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JACKIE (2016) – My rating: 7/10

jackieJackie is as good as a film about Jackie Kennedy could possibly be, given it only covers the assassination of her husband and Theodore H. White’s (Billy Crudup) Life magazine interview with Jackie as a widow at Hyannis Port, Massachusetts.  Maybe because I lived those days of profound sadness and anger, I didn’t want to ever relive that time again.  It was one day before my birthday, 11/22/63, which ruined it for me, since I absolutely loved John F. Kennedy.  The world seemed to come to a screeching halt, absent of life and any form of happiness, just filled with sadness, tears and disbelief.

Jackie, the wife of John F. Kennedy and mother of Caroline and John, Jr. was sitting next to her husband when his brains were shattered by an assassin’s bullet.  Splattered with blood all over her pink suit, face and hands, Jackie tried to keep John’s brains inside his head while the secret service and other officials arranged proper transportation for JFK to the nearest hospital.  “Jackie” tells the events from the time Kennedy was shot to a time shortly after the funeral when Jackie sat down with Mr. White to be interviewed.  While the film made it hard to relive that horrible time, it was painfully difficult to sit through every thought Jackie had in her head.  Brilliantly acted by Natalie Portman, we learned that Jackie Kennedy had many issues of her own.  There’s not much to tell of this movie because it strictly deals with Jackie, Camelot and Bobby F. Kennedy (Peter Sarsgaard) during the immediate aftermath of Kennedy’s death.  President Kennedy was painted as an excellent president, nothing more and nothing less.  If you’d like to learn how Jackie felt at that time, rent the DVD.  Jackie is informative, if nothing else!

[Jackie is nominated for Best Actress, Costume Design and Original Score]

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THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN (2016) – My rating: 8/10

magnificentsevenThe Magnificent Seven reminded me a lot of True Grit. Who better than Denzel Washington as Sam Chisolm to pull off the lead character as a sharp shooter and warrant officer with the monumental task of taking out an evil, greedy villain like corrupt industrialist, Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard).  The Magnificent Seven takes place in 1879 and focuses on a gold mining town called Rose Creek.  The town, filled with regular GOD fearing folk, is overpowered by Bogue and many of the locals are slaughtered, including Matthew Cullen (Matt Bomer) who tried to stand up to Bogue.  After the slaughter, Matthew’s wife, Emma Cullen (Haley Bennett) along with a friend, Teddy Q (Luke Grimes) leave town in search of someone who can help stop Bogue and return Rose Creek back to the people.

After listening to Emma’s story and learning of the culprit’s name, Chisolm sets out to recruit a group of gunslingers who can help him, starting with gambler Josh Faraday (Chris Pratt). They are later joined by sharpshooter Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke), knife-wielding assassin Billy Rocks (Byung-hun Lee), skilled tracker Jack Horne (Vincent D’Onofrio), Comanche warrior Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier) and notorious Mexican outlaw Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo).

After the Magnificent Seven arrive in Rose Creek, a gunfight with Bogue’s enforcer McCann (Cam Gigandet) ensues.  The Seven manage to win and sends a warning and challenges Bogue to return and fight or simply leave the town. As usual, there’s much more to this story but I’m minimizing spoilers, so I can say no more.  This was a fairly good western or what my mom use to call a “shoot em up”.  This remake of the 1960 version of The Magnificent Seven brings nothing new or earth shattering to the plate, but is very entertaining and well acted.