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12 MIGHTY ORPHANS
Rated: PG-13
Release Date: June 18, 2021
Director: Ty Roberts
Stars: Luke Wilson, Martin Sheen, Wayne Knight, Vinessa Shaw
Plot: A teacher at a Texas orphanage starts a football program that quickly becomes one of the best in the country
 
Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee
 

 

This film is inspired by a true story, and what a story it is. There is no way a movie could live up to the real-life story, but the people behind this film did everything they could to get it as close as possible. Unfortunately, it doesn't quite play as well as I would have hoped. 
 
Is it a good and inspiring film? Yes. Is it a great film that makes you want to hit the field? No. Is it one that you should see? Sure, if you like underdog sports movies.
 
I think the thing this movie missed was the character development, which is not easy to say because the film spends a lot of time on character development. It just feels like there could have been more, or it could have been done more effectively to help me care about the players.  
 
Luke Wilson does a pretty good job, but I never felt like he was a football genius or an inspiring leader like the real Rusty Russell was. It just felt like he came upon his innovations by stumbling into them and how he handled the teachable moments weren't powerful or emotional. 
 
This is by no means a bad movie. It is inspiring, emotional, and somewhat powerful, but it isn't one of the upper tier sports movies. It's middle of the pack. 
 

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DREAM HORSE
Rated: PG
Release Date: May 21, 2021
Director: Euros Lyn
Stars: Toni Collette, Damian Lewis, Owen Teale
Plot: A group of townspeople pool together to buy a race horse

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

 

We've all dreamed about striking it rich by winning the lottery, or some other nearly impossible, but fun way. Some of us just dream about it, others make those dreams become a reality. This film is all about one such woman who refused to be told "no" when it came to her idea of owning a champion race horse. 
 
This is a touching, heart-warming, inspirational film that is suitable for the entire family. The younger kids may not understand some of it, and they may get distracted because of the slow pace, but if they like horses I think they will enjoy this movie. For adults, it is a wonderful tale that will have you cheering wildly for the underdog, and possibly even giving you that push you need to chase down your own dream. 
 
This isn't one of the great movies of the year, but it is good enough to be worthy of your time and money. It's pretty rare for a live-action, true-story film to be something the whole family can enjoy together. If you love a good "little guy makes it in the bog boys' world" story you should go see this soon. 
 

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JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH
Rated: R
Release Date: February 12, 2021
Director: Shaka King
Stars: Daniel Kaluuya, LaKeith Stanfield, Jesse Plemons
Plot: A car thief becomes an informant for the FBI against the Black Panthers in Chicago
 
Clint Says: Wait for the digital release
 

 

This is one of those films that is almost amazing. It comes so close in so many ways to being the kind of film that would win huge awards, but it just misses the mark. I'm sure this film will garner some nominations, but nothing like what it could have done if it had reached its full potential. 
 
The best part of the film is the acting. All of the primary cast deliver great performances. They are able to draw you in and make you feel for and understand their character's motivations.
 
The worst part of the film is the script. This movie is way too long for the content available. It is a compelling story, based on reality, but there aren't enough exciting moments to keep the film moving and exciting. There are several times where things drag along at a very slow pace. Either the film needs more action and excitement, or a good 30 minutes needs to be cut out of it. 
 
This is a film worth seeing at some point. I just don't think it is one worth the time, effort, and money to see in the theater. Wait for the digital release and you'll enjoy it much more. 
 

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THE MAURITANIAN
Rated: R
Release Date: February 12, 2021
Director: Kevin Macdonald
Stars: Tahar Rahim, Jodie Foster, Benedict Cumberbatch, Shailene Woodley
Plot: A lawyer takes on a pro bono case to try to figure out what is happening with the uncharged prisoners at Guantanamo Bay
 
Clint Says: See this in theaters if you can
 

 

The prison set up at Guantanamo Bay after the 9/11 attacks became one of the most controversial parts of the decades-long war on terror. Thousands of people were detained there and only a handful of them were ever charged. During the years after 9/11 there were dozens of stories about prisoner abuse there. One of the most damning testimonies came in the form of the bestselling book, The Mauritanian.
 
This film chronicles the events that lead to one of the detainees finally getting a court date and being able to share with the world his experience. 
 
This is not an easy movie to watch, it isn't a "popcorn" flick. It is deep, powerful, and painful. This is not the kind of film you go into lightly. And while most of us are looking for an escape in our entertainment right now, if you are in the mood, this is a very good film worth seeing. 
 
Tahir Rahim gives a performance that is out of this world. He manages to convey extreme emotion with just the twitch of his head, or the movement of an eyebrow or lip. He should be in the running for some of the big acting awards. 
 
See this in theaters if you can. It will be well worth your time. 

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2 HEARTS
Rated: PG-13
Release Date: October 16, 2020
Director: Lance Hool
Stars: Jacob Elordi, Tiera Skovbye, Radha Mitchell, Adan Canto
Plot: Two couples that have never met have their lives intersect in a dramatic way
 
Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee
 

 

Here is pretty much all you need to know about this movie: If you like to laugh a little bit and then sob uncontrollably while watching movies then you need to go see this right now. This film will jerk the tears right out of your face and collect them in a pool between your feet. 
 
Aside from the emotional ride, this is a pretty decent film. It's not one that will become a life-long classic, but it will be one that you may want to watch every once in a while to get your cry on. 
 
The actors do a decent job, but their performances aren't anything better than average. Thankfully, they don't need to be anything better than average, because the story is the star of this film. 
 
My only big issue with this movie, and this is a personal preference, so it may not be a big deal to you, is that the film relies on an unreliable narrator. To me, that is lazy writing. I would rather see the story unfold rather than hear someone talk about it over a montage. 
 
Aside from that, this film gives you just about everything that it promises. It's not a technical masterpiece, but it is one that could be a fun night out with your girlfriends. Just be sure to bring a big box of tissues.