THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Antoine Fuqua Stars: Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, Peter Sarsgaard, Haley Bennett, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Martin Sensmeier, Matt Bomer, Luke Grimes, Cam Giogandet, Jonathan Joss, Mark Ashworth. John Sturges' classic 1960 western The Magnificent Seven made stars out of Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson and James Coburn (who all later appeared in Sturges' epic WWII adventure The Great Escape in 1963). Sturges' film was inspired by the Akira Kurosawa's classic The Seven Samurai, regarded by some critics as Continue reading

THE EQUALIZER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Antoine Fuqua Stars: Denzel Washington, Marton Csokas, Chloe Grace Moretz, David Harbour, Johnny Skourtis, Bill Pullman, Melissa Leo, Haley Bennett, David Meunier. The Equalizer, which ran from 1985-1989 , gave the late Edward Woodward a second hit tv series to follow the bleak, downbeat British spy series Callan. In the tv show Woodward played Robert McCall, a former intelligence agent who drew upon his unique skill set to help people who couldn't find justice through the usual channels. But fans of the original series may be appalled Continue reading

THE MECHANIC

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Simon West Stars: Jason Statham, Donald Sutherland, Ben Foster, Tony Goldwyn. Anyone planning to see this rather unnecessary remake of the old Michael Winner/Charles Bronson flick from 1972 should do themselves a favour and skip it altogether. Go and hire the original instead! Not that The Mechanic was a great movie in itself, but it seems like a masterpiece compared to this noisy, fast and furious, gratuitously violent, and ultimately pointless remake. The original The Mechanic was, arguably, one of the better collaborations Continue reading

JUST THE TICKET

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Richard Wenk Stars: Andy Garcia, Andie MacDowell, Richard Bradford, Andre Blank, Irene Worth, Elizabeth Ashley, Chris Lemmon, Ron Liebman, Abe Vigoda. This curiously bland and unsatisfying romantic comedy is something of a labour of love for co-stars Andy Garcia, who produced it through his production company, and Andie MacDowell. Garcia plays Gary Starke, a ticket scalper who operates on the streets of New York. His long suffering girl friend Linda (MacDowell) has grown impatient with his lack of commitment to their relationship and Continue reading