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Movie Review: ‘The Magnificent Seven’ is a Big, Brainless, Bullet-Blazing Bonanza

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How does The Magnificent Seven stack up against the 1960 hit? Read on for our movie review:

[dropcap]I[/dropcap] realize it’s not fair to compare a modern remake of one of the greatest westerns to its source. By default, it’s almost guaranteed to be a letdown by not matching the perfect balance of charisma, western action and epic music. This is not John Sturges’ Magnificent Seven or even Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai. This is Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven and it’s exactly what you might expect from the director of such overblown action spectacles of Olympus Has Fallen and The Equalizer.

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The new lineup is more diverse.

As a big fan of western, Fuqua attempts to not stray too far from the same beats of the original, but attempts to give the picture his own mark. He assembles a cast more diverse with the additions of Denzel Washington, Byung-hun Lee, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo and Martin Sensmeier, with a strong supporting role by Haley Bennett. They fight alongside notable stars Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke and Vincent D’Onofrio. Together they make up a colorful ensemble of western heroes that put aside any prejudice they may have to save a town from the sinister Peter Sarsgaard.

But Fuqua seems to ignore the racial tensions of the times as the gang becomes chummy quite quickly. The bitterness of wars between whites, Mexicans, Native Americans and African Americans seems to not affect these boys past a few nudging slurs and passive mentions of past atrocities. Fuqua must realize that such exploration of character is too deep for The Magnificent Seven as he favors witty quips over character development. They’re funny quips, mind you, but they almost become annoying in how their ribbing comments are the sole force of their own charisma.

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Haley Bennett plays Emma Cullen in ‘The Magnificent Seven’ reboot.

It’s not until much later in the movie when there is an attempt to give these characters a little backstory and a drive past the money they’ll receive for such a job. I don’t know why Denzel Washington’s character needed a tacked-on revenge motif late in the third act. The Man With No Name never needed such baggage to be cool enough to hold a picture. If the movie really wanted to go this route, I would have preferred if there were more fleshing out of all the characters rather than passively decorating them with pathos. It wouldn’t surprise me if the undefined characters of Pratt and Sensmeier briefly mention they both had wives that were killed by outlaws just before the movie ends.

What Fuqua lacks in character, he overcompensates with the most explosive and violent action seen in any modern western. Pistols and rifles go off in all directions as multitudes of bodies are shot up and fall off horses. A plethora of dynamite quakes the fields with furiously loud explosions, sending men and horses flying.

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There’s no shortage of guns blazing.

A Gatling gun lays waste to the town with whizzing bullets that slice through buildings and bodies. Knives are stabbed into chests, arrows shot into hearts and tomahawks thrown into backs. The final battle turns into such a loud and brutal bloodbath I had to wonder if Fuqua wasn’t actually rebooting The Wild Bunch. Seeing this in IMAX with a blaring 7.1 soundtrack started to give me a headache for the relentless action that never seemed to stop, nearly reaching Michael Bay levels of strain.

Read more to get the rest of the movie review for The Magnificent Seven and watch the trailer:

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Movie Magic: The De-Aging Technique of The Irishman

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Have you read Izzy yet? If so, you know that Izzy makes the apples that give the Gods their youth and immortality. It also seems Robert De Niro discovered one of Izzy’s apples too… In Martin Scorsese’s upcoming biographical film, he stars as Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, a labor union leader and alleged hitman for the Bufalino crime family. The trailer for the movie, which will premieres NEXT WEEK (!), also features a “de-aged” De Niro. “We’re so used to watching them as the older faces,” Scorsese said in an interview on the A24 podcast. “Does it change the eyes at all? …If that’s the case, what was in the eyes that I liked? Was it intensity? Was it gravitas? Was it threat?…How do we get that? I don’t know.” Some might consider this magic and I for one can’t wait to see the impact of Izzy’s apples on screen for myself. 😉

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“Captain Marvel” Retains Top Slot at the Box Office

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It’s no surprise that in its second weekend, the first Marvel Cinematic Universe of 2019 is still riding high. Captain Marvel, the latest in the MCU with Brie Larson starring as the lead, generated another $69 million over the weekend, placing its domestic total at $266 million. Tallying up the international box office, the film’s global total to date is $760 million. Despite the online controversy, the film is looking to be another strong box office smash for Disney and Marvel.

As for the premieres for the weekend, and there were plenty, they were all over the map. Just below Captain Marvel was the animated adventure Wonder Park, bringing in $16 million, another film with controversy when the director’s name was removed from the picture after sexual harassment charges. Five Feet Apart, the dying teen drama about a romance amid cystic fibrosis, only came in at #3 with a weekend gross of $13 million. And debuting the lowest in the top 10 for debuts was Captive State, a sci-fi dystopian tale, only making $3 million. The film debuted so low the little film No Manches Frida 2 was able to sneak about it at #6 with a gross of $3.8 million.

Drops were fairly low all around for the returning films, mostly because Captain Marvel was dominating the previous weekend. The only milestone worth noting is that The LEGO Movie 2, after six weeks at the box office, finally cracked $100 million. And the sun is now setting on Green Book’s post-Oscar run by coming in at #10 for the final weekend of its top 10 run over the past few weeks.

View the full top ten weekend box office results below:

Captain Marvel ($69,318,000)

Wonder Park ($16,000,000)

Five Feet Apart ($13,150,000)

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World ($9,345,000)

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral ($8,085,000)

No Manches Frida 2 ($3,894,000)

Captive State ($3,163,000)

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part ($2,135,000)

Alita: Battle Angel ($1,900,000)

Green Book ($1,277,000)

Next weekend, Captain Marvel may very well have some competition when Jordan Peele’s new horror film Us hits over 3,600 theaters.

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“Dragon” Continues To Soar, “Funeral” Close Behind, “Green Book” Back

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With little competition for the weekend, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, the third in the animated fantasy saga, was able to secure the box office once more. In its second weekend, the animated epic made $30 million to push its domestic total to $97 million. So far the film has done about the same as the previous film and is on track to stay in the top 10 for a few more weeks in March.

Debuts this weekend were small with one big exception. Tyler Perry’s latest Madea film, A Madea Family Funeral, naturally made a relatively big splash with its dedicated audience. Starting at #2, the film made $27 million for its first weekend. No word on the budget yet but it’s most likely on a budget as most Tyler Perry productions are, so it’s safe to call this a success, especially for debuting with a box office so close to Dragon.

The rest of the premieres were not as strong at all. Greta, the new thriller starring Chloe Moretz, debuted all the way down at #8 with $4.5 million box office. To be fair, however, the film was in a constant battle for its spot as three other films also reported earnings around $4 million for the weekend. Of note, Green Book, fresh off winning the Academy Award for Best Picture one weekend ago, splashed back into more theaters to arise even higher in the top 10 with its domestic total now sitting at $73 million. Don’t count on it remaining there long as bigger blockbusters will be swooping as we plow through the last remnants of winter movies.

Check out the full listing of the top 10 box office weekend results below:

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World ($30,046,000)

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral ($27,050,000)

Alita: Battle Angel ($7,000,000)

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part ($6,615,000)

Green Book ($4,711,000)

Fighting With My Family ($4,691,284)

Isn’t it Romantic ($4,645,000)

Greta ($4,585,000)

What Men Want ($2,700,000)

Happy Death Day 2U ($2,516,000)

Next weekend is once again all about Marvel as their latest superhero solo film, Captain Marvel, will be appearing in 4,100 theaters.

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