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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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I FEEL PRETTY

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: April 20, 2018

Director: Abby Kohn, Marc Silverstein

Stars: Amy Schumer, Michell Williams,

Plot: A woman in a dead end situation hits her head and then thinks she is super-model gorgeous. She uses her new-found confidence to her advantage.

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Clint Says: Wait for the digital release

 

 

 

Here's the good news. Amy Schumer finally plays a different character in a movie. It's also a decently funny film with some heartwarming moments.

 

The bad news is that this movie is totally formulaic from beginning to end, it is 20 minutes longer than it needs to be, and there are plot holes everywhere.

 

This isn't a bad movie at all, it's just plain and forgettable. The message is nice and empowering, but it could have been delivered in a much more entertaining and compelling way.

 

If you are wanting a decent comedy with a positive message then give this one a shot. If you want a great story to go along with the laughs then look elsewhere.

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ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD

Rated: R

Release Date: December 25, 2017

Director: Ridley Scott

Stars: Michelle Williams, Christopher Plummer, Mark Wahlberg, Charlie Plummer

Plot: John Paul Getty must decide whether or not to pay the ransom for the kidnapping of his grandson

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

 

 

This may be the most impressive film of 2017. Not because it is that great, even though it is a very good movie. But because, this movie was almost completely re-shot just two months before its release date.

 

You may recall, originally Kevin Spacey was in this movie as John Paul Getty. Once the information came out about his indiscretions Director Ridley Scott made the decision to recast and re-shoot the movie while still sticking to the original release date. This seemed like a huge undertaking, but most of us just assumed that they were only going to have to re-shoot 10-20% of the movie to get it done.

 

We assumed wrong. 

 

Christopher Plummer was cast in the role of John Paul Getty and they did all of his re-shoots in 10 days. This is incredible because he is in close to 50% of the entire film. I don't know the exact percentage of how much of this film had to be re-shot, but it is a big number. Congrats to Scott and crew for pulling off one of the greatest pieces of movie magic ever attempted in Hollywood. 

 

Aside from all of that, the film is interesting and intriguing. It is full of suspense and excitement. The movie jumps right in and doesn't let up for the full two hours.

 

Christopher Plummer does a great job for anyone, much less someone who had less than a month to prepare and only 10 days to shoot an hour's worth of scenes. Michelle Williams is great as well.

 

If you are looking for a movie with a compelling story, give this one a try.

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THE GREATEST SHOWMAN

Rated: PG

Release Date: December 20, 2017

Director: Michael Gracey

Stars: Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Zendaya

Plot: A musical based on the rise of P.T. Barnum and his circus

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Clint Says: Drop everything and go see this movie now

 

 

This is one of the great feel-good movies of the year. The music is out of this world, the acting is first class, the story is wonderful, and the visuals are mesmerizing. 

 

This is also a wonderful film for families of almost all ages. It is rated PG, so it isn't too intense or adult-themed for the younger crowds, but it still manages to be exciting and compelling for adults. It is also blissfully well-paced and timed, clocking in at 1 hour 45 minutes. 

 

Hugh Jackman and Zendaya give rousing performances, and they are surrounded by an incredible cast of characters that add incredible depth and emotion to an already fascinating story. 

 

The true star of the show though is the music. The songs are even better than what we heard in LA LA LAND, and the performances are world-class. You can not walk out of the theater without this soundtrack running through your head. It'll probably be there for several days...and that's a good thing. 

 

This is the kind of film that brings joy to everyone that sees it. It's also the kind of film that a lot of us could use right now. It's a wonderful story b-e-a-utifully told. (You'll get it when you see the movie).