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The mystery of a wife's disappearance is the catalyst for "Gone Girl," but that unknown doesn't drive director David Fincher's film. There are no spoilers here since early in the film the woman in question--Amy Elliot Dunne--begins to narrate her point of view. An intriguing back and forth follows, more ingenious than a whodunit.

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The inimitable writer/director Terrence Malick has crafted another tone poem, this one a meditation on various aspects and stages of love. He focuses on a central couple: the American Neil and Frenchwoman Marina. Secondarily, a Spanish speaking Father Quintana interrogates his failing faith and Neil renews a prior friendship with Jane.

Published in Film Reviews
Monday, 24 December 2012 14:56

Applause for the top films for 2012

As 2012 ends, the best films deserve acknowledgement, a tip of the hat. Here are the films I most admired in 2012, those that entertained as well as inspired, that offered insight as well as consummate cinematic experiences.

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Director Ben Affleck’s “Argo” has every element an entertaining film could want: terrific cinematography, solid sound design, a clever script, breathtaking pacing, brilliant editing, and superb acting—all in the service of a dynamite story based on real, mind-boggling events. It begins with the 1979 storming of the US embassy compound in Tehran.

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Karate Bikini - A Simpler Sugar

Wed November 26
Karate Bikini is an eight piece ensemble who's members hail from St. Louis and the metro area. They are a large band with a large sound. Their latest album A Simpler Sugar is full of upbeat pop songs,…