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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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THE BFG

Rated: PG

Release Date: July 1, 2016

Director: Steven Spielberg

Stars: Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill

Plot: A giant and a girl become unlikely friends and work together to get rid of the mean giants

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Clint Says: Wait for the DVD

 

 

Mark Rylance is one of Hollywood's elite actors, and he proves it once again in THE BFG. His facial expressions alone convey more emotion than most actors could ever dream of doing. He is simply amazing.

 

The imagery and  world-building are highly imaginative and beautiful. I was mesmerized by the beauty of the whole movie. There are scenes where the imagery is so intoxicating that I found myself ignoring the story and just watching the background.

 

I would recommend doing the same thing, because the story is boring. It is slow, there isn't much to it, and it drags on for a full two hours. About 30 minutes into the movie I became very aware of the time and slowness of the movie.

 

I don't know if this film will do anything past the opening weekend, because it's got a plot that's built for young kids, but it's way too long for them. Adults will be bored and kids will be fidgety, and that makes for an unpleasant movie-going experience.

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BRIDGE OF SPIES

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: October 16, 2015

Director: Steven Spielberg

Stars: Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance

Plot: A lawyer is recruited to negotiate a deal during the Cold War era between the US and Russia to get a detained US pilot returned

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

 

 

When Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks work together on a project it is fair to expect an exceptional film. BRIDGE OF SPIES meets that expectation. Hanks is masterful once again and Spielberg allows the story to be the star without overdoing it. 

 

The film is a bit slow in some parts, but it is also incredibly intense and suspenseful. It's a great period piece that will give you a lot to talk about over coffee after you've seen it. 

 

This is a film that I will probably see again, because there is so much to it that I want to see if I pick up on anything I missed the first time around. 

 

There may be a few award nominations in the future for this film, but it won't be an Oscar front runner. However, it is still very much worth the price of admission.