New Releases – Friday September 24

This Friday, September 24th the highly anticipated Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps is getting released to over 3,500 screens.  The sequel to the 1987 film, Wall Street, is also directed by Oliver Stone, a very active director but one who seems to have lost his touch in recent years.  The film stars the familiar face of Michael Douglas, who has had a busy year with the Wall Street sequel as well as the independent film Solitary Man, plays the notorious Gordon Grekko, of whom Douglas won an Oscar for) now fresh out of jail.  Shia LeBeouf and Academy Award Nominee Carey Mulligan give the film its youth, while Josh Brolin and Susan Sarandon round out this strong cast list.  Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps premiered at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival in France and will be playing at theaters in the Nashville area this weekend.
The newest flop starring Kristen Bell gets a release this weekend and is already sitting on a terrifyingly low 16% on Rottentomatoes.  If you’ve never heard of You Again, then simply log on to any movie website and take a glance at the advertisements on the side of the page where the ladies are holding torn pictures of each other.  You Again is a film directed by Andy Fickman (Race to Witch Mountain, The Game Plan), who for once doesn’t call upon “The Rock’ Dwayne Johnson to star.  Kristen Bell is tolerable when surrounded by comedic actors (see Forgetting Sarah Marshall), but couldn’t hold a film up on her own to save her life (see When In Rome).  Go ahead and add You Again to the list of shows/movies/commercials that have recently attempted to exploit the comedy of Betty White (see The Proposal).  You Again also stars Sigourney Weaver and Jamie Lee Curtis, who for some reason feel like the same person to me.  If you’re looking for a reason to go see this film, then I’ll give you two: Kristin Chenoweth and victor garber.
Legend of the Guardians:  The Owls of Ga’Hoole has been a one of the worst previews I have seen all summer.  I can’t seem to get away from it, but you can bet that I won’t be anywhere near the screening of this film in its entirety.  Based on the seemingly interminable series of books by Kathryn Lasky, Guardians is packed with sleek, bright and anueristic 3D animation and a blaring soundtrack that sounds as if it’s been turned to volume eleven.  Legend of the Guardians is directed by Zack Snyder (300 & Watchmen), who is known for the glossy looks of his films and perhaps the minimal substance therein.  Snyder tries his hand at animation just before his next surrealistic action-packed film, Suckerpunch.  Legend of the Guardians has a prerelease rating in the mid 40%’s on the Tomatometer.  If you’re looking for something to take the kids to, then Toy Story 3 is still at Regal Hollywood 27 for what looks like it’s last week.
Check in next week for the much anticipated release of The Social Network.

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