Opening in Las Vegas, October 3, 2014

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The Oscar season finally gets going after a weak September.

The big opening is David Fincher’s Gone Girl (79), which is getting generally good reviews. I’m hit or miss on Fincher–loved Social Network, meh on Zodiac, Fight Club, and Se7en. I’ll see this, if only to see how they changed the book (which I was underwhelmed by). Andrew O’Hehir: “It’s a work of chilly wit and bleak metaphor, an artifice that invites the kind of analytical response where we pull on our chins and discuss how other people, more naive than we, will receive it.”

Annabelle (38) is a sort-of-sequel to The Conjuring, and will probably get lost in the glut of horror movies released around Halloween. Claudia Puig: “Annabelle invites unflattering comparisons with scary movies that came before, but its disparate parts never coalesce into a genuinely fearsome thriller.”

The Hero of Color City (33) is an animated film that looks like Toy Story with crayons. Bill Zwecker: “The best thing about The Hero of Color City is its good voice talent — and its running time of only 77 minutes. Other than that, this is a pretty lame computer-generated animated movie that will likely not engage kids much past the first grade.”

And this week’s kitsch highlight is Left Behind (13), a rapture movie starring Nicolas Cage. This is MSKT3K fodder, most likely. I’m not brave enough to watch it, sober at least. Steve Macfarlane: “Left Behind is one of those films so deeply, fundamentally terrible that it feels unwittingly high-concept.”

About Jackrabbit Slim

Location: Vegas, Baby! I’m much older than the other whippersnappers here, a baby boomer. I tend to be more snobbish about film, disdaining a lot of the multiplex fare for “cinema.” My favorite films: Woody Allen’s oeuvre (up until about 1990), The Godfather, The Graduate, A Hard Day’s Night, Pulp Fiction. Politics: Well, George McGovern was my political hero. I’m also a prickly atheist. Occupation: Poised to be an English teacher in Las Vegas. For many years I was an editor at Penthouse Magazine. My role on this blog seems to be writing lots of reviews and being the resident Oscar maven.

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