PARANORMAN
2012, Focus Features, 92 min, USA, Dir: Chris Butler, Sam Fell

This horror-comedy hit follows 11-year-old Norman Babcock (Kodi Smit-McPhee), a boy whose ability to speak with the dead is doubted by almost all around him. But when his hometown is threatened by an ancient witch, Norman’s unusual power proves crucial. John Goodman, Casey Affleck and Elaine Stritch costar in this Oscar nominee for Best Animated Feature, which pairs its theme of acceptance for outsiders with state-of-the-art stop-motion techniques (including innovative use of full-color 3-D printers).


THE ACCOUNTANT
2016, Warner Bros, 128 min, Dir: Gavin O'Connor

Christian Wolff (Affleck) is a math savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Behind the cover of a small-town CPA office, he works as a freelance accountant for some of the world’s most dangerous criminal organizations. With the Treasury Department’s Ray King (J.K. Simmons) starting to close in, Christian takes on a legitimate client: a state-of-the-art robotics company where an accounting clerk (Anna Kendrick) has discovered a discrepancy involving millions of dollars. But as Christian uncooks the books and gets closer to the truth, the body count starts to rise. Jon Bernthal, Jeffrey Tambor and John Lithgow costar in this muscular thriller.


CAKE
2014, Cinelou Films, 91 min, USA, Dir: Daniel Barnz

Claire Simmons (Jennifer Aniston) lives in chronic pain - and none too pleasantly; her abrasive anger has driven virtually everyone out of her life except for housekeeper Silvana (Adriana Barraza). But the suicide of a fellow chronic-pain sufferer (Anna Kendrick) shakes Claire to the core, and in trying to understand the death of a woman she barely knew, she may finally come to grips with her own life.


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