Reviews Of What Is In Theaters Now

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ESCAPE ROOM: TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS
Rated: PG-13
Release Date: July 16, 2021
Director: Adam Robitel
Stars: Taylor Russell, Logan Miller, Deborah Ann Woll, Thomas Cocquerel
Plot: Zoey and Ben get pulled back into the sinister world of Minos and their high-stakes escape rooms
 
Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee
 
 
If you saw the first film in this franchise you know exactly what to expect out of this one. And it will give you exactly what you expect. Nothing more, and nothing less. 
 
Just like the first film, the characters are drawn into the game in an unsuspecting, but very high stakes way, and from then on it's a frantic race to find all of the clues and escape before they all die. It does have several moments of suspense, and there are a couple of twists along the way that make the story more compelling, but it is essentially the exact same film as the first one, just with updated rooms. 
 
There are a lot of good things about this film, but there are a few things that lessen the story and suspense. For one, it gets extremely annoying that the characters are always screaming as they are trying to figure out the clues. I get that it is a high stress environment, but the screaming is so annoying and over the top. Also, some of the clues are nearly impossible to figure out, but they always manage to get there. And finally, while this film does advance the overall story of the franchise, this film is essentially a replica of the first one. 
 
Aside from that, and a few plot holes that always pop up in movies like this, it is a fairly entertaining and fun flick. If you want to spice up your movie-going experience, but you don't want to go to a full on horror movie, this one is a good choice. Just don't expect too much out of it and you won't be disappointed. 

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CRAWL

Rated: R

Release Date: July 12, 2019

Director: Alexandre Aja

Stars: Kaya Scodelario, Barry Pepper

Plot: A father and daughter are trapped in an alligator-infested house during a massive hurricane

Trailer

 

Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee

 

 

Okay, let's be honest. This is a movie about two people trapped in the basement of a house, surrounded by alligators, during a category 5 hurricane. The whole thing is ridiculous from the word go. But, in this case, that is fine, because this movie knows exactly what it is and it stays in its lane. 

 

CRAWL has no plot to speak of, no character development, no twists and turns. It is simply a film filled with gratuitous alligator violence with a bunch of wind and rain thrown in, plus a few of Hollywood's finest extras for the sole purpose of becoming alligator food. 

 

This movie does a great job of playing on everyone's fear of being trapped in murky waters with a 17 foot monster ready to attack at the slightest provocation. It is filled with suspense for 85 of the 90 minutes. (The first five minutes is a sad attempt to try to create an actual story, but don't worry, that doesn't get in the way of the dinosaurs and their demolition derby).

 

If you want to go into this movie and enjoy it, just try to use the primitive alligator part of your brain. If you use any other part of your brain you'll be severely disappointed.

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ESCAPE ROOM

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: January 4, 2019

Director: Adam Robitel

Stars: Deborah Ann Woll, Taylor Russell, Tyler Labine, Logan Miller

Plot: A group of strangers think they are getting ready to try to solve their way out of an escape room, but for them it isn't a game at all

Trailer

 

Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee

 

 

I was really hoping this would be a suspenseful film with a lot of think-on-your-feet moments. And I was pleasantly surprised that it lived up to that expectation for almost the entire movie. It felt a bit like watching a NATIONAL TREASURE movie, but with a quicker timeline and more violent and immediate chances at death.

 

The acting isn't great, the ending leaves a lot to be desired, (if you were disappointed by the end of THE BELKO EXPERIMENT, expect to be disappointed again), and some of the tasks are just plain silly, but over all it is a fun flick that is worth seeing with your buddies.

 

One of the neat parts of the movie is that you have a chance to figure out some of the clues along with the characters. Another great aspect is that nobody is safe. You aren't ever really sure if the hero is going to make it out alive. Maybe they do, maybe they don't I'm not spoiling the surprise.

 

If you like fast-paced, suspenseful films you should give this one a shot. It's not going to be on anyone's greatest horror flicks list, but it is still good for an entertaining 2 hours. 

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SEARCHING

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: August 31, 2018

Director: Aneesh Chaganty

Stars: John Cho, Debra Messing, Michelle La

Plot: A father realizes he knows very little about his daughter when she goes missing

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

 

 

This is an interesting film. It's almost a "found-footage" style movie, but it takes it a step further by incorporating texts, chats, and more. And even though the director decided to use webcams, phone video, and news coverage, he still treats it like everything was shot through a movie camera. So instead of us seeing a video chat in the same flat way, he uses closeups and camera movement to evoke emotion and suspense. The technique strays away from the "rules" of found footage films, but it makes the movie much more entertaining.

 

The story is told well and is full of suspense. The mystery is complex, but we are given all the clues to solve it ourselves. You just won't realize it until the big reveal. There are a lot of red herrings and twists and turns that keep everything exciting.

 

The movie does have a few moments of convenience and a couple of plot points that stretch the boundaries of plausibility a bit too far, but for the most part it feels like everything that is happening is legitimate.

 

While this isn't a movie that you have to see, it is one that is worth your entertainment dollars. It's fast-paced, suspenseful, and entertaining. There have been a lot of really bad movies in theaters lately, this one gives you a reason to head back to the movies.

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KIDNAP

Rated: R

Release Date: August 4, 2017

Director: Luis Prieto

Stars: Halle Berry, Sage Correa

Plot: A woman chases after the people that kidnapped her son

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

 

 

This movie is basically Hollywood not even trying. It's not original, it's not compelling, all it does is touch on people's base emotions and instincts to protect their children. 

 

Honestly, I'm amazed that Halle Berry took this role. She already made an almost identical movie on 2013 called THE CALL. The only difference was that she was a 911 operator instead of the mom of the kidnapped person. 

 

The movie does have moments of suspense, and there are times where you'll catch yourself holding your breath, but overall it just feels like we have to get through 80 minutes of the same old stuff in order to get to the important stuff in the last 10 minutes. 

 

This film is full of plot holes that will drive most people crazy. For example, the two cars are chasing each other for what seems like hours, people are crashing all around them and the cops can never manage to find them. There are lots of moments of convenience as well. Every time the hero has a chance to get the upper hand something wild happens to level the playing field again. 

 

There is no reason to see this movie in theaters, and if you do decide to see in on DVD or digital, make sure you use a coupon, because paying anything to see this movie will annoy you. 

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THE SHALLOWS

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: June 24, 2016

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra

Stars: Blake Lively, Oscar Jaenada

Plot: A woman is stalked by a great white shark just a short distance from the shore, but she can't find a way to safety

Trailer

 

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

 

 

Oh, dear director, what did you do? This movie started out with an interesting premise and for the first hour and 15 minutes the suspense was incredible. Even though the movie felt slow at times there was still this overwhelming feeling of dread and fear for the main character. 

 

Then the last 15 minutes played. 

 

I can't convey to you how utterly stupid this movie went without using words like SHARKNADO. Really. It got THAT bad. I was literally rolling my eyes and feeling embarrassed for all the people that worked on this movie. 

 

It is very difficult to not recommend a movie that has Blake Lively in a bikini for 90 minutes, but this is so bad that even she can't make it worth seeing. 

 

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SINISTER 2

Rated: R

Director: Ciaran Foy

Stars: James Ransone, Shannyn Sossamon, Robert Daniel Sloan, Dartanian Sloan

Plot: A family is terrorized by the Boogeyman while a PI tries to figure out what is going on

Trailer

 

Clint Says: Don't even bother

 

 

I am almost positive I could feel IQ points slipping from my mind as I sat through this utter waste of time. I actually got a headache from my eyes rolling so often.

 

The only thing good about this movie is the end. I don't mean the ending, but the actual end. The part where the credits are at the end. Everything before that is horrible.

 

The acting (if you can even call it that) is as bad as IT FOLLOWS, the plot is stupid and convoluted, the scares are minimal and most of them are the lame jump-out-and-say-boo scares, and the main characters are so annoying I was actually wishing something bad would happen to them.

 

This film is 95 minutes long. About 70 minutes of it is boring, about 15 minutes of it is annoying, about 5 minutes of it is slightly suspenseful, and then there are 5 minutes of glorious end credits.

 

Save your money, and hopefully we will get a good horror flick in October.