18 September 2010 4:26 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Only three years since the Chicago Film Critics Association awarded Ben Affleck as our most promising filmmaker, he’s back in the director’s seat a second time with “The Town”. While the film dramatically centers on the business of robbery in his familiar streets of Boston, Affleck importantly proves that his 2007 Oscar-nominated film “Gone Baby Gone” wasn’t just beginner’s luck.

Rating: 4.0/5.0

Affleck’s success with “Gone Baby Gone” as a writer and director has not only been duplicated three years later but actually hones his ability to act. When Ben Affleck is playing the role of the filmmaker on subject matter he cares about most, we now see two examples of films that literally are made because he’s monopolizing the most important elements of their creation.

Though the hardcore dramatic style of “The Town” is very similar to “Gone Baby Gone,” there’s just a »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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