Ty Burr | Critic’s Notebook

In ‘Gone Girl,’ a twisted view of modern marriage

Is the view of marriage promulgated by “Gone Girl” hopelessly bleak or more honest than a lot of us care to admit?

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The much-anticipated adaptation, starring Ben Affleck, is perhaps a little too faithful to the novel.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/09/26/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/affleck1.jpg Ben Affleck back in front of camera with ‘Gone Girl’

At 42 and still movie-star handsome, Affleck is determined to be in front of the camera when he’s not busy behind it.

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/09/18/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/DF-05613.jpg ‘Equalizer’ not one of Washington’s heights

This brutal, formulaic big-screen version of the TV show with Denzel Washington isn’t up to par.

Mia Wasikowska (top) as Robyn Davidson and Adam Driver (above) as a photographer in the adaptation of Davidson’s biographic tale “Tracks.”

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Inspiring ‘Tracks’ leaves its mark

In his adaptation of Robyn Davidson’s book, John Curran presents a vision of nature that shimmers with uncanny beauty and eerie solitude.

“Take Me to the River” features jam sessions by Memphis rapper Yo Gotti (top left), Bobby “BLUE” Bland and LIL P-Nut (top right), TERRENCE HOWARD (above), and Snoop Dogg (below).

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Great music runs deep in ‘Take Me to the River’

First-time director Martin Shore puts together a well-intended, ultimately moving mash-up of old-time R&B musicians.

Simon Pegg (left) and Rosamund Pike (above) in “Hector and the Search for Happiness.”

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‘Hector and the Search for Happiness’ comes up empty

In Peter Chelsom’s tweely whimsical fable, a complacent London psychiatrist leaves his wife and job for the title search.

Jason Reitman takes on ‘Men, Women & Children’

The “Juno” director considers all of his films to be about human connection.

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Documenting Catholic pain, Cambodia’s gain

Two local documentarians have completed their latest film on the Catholic Church’s sexual abuse scandal.


Beantown baddies

Readers’ favorite Boston films, all of which share a troubling element of criminality.

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/09/19/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/jimi-all-is-by-my-side-aib_3_01083_rgb.jpg ‘Jimi’ paints psychedelic portrait

The Jimi Hendrix biopic fashions a bewitching mosaic, but it crosses the line that separates speculation from untrustworthiness.

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Shape-shifter André Benjamin steps into Hendrix’s skin

Benjamin’s notorious eccentricity made it easy to take on an identity as Jimi Hendrix in “Jimi: All Is By My Side.”

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‘Playing for the Mob’ delves into BC scandal

Produced as part of ESPN’s “30 for 30” film series, the documentary screens as part of the Boston Film Festival.

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Nick Cave at his most artful in ‘20,000 Days on Earth’

A rock documentary on the Australian singer-songwriter is a vanity film, but Cave has earned the right to be vain.

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/09/18/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/rocksinmypockets.photo09.jpg ‘Rocks in My Pocket’ lightens view of the void with dark wit

Latvian-born animator Signe Baumane takes a candid, heartbreaking, often hilarious tour of the suicidal women in her family.

Fall Movies Preview

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In this season’s films, directors and actors have stories to tell and something to prove.

Toronto Film Festival


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/09/09/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/JeremyJordanandAnnaKendrickinTHELASTFIVEYEARS.jpg In Toronto, what they’re talking about at the festival

Upcoming films that have had the film festival abuzz include “The Last Five Years.”

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Movie Stars

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A snapshot of recent Globe reviews of movies in the theaters.

Four stars go to...

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/01/16/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/17kapps1--90x90.jpg Four-star reviews by the Globe

Films given four-star reviews by Globe critics Ty Burr and Janice Page, and the former Globe critic Wesley Morris since 2012.