REVIEW: The Magnificent Seven (2016)

Image: Columbia Pictures

Image: Columbia Pictures

Chris Luckett

In the underrated clone comedy Multiplicity, Michael Keaton asks at one point, “You know how when you make a copy of a copy, it’s not quite as sharp as, well, the original?” Such an observation pinpoints a large problem with Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven, a remake of the popular 1960 Western that was itself an American-ized version of Akira Kurosawa’s seminal Seven Samurai.

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REVIEW: Boyhood

Photo: IFC Films

Photo: IFC Films

Chris Luckett

Boyhood, the picture that has gone from a small indie film to one of the most talked-about movies of the summer, was filmed over the span of 12 years. Between the ages of 6 and 18, Ellar Coltrane filmed scenes for the movie, aging a dozen years over the running time of the film.

It was an incredibly daring gamble on writer-director Richard Linklater’s part. What if Coltrane (cast as Mason Evans, Jr.) lost interest in doing the movie after a couple of years? What if Ethan Hawke or Patricia Arquette, who play Mason’s parents, quit acting during that time? What if Linklater or one of the actors passed away before finishing it? There were so many things to that could go wrong with making Boyhood. Fortunately, everything came together nearly perfectly, creating a one-of-a-kind, cinematic wonder.

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