Reviews Of What Is In Theaters Now
ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP
Release Date: October 18, 2019
Director: Reuben Fleischer
Stars: Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, Jesse Eisenberg, Abigail Breslin
Plot: Nine years after the zombie apocalypse began these four survivors continue to look for other humans while facing off against evolving zombies
Clint Says: Drop everything and see this in theaters now
ZOMBIELAND is one of those flicks that, if I see it on TV while I'm searching for something to watch, I will stop and watch every single time. It is a cult classic bordering on legendary status. It has all of the markers of a long-living film: Compelling, funny, suspenseful, great dialogue, fantastic acting, and long-running gags. It is near-perfect and one-of-a-kind.
And then they made another one.
There were so many ways that this new venture could have gone wrong. They could have slapped it together knowing that most of us would pay to see it no matter what. They could have changed out the cast. They could have royally messed it up.
Thankfully, they didn't. This movie is awesome!
From the opening credits to the final after-credit scene, (stick around), this movie pulls you in and puts you in a Tallahassee choke hold. It is hilarious with dozens of laugh-out-loud moments, it is suspenseful with several moments where you are sure it's all over for the crew, and it has its own long-running gag that has nothing to do with Twinkies.
One of the things that made the first film so special was the cast. Arguably, one could say that ZOMBIELAND was the breakout role for 3/4 of the cast. They all had such amazing chemistry and everything worked together so well.
This new film adds several new characters to the bunch all of which bring their own style and fun to the movie. I was nervous that the story might lose something with the addition of new characters, but it actually helped make a better movie. Zoey Deutch is so funny and lovable, and Luke Wilson and Thomas Middleditch are pain-in-the-jaw-from-laughing-so-hard funny as the mirror images of Tallahassee and Columbus.
This is a must-see movie for anyone that likes zombie movies, comedies, great acting, or fun in general. It is too good to pass up.
Release Date: December 7, 2018
Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
Stars: Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz, Nicholas Hoult
Plot: A woman arrives at the Queen's castle looking for a job and soon finds herself in a dangerous battle for the Queen's affections with the Queen's top aide
Clint Says: Drop everything and go see this in theaters now
If you are thinking that this looks like another stuffy, pompous, boring British period piece, you will need to go ahead and wipe that thought out of your head and get yourself ready for an insane ride. This film is nothing short of fantastic and will have a great chance at winning several awards.
This is not only one of the funniest films of the year, but it is also terribly, disturbingly dark. One minute you will be laughing so hard that it hurts, the next you will be cringing at how evil the players can be to one another.
Olivia Coleman gives an Oscar-worthy performance. In fact, at this point I have to list her as the front-runner for Best Actress. Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz's performances are just as wonderful, but it would be hard for either of them to win Best Supporting Actress since they will be splitting votes between them. In all three cases you will find yourself cheering for them and then booing them, loving them then hating them, and wishing for their success then praying for their demise.
Not only is the acting superior to most, the costumes, sets, hair and makeup, music, dialogue, and cinematography are all outstanding. I will be shocked if this film gets anything less than four or five Oscar nominations.
If you like great comedy in a dark world this is a perfect film choice for you.
BATTLE OF THE SEXES
Release Date: September 29, 2017
Director: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris
Stars: Emma Stone, Steve Carell
Plot: Based on the story of the famous tennis match between Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King
Clint Says: Wait for the DVD
I was really looking forward to seeing this movie for several reasons. First, the real-life match has lived on in infamy for 40-something years now. Second, Emma Stone and Steve Carell are two of my favorite actors. And finally, who doesn't like a good-natured man versus woman story?
Then I saw the movie. (Insert The Price Is Right loser sound here).
The trailers made this movie look like it was going to be all about the match and the lead up to the match, instead we get a long slow story about their relationships and the endless fighting BJK had to do for equal pay. (Don't get me wrong, those are interesting and valid story lines, it's just not what we were sold with the trailers).
If you ever saw any of the coverage of the press conferences Riggs and BJK had, you know that there is a lot of material there for an interesting story. The film does a really poor job at getting into the rivalry between Billie Jean King and Margaret Court. It touches on it, and it feels like it is a significant part of the film, but it never goes anywhere but a surface rivalry.
Stone and Carell are outstanding in their performances. Unfortunately, they were given a bad script with which to work. The rest of the cast is fine, but even the main secondary characters are hardly developed.
If you go see this movie, just know going in that it is a slow-moving, relationship-heavy story, rather than the fun, funny, and exciting film we see in the trailers.
LA LA LAND
Release Date: December 16, 2016
Director: Damien Chazelle
Stars: Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling
Plot: Two artists living in Los Angeles help each other find their dream
Clint Says: Drop everything and go see this movie now
This is the best movie of the year.
Second place is a distant thought.
Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling's on-screen chemistry is so perfect that you will almost need surgery by the end of the movie to remove the silly grin from your face. Their dance scene are reminiscent of Fred and Ginger, their banter is playful and filled with emotion, and their relationship is intoxicating.
I can't remember the last time I saw a movie like this, and I'll bet it will be a long time before we see anything like it again. I never thought that I would be raving on like this about a musical.
The music is amazing, the cinematography is beautiful, the story is captivating. It's quite possibly the closest thing I've seen to cinematic perfection in years.
I can't recommend this movie enough. Go out and see it now!