The Magnificent Seven (2016)

The Magnificent Sevensynopsis

Director Antoine Fuqua brings his modern vision to a classic story in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures’ and Columbia Pictures’ The Magnificent Seven. With the town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard), the desperate townspeople employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns – Sam Chisolm (Denzel Washington), Josh Farraday (Chris Pratt), Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke), Jack Horne (Vincent D’Onofrio), Billy Rocks (Byung-Hun Lee), Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), and Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier). As they prepare the town for the violent showdown that they know is coming, these seven mercenaries find themselves fighting for more than money.

~ Magnificent Seven

review

Denzel <3 Vengeance <3

I loved the original and I love this remake, which could only have been better on the big screen.

Don’t Breathe (2016)

Don't Breathe

synopsis

A trio of reckless thieves breaks into the house of a wealthy blind man, thinking they’ll get away with the perfect heist. They’re wrong.

~ Don’t Breathe

review

OMG! WOW! Best [suspenseful] movie I have seen in a very long time…from beginning to end! I pray there will be no sequel despite an ending that alludes to one. Movie companies just don’t know how to leave well enough alone.

The BFG (2016)

The BFG

synopsis

Disney presents a Roald Dahl classic directed by Steven Spielberg. In an imaginative tale filled with magic, wonder and unexpected friendship, a young girl is launched on an enormous adventure when she crosses paths with a mysterious being called the Big Friendly Giant.

~ The BFG

review

When I saw Roald Dahl’s name associated with this movie, I was definitely in to see this movie. However, I was not the biggest fan of this tale, falling asleep in the middle, leading to confusion how the queen got involved. Highly doubtful that I will pay for another rental.

The Secret Life of Pets (2016)

The Secret Life of Pets

synopsis

The quiet life of a terrier named Max is upended when his owner takes in Duke, a stray whom Max instantly dislikes.

~ Internet Movie Database

review

Loved it, especially since I am a pet owner; Mojo could’nt’ve cared less! The movie really captures pet animal behavior well.

Since I had seen the preview last year, I had been curious about the plot, which actually had a good foundation. Still I have a sense – while writing this delinquent delay – that it was beaten to death.

Pete’s Dragon (2016)

Pet's Dragonsynopsis

For years, old wood carver Mr. Meacham (Robert Redford) has delighted local children with his tales of the fierce dragon that resides deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. To his daughter, Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard), who works as a forest ranger, these stories are little more than tall tales…until she meets Pete (Oakes Fegley). Pete is a mysterious 10-year-old with no family and no home who claims to live in the woods with a giant, green dragon named Elliot. And from Pete’s descriptions, Elliot seems remarkably similar to the dragon from Mr. Meacham’s stories. With the help of Natalie (Oona Laurence), an 11-year-old girl whose father Jack (Wes Bentley) owns the local lumber mill, Grace sets out to determine where Pete came from, where he belongs, and the truth about this dragon.

review

Again, having seen the original and loving it, the only thing that made this new version better was the incredible creation of Elliot, the dragon. I think the fur element was such an interesting choice. This tale seemed more complete, showing how Pete ended up with a dragon as a friend.

Finding Dory (2016)

Finding Dorysynopsis

From the Academy Award®–winning creators of Disney•Pixar’s Finding Nemo (Best Animated Feature, 2003) comes an epic undersea adventure filled with imagination, humor and heart. When Dory, the forgetful blue tang (Ellen DeGeneres), suddenly remembers she has a family who may be looking for her, she, Marlin (Albert Brooks) and Nemo (Hayden Rolence) take off on a life-changing quest to find them…with help from Hank, a cantankerous octopus; Bailey, a beluga whale who’s convinced his biological sonar skills are on the fritz; and Destiny, a nearsighted whale shark! Dive into the movie overflowing with unforgettable characters, dazzling animation and gallons of fun!

~ Finding Dory

review

Just as adorable as Finding Nemo, but because they were so similar, my interest was waning by the end.

Sausage Party (2016)

Sausage Party

synopsis

Sausage Party, the first R-rated CG animated movie, is about one sausage leading a group of supermarket products on a quest to discover the truth about their existence and what really happens when they become chosen to leave the grocery store. The film features the vocal talents of a who’s who of today’s comedy stars — Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, Bill Hader, Michael Cera, James Franco, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Paul Rudd, Nick Kroll, David Krumholtz, Edward Norton, and Salma Hayek.

~ Sausage Party

review

I would classify this as a “pot” movie because the humor in this movie is very adult and juvenile. The story is pretty lame. Watched the whole movie, but was losing interest by the end!

Free State Of Jones (2016)

Free State of Jones
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synopsis

Written and directed by four-time Oscar® nominee Gary Ross (The Hunger Games, Seabiscuit, Pleasantville), and starring Oscar® winner Matthew McConaughey, Free State of Jones is an epic action-drama set during the Civil War, and tells the story of defiant Southern farmer, Newt Knight, and his extraordinary armed rebellion against the Confederacy.

Banding together with other small farmers and local slaves, Knight launched an uprising that led Jones County, Mississippi to secede from the Confederacy, creating a Free State of Jones.

Knight continued his struggle into Reconstruction, distinguishing him as a compelling, if controversial, figure of defiance long beyond the War.

review

Newt Knight is a hero in my mind, as is Eric Snowden. Both of these guys have the balls and heart to stand up to larger forces and the cleverness to evade capture.

From a historical perspective, I did not know about “black dark skinned apprenticeships,” “illegal race marriages,” etc. I am appalled by the treatment of the ignorance of men that feel superior to others. It’s just disgusting and closely relates to what is happening today; I am not afraid to say that I think BLM (Black Lives Matter) et. al. are making more noise than backing a significant cause. I would like to put anyone of them in a situation police face and see their reaction. The dark-skinned people back then had NO RIGHTS: they were property. Today’s dark-skinned people do have rights; looting and destroying property just confirms their ignorance and disrespects every slave that suffered. I am not afraid to say that is is always dark-skinned people on the other end of a gun no matter if it’s police are their own.

But I digress, the compassion and common sense Newt applied to his life and others was exceptional: the kind of behavior that makes people like me helpless when it comes to falling in love.

X-MEN: APOCALYPSE (2016)

X-MEN Apocalypse

synopsis

Following the critically acclaimed global smash hit X-Men: Days of Future Past, director Bryan Singer returns with X-MEN: APOCALYPSE. Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshiped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel’s X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) with the help of Professor X (James McAvoy) must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction.

~ X-MEN: APOCALYPSE

review

Not a fan of sequel, but I do love me some X-Men!

However, continuity is rarely maintained in a series and once again, I am confused. I remember from the very first X-Men movie that Magneto and Raven were against Charles and the school. This movie appears to be a prequel to the original movie, as it provides character development for Jean Gray, Cyclops, Storm (when did she change from Indian to American Negro?) and Hank (The Beast).

Despite the inconsistencies, I loved the action, the history, the good versus evil them, and the introduction of even more X-Men, a la fake-Flash (Quicksilver?), whose background is very interesting as well and lends to another movie. I was shocked to see Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), and the situation he was discovered in, which does not match the story in the movie that focused on his character.

I am in lust with Michael Fassbender (Eric/Magneto) and Nicholas Hoult (Hank/The Beast).

Equal Representation of All Presidential Candidate’s Parties

I shall continue to disrespect this country until ALL presidential candidates are treated fairly, a la Green Party candidate being asked to leave debate property for not having correct credentials. Disrespect of Green Party and Libertarian Party presidential candidates is another why I will not stand the National Anthem or any frikkin’ politician.

Emailed to Barack (Obama), Dianne (Feinstein), and Barbara (Boxer)