Captain Phillips is consistently and incredibly intense featuring stellar performances by Tom Hanks and Barkhad Abdi. The editing is smooth and the pace is deliberately tormenting, placing a firm grip over the viewer's attention.
With less action and nearly abandoning its promised video-game style that it showed off in its first installment, Tai Chi Hero comes off as absent and with a lacking. However, there is a more focused story to follow and a tighter grip on its characters.
It's not as spectacular as it might lead on and it's partly because of that that Tai Chi Zero's video-game style isn't totally fulfilled. It has a good set up, but too quick a pace, a lack of action scenes, and not a lot of dialogue. Still, with whatever style it manages to pull off in the fight scenes, fans of the martial arts genre should be entertained.
Zodiac is fuelled by strong performances and Fincher's moody style but is also dim and silent with its subject (apart from the dialogue). It is a detailed, date-after-date account of a historical situation that is given a smooth presentation by Fincher's style. It's an anxious, suspenseful film that stays focused thoroughly.