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Movie Reviews: Amy, The Gallows, Minions, Eden

Also: Self/Less, The 100-Year-Old-Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared


A documentary about a tragic music star and a found-footage supernatural thriller are among the movies joining the goggle-eyed Minions in Utah theaters this week.

In Eden, co-writer/director Mia Hansen-Løve tells an epic story of a Parisian electronica DJ for a fascinating portrait of an artist staying in one place while life speeds past him.

MaryAnn Johanson dives into Amy (pictured), the sad biographical documentary of Amy Winehouse that magnificently captures the perils of fame and celebrity.

Andrew Wright finds The Gallows yet another found-footage thriller that can't manage anything beyond standard-issue jump-scares.

Danny Bowes appreciates the unique charms of The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, which is a bit more than the "Swedish Forrest Gump" story advertised.

In this week's feature reviews, Self/Less abandons the visual creativity of its director for a story that misses its opportunity at economic allegory, and MaryAnn Johanson wonders why we ever needed to give Minions a role beyond silly sidekicks.