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The Accountant

CALCULATE YOUR CHOICES. The Treasury Department is looking into a mysterious man called ”the Accountant” (Ben Affleck) who was responsible for murdering several mobsters; at the same time, he’s hired to audit a robotics firm… An odd idea for an action-thriller, although it does begin to vaguely resemble a Batman story in disguise as it … Continue reading The Accountant

The Hollars

Graphic novelist John Hollar (John Krasinski) leaves New York City to visit his mother (Margo Martindale) who’s in hospital with a tumor, but he’s instantly drawn into the problems of his whole family. Krasinski’s second film as a director has everything you expect from a typical indie comedy-drama, down to the predictable guitar arrangements. Martindale … Continue reading The Hollars

The Greatest Hits of 2016

It’s time for that annual list of next year’s highly anticipated Hollywood films. Here’s 2016 for ya. As always, premiere dates may change. JANUARY: * 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi – Michael Bay leaves his robots aside for a while, taking on a politically sensitive subject. Looks far from another Zero Dark Thirty (2012) though. * Kung … Continue reading The Greatest Hits of 2016

Pitch Perfect

GET PITCH SLAPPED. College freshman Beca Mitchell (Anna Kendrick), who wants to be a music producer more than anything else, reluctantly joins an all-female a cappella group headed for a national competition. Loosely based on a non-fiction book by Mickey Rapkin, this comedy gives a cappella the same cheerful, funny and engaging treatment as Bring … Continue reading Pitch Perfect

Into the Woods

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR.    Chicago and Nine director Rob Marshall is the right person to bring this complex Broadway musical to the big screen. Assembling a variety of famous characters from Grimm Brothers fairy tales, the story sends them into the forbidding woods and explores what drives their actions. A few changes … Continue reading Into the Woods

The Company You Keep

After the arrest of a former Weather Underground activist (Susan Sarandon) who’d been a fugitive for the last 30 years, reporter Ben Shepard (Shia LaBeouf) turns his attention to a seemingly honest Albany lawyer (Robert Redford). The 1970s terror organization is portrayed in rather simple fashion as consisting of essentially decent people who made undeniable … Continue reading The Company You Keep

50/50: Why Me?

IT TAKES A PAIR TO BEAT THE ODDS. Seth Rogen was apparently in the bathroom when one of his best friends called to tell him that he had cancer. A potentially funny scene that never made it into Will Reiser’s script. He was the one who called; after beating his rare but operable cancer, he … Continue reading 50/50: Why Me?

Breaking Dawn – Part 1

FOREVER IS ONLY THE BEGINNING. After finally walking down the aisle, Bella and Edward (Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson) go on a honeymoon that is abruptly interrupted when she falls critically ill… The fourth part of the Twilight franchise takes the romance to a more mature level, but still remains simplistic and dreamy enough to keep its fan base … Continue reading Breaking Dawn – Part 1

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

GET THE HOT GIRL. DEFEAT HER EVIL EXES. HIT LOVE WHERE IT HURTS.  22-year-old Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) falls in love with a girl (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) who has a mysterious past, but in order to date her he must defeat her seven evil exes. Director Edgar Wright knows how to maintain one’s interest and … Continue reading Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Eclipse

IT ALL BEGINS… WITH A CHOICE. As Bella (Kristen Stewart) tries to choose between the vampire and the werewolf (Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner), Seattle is plagued by a series of killings. The 30 Days of Night (2007) director was picked for the third chapter of the Twilight saga, which garnered a few positive reviews… but all I can see is … Continue reading Eclipse

New Moon

THE NEXT CHAPTER BEGINS. Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) realizes that he poses a threat to Bella’s (Kristen Stewart) life and leaves her; as she tries to deal with her loss, Bella becomes more attached to Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner). The sequel to Twilight (2008) was frowned upon by critics and unconditionally loved by Stephenie Meyer’s teenage fans. Chris … Continue reading New Moon