New movies this week
The Social Network
The gist: A yarn about the founding of the world's most popular social networking site. It's called UFace or MyRoom or Facester or something. PG-13
The cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Rooney Mara, Justin Timberlake, Rashida Jones and Brenda Song.
The buzz: Boy howdy, the critics are loving this tale of smart kids gone wild, with the money and the partying and the backstabbing. "Smartly written by Aaron Sorkin, directed to within an inch of its life by David Fincher and anchored by a perfectly pitched performance by Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network is a barn-burner of a tale that unfolds at a splendid clip," the L.A. Times raves. Not bad for doing this without Mark Zuckerberg's approval.
Let Me In
The gist: Another kiddie vampire romance, except this time it's a remake of a Swedish flick about a preteen who falls in like with a perpetually 12-year-old bloodsucker who really does murder people. You know, like vampires are supposed to do. R
The cast: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Chloe Grace Moretz, Elias Koteas, Richard Jenkins, Carla Buono and Sasha Barrese.
The buzz: For the most part, this remake of Let the Right One In makes all the right moves. "(Director Matt) Reeves hasn't just remade the Swedish cult vampire film Let the Right One In into a more fluid and visceral movie. He's made it more dangerous," Entertainment Weekly says.
The gist: While The Social Network talks about how Facebook was made, this one explores what happens when you befriend a family of people you don't even know and then make a documentary out of it. It can't end well. PG-13
The cast: Nev Schulman, Ariel Schulman, Angela Wesselman-Pierce and Henry Joost.
The buzz: An interesting companion piece to the big-budget sibling. "Of all the twists in Catfish, the most surprising of all is what an honest and thoughtful film it turns out, against all odds, to be," Slate notes.
The gist: Apparently there was a first one of these, about a swamp man who kills people and a voodoo shop owner trying to stop him. Sounds great, because the cast has two of the biggest horror actors who ever lived in Kane Hodder and Tony Todd. No MPAA rating
The cast: Hodder, Todd, Danielle Harris, Tom Holland, Parry Shen and R.A. Mihailoff.
The buzz: No rating, obscure actors and lots of blood and guts. This'll do well on the handful of screens it's playing on, even if the Chicago Sun-Times' Roger Ebert questions: "There are many good movies opening this weekend. Hatchet II is not one of them. Tickets are not cheap and time is fleeting. Why would you choose this one?"
Clearwater Film Festival
The inaugural event features 72 movies, documentaries and shorts on screens in several Pinellas County locations. Passes range from $35 to $350. For more information, turn to Page 35.
— Joshua Gillin firstname.lastname@example.org