Two new reviews from Linda and Al Lerner on Movies and Shakers

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“THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN”

Can a remake of a remake reinvent a classic Western? This is a long ride with an even longer climactic gun battle with plenty of blood shed. At over 2 hours, we suggest you get plenty of popcorn.  In the hands of Director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) and writers Richard Went and Nic Pizzolatto The Magnificent 7 saves the town again, but with Denzel Washington as Sam Chisolm leading this diverse band of brothers to take down the smarmy, murderous robber-baron, Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard) who is forcing homesteaders to give him their land and move on. 

“THE DRESSMAKER”

This film has everything. It’s got big stars, drama, mystery, murder, sex, romance, comedy, but what makes it most unusual is high period fashion in the most unlikely place.  Director/Screenwriter, Jocelyn Moorhouse says the idea of “couture as a weapon” stuck with her and she pulls it off beautifully in this film starring Kate Winslet as The Dressmaker. Winslet comes back to her dusty, Western style home town of Dungatar in Australia seething with attitude and seeking revenge. She is wearing the most exquisite 1950’s haute couture having worked at the best fashion houses, such as Dior and Balenciaga in Paris.  

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