The Revenant (***1/2): It’s mostly true…mostly

It would be one thing if the story played a little closer to Hang 'Em High and a bit less artificially constructed as A Beautiful Mind. The Academy never gave any awards to the first movie, though. The original Glass just wanted his gun back from Fitzgerald. DiCaprio's Glass has to have a victim-class son to avenge. If that's not enough, he gets caught evaluating the meaning of revenge at a crucial moment. This is not exciting. This is theatre in the woods.

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The Wolf of Wall Street is a worn out path

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The Great Gatsby: His count of enchanted objects had diminished by one…

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Django Unchained: If Samuel L. Jackson doesn’t win an Oscar, there is no justice

Django Unchained - 2012 Written and Directed by Quentin Tarantino Starring Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson, Kerry Washington, Leonardo DiCaprio, Don Johnson, Walton Goggins, James Remar, Michael Parks, Dennis Christopher There is a scene that resonates deeply.  On the way into Candyland, Jamie Foxx's freed slave, Django, rides along a group of men in chains. … Continue reading Django Unchained: If Samuel L. Jackson doesn’t win an Oscar, there is no justice