‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’
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Father trains his daughters to be able to fight the undead. It sounds as potentially appealing as caramel-covered sauerkraut or a bikini made of sandpaper.
“Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” is both a sweet and endearing romance while also being a thoroughly entertaining action movie
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The director was smart enough to stage the action scenes in such a way that the movie got a PG-13 rating. This will make it easier to persuade someone who generally doesn’t like zombie movies to take a chance on the film.
And there’s enough action to lure in those who normally wouldn’t see a Jane Austen-inspired movie.
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“Race” examines the athletic accomplishments of Jesse Owens and the turbulent social and political times in which the events occurred, as suggested in the double meaning of the movie’s title.
Director Stephen Hopkins shows more skill with the sports elements than the behind-the-scenes parts of the story. The battles within the U.S. Olympic Committee are a little dry. They also waste the talents of William Hurt, who as the head of the committee has little to do other than frown and wring his hands.
‘Gods of Egypt’
Looks at the battle between Set (Gerard Butler) and Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) to be the king of Egypt.
Their battle is staged with such clunky special effects, hackneyed dialogue and amateurish acting that instead of being a battle royal, it’s purely “Ra”-tten.