Sarah Knight Adamson is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and a voting member for the Critics Choice Awards for Movies.

Sarah Knight Adamson and Jessica Aymond are both Members of the Chicago Film Critics Association

Film Rating Code:

★★★★ Outstanding Film- Run, don’t walk to the nearest movie theater.

★★★½ Excellent Film- Highly recommend seeing the film in a movie theater.

★★★ Very Good Film- Recommend seeing the film in a movie theater.

★★½ Good Film- Wait for the DVD, the film is still worth viewing.

★★ Wait for the DVD and proceed with caution.

★½ Wait for the DVD the film has major problems in most areas.

★ Can’t recommend the film.

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Kill the Messenger (R) ★★★½

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Jeremy Renner stars in this mystery and suspense film. Photo Credit: Focus Features

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St. Vincent (PG-13) ★★★½

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Naomi Watts, Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy star in ‘St. Vincent’ Photo Credit: The Weinstein Company

Listen to Sarah Knight Adamson’s Radio Review Sat. evenings 10:06 CST on Hollywood 360 Radio Network, in Chicago listen to WINDam 560. The podcast will post after the film segment has aired.

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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (PG) ★★½

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Steve Carell stars as Alexander’s dad and Jennifer Garner as the mom. Photo Credit: Walt Disney Pictures

Listen to Sarah Knight Adamson’s Radio Review Sat. evenings 10:06 CST on Hollywood 360 Radio Network,in Chicago listen to WINDam 560. The podcast will be posted after the film segment has aired.

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Finding Fela (R) ★★★

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‘Finding Fela’ a Documentary on the life of Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s life, his music, his social and political importance. Photo Credit: Kino Lorber, Inc.

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Gone Girl (R) ★★★★ by Jessica Aymond

Ben Affleck stars in "Gone Girl." Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox.

Ben Affleck stars in “Gone Girl.” Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox.

Fincher Stuns Audiences Yet Again

Although Gone Girl is a mystery there was never a question as to whether the movie would be a box-office success. Based on the immensely popular Gillian Flynn book of the same name, 20th Century Fox knew it would have a built-in audience that would line up to see how the story would be adapted. The question really was how well the film would be received. In the hands of the excellent director, David Fincher (Social Network, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Seven), and starring A-list actor Ben Affleck (Runner Runner, 2013), the answer was quite well.

Gone Girl tells the story of Nick (Affleck) and Amy (Rosamund Pike, The World’s End 2013) a young married couple in Missouri who has a seemingly perfect marriage. One day, when Nick returns home from errands the morning of their anniversary, he finds his wife missing and a glass table flipped over and shattered. As the police investigate her disappearance, we learn more about their marriage through flashbacks from Amy describing their whirlwind romance in New York and the events that led the Ivy League, well-to-do Amy from her ideal life as a big city writer to a stay-at-home wife in a small town in the Midwest. As she describes how their relationship is not as ideal as it seems, the police also begin to suspect the same, and become suspicious of Nick’s potential involvement in his wife’s disappearance. The story has countless twists and turns. This drama-mystery-thriller will definitely have audiences tense throughout the entire movie and talking about the ending, regardless of whether or not they read the book.

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Gone Girl (R) ★★★★ by Sarah Knight Adamson

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Based on Gillian Flynn’s bestselling novel, director David Fincher brings this mystery thriller to the big screen with Ben Affleck starring. Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox

“Gone Girl” is a psychological thriller with plenty of surprises to hold you captive until the credits roll.  Director David Fincher’s adaption of Gillian Flynn’s best-selling novel is mesmerizing. Personally, I felt Fincher’s “The Social Network” should have earned him an Oscar for Best Picture in 2010; it did win for editing that is also pitch-perfect in “Gone Girl.” Rosamund Pike’s riveting performance as Amy has catapulted her up to Hollywood’s A-list. Ben Affleck’s Nick has just the right amount of self-assuredness along with bountiful smirks to be highly effective. I read half of the book but stopped due to the fact I wanted to view the movie with no frame of reference. I’m thankful for my decision, as the film was one shocking surprise after another. A dark, entertaining, runaway bullet train.

Listen to Sarah Knight Adamson’s Radio Review Sat. evenings 10:06 CST on Hollywood 360 Radio Network,in Chicago listen to WINDam 560. The podcast will be posted after the film segment has aired.

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