Reviews Of What Is In Theaters Now
Release Date: October 26, 2018
Director: Donovan Marsh
Stars: Gerard Butler, Gary Oldman, Common, Linda Cardellini
Plot: A US submarine crew is tasked with rescuing the Russian President after a coup, but they have to do it without starting a world war
Clint Says: Wait until after opening weekend, but see this in theaters
It's been a long time since a great submarine movie has come along. CRIMSON TIDE was almost 25 years ago, and THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER came out in 1990. While HUNTER KILLER isn't quite in the same league as those other films, it is close.
The action and suspense start immediately and they don't let up for the full two hours. There were several moments where I was holding my breath as the scenes unfolded.
The only downside to this film is that it gets a little far-fetched near the end, and there are a couple of minor plot holes and moments of convenience scattered about, but they aren't so big that they take away from the overall experience. Also, some of the conflict between some of the characters seems to be a bit contrived.
If you like action/suspense/war films this one is a must-see. It is compelling and exciting from the opening scene on. You should also try to see it in the biggest theater possible to get the most out of the effects and sounds.
Release Date: December 22, 2017
Director: Joe Wright
Stars: Gary Oldman, Lily James, Kristin Scott Thomas
Plot: Winston Churchill, the new Prime Minister must fight against popular thought in order to take on Hitler instead of negotiating with him
Clint Says: Drop everything and go see this movie now
If this were a true and just world Gary Oldman would be a shoo-in for Best Actor this year. Unfortunately, he probably won't win because there are apparently people in Hollywood that don't like him, so it'll just be a popularity contest. Even so, just know that Oldman deserves to win. He is Churchill in every way possible. He couldn't be more Churchill if they brought Churchill back from the dead and he told Oldman how to act like him.
The film itself is also very good. It's not easy to make a film about a political argument exciting, but Director Joe Wright does just that. He creates tension, stress and frustration, but is able to balance it with a "behind-the-scenes" look at Churchill as he questioned his own decisions. There is also a great deal of comedy that you would not expect in a film like this, but it fits in very well.
It is fascinating to note that there were three films to hit the big screen this year that had Dunkirk as it's overarching theme. DUNKIRK, THEIR FINEST, and DARKEST HOUR. Each gives a unique perspective on the event, and all three are exceptional films. If you have the time, it would be an interesting day to watch all three of them back-to-back.