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Arrival
Arrival (2016)
15 days ago via Movies on iPhone

Linguistics, non-linear timelines, a quirky plot device, paradoxes and math - It's heady themes make for a very challenging viewing. If you get all that, it is an intelligent, emotional and very rewarding sci-fi film. Otherwise, it may go over your head and find it a big bore.

Hacksaw Ridge
Hacksaw Ridge (2016)
24 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Mel Gibson's war film is a near masterpiece in two acts with Act II providing the film's most profound moments.

When a film receives a 10-minute standing ovation at any major film festival, it creates buzz. That was the case for "Hacksaw Ridge" last month at the Venice Film Festival.

The film is based on the true story of Desmond Doss, a conscientious objector, who ended up saving the lives of 75 Americans in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of WWII, without firing or carrying a gun. Andrew Garfield plays Doss with bold conviction cutting to the heart of the character.

The film recounts Doss's childhood days and his enlisting in the Army, giving plenty of backstory that would shape the person that he is. This becomes the film's first act. Its second act takes us to the battlefield. Gibson does not shy away from the horrors of war and the violence that comes with it. As a director, this is where he is at his best - capturing the heroism and consternation of war.

"Hacksaw Ridge" is about selflessness and standing by your own convictions especially when faced with so much resistance from the other side. The story of Desmond Doss and his military service is heartening. And when we thought that the stories of WWII have all been told, another one comes along and surprises us capturing our hearts and minds.

The Magnificent Seven
2 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

With the bar already set so high, this update does not even come close to Akira Kurosawa's masterpiece, "Seven Samurai", and John Sturges's 1960 remake, nor does Fuqua even tries. What it does offer is a modern version of the classic tale with a multiracial cast to its title and where the gunslinging, duels and showdowns still excite and stir. Fuqua's approach to the material is even handed that maintains the sensibilities of a genre to which he respectfully gives an ode to.

Hell or High Water
3 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Mackenzie's delivery may look pedestrian. But what he is able to craft, along with the powerful performances of Ben Foster and Chris Pine as the two outlaw brothers and Jeff Bridges and Gil Birmingham as the Texas Rangers who are out to get them, is not only a bank robbery heist film but a profound treatise on family dynamics and of lost dreams amidst an environment of poverty, greed, social and economic injustices, hopelessness and redemption.

"Hell or High Water" is too layered to be dismissed as simply another heist film. With its dark wit and keenly placed character arcs, it achieves a level of discernment not usually seen in a summer released film. Folks, the Oscar race has begun.

Deadpool
Deadpool (2016)
3 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Yes, I do get the anti-superhero vibe, the crass language and the violence. It is too bad that a lot of these have already been done before in "Kick-Ass". (As a frame of reference, I've reposted that review.) "Deadpool" has a few things going for it - its quirky opening credits and one-liners. But after a while, Ryan Reynolds's unyielding pertinacity of talking back to the camera becomes repetitious and is no longer funny.

"Kick-Ass" was the first to subvert the superhero film formula. It is too bad that "Deadpool" comes six years later trying to replicate that same formula that made "Kick-Ass" succeed while adding very little to stand out on its own.