As far as a mainstream film goes, we get the genre thrills and twists of the mystery genre, but also the artistry that comes across with the rich thematic content, and the meticulous craftsmanship of David Fincher, his regular collaborators, and the two career-best performances of leads Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. Gillian Flynn's book was a literary phenomenon, and judging by the resounding response, both critically and commercially to the feature-film adaptation, the buzz created by the word-of-mouth has yet to reach it's climax.
The Thin White Dude's Prognosis - 9.3/10
Runner-Up: Ida - Pawel Pawlikowski has a clear and assured artistic direction with this brisk, accessible, engaging movie, and I would be surprised if it didn't remain in my top ten of the year come awards season.
Second-Most Deadly Disease: Child Of God - Admirable in some regards, but inherently flawed in others.
Avoid Like The Plague: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - As it stands, this is the worst film of the year, and it's going to take something exceptionally bad to knock it off that perch.