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AD ASTRA

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: September 20, 2019

Director: James Gray

Stars: Brad Pitt, Liv Tyler, Ruth Negga, Tommy Lee Jones

Plot: A son of one of the greatest astronauts ever must track his father down in deep space before the earth is destroyed

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Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee

 

 

When I saw that this movie had Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones and space pirates I couldn't wait for the day when it finally hit theaters. Now that I've seen it, I wish they had spent a little more time trying to make it better. 

 

On some levels I really enjoyed this movie. The cinematography, the lighting, the frightening feeling of being alone in space, and the music were all fantastic. I caught myself holding my breath several times during the last 30 minutes of the film. 

 

Unfortunately, the first 90 minutes were too slow with several contrived issues just for the sake of adding action, and the timeline/continuity errors are some of the worst I've ever seen in a movie. (You would think that a movie about space travel would get simple math right, but they mess it up at least three different times)!

 

Pitt gives a wonderful performance, and Jones does the best he can with the heavy-handed dialogue he was forced to deliver. There won't be any acting awards coming their way for these roles, but they were still better than most. 

 

This is very much a tone movie as well. It is methodical and dramatic from the opening scene. Then, it is a relentlessly slow and methodical mission to get to the climax more than two hours later. There isn't a single moment of levity, or even a moment where you feel like you can relax. It just keeps moving on.

 

If you like serious Sci-Fi films, you will most likely enjoy this one, if you can get past the errors. If you are a Brad Pitt fan hoping for that quirky smirk and nonchalant attitude, this is not the film for you. 

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MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: June 14, 2019

Director: F. Gary Gray

Stars: Tessa Thompson, Chris Hemsworth, Emma Thompson, Liam Neeson

Plot: A woman discovers the existence of MIB and then is tasked with saving the world in her very first mission

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

 

 

 

 

It's hard to believe, but the first MIB film came out 22 years ago. And it is still a classic. I watch it every chance I get. I was really hoping this new installment in the franchise would have me just as excited. And it almost did. 

 

While it may not live up to the popularity of its predecessor, it is still a very good film and one that is perfect for getting out of the Summer heat and enjoying a large bucket of popcorn.

 

Chris Hemsworth is at his Hemsworthian best. (I think they pay him based on the number of half-wink, half-smile faces he makes). He has great banter and chemistry with a lot of the characters including the character played by Tessa Thompson. But we already knew that they were great together on screen because of THOR: RAGNAROK and AVENGERS: ENDGAME.

 

The only thing I didn't like about this film is that I figured out the big twist really early on in the movie. I was hoping I would be wrong, but it ended up being exactly what I thought it was. Aside from that small annoyance, everything else was a lot of fun. The film is filled with fun throwbacks to the original, but it also gives Hemsworth and Thompson room to make this new MIB film their own. 

 

If you are looking for a great Summer flick, you should give this one a chance. You might even want to take the older kids with you, once you've seen it and made sure it isn't too much for them. 

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HIGH LIFE

Rated: R

Release Date: April 26, 2019

Director: Claire Denis

Stars: Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, Mia Goth, Andre Benjamin

Plot: A small group of people try to survive in deep space while they work on different science experiments

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Clint Says: Wait for the digital release

 

 

Robert Pattinson may be best known for playing the role of Edward in TWILIGHT, but that is tragic. He has made several indie films since then that may not be well know, but he has been truly outstanding in all of them. You may not like the overall movies, but watching him act in films like THE ROVER and GOOD TIME will make you wonder why he isn't an Oscar winner. 

 

The same can be said for HIGH LIFE. Pattinson is out of this world, (both literally and figuratively), in this space drama. His performance is powerful enough to carry a film that most people would consider too slow to be entertaining. Without him, this movie wouldn't be nearly as good as it is. 

 

This is not a film for everyone. It is dark, slow, and filled with long scenes of artsy imagery and things that elite art critics would call poignant and important. It is also a disturbing film. For much of the movie things just happen at the slow speed of space, but when things go bad, they go horrifically bad insanely fast. I remember the moment well, because all of us that were watching it started looking at each other and saying things like, "Wow, that went South so fast!"

 

This is a very artsy/fartsy, high brow, indie flick that will turn most people off, but if you are into dark and weird sci-fi films you have to give this one a chance. You may walk away from it with a new favorite film. 

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CAPTIVE STATE

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: March 15, 2019

Director: Rupert Wyatt

Stars: Ashton Sanders, John Goodman, Jonathan Majors

Plot: Aliens have taken over earth, but there are a few people with the courage to try to win back their freedom

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Clint Says: Wait for the digital release

 

 

This movie has so much potential. It is an interesting story with some compelling characters, but unfortunately, it wasn't written as captivating as it could have been. 

 

The movie is about 110 minutes long, and the first 105 minutes are constantly confusing. Every time I felt like I was starting to figure something out, something else would happen. If that form of storytelling is done well it can be a very effective way to surprise the viewer at the end with a huge reveal. This one isn't told in a way that makes it exciting, but rather frustrating.

 

Once it gets to the last five minutes and we finally get to understand the end game, everything starts to make sense, but that doesn't mean it is satisfying. It just felt good to know that this very confusing movie has a smart ending...but only if you are paying very close attention to the details. If you aren't fully aware of everything that is happening in the last couple of scenes then none of it will make any sense at all. That is also a mark of bad storytelling. At some point all viewers should be able to clue into what is happening, not just the ones that have managed to follow every detail along the way leading up to one pivotal moment.

 

Not only is this movie confusing, but we never get a chance to understand the enemy or discover their weakness. In fact, we only ever see them just a couple of times throughout the film, and in those cases, the lighting is really dark so we barely get to see anything anyway.

 

This is a completely forgettable and mediocre movie. It's not worth your time or money to see it in theaters.

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ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: February 14, 2019

Director: Robert Rodriguez

Stars: Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Keenan Johnson, Mahershala Ali

Plot: A re-built cyborg girl must battle to save her friends, family, and herself, while she tries to find out who she is and where she came from

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Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee

 

 

 

For some reason Hollywood loves to turn graphic novels into movies, but very rarely does it translate into a successful film. Sure, many of them become cult classics, like SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD, but that movie lost more than $13 Million on production budget alone. ALITA has a $200 Million production budget to overcome. That's a lot of manga fans seeing this movie more than once just to get to break even.

 

As for the movie, it is pretty good. It's filled with fast-paced action and incredible fight scenes. The story is interesting, which is a nice surprise because a lot of origin stories are pretty boring. The special effects are fantastic. And the character dynamics are filled with complex issues and conflict.

 

The film is visually amazing. Virtually every scene is filled with fantastic scenery and props. The costumes and characters are equally interesting. There are a couple of times where the pacing of the film is off, but the scenery is enough to keep the viewer engaged.

 

If you like Japanese manga or graphic novels you should give this movie a shot. If you are a fan of action films, this one might be worth your time and money. If you aren't a fan of Sci-Fi and Fantasy, you should probably skip this one. It is good, but it's not good enough to hold the attention of people that tend not to see films of this ilk.

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REPLICAS

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: January 11, 2019

Director: Jeffrey Nachmanoff

Stars: Keanu Reeves, Alice Eve, Thomas Middleditch, John Ortiz

Plot: A man clones his family and brings them back to life after an accident, but there are consequences to his actions

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

 

 

Keanu Reeves is at his best when he has very few lines of dialogue to deliver. That is why he is so great in the JOHN WICK films...he rarely says anything. Unfortunately, in this movie he talks constantly. Oh, dear reader, I can't begin to tell you the agony I was in while watching him try to be all dramatic and sciency. All I could think was, "this is a really poor man's version of Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark in IRON MAN." And I feel like that is a terrible insult to RDJ.

 

Aside from the exceptionally bad acting, the story is pretty basic. Even the twists and turns have all been done before. There wasn't a single moment where I felt like we were getting something new.

 

The true tragedy of this film is that it is set in Puerto Rico, and pretty much all we ever see is the inside of a lab and a house. I mean, if you are going to go to the trouble to shoot in the tropics at least give us some beach scenes. Otherwise, just save the money and shoot in Georgia like every other studio.

 

I wish I could at least recommend this movie to huge Sci-Fi fans, but the science is so far-fetched, and there are so many plot holes in the science that it wouldn't be enjoyable for you either. Just go ahead and skip this one. We will all catch up with Keanu when JOHN WICK 3 comes out later this year.

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BUMBLEBEE

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: December 21, 2018

Director: Travis Knight

Stars: Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena, Justin Theroux

Plot: Bumblebee is hiding out on earth, but when the Decepticons discover his location it could lead to all out war

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Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee

 

 

As far as Transformer movies go, this one is pretty good. But you must remember, that is compared to other Transformer movies...and that is a VERY low bar. 

 

The good news is this movie actually offers some character depth, relationships, and emotions. Usually it just a bunch of explosions with the semi-truck running around yelling, "I am Optimus Prime!" For those of you that like the explosions, there are plenty. But for those of you that actually like a plot, you'll be pleasantly surprised.

 

This is still a movie that you can't use any critical thinking while watching it, otherwise the whole thing falls apart. But if you are looking for a decent action flick with a decent plot while you munch on a bucket of popcorn, this movie will fill that need. Just be aware that if you run out of popcorn before the movie ends you might find yourself asking, "why am I still here?"

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THE PREDATOR

Rated: R

Release Date: September 14, 2018

Director: Shane Black

Stars: Boyd Holbrook, Jacob Tremblay, Olivia Munn, Sterling K. Brown

Plot: Predators have returned to earth and a rag-tag team of misfits have to try to figure out why they are here and how to get rid of them

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Clint Says: Don't even bother

 

 

There is a high probability that this movie is going to end up on my 10 Worst Films of the Year list. It's going to take several real stinkers to knock this one off of the list.

 

Director Shane Back should be embarrassed that he made such a terrible movie, and the producers should be ashamed that they didn't secure enough funding to make this thing look better than a bad made-for-television film from the mid-80's. 

 

The effects are so bad they are literally laugh-out-loud funny. The acting is terrible to the point where I was cringing every time I heard a cheesy line. The editing is amateur and makes the movie look like a bad episode of POWER RANGERS rather than a big-budget action flick. And the music is so weird and out of place it actually pulled me out of the story several times.

 

This travesty is full of massive plot holes, horrific writing, and terrible chemistry. I am shocked that this film is getting a wide release. It looks like it's a video-on-demand flick.

 

Do not waste your time. Even if you use a free coupon to see this, you are going to be disappointed.

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KIN

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: August 31, 2018

Director: Jonathan Baker, Josh Baker

Stars: Myles Truitt, James Franco, Jack Reynor, Zoe Kravitz

Plot: Two brothers find a futuristic weapon and find themselves on the run from people that want them dead

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Clint Says: Wait for the digital release

 

 

I wasn't sure what to make of this movie when I saw the first trailer. Now that I've seen the movie, I'm still not sure what to make of it. It feels like a pet project for Michael B. Jordan. He is the Executive Producer and he has a small role in it. But it is also an origin story for a much bigger plot. I'm sure that if this movie makes money we will see a sequel in a couple of years. 

 

It's an odd film because it has Sci-Fi elements to it, but 95% of the movie is just normal, action movie stuff. That last 5% however turns the whole story on it's head and it becomes fully Sci-Fi, setting up a 100% Sci-Fi sequel.

 

The acting is pretty good, but the story has several eye-rolling moments. There are a few plot points that don't make any sense, and others that are so ridiculous that nobody would ever actually do what the characters are doing.

 

This is not a movie you have to see on the big screen. In fact, if you are paying for more than one ticket, you'll probably be upset that you shelled out hard-earned money on this one. Just wait for the digital release and enjoy it from the comfort of your own couch. Maybe the sequel will be worth seeing in theaters.

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A-X-L

Rated: PG

Release Date: August 24, 2018

Director: Oliver Daly

Stars: Alex Neustaedter, Becky G., Alex MacNicoll

Plot: A couple of teens find a military-grade robot-dog, but there are a lot of people desperate to get the weapon back

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

 

 

 

 

This is essentially the exact same movie as MONSTER TRUCKS, MAX STEEL, CHAPPIE, and every other corny flick where a couple of slackers manage to beat the government at their own game by accidentally figuring out the hidden powers of the newly found object. The only difference is that this one is much worse than those other films.

 

The story never really goes anywhere, the effects are okay at best, the action in laughable, and the bad guys are an embarrassment to bad guys everywhere. There were several moments where I found myself looking at my watch, playing with the reclining seat, and losing interest in the movie completely. It is an entirely forgettable and boring film.

 

It is PG, so it should be suitable for most kids, but there are a couple of scenes that are pretty scary and intense. You may want to check it out first before taking your young ones. But if that means having to see this movie twice, I truly pity you.

 

There are some interesting looking films that your kids may really enjoy coming out soon. It's better to save your money by not seeing this one.

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UPGRADE

Rated: R

Release Date: June 1, 2018

Director: Leigh Whannell

Stars: Logan Marshall-Green, Betty Gabriel, Melanie Vallejo, Benedict Hardie

Plot: A man becomes super-human with the help of a computer chip implant after an accident

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

 

 

This is nothing more than a poor man's sci-fi flick. It tries to be futuristic with innovative tech and flying machines, but they didn't have the budget to make any of it look good. The futuristic cars look like they are painted plywood, and the cop cars look like entry-level Kias.

 

The story is interesting, but the execution is terrible. Some of the acting is nearly unwatchable, and the cheesy dialogue makes it worse. To make matters worse, all of the kill shots are overly gratuitous and gory. It felt like the people in charge knew they didn't have anything great so they might as well go over the top with it in hopes that 16 year old boys will flock to the theaters to see it.

 

This is a movie that, if you want to see it you better do it now, because it feels like it will be in and out of theaters in a matter of three or four weeks tops. It has no star power to draw on, the effects are low-budget, the plot is not done well, and the violence is too much for most people. 

 

Save your money for the next sci-fi flick. Hopefully, it will be a lot better than this one.

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READY PLAYER ONE

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: March 29, 2018

Director: Steven Spielberg

Stars: Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Mark Rylance

Plot: The creator of the world's most popular video game places a game within the game with the prize being his share of his company

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

 

 

This is one of the most fascinating and unique films I have seen in the past several years. The plot is captivating, the world is interesting, and the visuals are second to none. But the best part of this movie is that this is the kind of thing that could actually happen in real life.

 

While the acting isn't outstanding, the characters are still very real and you care about them and their quest. Whether they are the "real life" characters or the avatars there is an emotional connection that will have you rooting for the little guy throughout the entire film. 

 

This movie clocks in at 2 hours and 20 minutes, but it doesn't feel like it. It is fast-paced, high-energy excitement from beginning to end. There are a couple of times where it feels like things are slowing down for a moment, but during those times the visuals are so spectacular that you won't miss the pace.

 

Fans of the 80's and 90's are going to love the callbacks to many of the movies and songs from that era. But even if you know nothing about those decades or you know nothing about gaming you'll still be able to enjoy this movie. If you are a fan of old-school gaming you will be treated to Easter eggs all through the film.

 

This is a fantastic film that you should see on the biggest screen with the loudest sound system. It will rock your world.

 

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PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: March 23, 2018

Director: Steven S. DeKnight

Stars: John Boyega, Cailee Spaeny, Scott Eastwood

Plot: A corporation wants to automate the Jaegers, but the Kaiju have other plans

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Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee

 

 

If you were a fan of the original PACIFIC RIM this is a sequel you have been wanting for five years. The good news is that this is another super-fun monster movie. The bad news is that it isn't as good as the first one.

 

I'm not saying this film is bad, it's actually pretty good. However, if they made this story first I doubt we would have gotten a sequel. This one is more about the monsters and their journey rather than the relationships of the characters that made the first film so emotional and compelling.

 

That said, if you are in it just to see some massive robots fight some gigantic creatures while a few people try to save the planet, well grab your popcorn and your BFF and get to the theater now! You will be cheering wildly with every 120-story WWE slam.

 

This feels like a high-budget Godzilla flick more so than a moving Sci-fi film. The villain is weak and his motivations are weaker. It's almost like the first hour of this movie is nothing more than set-up so we can get to the main event for the last 30 minutes.

 

If you liked the first, you should give this one a try. If you thought the first film was a waste of time, steer clear of this one.

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A WRINKLE IN TIME

Rated: PG

Release Date: March 9, 2018

Director: Ava DuVernay

Stars: Storm Reid, Chris Pine, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon

Plot: A girl and her brother search for their missing father with the help of other-worldly beings

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Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee

 

 

This movie has been getting a ton of bad reviews, but I think that is pretty unfair. I think that most of the reviews aren't taking into account that this movie is for a young audience. Like, 8 - 10 year olds. It's much more like FROZEN than it is THE NEVERENDING STORY. 

 

Sure it is simplistic and the quest is basic, but it isn't for a 3rd grader. This is the kind of movie that will rock their world.

 

It is beautiful, fun, the story is compelling and entertaining, and the acting is spectacular. Sure, it may be a few levels below your intellectual and excitement levels, but the kids are going to love it.

 

There are a couple of scenes that may be a bit too intense for the younger kids or children that are sensitive to scary imagery, but for the most part this is a great film for your kids to enjoy. It's also a nice "level up" film for your children that are getting too big for the cartoons. 

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ANNIHILATION

Rated: R

Release Date: February 23, 2018

Director: Alex Garland

Stars: Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Oscar Isaac

Plot: A woman volunteers to enter an area from which people do not return in order to find out what happened to her husband

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Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee

 

 

If you are a fan of the slow, cerebral style of Sci-Fi films then this one is made for you. It takes a long time to get to the really interesting stuff, but there is enough going on in the first 90 minutes to keep your attention. I do feel though that I could have walked into this movie with about 30 minutes to go and understood it and enjoyed it just about the same.

 

This movie gets its groove in the last 15 or 20 minutes and from there on it is a wild ride to the "holy cow" finish. The last 30 seconds of the film will rock your world and break your brain. However, as with most Sci-Fi flicks there are several plot holes that will annoy you if you can't let them go.

 

I was somewhat disappointed in the acting. Everyone in the movie is forever melancholy. There is one moment of levity in the entire film and it is almost jolting because it feels so out of place compared to everything else around it. With very few exceptions all of the dialogue is delivered in a near-monotonous tone that is barely above a whisper.

 

The best part of this movie are the special effects. They are incredible. It's almost worth the price of admission just to see the set designs and the effects. 

 

If you don't like Sci-Fi this is not the movie for you. It is about as Sci-Fi as Sci-Fi gets. If you love a good nerd flick, this one will give you a lot to ponder.  

 

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THE SHAPE OF WATER

Rated: R

Release Date: December 15, 2017

Director: Guillermo del Toro

Stars: Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Octavia Spencer

Plot: A mute woman falls in love with a creature being studied at the facility where she works

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Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee

 

 

I'm not sure the general public wanted a 1950's throwback monster movie, but the Hollywood elite sure did. THE SHAPE OF WATER is getting all sorts of huge award nominations. In fact, it leads the Critics' Choice Awards with 14 nominations. The second place film only has 8. It has also received 7 Golden Globe nominations, and I'm sure there will be several Oscar nods as well. 

 

Personally, I found this film to be rather slow and uninteresting. I can see how certain people are mesmerized by it, and why so many critics have it at the top of their Best of 2017 lists, but I don't think the average movie-goer is going to like it nearly as much as they do. 

 

Sally Hawkins deserves every award she gets. Her performance in this film is a master class in acting. She is fascinating to watch, and the emotion she conveys without using words is nothing short of extraordinary. 

 

Michael Shannon is an actor who, as far as I'm concerned, can just about do no wrong. However, in this movie his character is so one-dimensional that it got rather annoying watching him not learn anything or grow.

 

The thing I think that really misses with this film are the moments where the film goes completely off the rails. There are several moments where I was saying, "wait...what the heck is going on right now?". One minute I'm watching a 1950's monster flick, the next I'm watching a musical from the 1930's. I felt like I was suffering from whiplash.

 

This is a very difficult film to review without giving anything away. It is an odd, but weirdly compelling movie that you will need to see yourself in order to make up your mind as to whether you like it or not. 

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STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: December 15, 2017

Director: Rian Johnson

Stars: Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Mark Hamill, Oscar Isaac

Plot: The resistance is on the run from the First Order and must use all of their cunning and courage to survive

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Clint Says: Drop everything and go see this movie now

 

 

I am a huge STAR WARS nerd. A NEW HOPE was the first film I ever saw in theaters. I've been hooked on this franchise since the mid-70s. (With a noticeable lull during the Jar Jar Binks years, a.k.a. The Trilogy That Shall Not Be Named). Needless to say, I've been anticipating the arrival of THE LAST JEDI since the new slate of films was announced.

 

THE FORCE AWAKENS (Episode 7) was so good that I got both really excited for Episode 8, but also very nervous that it wouldn't live up to 7. I spent the better part of the last month trying to use the force to make sure 8 was incredible. Either Director Rian Johnson made an amazing film in THE LAST JEDI or my personal Jedi skills are off the charts! (I'm pretty sure it's the former, but I'm not giving up on my Jedi status just yet).

 

Johnson took on the hardest part of any trilogy, story 2, and not only made a seamless transition from the first story to the third, but he also gave it its own identity. As with any trilogy, story 2 is where we see the hero(s) lose everything down to their last glimmer of hope. Johnson does this with flawless mastery, artistry, and emotion.

 

The best part of this movie are the secondary characters. They have to play a vital role in moving the plot forward. They do it in a way that is genuine, and you care for each one of them. It is very rare to find a film where you only get to know a character for a few minutes over the course of a film, but their presence touches you.

 

This film also demonstrates the internal struggle between good and evil in many of the characters. One of the things that has always made STAR WARS great has been that the characters are flawed. Very few of them are purely evil and very few of them are completely good. They all struggle with opportunity and desire. One of the best examples of this is a new character played, masterfully, by Benicio Del Toro. As you see his character progress you will hate to love him and love to hate him.

 

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI will rock you to your core one moment and then have you laughing out loud the next. For fans of the original trilogy, you are going to love the callbacks to THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK. The imagery and cinematography are spectacular, the effects are first-rate, the sound and score add incredible depth, and the plot will draw you in like a tractor beam.

 

Do whatever it takes to get to the theater right away to see this movie. It's not only one of the best STAR WARS films, it's one of the best films of 2017.

 

NOTE: I highly recommend seeing THE FORCE AWAKENS again before heading into THE LAST JEDI. There is a lot going on in this film that will make a lot more sense if you remember everything about the first one. 

 

NOTE: Make sure you stay through the first part of the credits. There is something that you don't want to miss.

 

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BLADE RUNNER 2049

Rated: R

Release Date: October 6, 2017

Director: Denis Villeneuve

Stars: Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana De Armas, Jared Leto

Plot: A Blade Runner discovers a secret that may change the course of history, especially if it falls into the wrong hands

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Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee

 

 

This may be one of the biggest movies of the year. It's big budget, big production, big in scope, big-name actors, big sound, and big expectations. 

 

Unfortunately, the movie itself is medium-sized when it comes to how good it is. I would probably put it in the top 20 films I've seen this year, but it's not even close to the top 10, and we still have a ton of great films to be released this year. 

 

The soundtrack by Hans Zimmer is incredible. It's loud, disturbing, and perfect for the film. I liked it better than the movie. 

 

The rest of the film is a tough pill to swallow. It's 2 1/2 hours long, it's slow, and Ryan Gosling gives a bland performance. There are at least 45 minutes that could have been cut out of this film and it would have been a better film with the same story. 

 

If you are a fan of the original movie, you will enjoy how this one ties into that one, answering several important questions along the way. Other Sci-Fi fans are going to enjoy this movie as well. It is an epic, but not great, movie in the genre. 

 

If you are looking for a fast-paced action flick, this is not a good choice. It is very much a dialogue-driven film with a few moments of action. 

 

The bottom line is: If you want to see something big, go see BLADE RUNNER 2049. If you want to see something great, wait another few weeks for the holiday releases. 

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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. 

VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: July 21, 2017

Director: Luc Besson

Stars: Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen

Plot: A special operations team must discover what evil force is trying to take over their peaceful planet, before it destroys the universe

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

 

 

It's still fairly early in the year, but this film has a solid shot at being one of my 10 worst films of the year. The only thing good I can say about this movie is that the visuals are great. Everything else about this flick is terrible. 

 

The worst thing about it is the casting. Valerian, played by Dane DeHaan, is supposed to be a Major in the military, but he looks like he's barely out of high school. Laureline, played by Cara Delevinge, is supposed to be a Sergeant, but she looks like she is still in high school. Throw on top of that Valerian spending the entire movie trying to convince Laureline to marry him and it all just feels weird. 

 

The plot is slightly interesting, but it's not good enough to keep you excited or intrigued the whole time. It has a few moments that are unique, but for the most part it just feels like a formulaic Sci-Fi flick. 

 

The pacing is terrible. In fact there is a 15-20 minute story line that doesn't even need to be a part of the movie, but I guess if you land Rihanna to be a stripper in your movie you keep her in the movie even if it doesn't add anything to the plot at all. 

 

While a movie like JUPITER ASCENDING was so bad that it was good, this movie is just plain bad. You'd be better off just skipping this film.