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THE CURRENT WAR: DIRECTOR'S CUT

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: October 25, 2019

Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon

Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Nicholas Hoult, Michael Shannon, Tom Holland

Plot: The story of the battle between the men that wanted to bring electricity to the modern world

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Clint Says: Wait for the digital release

 

 

I've been excited about this movie for well over two years now. In fact, this film was marketed and scheduled for release near the end of 2017, but it was under a studio whose president got himself in a lot of trouble and eventually was kicked out of Hollywood. Finally, after two years, and I'm sure a lot of legal battles, we get to see this film. 

 

When you put the likes of Cumberbatch, Shannon, Holland, and Hoult in the same movie you know that the acting is going to be superb. And it is. I only wish the script had been a little better to match their acting abilities. I'm sure it can't be easy to make an exciting movie about powering cities with electricity, but it feels like they could have done a bit more to make it somewhat more thrilling. 

 

Because of the lack of excitement, the film feels like it drags along in some places. It does have moments of action and entertainment, but not enough to keep the movie moving forward. 

 

That said, the story is quite compelling if you are a history buff. There is a lot happening in the story that lets you know the high stakes game that was being played by a few wealthy geniuses. 

 

If you are a fan of great acting or historical dramas you should see this movie. It is well worth your time. If you are hoping for an exciting, action-packed, cut-throat race you should either lower your expectations or save your money for something else.

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DOWNTON ABBEY

Rated: PG

Release Date: September 20, 2019

Director: Michael Engler

Stars: Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Smith, Imelda Staunton, Matthew Goode

Plot: The Crawley family prepares for a royal visit to Downton Abbey

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Clint Says: If you are a DOWNTON ABBEY fan this is a must-see movie

 

 

If you are a fan of the DOWNTON ABBEY television show stop reading now and just head to the theater. There is nothing that I can say that would stop you from seeing this movie, nor would I want to stop you. Go, henceforth, and may joyous tidings be unto you.

 

If you've never seen the show, but you are thinking about seeing the film, the good news is you won't be completely lost. Sure, there are a lot of inside things true fans will get that you won't, but you will understand who the characters are and what is happening throughout the story. 

 

DOWNTON ABBEY is aristocratic snobbery at its best, (or worst, depending on your preferential point of view). It's the perfect film to be enjoyed with a bunch of friends and a bunch of wine.

 

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THE BEST OF ENEMIES

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: April 5, 2019

Director: Robin Bissell

Stars: Taraji P. Henson, Sam Rockwell, Babou Ceesay, Bruce McGill

Plot: A civil rights activist and a Klansman are forced to work together on the issue of school integration

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

 

 

 

I was watching this film recently, and about 30 minutes in I thought, "This is the point where this movie decides to be good or terrible."

 

Thankfully, it chose wisely and decided to be a good movie.

 

I give a lot of credit to Robin Bissell, the writer and director. Not many people could read a story about a two-week long civil rights meeting and find a movie in it. Even fewer could do that and actually make the movie enjoyable.

 

The driving force behind this movie is the powerful acting by Henson and Rockwell. While there isn't much character development, we still get a decent feel for who they are, how they operate, and how uncomfortable they are having to work with one another. Most of this is portrayed through facial expressions, extended pauses, and starts and stops moments. Both of them are at the top of their game in this movie.

 

The downside is that this film clocks in at about 2 hours and 10 minutes. This is easily 30 minutes too long. There were several opportunities to make the movie shorter that should have been taken. Instead it drags on, not only in time, but in pacing. That isn't to say that the movie ever gets to the point of being boring, but there were times I felt myself wandering out of the story.

 

Overall, this is a really good, powerful film that covers important social issues. It is also a fantastic film to show younger teens and tweens a significant moment in the civil rights movement. There are a lot of opportunities for discussion that can arise from this movie.

 

This probably won't be the best movie you see this year, but it will be one that will stay with you, and you won't feel bad having dropped $20 to see it.

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MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS

Rated: R

Release Date: December 14, 2018

Director: Josie Rourke

Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Jack Lowden, Joe Alwyn

Plot: When Mary Queen of Scots returns to her throne from her time in France, her cousin, Queen Elisabeth I, fears her power may be in danger and sets in motion a plan to dethrone her equal

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

 

 

This film has several outstanding elements. First, the costumes are fantastically elegant and stunningly beautiful. Second, the hair and makeup are mesmerizing. Next, the score is one that I could listen to on repeat for a week and I wouldn't tire of it. Finally, Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie are fierce. They play off of each other and against each other with a power that radiates from the screen.

 

It is probably the front runner for the costume awards, and may be as well for hair and makeup. There is a very good chance that Ronan will see a few acting nominations come her way as well. 

 

The downside to this film, is that it isn't very palatable to the average movie goer. By that, I am not insulting the average movie goer, I'm saying the film isn't entertaining enough to hold the interest of most people. It is a slow-moving, British, period piece that will intrigue some and bore others.

 

The upside is that if you can handle the slow pace, you will be treated to a plot filled with deceit, abuse of power, political intrigue, war, murder, betrayal, and a family quarrel that would affect the known world. 

 

If you are a history buff you should run to the theater to see this movie now. It may not be perfectly accurate, after all it is a movie, and movies have to be at least somewhat interesting, but it is close enough to be in your movie list.

 

If you love films with powerful women leads, this is a must-see movie. It is a film about the two most powerful women in the world at their time, and they are played by two other powerful women.