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DUNE
Rated: PG-13
Release Date: October 22, 2021
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Stars: Timothee Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Zendaya
Plot: A noble family is entrusted with the harvesting of the most valuable asset in the universe, but other enemies are close at hand
 
Clint Says: Wait until after opening weekend, but see this in theaters
 

 

If you've read the books in the Dune franchise you know that turning them into a feature-length film is a daunting task. It's been tried before with varying degrees of success and failure. Thankfully, film-making and visual effects have come a long way in the last several decades, allowing for the first book to be made into a film that is worthy of the original text. 
 
The good news is the film stays as close as it can to the book. (If it stayed any closer the movie would have been six hours long). The bad news is that there are several major plot points that are barely touched on because nobody wants to sit through a six hour long movie. It occasionally feels like the plot jumps from one point to the next without explanation or a smooth transition. 
 
I was impressed that the character development is pretty solid for a movie that has to introduce so many important players. For the most part, even people walking into the theater with no former knowledge of the Dune world will be able to catch on quickly as to who are the key people and where they stand on the scale of good versus evil. 
 
The best part of this film is the cinematography. It is shot in an incredibly beautiful way. Every scene is striking. I'm sure this will be up for many technical awards, but I'll be surprised if it doesn't win the Oscar for cinematography.  
 
The worst part of this movie is how it ends. It's a lot like the first film in the Lord Of The Rings trilogy. Everything is moving forward in an interesting way and then all of a sudden the end credits are rolling. It goes from being a great and interesting movie into something that feels more like a 2 1/2 hour long trailer for the next movie. 
 
The studio has not confirmed a second film yet, but the way this one ends requires a second film, so hopefully that will be in the works soon. 
 
Finally, this is a movie that needs to be seen on the biggest screen possible. Can you watch it on streaming? Sure. But you will miss out on a true experience. This one is worth the time and money to see in theaters.  

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THE GREEN KNIGHT

Rated: PG-13
Release Date: July 30, 2021
Director: David Lowery
Stars: Dev Patel, Alicia Vikander, Joel Edgerton
Plot: Sir Gawain accepts a challenge in King Arthur's court that send him on a journey of discovery and torment
 
Clint Says: Wait for the digital release
 
 

Dev Patel is a rock star. He is one of the best actors in Hollywood today, and he makes every film he is in better. Thankfully, he was in this movie, because it could have been pretty bad without him. 

 
If you know the tale of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, go ahead a toss about 70% of that story out of your head. This film takes the story in a direction that is much less honorable than the original poem. There are several moments where Gawain isn't worthy of his knighthood. 
 
The film itself is really long and slow. It feels like they could have easily cut 30 minutes out of it and it would have only made the movie better. There is a lot of time spent on artistic imagery. That is fine for the beauty of the visuals, but the story suffers because of it. 
 
If you are the kind of person that enjoys artistic imagery with  ethereal plots then you will enjoy this movie. If you need your movies to move from point A to point B in a timely fashion and with purpose, this may be a film you will want to skip. 
 

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MONSTER HUNTER
Rated: PG-13
Release Date: December 18, 2020
Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
Stars: Milla Jovovich, Tony Jaa, T.I., Ron Perlman
Plot: An Army crew finds themselves in another world, full of dangerous monsters, after they are hit by a massive storm
 
Clint Says: If you love monster movies, see this in theaters now
 

 

If we ever needed a film to sum up what the year 2020 felt like, this is it. One minute everything is going along just fine, and then WHAM a massive storm sweeps you into a completely unknow world of danger and isolation. Thankfully Milla Jovovich is there to save the day. (I wonder if she could do the same for 2020?)
 
This is not anywhere near what one might consider to be an "important" film, or a "smart" film. No, this is just a good old monster flick. All you need is a big bucket of popcorn and a place to check your brain so you aren't trying to overthink it, and you will have  a blast watching this.
 
One of the best things about this movie is that they spent a massive chunk of the budget on the effects. There wasn't a single moment where the monsters looked fake, or the setting felt off. And in a movie that is probably close to 70% CGI, that is a difficult task to achieve. 
 
This film makes no excuses for what it is. It jumps right in with the action and doesn't let up for 90 minutes. The fighting scenes are long and intense, and there are a lot of them. Which is great, because that is why we go to see movies like this. 
 
If you are in the mood for a bunch of action, explosions, and out of this world monsters, this is a perfect flick for you to see now.  

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POKEMON: DETECTIVE PIKACHU

Rated: PG

Release Date: May 10, 2019

Director: Rob Letterman

Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton

Plot: A young man connects with a Pokemon and both work together to solve the mystery of his missing father

Trailer

 

Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee

 

 

Over the many years that I have been a professional film critic I have seen some truly nerdtastic crowds. The level of nerddom for this film absolutely destroys the nerdiness of all other films. It leaves a trail of taped up broken glasses, geek speak, and dorky laughs in its wake. I have never seen a group of 20-something guys in awkward attire so excited for a little, fuzzy, yellow, teddy bear.

 

As a complete non-participant in the Pokemon craze, I was thoroughly at a loss for most of the movie. I got the general plot enough to understand the quest, but there were people laughing all around me at things that I still don't understand why they were funny. There were also several oohs and ahhs that went over my head.

 

Thankfully, I made sure to see this movie with a couple of serious Pokemon fans. One of them a young girl, and the other a 21 year old guy. The bottom line: Both of them loved it.

 

Critically speaking, this movie felt slow and a bit too simple, the acting isn't great, and the special effects looked dated, but I don't think these are issues that will deter the true Pokemon fans.

 

If you are a Pokemon fan, this is a must-see movie. If you aren't a fan then go ahead and skip this film. There is nothing in it for you.

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ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: February 14, 2019

Director: Robert Rodriguez

Stars: Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Keenan Johnson, Mahershala Ali

Plot: A re-built cyborg girl must battle to save her friends, family, and herself, while she tries to find out who she is and where she came from

Trailer

 

Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee

 

 

 

For some reason Hollywood loves to turn graphic novels into movies, but very rarely does it translate into a successful film. Sure, many of them become cult classics, like SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD, but that movie lost more than $13 Million on production budget alone. ALITA has a $200 Million production budget to overcome. That's a lot of manga fans seeing this movie more than once just to get to break even.

 

As for the movie, it is pretty good. It's filled with fast-paced action and incredible fight scenes. The story is interesting, which is a nice surprise because a lot of origin stories are pretty boring. The special effects are fantastic. And the character dynamics are filled with complex issues and conflict.

 

The film is visually amazing. Virtually every scene is filled with fantastic scenery and props. The costumes and characters are equally interesting. There are a couple of times where the pacing of the film is off, but the scenery is enough to keep the viewer engaged.

 

If you like Japanese manga or graphic novels you should give this movie a shot. If you are a fan of action films, this one might be worth your time and money. If you aren't a fan of Sci-Fi and Fantasy, you should probably skip this one. It is good, but it's not good enough to hold the attention of people that tend not to see films of this ilk.

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THE KID WHO WOULD BE KING

Rated: PG

Release Date: January 25, 2019

Director: Joe Cornish

Stars: Louis Ashbourne Serkis, Dean Chaumoo, Angus Imrie, Rebecca Ferguson

Plot: A young boy finds out the stories of the knights of the round table are true when he pulls the sword from the stone, and evil comes after him

Trailer

 

Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee

 

 

This is quite possibly the most average film I have ever seen. There isn't anything terrible about it, and there isn't anything outstanding. It just moves along and tells it's story in a very average way. It's not boring, it's not exciting, it's just there.

 

The acting? Average. Plot? Average. Effects? Average.

 

I think you get where I'm coming from.

 

There is one somewhat interesting fact about this film, if you are a huge movie fan. The star of the movie is the son of Andy Serkis. Andy is the go to guy for CGI characters created via motion capture technology. That really has nothing to do with this particular film's production, but at least it is a tad bit interesting.

 

If you have kids around the age of 8-10 they will probably like this movie, but it isn't going to be one of their favorites. Your best best it to just hold off seeing it for a couple of months and then renting it when it comes out digitally.

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MORTAL ENGINES

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: December 14, 2018

Director: Christian Rivers

Stars: Hera Hilmar, Hugo Weaving, Jihae, Robert Sheehan

Plot: A girl tries to stop a madman from destroying civilization, but there are secrets even she doesn't know exist

Trailer

 

Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee

 

 

This is one of the most visually stunning films of 2018. The visual effects are incredible, the world-building is superb, and the mobile cities are amazing. And while the story is good it isn't as great as the visuals. The film clocks in at just over 2 hours, but there is so much going on that it feels like there are some elements that got left out of the story that should be there.

 

That isn't to say that the story isn't any good. It is entertaining and suspenseful all the way through. The stakes are high and it feels like any of the main characters could be lost at any moment. There are several moments where you will find yourself gripping the armrests and holding your breath as the action unfolds.

 

The acting is okay, nothing overly great about any of the characters, and none of the characters are annoying either. There are complexities to most of the characters that make them and their stories compelling.

 

While this isn't the kind of movie that is going to garner any awards attention, it is still a film worthy of being seen on the big screen if you want to see it. The visuals are so big that the film will lose something special if you are watching it for the first time on your laptop.

 

We don't get a lot of new and unique material out of Hollywood anymore. If you are one of the people clamoring for a movie with fresh ideas then you need to see this in theaters. It is one of the few films this year that isn't a sequel or based on a previously used universe. And above all else, it is a pretty good flick.

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THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS

Rated: PG

Release Date: November 2, 2018

Director: Lasse Hallstrom and Joe Johnston

Stars: Mackenzie Foy, Keira Knightley, Jayden Fowora-Knight, Helen Mirren

Plot: A girl discovers a fantastic world that her mother created, but now she has to save that world from war

Trailer

 

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

 

 

This movie is a beautiful and fanciful delight from beginning to end. It is filled with spectacular imagery, enchanting characters, and exciting adventure.The scenery is gorgeous, the music will bring you back to your childhood, and the story, while simple enough for a child to understand, is compelling and intriguing for adults, too.

 

Mackenzie Foy fills the lead role like the pro that she is. She does a wonderful job using emotion and determination to drive her character arc. For the most part, her supporting cast members are great as well. There are a couple of notable exceptions that feel like they are out of place in this film, but they have minor roles, so their lack of acting prowess doesn't affect the overall tone of the film too much.

 

This is one of the more beautiful films I have ever seen. I will be shocked if it isn't nominated for the big awards in the categories of Cinematography, Production Design, and Costume Design. For me, it is the front runner for Costume Design.

 

There are a couple of pretty intense scenes for younger children, but if you have kids that are around 8 or older this may be a great introduction into more mature films for them. For those of you that like fantasy and Disneyesque style, go see this movie now. You will love it.

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UNDERWORLD: BLOOD WARS

Rated: R

Release Date: January 6, 2017

Director: Anna Foerster

Stars: Kate Beckinsale, Theo James, Tobias Menzies, Lara Pulver

Plot: Selene and David find themselves in the middle of the Vampire and Lycan wars once again

Trailer

 

Clint Says: Don't even bother

 

 

Not only is this movie boring, it is also completely useless in the timeline of the larger UNDERWORLD universe. It is full of moments of convenience, bad choreography, and terrible acting.

 

This flick is also full of the same tired things for which these films have become notorious. 

 

Hot girl in black leather: Check

Innocent peace-lovers turned immediately into sexy, vixen-warriors: Check  

Good guy turns bad: Check

Bad guy turns good: Check

Simultaneous fights between the top four main characters in the middle of a much larger battle: Check

Wide open ending for yet another bad movie at a later date: Check

 

Even fans of this series will find BLOOD WARS to be tolerable at best. For the rest of you it's not even worth a free watch on Netflix.

 

QUESTION: Can someone please explain to me why the vampires all stand around doing nothing during the ten seconds it takes the Lycans to transform? Seriously, you could wipe out the entire army during that time. 

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WARCRAFT

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: June 10, 2016

Director: Duncan Jones

Stars: Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster

Plot: Warring factions must learn to work together to face an even bigger, and more dangerous, enemy

Trailer

 

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

 

 

Let me start off by saying I am reviewing this film as a film critic. I have spoken with several WORLD OF WARCRAFT gamers that have seen this movie and they all loved it. So, if you are a fan of the game stop reading this review now and go see the movie. 

 

For the rest of you, this film is terrible. It is slow, boring, predictable, and unfunny (even though it tries). I started looking at my watch about 45 minutes into this 2-hour ode to drudgery and was highly disappointed that barely anything had happened on screen to that point, and I still had an hour and 15 minutes to endure. 

 

I felt like I was watching a really poor mashup of Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and Monty Python And The Holy Grail. Unless you are a fan of WOW this film offers you nothing. Save your money and wait for ASSASSIN'S CREED...hopefully that film will be much better than this one. 

 

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ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS

Rated: PG

Release Date: May 27, 2016

Director: James Bobin

Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen

Plot: Alice returns to Wonderland where she meets Time and tries to manipulate him into using his power to stop the evil Queen

Trailer

 

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

 

 

This franchise is maddening. It is insanely quirky, incredibly odd, and wondrously fun. This film is full of over-the-top shenanigans, scenery, and acting, but for some strange reason it all works well and makes for an exciting movie-going experience. 

 

The most interesting aspect of this film is that it gives us a lot of answers to questions that may, or may not, have crossed your mind after seeing ALICE IN WONDERLAND. The great news is that all of the answers are worthy of the time they receive in the movie. 

 

Sacha Baron Cohen is spectacular as Time. I wish there had been more scenes with him. (That is a sentence I will most assuredly never write again). Johnny Depp is interesting, but he doesn't bring anything new to his character that we didn't already see in the first film. However, his story line in this movie is tragic and beautiful.

 

I will say that it is necessary to have already seen the first film before seeing this one, and it may be a good idea to watch it again just to get a refresher before heading to the theaters. If you liked the first film, you will be just as smitten with this one. If you didn't like WONDERLAND, then this movie will be a complete waste of your time and money. 

 

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GODS OF EGYPT

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: February 26, 2016

Director: Alex Proyas

Stars: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Gerard Butler, Brenton Thwaites, Elodie Yung

Plot: A mortal helps the rightful heir to the throne of Egypt fight against the god that usurped the throne and sent Egypt into chaos

Trailer


Clint Says: Don't even bother

 

 

I know we are early in the year, but I have a feeling that this film will still hold a place in my 10 Worst Films of 2016 when the year comes to a close.

 

This movie gives us a whole new level of horrible. Everything about this movie is terrible. The plot is boring, the story is jumpy, the dialogue is embarrassingly bad, the effects are low-budget, good grief even the music is wrong for the kind of movie it is.

 

All of that said, the worst part of this film may be the fact that it is over two hours long. If you are unlucky enough to have to see this, you'll realize just how bad it is a few minutes into the movie, you'll look at your clock and be utterly dismayed that you still have another hour and 45 minutes to endure.

 

As seen in the trailer, the main god in this movie gets his eyes ripped out of his head early in the story. About 20 minutes into the screening I was wishing for the same thing to happen to me.

 

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THE LAST WITCH HUNTER

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: October 23, 2015

Director: Breck Eisner

Stars: Vin Diesel, Rose Leslie

Plot: Kaulder is the only thing standing between humans and the witches intent on destroying them

Trailer

 

Clint Says: Wait for the DVD

 

 

This is the kind of film where you hope it will be smart and unique, but you go in expecting it to be just another typical action flick with witches. Unfortunately, it lives up only to the expectations and not the hopes. 

 

The setup for this film give the potential for something special, but ultimately there is nothing about this film that is extraordinary or compelling. It moves slow, the action scenes are muddled and hard to follow, and if you are a HARRY POTTER fan you'll quickly catch on that the Queen Witch is basically Voldemort. (Horcruxes for the almost win).

 

There are a couple of exciting elements to the film, but nothing that is worth spending the money to see it in theaters. Just wait for the DVD, and when you do finally see it, check your brain at the door. because if you think too much you'll really hate this movie.