Rosamund Pike

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Gone Girl

Ben Affleck playing a sociopath usually works out all right, and this movie was no exception. When he doesn't have to try to show normal human emotion I like him a lot better, much like Keanu Reeves. As it turns out, what I should have been worried about was the editing, or maybe it was just that Gillian Flynn, the author of the novel this is based on and who also wrote the screenplay, wouldn't let anyone edit anything out.

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Nick awkwardly attempts one of those 'smiles' he's heard so much about.

The World's End

June 22nd, 1990, was the highlight of Gary's life, and yes, his friends do think that's pretty sad, since he was only 17 or so at the time. But that was the night that he and his friends attempted to finish the Golden Mile -- a massive pub crawl through their hometown of Newton Haven, featuring a pint at each of twelve pubs. I'm not sure they were old enough to be drinking, but no one objects, at least, and they make it through nine of the twelve before finally giving up because most of them have passed out cold.

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The gang at the Trusty Servant. Or maybe the Two-Headed Dog. It's hard to tell.

Jack Reacher

There's a famous story about Raiders of the Lost Ark that you might have heard, where the script called for a big fight scene between Indy and a very large man with a very large sword. When the time came to film that scene, however, Harrison Ford was just getting over the flu and totally didn't want to go through all that effort, so instead of fighting, he just pulled out his gun and shot the guy -- inadvertently creating one of the most memorable scenes ever.

This movie does exactly the opposite and creates a scene that, mercifully, I'm already starting to forget.

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Tom Cruise and Robert Duvall. Robert wonders how he ended up in this mess.

Fracture

Yep, you get two reviews this week! In case anyone's actually excited by that, though, I should add that this will probably not become a habit with me. It's just that there was a new Anthony Hopkins movie out, and how could I resist that?

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Sir Anthony sitting by a gadget. I <I>still</I> can't figure out what it does!

Surrogates

Bruce Willis with hair! When's the last time you saw that? We're talking bleached-blond surfer-dude hair that flops over his forehead. And yet, after the first moment of shock, it doesn't look all that silly, which is a pretty impressive achievement, I'd say.

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New this year: FBI Ken and Barbie

Wrath of the Titans

Ancient Greece's most dysfunctional family is back, and there's going to be trouble. A few people are back from the Clash of the Titans, namely Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Danny Huston, and of course Sam Worthington, playing Zeus, Hades, Poseidon, and our hero Perseus respectively.

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Perseus bravely stabs a giant plot hole. Okay, it's really a Cyclops.