- ‘The Social Network’
★★★★ (out of four)
2010, David Fincher, U.S., PG-13
- New Films
The following movies start Friday, Oct. 15:
Director: Greg Berlanti.
Stars: Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O.
The plot: Documentary in which Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O and Bam
Margera test their levels of pain and grossness.
Genre: Comedy, documentary.
Director: Tony Goldwyn.
Stars: Hilary Swank, Sam Rockwell.
The plot: Betty Anne Waters is a high school dropout who spent
nearly two decades working as a single mother while putting herself
through law school, tirelessly trying to beat the system and
overturn her brother's unjust murder conviction.
- Film Roundup
“The Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of
★★ 1/2 (out of four)
Adapted from the first three books in Kathryn Laski’s “Guardians
of Ga’Hoole” series, the film tells the story of a young owl named
Soren (voiced by Jim Sturgess, from “Across the Universe“ and “21”)
who, together with his brother, Kludd (Ryan Kwanten, of HBO’s “True
Blood”), is abducted by an army of vicious warrior owls led by the
evil Nyra (Helen Mirren) and Metalbeak (Joel Edgerton). The evil
owls apparently want to build a regiment of flightless young owls,
train them over the course of a few days, and then use them as an
integral part of their plan to take over the world. This plan also
entails using a bunch of magic vomit-rocks (?!) to kill the Good
Owls (led by Ezylryb, voiced by Geoffrey Rush in the film’s only
truly accomplished voice work) and then… I don’t even know, man.
And really, who cares?
Posted: Saturday, October 9, 2010 12:00 am
OK, so maybe “The Social Network” won’t make $200 million at the
domestic box office. Once again, I appear to have overestimated the
taste and sanity of mainstream American movie-goers. I’ll learn
Meantime, I’ll take solace in the fact that the film at least
opened at No. 1 with a larger-than-expected weekend gross, and at
this point I’m still seeing it as the front-runner for best picture
and director Oscars. And, as expected, it has turned out to deserve
every bit of wild praise that it’s receiving.
Saturday, October 9, 2010 12:00 am.