AWFJ Movie of the Week, Sept. 29-Oct. 3: GONE GIRL

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gone girl poster copyOpening Oct. 3, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is Gone Girl, David Fincher’s hotly anticipated adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s bestselling page turner. Novelist Flynn – who has also teamed with Fincher on the US remake of Brit TV hit Utopia – has turned her fast-paced novel into a cinematic thriller, where nothing is as it seems. Ben Affleck takes the lead as charismatic Nick Dunne, whose perfect world is turned upside down when his wife Amy (Rosamund Pike) disappears; taking to the media to appeal for her return, Nick soon finds the finger of suspicion pointing in his direction. Read on…

Pairing Flynn’s whip-sharp, intelligent writing with Fincher’s assured, stylish direction, together with solid performances from the always-dependable Affleck and the always-luminescent Pike, Gone Girl promises to keep audiences hooked until the final scene. And if you’ve already read the book, fear not; the story has been tweaked for the big screen, so there will still be plenty of intrigue along the way.

AWFJ Movie of the Week Panelists Comments:

Nell Minow: Gone Girl is a perfect match of director with that nasty, twisted, dark story.

Leba Hertz: David Fincher and Ben Affleck are a thrilling combination, even if you know the ending.

Jennifer Merin: Gone Girl is October’s blockbuster, the David Fincher take on Gillian Flynn’s bestselling eponymous novel about a modern marriage gone very very wrong. Ben Affleck plays the husband, Rosamond Pike is the wife. They’re both convincing and the cat-and-mouse plot will have you sitting on the edge of your seat. Tyler Perry does a nice turn as a sharp lawyer, a nice change from his Madea drag.

AWFJ Movie of the Week Panel Members: Nikki Baughan, Anne Brodie, Pam Grady, Leba Hertz, MaryAnn Johanson, Loren King, Cate Marquis, Jennifer Merin, Nell Minow, Rebecca Murray, Kristy Puchko, Carrie Rickey, Sheila Roberts, Jeanne Wolf, Sara Vizcarrando.

Other Movies Opening the Week of Sept. 29-Oct. 3, 2014:

October 1
– The Decent One (NY)
– Men, Women & Children (NY,LA; expands: Oct. 10 & Oct. 17)

October 2
– Bang Bang (limited)

October 3
– A Good Marriage (limited)
– Annabelle
– Bitter Honey (LA)
– The Blue Room (NY)
– Drive Hard (limited)
– Gone Girl
– The Good Lie (limited)
– The Hero of Color City (limited)
– Last Hijack (NY, LA)
– Left Behind
– The Liberator (limited)
– The Supreme Price (NY, LA)

Edited by Sandra Kraisirideja, AWFJ.org Associate Editor

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Nikki Baughan

Nikki Baughan is a London-based freelance film critic and features writer. Formerly editor of both Film Review and movieScope magazines, Nikki is currently contributes to various print and online publications, including Screen International, BFI, The List and Film Divider.