12 Years a Slave is a powerful, brutal piece of filmmaking that wins entirely on the careful eye and discipline of its director, Steve McQueen, and star, Chiwetel Ejiofor. It is a relentless chronicle of nearly unimaginable brutality that manages to make that brutality seem almost routine, rather than sensationalized.
It's cold, it's artificial, it's not bothering to explain itself. But a powerful cast and Ridley Scott make Cormac McCarthy's stark, unyielding scrips come to life. It's a film that will have a hard time finding an audience, but it definitely deserves to find it.
World War Z is a pretty good movie; it starts incredibly strong and just barely holds itself together through to the end. A tribute to the power of narrative momentum. Also, Marc Forster knows how to cut a tense action scene.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is a hard film to review. On the one hand, it's gorgeously shot, with a sprawling scope, fantastic actors working with amazing aging effects, and a love story tinged with wonder and wistfulness. On the other hand, two hours and 45 minutes later, what the hell was it about?