For Hicksflicks.com, Oct. 3, 2014

There's no question that "Gone Girl," based on the best-selling novel, is the week's big movie, but here in Salt Lake City, especially over LDS General Conference weekend, two faith films might have a better-than-usual chance of giving it a run for its money.

"16 Stones" (PG) is a period piece about the LDS community being persecuted in 1830s Missouri and one young man's quest to offer proof to the world that the Book of Mormon is true by finding evidence from one of the book's sections, where 16 stones are touched by the Lord at the behest of the brother of Jared.

"Left Behind" (PG-13) is a reboot of an early 2000s straight-to-video movie series that was based on the Christian-themed books about the Rapture, and those left behind. Nicolas Cage stars this time around as an airline pilot who has been an unbeliever but as he sees that millions of people have been taken up, begins to wonder if he's been on the wrong side of the fence. Lea Thompson co-stars.

"Gone Girl" (R) is the week's expected blockbuster, based on a wildly popular mystery-thriller novel and scripted by its author, Gillian Flynn. David Fincher ("Se7en," "Fight Club," "The Social Network") directs and Ben Affleck stars as a man whose wife has gone missing, and soon he finds himself the prime suspect. The wife is played by Rosamund Pike ("Jack Reacher") and co-stars Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry and Sela Ward, among others.

"Annabelle" (R) is a vintage doll in a white wedding dress that a man buys for his pregnant wife, unaware that the doll has ties to a satanic cult. Allegedly true story is a prequel to "The Conjuring." Alfre Woodard has a supporting role.

"Hector and the Search for Happiness" (R) Simon Pegg ("Shaun of the Dead," the "Star Trek" and "Mission: Impossible" films) is a staid psychiatrist who becomes curious about what makes people happy and impulsively travels the world to find out. Rosamund Pike, who also stars in "Gone Girl" above, plays his girlfriend.(Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas in downtown Salt Lake City.)

"Bird People" (not rated, in English, and in French with English subtitles). Metaphorical art film starring American actor Josh Charles (TV's "The Good Wife") as a Silicon Valley engineer in Paris who abruptly quits his job and tells his wife (Australian actress Radha Mitchell) he's done with the family. Then the film follows a French hotel maid who also has an existential experience. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas in downtown Salt Lake City.)

"20,000 Days on Earth" (not rated) is a sort of semi-documentary fictional biography, if that's not a bunch of oxymorons, about 24 alleged hours in the life of rock musician Nick Cave and his musings on the universe. (Exclusively at Salt Lake's Tower Theater.)