Category: Rating = 3 & 3.5 $s

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. […]

Review: The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

    What director, writer, Guy Ritchie did for Sherlock Holmes he has now done for the 1960s TV show The Man from U.N.C.L.E. That is to say he updates it for a modern audience while still showing the charms of the era. With Sherlock Holmes (2009, and SH: A Game of Shadows, 2011) Ritchie […]

Review: Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation

    Tom Cruise is a wealthy, self-absorbed, prima donna.  But at a time in film making where CGI is used to enhance even non-action movies, I appreciate when actually physical effects and stunts are used.  And Tom Cruise does a lot of his own stunts.  That fact alone means I appreciate a film like […]

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