Weekend Movie Review Roundup: Owl And Gekko Edition

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We’re in the final weekend of September and there’s two major movies coming out, “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” and “Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole.”  Another movie coming out is Ryan Reynold’s low budget, Buried.  There’s also a documentary about our flawed education system called “Waiting For Superman.”  Let’s see if the movies are any good.

Wall Street: Money Never Sleepsis a sequel to the original “Wall Street” released in 1987.  The sequel still has the main actor and director, Michael Douglas and Oliver Stone.  Added to the cast is Shia LaBeouf.  The sequel is a continuation of Gordon Gekko’s (Douglas) character as he mentors LaBeouf in the shady world of stock exchange.  The movie is getting mixed reviews at 55% on Rotten Tomatoes.  Fan The Fire Magazine, described the movie: “It should be an electrifying tale of love and loss set against the turbulent economic crash of 2008, but instead there’s a whole lot of smoke without real fire, and while it’s entertaining enough, you’ll undoubtedly still leave the cinema disappointed.”

Directed by Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen), Legend Of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole is also getting mixed reviews.  It’s at 45% with critics admiring the CG visuals but disappointed with the story.  Kansas City Star wrote “Zack Snyder can work wonders with visuals. It’s the scripts that can let him down.”

Buried stars Ryan Reynolds as he wakes up 6 feet underground and tries to escape his demise.  I really want to watch this movies because it’s getting great reviews at 88%.  I want to see what the filmmakers can do with a guy that’s buried for 90 minutes and keeping the audience interested.  Radio Times liked the movie “An intense, claustrophobic experience that’s inventively filmed and powerfully performed by Reynolds as the story’s flawed but unnecessarily hard-done-by everyman.”

“Waiting For Superman” doesn’t have anything to do with the DC’s superhero.  The documentary is about the public education system and the students and their family.  It’s getting phenomenal reviews, with a 92% rating.  Entertainment Weekly wrote,  “The movie goes right to the heart in focusing on the fates of some irresistibly real kids and the loving, frustrated parents and grandparents who care for them.”

I’ll probably watch Buried and put the rest on Netflix.  See you at the movies!

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