Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The (2008): David Fincher’s Fable, Starring Brad Pitt

Though vastly different from “Slumdog Millionaire,” in its good moments, which are plentiful, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” achieves the same kind of magical realism, a style that fits its eccentric epic yet lyrical storytelling. “Benjamin Button” represents the same, welcome change of pace for its director-auteur David Fincher that “Slumdog Millionaire” did for Danny Boyle.

Seven (1995): Fincher’s Brilliant Serial Killer Thriller, Starring Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow and Kevin Spacey

Dark, grim, claustrophobic, scary–and brilliant–the serial killer “Seven” is David Fincher’s second film, a promising follow-up to his disappointing debut “Alien3.”

Zodiac (2007): Fincher’s Epic-Scale Psychological Thriller

David Fincher’s “Zodiac” combines an epic-scale psychological thriller and a brilliant detective-newsroom drama, resulting in a sprawling American masterpiece–his best work since “Se7en.”

Panic Room: Fincher’s Thriller, Starring Jodie Foster

David Fincher is such a technically inventive and brilliant director that, even when he tackles a genre film, like his new suspense feature The Panic Room, he elevates it with his signature flourishes way above its damsel-in-distress origins. Recalling noir films about women trapped in a confined space, David Koepp's functional script centres on a single mother and her sickly daughter whose new house is invaded by a bunch of greedy burglars.

Alien3

The visual imagery and gloomy tone of Alien3, which announces the debut of gifted director David Fincher, are the two chief reasons to see the movie in the theater–unless you happen to be a fan of the film series that began 13 years ago.