The Accountant

I’m not sure what to say or even think about this. It’s a little bit “Rain Man” and a little bit “John Wick” (though paced more like the former). It employs most of the thriller tropes but in a somewhat different way. Do you see my problem? I can’t say this is a must-see thriller but I was engaged enough to keep my finger off the FF button.
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SULLY

I thought, How can you make a feature film out of a 208-second flight? Turns out a lot of behind-the-scenes drama was cooking after that amazing landing. Turns out the NTSB was trying to hang Sully out to dry for not turning back to LaGuardia or heading to Teterboro in NJ. Turns out this film is worth seeing.
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THE NICE GUYS

I wanted to like this but was very disappointed. I expect better from Shane Black. I know it’s supposed to be a buddy movie/action-comedy but I simply didn’t buy any of it. Give me something to hang on to! The little girl was cute but didn’t belong in most scenes. Gosling trying to channel Lou Costello after he finds that corpse is just plain embarrassing. I had a few chuckles but the flimsy story doesn’t hold together.
(low FF because I kept hoping things would fall into place; they didn’t)

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HIS GIRL FRIDAY

After seeing “The Front Page” on B’way, I rented this 1940 adaptation by Howard Hawks. The central character, Hildy, is changed to a woman (Rosalind Russell) and Walter Burns is not only her editor but her ex-husband. The gender switch works, adding romantic conflict to an already very busy storyline. But the real star here is Howard Hawks and his trademark overlapping dialogue. How you direct three actors all talking at once and keep it comprehensible is beyond me. But he does it. I sit and watch/listen with jaw agape. There’s real chemistry between Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell and the film flies along.
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A MAN CALLED OVE

Ove is pronounced OH-veh.  A gentle adaptation of a gentle story about a lonely curmudgeon who’s softened by the younger family that moves in next door. (If you’re flashing to “St. Vincent,” I’m right there with you.) Frothy, sentimental, predictable, but…soothing.
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IN ORDER OF DISAPPEARANCE

At the suggestion of David Schow, I streamed this Norwegian revenge flick through Netflix. Think “Death Wish” crossed with “Fargo” and “Yojimbo” and you’ve got the idea. The Norwegian snowscapes are as daunting as they are awe inspiring. (There’s something majestic about those snow plows sending up endless plumes of white.) Good cast, mostly strangers but so few of them survive it doesn’t matter. It’s all done with a bit of a wink; I even LOL’d in a couple of spots.
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THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS

A good-natured, fun, sometimes funny animal buddy flick with excellent backgrounds and animation. That said, except for Kevin Hart as Snowball, the voice characterizations are meh (and why Albert Brooks gets an “and” is beyond me). I was wondering why this film grossed close to $1B (most of it overseas) and then realized: Pets are a universal common denominator, and the animators nailed pet behaviors. Everyone seeing this film recognized their pet in one of the characters.
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