This week sees the return of a notorious villain, the flight of some intrepid owls, a guy trapped in box for 94 minutes, a tired looking "comedy," Woody Allen, a teen-sex comedy, a pair of documentaries about kids facing daunting odds, a dead stripper, an "obscene" poem and some regretful parents. Let's take a look...
"Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps"
Writer-director Oliver Stone does for the global economic fiasco what he did for the Kennedy assassination in “JFK” – turned one of our nation’s biggest tragedies in to an easy-to-understand and entertaining thriller. Michael Douglas reprises his Oscar-winning role, Gordon Gekko, with Shia LaBeouf co-starring as Jacob Moore, the young go-getter eager for Gekko's ear. Things are complicated by Jacob's engagement to Winnie, Gordon's daughter, played by Carey Mulligan. In theaters everywhere, read our full review and watch the trailer
"Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole"
Astonishingly tangible and stunning to behold, though not without some considerable plot holes. Luckily, director Zach Snyder has created a visual tapestry so lush, structural hiccups are quickly forgotten in favor of savoring animation that belongs in the Louvre. In theaters everywhere, read our full review and watch the trailer
Kristen Bell stars as a former nerd who learns at the 11th hour that her brother is marrying her arch nemesis from high school, played by Odette Yustman. Things get extra wacky when Bell's mother, Jamie Lee Curtis, realizes that her son is marrying into the family of her own ex-foe, played by Sigourney Weaver. In theaters everywhere, watch the trailer
"You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger"
Interesting and smart, with some thoughtful things to say about desire and longing, but it's not quite deep, funny or profound enough to really grab you. Allen seems to have recaptured his sense of narrative, but the wit isn't quite as sharp as it once was. In limited release, read our full review and watch the trailer
“Buried” stars Ryan Reynolds as Paul Conroy, a civilian truck driver working in Iraq, who awakens to find himself entombed in a wooden coffin. Armed only with a cell phone and a Zippo lighter, Conroy spends the next 94 minutes – essentially the entirety of the film – trying to negotiate his rescue. Given points for degree of difficulty, it’s a minor triumph. In limited release, read our full review and watch the trailer
"The Virginity Hit"
The lowest of low art, but it nonetheless marks interesting step in the evolution of film (no, really), has some valuable lessons about not being a dirt bag and the pitfalls of the Internet and is at times genuinely funny. This movie will hit its target demo right between the eyes, leaving the rest of America cold, confused or angry. In limited release, read our full review and watch the trailer
"Enter the Void"
Director Gaspar Noe ("Irreversible") returns with his visually stunning tale of a brother and sister who promise never to leave each other's side, a vow imperiled while they're living in Tokyo when one of them dies of a drug overdose. In limited release, watch the trailer
"Waiting for 'Superman'"
Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim, director of Oscar-winning documentary "An Inconvenient Truth," this time turns his cameras on the sad state of public education in America. In limited release, watch the trailer
James Franco stars as Allen Ginsberg in the film based on the poet's most famous poem and the obscenity trial it inspired. In limited release, watch the trailer
"Like Dandelion Dust"
Mira Sorvino and Barry Pepper star in this film about adoptive parents whose idyllic life is shattered when their son's biological parents return to claim the boy. In limited release, watch the trailer
"A Mother's Courage: Talking Back to Autism"
Narrated by Kate Winslet, Fridrik Thor Fridriksson's documentary tells the story of Margret, a mother who has done everything in her power to help her severely autistic 11-year-old son, Keli. In limited release, watch the trailer