Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week. This week is a little different as Christmas falls on Sunday and studios are releasing films all through the week to catch vacationing filmgoers. Continue reading In Theaters This Week Christmas Edition-Passengers, Assassin’s Creed, Why Him?, Sing, Fences
Fences will be the fourth time Denzel Washington has stepped behind the lens as director. Fences will be his third feature film following Antwone Fisher and The Great Debaters. Washington also directed an episode of Grey’s Anatomy earlier this year.
Washington has also starred in all the films his directed, which is one of the most draining undertakings in the field. Both his previous films were well-received, if not wildly so. Personally, I thought The Great Debaters was very good and an intelligent film that showed a growth in Washington’s prowess behind the camera. Then he didn’t direct another thing until .the episode of Grey’s earlier this year (which has one of the highest ratings on IMDB for any episode in the series). Nine years away from directing is a long time. Washington is adapting August Wilson’s award-winning play Fences, and the trailer is an intense look at African-American family life. Fences is set to open Christmas Day 2016.
Hollywood has gone so remake crazy that it is literally eating its own tail at this point. There may be multiple versions of every movie ever made in a decade, but of all the ridiculous, stupid, and offensive attempts to present a new take on a classic film, The Magnificent Seven is not an offender. The original film with Yul Bruyner is now 56 years old, the Western genre is much better at remakes/reinventions than most (True Grit, for example), and this isn’t an attempt to update or override the classic. The 1960 film is, itself, a reinterpretation of Akira Kurosawa’s The Seven Samurai, so unlike most remakes, this story has already lent itself to reinterpretation. It’s a Magnificent Seven for a new generation, and while it’s not quite magnificent, it is enjoyable. Continue reading Movie Review: The Magnifcent Seven (2016) *So Far So Good?*
Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week. September 23rd gives us ANOTHER remake, an animated release, and a film where Kate Winslet makes dresses (called The Dressmaker…..s’how I knew). Continue reading In Theaters This Week (9/23/2016) – The Magnificent Seven, Storks, The Dressmaker
Sometimes the word “favorite” isn’t exactly the right descriptor for this column. This isn’t a scene I watch over and over because it’s fun. It just happens to be one of the most powerful scenes I’ve ever seen in any film, and it’s a reminder that when Denzel Washington is paired with great material, he’s probably the best actor on the planet.
Glory is a criminally underrated film from 1989 that tells the story of the Massachusetts 54th: the first all-black, all-volunteer company in the US Army. Some were free men from the North, others escaped slaves from the South. All were fighting in a war that would be run by white men to determine the fate of their people, and they did so in the face of contempt from both sides. Directed by Edward Zwick and starring an ensemble that includes Morgan Freeman, Andre Braugher, Cary Elwes, and Matthew Broderick, Glory is the film that made Denzel a superstar and won him his first Oscar (for Best Supporting Actor). Continue reading My Favorite Scene: Glory (1989) “One Tear”