“Gone Girl” and “Jimi: All Is By My Side” lead the releases Tuesday, Jan. 13. Star ratings are by Seattle Times movie reviewers, freelancers or wire services. For full reviews, search the title at seattletimes.com. Release dates are subject to change.
★★★½ “Gone Girl” (R): David Fincher’s movie version of Gillian Flynn’s ice-in-its-veins novel follows two people (played by Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike) trapped in a very bad marriage, and what happens when one of them vanishes. Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald calls the thriller dark, creepy and very good — both on the page, and on the screen.
★★★½ “Jimi: All Is By My Side” (R): John Ridley’s film, about Seattle-born Hendrix’s rise to stardom in swinging London, evokes the tone and energy of the 1960s zeitgeist and stars André Benjamin.
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★★★½ “Keep On Keepin’ On” (R): The winner of the Golden Space Needle Award for best documentary at the 2014 Seattle International Film Festival spotlights jazz trumpet giant Clark Terry — mentor to Miles Davis and Quincy Jones, and longtime band member on ‘The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.’
★★★½ “Love is Strange” (R): John Lithgow and Alfred Molina play a longtime couple whose story pays tribute to the power of love.
★★★½ “Middle of Nowhere” (R): Ava DuVernay (“Selma”) directed this drama in which we watch a woman’s heart break, then begin to mend. Emayatzy Corinealdi stars as a Los Angeles nurse facing life alone while her husband (Omari Hardwick) is serving a prison sentence. David Oyelowo plays a charming bus driver who gives her a glimpse of a sunnier life and a different kind of love.
★★★ “The Two Faces of January” (PG-13): Hossein Amini’s thriller, which recalls Anthony Minghella’s murder-on-holiday film “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” stars Viggo Mortensen as a wealthy American visiting Greece with his wife (Kirsten Dunst) and Oscar Isaac as a scam artist posing as a tour guide.
★★½ “A Walk Among the Tombstones” (R): A former NYPD cop turned unlicensed private investigator (Liam Neeson) gets pulled into a troubling murder case.
★★ “The Identical” (PG): Elvis’ life gets all shook up in this highly hypothetical musical drama that suggests what might have happened if Presley and his identical twin brother had been separated at birth during the Depression. Blake Rayne plays both roles.
★★ “Men, Women & Children” (R): Jason Reitman’s drama deals with how the Internet affects the lives of an assortment of parents and high-school-age children. The cast includes Rosemarie DeWitt, Jennifer Garner, Judy Greer, Adam Sandler, Emma Thompson and Ansel Elgort.
★★★★ “Wetlands” (not rated; for mature audiences): Consider yourself warned: This sexually graphic whirlwind, about bodily fluids and the collateral damage of a family gone wrong, is not for everyone. In German, with English subtitles.
Compiled by Lori Taki Uno: firstname.lastname@example.org