Justice League is a superhero film based on the DC Comics superhero team of the same name consisting of Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg. The film is directed by Zack Snyder with a screenplay by Chris Terrio and Joss Whedon, from a story by Terrio and Snyder. There are many reasons I’m glad Justice League was created. I was a very unhappy camper when they decided to kill off Superman, especially by the likes of Batman, who actually has no super powers. That was the biggest injustice in super hero history, in my opinion. Justice League redeemed that unfortunate event, which made my day. I also got to see Aquaman in all his glorious action, which also made my day. So much eye candy, so little time! I was well entertained as well.
Thousands of years ago, Steppenwolf (Ciarán Hinds), an alien military officer from Apokolips and his army of Parademons attempted to conquer and remake Earth through the combined energies of three “Mother Boxes”. They were foiled by a unified army that included Olympian Gods, Amazons, Atlanteans, humans, and Green Lanterns. After repelling Steppenwolf’s army, the Mother Boxes were separated and hidden in three locations around the world.
In the present, all the world is in mourning over the death of Superman (Henry Cavill), which has triggered the Mother Boxes to reactivate along with Steppenwolf’s return to Earth in an effort to regain favor with his master, Darkseid. When Steppenwolf retrieves a Mother Box from Themyscira, Amazonian Queen Hippolyta (Connie Nielsen) warns her daughter, Diana Prince / Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), of his return by lighting the invasion fire located in the palace. As a result, Diana joins Bruce Wayne / Batman (Ben Affleck) in an attempt to unite other Meta-humans. Bruce Wayne goes after Arthur Curry / Aquaman (Jason Momoa), a member of the Justice League and heir to the throne of the undersea nation of Atlantis and Barry Allen / Flash (Ezra Miller), also a member of the Justice League and a Central City University student, who can move at superhuman speeds due to his ability to tap into the Speed Force. Diana Prince tries to locate Victor Stone / Cyborg (Ray Fisher), another member of the Justice League and a former college athlete who, after being cybernetically reconstructed after a near fatal car accident, has powers that allow him to fly, turn his arms into cannons, and manipulate technology. Once the team is assembled, they go into action to keep Steppenwolf from acquiring all three of the Mother Boxes, but fail. The team receives intel from James Gordon (J. K. Simmons), the Commissioner of the Gotham City Police Department and close ally of Batman, leading them to Steppenwolf’s army, based in an abandoned facility under Gotham Harbor.
As usual, I’ve said enough. The story gets even more interesting and how the Justice League keeps Earth from being destroyed by Steppenwolf is exciting. Flash and another member of the Justice League have similar powers and are always in competition. There are many funny scenes, as well as lots of muscle flexing. Alfred Pennyworth (Jeremy Irons) stepped up his role as Bruce Wayne’s butler, chief of security and trusted confidant. Also Diane Lane reappears as Martha Kent and Amy Adams as Lois Lane. Justice League is a great super hero film with an all-star cast and a good story to back it up. I recommend it to all – check it out for yourself!
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The 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.
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What a pleasant surprise! Usually, a movie over done this many times sucks. Terminator Genisys was really good, even with a visibly older Arnold Schwarzenegger, who turns 68 the end of this month. Actually, Arnold made the movie. This Terminator sequel has it all; action, special effects, humor, good story, surprises, mystery and it made sense. Human Resistance Leader, John Connor (Jason Clarke), in retaliation to the on going machine war, sends one of his soldiers, Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back in time to 1984 to save his mother, Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) in hopes of stopping Skynet from killing her. This would enable the Resistances’ victory against Skynet to stand and allow mankind to live. During Kyle’s transition to 1984, he received a cryptic warning of events in the year 2017 as well as witnessed a soldier attacking John Connor. Everything was planned out for Kyle’s arrival but when he arrived, nothing was as they planned including the T-800, which Sarah and her “Guardian” (Arnold Schwarzenegger) killed. Kyle had to convince Sarah to think outside the box and change what she thought she knew as the gospel. Eventually, Kyle and Sarah ended up in 2017 where they meet up with John Connor and detective O’Brien (J.K. Simmons) who gave a brilliant performance. This 5th sequel was well done — lots of effort went into Terminator Genisys. They did a good job. It is exciting and entertaining.
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