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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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THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS

Rated: PG

Release Date: November 2, 2018

Director: Lasse Hallstrom and Joe Johnston

Stars: Mackenzie Foy, Keira Knightley, Jayden Fowora-Knight, Helen Mirren

Plot: A girl discovers a fantastic world that her mother created, but now she has to save that world from war

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

 

 

This movie is a beautiful and fanciful delight from beginning to end. It is filled with spectacular imagery, enchanting characters, and exciting adventure.The scenery is gorgeous, the music will bring you back to your childhood, and the story, while simple enough for a child to understand, is compelling and intriguing for adults, too.

 

Mackenzie Foy fills the lead role like the pro that she is. She does a wonderful job using emotion and determination to drive her character arc. For the most part, her supporting cast members are great as well. There are a couple of notable exceptions that feel like they are out of place in this film, but they have minor roles, so their lack of acting prowess doesn't affect the overall tone of the film too much.

 

This is one of the more beautiful films I have ever seen. I will be shocked if it isn't nominated for the big awards in the categories of Cinematography, Production Design, and Costume Design. For me, it is the front runner for Costume Design.

 

There are a couple of pretty intense scenes for younger children, but if you have kids that are around 8 or older this may be a great introduction into more mature films for them. For those of you that like fantasy and Disneyesque style, go see this movie now. You will love it.