A superhero CPA in Ben Affleck’s ‘The Accountant’

The bean counter cometh. In Gavin O'Connor's "The Accountant," starring Ben Affleck, the paper-pushing CPA — roughly the exact opposite of Schwarzenegger or Stallone — gets his shot at action hero

Riveting ‘Deepwater Horizon’ captivates throughout

  We all know how “Deepwater Horizon “ ends. When the BP oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, 11 people died and millions of gallons of oil

A Holocaust denier is brought to justice in ‘Denial’

Mick Jackson's "Denial" brings all the decorous polish of a British courtroom drama to the pungent libel case of a Holocaust denier. Based on Deborah Lipstadt's book "History on Trial: My

‘The Magnificent Seven’ rides again, with more guns

Deciding to remake “The Magnificent Seven” with a fresh batch of movie stars is certainly no sin. John Sturges’ 1960 tome, itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s classic “Seven Samurai,”

Patriot games in Oliver Stone’s ‘Snowden’

Edward Snowden, who cast himself as the hero of his own spy movie, gets the real thing in Oliver Stone's Hollywoodized biopic of the National Security Agency whistleblower. Who but an

Eastwood’s ‘Sully’ stubbornly refuses to soar

In “Sully,” Clint Eastwood’s haunted and sterile docudrama of Capt. Chesley Sullenberger’s 2009 landing of Flight 1549 on the Hudson, Eastwood has drained away all the superficial, rah-rah heroism of

In ‘Southside With You,’ when Barack met Michelle

Writer-director Richard Tanne’s feature film debut “Southside With You” views history through an unlikely, heart-shaped prism: the first date between Barack Obama and Michelle Robinson. Contemplating further such forays into

‘Don’t Breathe’ is a well-plotted, thrilling trap

To all you Detroit-area robbery crews, we should probably warn you right away: It’s just not a good idea to pick 1837 Buena Vista Street for your big — and

‘War Dogs’ tells a crazy story of young arms dealers

War Dogs " is too good of a true story not to get the Hollywood treatment, even if the end result doesn't entirely do justice to the moral ambiguities and

Audacious ‘Sausage Party’ is a delicious feast

It's happened. Someone has outdone the "Team America" puppet sex scene and even made it look somewhat quaint in comparison. Anyone even vaguely interested in the very R-rated animated film

A poignant tale of everyday drama in ‘Little Men’

When a generous patriarch dies, the lives of two families are altered in Ira Sachs’ beautifully poignant slice of life drama “Little Men.” In the film, Brian Jardine (Greg Kinnear), a

In ‘Jason Bourne,’ a digital dragnet tightens

Jason Bourne, as played by Matt Damon across four movies, is forever disappearing off the grid only to reluctantly resurface years later and again menace the CIA. He’s the spy

A touch of humor invades ‘Star Trek Beyond’

In the previous “Star Trek” installment, Spock cried. In the latest, “Star Trek Beyond,” he laughs. And not just a little snicker, either, but a belly-full one. What bold explorations

By letting camera roll, film gives rare view of North Korea

The conditions placed on director Vitaly Mansky for shooting a film in North Korea were severe. For what was ostensibly to be a “documentary,” North Korea would supply the script. The

Pet lovers will delight in ‘Secret Life of Pets’

Any pet owner who's imbued their furry or feathered friends with deep thoughts and mysterious intentions will relate to the imagination behind "The Secret Life of Pets ." It may not

Spielberg weaves magic out of Dahl’s ‘The BFG’

There’s a secret about children that Steven Spielberg, Melissa Mathison and Roald Dahl have always known — that no matter how innocent, kids are as capable of understanding darkness as

In ‘Wilderpeople,’ a manhunt for Kiwi farce

Flight of the Conchords" went off the air in 2009 but the beat has gone on in the films of Taika Waititi. Waititi, who was a writer and director of that

‘Now You See Me 2’: More hard sell than abracadabra

Sleight-of-hand is the name of the game in “Now You See Me 2” — not just for the renegade magician characters, but for the filmmakers. No less than in the