December Movie Releases are Right Around the Corner


With the holidays right around the corner, along with all of the good food, presents, and holiday cheer comes something we all love: new holiday movies! It is no secret that every movie production company wants to pack a powerful punch right around Christmas, when movie ticket sales go through the roof. The month of December often produces some of the year’s best, most entertaining movies. Here are some up and coming films that you will want to check out while during your Christmas break:

“Black Swan,” featuring Natalie Portman, is already garnering Oscar buzz. It will be released on December 3rd.

“The Fighter,” featuring Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, and Amy Adams is coming to theaters on December 10th.

“The Tourist” with Jonny Depp and Angelina Jolie comes out the same weekend, December 10th.

“The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader” comes out December 10th.

“TRON: Legacy” comes out December 17th.

“How Do You Know,” a romantic comedy featuring Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, and Jack Nicholson comes out December 17th.

There are many more intriguing films coming out this month.

Check out some previews and reviews today at http://www.moviefone.com/coming-soon.

Review of RED

If you are looking for the best movie in the theaters right now, it’s NOT RED, the new Marvel film.
-Directed by Robert Schwentke
-Starring Bruce Willis
+Morgan Freeman
+John Malkovich
+Helen Mirren
+Karl Urban.

Once again, the industry is trying to make a popular movie, thinking the only requisite is paying for top actors.

“Its a spectacle of terrific actors,” raves Wall Street Journal.

This is clearly an expensive line up, but WSJ does not say the movie is actually entertaining. If you have seen the reviews, no doubt you have seen the scene where a bullet and a bazooka round collide, causing an explosion comparable to a oil tanker blowing up.

In review of the 110 minute film, it is non-stop ridiculous action sequences. RED did show moments of brilliance, but they were overshadowed by the lack of credibility. I mean, who even thinks Helen Mirren can blow a cargo van to pieces using a machine gun.

The box office reports 26 million in sales from its sole week in theaters. Jackass 3D is running on the same time line, yet has reported 65 million in sales.

Hopefully, the next action movie released will have action stars, not just fake stunts.

If I were you, I would watch the trailer a few more time and save your money to see a real movie.

Here is the trailer: www.red-themovie.com This is all you need to see.

The Social Network — Delightfully Misleading

One thing is for sure: David Fincher has done it again with The Social Network. But what is it that he’s done, exactly?

Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) and Chris Parker (Justin Timberlake), cutthroat entrepreneurs in The Social Network.

If The Social Network is just a movie, Facebook is just a website— and, at one point, it was. The film follows a brilliant young programmer, Mark Zuckerberg as he ruthlessly makes his way from unnoticed college dormling to America’s youngest billionaire and CEO of the popular social site. And it’s based on a true story! Or is it?

After leaving the theater, most viewers of the film will want to go only one place: online. A few might Google, “Winklevoss twins” to see if the real Harvard rowers (plaintiffs in a claim suit over the invention of Facebook) are honestly as god-like in physique as a replicated Armie Hammer. Most, however, will be fact-checking, plumbing the confusing depths Zuckerberg’s legal battles and his private life.

Some might be disappointed when they find out that much of the film is conjecture and dramatization, adapted from the convoluted narrative in Ben Mezrich’s novel, The Accidental Billionaires. The movie’s screenwriter, Anthony Sorkin has acknowledged the fictional nature of his treatment. “I don’t want my fidelity to be to the truth; I want it to be to storytelling,” he said in an interview with New York magazine. “What is the big deal about accuracy purely for accuracy’s sake?”

I’m with Sorkin on this one; a good film is a good film. Whether or not the story told in the film actually happened, it is insightfully conceived, masterfully crafted, and provocatively delivered. Co-stars Andrew Garfield, Armie Hammer, Mara Rooney, and even Justin Timberlake contribute strong performances but it is Jesse Eisenberg that steals the show.

His Zuckerberg —the scrawny embodiment of ambition— is as chillingly inaccessible as he is disconcertingly familiar. The viewer might be disturbed to recall something of the impetuous programmer in some friend or family member or co-worker. It’s no wonder that a few critics are crying Oscar.

Overall, the film’s frenetic pace and scathing volleys of dialogue are fascinating and cap off with an ending that is utterly engaging. Better than a boring biopic filled with quotes and figures, The Social Network is a film that merges fact and fiction into a forceful chimera of emotion and entertainment.

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