Hollywood Movie Roundup: ‘Social Network’ to add millions of friends

HollywoodNews.com: Three adult-skewing titles hit the multiplex this weekend – “The Social Network,” “Let Me In” and “Case 39.” Of the three, Sony’s “Social Network,” a biopic about Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his unscrupulous ascent with the social website looks to outdistance itself from the competition with about $20-$25 million. Unfortunately, “Let Me In” and “Case 39” should pull in about $6-$8 million.

The film, directed by David Fincher, stars a string of fresh faces: Jesse Eisenberg (Zuckerberg), Andrew Garfield, Rooney Mara, Armie Hammer among many others. Of those, Justin Timberlake who plays Napster creator Sean Parker, is the standout name above the marquee. Aaron Sorkin of “West Wing” fame wrote the script about the youngest billionaire of all-time whose greatest flaw in launching the biggest social network of all time was that he was – anti-social.

Critics have been banging a drum for this film for quite some time, even putting it at the same level as Orson Welles’ “Citizen Kane.” “Social Network” has a glowing 98% Rotten Tomatoes Score with such premium critics like Manohla Dargis of the New York Times clapping, “Mr. Fincher and Mr. Sorkin offer up a creation story for the digital age and something of a morality tale, one driven by desire, marked by triumph, tainted by betrayal and inspired by the new gospel: the geek shall inherit the earth.”

Relativity Media’s Overture Films R-rated vampire tween pic “Let Me In,” a remake of the Swedish film “Let the Right One In,” tells the tale of an outcast middle school boy who befriends the new outsider girl in his apartment building. Only problem is, she’s a vampire and needs blood to survive. Despite her ugly side, the boy decides to stick by her side as the cards become stacked against her. Oscar nominee Richard Jenkins and Chloe Moretz (“Kick Ass”) star. Similar to “Social Network,” critics are savoring, awarding it an 82% fresh Rotten Tomato score. Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly exclaims, ”(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.”

Award season pundit, Jeffrey Wells, thinks “Let Me In” should be nominated for Best Picture: “’Let Me In’ should be one of the ten 2010 Best Picture nominees. It’s that good. If this happens, would ‘Let Me In’ be the first horror film since ‘The Exorcist’ to be Best Picture nominated? Would it be the first vampire flick ever to be so honored?” With the Academy’s open-mindness to sci-fi last year with “District 9” – who knows.

Paramount’s thriller “Case 39” stars Renee Zellweger and Bradley Cooper in a tale about a female social worker aiming to save a demonically possessed girl. The studio spent $27 million on the film and apparently already minted $15-$17 million overseas. “Case 39” originally was set to bow in 2008, but was moved a number of times. Critics aren’t high on the film at a Rotten Tomatoe score of 24% rotten. Jordan Mintzer of Variety wishes the case was closed on “Case 39” crying, “This ludicrous outing from helmer Christian Alvart and scribe Ray Wright takes its psycho-satanic babble much too seriously, and should elicit more laughs than frights.”

Photo Credit: Sony, Overture, Paramount


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