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THE BEST OF ENEMIES

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: April 5, 2019

Director: Robin Bissell

Stars: Taraji P. Henson, Sam Rockwell, Babou Ceesay, Bruce McGill

Plot: A civil rights activist and a Klansman are forced to work together on the issue of school integration

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

 

 

 

I was watching this film recently, and about 30 minutes in I thought, "This is the point where this movie decides to be good or terrible."

 

Thankfully, it chose wisely and decided to be a good movie.

 

I give a lot of credit to Robin Bissell, the writer and director. Not many people could read a story about a two-week long civil rights meeting and find a movie in it. Even fewer could do that and actually make the movie enjoyable.

 

The driving force behind this movie is the powerful acting by Henson and Rockwell. While there isn't much character development, we still get a decent feel for who they are, how they operate, and how uncomfortable they are having to work with one another. Most of this is portrayed through facial expressions, extended pauses, and starts and stops moments. Both of them are at the top of their game in this movie.

 

The downside is that this film clocks in at about 2 hours and 10 minutes. This is easily 30 minutes too long. There were several opportunities to make the movie shorter that should have been taken. Instead it drags on, not only in time, but in pacing. That isn't to say that the movie ever gets to the point of being boring, but there were times I felt myself wandering out of the story.

 

Overall, this is a really good, powerful film that covers important social issues. It is also a fantastic film to show younger teens and tweens a significant moment in the civil rights movement. There are a lot of opportunities for discussion that can arise from this movie.

 

This probably won't be the best movie you see this year, but it will be one that will stay with you, and you won't feel bad having dropped $20 to see it.

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WHAT MEN WANT

Rated: R

Release Date: February 8, 2019

Director: Adam Shankman

Stars: Taraji P. Henson, Josh Brener, Aldis Hodge, Tracy Morgan

Plot: A driven woman gains the ability to hear men's thoughts and uses that gift to try to better her career

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Clint Says: Wait for the digital release

 

 

It's been 19 years since the Mel Gibson/Helen Hunt snoozefest WHAT WOMEN WANT hit theaters. Now, we have a gender-flipped version of the film that is just as uninteresting as the first.

 

The biggest problem with the movie is how unlikable Taraji P. Henson's character is. She doesn't have a character arc. She has a flat line with a spike in the last 10 minutes. Her character is mean, obnoxious, and stubborn in every aspect of her life. And even though there is plenty of opportunity for her to get it and start to change along the way, she never does until the very end when it all hits at once.

 

I mean, come on, even Scrooge started to realize the error of his ways in the middle of A CHRISTMAS STORY.

 

Josh Brener and Aldis Hodge are fun to watch. They give the movie some much needed warmth and compassion. The rest of the cast does a decent job of moving the story forward, but nobody steals the show.

 

The movie does have a few laughs, but that is about it. Even though it is formulaic, it never hots the emotional tones that is should. This is mainly due to Henson's character being so self-serving. It even got to the point when she was having problems with her boyfriend that I was rooting for the guy to leave her for good.

 

I can't recommend paying money to see this movie. If you really want to see it, just wait until it comes out digitally. There is nothing in the movie that makes it necessary to see it on the big screen, so save yourself a few bucks and see it in a couple of months.

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ACRIMONY

Rated: R

Release Date: March 30, 2018

Director: Tyler Perry

Stars: Taraji P. Henson, Lyriq Bent, Crystle Stewart

Plot: A woman feels like she has been the victim of a con by the man she loves

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

 

 

I am a huge fan of Taraji P. Henson. She is amazing in just about every film she's ever been in. Even bad movies, she makes them better. That is until Tyler Perry put her in this stinker. Not even the great Henson can save ACRIMONY from being anything other than a ridiculous whirlwind of stupidity and poor film making.

 

Henson's character is so unlikable from the start that I never really cared if what she was saying was true or if she was crazy. And by the end of the movie I just wanted everyone to go away. If they died, fine. If they ran away, fine. Just get away from me.

 

There are several laugh-out-loud moments in this film. Unfortunately, there aren't supposed to be any. It's just that some of the things that are happening are so utterly ridiculous that you have to laugh. And, as with all of the other Tyler Perry films, there are so many continuity and plot mistakes that it's obvious he didn't care about the final product. If he doesn't care why should we.

 

Skip ACRIMONY or you might find you'll be divorcing yourself from the theater before the movie ends.

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PROUD MARY

Rated: R

Release Date: January 12, 2018

Director: Babak Najafi

Stars: Taraji P. Henson, Billy Brown, Jahi Di'Allo Winston, Danny Glover

Plot: A hitwoman finds herself at odds between her job and a kid for whom she feels a responsibility

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Clint Says: Wait for the DVD

 

 

Oh, how I wanted this movie to be good. Taraji P. Henson is one of my favorite actors and the plot looked really interesting. Unfortunately, the way the story plays out isn't very good. 

 

I didn't care about what happened to any of the characters, I didn't care about the mafia-style war going on, and I didn't care why certain events were happening. Maybe if the movie spent more time on character development it would have been better, but we didn't get that.

 

Overall the acting was good. The kid is great, Henson is great, but Danny Glover is terrible. Like, Razzie bad. Like, every time he speaks you are pulled out of the story because his acting is so bad.

 

It's a bummer, because this story has so much potential. I just wish it played out in a more compelling way.

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HIDDEN FIGURES

Rated: PG

Release Date: January 6, 2017

Director: Theodore Melfi

Stars: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kevin Costner

Plot: A group of African-American women create the necessary mathematics to help NASA get astronauts safely into orbit

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Clint Says: Drop everything and go see this movie now

 

 

HIDDEN FIGURES is the kind of movie that makes me happy that I get to do what I do for a living. 

 

This is one of my top 10 films of 2016. (Technically, it was released to qualifying theaters in 2016 in order to be eligible for the 2016 awards season). It is fun, funny, inspiring, and touching. It's already been nominated for several big awards, and I expect it will get many more nominations over the rest of the awards season.

 

The cast is amazing. Octavia Spencer is out of this world, Taraji P. Henson makes rocket science look easy, and Janelle Monae will make you say, "you go, girl!" at least half a dozen times. She is a perfect scene-stealer. 

 

This film is exciting, joyous, and almost entirely family-friendly. I would say that this movie would be a great starting point for many discussions with your children ages 10 and up. 

 

Go see this film as soon as you can.