Reviews Of What Is In Theaters Now
Release Date: March 15, 2019
Director: None (Dylan Brown was fired)
Stars: Sofia Mali, Jennifer Garner, Ken Hudson Campbell, Kenan Thompson
Plot: A young girl creates an imaginary park, but when she finds out it has become real she has to help the cast of characters living there save it
Clint Says: Wait for the digital release
About 14 months before the release of this film the studio fired its director because of misconduct allegations. They never bothered to replace him.
Even with directors, there are so few movies worth paying the price to see in theaters. Now imagine trying to make a good movie without a captain. It's virtually impossible. Sure, they had a staff of high level executives working to make the decisions, but you need someone to break the ties and make the tough decisions. That is what a good director does.
Needless to say, this movie is pretty much a hot mess. Thankfully it is only 80 minutes long so you don't have to endure too much of it. The pacing is all over the place, there is a whole weird thing going on with the main character's mom that will probably need a lot of careful explanations to curious children, and the action in the park is limited to about 20 minutes. It almost feels like it's over before it starts, but then there is still another 20 minutes to go.
The bottom line though is will the kids like it? Probably. Is it going to become one of their favorites? No. Is it worth the price of several tickets and concessions? Definitely not.
There are a lot of kids' movies coming out in the next few months. Many of which will be better than this one. Save your money for things like DUMBO. And if your kids really want to see this one, rent it when it comes out digitally in a few months, but my guess is that everyone will have forgotten about it by then.
Release Date: September 7, 2018
Director: Pierre Morel
Stars: Jennifer Garner, John Gallagher Jr. John Ortiz, Juan Pablo Raba
Plot: A woman gets revenge on an unjust system after her family is murdered
Clint Says: Wait until after opening weekend, but see this in theaters
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. And Jennifer Garner's character is a massive fist of fury ready to knock out anything and everything in her path.
If you are a fan of ALIAS you have to see this movie now. In many ways it feels like the return of Sidney Bristow. If you like movies like JOHN WICK you need to see this movie now. I would love to see a battle royal between Jennifer and Keanu. It would be two hours of the best MMA fight you've ever seen.
For those of you thinking that this is the movie mom Jennifer Garner character with a chip on her shoulder, be warned. This movie is a hard R. The violence is brutal and constant. There are several scenes that are not suitable for people with weak stomachs.
The good news is that this isn't just a shallow action flick. The story is interesting, it's fast-paced, and there are some good twists that will keep you guessing. There are even a couple of moments where you may find yourself cheering out loud when certain people get their paybacks.
There are a couple of moments that I wish were in the movie, instead we were just told those things happened. It would have been much better to see them. Then there is a scene or two that are unrealistic or too convenient, but overall those are minor grievances.
If you can handle the violence, this is a film worth your movie-going dollars. It is a lot of fun, it is suspenseful, it is enjoyable, and it is satisfying.
MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN
Release Date: March 16, 2016
Director: Patricia Riggen
Stars: Jennifer Garner, Kylie Rogers, Martin Henderson
Plot: A young girl, diagnosed with a rare disease, is cured after an accident, leaving everyone to wonder how
Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee
Warning: Bring tissues. Bring lots of tissues. If you have even the tiniest of hearts you will ugly cry at least four time during this movie. Bring tissues.
This is, by no means, an outstanding film, but it is a very good film for what it is. Kylie Rogers will steal your heart and Jennifer Garner is completely convincing in her role as mom. The rest of the cast supports the story well and keeps it moving in an entertaining way.
There is no doubt that this is a faith-based film, but it isn't over the top with the message, nor does it feel like it's a round peg being forced into a square hole. The story feels organic and true.
There are a couple of scenes that may be a bit scary for the younger crowds, and there are many moments that would feel slow to kids under 10, but for the most part this is a fine family-friendly movie that you can enjoy. Even if you are ugly crying.
NOTE: For my Nashville, TN readers, be on the lookout for News Channel 2's own Anne Holt in this movie. She has a nice cameo.