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THE ACCOUNTANT (2016) – My rating: 9.3/10

theaccountantThe Accountant is an extraordinary thriller, about a very high functioning Autistic child, Christian “Chris” Wolff (Ben Affleck) who is also a mathematical genius.  Chris grows up and becomes a forensic accountant, tracking insider financial deceptions for numerous criminal enterprises brokered to him by a mysterious figure known as “The Voice”, contacting him only by phone.  There are many surprises in this movie and the excitement never ends. I was on the edge of my seat most of the time. I don’t believe there’s anything predictable about this film.  Much care and research had to go into the making of The Accountant.  Watching how Chris compensates for his mental deficiencies to make himself more concise and better able to do what’s necessary to get the job done is nothing short of remarkable.  I was quite impressed with the movie.

As a child, Chris’ parents (Robert C. Treveile and Mary Kraft) took him to the Harbor Neuroscience Institute in New Hampshire, where he was diagnosed with autism and offered residency there. Although Chris bonded with Justine (Alison Wright), the mute daughter of the institute’s director (Jason Davis), his father, a decorated military officer, declined the offer, believing that Chris should overcome the hardships inherent to his condition rather than expect the world to accommodate to them. The pressure of raising a special needs child drove Chris’ mother to abandon him and his younger brother, Braxton (Jake Presley) who were left in their father’s care.

As an adult, Chris is being pursued by Raymond “Ray” King (J.K. Simmons), the director of financial crimes of the Treasury Department, who knows Chris by the alias “The Accountant”. King recruits an analyst, Marybeth Medina (Cynthia Addai-Robinson) to help him identify and arrest the Accountant before his upcoming retirement.  In the meanwhile, Chris is off on a new assignment where he meets Dana Cummings (Anna Kendrick) a young CPA, who has found an accounting mistake in her company’s books.  CEO, Lamar Blackburn (John Lithgow) and his sister and associate Rita Blackburn (Jean Smart) hire Chris to collaborate Dana’s findings.  Because of what Chris and Dana find, they are targeted for assassination — and so the adventure really gets started.  They are ruthlessly pursued by a hit man (Jon Bernthal).  I consider The Accountant a much see thriller that will keep you guessing right to the twisted end.

 

BATMAN V SUPERMAN: Dawn of Justice (2016) – My rating: 7/10

BatmanVSupermanAs a loyal fan of Superman, especially the last remake “Man of Steel” I am truly upset with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.  There’s a lot to be said about this film, which is actually a follow-up to Man of Steel.  I will try to be as fair as I can in bringing you the facts as I know them.  Both films were directed by Zack Snyder (how could he do this to us?)  Both films starred Henry Cavill as Superman/Clark Kent, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Kevin Costner and Diane Lane as Superman’s adoptive parents, Jonathan & Martha Kent, respectively and Laurence Fishburne as Perry White.  Somehow, Jimmy Olsen was pretty much left out except for a voice in Dawn of Justice as a CIA agent.

Some 18 months after Superman destroyed General Zod in Man of Steel, he has moved in with Lois Lane and is seen as a threat to humanity by Batman.  However, after learning of Batman’s (Ben Affleck) intentions and accusations against him, Superman believes Batman is also a threat and plans to stop him by using the Daily Planet articles as Clark Kent.  Meanwhile, Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) CEO of LexCorp has his own set of ideas to take down Superman.  Lex Luthor’s plans also include creating meta humans which would include Diana Prince/Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) who is also the daughter of Zeus.

While all plans are put into motion by Batman, Superman and Lex Luthor, the audience is left to be confused and bored to death by the rantings and ravings of Lex Luthor.  Some of his speeches were so long, I began to doze off.  Things really got out of control.  I didn’t know where I was at times.  Jesse Eisenberg is a fantastic actor but one cannot help the script they’re handed.  It was brutal and ambiguous.  It was never made clear why Superman was targeted as a villain.  It didn’t make sense why someone who fought the good fight for decades suddenly was deemed bad.  Batman was so angry throughout the entire movie that I thought he was going to bust a gasket.  Ben Affleck made the worst Batman I’ve seen, bar none.  He looked fat and stocky in the Batman suit and his face seemed so fat under the mask, I couldn’t help but laugh.  He seemed gigantic and reminded me of Humpty Dumpty.  And who’s idea was it to cast Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth?  That was a mismatch I couldn’t quite understand.  In conclusion, because I know the future of the next sequel, I’m no longer upset with the outcome of this film but I will say Batman V Superman was a bad idea.  I absolutely hated the Batman character and wasn’t too thrilled with the movie.  I really felt the Batman character killed the movie plus the long Lex Luthor speeches finished it off.  The script made little sense and the ending really pissed me off.  I for one, am looking forward to “The Justice League Part I”, starring Henry Cavill as Superman,  now in production — due to be released in 2017.

GONE GIRL (2014) – My rating: 6.5/10

GoneGirlThis is going to be a tough one to critique.  I absolutely hated the ending.  It rendered the entire movie irrelevant.  The ending made everything unbelievable.  Many of us in the theater shouted “this ending sucks” all at once. What a good movie with excellent acting all the way through, until the credits started rolling across the screen.  Ben Affleck’s character is married to Rosamund Pike’s character.  She turns up missing and presumed murdered.  Of course the husband (Affleck) is accused as circumstantial evidence piles up against him.  I couldn’t wait for the end to see if I had successfully guessed what would happen.  If Gone Girl had an ending, I would have been happy no matter what happened.  I successfully figured out much of the outcome during the film, as it had many twist and turns.   However, nothing prepared me for the dreaded finale that never came.  So much hype, so many trailers, so many opinions about how good Gone Girl is — the box office hype alone was enough to cause you to run off to the theater to see it.  What a disappointment.  What a waste of talent.  I can’t imagine anyone was happy with this ending.  I can’t really say much because I wouldn’t want to spoil what little there is to enjoy.  I should have read this book before seeing the movie — that way, I wouldn’t be so disappointed.  All I can say is WAIT FOR THE DVD.  Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Tyler Perry who didn’t add nearly enough substance, Neil Patrick Harris and Carrie Coon all acted their butts off toward a very sour ending.

[GONE GIRL is nominated for Best Actress]

RUNNER RUNNER (2013) – My rating: 7.5/10

RunnerRunnerA student loses all of his college tuition on a popular website playing  on-line poker.  He discovers that he was cheated so he sets out to confront the owner of the web site and finds himself working in a web of crooked high rolling cheats.  Richie Furst played by Justine Timberlake, thought he was dealing with a legitimate, up front guy named Ivan Block, played by Ben Affleck, but soon found out differently.  This movie reminded me so much of “21” a movie starring Kevin Spacey as a teacher who teaches a special student how to win at gambling by counting cards so he could afford his college tuition.  I found Runner Runner to be very entertaining and well acted.  I could actually believe this kind of thing could happen.  There’s a lot of double crossing, deceit, action and drama in this movie.  I especially enjoyed Justin Timberlake’s performance as he has turned out to be a really good actor as well as an excellent singer and a great entertainer. I recommend that you  check it out on DVD.

 

 

 

 

 

ARGO (2012) – My rating: 9.5/10

ArgoArgo ran a close second for me, as it told a true story that everyone knew the ending of but managed to keep you on the edge of your seat.  I found Argo exciting, well acted, well cast and quite humorist in all the right places.  Argo centers around 6 Americans trapped in Tehran.  The plan is to use a bogus Hollywood film making crew to bring them home safely.  John Goodman and Alan Arkin are among the countless number of stars who really make Argo work.

Argo is up for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Best Film Editing, Best Music (Original Score), Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing and Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay).  Considering this was Ben Affleck’s first directing endeavor, “he done good”.  I’m sorry to see that he was snubbed by the Academy for a director’s nod but am glad to see that he won other awards for this project.  Argo was another history lesson that showed us what determination and team work can do, even with an impossible situation like this one.  Even though Lincoln is my first pick, I wouldn’t be upset if Argo won.