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Movie Reviews Oct. 31: Nightcrawler, Art and Craft, Before I Go to Sleep, The Good Lie

Posted By on October 31, 2014, 9:25 AM

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Unconventionally scary stuff is part of the Halloween new releases in Utah theaters.

Scott Renshaw finds the creepiest material in the "economic horror story" of Nightcrawler (pictured), featuring Jake Gyllenhaal's brilliant performance as a sociopathic crime-scene videographer. And there's tragic material in another kind of mental illness, with the troubled, serial art-forger subject of the documentary Art and Craft.

MaryAnn Johanson cringes at the way Nicole Kidman's amnesiac heroine in the psychological thriller Before I Go to Sleep morphed by the end from survivor to victim.

Andrew Wright appreciates the authenticity of the performances in the Sudanese-refugee drama The Good Lie, before it resorts to "heartstring-twanging predictability."

In this week's feature review, Scott Renshaw finds the terrific backstage farce in Birdman getting lost in its grand, operatic gestures towards Importance.

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