This is Where I Leave You – Shawn Levy

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This is Where I Leave You starring Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, and Jane Fonda.

A fairly typical story of a dysfunctional family brought together by a family tragedy, This is Where I Leave You combines quality acting with a mix of giggle-worthy humour and drama. The movie begins with Judd Altman (Jason Bateman) having a really, really bad day when he learns that his wife is cheating on him with his boss and that his father has died. The old man’s dying wish, according to Judd’s mother (the age-defying Jane Fonda), was for the family to “sit shiva” according to Jewish custom. This provides the basis for the big family reunion and the reason for having to spend every day for the next seven days together in the family room. Although the reason for the reunion is religion-based, the family is not at all religious and that is where some of the fun comes in – “Mom, you’re sitting in the exact same spot we put our Christmas tree…”

The family also consists of Judd’s three other siblings and their significant (or insignificant) others: older brother Paul (Corey Stoll) and his wife Annie (Kathryn Hahn), little brother Phillip (Adam Driver) and his new girlfriend (Connie Britton), and finally his sister Wendy (Tina Fey) and her mostly absent husband. Coming from a relatively small town, there are a number of close family friends who play a part in the madness that ensues, complete with colourful language and themes which aren’t completely family-friendly. Other supporting actors include Timothy Olyphant, Rose Byrne, Ben Schwartz, Dax Shepard, and Abigail Spencer. Shawn Levy as the Director (Real Steel, Night at the Museum, Date Night, The Internship) brings all of these talented actors and comedians together in perfect balance and handles the dysfunctional family clichés well in order to make the movie unique enough for tougher audiences.

This is Where I Leave You isn’t too long (103 minutes) and amidst the giggles, even has a few moments that genuinely tug at the heart strings. The majority of the laughs come, expectantly, from the exchanges between Bateman’s and Fey’s characters, and overall, the family dynamic is pretty believable compared to other family-based dramedies. It isn’t completely unlike The Family Stone in this way. It is a fairly light movie with a good ending that will leave most people happy that they saw it, in genuine awe of Jane Fonda’s overall appearance (the woman is in better shape than most 25 year olds), and maybe wishing they had a larger, funnier family.

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The Theory of Everything – James Marsh

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The Theory of Everything starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones.

Those who recognize the name “Stephen Hawking” will likely know him for his unique robotic voice and as one of the world’s most brilliant minds who seems to know more about the workings of the universe than any other human being. All the things we don’t know are captured in the movie The Theory of Everything, which is loosely based on the memoir by Hawking’s first wife, Jane Hawking.

The movie focuses on Hawking as a graduate student at Cambridge and his blossoming relationship with Jane, a smart and ambitious woman who was also studying at Cambridge, as well as the progression of his disease and how it affected their lives. Stephen Hawking was diagnosed with motor neuron disease while he was still at Cambridge and has lived with the disease for over 50 years. Motor neuron disease is also referred to as Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s Disease and is mostly considered fatal; in fact, Hawking was originally given about two years to live. Hawking is a physical and mental marvel and The Theory of Everything follows his extraordinary life from 1963 to 1989.

Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones star as Stephen and Jane Hawking and both deliver performances that deserve all the recognition and awards they have received. Redmayne’s portrayal is nothing short of Oscar-worthy and must have been very difficult physically and mentally. Jane Hawking has said that she felt as if Felicity Jones stole her identity as she plays her so flawlessly. It is absolutely devastating watching them struggle as the disease slowly takes away Hawking’s mobility and speech. We watch as he becomes completely dependent on Jane and is left with nothing but his own thoughts and no means by which to share them with the world; that is, until the computer comes along to help him.

At its core, The Theory of Everything is a touching and tragic love story but it also touches on the brilliance of Hawking’s theories in quantum mechanics and relativity. It is heavy on emotions and light on the mathematics, which makes the movie universally appealing, especially since the topics Hawking studied are far beyond the understanding of the average person, particularly those who have not read his best-selling book “A Brief History of Time”. The movie doesn’t hold back and the Hawkings’ struggle is shown as something real and not just Hollywood fluff.

Even though a movie’s soundtrack can sometimes go unnoticed by movie-goers, the score by Jóhann Jóhannsson is beautiful and compliments the story well, while stirring up emotions right through to the end credits.

With the success of the “ALS Ice Bucket Challenge” in 2014, one can only hope that all of those who donated but had no concept of the disease will watch this film and finally get a glimpse of what ALS does to people and their families, especially those who are not as lucky to live as long as Stephen Hawking has.

The Imitation Game – Morten Tyldum

The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Kiera Knightley.

The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Kiera Knightley.

Spectacular, simply spectacular. The Imitation Game exceeds expectations in every way and certainly deserves all the hype. If you aren’t already on the Benedict Cumberbatch bandwagon, then you will be after seeing this movie. His portrayal of Alan Turing, British mathematician and the father of computer science, is perfection. As with most geniuses, it would appear that Turing’s strength did not lie in his social skills or his ability to pick up on social cues and Cumberbatch captures the social awkwardness and egotism so well that one forgets that he just played “Khan” in Star Trek Into Darkness. It seems he can do no wrong these past couple years and he has earned a well-deserved Golden Globe nomination for his most recent performance. Kiera Knightley also stars as Joan Clarke, a close friend and fellow cryptanalyst who worked as a code-breaker at Bletchley Park with Turing.

The Imitation Game covers a lot of ground and touches upon various points of Turing’s life, including his homosexuality and how this secret affected his life, relationships, and his career. It also briefly touches upon sexism and ethical dilemmas but doesn’t overdo it in any way. The movie keeps you interested and in awe of what this man could do (and how his mind worked) in a time when radios ruled and television and computers were still just ideas waiting to be realized.

The various time jumps were flawlessly executed and never lost the audience as the story moved from the 1950’s to the 1930’s/1940’s and finally to the 1920’s when Alan Turing was just a boy at school struggling to fit in. We watch as Alan discovers his passion for codes with the help of a special school friend and eventually ends up helping to do the unimaginable – break the Enigma encryption. Most people have heard of Enigma machines, as they were a major player in World War II and used by the Germans as a means of encrypted communication, but Alan Turing’s story is an instrumental piece of history that was mostly unknown until the latter part of the 20th century. The Imitation Game is Hollywood’s first real attempt at bringing his story forward and to the rest of the world.

As it goes with movies of this type, there are a number of historical inaccuracies that have come to light and it would seem that Morten Tyldum as Director has taken some liberties for the sake of making a good Hollywood movie – but boy, did it ever work. If the historians in the audience can excuse this, then what is left is a great film about a great man whose contribution to the end of WWII cannot be ignored. Perhaps it will even get movie-goers to do their own research on the event that likely saved millions of lives, maybe even some loved ones who were fighting while the mathematicians were codebreaking.

Unbroken – Angelina Jolie

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Unbroken starring Jack O’Connell, Domhnall Gleeson, and Garrett Hedlund.

In a span of about two years, Louis Zamperini was in a plane crash, stranded on a lifeboat for over a month, and was tortured in multiple Japanese Prisoner of War camps. Unbroken follows his story, which begins with him as a young delinquent and then as a track star who eventually makes it to the 1936 Olympics in Germany. He was on a rescue mission with a few other men during WWII when his plane went down over the ocean. What followed the crash is the main focus of the movie and how one man never seemed to lose hope and how sheer determination allowed him to survive an ordeal that hurts just to watch on the movie screen.

Unbroken is slow and you feel almost all of the 137 minutes; however, it is still worth watching even just to see Zamperini’s story unfold and learn what it’s like to truly appreciate life. There are two main parts to this story – the lifeboat ordeal and the POW camp experience that immediately followed. The weeks spent on the lifeboat with two other men is where you really get to know Louis and see him as a likeable, caring, and resourceful young man with an almost unmatched will to survive. After breaking the record for the most days spent stranded at sea, they are “rescued” by the Japanese and face a completely different challenge.  The fact that he survived both is pretty unbelievable, especially when a sick guard seemed to really have it out for him in the camp.

For a group of newcomers, the acting is quite good. There are a few familiar faces whose names you likely don’t remember, such as Domhnall Gleeson (Anna Karenina, About Time), Jai Courtney (Jack Reacher, A Good Day to Die Hard, Divergent), and Garrett Hedlund (Troy, Four Brothers, On the Road, Inside Llewyn Davis) but this is definitely the breakout movie for the lead actor Jack O’Connell. Both he and Domhall Gleeson lost a significant amount of weight for the sake of their roles and their performances seemed genuine and believable.

The biggest surprise Unbroken has to offer is the fact that it was written by Joel and Ethan Coen. These brothers are best known for their quirky humour, clever banter, and generally movies that don’t tend to appeal to the masses (Fargo, The Big Lebowski, No Country for Old Men, Burn After Reading). This seems to be a totally new territory for them and it’s really difficult (if not impossible) to see any of their typical style in the script – it’s not funny, it’s not satirical, and it has no big-name actors. Even so, it’s a job well done for a serious biography-style film and Angelina Jolie did the story justice as a Director.

Although Unbroken received applause in the theatre upon conclusion (which is relatively rare) it didn’t quite hit the expected homerun for a release this late in the season. The audience who will enjoy this movie the most are likely the older generations who have longer attention spans and a deeper connection to WWII. The younger generation will be happy they saw it and will potentially complain about life a little less afterwards, but will ultimately find it a little more forgettable. Regardless, the name Louis Zamperini will live on and those who see it will definitely remember his remarkable story – which is the whole point, anyway.

Horrible Bosses 2 – Sean Anders

Horrible Bosses 2 starring Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, and Jennifer Aniston.

Horrible Bosses 2 starring Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, and Jennifer Aniston.

There is no denying that Horrible Bosses 2 is a funny movie. You could put Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, and Charlie Day in a room with a camera and it would be a funny movie (evidence: bloopers). This one takes a little longer to provide the real laughs, but once they come they keep on rolling through until the end. Charlie Day, as the naïve and sometimes moronic hygienist (Dale) who was sexually abused by his boss in the last movie, and Jason Sudeikis (Kurt) are at the center of most of the comedy while Jason Bateman (Nick) is the grounded one and the only voice of reason in the group.

In the time between Horrible Bosses and this new movieNick, Dale, and Kurt have gone into business for themselves and have a product that they are eager to sell. When a large investor reneges on his promise of a large order, they hatch an elaborate kidnapping plan to come up with enough money to save their business. As expected, the movie gets more and more ridiculous as the storyline progresses but it is still fun to watch, especially when things (predictably) start to go downhill. There are a couple key scenes that are absolutely hilarious but the rest is pretty standard and what we would typically expect from these actors.

The return co-stars are Jennifer Aniston as the sex-addicted dentist, Kevin Spacey as the ex-boss who went to prison at the end of the first movie, and Jamie Foxx as Motherf*cker Jones. Jennifer Aniston, known as the wholesome girl-next-door, once again is so crude and her dialogue is so sexually charged that it is still fun to see her so out of place in the role. Unfortunately Kevin Spacey only has a small role this time around, but he definitely stands out. Newcomers Chris Pine and Christoph Waltz add another dimension to the story and play the two characters who shape the main plot of the movie. The two, however, are not as amusing to watch as Colin Ferrell was in Horrible Bosses. Comparing the two movies, the first one was probably the funnier of the two because of its originality and better characters; but on its own, Horrible Bosses 2 is still a satisfying comedy.

An audience that enjoys colourful profanity, sexual innuendo, quick and ridiculous dialogue, and equally ridiculous situations that wouldn’t be out of place in The Three Stooges, then Horrible Bosses 2 will be a blast. If that sort of light comedy isn’t quite what you’re looking for, then don’t bother, you will only be disappointed.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 1 – Francis Lawrence

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 starring Jennifer Lawrence, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Josh Hutcherson, and Donald Sutherland.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 starring Jennifer Lawrence, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Josh Hutcherson, and Donald Sutherland.

If Jennifer Lawrence is in it, it’s going to be a good movie, or so we have come to expect. Mockingjay-Part 1 is no exception. Fans of the Hunger Games series will flock to this movie and will love how it sets the series up for the big finale that will come in Mockingjay-Part 2, to be released next year. Part 1 sets the stage for the revolution that will come at the hands of the Districts as they unite in their fight against the Panem Capitol. Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) has unwillingly become the symbol of the revolution after the last Games and is now trying to cope with her new life in District 13. Using her status as the symbol of hope and strength, she does everything she can in order to get Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) rescued from the clutches of the Capitol and the evil President Snow (Donald Sutherland).

Based on the three books written by Suzanne Collins, the Hunger Games series has so far given the audience exactly what it wants. Although Mockingjay-Part 1 doesn’t quite live up to the excitement and action in The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, it is still necessary to complete the series and show more of Katniss’ inner struggle and her relationships with Gale, her sister, and Coin, the President of District 13.

Without all of the inner dialogue that plays a prominent feature in the book, it would be very possible for Katniss to appear as a very one-dimensional character on screen; but with Jennifer Lawrence playing the part, that never becomes an issue. She has a unique ability to touch the audience and make them feel something. There are some very exciting moments in the movie but the parts that really get you are the scenes where Katniss’ passion leaps across the screen and tugs at your own emotions as a viewer. It is very fortunate that such a talented actress has been involved with the series since the beginning, or it could have easily turned into an empty saga with atrocious acting like Twilight.

Other solid, seasoned solid actors that help round out the film and give the newer characters depth are Julianne Moore and Philip Seymour Hoffman (“Plutarch Heavensbee” previously appeared in Catching Fire and is Philip Seymour Hoffman’s final role before his unfortunate death).

This is a series that must be watched in a sequence and Mockingjay-Part 1 will mean absolutely nothing to those who haven’t seen the first two movies. For those who have read the books, the suspense of not knowing at which point the movie will end is part of the fun, and knowing what is going to happen in Part 2 will also add to the excitement. Overall, Part 1 is both a solid adaptation of the book and a good prelude to what is surely going to be the most exciting and the most emotional film in the series.

Interstellar – Christopher Nolan

Interstellar starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, and Jessica Chastain.

Interstellar starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, and Jessica Chastain.

If any movie demands to be seen on an IMAX screen, it’s Interstellar, Christopher Nolan’s latest epic about space travel. Similar to InceptionInterstellar is like nothing you’ve ever seen before and reaches far beyond what even your own imagination is capable of. It’s a movie that tests the limits of physics and our basic understanding of the concepts of time and space.

A central theme in the movie is something completely different for Nolan and something that even science struggles to explain – love. Despite the fact that love is a major theme in the movie, it doesn’t get overly and unnecessarily sentimental, but it does have a number of genuinely touching moments. The other major theme is survival – what society and what individuals are willing to do in order to survive.

Nolan shows us a world that can no longer support its inhabitants; it is depressing, dusty, and the advancement of technology is just an afterthought. In fact, Earth’s most important job is now farming, and that’s where Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) comes in. He is a former NASA pilot who loves to build things and longs for the days when mankind lived to explore new worlds. Now that those days are gone, he feels completely out of place, much like his daughter Murphy. Together with his Father-in-Law and two kids, Cooper owns a corn farm that, eventually, is going to fail just like all the others in his area.

After a decent build-up, the main plot of the movie gets underway. One of the main taglines for the film was, “Mankind was born on Earth. It was never meant to die here”, and that’s why Cooper and a small team (consisting of Dr. Brand – Anne Hathaway and a couple others) decide to leave Earth in search of a new home. To say any more would be a mistake. Interstellar is so complex and has so many good supporting characters (most of whom will be recognized immediately) that explaining the plot away would ruin it for the viewer.

Interstellar is by far the most ambitious movie of 2014 and has been picked apart by critics for reasons that don’t really matter. It is a science fiction movie that deals with phenomenon that the average person (and even the highly intelligent person – though they will likely not admit it) does not fully understand. Black holes, worm holes, relativity – these are things we know exist, but even Ph.D’s in astrophysicists can’t fully explain what they are and how they behave because no one has experienced anything like it. So how can it be expected that a Hollywood film, even if it is directed and written by a genius, would get it 100% correct? If you go into the film looking for flaws, it is almost a guarantee that you will find them. So here’s a suggestion – turn off the brain, open your mind, and let your emotions dictate whether you enjoy the film or not. You will leave the theatre with burning questions and will want to discuss it with friends, but you will also leave satisfied, and maybe a little sore and tense. The near-constant action, combined with the Hans Zimmer score, is like nothing else; even Gravity can’t match it. Watching it in IMAX, the sound (and even the complete silence) is deafening and the visuals are spectacular.

In true Christopher Nolan fashion, the best part is that you don’t know where it’s going or how it’s going to end. It takes nearly 3 hours to get to that ending but it doesn’t drag for even a moment. Matthew McConaughey was great, as we’ve come to expect lately, and Anne Hathaway was surprisingly “not irritating” as Dr. Brand. The movie’s humour happens to come from two robots that provide the necessary comic relief from time to time. Michael Caine and Jessica Chastain are equally as good and perfectly cast. Once again, Hans Zimmer’s score makes every scene an epic one and the use of perfectly timed silence leaves you wide-eyed and breathless.

Of course there is always the possibility that people will think that it is too much, too unbelievable, and too long, but overall it is a movie that should not be missed. Give it a chance, it’s worth it.

Fury – David Ayer

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Fury starring Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Jon Bernthal, and Michael Peña,

As far as World War II movies go, Fury does a good job following five men as they battle the Nazis from inside their Sherman tank, all the while being surrounded by smoke, mud, fire, and death – lots of death. Fury is essentially a day in the life of this odd band of characters, lead by their Sergeant (Brad Pitt), the man to whom they give credit for keeping them alive since the fight in North Africa some years ago. In all honesty, their names, where they’re from, and what they did before the war doesn’t really matter in this film, what matters is their dedication to the fight and how they each play their part. There certainly isn’t as much character depth as there is in a movie like Saving Private Ryan, but then again that’s not really the type of movie Fury is trying to be (it’s also 35 minutes shorter, to put it in perspective). The main focus is on the rookie (Logan Lerman), a typist who suddenly finds himself at the forefront of the war and replacing a key member of the original team, and how Sgt. Don tries to break him in.

By far the movie’s best performances are put in by Logan Lerman and Shia LaBeouf. LaBeouf is almost unrecognizable as the overly religious and mustachioed gunner. Thankfully none of his former arrogant/witty/charming personas (for which he is best known) make an appearance in the film. Lerman flawlessly portrays the terrified rookie just trying to cope with his new situation and survive his new team. Brad Pitt puts in a solid performance, as usual, and shows just enough emotion to connect the audience to his character. It is unfortunate that a lot of the dialogue is lost in muffled and mumbled speech (the southern American accents don’t help much either), but the banter between characters is pretty great (and tense) at times.

The real reason to watch the movie is for the tank battles. As with any WWII movie, there is a lot of death and a fair amount of gore, but David Ayer seemed to make every effort to keep the battles realistic and exciting at the same time. The audience gets to watch the Sherman tank and its team operate in a number of different situations – from an open-field tank-on-tank battle to defending a post against a mass of foot soldiers. Each situation is gripping, has you on the edge of your seat, and makes you grimace as the odd body part gets blown off.

Another aspect of Fury that cannot go without mention is the score. There is one scene in particular where Steven Price’s music just adds that extra layer to an already emotional moment and allows the audience to really connect. And as rare as it is, the end credit music is equally as fantastic and is worth sitting through.

Overall, Fury was a decent WWII movie that is worth watching. It doesn’t feel too long even though its running time clocks in at 2 hours and 15 minutes. There are a few scenes that last a little longer than they should, but it isn’t painful but any means. Those who can’t handle violence should probably avoid Fury but most people should enjoy it for what it is.

The Judge – David Dobkin

The Judge starring Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall.

The Judge starring Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall.

This is a movie that the average movie-goer will enjoy more than the critics. Most of the reviews for The Judge say that the movie is riddled with clichés and that the characters were weak. The reality is, if you have/had a father, you will find this movie moving and will likely be brought to tears on more than one occasion. Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall play father and son in this courtroom drama that takes place in a small Indiana town that, in the words of Robert Downey Jr.’s character Henry “Hank” Palmer, everyone “just wants to leave”. Upon hearing that his mother passed away, Hank, a big-shot defence attorney in the city, makes the trip to his home town where he must face “The Judge”, his father Joe Palmer. It is obvious before they even meet face to face that their relationship is strained, to say the least. When The Judge is suddenly faced with a manslaughter charge in the wake of his wife’s funeral, Hank is forced to stick around and deal with the siltation, much to his father’s dismay. The two characters clash all the way down to their basic ideals, Judge Joe Palmer has been the town judge for over 40 years and firmly believes in justice and the law’s part in it, while Hank operates under a somewhat different principle, summed up in this perfect line: “Innocent people can’t afford me.”

The Judge has been labelled as a courtroom drama but most of the movie actually takes place outside of the courthouse and deals with the intense family dynamic and Hank trying to cope with his old demons rather than the trial itself. The acting is superb, with a great supporting cast that includes Vera Farmiga and Billy Bob Thornton, and there are just enough quick-witted one-liners to lighten up the mood when things get a little dark. And they definitely do. You’ll find yourself more interested in the family and how they are going to get through it, than finding out the details about the hit-and-run that started the whole thing.

Watching this movie, it is hard to believe it is directed by the same person who brought audiences Wedding Crashers and The Change-Up. Upon further inspection, it appears that the screenplay was written by Nick Shenk, who also wrote Gran Torino. Suddenly things seem to make a little more sense. The Judge has a hefty runtime of 2 hours and 20 minutes which some critics have complained about, but there is enough suspense (in terms of the trial), unanswered questions (in terms of the relationships), and impending re-conciliations to retain the audience’s interest. The argument that the movie is “something we’ve all seen before” sounds like its coming from all the people who thought Avatar was “just a Pocahontas rip-off”. Sure, there is a formula (there usually is), but that doesn’t mean that the movie isn’t worth watching, because it certainly is worth it.

The best advice is to stop reading reviews and just go see it for yourself. You’ll laugh, you’ll probably cry, and at the end you’ll be happy you saw it.

Gone Girl – David Fincher

Gone Girl starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike

Gone Girl starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike

How well do you know your spouse? That is the question that forms the premise of Gone Girl, David Fincher’s latest masterpiece that stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike as “Nick” and “Amy”, a couple struggling through their marriage as the movie begins on the morning of their 5th Anniversary. It is on this day that Amy disappears and Nick is suddenly thrown into a tumultuous investigation where he is the prime suspect. It begins slowly, with a lot of questions and clues, and progressively ramps up until it grabs a hold of you and doesn’t let go.

This is not the first glowing review for Gone Girl, nor will it be the last. It’s an odd mix of thriller, mystery, and drama with enough giggle-worthy dialogue thrown into it to make it truly unique. It is gripping from the very beginning and hangs on to your attention until the credits roll. Gone Girl‘s running time is 2 hours and 29 minutes but it never feels forced or dragged out. In fact, the only disappointment was that it ended at all.

Aside from Affleck, who is perfect in his role of the lost husband making all the wrong moves in the ensuing media storm, the cast of females in the film is what gives it it’s punch. Rosamund Pike is truly amazing, and saying anything else beyond that would be giving too much away (it is a film that relies on suspense and genuine shock, so providing any more details in a review would be a disservice). Supporting actress Carrie Coon takes on the role as the bold, tell-it-like-it-is twin sister “Margo” and Kim Dickens is the bright lead detective assigned to the case. Both are very compelling and often funny as “Nick” slowly pieces everything together surrounding his wife’s sudden disappearance.

The movie is based on a best selling novel of the same name by Gillian Flynn, and one can only imagine how good the book is based on the success and reception of the film so far. Given the detail in the movie, it’s hard to believe there could be more to the story that just didn’t make the cut.

The instant buzzing of discussion and the looks of pure astonishment and joy on the faces of the movie-goers once Gone Girl ended said it all. It’s still early, with Oscar season right around the corner, but this is easily the best movie of the year (so far).