Bob Mondello,

  1. Brighton Rock 2011 Where the first film had a lawyer spouting Shakespeare, this one mostly has visual panache - crosses and crucifixes rather than dialogue about religion. full review
  2. An American Affair 2009 If you can get past the exploitation-of-minors thing, there's a tawdry exuberance to moments like the one in which the twerp and his overage girlfriend drunkenly splash paint on each other. full review
  3. In Bruges 2008 It plays really engagingly, with the leads doing a wonderful Mutt and Jeff act and the camera lingering lovingly over scenery that looks awfully pretty in the moments before it gets spattered with blood. full review
  4. Cidade dos Homens (City of Men) 2007 full review
  5. Eagle vs. Shark 2007 full review
  6. Evening 2007 full review
  7. Nanking 2007 full review
  8. Zodiac 2007 There are no tidy, last-minute plot twists to make you feel good in Fincher's Zodiac, just focus -- to keep an audience focused -- and the most disciplined filmmaking you've seen in forever. full review
  9. Golden Door 2006 full review
  10. United 93 2006 full review
  11. Venus 2006 full review
  12. Year of the Fish 2006 Kaplan keeps the story breezy and brisk, and provides his down-to-earthily modern fairy tale with an appropriately other-worldly visual style. full review
  13. Secuestro Express 2004 full review
  14. /titles/199852 full review
  15. /titles/197826 full review
  16. /titles/197862 Rescue Dawn may not feel much like a Herzog movie, but it's a gripping real-life thriller. full review
  17. /titles/197686 Writer-director Russell is just the guy to bring out (and then calm) the manic dysfunction in these folks. full review
  18. /titles/197645 full review
  19. /titles/197507 This sometimes magnificent, decidedly strange film is a portrait of a terrible, rapacious man. full review
  20. /titles/199849 full review