Kevin: So you are probably aware that there was a “Magnificent Seven” remake which came out recently and which is now on DVD/Blu-Ray/VOD as of this week. If you missed it in theaters, I’ll very briefly explain why you should at least rent it and possibly purchase it for your home entertainment collection:
It’s a corny, old-fashioned, big-budget studio Western, which you may have noticed is kind of a rarity nowadays. It stars Denzel Washington as a badass horse-riding gunslinger, which we will probably never see again. It’s directed by Antoine (“The Equalizer” “Olympus Has Fallen” “Training Day”) Fuqua, one of the best directors of pure visceral action working today. As such, the standoffs and gunfights in this are as tense and brutal as you can get in a PG-13 movie. It looks fantastic, with every dollar of its budget on screen. Its cast includes Peter Sarsgaard and Vincent D’Onofrio, and one of them is shockingly a member of the Magnificent Seven (the other is, less shockingly, the main villain). For the most part, while you’re watching it you’ll be thinking that the movie is good but not great, but then you’ll be surprisingly upset when some of the Seven don’t make it to the end.
So to summarize: A great-looking, action-packed, old-school Western starring one of the last iconic movie stars we still have today. Why aren’t you already watching this by now?