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The Accountant
4 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

A compelling, subtle performance from Ben Affleck is what'll ultimately keep the audience in their seats as they watch "The Accountant," a slightly implausible, plodding thriller with a call-it-from-a-mile-away twist and some general narrative issues plaguing it all throughout. Gavin O'Connor's frenetic action direction also helps sweeten the deal offered by this mostly enjoyable romp through corporate America's darkest, most violent depths.

Gosford Park
Gosford Park (2001)
11 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

This pseudo-precursor to "Downton Abbey" acts as one of the many testaments to director Robert Altman's keen ability to juggle several characters' story lines throughout the course of one single film. What separates "Gosford Park" from films like "Nashville" and "Short Cuts," however, is the lush set direction and costume design, which helps build the completely immersive period setting for the audience to get to know the characters in. The strong performances also help sharpen this carefully paced study of class, infidelity , and relationships within society's upper crust.

The Girl on the Train
13 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Director Tate Taylor's ("The Help," "Get On Up") latest departure from feel good has been getting mixed reviews from critics, with many citing "The Girl On The Train" to be a lesser form of David Fincher's "Gone Girl." Why so many "Gone Girl" comparisons, you ask? Just watch this movie. That's why. This is a film that tries so hard to emulate the 2014 Fincher classic in more ways than its "based on the best selling novel about a missing woman" gimmick. This is a film that tries saying similar -- nay -- almost the exact same things about marriage, human nature, and self-doubt that "Gone Girl" did, but with a flimsier plot, schlockier characters, and a third act that's so bonkers it borders on being Lifetime-TV-movie-esque. This is a film with an interesting PLOT in play, but with regards to how poorly that plot is structured chronologically/logically within the context of this film, it leads me to think that I probably should've read this book rather than see the movie. It's a shame that Emily Blunt's triple-A performance is hampered by this Winchester House of a screenplay. She really made this thing watchable for me.

12 Years a Slave
16 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Harrowing, grotesque, earnest, and featuring perfect performances from Ejiofor, Fassbender, and Nyong'o, Steve McQueen's "12 Years A Slave" is an unwaveringly powerful look at the darkest depths humanity can stoop to.

Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life
16 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

I think I owe "Middle School The Worst Years Of My Life" an apology. A light apology, but still an apology nonetheless. For, at the end of the day, while the movie is nowhere near perfect or even good for that matter, it's still an ultimately enjoyable experience - one that is eons better than what I expected from its unflattering trailers. Indeed, the humor's a little all over the place, and the plot almost never finds its footing until halfway through, but what actually sets "Middle School" apart from all the other mindless kids movies is its surprising streak of tenderness implemented within its latter half. Without giving anything away, there are more than a few moments of brilliance towards the end that make this movie well worth a look. Still though, the straight-to-DVD-esque direction and plot holes galore ultimately hamper this movie from being anything wholly remarkable.