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A disappearing wife, cheap flights & trolls

The title pretty much sums up the current movies this week. Fall is coming and the movie selection keeps getting better! I found some gems this week, so read on to check out my 3-sentence reviews!
Gone Girl
It's hard to describe or even review this thriller without spoiling any of the twisted and suspenseful plot. But let me say this - if you liked the book, you won't be disappointed by the movie and if you haven't read the book, be prepared for anything. The casting was near perfect but with an 18A rating, you'll want to find a babysitter for the kids.
My Rating: 29/34
Reminded me of: Prisoners, Side Effects, The Call


Hector and the Search for Happiness

In my opinion, this movie could have been a whole lot shorter if Hector had just gone to Disneyland. That being said, his more expensive route made for a soul-searching story with a lot of heart. Solid performances all around, it was an inspirational flick about taking risks and cheap flights to make sure your priorities are in check.

My Rating: 31/34
Reminded me of: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The F Word, Kings of Summer

The Boxtrolls

Oh, this was a delightful, charming, and all-around quirky movie. It's mind numbing to imagine how much work went into the creation of this stop-motion masterpiece, but it's truly a work of art. Some unexpectedly weird parts, (and a lot of characters biting each other), but the unique story was a welcome change from a "just-for-comedy" animated movie.

My Rating: 27/34

Reminded me of: ParaNorman, The Great Mouse Detective, An American Tail, Tarzan, Despicable Me 

Bonus: There's an extra scene about 2 minutes into the credits that's worth sticking around for. 

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About the Author

Alyssa Quigley is an enthusiastic chocoholic who thinks life is too short to be taken too seriously. When she's not writing movie reviews, she loves watching movies - especially musicals - with friends, playing volleyball and is an avid Amazing Race fan.

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