Though he’s an uneven actor, Ben Affleck is a visionary filmmaker
Blake Lively and Ben Affleck star in “The Town.”
- “The Town”
★★★★ (out of four)
2010, Ben Affleck, U.S., R
- New Films
The following movies start Friday, Oct. 1:
“The Social Network”
Director: David Fincher.
Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield.
The plot: Harvard undergraduate Mark Zuckerberg recruits some of
his classmates to develop the social networking website, Facebook.
The endeavor, however, leads to a messy fallout with friend and
co-founder, Eduardo Saverin.
Genre: Drama, history.
“Let Me In”
Director: Matt Reeves.
Stars: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Chloe Moretz.
The plot: Owen is an alienated and bullied 12-year-old who
builds a tentative friendship with his mysterious new neighbor,
Abby. Only socializing at night and seemingly immune to the winter
climate, Abby reveals her true nature to Owen after her father
disappears and a series of murders grips their town.
Genre: Drama, horror.
- Looking ahead
Looking forward to next week, you can expect a review of “Legend
of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole” — an odd choice for me,
perhaps, but not all that strange when you consider my
near-obsession with director Zack Snyder. Week after, we’ve got
“The Social Network,” David Fincher’s “Facebook movie” that has
already earned rave reviews proclaiming it as the definitive
“zeitgeist” film about the 2000s. A weighty claim, but with Fincher
at the helm, I suppose anything’s possible.
Posted: Friday, September 24, 2010 7:29 am
Updated: 1:56 pm, Sat Sep 25, 2010.
I gotta tell ya, it feels good to be right. I took a lot of
flack a few years back when I absolutely flipped over Ben Affleck’s
directorial debut, “Gone Baby Gone,” ranting wildly to anyone who
would listen that it marked the emergence of a born filmmaker who
would probably continue to knock us through a loop with each new
People humored me, as they often do, but they paid no heed. Now
“Gone Baby Gone” has grown in popularity, and Affleck has come out
with his sophomore effort, “The Town,” to finally silence the last
of the knee-jerk critics who couldn’t wrap their minds around the
idea that an uneven actor like Affleck could be a truly visionary
Friday, September 24, 2010 7:29 am.
Updated: 1:56 pm.