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Gone Girl

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I was excited when I heard that my favorite book from 2012 was being turned into a movie, but the more I thought about it, the more I became wary of the idea. How could this crazy book be turned into a movie? It alternates back and forth between the husband who is a major suspect for his wife’s disappearance and the missing wife’s tell-tale diary. That’s all before a major surprise halfway through the book and a crazy ending that made some people angry, but I loved it and thought it fit perfectly. I felt everything that took place in the book with all the twists and turns was too much for a movie. I thought what I loved about the book just couldn’t translate into a decent movie. I think on some levels, that’s my issue with the movie, even though overall, I thought it was a decent thriller.

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2014 Holiday Movies: Thriller

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Thrillers can be edge-of-your-seat good or so over-the-top bad. One of these looks good.

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2014 Holiday Movies: Romance

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Most of these are romantic comedies with one that is just a straight up romance, but they all seem a bit smarter than what usually gets the rom-com label.

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From the Archive:
Movies Opening Oct 5

This week, there are two movies that examine two sides of very controversial issues and one side is very religious and hateful.

Nationwide Releases

The Heartbreak Kid
Directed: Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly
Starring: Ben Stiller, Michelle Monaghan
Trailer

Synopsis: A guy who can’t commit finally decides to marry a woman he has only known for six weeks, but she turns major psycho after the wedding.

My Take: Ben Stiller is playing the same annoying character he always plays, but I actually laughed at the trailer a few times. I have done this for Farrelly movies before though and it ends up the only funny parts were in the trailer.

RT Score: 33%
RT Consensus: Despite some amiable performances, The Heartbreak Kid is neither as daring nor as funny as the Farrelly Brothers’ earlier films.

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2014 Holiday Movies: Horror

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I love good horror movies, but there are so many subpar ones that come out all the time. I don’t believe any of these fall into the good category.

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2014 Holiday Movies: Foreign

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Every once in a while, I fall in love with a foreign movie, but none of these look outstanding to me. A couple would be ones that I would see at an International Film Festival, but the rest look so dreadful and boring.

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2014 Holiday Movies: Fantasy

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Two movies this holiday season fall into the fantasy category and they are huge movies that are probably going to be quite popular.

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2014 Holiday Movies: Family

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I would really think there would be more family movies coming out around the holidays, but it is just a few. Most of them are animated, but Annie squeezed in there.

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2014 Holiday Movies: Drama

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This is the time of the year for all of the dramas since it is Oscar season. Interstellar and The Theory of Everything have already come out. Other Oscar-contenders on the horizon are the Jon Stewart directed Rosewater, Steve Carell playing super creepy in Foxcatcher, Benedict Cumberbatch playing Alan Turing in The Imitation Game, Reese Witherspoon playing the hiking woman in Wild, and Angelina Jolie’s second directorial film, Unbroken.

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2014 Holiday Movies: Documentary

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I don’t regularly watch documentaries, but most of the ones coming out this season seem interesting. The only way you will watch two of them is if you are interested in Richard Linklater or the band Pulp. I think the documentary about Happy Valley is something that everyone should see.

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2014 Holiday Movies: Comedy

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A mess of comedies are coming out this holiday season and surprisingly only one of them is about the actual holidays, which is a relief because those movies are usually horrible. This one looks to be that way, even if it was one of Robin Williams last movie roles. There are also a few sequels mixed in with the original comedies.

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