Michael Douglas reeks of desperation in this questionable resuscitation of Gordon Gekko. And standing right next to Douglas eager to regain past glory is Oliver Stone, himself on career life support.
WALL STREET: MONEY NEVER SLEEPS
Michael Douglas reeks of desperation in this questionable resuscitation of Gordon Gekko. And standing right next to Douglas eager to regain past glory is Oliver Stone, himself on career life support. Can they succeed? Probably not, and that’s because the premise of “Greed is good, while it lasts” arrives two years and $700 billion too late. It’s further hobbled by the presence of Shia LaBeouf as Gekko’s small but powerful son-in-law, who helps the big guy get back into the money game after he’s sprung from prison. Money may never sleep, but audiences might.
NEVER LET ME GO
Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan and the red-hot Andrew Garfield (“Red Riding” and the next Spider-Man) play old school chums trying to come to terms with their very dark fates in this sci-fi chiller from Mark Romanek, who directed one of the great music videos of all time in Johnny Cash’s “Hurt.”
Why does Hollywood insist on portraying women as idiots? Exhibit A, this potential turkey about two generations of warring ladies (youngsters Kristen Bell and Odette Yustman, and oldsters Jamie Lee Curtis and Sigourney Weaver) doing their best to be the worst human beings possible before discovering the joys of sisterhood. Yuk! At least it has Betty White to generate some real laughs.
A FILM UNFINISHED
Director Yael Hersonski uncovers the despicable truth behind a historical film shot by the Nazis in Warsaw in May 1942.
A lothario goes into the business of breaking up couples for a tidy fee. But is he worth it?
JACK GOES BOATING
Philip Seymour Hoffman makes his directorial debut with this “Marty”-like tale in which he plays a limo driver who finds love with Amy Ryan.
Being married to Tom Cruise sure hasn’t helped Katie Holmes land better movie roles, as evidenced by her latest critically panned endeavor in which she plays one third of a love triangle opposite Anna Paquin and Josh Duhamel. The story is based on a heralded novel by the film’s director. Galt Niederhoffer. Excuse me while I yawn.
LEGEND OF THE GUARDIANS: THE OWLS OF GA’HOOLE
Zack Snyder’s adaptation of Kathryn Lasky’s fantasy novels about warrior owls battling evil seems a tad too pretentious to me (not to mention a rip-off of “Lord of the Rings”), but the animation looks spectacular. Plus, this is from the guy who made “300.” But, then, he’s also the guy who made the impotent “Watchmen.”