Film review: THE ACCOUNTANT, from ‘Built for Speed’

How do you stop a film about an accountant being a snoozefest? How about making him a superhuman killing machine.  That is the dubious premise behind Gavin O’Connor’s moderately exciting, often confusing and occasionally silly hitman thriller The Accountant. Ben Affleck stars as the eponymous number and skull cruncher Christian Wolff a savant maths genius whose autism saw him persecuted

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Film review: BATMAN VS SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE, from ‘Built For Speed’

With its cosmic collision of (arguably) popular culture’s biggest superheroes Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice was supposed to be the ultimate nerdgasm, Star Wars notwithstanding. The internet frenzy preceding Dawn of Justice has been as intense as that leading up to The Force Awakens. The result, however, is an oddly uninvolving movie that succeeds neither as a Batman nor

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Film review: GONE GIRL, from Built For Speed

David Fincher is one of the finest filmmakers of recent times and his movies are now major events.  Not surprisingly his adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s best-selling 2012 novel Gone Girl has been one of the year’s mostly hotly anticipated movies.  While this film is not an immediate masterpiece like Seven, Zodiac, Fight Club and The Social Network, it is still

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Film review: TO THE WONDER, from Built For Speed

Enigmatic director Terence Malick is about to divide audiences once again with his latest perplexing cinematic tone poem To the Wonder.  Post-film arguments will rage over whether this movie is a profound statement of existential malaise, decaying faith and suburban alienation or just pretentious drivel? Although Malick has ditched the dinosaurs in To the Wonder, he has managed to create

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Film review: ARGO, from Built For Speed

For those who grew up in the 1970’s but were too young to have first-hand recollection of the Vietnam war, the Iran hostage crisis that began in 1979 was the first time we had witnessed America have its nose bloodied. The events at the US embassy, where Iranian revolutionaries took 52 embassy staff hostage, occupied the news for over a

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