Saturday, September 18, 2010

New Releases - Week of September 24th

Starring: Michael Douglas, Shia LaBeouf, Josh Brolin, Frank Langella,
Carey Mulligan, Susan Sarandon
Directed by Oliver Stone for distribution by 20th Century Fox

The Plot: After being released from prison, former business mogul Gordon Gecko (Douglas) tries to climb his way back into the life his lost, using a young ambitious Wall Street trader (LaBeouf), who also happens to be engaged to his estranged daughter (Mulligan).
The Final Word: In 1987, Oliver Stone and Michael Douglas taught audiences that “Greed is Good.”  Now over 20 years later, we get another lesson from two masters at their craft.

Starring: Kristen Bell, Jamie Lee Curtins, Sigourney Weaver, Odette Yustman,
Kristen Chenoweth, Victor Garber, Betty White
Directed by Andy Fickman for distribution by Touchstone (Disney)

The Plot: After putting her horrendous high school experiences behind her, a young woman (Bell) learns her brother is about marry the girl (Yustman) who made her life miserable.
The Final Word: This definitely seems like a Disney movie, but there’s no denying the studio clearly has the formula down pact by this point. The movie also has no shortage of talented female actresses including the incomparable Betty White.

Starring the voices of: Emily Barclay, Abby Cornish, Emile de Ravin,
Ryan Kwanten, Helen Mirren,Sam Neill, Richard Roxburgh,
Geoffrey Rush, Jim Sturgess, Hugo Weaving
Directed by Zack Snyder for distribution by Warner Brothers


The Plot: A young Owl finds that is up to him and his friends to track down a legendary group of protectors who will help them defeat a great evil in their world.
The Final Word: Warner Brothers knows it has almost reached the end of the “Harry Potter” gravy train and for years they have been trying to find the young wizard’s successor.  They are hoping this is it! At first look, this animated adaptation of Kathryn Lasky's children books honestly don’t seem like the next big thing, but look closer and there are few intriguing elements. For one, the director is Zach Synder, who’s very adult “300” and “Watchmen” scaled new heights at the box office. If Snyder is willing to go “G” there has to be something here to make him change gears. The movie is also in 3D and after the watching the trailer I’m convinced it is merited. This isn’t a example of a studio looking to jack up prices for a lousy product. Watch this one closely…it could be interesting.

Previewed next week: The Social Network, Let Me In, Buried