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HOBBS AND SHAW

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: August 2, 2019

Director: David Leitch

Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Vanessa Kirby, Idris Elba

Plot: Two former enemies must work together to save the world from a deadly virus and a mad man

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

 

 

Sometimes in life you just want something brainless, ridiculous, and stupid to satisfy your cravings. This is the perfect movie for that. It is, in every way, brainless, ridiculous, and stupid. But it is also a good movie. 

 

The banter and jokes thrown between Dwayne Johnson and Jason Staham are fantastic, funny, entertaining, and awesome. I have no idea how they managed to shoot several of the scenes without cracking up every single take. 

 

One of the best additions to this film, and the FAST AND FURIOUS franchise is the appearance of Helen Mirren as Shaw's criminal mastermind mother. She is brilliant in the role and perfectly hilarious, too. 

 

Vanessa Kirby also brings new blood to the franchise in more ways than one. Her fighting skills are on par with the guys three times her size, and she is faster and smarter than everyone she encounters. Plus she has a very interesting relationship with both Hobbs and Shaw making for some great comedic tension.

 

Idris Elba plays the over-the-top bad guy as well as anyone has ever played the bad guy in a movie like this. He goes to the extreme without it becoming too campy. And because of his character we get to see a ton of cool stuff blow up. 

 

I'm pretty sure I lost brain cells while watching this film, but I'm completely okay with that. This is 100% awesome fun. It is insanely funny, overflowing with ridiculous action, and packed with high levels of testosterone and stupidity. What more could anyone possibly want or need in a summer popcorn flick. 

 

This one is so fun you may even want to see it twice. 

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FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: February 22, 2019

Director: Stephen Merchant

Stars: Florence Pugh, Lena Headey, Vince Vaughn, Nick Frost

Plot: A girl from a small English town does whatever it takes to make it to the top of the pro wrestling world

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

 

 

I've never been a fan of pro wrestling, so I went into this movie knowing nothing about the real story. I can't be certain of which way is better to see it, knowing or not knowing, but what I can say is that I was fully entertained and completely engrossed in the story the whole time. I did talk to a couple of big-time fans after the movie, and they both loved it as well.

 

I was surprised that a movie about the WWE could be so full of emotion. It has moments where you will be laughing, some where you will be upset, and others where you will totally feel the pain of the characters on screen.

 

What makes this film so great is that it is a character-driven film, and every character has a unique voice, flaws, a purpose, and an emotional character arc. That is a very difficult task to achieve in any film, especially one that has so many players. It is quite a feat to make the characters all so compelling that the audience feels for each one and is invested in their journey. This movie does just that.

 

This is a wonderful film with lots of emotion, lots of actions, and a lot of laughs. It's a great date night flick.

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SKYSCRAPER

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: July 13, 2018

Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber

Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Chin Han, Neve Campbell, Roland Moller

Plot: A former FBI Agent must do everything he can to foil a gang's criminal activities while trying to save his family

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

 

 

This is an action flick in every sense of the term. It is jam-packed with action, but the rest of the movie is filled with ridiculous dialogue, one-dimensional characters, and huge plot holes and moments of convenience.

 

The acting is passable at best, and in some cases it is downright terrible, the effects look and feel pretty low-budget, but the action and suspense carry this movie all the way through to it's triumphant end.

 

If you are in the mood for a no-brainer popcorn flick that will have you holding your breath with suspense one second then rolling your eyes at how dumb the bad guy is the next second, then you will have a blast watching SKYSCRAPER.

 

This is not the kind of movie that will be anyone's favorite. In fact, a couple of months from now you'll probably forget you even saw it. But it is worth seeing just for the escape from our ridiculous lives into a world that is even more ridiculous.

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RAMPAGE

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: April 13, 2018

Director: Brad Peyton

Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Naomie Harris, Jeffrey Dean Morgan

Plot: Three genetically enhanced animals wreak havoc on Chicago while a handful of experts try to stop the mayhem

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Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee

 

 

RECIPE:

1 (or more) Something really bad trying to destroy the world.

1 Beautiful and smart woman with the key to neutralize the bad things

100 Buildings falling

1,000 Explosions

1,000,000 (or more) Bullets and missiles buzzing around

35 Witty comments or comebacks

2 Stupid and one-dimensional bad guys

1 Dwayne Johnson

 

Let simmer over an open flame for an hour, bring to a boil for 30 minutes, remove from heat and let it be cool. Serve when Dwayne Johnson smiles, winks, and delivers one last witty one-liner and everyone has a good laugh.

 

Dwayne Johnson saves the world...again...ho hum.

 

It's a skin-deep movie. Lots of action, lots of fun, hardly any depth.

 

This movie isn't bad. It's exactly what you expect it to be. If you walk in with a large bucket of popcorn and zero expectations that this film will stimulate your brain, you will have a great time.

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JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: December 20, 2017

Director: Jake Kasdan

Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Jack Black, Kevin Hart

Plot: Four teens get, literally, pulled into a video game and must win the game in order to escape, or they will die

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

 

 

Thank you, JUMANJI for coming along when you did. It's been quite a while since we've had a really good comedy/action flick hit theaters. We've has some so-so comedies, some decent action flicks, some great movies that had no comedy or action, but nothing like this film.

 

You need JUMANJI in your life. 

 

You may not realize it yet, but you really do. Not only is this film entertaining and fun, but the acting is on par with any of the best in acting nominations out there right now. (Hollywood refuses to nominate people in movies like these, and for the life of me I can't figure out why). Jack Black may be the most authentic self-obsessed, teenage girl we've ever seen on film. Karen Gillan straddles the line between a confident, badass fighter and awkward, self-conscious nerd in a most hilarious and well done way.

 

The story isn't super deep, and the secondary characters aren't developed at all, but that is to be expected in a film about a video game made in the mid-90s. Back then the quests were basic, and the characters were closer to stick figures with thought bubbles than they were to anything nearing complex.

 

This is one of those rare films where you can sit in a dark room for a couple of hours, forget about everything going on in the real world, and be entertained at an above average level. Grab your friends and enjoy a night out in the jungle.

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BAYWATCH

Rated: R

Release Date: May 25, 2017

Director: Seth Gordon

Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Alexandra Daddario, Priyanka Chopra

Plot: A team of lifeguards try to stop the criminal enterprise of a woman that wants to take over the bay

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Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee

 

 

When I saw the Red Band trailer for this film I was convinced that this was going to be a raunchy, frat-boy, womanizing parody of the world's most watched television show in history.

 

Thankfully, the trailer didn't do the film justice. 

 

The film is raunchy, but not nearly to the level that the trailer made it seem. It does have it's frat-boy moments, but the story is actually fairly entertaining and almost a decent mystery. As for the womanizing, well there is that, but it's about 30% objectification of women and 70% objectification of men. 

 

This movie is fun and funny, but it also has a serious side to it as well. They don't joke around about the seriousness of their jobs nor do they make fun of the original series. (They poke fun at it, but not in a malicious way). 

 

In no way am I saying this is a great movie, but it is one that is worth seeing just for the fun of it. You won't learn anything or feel inspired, but you will laugh for 2 hours and leave feeling good.

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THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: April 14, 2017

Director: F. Gary Gray

Stars: Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Charlize Theron, Jason Statham

Plot: A criminal mastermind forces Dom to betray his friends and family, leaving them no choice but to go try to take him down

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Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee

 

 

Like the other seven films in this franchise, this one is completely ridiculous and over the top fun. As long as you are willing to go with the premise that physics isn't a thing and that the cast are indestructible, you will enjoy this movie.

 

While F8 isn't as good as 6 and 7 were, it is still a film worth seeing on the big screen if you are invested in the franchise. There are enough cool cars, hot people and epic battles to make you almost forget that the plot isn't that great and there are huge plot holes that you could guide a submarine through.

 

If you have never seen any of the F&F films, go ahead and skip this one. There isn't a lot of back story given so you will be confused by a lot of the things happening on screen.

 

For those of you that have been impatiently waiting for this movie to finally be in theaters, you are going to have a great time watching it. Grab your friends and your popcorn and enjoy the crazy, ridiculous, science-ignoring awesomeness in all of its tone and tan glory.

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MOANA

Rated: PG

Release Date: November 23, 2016

Director: Ron Clements, John Musker

Stars: Auli'i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson

Plot: A young girl goes on a dangerous quest to save her village, with the reluctant help of a demi-god

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

 

 

Ladies and gentlemen, FROZEN finally has a competitor. MOANA is a thoroughly enjoyable, entertaining, and exciting film that the whole family will love. It is full of incredible animation. funny jokes, and girl power. 

 

The story is amazing, and it is told in a way that is not only compelling, but it is accessible to children and adults. This is the perfect film to take the whole family out to see. 

 

Do not miss out on this instant classic.

 

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CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: June 17, 2016

Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber

Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Amy Ryan, Aaron Paul

Plot: Old high school pals hook up again, but this time it's to help save the world

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

 

 

Simply put, this movie is great. It is one of the funniest films of the year, and it has an interesting plot. I want to see it again just so I can hear all of the lines that I missed due to laughing. It has some great heartfelt moments as well as hilarious slapstick comedy. It is full of intrigue, suspense, action, and incredible moments between Hart and Johnson.

 

The chemistry between Hart and Johnson is wonderful. You can tell that they genuinely like each other and they pushed each other to make this the best movie it could be. I have a feeling we may see these two pair up again.

 

One of the best aspects of this film is that we get to see Dwayne Johnson truly act. His character is deep and nuanced, and he plays it flawlessly. He makes this movie significantly better than someone that would have just gone through the comedic motions.

 

It is Father's Day weekend. This one would be a great flick for a fun day with dad.