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BLACK WIDOW
Rated: PG-13
Release Date: July 9, 2021
Director: Cate Shortland
Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, David Harbour, Rachel Weisz
Plot: While the Avengers are torn apart, Natasha Romanoff discovers a past rival is still operating in secret
 
Clint Says: Drop everything and see this in theaters now
 

 

It's been 11 years since Scarlett Johansson gave us our first look at the character we know as Black Widow. From the first moment Tony Stark laid eyes on Natalie Rushman we all knew she was going to be something special. For a lot of fans she has been one of their favorite Avengers, and now she gets her own story to show off her skills and give us a better look into what makes her tick. 
 
I know a lot of people have been confused by the timeline of this film. For reference, this story happens after the Avengers have been torn apart and some of them imprisoned. Black Widow is on her own. 
 
That being established means this isn't a true "origin story," but we do get to see how it all began for her. The good news is this doesn't have your typical, slow-moving, information dump. It gets right to the point and keeps the pace up throughout the entire 2 1/2 hours. 
 
This film is filled with amazing action, fantastic dialogue, and a highly compelling and emotional story. You really feel for her and her sister as they go through a nearly impossible journey of healing. There are moments that will break your heart and make you want to get into the fight with her. 
 
Aside from the emotions, this film is packed with action. There are so many great fight scenes and action sequences. It barely gives you time to catch your breath before the next big event slams into the screen. 
 
There are somewhere in the neighborhood of 2 dozen Marvel films out now. Personally, I would rank this one in the top 5 or 6. It is an incredible film that never feels like it is dragging or is too long. It hits all of the right notes and will leave you wanting more. 
 
I know that this film is releasing simultaneously in theaters and on Disney+, but I highly encourage you to see it in theaters. This is the kind of film made to be seen on the big screen. It is totally worth the money and the time to see it as big and loud as you possibly can. 
 
Finally, make sure you stick around for the after-credits scene. It will make you wish you could see that movie right now. 

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LITTLE WOMEN

Rated: PG

Release Date: December 25, 2019

Director: Greta Gerwig

Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Florence Pugh, Timothee Chalamet, Emma Watson

Plot: Four sisters learn the hardships and triumphs of life during the American civil war

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

 

 

Director Greta Gerwig put together a power-house group of women, and led them all to a finished product that is not just a great film for toady, but simply a great film. The production elements, the costumes, the chemistry of the cast, and the beautiful music all come together to create a special film. 

 

My only issue with it is that the pacing is slightly off for the first 30 minutes or so. It takes a minute to figure out the timeline jumps that are happening and who is who. Once you get used to the back and forth of the timeline and you know who all of the characters are the movie steams full speed ahead.

 

It is funny, heart-warming, sad, endearing, and beautiful. It will run you through all of the emotions in a little over two hours. 

 

The acting is incredible as well. Florence Pugh as Amy is masterful. She should be up for Best Supporting Actress in almost every awards show. Saoirse Ronan is exceedingly powerful as well as Jo. I have a feeling she will see several Best Actress nominations. 

 

It would not surprise me in the least to see this film up for Best Picture and Best Director when the Oscars are announced. It may not quite be the best of the bunch, but it absolutely deserves to be in the conversation. 

 

If you are a fan of the book, this is a must-see movie. It will give you all that you want out of the story. 

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MIDSOMMAR

Rated: R

Release Date: July 3, 2019

Director: Ari Aster

Stars: Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, William Jackson Harper

Plot: A couple travels to Sweden for a mid-summer festival, but the festivities are much darker than they could have ever imagined

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

 

 

Two and a half hours. 150 minutes. 10% of an entire day. That is how long this insane horror flick is. Another way to put it is about 60 minutes longer than any horror film should ever be. That isn't to say that this is a bad movie. In some respects it is a masterpiece. But for the average movie-goer, this is a psychotic, weird, waste of time.

 

This film uses light as it's main theme. And just like THE SHINING, this movie is filled with horrific things that you get to see in all of their hellish glory because the lights are always on. Some of the images would be much better off being in the shadows, but there is no such luck for us or the trapped stars of the film.

 

This is a true horror film, meaning that is isn't necessarily a scary movie, but it is filled with horrifying images and moments. From the first minute where the film starts to take a dark turn it never lets you rest until the lights turn on in the theater. The creepiness factor continues to rise throughout the film until it climaxes in a moment of true terror. 

 

This is not a movie for everyone. In fact, it is a movie for very few people. Basically, the only people that are going to "enjoy" (and I put that word in quotes on purpose, because nobody is really going to enjoy this film), are high brow, high art film lovers, and those that really like strange and grotesque horror films over the typical slasher films we see all the time. If you don't fall into one of those two categories, go ahead and skip this movie. You'll just be annoyed later on when you hate it and you are trying to get your money back after walking out a hour into it.

 

As I walked out of the theater I was thinking, "that was a wild movie that I never want to see again." Then I heard a woman talking with her friends and she said, "If anyone is thinking about seeing that movie, they shouldn't. That was awful." I have a feeling there are going to be a lot of conversations just like that all weekend long. 

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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.