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DARK PHOENIX

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: June 7, 2019

Director: Simon Kinberg

Stars: Sophie Turner, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence

Plot: One of the X-Men gains cosmic powers and turns against her former friends

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Clint Says: Wait for the digital release

 

 

I can't recall being this bored or non-caring about a movie in a long time. It's less than two hours long, but it felt like it lasted so much longer. The plot was terrible, the pacing was off, and there was no chemistry between the characters. 

 

It got so bad at one point that I mentally checked out of the movie for about 10 minutes. I just sat there in a daze not paying attention to anything that happened on the screen. And I have no desire to go back and see what I missed.

 

MARVEL is usually so good at plot, I don't understand why this one got away from them like it did. The only thing that happens in this movie happens at least five different times and none of the characters learn from it. By the second time it happened we should have seen growth from some of the characters and a plan coming from others. Instead, we have to endure the same thing again three more times.

 

The whole film was dreadfully slow as well. When there wasn't action on the screen the time was filled with monotonous conversations where everyone feels like an angsty teen, but refuses to let the emotion take over. 

 

It was also way too serious. I know the content of this particular film made it a much more serious story, but good grief, give us some comic relief. I can recall only one joke in the whole movie, and it was a throw-away line that wasn't very good. AVENGERS: ENDGAME was a very serious movie as well, but it had a lot of comedic moments. It can be done. This movie just chose not to do it, and that was a mistake. 

 

There isn't any way I could recommend seeing this movie, but if you've already seen the others in the series you might as well check this one out, too. For those of you that haven't seen the other X-Men films, just skip this one. 

 

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AVENGERS: ENDGAME

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: April 26, 2019

Director: Anthony Russo and Joe Russo

Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson

Plot: The Avengers that are left alive reassemble with the hope of defeating Thanos and restoring the universe to the way it was before Thanos's devastation

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Clint Says: Drop everything and go see this in theaters now

 

 

Wow. Where to begin? All of the thoughts and feels....

 

Let's start with the questions everyone has been asking me:

 

1. Does this movie answer all of the questions? Well, sort of...there are some things that you'll still be questioning after seeing it. 

 

2. Is it really 3 hours long? Yes, but it doesn't feel like it at all.

 

3. Are all those people really dead? Why on earth would I tell you the answer to that question? Go see it for yourself!

 

4. Is it worth the hype? ABSOLUTELY! This movie is everything I hoped it would be and more.

 

Since 2008 when IRON MAN hit the big screen we have been working our way towards this moment 22 films in the making. Not only did we get to see some incredible films along the way, but we became friends with the characters like never before. And we came together as one united nerdom the world over to support our favorite superheroes.

 

Like this other films this one is full of fantastic dialogue, laugh out loud moments, wild action, and deeply emotional moments that bore into your soul. This movie also gives us satisfaction. It is a great ending to a wonderful series. (Yes, there will there be other movies in this Universe, but this can still be considered a good end point).

 

There are a couple of moments where the movie starts to drag just a little bit, but those moments are made up for by some fantastic moments during the final act. I saw this in a completely full theater and the cheers near the end of the film were almost deafening.

 

When all of the movies are finally ranked best to worst, this one won't end up on top, but it will most assuredly be in the top 5. It is that good.

 

When you go to the theater to see this movie, go ahead and buy yourself another ticket for another showing because you will want to see this one at least a second time. Probably more. Especially, if you have invested as much of your life into this Universe as many of us nerds have.

 

Avenger fans, assemble! (At the theater).

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VENOM

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: October 5, 2018

Director: Ruben Fleischer

Stars: Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed

Plot: A former investigative reporter is called into a lab where people are dying, and soon finds himself in the middle of the experiments

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

 

 

Well, that was a bummer.

 

I walked into the screening of VENOM with high hopes. The MARVEL movies are almost always worth seeing, Venom is an interesting character that could make for some wild scenes, and Tom Hardy is one of my all-time favorite actors. What could go wrong?

 

The first act.

 

That's what could go wrong. And, it did. It went VERY wrong. I went with a buddy of mine who just happens to direct feature-length films and he said something to the effect of, "that was the most boring first act I've seen in a long time". I agree with that assessment.

 

20 minutes into the film I was DONE as were the several people around my that I could hear loudly sighing every time the film did something else to disappoint us. I didn't even care anymore that Tom Hardy and Michelle Williams were starring. I was just ready for the final credits and hoping for a good end-credit teaser scene. (Of which we got two).

 

Riz Ahmed plays the bad guy. He was as boring as everyone else and he didn't even have a character arc. He had a character straight-as-an-arrow line. His character might as well have been played by a robot.

 

Then there were the bit players who were terrible. I'm not joking when I say this is some of the worst acting in a high-budget film that I've ever seen. I don't think the director had any idea how to coach people into decent performances, much less something good.

 

Throw on top of all of that heaping pile of mess that we don't even get to see Venom until almost an hour into the movie, and it becomes a flick that isn't worth a free digital download. With the massive plot holes, it makes this almost unwatchable.

 

The only saving grace for this film is that we do get a few fun scenes with Hardy and Venom. But in the grand scheme of things those few scenes aren't worth sitting through the rest of it. Even the climactic scene is a complete waste of time and CGI talent. 

 

Let's all just hope that Venom shows up in some other MARVEL flick that is actually worth seeing.

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ANT-MAN AND THE WASP

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: July 6, 2018

Director: Peyton Reed

Stars: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, Michael Pena

Plot: Scott and Hope team up to try to bring back her mom, but an evil force has other plans for their tech

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Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee

 

 

I am dealing with a bevy of emotions as I am writing this review. On the one hand, this is a fantastically fun movie that will have you laughing throughout. It is exciting. It is full of action and incredible CGI work. 

 

On the other hand, I really think that I am starting to get Marvel Fatigue. Yes, this film is all of those great things, but so is almost every other Marvel movie. I need something different, something new. And I'm not talking about a new character on a new quest, I mean a shift from the formula. 

 

I know that is a lot of big talk from someone not having to write the checks or worry about box office numbers, but I also wonder if I am not alone in this thinking. Is it possible that we are at a moment where Marvel movies may not get to $300 or $400 million? Could one actually lose money sooner rather than later? I don't have that answer, but I do know that I want to see something new and exciting like we all felt the first time IRON MAN hit the big screen.

 

ANT-MAN AND THE WASP is great, but it also offers us very little that we haven't seen before. We've all experienced the effects and action hundreds of times over on the big screen, so maybe this is one where you finally just wait for the digital release. 

 

Is it worth the money to see it in theaters? Sure! Especially if you are a huge Marvel fan. It's 2 hours of exciting fun. Is it necessary to see it in theaters? No. You'll get the same experience with your home entertainment system as you would on the big screen.

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AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: April 27, 2018

Director: Anthony and Joe Russo

Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson

Plot: Thanos is on a mission to collect all of the Infinity stones. The Avengers and friends are on a mission to stop him.

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

 

 

Dear reader, I need you to see this movie. I need you to see it now. And then, we need to talk.

 

We. Need. To. Talk.

 

Walking out of the theater I wanted to simultaneously high-five all of the Marvel employees and punch them straight in their stupid faces. It's a comic book movie! I'm not supposed to have this many feels!

 

This movie is massive, it's fast-paced, it's non-stop, it's hilarious, it's insanely busy, and it's fun. It is also heart-wrenching, heart-breaking, dark, and powerful.

 

But, best of all, it has a manliness showdown between Chris Hemsworth and Chris Pratt. That alone is worth the price of admission.

 

This movie will have you cheering one minute, laughing the next, and crying the minute after that. 

 

What really makes this movie work is the villain. He's big, bad, almost unbeatable, and his reasoning for doing what he is doing almost makes sense. Given the right circumstances he could even be seen as a hero.

 

If you are new to the Marvel Universe this is not the place to start. It will be really confusing. If you are a Marvel fan, this film is a must see, and you should see it in the biggest theater possible.

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SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: July 7, 2017

Director: Jon Watts

Stars: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr., Jacob Batalon

Plot: Peter Parker tries to figure out where his life is going while he deals with high school and being Spider-Man. Then Tony Stark and a crime lord give him direction.

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Clint Says: Drop everything and go see this movie now

 

 

WooHoo! The summer of 2017 continues to be all sorts of awesome thanks to movies like SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING. 

 

I was seriously questioning the sanity of several people in Hollywood when I heard that they were doing yet another reboot of Spidey, but I must say they did it right and it was a good choice. This is an origin story, but it skips all of the beginning stuff we all know and slows down the story. This version jumps right into the action and doesn't let up for the full 2 1/2 hours. 

 

This film is also riotously funny. There were so many times I laughed out loud that by the end of the movie my stomach hurt. When you add that to a great story, and spectacular acting by Tom Holland and the rest of the cast this film is well worth your time and money.

 

The only thing that I didn't like about it was the CGI. Spidey moves too fast and choppy, and it happens a lot. I'm not sure why that is still a thing with special effects, but it is 2017 and it should be fixed by now. 

 

If you are a Spider-Man fan, I think you'll find this to be the best Spider-Man movie yet. For Marvel fans, this is right up there with THE AVENGERS and GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY. 

 

Grab your friends and go see this right now! 

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DOCTOR STRANGE

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: November 4, 2016

Director: Scott Derrickson

Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel McAdams, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tilda Swinton

Plot: A neurosurgeon finds a new purpose for his life after his operating career is cut short by a car crash

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Clint Says: Drop everything and go see this movie now

 

 

 

When it comes to origin stories, Marvel has outdone themselves with DOCTOR STRANGE. This movie is entertaining, funny, exciting, action-packed, and captivating. Even more than that, it boasts two actors with the best names in Hollywood in Benedict Cumberbatch and Chiwetel Ejiofor! It really can't get much better than that. 

 

The visual aspect of this film is spectacular. There is a constant barrage of mesmerizing scenery and special effects for the full two hours. It almost gets to the point where your brain can't take the bending anymore.

 

The only issue I had with this film is that the reasoning behind the antagonist's war against the world isn't clear enough. We get some information as to why he is doing what he's doing, but it's not enough for us to understand his turn from good. Aside from that, this film is nearly flawless as far as comic book movies go. 

 

This is one of those rare films where I recommend seeing it in 3D and on the biggest screen possible. It is worth the extra money to go big. It's also one you will probably want to see again because it is so entertaining. 

 

Call your friends and head to the theaters as soon as you can for this one.

 

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CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: May 6, 2016

Director: Anthony and Joe Russo

Stars: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan

Plot: The Avengers are divided over who should control their actions, and their division soon ends in battle

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

 

 

I saw this movie several days ago and I'm still feeling things because of it. Yes, it is AVENGERS so you are going to get your action, fun banter, and cool effects, but this movie is dark. Not only is it dark,  but it is also deeply emotional.

 

I saw this film with several MARVEL fans and all of them were surprised at the difference in feel between this film versus the prior AVENGER movies. Most of them walked in either "Team Tony" or "Team Cap" but then walked out feeling like they had been let down in some way by their heroes.

 

Don't get me wrong, the movie is really good. It's about 30 minutes too long, but it is absolutely worth seeing in theaters. Just know going into it that it is a lot darker than the trailers make it out to be.

 

Tom Holland steals the show as Spider Man, his energy and innocence make the movie much better and significantly easier to sit through the entire 2 1/2 hours. The other major change, and for the better, is the addition of more action and brains from Black Widow, and it's not all done in a skin-tight suit! Scarlett Johansson finally gets to show off her skills and talents rather than her body.

 

If you have young kids that love the AVENGERS, you may want to see this movie before they do to see if they are mature enough to handle seeing their heroes become flawed.

 

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FANTASTIC FOUR

Rated: PG-13

Director: Josh Trank

Stars: Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell

Plot: A group of scientific geniuses get caught in one of their own experiments causing them to have super powers.

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

 

 

This movie is more aptly titled MEDIOCRE FOUR or LAME FOUR or DON'T GO SEE IT FOUR. The acting is sub-par, the dialogue is bad, and the effects are worse. Plus, this is a comic book action flick with only about 20 minutes of action and even that's not very good action. 

 

If you like origin stories this one give you all the origin you could ever want. We don't even see any F4 powers until about two thirds of the way through the film. And before that we have to endure a lot of sciency and mathy stuff. Ugh. 

 

The only reason to see this movie in theaters is to be able to see the DEADPOOL trailer before it. Other than that, skip it.

 

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ANT-MAN

Rated: PG-13

Director: Peyton Reed

Stars: Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll

Plot: A down-on-his-luck man is recruited by a scientific genius to help make sure his greatest invention doesn't end up in the hands of Hydra.

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

 

 

This is the third comic-book movie I've walked into with a bad feeling about it. The first was GREEN LANTERN and those feelings were justified. The second was GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY and that is currently my favorite comic book film of all time. This time I walked out of the theater pleasantly surprised.

 

On a comic book scale, ANT-MAN is not quite as good as AVENGERS, but as an origin story, it is better than the first IRON MAN. 

 

The actors all do a nice job and the characters all have a depth to them that is pretty rare for comic book movies. Even the villain has a nice arc and motivation. 

 

I will say that the movie does feel like it digresses into an adult version of HONEY, I SHRUNK THE KIDS at points, but there are other times where the attention to detail when Ant-Man is small is spectacular. 

 

The action is well done and virtually non-stop throughout the second half of the film. Which leads me to say that while I highly recommend seeing this movie in 3D, I would stay away from the IMAX or Big D screens because the massive 3D action is really quite fatiguing after a while. 

 

Overall though, this is a great summer action flick worthy of your movie-going dollars.