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The Magnificent Seven
22 hours ago via Rotten Tomatoes

The Magnificent Seven is the sixth adaptation and second direct remake of the classic story from Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai, and follows a group of gunslingers who are hired to protect an impoverished town against a tyrannical villain. First off, this film is AWESOME and as much as the original film has its place, it definitely benefits from today's technical wizardry and it's one of those cases where the remake is far superior to the original. The film stars Denzel Washington, as the leader of the group, and in typical Denzel fashion, he commands the screen throughout and it was really refreshing to see an African-American be the lead in a western. Also starring is Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, Haley Bennett, Byung-hun Lee and Peter Sarsgaard as the ruthless villain who kills without mercy. One major thing to commend this film for is its ethnically diverse cast and everyone truly does a remarkable job, the highlights being Washington, Pratt, and Hawke while D'Onofrio adds some great comedic relief. Antoine Fuqua directs, re-teaming with frequent collabs Washington and Hawke, and he really is the star of this movie bringing his gritty, hard-hitting violence and brilliant cinematography to the forefront in very impressive ways. Speaking of violence, the gun battles and close-quarters combat scenes in this film are so relentless and brutal that I'm positive this is the most violent PG-13 film ever made; and I loved every minute of it. The story plays out fairly typically of the western genre; all of the characters are pretty much invincible and never miss their targets, but Fuqua does throw in some nice curveballs I didn't see coming and I really appreciated the unpredictability. Bottom line: if you're a fan of westerns and/or the original Magnificent Seven, you should find enjoyment here, and for the so-so fans of westerns, take comfort in knowing that this film gets straight to the point and is almost a non-stop, action thrill ride well worth seeing!

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising
4 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Neighbours 2 is the very funny follow-up to the surprisingly hilarious first film, that features the same great chemistry among the leads and some inspired moments of comedy, but like most sequels, it doesn't quite live up to the original. The premise is almost the exact same as the first; a college sorority, not fraternity, moves into the neighborhood to go wild and have a sorority house that can actually host parties, which of course complicates things for the Radner family who are trying to sell their house next door. Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne are still dynamite together and their banter provides some of the biggest laughs and the rest of the returning performers are just as great. New to the cast is Chloe Grace Moretz in the Zac Efron role, and her new group of cronies played by Kiersey Clemons and Beanie Feldstein do a decent job, but the gender swap is unfortunately not as successful as the film thinks it is. After tackling the boys from the previous film, these girls really don't amount to much in the way of sabotaging the family, and their banter is more stupid, than amusing. The difference this time is that they are definitely in the wrong and are getting in the way of a family's financial need to sell their home, which makes the girls very unsympathetic. That said, the film is definitely chalk-full of great lines, uproarious sight gags, and a surprising amount of depth; mostly involving Zac Efron's character. Since the events of the first film, his friends have all grown up and moved on, while he's remained relatively the same, and he finds purpose in teaming up with Rogen's character to do some good! Similar to 22 Jump Street, this film revels in doing basically the exact same things, and while it's not as knowingly self-aware as Jump Street was, it certainly provides plenty of laughs. Neighbours 2 delivers solid entertainment and it will definitely join the coveted ranks of comedy sequels that are actually GOOD, just expect to see a lot of familiar material.

The Jungle Book
9 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

The Jungle Book is Disney's latest offering in a trend of rebooting their classic animated films into live action, and after totally failing with Maleficent and Cinderella being merely passable; they've struck gold here and truly changed the game as to what technology can accomplish! Directed by Jon Favreau, the entire film was shot indoors on sound-stages with blue screens, motion capture performances, and state-of-the-art technology that truly immerses the viewer into a completely fake jungle; they never once shot on-location! The story follows closer to the original Rudyard Kipling novel than a strict adaptation of the animated classic, most notably with the lack of a musical approach and thus leans heavily on the dramatic story which is quite powerful here. The film stars only one human character, Mowgli, played by newcomer Neel Sethi, who rose to the occasion and carried this movie insanely well, having to interact with a completely faux reality must've been tough. Luckily, he did have help from an amazing voice cast: Bill Murray, Idris Elba, Ben Kingsley, Christopher Walken, Lupita Nyong'o, and Scarlett Johansson all give impressive performances, Bill Murray perfectly cast as the laid-back Baloo, and Idris Elba commanding the screen as the villainous tiger, Shere Khan! The story plays out basically the same as the original, with a few nice additions such as the animals' fear of the red flower (fire) and Mowgli's family being directly responsible for Shere Khan's rage, but don't expect too many surprises here. The Jungle Book was a pleasant surprise featuring real heart, drama, and humour, and though it's completely unnecessary considering the original is still excellent, it's a perfectly solid substitute to a film that's nearly 50 years old!

Victor Frankenstein
10 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Victor Frankenstein is about the fiftieth interpretation of the classic Mary Shelley story to hit the big-screen, though this version has a slight twist; the events are told through the perspective of Igor and while it's interesting for the first half, the film really loses its way after that. The story follows Igor, a learned circus clown, who after being mistreated by his masters, is rescued by Victor Frankenstein to serve as his assistant and the two begin conducting increasingly dangerous experiments together. The film stars Daniel Radcliffe and James MacAvoy as Igor and Frankenstein respectively, and their rapport is easily the highlight of the film. The script is written by the incredibly quirky, Max Landis and features his usual talents at putting a spin on a well-worn genre, but the film becomes all too conventional in the final act and makes some truly bizarre choices. A subplot involving an overly religious detective who doesn't agree with Frankenstein's methods becomes a focal point and it stops being a fun romp, and switches tone drastically with big action sequences and would-be villains turning up out of nowhere. The climax is so overblown and out of touch with what previously came before, that it feels like an after-thought and ends the film with a dud. It's a unique take on the Frankenstein story, and the choice to make Igor an intelligent and charismatic lead was a fun spin, but the story is ultimately too bland to be memorable and the film ends up merely being a blip on the radar.