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Gone Girl
Gone Girl (2014)
3 years ago via Flixster

There was truly a feeling of excitement for me while driving to the theater to see Gone Girl. It had received top billing all year to be one of the best films of the year and an award contender. After 145 minutes, I walked out of the theater equally excited from what I had just witnessed. Gone Girl is one of the best films of the year, perhaps the best to date. The film unravels with so many delightfully devilish twists and turns through the events surrounding the disappearance of Amy Dunne (played to with such blood chilling skill by Rosamund Pike), and is filled with moments of shock, tension, humor, and drama that it leaves very little to be desired. David Fincher also proves that he is one of the most brightest directors today by telling this story with such great mood and tone despite that turns in the story that might make such a thing difficult to accomplish. With an interesting array of actors from A-listers Ben Affleck to actors like Neil Patrick Harris who plays a role completely different for him, Gone Girl may just find a nomination or two when it's all said and done.

The Equalizer
The Equalizer (2014)
3 years ago via Flixster
½

In the early stages of the film we see the character of McCall, played by Denzel Washington with equal parts charm and stone cold attitude, reading the book Don Quixote. McCall describes Don Quixote as a knight in shining armour in a time when knights don't exist. This one exchange between McCall's character and that of Teri (played by Chloë Grace Moretz) tells the audience everything it needs to know. McCall sees a world that is desperate for help and no one to help it, so he does what is in his nature, and helps it himself. Antoine Fuqua, who is still introduced as the director of Training Day, as had plenty of misses and a few hits since he directed Denzel to an Oscar back in 2001, has an unquestionable style to this film, especially him the sequences in which McCall carries out his justice on the world. At it's core, this isn't a mystery/suspense so much as it is a revenge film in the vein of Dirty Harry that is quite honestly over-the-top and completely unrealistic at times. I left thinking that if we could just unleash the character of McCall in the Middle East, our problems with terrorism would be solved. However, Denzel's charism and emotion coupled with solid direction makes this film and entertaining 131 minutes that inspired me to cheer on McCall and his form of justice the entire time!

The Maze Runner
3 years ago via Flixster
½

The Maze Runner was quite the pleasant surprise. Yet another adaptation from the YA genre, the Maze Runner differentiates itself by avoiding some of the familiar clichès that come with the genre, and very good direction that knew what tone and pace worked best for the story and stuck with it. Though the film is not perfect by any means, such as their imagining of the "Grievers", it was truly one of the better YA adaptations I have seen. Obviously, the Hunger Games and Harry Potter have set a very high bar for the genre, but Maze Runner has at least earned honorable mention.

This Is Where I Leave You
3 years ago via Flixster
½

There is definitely one or two too many twists and turns that seem to be there only for the sake of entertainment and not for authenticity. Having said that, it is quite an array of talent that can be enjoyable to watch.

The Giver
The Giver (2014)
3 years ago via Flixster

The Giver delivers a very familiar formula with a message that is delivered a bit heavy handedly and without much grace. The first act of the film mirrored the first act of Divergent to a dangerous degree, and those the director displays an effective use of stirring montages as the "memories" being experienced, the rest of the film feels recycled. The themes explored hint at something that could be quite thought provoking, yet just doesn't cross that boundary like the character of Jonas so desperately wants to do. This is not a memorable entry into the Young Adult film canon.