Hollywood’s still at it

Hollywood’s still at it
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First Published: Fri, Nov 12 2010. 10 27 PM IST
Updated: Fri, Nov 12 2010. 10 27 PM IST
The Social Network
Directed by David Fincher, this drama about the Facebook founders has stacked up a record number of review stars from critics around the world. The movie takes the audience back to a fall night in 2003 when Harvard undergrad and computer programming genius Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) heatedly begins working on a new idea. What starts in his dorm room soon becomes a revolution in communication. Six years and 500 million friends later, Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire in history. Buthe is not without his share of legal troubles.
Released on Friday.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 1)
Harry, Ron and Hermione are bunking their final year at Hogwarts to track down the Horcruxes and rob Voldemort of his immortality. Watch the three leads blunder across field and forest, bickering and deciphering clues. While some critics have trashed it for taking audiences out of the Hogwarts crowd, this first instalmentof the final Potter film is one that Potter fans wouldn’t want to miss.
Releases on 19 November.
Unstoppable
This Denzel Washington and Chris Pine starrer is a well-acted, well-plotted and well-filmed movie about a runaway train. After a train carrying a load of flammable materials has been sent off without a driver (no terrorists are involved, this is sheer human stupidity) the train company scrambles to chase it down and stop it before it crashes in a highly populated area. It’s an absurd concept, but director Tony Scott handles the material with restraint. This is a blow-out action film.
Releases on 26 November.
Secretariat
Housewife and mother Penny Chenery (Diane Lane) agrees to take over her ailing father’s Virginia-based Meadow Stables, although she has no horse racing knowledge. Against all odds, Chenery, with the help of veteran trainer Lucien Laurin (John Malkovich), manages to navigate the male-dominated business, ultimately fostering the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years.
Releases on 26 November.
Life as we know it
In the romantic comedy of the season, two single adults—an up-and-coming caterer (Katherine Heigl) and a promising network sports director (Josh Duhamel) become caregivers to an orphaned girl when their mutual best friends die in an accident.
After a disastrous first date, the only thing the two have in common is their love for their goddaughter, Sophie. Forced to take care of Sophie together, they put their differences aside. Juggling career ambitions and competing social calendars, they’ll have to find some common ground while living under one roof.
Releases on 3 December.
Fair Game
Fair Game follows in the tradition of All the President’s M en in presenting a probing look into an important political issue in the form of a crackling thriller. Director Doug Liman uses his The Bourne Identity skills to make the true story of the exposure of Valerie Plame (Naomi Watts), wife of US senator Joe Wilson (Sean Penn), as a CIA undercover agent by the Bush administration. The White House officials are allegedly out to discredit her husband after he wrote an op-ed in The New York Times in 2003 saying, the Bush administration had manipulated intelligence about weapons of mass destruction to justify the invasion of Iraq. The White House now considers her “fair game” for discrediting and public exposure. The film is fascinating for all those interested in the mechanism of power and use and abuse of it.
Releases on 17 December.
Tron: Legacy (3D)
Sam Flynn, the tech-savvy 27-year-old son of Kevin Flynn, looks into his father’s disappearance and finds himself pulled into the same world of fierce programs and gladiatorial games where his father has been living for 25 years. Father and son embark on a life-and-death journey across a visually stunning cyber universe that has become far more advanced and, also, exceedingly dangerous.
Releases on 17 December.
Gulliver’s Travel
Travel writer Lemuel Gulliver (Jack Black) takes an assignment in Bermuda, but ends up on the island of Liliput, where he towers over its tiny citizens. This is one Christmas film to take the children to.
Releases on 31 December.
The Tourist
The story revolves around Frank (Johnny Depp), an American tourist visiting Italy to mend a broken heart. Elise (Angelina Jolie) is a mysterious woman who deliberately crosses his path. Against the breathtaking backdrop of Venice, Frank pursues a potential romance but soon finds himself the pursued as he and Elise are caught in a whirlwind of intrigue and danger.
Releases on 31 December.
*Some dates are subject to change.
Compiled by Anindita Ghose.
anindita.g@livemint.com
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First Published: Fri, Nov 12 2010. 10 27 PM IST