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Movie Review: ‘The Accountant’ Adds Few Smarts to Ben Affleck Action

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Ben Affleck’s got a dark secret…Read our movie review of The Accountant to get the news on his latest action pic:

[dropcap]B[/dropcap]en Affleck’s gun-toting protagonist of The Accountant is Christian Wolff, a man afflicted with Asperger’s Syndrome. As someone with Asperger’s Syndrome, I’d like to clear up some misconceptions that may be taken away from this performance.

Asperger’s comes in varying degrees that not all find themselves sensitive to sensory or crippled by compulsive defenses of blowing on fingers or rocking back and forth. I would, however, like to affirm we all know martial arts, are fully trained in using guns and keep a stockpile of them stashed in storage.

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Christian isn’t normal, even for someone with this mental condition. He’s been trained by his military father in all manner of combat to not be a victim. Because of his father’s brutally strict training, Christian has become a powder keg of an individual that serves as a secret agent for a faceless woman over the phone. To keep himself strong, he submits himself to painful exercises and flashing lights, facing the fears of both his condition and his strength.

When not on the hunt, he settles into the role of an accountant, a position that suits his mentality like a glove. It’s not just a simple cover as he really gets into the mathematics of accounting. His latest client being that of a robotics company led by John Lithgow proves to be a massive task, but very much enticing. He analyzes decades of accounting data literally overnight and begins writing his finds on the glass walls, boasting with glee to a junior accountant played by Anna Kendrick. Their chemistry in the handful of scenes they share is rather charming and thankfully never downgrades into a forced romance.

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No romance here.

Similar to Matt Damon in Jason Bourne, this is the Ben Affleck action show where all other characters pass in and out of the story. Anna Kendrick attempts to befriend Christian, but only as close as Christian can allow himself to get and only for as long as the script requires her. Jeffrey Tambor plays an incarcerated mobster that also befriends Christian, but only briefly in flashbacks. Joe Bernthal plays an eccentrically sadistic assassin, but doesn’t clash with Christian towards the end of the picture for an obvious reveal.

The only other characters we spend the most time with are two Treasury agents played by JK Simmons and Cynthia Addai-Robinson; both strong actors, but given little to do. Simmons plays Ray King as an old agent ready to retire and, as closure, blackmails agent Medina (Addai-Robinson) into uncovering the identity of this mysterious accountant that has eluded identification. Their B-story is almost entirely distant from Wolff’s and become very dependent on exposition to unravel his past. But it’s a ludicrous plot that’s oddly paced as when a twist is revealed in a needlessly long flashback.

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Movie Magic: The De-Aging Technique of The Irishman

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Have you read Izzy yet? If so, you know that Izzy makes the apples that give the Gods their youth and immortality. It also seems Robert De Niro discovered one of Izzy’s apples too… In Martin Scorsese’s upcoming biographical film, he stars as Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, a labor union leader and alleged hitman for the Bufalino crime family. The trailer for the movie, which will premieres NEXT WEEK (!), also features a “de-aged” De Niro. “We’re so used to watching them as the older faces,” Scorsese said in an interview on the A24 podcast. “Does it change the eyes at all? …If that’s the case, what was in the eyes that I liked? Was it intensity? Was it gravitas? Was it threat?…How do we get that? I don’t know.” Some might consider this magic and I for one can’t wait to see the impact of Izzy’s apples on screen for myself. 😉

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“Captain Marvel” Retains Top Slot at the Box Office

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It’s no surprise that in its second weekend, the first Marvel Cinematic Universe of 2019 is still riding high. Captain Marvel, the latest in the MCU with Brie Larson starring as the lead, generated another $69 million over the weekend, placing its domestic total at $266 million. Tallying up the international box office, the film’s global total to date is $760 million. Despite the online controversy, the film is looking to be another strong box office smash for Disney and Marvel.

As for the premieres for the weekend, and there were plenty, they were all over the map. Just below Captain Marvel was the animated adventure Wonder Park, bringing in $16 million, another film with controversy when the director’s name was removed from the picture after sexual harassment charges. Five Feet Apart, the dying teen drama about a romance amid cystic fibrosis, only came in at #3 with a weekend gross of $13 million. And debuting the lowest in the top 10 for debuts was Captive State, a sci-fi dystopian tale, only making $3 million. The film debuted so low the little film No Manches Frida 2 was able to sneak about it at #6 with a gross of $3.8 million.

Drops were fairly low all around for the returning films, mostly because Captain Marvel was dominating the previous weekend. The only milestone worth noting is that The LEGO Movie 2, after six weeks at the box office, finally cracked $100 million. And the sun is now setting on Green Book’s post-Oscar run by coming in at #10 for the final weekend of its top 10 run over the past few weeks.

View the full top ten weekend box office results below:

Captain Marvel ($69,318,000)

Wonder Park ($16,000,000)

Five Feet Apart ($13,150,000)

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World ($9,345,000)

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral ($8,085,000)

No Manches Frida 2 ($3,894,000)

Captive State ($3,163,000)

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part ($2,135,000)

Alita: Battle Angel ($1,900,000)

Green Book ($1,277,000)

Next weekend, Captain Marvel may very well have some competition when Jordan Peele’s new horror film Us hits over 3,600 theaters.

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“Dragon” Continues To Soar, “Funeral” Close Behind, “Green Book” Back

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With little competition for the weekend, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, the third in the animated fantasy saga, was able to secure the box office once more. In its second weekend, the animated epic made $30 million to push its domestic total to $97 million. So far the film has done about the same as the previous film and is on track to stay in the top 10 for a few more weeks in March.

Debuts this weekend were small with one big exception. Tyler Perry’s latest Madea film, A Madea Family Funeral, naturally made a relatively big splash with its dedicated audience. Starting at #2, the film made $27 million for its first weekend. No word on the budget yet but it’s most likely on a budget as most Tyler Perry productions are, so it’s safe to call this a success, especially for debuting with a box office so close to Dragon.

The rest of the premieres were not as strong at all. Greta, the new thriller starring Chloe Moretz, debuted all the way down at #8 with $4.5 million box office. To be fair, however, the film was in a constant battle for its spot as three other films also reported earnings around $4 million for the weekend. Of note, Green Book, fresh off winning the Academy Award for Best Picture one weekend ago, splashed back into more theaters to arise even higher in the top 10 with its domestic total now sitting at $73 million. Don’t count on it remaining there long as bigger blockbusters will be swooping as we plow through the last remnants of winter movies.

Check out the full listing of the top 10 box office weekend results below:

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World ($30,046,000)

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral ($27,050,000)

Alita: Battle Angel ($7,000,000)

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part ($6,615,000)

Green Book ($4,711,000)

Fighting With My Family ($4,691,284)

Isn’t it Romantic ($4,645,000)

Greta ($4,585,000)

What Men Want ($2,700,000)

Happy Death Day 2U ($2,516,000)

Next weekend is once again all about Marvel as their latest superhero solo film, Captain Marvel, will be appearing in 4,100 theaters.

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