Stars: Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Morgan Freeman
Plot: A computer scientist works to create a human-like computer, but an anti-technology militant group wants to stop his progress.
Clint Says: Wait for the DVD and let somebody else rent it
I had high hope for this film when I saw the first trailer and the cast, but unfortunately this film falls flat. It is brutally slow and when there is action it's anti-climactic.
The premise of the film is interesting. On one hand you have the people pushing the boundaries of technology past the limits of humanity, on the other you have the people that want all technology gone. Apparently, there is only a handful on the planet that can see a happy medium and have a plan to fix the problem.
I wish this film had more to offer the audience, but it's full of plot holes, undeveloped story lines and characters that are so two-dimensional it's really hard to care what happens to them. If you want to see a sci-fi film this weekend, go see CAPTAIN AMERICA.
Stars: John C. Reilly
Plot: A mother bear and her two cubs must survive their first year together in the Alaskan wild.
Clint Says: Wait for the DVD
Disney Nature brings their A-game once again with BEARS. It is a fun and encouraging story with incredible cinematography. John C. Reilly does a great job narrating this film. He has a great ability to add to the mood of the moment with his voice.
The true stars of this film are the camera crews that obviously worked long hours to catch hundreds of hours of footage in order for the rest of the crew to put together a compelling story. Make sure you stick around through the credits to see some of the camera crews in action.
I would say see it in theaters, but the reality is, this is a family movie and taking the whole family to a movie can cost upwards of $100 and this is the kind of movie that you won't miss anything by seeing it on your TV rather than on the big screen.
A HAUNTED HOUSE 2
Stars: Marlon Wayans, Jaime Pressly
Plot: Malcolm has finally moved on from his possessed ex, but strange things start happening when his new girlfriend and her kids move in.
Clint Says: Don't even bother
If you saw the first one, you've already seen this film. And believe it or not, this flick is actually worse than the first one.
It's full of the same sex and racial jokes that are slightly funny at best, but most of the time they are just tired. Spend your money on something better than this junk.
HEAVEN IS FOR REAL
Stars: Greg Kinnear, Kelly Reilly, Connor Corum
Plot: A young boy has a near-death experience and the story he tells of his journey to Heaven during that time is enough to make people all over the world question their own beliefs.
Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee
This is a highly inspiring and encouraging film that will make you think a lot and challenge your faith. The kid is just about the most adorable thing ever and he does a great job in his role.
If you are familiar with the book, you know it is very short, so there wasn't a whole lot of material to draw from in making a feature-length film. While the film is good, and as far as "faith-based" films go it is one of the best I've ever seen, it still has many moments where it lags. That said, there are also several emotional moments that will have you reaching for the popcorn-covered napkins to dry your tears. I'm sure I heard some ugly crying from fellow movie-goers.
This film is absolutely worth seeing, it's just not necessarily a must-see in theaters.
50 TO 1
Stars: Skeet Ulrich, Christian Kane, Todd Lowe
Plot: The true story of a rag-tag group of cowboys trying to get their horse, Mine That Bird, to the Kentucky Derby.
Clint Says: I haven't had a chance to review this film yet
From all accounts, this is an exemplary film worthy of blockbuster status, but one that you will need to search for in order to see. (It looks like it is only opening at Opry Mills and Providence in the Nashville area).
I was able to sit down with the Director, Jim Wilson and his co-writer Faith Conroy as well as two of the cast members, Skeet Ulrich (JERICHO and THE NEWTON BOYS) and Todd Lowe (TRUE BLOOD) to talk about the film. You can hear that interview here.
L to R: Jim Wilson, Faith Conroy, Clint Redwine, Todd Lowe, Skeet Ulrich