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  • The Magnificent Seven

    The Magnificent Seven

    ★★½

    Entertaining, but completely uninspired, basically mindless entertainment. If you're going to remake classic westerns it should add something to the original other than an update with modern actors. If you cast Denzel as the lead and never touch on the issue of race, especially in a film set in post-Civil War America which you do mention, then you're doing it wrong.

  • V for Vendetta

    V for Vendetta

    ★★★★½

    I feel like this movie is more relevant today than ever before.

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  • Suicide Squad

    Suicide Squad

    ★★

    Ugh. There's a ton of what seemed to be really good ideas here that were seemingly crushed into non-existence by a committee of studio execs demanding a formula that in the end made no sense. Again, plot and characterization is subjugated to flashy effects and fight scenes that did nothing for me. I actually checked my watch in the last half of the film to see how much more of this thing I had to sit through.

    My only hope is that Wonder Woman and Justice League can redeem the quickly flailing D.C. Universe.

  • The Counselor

    The Counselor

    ★★½

    So Cormac McCarthy actually wrote the screenplay for this, and it was, at points, painfully obvious. It felt at times that McCarthy was trying to write Tarantino-esque dialogue, but couldn't quite pull it off, because real people don't talk that way. In one scene it was like Brad Pitt's lips were just moving as he read McCarthy's lines.

    There are interesting bits to this movie, which feels like it wanted to be a character study instead of a crime drama,…