New movie reviews: Critics' picks

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Gone Girl

  • Rated as: 5/5

Transformed into the kind of wickedly confident Hollywood thriller you pray to see once in a decade, Gillian Flynn's absorbing missing-wife novel emerges—via a faithful script by the author herself—as the stealthiest comedy since American Psycho. It's a hypnotically perverse film, one that

  1. Sat Oct 25 - Thu Oct 30

Nightcrawler

  • Rated as: 5/5

It's no news to anyone who watches TV—especially local crime coverage—that the beat has devolved into a cesspool of gore, jittery witnesses and "hot content." What was once prophetic in movies like Network and Broadcast News is now commonplace. Writer-director Dan Gilroy's supercharged

  1. Thu Oct 30

Boyhood

  • Rated as: 5/5

Looking at it one way, Boyhood represents a spectacularly cheap way of saving on actors’ salaries: To capture his rambling yet absorbing Texas family drama, director Richard Linklater (Bernie, Before Midnight) received agreements from several performers—including his eight-year-old daughter,

  1. Wed Oct 29

Guardians of the Galaxy

  • Rated as: 4/5

To misquote Forrest Gump’s mother, Guardians of the Galaxy is like a box of chocolates. Or rather, it’s like a vast, family-size crate of chocolates, all wrapped in the shiniest packaging and exploding with sweetness and surprises. Maybe there are a couple of flavors you don’t care for, and

  1. Sat Oct 25 - Thu Oct 30

Coraline

  • Rated as: 4/5

Maintaining the gothic quirks of his debut, ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’, but adding a welcome layer of queasy childhood angst, Henry Selick’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s bestseller is an original, entrancing, occasionally worrying fairy tale. When inquisitive pre-teen Coraline

  1. Sat Oct 25 - Sun Oct 26

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

  • Rated as: 4/5

Let’s face it, high-minded ideas are all well and good, but can they compete with a chimp on horseback firing an Uzi? Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) was as thoughtful as modern sci-fi gets, ditching the 1960s-born franchise’s gritty dystopian roots for a smart story of scientific

  1. Sat Oct 25 - Thu Oct 30

Standard Operating Procedure

  • Rated as: 4/5

A hooded man standing on a box. A prisoner cowering from a barking dog. A grotesque pyramid of naked Arab men; behind them, you can see a smiling American soldier. This is what happens, these images tell us, when power is abused and any semblance of morality gets snuffed out. You only need to hear

  1. Thu Oct 30
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