April is always a tough time for movie lovers such as myself. The Oscars have long since passed, and I’ve been caught up on all the great movies from the end of 2008 for awhile. What’s worse is that it’s still a substantial wait until some of the better looking summer films drop, so this time of year can be pretty boring at the theater. Luckily, Chicago’s Music Box Theater is carrying a hidden gem from the very end of 2008, that’s just getting a wide release in the past few weeks, and is garnering plenty of acclaim. I’m talking about Gomorra, a brilliant crime drama detailing the lives of gangsters in Naples and Caserta in Italy. The film follows six people mixed up in gang life in these regions, and the trials they must go through because of the rigid system set in place by the Camorra mafia that controls the region. The film is gritty and riveting in it’s portrayals of life under such a system, and it features strong performances from the six leads, as the characters try to make their way and stay alive in spite of the cruelty and indifference of their surroundings. While the exact events of the film are fictional, they closely mirror actual events involving the Camorra gangs violent feuding in 2004 and 2005 in the Scampia region, which is also where part of the movie was filmed. Having seen the film myself, I can say that it’s fantastic, and anyone uninterested with the current slate of films, should check it out, especially fans of gangster films. The film is currently playing at the Music Box Theater, at 3733 N. Southport Ave.