THE SOCIAL NETWORK
Starring: Jessie Eisenberg, Justin Timberlake, Andrew Garfield,
Joe Mazzello & Rashida Jones
Directed by David Fincher for distribution by Columbia Pictures (Sony)
The Plot: The story behind the rise of the Facebook social networking phenomenon and the trouble sudden fame brought to its creator.
The Final Word: As if a movie about one of the world’s topic website wasn’t going to be enough of a draw by itself, the movie comes with a great pedigree that could put into contention this award season. Aside from a talented young cast, the movie was directed by David Fincher, of “Fight Club” fame and written by “West Wing” creator Aaron Sorkin.
LET ME IN
Starring: Kodi Smidt-McPhee, Chloe Moretz, Richard Jenkins & Elias Koteas,
Directed by Matt Reeves for distribution by Overture Films
The Plot: A young bullied and neglected boy (Smidt-McPhee) befriends his equally troubled young neighbor (Moretz), only to find her and her father (Jenkins) are hiding a deadly and disturbing secret.
The Final Word: It must be October! Here comes the next wave of films designed to creep out audiences across the world. Normally for a horror film to be successful there are a few rules the filmmakers must follow, but the majority of those tenants typically become a moot point when Halloween comes around. Although without a “name” cast and one of the bigger studios behind it, “Let Me In” could have trouble finding its ground, especially with the latest installments of “Saw” and “Paranormal Activity” coming down the pike.
Starring: Renee Zellweger, Jodelle Ferland, Ian McShane & Bradley Cooper
Directed by Christian Alvart for distribution by Paramount
The Plot: A social worker (Zellweger) takes a special interest in a 10 year girl (Ferland) who she saved from seemingly abusive parents, only to find this particular child brings dark threatening supernatural forces everywhere she goes.
The Final Word: Again, it must be October! Although this movie brings a interesting back story as it was shot in 2006 and just now seeing the light of day after strong international showings. Audiences love to be scared during the Halloween season, but it could be rough sledding with a heavy slate of new and returning competition at the Cineplex.
Previewed next week: Life As We Know It, Secretariat, Buried, Stone, My Soul To Take