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The Magnificent Seven
1 day ago via Rotten Tomatoes

The Old West gets politically correct in Antoine Fuqua's remake of The Magnificent Seven. When a robber baron threats a small town they hire a group of gunslingers to defend them from being runoff their land. Starring Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, Haley Bennett, and Peter Sarsgaard the film has a strong cast; though the performances are pretty mediocre. And the decision to diversify the seven, with a Mexican, a black, an Indian, an Asian, and a woman, stinks of political correctness and feels inauthentic. Also, the relatively bloodless action takes away from the grit and intensity. Still, the fights are kind of fun and exciting, and are made even more so by James Horner's incredibly sweeping score. The Magnificent Seven is entertaining and full of thrills, but for a remake of a classic it comes off as rather generic.

Hell or High Water
5 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Entertaining and well-crafted, Hell or High Water is a modern western crime drama. To save their family land from being foreclosed on two brothers go on a bank robbing spree, drawing the attention of the Texas Rangers. Chris Pine, Ben Foster, and Jeff Bridges lead the cast and deliver strong performances. And the film takes on some very topical issues, such as the mortgage crisis and the cycle of poverty. The robberies and chases are also shot incredibly well, and are intense and suspenseful. Additionally, the music and cinematography do an excellent job at capturing the look and feel of the American west. Hell or High Water isn't quite as provocative as it thinks it is, but it does address some prevalent social issues.

Nerve (2016)
6 days ago via Flixster

Emma Roberts and Dave Franco star in the intense techno-thriller Nerve. Tired of being teased for being shy and reserved, high school senior Vee Delmonico enters an underground online competition where she must complete a series of challenges to earn money and gain followers; but she soon ends up on a destructive path and discovers that the game can just as easily bankrupt and destroy her. Roberts and Franco are both extremely charismatic and have good chemistry together. And the challenges are rather daring and full of danger. But the plot is pretty formulaic and falls apart at the end when it gets preachy and tries to work in a moral about social responsibility and violence. Although it's kind of a stereotypical thriller, Nerve's strong cast and directing elevates it, making it incredibly exciting.

There Will Be Blood
6 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

"I have a competition in me." There Will Be Blood is an incredibly compelling character drama from Paul Thomas Anderson. Loosely based on the Upton Sinclair novel Oil!, the story follows and oil prospector named Daniel Plainview who attempts to buy up a small California town and build a pipeline to the coast. Daniel Day-Lewis gives an amazingly captivating performance that makes the film. And Paul Thomas Anderson creates a very atmospheric setting with his minimalistic directing style. However, the film does tend to drag at times and goes off on tangents. And, Day-Lewis has such tremendous screen-presence that some of the other performances get overshadowed. Nevertheless, There Will Be Blood is a powerful film about corruption and greed.