The best movie to see is still The Social Network. The birth story of Facebook is a riveting tale of college sophomores that are brilliant, ambitious, immature, self-absorbed and disloyal – and about to become zillionaires. It’s a triumph for actor Jesse Eisenberg (Adventureland, Zombieland and Solitary Man), director David Fincher (Fight Club, Zodiac) and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (A Few Good Men, The West Wing, Charlie Wilson’s War). It’s already on my list of Best Movies of 2010 – So Far.
Howl has a fine performance by James Franco, but is marred by an unsuccessful animation. Without strongly recommending it, I can say that The Town is a satisfying Hollywood thriller. You can skip Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and You Will Meet a Tall, Dark Stranger. For trailers and other choices, see Movies to See Right Now.
I have not yet seen Inside Job or Hereafter, which open this week. You can see their trailers at Movies I’m Looking Forward To.
My DVD of the Week is still The Day of the Jackal. For my recent DVD choices (including trailers), see DVDs of the Week.
Movies on TV include The Americanization of Emily (more on that tomorrow) and The Black Stallion, all coming up on TCM.