GONE BABY GONE
2007, Miramax, 114 min, Dir: Ben Affleck

In this mesmerizing neo-noir, two detectives search the most unsavory corners of Boston for an abducted four-year-old girl. With a screenplay by Ben Affleck and Aaron Stockard based on the Dennis Lehame novel, GONE BABY GONE boasts an outstanding ensemble cast: Casey Affleck, Michelle Monaghan, Ed Harris and Morgan Freeman. Of particular note is Amy Ryan, who received an Oscar nomination for her turn as a deadbeat mother who viciously capitalizes on the media coverage of her daughter’s disappearance.


THE TOWN
2010, Warner Brothers, 125 min, Dir: Ben Affleck

After masked armed robbers hold up a bank and briefly take employee Claire (Rebecca Hall) hostage, the gang's leader Doug (Ben Affleck) insinuates himself into her life to make sure she won't give any unwanted information to the Feds. The two begin a poignant if problematic romance, while Doug's dangerously volatile best friend (Jeremy Renner) keeps a watchful, malevolent eye on the couple. Ben Affleck excels as both director and lead in this gritty tale of South Boston hoods chasing the allusive Perfect Crime. With Jon Hamm and Blake Lively.


SAN FRANCISCO
1936, Warner Brothers, 115 min, Dir: W.S. Van Dyke

Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy and Jeanette MacDonald star in this lavish MGM production scripted by Anita Loos, a prime example of the studio system at its finest. An out-of-work singer (MacDonald) and a priest (Tracy) join forces to try to reform saloon owner Gable, but history intervenes in the form of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. The spectacular finale is still a wonder to behold.


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