2016 Oscar Circuit Guide: Award Hopefuls Debuting at Venice, TIFF, and NYFF

the-magnificent-seven-washington-prattThe Magnificent Seven
dir. Antoine Fuqua – Venice and TIFF – Warner Bros.

Looking from 50,000 feet, Antonine Fuqua’s western remake just looks like a popcorn flick to garnish the fall.  Looking deeper, with two high-profile spots at TIFF, where it will get its World Premiere, and a Closing night spot during Venice, is Sony Pictures feeling stronger than we initially presumed?  A talented cast that includes two-time Oscar winner Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, and others gives us inklings.  It is important to note this is the last credited score for the late James Horner who died in a plane crash in June 2015.