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The Magnificent Seven
26 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

The Magnificent Seven is exactly what you expect. Solid action. Classic western story. And a lots of hero shots of Denzel Washington in silhouette. Despite the few flaws, the movie is pretty good. It's easy to overlook the clichéd trick shooting and the larger than life characters. Those are the things that make mythical westerns mythical. Director Antoine Fuqua avoided the attempt to chase realism and in doing so created a good old fashion feel good for the good guy flick that's worth seeing.

Snowden (2016)
32 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

If you think he is a Whistleblower, 'Snowden' is a movie about a patriotic individual out to expose government wrong doing. If you think he is a criminal, 'Snowden' is about a naïve goody-goody who is disillusioned about his role in the intelligence community. Either way, there are times when Oliver Stone's intentions are clear when the movie take a temporary turn for the preachy. There are moments when the movie advocates for the protection of privacy. But those moments are necessary. They help to explain the thing that Snowden is attempting to expose. If you overlook that however, you'll find a pretty solid Ripped-From-The-Headlines flick about one man's fight with his own conscience.

Personally, I am of the belief that Edward Snowden is both a whistleblower and a criminal. If I set my personal beliefs aside, I have to say it's hard to set your personal beliefs aside. So much of how you see the movie 'Snowden' depends on how you see the man Snowden. It's all perspective. Whether you love him or hate him, 'Snowden' is a good late summer flick with solid acting and good directing. With a foundation of making films like 'Platoon', 'Wall Street', and 'JFK', Oliver Stone is probably best suited for a project like this. A rare Hollywood match of Director and Subject.

Equity (2016)
44 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Equity - Director Meera Menon takes you into the boring and tedious world of investment banking by creating a boring and tedious movie. The plot is simple. Naomi Bishop is in charge of handling a tech company's IPO and is soon betrayed by the people closest to her. Meanwhile, her friend and Federal Prosecutor, Samatha is trying to find evidence of insider trading. Sounds good on paper, you say. Yes it does but in practice, this movie falls flatter than Ford Motor Company's stock during the crash of '08. Unlike Ford stock, it never returns to its full potential. The movie as a whole feels too soft to be a thriller and not compelling enough to be dramatic. You are better served by skipping 'Equity' and watching 'Wolf of Wall Street' or 'The Big Short'. 2 1/2 stars.

Suicide Squad
Suicide Squad (2016)
2 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Suicide Squad is surprisingly good considering the bar set by 'Batman v Superman' rest on the floor in the basement. It sets the tone in the beginning by not taking itself too seriously and PLEASE neither should you. Some of the best parts of the movie are Deadshot (Will Smith) and Harley Quinn (Margot Roddie) while the biggest mistake is the Joker (Jared Leto); but more on him later. The plot is what you would expect. A group of meta-human criminals are let out of prison to do a suicide mission. Think 'Avengers' mashed with 'Dirty Dozen'. Everything about the squad itself works well. It's fun with cool music and an attempt at quick witted humor. Most of the humor centers on Harley Quinn who offers sassiness and sex appeal to the group. Deadshot is the unofficial leader with the others taking their ques from his interactions with the head of the military squad they are attached to.

Everything this movie gets right teeters on a fine edge with the one thing it gets wrong. The Joker is a Joke. Leto, and his portrayal of Joker, is too much of a pretty boy for this flick. 'Suicide Squad' tries to be edgy and gritty with a half human half crocodile swimming through the sewers. The Joker is a high gloss, animated version of Leto himself with green hair and red lipstick. I get the attempt, but in this movie, it feels out of place and a distraction from the rest of the movie. It takes away from the on screen charisma between Quinn and Deadshot. To be honest, Quinn and Deadshot is the only reason to see this movie.