"The Town" is a 1-square mile area of Boston's Charlestown, infamous for producing more armed bank robbers than anywhere else. Affleck plays Doug, a second-generation criminal and mastermind of a powerhouse little gang of four. Thus far they have eluded the police and
During a robbery, Doug's best friend Jem (
Doug tells him he will check her out and yes, he and Claire do fall in love, which sets up the nerve-wracking entanglements that follow.
Working in the city he knows best, Affleck is able to give a gritty feel and authenticity to the story and his cast is cracklingly good — Renner,
It's good to see Affleck winning back respect as a writer and actor. As a filmmaker, he could very well be the next
Sensitivity creates complexity in
It's rare to see a film where a young woman plays a role so well it tabs her as a rising new star. But Emma Stone does just that in "Easy A," an unusual teenage dating
She initially embraces the false rumors to enhance her standing as a hot babe. Many boys start vying for her attention. But her basic sensitivity leads her into ever more complex situations. She tries to help others break out of their own shells. But as she solves their troubles, she only creates new problems for herself.
Along with some contrived scenes, real life issues also flash across the screen in this fast-paced comedy. Funny and thought provoking, it will entertain a wider audience than I expected.
SUSANNE PEREZ lives in