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YES DAY
Rated: PG
Release Date: March 12, 2021
Director: Miguel Arteta
Stars: Jennifer Garner, Edgar Ramirez, Jenna Ortega, Julian Lerner
Plot: A couple decides to say "yes" to everything their children want for 24 hours
 
Clint Says: Stream this with the whole family this weekend
 
(Streaming on Netflix)
 
Jennifer Garner is one of those rare Hollywood commodities that can turn out a fantastic action flick and then turn around and give us a wonderful family film. And she has done it once again with Yes Day
 
This is the movie of kids' dreams and parents' nightmares. As much as I think I would like to give my kids a "yes" day, I'm almost positive that they would use it to try to kill me. I got proof of this while watching this film and my young girls kept on looking at me and then launching into diabolical laughter.
 
If you are looking for something to watch with the whole family this weekend, this is a perfect choice. It is fun, funny, exciting, heartwarming, and wonderfully enjoyable for the whole family. 
 
Garner and Jenna Ortega have great chemistry in their respective mother/daughter roles. And Edgar Ramirez fits in well to the chaotic harmony of their family. They all have moments that will make you laugh out loud, shed a tear, and cringe with sympathy. 
 
Grab some popcorn and whatever else the kids want as snacks and enjoy this film together. Just be warned that your children are going to get all sorts of terrible ideas from this movie, and they are going to expect you to say "yes".

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GOLD

Rated: R

Release Date: January 27, 2017

Director: Stephen Gaghan

Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Edgar Ramirez, Bryce Dallas Howard

Plot: Based on the true story of a down-on-his-luck prospector and a geologist trying to find the mother lode in Indonesia

Trailer

 

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

 

 

You may have heard rumblings about Matthew McConaughey gaining nearly 50 pounds for one of his roles. This is the film. The way he transforms himself into a nearly-destitute, yet highly-motivated, sleazeball salesman is truly fascinating to watch. His performance was almost award-worthy, and in a year that didn't have so many incredible films released, he may have been up for several awards. 

 

This film is full of incredible twists and surprises that make it seem almost unbelievable. But then, when you remember that this is based on a true story, it is mind-blowing that anyone on earth would have the guts and the lack of ethics to do what he did. 

 

This isn't a high-paced action flick that is going to keep you on the edge of your seat. It is however, a compelling story that draws you in and keeps you engaged for the entire film. 

 

If you are looking to watch something that is slightly off the beaten path, but is still highly satisfying, you should give GOLD a shot.

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HANDS OF STONE

Rated: R

Release Date: August 26, 2016

Director: Jonathan Jakubowicz

Stars: Robert De Niro, Edgar Ramirez, Usher Raymond

Plot: The story of the relationship between boxer Roberto Duran and his trainer, Ray Arcel

Trailer

 

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

 

 

Whether you know the story of boxing legend Roberto Duran or not this film is fascinating. It is beautifully shot and the pacing is spot on, even if the plot is a bit jumpy in places. 

 

Edgar Ramirez and Robert De Niro work well together. They do a great job of making their characters compelling so we want to cheer for them. 

 

This is much more of a drama than an action flick. There is very little boxing that takes place on screen, but that doesn't mean this movie is without tension. It is intriguing, inspiring, and heartbreaking all at once. 

 

You don't have to be a boxing fan to enjoy this film, but it wouldn't hurt. If you are a fan, you will love this movie.  

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POINT BREAK

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: December 25, 2015

Director: Ericson Core

Stars: Luke Bracey, Edgar Ramirez, Ray Winstone

Plot: An FBI agent infiltrates a gang of extreme sports athletes on a massive crime spree

Trailer

 

Clint Says: Wait for the DVD and make someone else rent it

 

 

I'm not really sure how you can make a movie about extreme sports, high stakes robberies, and undercover FBI work boring, but director Ericson Core managed to do it in spectacularly boring fashion. 

 

There are so many eye-rolling moments in this film that I felt like I was doing my own back flips and stunts. The bad guys' motivation is flimsy at best, and Luke Bracey's incredible lack of acting skills makes Keanu Reeves look like he should have won an Oscar for the original POINT BREAK.

 

If I'm ever forced to watch this move again I may have to consider jumping off a cliff as an alternative...parachute optional.