April 19, 2010

Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone, 2006)

Although its story recalls the hope and determination of the first Rocky (John G. Avildsen, 1976), Rocky Balboa is a pale copy.
March 29, 2010

Gone, Baby, Gone (Ben Affleck, 2007)

WHAT IT IS: Boston: A private investigator is enlisted to find a little girl who’s been abducted in his old neighborhood. HOW IT IS: In his directorial debut, Ben Affleck borrows from many of the great living directors, from Eastwood to Van Sant. Most notable is the latter’s influence in the cinema vérité shots. A Bostonian himself, Affleck’s neighborhood seems […]
March 26, 2010

Cloverfield (Matt Reeves, 2008)

Marketed as a ground-level monster movie, Cloverfield fails at its every opportunity: a high-concept stretched to the running time.
May 20, 2010

Street Kings (David Ayer, 2007)

In Street Kings, police officer Tom Ludlow never hesitates to venture outside the law in the pursuit of Los Angeles’s most reviled criminals.
April 14, 2011

The Fighter (David O. Russell, 2010)

The Fighter isn’t a classic, plagued as it is by the tediousness of the biopic form. However, the sheer talent on display here makes it a worthy view.