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Movie Review - Inferno

Movie Review 2 Stars

By Bob Garver

"Inferno" is the third film to star Tom Hanks as adventure-prone symbology professor Robert Langdon. The two previous films were 2006's "The Da Vinci Code" and 2009's "Angels & Demons." Like the James Bond franchise, the titles don't follow a pattern. Unlike the James Bond franchise, I don't see many people staying loyal to the character for fifty years. Langdon has existed in movies for ten years now, and many people who have seen "Inferno" agree that's more than enough.

Movie Review - The Girl on the Train

Movie Review 2 Stars

By Bob Garver

"The Girl on the Train" is a mystery about a missing woman, based on a novel by Paula Hawkins. It was destined from day one to be compared to similar adaptations like "Gone Girl" and "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo." Those films were supposed to be in for a big awards push, but failed to secure Oscar nominations in any major category except Best Actress. Here too is a film where I could see the lead actress claiming the sole Oscar nomination, though the film around her is perhaps too weak to make her a true contender.

Movie Review - The Girl on the Train

Movie Review 2 Stars

By Bob Garver

"The Girl on the Train" is a mystery about a missing woman, based on a novel by Paula Hawkins. It was destined from day one to be compared to similar adaptations like "Gone Girl" and "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo." Those films were supposed to be in for a big awards push, but failed to secure Oscar nominations in any major category except Best Actress. Here too is a film where I could see the lead actress claiming the sole Oscar nomination, though the film around her is perhaps too weak to make her a true contender.

Movie Review - The Magnificent Seven

Movie Review 2 Stars

By Bob Garver

The new version of "The Magnificent Seven" (a remake of a 1960 Western that I have not seen, itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa's "The Seven Samurai," which I have) is one of those movies that starts off looking award-worthy, but gradually loses steam until it's nearly unwatchable by the end. There's no one point where it really drops the ball, it just consistently fails to capitalize on its impressive early scenes.

Movie Review - Sully

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By Bob Garver

"Sully" tells the story of eponymous pilot Chesley Sullenberger (Tom Hanks), who on January 15 2009, after a dual engine failure in midair, landed a large passenger aircraft in the middle of the Hudson River. The landing was rough, unconventional, and controversial, but it saved the lives of all 155 passengers and crew on board. Though there were many heroes that day, including First Officer Jeffrey Skiles (Aaron Eckhart), Sully was proclaimed the biggest hero of all.