At the Cinema: October 2010

Paranormal Activity 2 (2010)

Passable sequel to the hit ghost chiller from 2009. More of the same, only bigger budgeted and less imaginative. 3/5

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)

Flabby, patchy but entertaining sequel to the classic 80s yuppie critique. Great whenever Douglas is onscreen, which is not nearly enough. Not nearly as scathing on the causes of the recent banking crisis as might be expected from Oliver Stone either. But still a thoughtful and enjoyable take on how close the world’s economy came close to collapse. 3/5

Buried (2010)

Nerve-jangling thriller about a man who wakes up inside a coffin 6 feet under. He (and the audience) stay there for the entire 90 minutes trying to find a way out. Well written and inventively shot. 4/5

The Social Network (2010)

Gripping, highly entertaining retelling of the story of Facebook’s birth and rapid ascendancy to internet phenomenon. Brilliantly written and directed. 5/5

Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)

Braindead third sequel in the ongoing Resident Evil series. Badly plotted and badly written, but then what’s new?  2/5

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