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THE BEACH BUM

Rated: R

Release Date: March 29, 2019

Director: Harmony Korine

Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron, Isla Fisher, Snoop Dogg

Plot: A beach bum spends his days getting high and writing poetry, but a life-changing event forces him to get serious about his career

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Clint Says: Wait for the digital release

 

 

Somehow I've always imagined that the character Matthew McConaughey plays in this movie is his real life persona. I can just see him sitting around with some weed, a bongo, a bright swimsuit, and a Lamborghini in the background.  I'm pretty sure he didn't have to act at all during the making of this film. 

 

As for the movie, it wonders around like a hapless beach bum for a good 30 minutes before we ever get any semblance of a plot or a quest. And even after that it is still a meandering mess that cleans everything up with a three minute montage of success with about 15 minutes to go in the film. 

 

It has a few funny moments, but not enough to make up for the incessant juvenile annoyances. I really don't want to be the curmudgeonly old guy here, but there were several occasions where I wanted to yell, "grow up, already!" at the characters.

 

Basically, this is a movie for 16 year old boys and pot smokers. For everyone else it is tolerable at best, but mostly it is a sad look at a pathetic waste of talent. Chances are THE BEACH BUM will leave you bummed.

 

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SERENITY

Rated: R

Release Date: January 25, 2019

Director: Steven Knight

Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jason Clarke

Plot: A man is asked to kill his ex-wife's new husband, but everyone in the small town seems to know what is going on

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Clint Says: Wait for the digital release

 

 

This is one of those okay movies that is on the verge of being great in some ways, but also on the verge of being a complete train wreck. It has several interesting moments, but it also has several, "what the heck am I watching?" moments as well.

 

The twist is interesting. Some people will love it, more will roll their eyes at it. The problem is that it is revealed way too early. There could have been a really cool setup for a huge twist at the end, but instead it just sort of leaks out about halfway through the story. 

 

The pacing and acting are fairly slow and stilted, but that has something to do with the greater story, so it is forgivable. Although, before you get to the twist it can become pretty annoying. 

 

I wish this film could have been something great, instead it just unfolds and then we all go home. There is a scene near the end that should be emotional and powerful, but by the time it gets there, we are so ingrained in the mundane that it doesn't even blip on the emotion detector.

 

There are so many movies these actors have done that are significantly better than this one. See one of those instead. You'll feel better.

 

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WHITE BOY RICK

Rated: R

Release Date: September 14, 2018

Director: Yann Demange

Stars: Richie Merritt, Matthew McConaughey, Bel Powley, Jennifer Jason Leigh

Plot: A teen boy becomes a major player in the Detroit drug world, but he is also an FBI informant

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Clint Says: Wait for the digital release

 

 

While this film is based on a fascinating true story, it feels like it never really gets going. The whole movie is a slow burn. Even the climax is barely exciting.

 

It is a film worth seeing for the interesting story and the great acting, but this one would be a lot easier to watch if you can pause it every once in a while and do something else.

 

It is relentlessly sad and depressing. There are very few moments of joy and even fewer moments of redemption. Most of it is desperate people making poor decisions. Then when it finally feels like things are taking a turn for the good it all gets slammed to the ground again.

 

I wish the film was as good as the story. It could have been very powerful. It does enough to keep the audience interested throughout, but it never gets to the point where you feel like it is exciting or you are being entertained.

 

If you like true crime dramas, you'll most likely enjoy this movie. If you are hoping for an action-packed, high-stakes, criminal-enterprise flick where they bad guys are elegant and always trying to stay one step ahead of the law, this is not the film for you.

 

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THE DARK TOWER

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: August 4, 2017

Director: Nikolaj Arcel

Stars: Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey, Nicholas Hamilton

Plot: A young boy has the power to destroy or maintain several worlds depending on whether good or evil can get to him first

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Clint Says: Wait for the DVD

 

 

 

The good news is this movie is a classic tale of good versus evil and the use of an innocent pawn, but the pawn comes to find out he has much more power than he ever though possible. The bad news is, we've seen this story played out dozens of times and this movie adds nothing new to the mix. 

 

Beyond that, there is very little explanation of what is going on and why. Matthew McConaughey plays the bad guy really well. He's creepy for sure, but we have no idea why he is doing what he is doing and there are several other ways that he could go about accomplishing the same thing that wouldn't involve conflict with the only people that can bring him down. 

 

Idris Elba does a fine job as the Gunslinger, but again, we never find out why he can do what he does. Also, he and the boy argue with each other throughout the movie as to whose quest is more important, but they are on the exact same quest. So all of their conflict makes zero sense. 

 

When you throw on top of all of this some truly terrible sound editing and a pathetic soundtrack/score you are left with a movie that is only slightly entertaining, and that is only true if you can manage to check your brain at the door so you don't see all of the massive plot holes. 

 

There is one very cool aspect to this film. It is full of Stephen King Easter Eggs. You'll see references to CUJO, IT, THE SHINING and I'm sure a few others that I missed along the way. 

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GOLD

Rated: R

Release Date: January 27, 2017

Director: Stephen Gaghan

Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Edgar Ramirez, Bryce Dallas Howard

Plot: Based on the true story of a down-on-his-luck prospector and a geologist trying to find the mother lode in Indonesia

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

 

 

You may have heard rumblings about Matthew McConaughey gaining nearly 50 pounds for one of his roles. This is the film. The way he transforms himself into a nearly-destitute, yet highly-motivated, sleazeball salesman is truly fascinating to watch. His performance was almost award-worthy, and in a year that didn't have so many incredible films released, he may have been up for several awards. 

 

This film is full of incredible twists and surprises that make it seem almost unbelievable. But then, when you remember that this is based on a true story, it is mind-blowing that anyone on earth would have the guts and the lack of ethics to do what he did. 

 

This isn't a high-paced action flick that is going to keep you on the edge of your seat. It is however, a compelling story that draws you in and keeps you engaged for the entire film. 

 

If you are looking to watch something that is slightly off the beaten path, but is still highly satisfying, you should give GOLD a shot.

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SING

Rated: PG

Release Date: December 21, 2016

Director: Garth Jennings

Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane

Plot: A down-on-his-luck theatre owner gives his business one last try with a singing competition

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Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee

 

 

I need to review this movie from two different points of view.

 

First, I saw this film in a theater full of young kids. They LOVED it. They all came out raving about how good and funny it was. So, know that your kids will be happy to have seen SING.

 

As for the parents, this movie is above average as far as animated movies go, but it is about 30 minutes too long. There are scenes that add nothing to the overall story, and other scenes that carry on far too long.

 

The story is entertaining, but formulaic all the way through. Kids will enjoy the story, but parents will see everything coming. That doesn't make it a bad movie, but it does make it just a bit boring.

 

The finishing act is a lot of fun and inspiring for all, so there is that to look forward to near the end of the film. However, parents, like most things in life, if you go see this just know that you are taking one for the team.

 

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KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS

Rated: PG

Release Date: August 19, 2016

Director: Travis Knight

Stars: Charlize Theron, Art Parkinson, Matthew McConaughy, Ralph Fiennes

Plot: A young boy journeys to find the power to defeat a strong enemy

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Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee

 

 

This is one of the most interesting animated films I have ever seen. The animation is spectacular and the story is highly compelling, however I'm finding it difficult to recommend this film. 

 

Why? Because, even though it is animated, and rated PG, and the trailers make it look fun, this is NOT a film for young children. There are several scenes that are terrifying and many other scenes that are dark or the subject matter is too mature for young kids. 

 

If you are an adult that likes animated films you should go see this right away, but if you are thinking about taking your young child I would recommend seeing it by yourself first in order to determine if you think your child can handle it or not. 

 

This is a fascinating film that will keep you engaged throughout, but it isn't for everyone.

 

 

 

 

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FREE STATE OF JONES

Rated: R

Release Date: June 24, 2016

Director: Gary Ross

Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mahershala Ali, Keri Russell

Plot: A farmer stands against the military during the Civil War and creates a new state based on his desire for freedom

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Clint Says: Drop everything and go see this movie now

 

 

This could be our first real Oscar contender of the year. The cast is outstanding, the story is fascinating, and the directing pulls you into the film and doesn't let you go for the full 2 hours and 19 minutes. 

 

This is one of those films that everyone should see. It is very difficult and uncomfortable to watch, but it is important to see this true story and how it still affects us today. It is raw, unflinching, brutal, and extremely powerful. It's the kind of movie you don't really want to watch, but it is so good and it means so much that you have to see it. 

 

Matthew McConaughey proves once again that he is one of the premiere actors in Hollywood. He is also surrounded by an incredible cast that never misses a beat. Everything about the story and the characters rings true. 

 

This is, by no means, a fun, date-night film, but it is a film that will give you something to talk about after you've seen it. Just be prepared to be emotionally challenged while you are watching it.