While The Magnificent Seven is a remake of the 1960’s western adventure, it’s more of a ‘new-style’ action adventure movie with the same story line. This group of disconnected men who come together to help rescue a town from a grave threat are lead by Denzel Washington as a righteous avenger.
The Magnificent Seven is the very definition of a well-oiled machine. It has star power and old-school charisma to burn, along with a primal story that still resonates every time it is retold. There isn’t much depth to be found, give or take its theoretical political undertones, but the picture works exactly as intended and provides any number of crowd-pleasing action beats and just enough character moments for us to care about the fireworks. The Magnificent Seven may not be “magnificent,” but it’s pretty darn good… Read more from Scott Mendelson, forbes.com
After 12 years Renee Zellweger is back on the big screen, oozing lovability and a near perfect English accent, as Bridget Jones.
The 3rd movie in the series, Bridget Jones’s Baby, sees Renee slipping straight back into the title role as if it was written for her. Renee and the scriptwriters keep us guessing for as long as possible about the course of true love as her co-stars Colin Firth and Patrick Dempsey, attractive rivals, battle for her affections.
Since Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, writer Helen Fielding has delivered a third novel, Bridget Jones: Mad About The Boy, but it’s her series of newspaper columns from more than a decade ago that fertilizes this haphazard yet joyful stumble into motherhood.
The third film throws a warm, affectionate and frequently hilarious baby shower for characters we’ve grown to love and proves that Bridget may have (finally) dieted down to her target dress size but she’s no closer to achieving her Happy Ever After… Read more
The fears and nightmares of a troubled nation have wormed their way into The Purge: Election Year, an odd and interesting film that’s part dystopian satire, part shameless slasher movie. It’s set in the not too distant future, and is the third in a series of uneven but surprisingly brainy horror movies that explore America’s strange and ongoing addiction to violence while simultaneously exulting in it.
At a televised debate, Senator Roan invokes Lincoln, urging “the better angels of our nature” to hold sway at the coming ballot. But shopkeeper Joe Dixon (Mykelti Williamson), who’s watching on television from behind his counter, has heard it before. Harking back to a certain other campaign built on promise, he mutters: “Hope can lead to a lot of let-downs.”
You know what’s coming, and that’s part of the fun. Purge Night rolls around. Senator Roan is targeted by forces in the employ of… Well, guess… Read more
Just because Sausage Party is an animated film does not mean it is for children. Not in the slightest. Yet, despite an R-Rating and constant warnings in advertising, some people still don’t seem to have the message. For parents still unsure there’s an advisory website, Kids In Mind, that has rated Sausage Party’s sex and nudity (9), violence and gore (6), and profanity (10).
That said Sausage Party exceeded expectations during its first weekend in the US, rising to speculation that there will be a sequel. Creator Seth Rogen has idea of a live-action/animated movie, like a Who Framed Roger Rabbit? In an interview with Empire, he discussed the idea of a future project, detailing how the film’s ending will likely influence the sequel… Read more
Jonah Hill, who plays international arms dealer Efraim Diveroli, in the new movie War Dogs got some sound advice from Leonardo DiCaprio before he started filming. He said when a movie is based on real events always try to meet the person.
War Dogs is based on the true story of two young men, David Packouz and Efraim Diveroli, who won a $300 million contract from the Pentagon to arm America’s allies in Afghanistan.
Unfortunately Hill wasn’t able to heed DiCaprio’s advice in the case of “War Dogs,” as Diveroli was serving a prison sentence at the time of filming and wanted nothing to do with the movie. It wasn’t the first time Hill has encountered resistance from a real person he was playing in a film. “Most of the time when I play somebody, they have a violent reaction against me playing them,” he said during the Times Talk, which also included “War Dogs” co-writer and director Todd Phillips and star Miles Teller, whose real life character David Packouz was not in jail and did meet with the actor… Read more
Despite mixed review you could find this new teen movie Nerve to be an enthralling thriller, even if it does go off the rails a little. The language and visuals of social media, with the watcher counter in the corner of the screen, adds the horror element as you see it perilously creeping up throughout the movie.
Starring Emma Roberts and Dave Franco, Nerve centers on Vee, played by Emma Roberts, a high school student who’s treated shoddily by her best friend Sydney (Emily Meade), and thus, in a quick moment, signs up to play Nerve. Nerve, we learn, is a social media-driven game of truth or dare, where you can either play or watch. Watching costs you 20 bucks a month, playing can earn you fame and big cash prizes. But, inevitably, the dares you have to undertake – chosen by the watchers, who search out everything they can find about you online – get gradually more and more dramatic.
Roberts thus discovers her path crossing with another player, Dave Franco’s Ian, and the pair find themselves having a quick game of tongue tennis, running around in their grundies, and riding a motorbike without the benefit of eyes. All the while, their antics are being filmed and watched, and are egged on by a social community that comes up with darier dares, and isn’t afraid to leave its comments… Read more of this Den of Geek review
Known for her role as the aggressively deadpan April Ludgate in Parks and Recreation, Aubrey Plaza plays a role that couldn’t be more different in her latest movie Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates.
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates is loosely based on a real story of two pain-in-the-arse brothers with a history of ruining family gatherings, whose parents order them to hustle up some proper young ladies to squire to their sister’s wedding in Hawaii. They finally find them on the net – through Craigslist. The boys are played by Zac Efron and Adam Devine, the latter in his first big movie role, and there is a certain four-way charisma to the group that gives the movie its energy.
But Plaza is the pleasant surprise. Much of what we already know of her – the deadpan, the detectable inner wildness, the silent-movie-actress eyes that she has weaponised so effectively for comic purposes – is all there. But, for the first time, Plaza is burning on all cylinders: sexual, cynical, robustly crude and amoral. This movie, as she says, giggling softly, “is so rude”… Read more of the interview with John Patterson of The Guardian