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KAJILLIONAIRE

Rated: R
Release Date: September 25, 2020
Director: Miranda July
Stars: Evan Rachel Wood, Gina Rodriguez, Debra Winger, Richard Jenkins
Plot: A young woman and her parents are low-level criminals, but their lives change when they bring in an outsider
 
Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee
 

 

While the big studios continue to push their big-budget flicks into 2021, the indie films that typically don't have the opportunity to get into the large theater chains are finding their way in. KAJILLIONAIRE is one of those films that, in a normal year, 99% of people would never even know it exists, but this is not a normal year. 
 
If you don't watch a lot of indie films you need to know that they are an acquired taste. They aren't polished and edited down to the perfectly focus-grouped scenes. They are typically slower-moving films that tell a slice-of-life story rather than the fast-paced, single-event-driven blockbusters. 
 
This is a quirky, awkward, somewhat funny, somewhat heartbreaking film. It has moments of greatness, and moments that are pretty bland and boring. 
 
The strongest element of this movie is the acting. Evan Rachel Wood's performance is incredible. She plays an awkward teen so well, that you will want to reach through the screen, give her a comforting hug, and tell her everything will get better soon. The rest of the cast does a wonderful job of either forcing her to be even more awkward or trying to pull her out of her sheltered life. 
 
Overall, it is a good movie. There isn't anything special that makes this film amazing or groundbreaking, but it is one that is worth seeing if you enjoy indie films. 

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MISS BALA

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: February 1, 2019

Director: Catherine Hardwicke

Stars: Gina Rodriguez, Anthony Mackie, Ismael Cruz Cordova

Plot: A makeup artist finds herself in the middle of a drug war and must survive any way she can

Trailer

 

Clint Says: Wait for the digital release

 

 

If you ever saw the movie MISS CONGENIALITY you've pretty much seen this film, but only if you played the first one in reverse...and take out all of the happy moments.

 

Gina Rodriguez is decent in this movie, but the rest of the cast is pretty terrible. It is filled with stilted dialogue, one-dimensional characters, and formulaic plot points. It has a couple of suspenseful moments, but for an action flick it moves pretty slow.

 

There isn't a lot to this movie other than what you see in the trailer. It is just over 90 minutes long and it feels like they stretched to get it there. It has a lot of potential, but it never really pays off in an entertaining way. 

 

If you are in the mood for a couple of cool explosions and you don't really care about thinking while watching a film, then grab some popcorn and enjoy this. If you are expecting something smart as well as full of action, you may want to wait until something better comes along.