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Though It Offers Guilty Pleasures, The Accountant Adds the Numbers up Too Perfectly

The Accountant (Gavin O’Connor, 2016) **½ stars out of 4 In The Accountant, the new action-thriller from director Gavin O’Connor (Jane Got a Gun) and screenwriter Bill Dubuque (The Judge), Ben Affleck (Gone Girl) plays Christian Wolff, a certified CPA by day who dons … Continue reading

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“The Girl on the Train” Misses Its Destination

"The Girl on the Train" Misses Its Destination The Girl on the Train (Tate Taylor, 2016) *½ To how many metaphorical uses can we put trains? Their gleaming hulls first arrived in the early 19th century, revolutionized mass transportation, and quickly … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Magnificent Seven (2016)

Magnificent Seven (Antoine Fuqua, 2016) **½ OUT OF 4 Acclaimed Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa released his nearly three-and-a-half-hour epic Seven Samurai in 1954. Six years later, American director John Sturges helmed a Hollywood adaptation – at only two hours and … Continue reading

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Film Review: Snowden

Snowden – **1/2 OUT OF 4 Director Oliver Stone’s work has been notoriously controversial and wildly eclectic since his debut feature Salvador (1986) some 30 years ago. His distrust of the government of the United States has permeated many of his most … Continue reading

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Film Review: Blair Witch

Blair Witch (Adam Wingard, 2016) **1/2 OUT OF 4 Neither particularly exceptional nor exceptionally dumb, Blair Witch exists in that gray area of sequeldom where we don’t emerge from its dark depths puzzled at its raison d’être, yet nor do we … Continue reading

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Film Review: SULLY

Sully (Clint Eastwood, 2016) ***1/2 OUT OF 4 As a procedural dissection of a near cataclysmic airplane disaster that somehow – miraculously! – resulted in zero casualties, Sully, the new film from Hollywood veteran Clint Eastwood (American Sniper), is a brilliantly … Continue reading

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MORGAN Is All About Family

Morgan (Luke Scott, 2016) *1/2 OUT OF 4 Morgan opens with a brutal attack, seen through a security camera, on an unknown woman by another unknown woman in an unknown facility. In the bit of dialogue we hear, the victim attempts … Continue reading

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Film Review: Hands of Stone

HANDS OF STONE  – 2 (out of 4 Stars) On November 25, 1980 I was in the Louisiana Superdome to watch a rematch fight between Roberto Duran and Sugar Ray Leonard where in the 8th round Duran threw up his … Continue reading

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Film Review: DON’T BREATHE

Unsettling and terrific horror thriller. How the hell did Rocky (Jane Levy) get herself into the dire situation that opens DON’T BREATHE? Rocky, her boyfriend Money (Daniel Zovatto) and their friend Alex (Dylan Minnette) survive in Detroit by breaking into … Continue reading

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Film Review: War Dogs

WAR DOGS – 2 (out of 4 Stars) When I saw the trailer for War Dogs I thought this was going to be a fun movie. There was plenty of funny scenes, interesting characters and a good premise.  How wrong … Continue reading

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