Review: the Accountant

      The Accountant is the best film I have seen in a very long time. This crime drama is about puzzles.  The puzzles of our youth, our families and of how to make meaningful personal connections.  If this does not seem to jibe with the action-oriented view you see from the trailer, well […]

Review of: The Magnificent Seven (2016)

      The original The Magnificent Seven (1960) is my favorite Western and comparing it to this new version is inevitable.  They are both based on the original Seven Samurai (1954) by Akira Kurosawa and share the same basic plot and characters.  Those who know me know I have some very definite views about […]

Review: Ghostbusters (2016)

    So, to begin with I want address the elephant in the room. There have been numerous internet commenters who were completely opposed to remaking the classic Ghostbusters (1984), and especially with an all-female cast.  My readers know that I have very specific concerns about movie remakes (see Rules for Movie Remakes).  But the […]

Review: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

  Every narrative film has to deal with suspension of disbelieve. We the viewers need, and want the films to seem real even though they are not.  Dramatic films do this primarily with a compelling story and good acting.  And comedic films almost don’t need to worry about this as long as they make laugh. […]

Review: Hail, Caesar!

    Hail, Caesar! is the story about a man struggling with his job and thus his life. In this latest film by the Coen Brothers Eddie Mannix is an executive at Capitol Pictures.  He is the head of production and spends his days and nights finding creative ways to fix problems his actors create. […]

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