A devoted advocate of Paul Verhoeven's "forward-thinking" 1987 RoboCop, Klimek kicks off the discussion of director José Padilha's bigger-budget remake by comparing it to its predecessor: "This has the sort of relationship to RoboCop '87 that the Chris Nolan Batman movies have to the Tim Burton Batman movies." Nicholson points out a few bright spots in the film - a well-rounded cast, attractive set design - but ultimately describes it as a "lesser RoboCop." Scherstuhl, sharing Klimek's generally ambivalent reaction, agrees with Nicholson about the pedigree of the cast, but adds that it "doesn't mean that [the] strong cast really distinguishes the material at all."
In recommendations, Klimek, on the heels of seeing a production of Richard III in D.C., has some nice things to say about Al Pacino's 1996 documentary, Looking for Richard. Scherstuhl maintains the focus on new releases, giving a hearty endorsement of Ben Wheatley's "grim, strange, hallucinatory, hilarious" A Field in England. And Nicholson, keeping the focus on José Padilha, gives a shout-out to the director's 2010 film, Elite Squad: The Enemy Within.