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THE GRUDGE

Rated: R

Release Date: January 3, 2020

Director: Nicolas Pesce

Stars: Andrea Riseborough, Demian Bichir, John Cho, Lin Shaye

Plot: A detective tries to solve a brutal mystery only to find out super-natural forces are plotting against her

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Clint Says: Don't even bother

 

 

We aren't even a full week into the new year, yet we already have a solid contender for a top 10 worst film of 2020. 

 

I don't remember the last time I was this bored while watching a horror flick. Sure, I've seen a ton of them that were really bad, but most of them have at least some entertainment value. This one is slow, barely suspenseful, and convoluted.

 

Perhaps the most telling sign that this movie is terrible is that it is only 93 minutes long, but it could have easily had a good 30 minutes taken out of it. The other bad sign is that this movie has been in the works for almost six years. It was written, rewritten, finally filmed in 2018, an then sat on a shelf until it's release now. 

 

Even the jump scares in this movie are useless. Yes, you might have a quick moment or two of fright while watching this, but those fleeting moments won't make up for the majority of the time you'll sit there completely bored.

 

There are a lot of amazing, award-worthy films still in the theaters right now. Spend your money to see one of those. Don't waste your time on this junk. 

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SEARCHING

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: August 31, 2018

Director: Aneesh Chaganty

Stars: John Cho, Debra Messing, Michelle La

Plot: A father realizes he knows very little about his daughter when she goes missing

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

 

 

This is an interesting film. It's almost a "found-footage" style movie, but it takes it a step further by incorporating texts, chats, and more. And even though the director decided to use webcams, phone video, and news coverage, he still treats it like everything was shot through a movie camera. So instead of us seeing a video chat in the same flat way, he uses closeups and camera movement to evoke emotion and suspense. The technique strays away from the "rules" of found footage films, but it makes the movie much more entertaining.

 

The story is told well and is full of suspense. The mystery is complex, but we are given all the clues to solve it ourselves. You just won't realize it until the big reveal. There are a lot of red herrings and twists and turns that keep everything exciting.

 

The movie does have a few moments of convenience and a couple of plot points that stretch the boundaries of plausibility a bit too far, but for the most part it feels like everything that is happening is legitimate.

 

While this isn't a movie that you have to see, it is one that is worth your entertainment dollars. It's fast-paced, suspenseful, and entertaining. There have been a lot of really bad movies in theaters lately, this one gives you a reason to head back to the movies.