Magazine November 21, 2016, Issue

A Strange Superman

Ben Affleck and Anna Kendrick in The Accountant  (Warner Bros.)

I give today’s Hollywood a hard time for being formulaic, repetitive, and addicted not just to the same recycled franchises but to the same plots in every blockbuster, so that the climax of Superhero Movie X is practically indistinguishable from the climax of Star Trek Reboot Z. Which means I have to give credit where credit is due: The Accountant, the new Ben Affleck action vehicle, is founded on a genuinely original idea. Indeed, I feel safe in ven­turing that nobody, in cinema or literature, has invented an action hero quite like this one.

That’s possibly because no scribe has ever

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A Strange Superman

The Accountant, the new Ben Affleck action vehicle, is founded on a genuinely original idea. Indeed, I feel safe in ven­turing that nobody, in cinema or literature, has invented an ...

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Humble Experts The widespread connotation of “elitist” is one of arrogance and a haughtiness born not of achievement in the trenches but of patrician privilege. However, I feel certain this was ...
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‐ We predict the morally dubious figure with an awful record in public life and much-remarked-upon blond hair will lose the election — and, unhappily, win it.  ‐ To former Bill ...
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FIRST WORDS And then I resolved that thenceforward I would choose for the theme of my writing only the praise of this most gracious being. But when I had thought exceedingly, ...

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