Marie Asner has been reviewing films for over 30 years. Her outlets include radio, print and Internet. For more in-depth movie reviews of the following films, visit www.Tollbooth.org. Ratings from 1 (Low) to 5 (High).
OCTOBER 03, 2014…
Gone Girl—Adapted from the novel by Gillian Flynn, the story concerns a missing wife and a man accused of her murder. Ben Affleck is the accused husband, while Rosamund Pike is the missing wife. This story twists and turns, so don’t leave for popcorn. Also in the cast are Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry. “Gone Girl” is rated R. Rating of 3 for fans of the book.
The Good Lie—This is becoming Reese Witherspoon’s year, and “The Good Lie” is one of the films which has her helping Sudanese refugees come to the U.S. The story is based on a real incident. Many cities in the Midwest have Sudanese refugees living there who have been helped by charitable organizations. “The Good Lie” is rated PG 13. No rating.
Annabelle—Remember the horror film, “The Conjuring?” Annabelle is the doll from a scene in the film and now she has her own story to tell and it isn’t nice. The star of the film is Annabelle Wallis (real name) and a gift of a doll may seem nice, but there are always complications when it gets dark in the house. Also in the cast is Alfre Woodard. “Annabelle” is rated R. No rating.
Left Behind—”Left Behind” is still out there and in a remake, stars Nicholas Cage as an airline pilot who looses half his passengers (shades of “Lost”) when there is a Biblical incident. First, land the plane, second try to figure out what is happening. Now what to do? Also in the cast are Jordin Sparks and Lea Thompson. This film is adapted from the Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins novels. “Left Behind” is rated PG 13. No rating.
OCTOBER 10, 2014…
Alexander & The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is an adaptation of the book by Judith Voist in which not only young Alexander has a bad day, but the family, too.
Kill The Messenger is based on the true story of a newspaper reporter who wrote about the C. I. A. and smuggling cocaine into this country in the mid-nineties. Stars Jeremy Renner.
Addicted is about a love story with complications. Stars William Levy.
Whiplash tells the story of how it is to become a good musician. Stars Miles Teller as a drummer.
The Judge stars Robert Downey, Jr. and Robert Duvall as son and father, who are lawyer and judge, respectively. One has to defend the other in a car accident.