March 22, 2010
City of God

City of God (Fernando Meirelles, 2002)

A reviewer compared City of God to Goodfellas (Martin Scorsese, 1990) and many parallels could be made between the two. As they both fall into the genre of gangster films, they depict violence in a raw, uninhibited way, in a realist fashion. City of God, with its documentary-style aesthetic—camera shakes, voice-over narration, etc., uses that realism to emphasize its story’s […]
March 26, 2010

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (David Fincher, 2008)

At times , The Curious Case of Benjamin Button feels like more of a story for Zemeckis or Spielberg but Fincher succeeds in his effort, if only barely.
March 29, 2010
Little Children

Little Children (Todd Field, 2006)

Although true at times, Little Children never compels as the story suffers from the same shortcoming as In the Bedroom: it is merely an actors’ showcase.
May 19, 2010
Robin Hood

Robin Hood (Ridley Scott, 2010)

As a painstakingly accurate retelling of its legend, Robin Hood had every opportunity to shine. But it falls short of expectations.
April 19, 2010
Rocky Balboa

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.