This week's releases of interest - October 3

Ben Affleck as a husband implicated in his wife's disappearance in "Gone Girl"

Ben Affleck as a husband implicated in his wife's disappearance in "Gone Girl"

Gone Girl 

Highly anticipated release, especially for those of us who read the book. With a screenplay by the book’s author, Gillian Flynn, and direction from a man who knows his way around a thriller, David Fincher, the movie promises so much that I am a little worried it won’t deliver. Still, I remain hopeful that Ben Affleck’s luck continues to hold.
DIRECTOR: David Fincher | HEADLINERS: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Tyler Perry & Neil Patrick Harris

The Two Faces of January

Speaking of promising thrillers, this movie is based on a Patricia Highsmith novel and brings one of my favorite actors, Viggo Mortensen, into the spotlight again with a leading role. He and Kirsten Dunst play a mysterious husband and wife vacationing in Greece. They soon meet an opportunistic tour guide who offers to lend his assistance when things take a deadly turn. 
DIRECTOR: Hossein Amini | HEADLINERS: Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst & Oscar Isaac

Jimi: All Is By My Side

I love Jimi Hendrix’s music, and the documentaries I’ve seen about him have depicted a fascinating life. So naturally I want to see what this biopic from director John Ridley. I was disappointed to learn they couldn’t get the rights to his music, which forced the filmmaker to focus on one period in Hendrix’s life in London. But that could mean they worked harder on the story, which could be a good thing. It's also a chance for Andre 3000 to spread his acting wings, so we'll see if he can do the legendary rocker justice. 
DIRECTOR: John Ridley | HEADLINERS: Andre Benjamin, Imogen Poots & Hayley Atwell

Other options of interest –

Harlem Street Singer

A documentary about influential blind singer and guitarist Rev. Gary Davis
DIRECTORS: Simeon Hutner and Trevor Laurence

Two Night Stand

A romantic comedy about exactly what the title implies – a one-night stand that turns into a two-night stand. Sounds like a funny take on the 1969 Dustin Hoffman and Mia Farrow indie “John and Mary.”
DIRECTOR: Max Nichols (son of Mike Nichols) | HEADLINERS: Analeigh Tipton and Miles Teller