Gone Girl, David Fincher's adaptation of Gillian Flynn's knockout best-seller, has several things to recommend it. Chief among them is a world-class performance by Rosamund Pike, who plays the devious schemer Amy Dunne with an icy calculation that recalls old-school noir icons like Barbara Stanwyck and Lana Turner. Pike has been featuring in movies (The World's End, Jack Reacher) for more than a decade now, but this juicy role is, at last, her breakthrough onto the Hollywood A-list. d Fincher savors its dark maneuverings, while also taking aim at the hypocrisy of tabloid media and occasionally deploying his gift for creepy set-piece scenes. As problematic as some of its elements may be, writes Kurt Loder, the movie is never dull.