So as we come to the end of a long week of brand new TV shows, let’s change our focus because, you know, it is Movie Day. And if you’re headed for the cineplex, there are any number of options available to you, to your parents, your children, and the tween next door. First up, a movie that’s been in the works for many years: Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. This is from Oliver Stone which means that regardless of whether it’s good or bad, it will invariably be considered “important”. Whenever you see an Oliver Stone film – actually, you don’t even have to see it — even if you just hear about it you’re always safe reminding everyone in the room that “sure, he’s got sick talent” but that sometimes you “tire of his ongoing social commentary” – and you’ll be just fine. This one however , looks pretty entertaining. For one thing we get Michael Douglas reprising the role of Gordon Gekko (this part brought him the Best Actor Oscar in 1988). That was the one where he told us that “Greed is good” and spoke into a cell phone roughly the size of a Ford Focus. Now, in WS Part Deux, he’s just out of the pokey and there’s trouble and a family romance involving costars (and real-life couple) Carey Mulligan & Shia LaBeouf. This looks at the very least, diverting. I’ll see it tonight. Will you? Now, if you’re a mom and your daughter a) isn’t fixated on Shia LaBeouf and b) is willing to accompany you to a mall/theater , you can always go check out You Again. This Mom/Prom/RomCom stars Jamie Lee Curtis and Sigourney Weaver as parents of supercute young rivals who were (oh, miracle of comedy) once high school rivals themselves. Can you stand it? (I’m pretty sure critics won’t be able to). There’s a Woody Allen movie opening called You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger with Sir Anthony Hopkins, Josh Brolin, Naomi Watts and several multigenerational romances. This looks “talky” to me, and I suspect will go unnoticed. Not so with Buried – the new Ryan Reynolds vehicle. Here, he’s a contractor in Iraq who is trapped in a coffin in the desert and if you are at all claustrophobic I would recommend you avoid being trapped in a theater for 90 minutes of this because I’m pretty sure that’s all there is. Well, supposedly he has a cell phone with miraculous service and a lighter (why they didn’t just call it Bic in a Box is beyond me). This got all sorts of buzz on the festival circuit but I’m guessing that any and all praise for Reynolds’ “brave” performance will be moot because there are some movies where “you HAVE to go see this!” works, but not when being trapped in a 7-foot box underground is concerned. Then we have a movie with hopefully broader appeal – this one’s animated but at least it’s set above ground and outdoors – called Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole. I think it looks wonderful (it’s based on books I’ve never heard of) but I’ve yet to find anyone over the age of nine who’s got any interest in seeing it. So there you have it; the big films likely to generate buzz and/or genuine escapist fun this weekend. Now voice your choice in today’s featured poll and tell us which of these four you’re most likely to check out first:
1) Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
2) You Again
3) Legend of the Guardians
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