Erin Brockovich ★★★★

Directed with a sure hand by Steven Soderbergh, this is a solid and engaging based-on-a-true-story film with several funny moments. The scenes that show the assertive and sympathetic protagonist’s life as a single mother give the proceedings an additional dimension that is at least as interesting as the court case; the film strikes a good balance between the main character’s personal and professional life. Julia Roberts gives a vibrant and effective performance, and her interaction with the reliably excellent Albert Finney is one of the highlights of the movie. Warm cinematography and a noteworthy score.