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PET SEMATARY

Rated: R

Release Date: April 5, 2019

Director: Kevin Kolsch, Dennis Widmyer

Stars: Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, John Lithgow, Jete Laurence

Plot: A family moves to rural Maine for a slower life, but they soon find out there is evil lurking on their land

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Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee

 

 

When it comes to the Horror genre there is no greater name than Stephen King. That said, several of his movie adaptations have been pretty bad. Then last year we got the gift of an extraordinary film in IT. I was hoping this movie would be just as good. 

 

It isn't...but it is still a decent flick.

 

John Lithgow does a great job of carrying the secrets of the movie with him. But the young girl, Jete Laurence, steals the show. She is sweet, charming, terrifying, and horrible. Without her acting abilities the film wouldn't have been nearly as good as it is. 

 

The movie is extremely creepy. It isn't overly scary, but you'll feel the chills while you are watching it. In fact, there are very few scares in the main storyline. They had to use a secondary plotline, that has nothing to do with advancing the main story, just to give us enough scares so we would think we got our money's worth. At least they didn't resort to lame jump scare tactics. 

 

This is not a movie for Horror novices. There is a lot of gore and other creepy factors that will turn stomachs and heads. If you like Horror flicks, you should give this one a shot. If nothing else you'll be creeped out for a good hour. 

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THE AFTERMATH

Rated: R

Release Date: April 5, 2019

Director: James Kent

Stars: Keira Knightley, Jason Clarke, Alexander Skarsgard

Plot: A British woman and her soldier husband move into the house of a single German father during WWII. When her husband is called away on a mission she and her housemate form a relationship

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

 

 

If you are looking to be fantastically bored for two straight hours, do I have the movie for you. One would think that a film about a steamy affair would be somewhat interesting, but alas, even the bad stuff is awkward and dull.

 

Jason Clarke all but kills the movie. His acting is incredibly monotonous. And Keira Knightley, who is usually very good, must have spent too much time hanging out with Clarke during the filming, because her acting is just as flat as his.

 

The story takes forever to get going, and by the time it does you are beyond the point of caring what happens to any of them.

 

There is one could-be interesting plotline, but it is handled so poorly that all of the emotion is taken out of it. It isn't until three minutes to go that anything of emotive significance happens. And after that the movie completely falls off of the rails.

 

The other horrible aspect of this movie is that the entire drama revolves around a 30 second conversation that never happened, but if it did it would have solved everything. Forced, manipulative drama does not make for a good film. You need real drama, high stakes, and sacrificial decisions for it to be effective and powerful. This film has none of the above.

 

Don't waste your time with this one. Unless you are truly in need of a good nap.

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CHAPPAQUIDDICK

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: April 6, 2018

Director: John Curran

Stars: Kate Mara, Jason Clarke, Ed Helms

Plot: The story of the death and cover up of Mary Jo Kopechne

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Clint Says: Wait for the digital release

 

 

As evidenced by the theater where I saw this film and from reports of other friends that have seen this movie, this is a very popular film among the 60+ age group. Each showing has been a nearly packed house. What is interesting is that this is a story that, for some reason, does not resonate with people too young to remember this event. 

 

Personally, I knew about it, but I was born years after it happened, so by then it was an old story, swept under Washington's rug. Now that we are almost 50 years on it fascinates me that Ted Kennedy had any sort of a career after this, much less the revered career he had for over 40 years in the U.S. Senate.

 

Even though this is based on a true story, it is still a work of fiction. I don't know how much of it is true, but what I do know s that if even half of this narrative happened Ted Kennedy was a vile and despicable human being. I think that if this same thing happened with today's 24-hour news cycle he would have been out of a job by the end of the week.

 

This movie holds nothing back when it comes to the Kennedy clan. It paints them as power-hungry, career politicians willing to do anything to get ahead and stay there. The elder Kennedy is nothing more than a mean, old man willing to lie, cheat, and steal to get his sons elected.

 

As far as the movie goes, the acting is outstanding, and the story is fascinating and infuriating. That said, there isn't anything in this movie that makes it worth spending the money to see it in a theater. Wait for the digital release. That way, you'll be able to pause it and take a few breaths when you get really mad.

 

Now that this story has been told it will be interesting to see if Hollywood tells the story of Rose Marie Kennedy. Ted's sister. She had some sort of mental health issue that could have been as simple as dyslexia or more complex like bi-polar disorder, but she was a fully functioning member of society until Joseph Kennedy had her lobotomized. After that she couldn't walk or talk and was institutionalized and essentially shunned and forgotten.  

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WINCHESTER

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: February 2, 2018

Director: Michael and Peter Spierig

Stars: Helen Mirren, Jason Clarke, Sarah Snook

Plot: A doctor tries to evaluate the Winchester heiress in the most haunted house in America

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Clint Says: Wait for the DVD

 

 

Helen Mirren could read the names in a school year book while sitting on a box in an empty room and I'd pay to see it. She is fantastic in just about everything she does. WINCHESTER is no exception. How they landed her for this role I will never know, but I'm glad they did, because without her this film would have been almost unwatchable.

 

She adds a much-needed level of suspense and desperation to the story that allows the viewer to actually believe that the happenings could very well be real. Whether or not you believe in ghosts, she sells it enough to at least make it feel real.

 

As for the story, well it leaves a lot to be desired. It feels at times like it is more of an anti-gun preach-at-you movie than a ghost story. It doesn't really matter what side of the gun debate you are on, preachy is preachy and nobody wants that in a movie. Especially a horror flick.

 

The scares aren't worth the price of admission, if that is what you are hoping for. Almost every one of the scares are the jump scares that serve no purpose but to annoy you with loud violins. The climactic scene is more "wait...what?" than it is scary, and several of the scenes are only worthy of a big eye roll. 

 

If you are a fan of Helen Mirren then go see this movie. If not, then skip it. You aren't missing anything of note.

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ALL I SEE IS YOU

Rated: R

Release Date: October 27, 2017

Director: Marc Forster

Stars: Blake Lively, Jason Clarke

Plot: A blind woman has a surgery to bring back her sight, but that opens up new issues in her relationships

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Clint Says: Wait for the DVD

 

 

It's ironic that a film that focuses on sight, or lack thereof, will not be seen by very many people. This film is way too "artsy fartsy" for the mainstream moviegoer, but it isn't deep and disturbing enough to appease the elite cinephiles.

 

Blake Lively is amazing in her role, but her counterpart, Jason Clarke comes across more creepy and desperate than he should. Also, the stakes aren't high enough for us to really care about the outcome. The events that transpire are mildly suspenseful, but I never really felt like anything important was truly on the line. 

 

The movie is shot very well, giving us an interesting perspective of what she can and can't see as the film progresses. However there are a lot of extraneous artistic shots that do nothing more than drag out an already slow-paced movie. 

 

If you are looking for a good, creepy, obsessive, love story, find a copy of SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY, or FATAL ATTRACTION. This one is simply not worthy of being seen.

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EVEREST

Rated: PG-13

Director: Baltasar Kormakur

Stars: Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, Jake Gyllenhaal, Keira Knightley

Plot: The true story of a group of climbers that get trapped on Mount Everest in a bad storm

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Clint Says: Drop everything and go see this movie now

 

 

This is a theater movie. By that, I mean this is a film that should be seen in a theater. And not only in a theater, but in the biggest one possible.

 

I saw this movie in IMAX 3D and there were several occasions where I felt a knot in my stomach because I thought we were going to fall off the mountain.The effects and cinematography are spectacular.

 

I must say that this movie takes a while to get going and once it does get up to speed it gets pretty brutal, but it is all worth it in the end.

 

EVEREST is a movie that I highly recommend spending your money to see it in the biggest and best way possible.