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magnificent seven


By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT'S THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN ABOUT? A town hires seven warriors to defend them from an oppressive tyrant. Remake of the 1960 film (which was itself a remake of Seven Samurai). IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: B) Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt lead a diverse cast of heroes in this hard-hitting Western. Only a few characters have any depth; the supporting ...[Read More]

great debaters

Overlooked Gem: THE GREAT DEBATERS (2007)

  Denzel Washington's second foray into directing (after Antwone Fisher) takes the basic structure of an inspirational sports movie and turns it on its head, as a small-town school goes up against the Ivy-League giants of the nation. The action and strategy, however, revolve around words and ideas, not athletics. Telling the true story of an East Texas “negro college” during 1930' ...[Read More]