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Fantasia 2015: “Dark Places” is weighed down by boring characters

Gone Girl, David Fincher’s 2014 adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s novel of the same name, was among my favorite films of last year. Although the performances were strong and Fincher proved why he’s one of the best in the business, the real star was Flynn: she wrote the screenplay, and her fast and funny dialogue was what made the film tick. The narrative was a compelling and sordid tale, but the witty barbs the characters constantly offered up were what best propelled Gone Girl through its two and a half hour running time.

‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ modernizes the franchise without losing its identity in the slightest

Major American Studios rarely give as much money to directors to make films as bold and odd as Fury Road as Warner Bros. did when they supplied Miller and company with what they needed. It is a special movie, not the least because if its fresh take on the property but for its place in the multiplex landscape in this early 21st century. It is a franchise installment, therefore it is banking on brand name recognition, but few could possibly lambast it for being a lazy studio project. This is a Mad Max film, and it’s as mad as they come.

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Gillian Flynn adaptation ‘Dark Places’ gets trailer but no US release date

Gillian Flynn and Hollywood are at it again. The film adaptation of his book Gone Girl, which featured the talent of Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, and Neil Patrick Harris, as directed by David Fincher, made an impression on audiences back in 2014. Now, his 2009 novel Dark Places has been turned into what’s guaranteed to be another blockbuster hit.

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Comic-Con: The trailer for ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ is NUTS

This weekend at Comic-Con, George Miller sent fans into a frenzy with footage from 2015’s Mad Max: Fury Road, a continuation of his cult Road Warrior series from the late ’70s and ’80s starring Mel Gibson. Now Warner Bros. has released that trailer for the film while the iron is still hot.

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‘A Million Ways to Die in the West’ has its shortcomings, but is far from a disaster

Seth MacFarlane has a dirty mind. He tells dirty jokes in occasionally clever, often crude ways, and without remorse. With Family Guy, he exhibits the full extent of his talents in thirty-minute stints to great effect. On the big screen, however, he may need someone to wrangle him in. While Ted (2012) was incredibly entertaining, it occasionally found itself slowing to a crawl. MacFarlane’s latest, A Million Ways to Die in the West, finds itself suffering a similar fate. Though highly entertaining, the film runs too long, leaves many of its characters in the lurch, and doesn’t give nearly enough screen time to its talented roster of actors.

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