The Magnificent Seven


Akira Kurasawa’s original Seven Samurai is “an epic to end all epics”, according to Christian Tesfaye, Fortune Film Reviewer. Though it’s 1960 remake, The Magnificent Seven, became a classic, it was far from reaching the exceptional levels of it’s predecessor. Now, 2016 brings us a remake of a remake, which despite excellent action sequences and reasonable casting, pales into comparison with the original – 6 out of 10 stars.


Don’t Breathe

Horror films tend to try to achieve one of two things – scare the audience or entertain them. The latter is much easier to achieve, and this tends to be the approach of most Hollywood-esque horror films these days. Don’t Breathe is no different. Rather than searching for true horror in the depths, it entertains in a rather stereotypical fashion. It is, however, a lot of fun, and well worth a watch – 7 out of 10.


Sully

It seems more than mere coincidence that a film about a plane crash in New York is being released so close to the anniversary of ‘September 11’. Based on a true story, Sully is, however, far less tragic than the much more infamous disaster. The film, directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Tom Hanks, succeeds in portraying the events in a low-key and honest fashion – 8 out of 10 stars.


Pete’s Dragon

Pete’s Dragon may sound like a kid’s film, and well that’s because it is. But, like all great Disney films, it also has the ability to appeal to the kid in all of us. With a long sequence of drab films having been screened in Addis Ababa over recent months, Pete’s Dragon is a rare treat, which can entertain all the family – 7 out of 10 stars.


Hands of Stone

Films about boxing have a long history of inspiring an audience. There is something unique about the sport, which has led to it being far more successful on the big screen than many other sports. Hands of Stone, however, won’t be joining the list of the great movies in this genre. Set against the Panama-US political crisis, the film tries to do too much and ends up doing very little – 5 out of 10 stars


The Secret Life of Pets

There are some animated films that certainly have enough depth and dexterity to be classed as exceptional films in their own right; there are, however, others that merely target children with bright colours, simple plots and much-loved celebrity actors. Unfortunately, The secret Life of Pets, is one of the latter. For children, yes, there is enough to make it an enjoyable watch. But, there is nowhere near enough for adults too to enjoy this rather empty film – 4 out of 10.


War Dogs

As a film about illegal arms dealers, War Dogs attempts, in a Wolf on Wall Street-esque fashion, to introduce us to the alluring appeal of humanity’s rebels. However, despite some strong acting performances, including Jonah Hill, the director’s reluctance to truly depict the despicable reality of the story in a bid for comedy, leaves a rather sour taste in the mouth – 5 out of 10 stars.


The Shallows

A pretty girl, a soul searching journey, surf, an island and… a man eating shark. Yes, we have been here before. Blake Lively plays the all-American sweetheart, who spends the vast majority of the film on a small coral island trying to avoid being eaten. Sounds dull doesn’t it? Well, actually, despite the fact that it probably won’t be up for many awards, the director, James Collet-Serra, and Lively herself do make it not too bad of a watch – 5 out of 10.


Film Review: Suicide Squad

Superhero movies have seemingly become the order of the day in Hollywood, with the vast majority falling far short of expectations. Suicide Squad is the latest, with its rather obvious flipping of the script failing to make a drab movie worth the watch. Will Smith is the only aspect worthy of any praise, according to Christian Tesfaye, a Fortune film reviewer, who awarded the release 3 stars out of 10, while the 1970s music functions to take your mind off the film.


Jason Bourne

A minor character in the latest Bourne movie passionately argues “safety is freedom” – verbalising the textbook philosophical dilemma faced by Apple when asked to decrypt a user’s cell phone…


Star Trek: Beyond

As J.J Abrams takes a step back, handing over the reigns to Fast & Furious director Justin Lin, Star Trek experiences yet another rebirth – one that, according to Christian Tesfaye, a Film Reviewer, could well be a step too far. As action replaces depth, he awards the film a measly 5 out of 10 stars, with such heights only reached due to some of the incredible imagery.


Central Intelligence

Kevin Hart and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson are two household names who rather indirectly fell into acting – the first through comedy and the latter, wrestling. Christian Tesfaye, a Fortune film reviewer, had serious doubts entering the cinema as to whether either had the capability of making Central Intelligence a worthwhile watch. Both actors, however, provided more quality than he expected – Kevin Hart with his newly found measured approach and The Rock with the unleashing of his funny side. The film’s director, Rawson Marshall Thurber, deserves some credit for this. Although it won’t win many Oscars, Central Intelligence does warrant the time and money spent on a cinema ticket – 5 out of 10 stars.


Independence Day: Resurgence

Two decades later, armed with bigger guns and badder aliens, Independence Day is back. Resurgence is the sequel that almost nobody has been waiting for, but one that many – predominantly teenage boys and their older equivalents – might enjoy. Christian Tesfaye, a Fortune Film Reviewer, describes a film that, although more than likely not be taking home any Oscars, may well leave you mildly tickled. At 5 stars out of 10, it may well be worth a cinema trip on a rainy day, in between lunch and early evening drinks, if you’re a teenager and short of alternative options.


Movie Review: Finding Dory

Good enough to keep audience sit-up, yet humdrum compared to its forerunner Finding Nimo. The soundtracks too boost t he film’s grip to the extent that Christian Tesfaye , Fortune in-house film reviewer recommend it to everyone and award it eight out of 10 stars.


Qeyaye Qenbetoch (Red Leaves) Strips away Family Veil

Qeyaye Qenbetoch (Red Leaves) is a film about an Ethiopian community that practices an ancient form of Judaism and now forms a sizeable community in Israel. For this bare, brave, bold debut film that shocks and illuminates, Fortune’s in-house film critic, Christian Tesfaye, awards an almost full sky of nine stars out of 10.


Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising Worst Time for Tastelessness

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising is referred to by Fortune’s in-house film critic, Christian Tesfaye as out of keeping with the observations of this holy month. Apparently, there was not much on offer for this sequel to earn more than four stars out of 10.


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