THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN (2016) (Movie Review)

*** out of **** Rated PG-13 (for extended and intense sequences of Western violence, and for historical smoking, some language and suggestive material) Released: September 23, 2016 Runtime: 132 minutes Director: Antoine Fuqua Starring: Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Peter Sarsgaard, Vincent D’Onofrio, Haley Bennett, Byung-hun Lee, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Martin Sensmeier David Ayer wrote Training Day. Antoine Fuqua [...]

Pratt/J-Law PASSENGERS Trailer Teases Spectacular Sci-Fi Drama (VIDEO)

Between this and Arrival, it's exciting to see studios invest in truly large scale original content that's not based on any pre-existing popular material. From a screenplay by Jon Spaihts (writer of Prometheus, a polarizing movie that I found to be smart and fascinating) and director Morten Tyldum (Best Picture nominee The Imitation Game), the behind-the-camera [...]

MAD MAX “Crash & Smash” Shows Off FURY ROAD’s Spectacular Practical Effects

Making them like they used to, and it's glorious. In the age of digitized everything, it's refreshing to see a movie that so boldly stages real-life spectacle. Director George Miller did exactly that in Mad Max: Fury Road, as this behind-the-scenes 4-minute video "Crash & Smash" reveals. Sure, Fury Road had its share of digital enhancements, particularly [...]

First Full MOANA Trailer Drops, And It’s The Disney You Hope For (VIDEO)

Bow down, Pixar. Disney animated movies rule once again. In a pretty cool irony, the Disney renaissance has occurred under the leadership of Pixar guru John Lasseter. While the brand he founded gravitates toward safe sequels, Lasseter has allowed the Disney slate to forge ahead with fresh takes on fairy tales with no built-in audience, or brand new tales that are entirely [...]

JUSTICE LEAGUE “Tactical Batsuit” Looks Familiar (IMAGES)

For as great a stylist as director Zack Snyder can be, he's occasionally been tagged with pejorative of being derivative. Now, it seems, he's coping himself. Snyder tweeted out the first-look image of Batman in his "Tactical Batsuit", which will make its debut in the upcoming DC film Justice League. For anyone familiar with Snyder's adaptation of The [...]

Why Marvel Movie Scores Have No Memorable Themes (VIDEO ESSAY)

God bless the YouTube channel "Every Frame a Painting", because they have just articulated one of my long-suffering soapboxes so perfectly well. In their 13-minute-plus video essay "The Marvel Symphonic Universe" (below), EFAP breaks down why - despite eight years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe dominating the movie industry - not one actual music cue has penetrated [...]