which it is set, but it seems the filmmakers forgot to put any of that into the final cut. 
 
I would like to say that the acting is great, but I'm not truly convinced that it is. The characters don't have to deal with difficult issues that would change them, so they don't have a true character arc. (Unless you count it as a half arc that you assume gets completed after the movie ends, but that doesn't count in my world of movie watching).
 
I can't even say that it is beautiful and picturesque. In fact, the sets and cinematography are quite dull and dreary. It just feels like there is no heartbeat to this film. It might have been something special in another form, but the way it is isn't worth your time or money. 

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LAST CALL
Rated: R
Release Date: November 25, 2020
Director: Steven Bernstein
Stars: John Malkovich, Rhys Ifans, Rodrigo Santoro, Romola Garai
Plot: The story of the last days of poet Dylan Thomas
 
Clint Says: Watch this movie as soon as you can
 

 

Well, here it is. This is easily one of my favorite films of the year. There is nothing much to say except this is a must-see film. If you are a fan of artistic cinema you have to see this. If you are a fan of dramatic performances, you have to see this. If you are a fan of Dylan Thomas, you have to see this. If you've liked any of the films nominated for Best Picture in the last 10 years, you have to see this. 
 
While I still have more films to see before I begin my official voting process, after seeing this I'm ready to vote for it for Best Picture, Best Actor, possibly 2 Best Supporting Actors, Best Score, and Best Cinematography. We shall see if this holds up over the next several weeks, but I think it will. 
 
Rhys Ifans is nothing short of masterful as Dylan Thomas. His portrayal will leave you wanting more. And the supporting cast is incredible as well. This is easily some of the best acting I've seen this year. 
 
My only issue with this movie is that it is going to be in limited release, so I'm afraid it isn't going to get enough eyeballs on it to be noticed for the big awards. Hopefully, I am wrong. 
 
If you can find this movie, watch it as soon as you can. You will not be disappointed. 
 
(In select theaters).

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THE LAST VERMEER
Rated: R
Release Date: November 20, 2020
Director: Dan Friedkin
Stars: Claes Bang, Guy Pearce, Vicky Krieps
Plot: A man is put on trial for being a Nazi sympathizer, but stunning revelations during the trial change his life and the entire art world
 
Clint Says: See this as soon as you can
 

 

I knew nothing about this real-life story going into this movie. Now that I have seen it, I want to find all of the information I can about it. This is a fascinating story, told in a creative, entertaining, and dramatic way. 
 
You wouldn't think that a film about a trial over stolen art would be overly exciting, but this movie is filled with action, suspense, intrigue, and drama from the opening scene to the chaotic climax. There wasn't a single moment where I was bored or my mind slipped out of the story. It is captivating. 
 
The principle cast all give wonderful performances. You can see the chemistry and feel the tension in all of the right places. Guy Pearce does so well as to portray a specific emotion to the audience with just a simple movement of his, very pointy, eyebrow. It is truly something to behold. 
 
If you like WWII-era dramas, and/or art-heist films, this one is a must-see. And if you don't know the story already, I highly recommend not looking anything up before you see it so you don't spoil the reveal. 
 

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THE NEST
Rated: R
Release Date: November 20, 2020
Director: Sean Durkin
Stars: Jude Law, Carrie Coon, Oona Roche, Charlie Shotwell
Plot: A couple moves to England and their lives fall apart
 
Clint Says: Don't even bother
 
 

Imagine a movie that opens with the first four minutes being barely more than two establishing shots. One, a shot of the outside of the main character's house, and one, through the window, of the main character while he talks on the phone, (with no audible dialogue for us to hear). Between those two shots is another, long establishing shot of a close up of the main character before 20 seconds of "action", which is him dialing and talking on the phone. 

 
Did that paragraph bore you? If so, imagine how much more boring it would be as a movie. 
 
Oh, wait, you don't need to imagine it, someone already shot it and named it THE NEST.
 
Side note to the director: If your establishing shots take longer than 3 or 4 seconds then one of three things needs to happen...
 
1. If the scene is too confusing to allow it to be established in 3 or 4 seconds, fire your set designer and cinematographer.
2. If the scene is perfectly established in 3 or 4 seconds, but the establishing shot continues on for another 40 or so seconds, fire your editor. 
3. If you can't figure out what the problem is with a 45 second establishing shot, fire yourself.
 
Side note over.
 
By the way, the next hour and 40 minutes don't get much more exciting than the first four minutes. In fact the only thing of note to happen in the first half hour is the move to England. It isn't until about 35 minutes in that we finally get the slightest bit of drama and conflict. The rest of the movie slowly builds the conflict, but the big reveal is so minor, so #firstworldproblems, that you'll question why you chose to waste nearly two hours of your life watching it. 
 
Not only is the story boring, but it is poorly told. There are plot elements that are set up but never resolved, characters that pop in an out at strange times, and useless scenes that do nothing to move the plot forward. 
 
I am confident that most of us would be more entertained spending 2 hours watching an empty bird nest than watching this film. Save yourself the money and the agony and skip this one. 

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LET HIM GO
Rated: R
Release Date: November 6, 2020
Director: Thomas Bezucha
Stars: Diane Lane, Kevin Costner, Kayli Carter, Jeffrey Donovan
Plot: A retired couple, dealing with the loss of their son, tries to rescue their only grandson from an abusive family
 
Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee
 
 
I didn't really know what to expect going into this movie, but I know that I expected more than what I got. That isn't to say that this is a bad film, it just doesn't have a gripping, edge-of-your-seat plot to keep you engaged for almost two hours. 
 
This movie relies much more on emotion than action. It's odd in a way because the reality is that only three big things happen in the first 45 minutes, but  it doesn't feel like the movie is dragging. Yes, it does feel like a slow-moving story, but in doesn't feel like it gets bogged down or the story loses momentum. It's simply a slow burn. 
 
For the most part the acting is pretty solid. Diane Lane does a great job leading the cast, and Kevin Costner gives one of his better performances. (That's not saying a lot, since he is the same character in every film he does, but at least it fits in this movie).
 
If you are a fan of the slow, emotional tale then this is a film that you will want to see. If you saw the trailer for this and you were excited to see a couple of grandparents act like Rambo for two hours, you are going to be disappointed. This isn't the kind of film that will win a ton of awards, but it is still one worth seeing.