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  • Gone Girl 2014

    ★★★★★ Added

    Reserving the right to bump that up an extra half-star upon a second viewing, which will be coming soon, because even though I had read the book GONE GIRL packs the dialogue in and it comes almost as quickly and as furiously as in THE SOCIAL NETWORK. This is a dense movie, packaging some pretty heavy ideas about perception -- of ourselves, in the media, of our romantic partners and spouses -- in with the more lurid potboiler stuff. Which…

  • Open Windows 2014

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    I like the cut of Vigalondo's jib (TIMECRIMES is great), but I pretty unreservedly thought this was terrible. And I don't mind increasingly silly thrillers (Elijah Wood starred in another one earlier this year, GRAND PIANO, that I thought was really good), but this is a bridge too far, with a tiresome gimmick in presentation and a particularly stupid, predictable twist near the end. Makes CELLULAR look like a Dardennes brothers film.