Thanksgiving is here and families across this soon to be great again nation are gathering to give thanks and pray to sweet Jesus no one brings up the election. 2016 is a year of change. In years past it was Crazy Uncle’s ill-timed comments that struck fear at the table. This year? Millions of families will be stuffing the turkey…

Should I see it? Only under duress.   Director: Francis Lawrence Writers: Kevin Brodbin and Frank A. Cappello Actors: Keanu Reeves (sorta), Rachel Weisz, Shia LaBeouf, Djimon Hounsou and Tilda Swinton   Short Review: This film goes over as well as jalapeño dip at a burn center.   Widely considered not to be the greatest actor of his generation, Keanu…

No Country For Old Men PosterShould I see it? Yes (with cautions)

Writers/Directors: Ethan and Joel Coen

Starring: Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones, Kelly Macdonald and Woody Harrelson

Rated R for strong graphic violence and language

The Coen Brothers are two of the best filmmakers of their generation. No one can argue their brilliance. Each of their films is a unique experience, and even the duds (The Ladykillers, Intolerable Cruelty, The Hudsucker Proxy) still have moments, and characters to recommend seeing them at least once. When one of their better works hit, it often far exceeds anything being made by their contemporaries. Regarding their better works, it is usually when they are dealing with simple people coping with a problem that often revolves around a crime (Raising Arizona, Fargo, The Big Lebowski, O Brother, Where Art Thou?). It is with these ordinary folk that the Coen’s are comfortable, and are free to fully explore their cinematic voices. They are also able to utilize these common men and women to expound on greater themes of morality, identity and modern masculinity.

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