Six Picks for the Week of September 27-October 3

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  • Publish Date: September 26, 2010

The Social Network (Fri.)


The Facebook movie arrives in theatres on Friday riding a wave of near-deafening buzz and phenomenal early reviews. Director David Fincher looks to make up for his Forrest Gump retread The Curious Case of Benjamin Button with his self-described “Citizen Kane of John Hughes movies.” Adapted by Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing) from Ben Mezrich’s book The Accidental Billionaires, The Social Network focuses on Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his busy years at Harvard. Justin Timberlake co-stars as Napster co-founder Sean Parker and Andrew Garfield plays Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin. The film also boasts a score from Trent Reznor and collaborator Atticus Ross.

Take a break from your status update and visit the official website.

Premiere of The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret (Fri.)

ImageA better decision than Running Wilde?

David Cross and Will Arnett are all over the boob tube these days. The former Arrested Development stars are both in the new Fox series Running Wilde, and their new Channel 4 comedy from the UK, The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, makes its American TV debut Friday on IFC at 10pm. Cross co-created the six-episode series and stars as the title character, who's recruited by tough boss Arnett to travel overseas to sell energy drink Thunder Muscle. Guitarist Johnny Marr of The Smiths provides the opening theme song “Life is Sweet” and other music throughout the show.

Find out more information and watch the first episode at the official IFC website.

Let Me In (Fri.)

Image A horror remake that doesn't suck

Director Matt Reeves follows his debut film Cloverfield with Friday's remake of the acclaimed Swedish horror film Let the Right One In 82. The revised setting for the new Let Me In is New Mexico, and the lead characters are now played by the impressive Chloë Moretz (Hit-Girl from Kick-Ass) and Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Road). We’re curious to see how the filmmakers attempt to set their film apart from the excellent Swedish effort; if the early reviews hold up, this could be the rare remake that rises above or at least matches the original.

Get a taste of young blood at the official website.

Matador at 21 festival (Fri.-Sun.)

ImageAnother 21st in Vegas

The prolific NYC-based indie-music label Matador celebrates turning legal drinking age by having a three-day music festival in Las Vegas beginning Friday. The lineup is filled with artists from Matador’s current and past rosters, including reunions of faves Guided By Voices, Pavement, Come, and Chavez; sets from past labelmates Liz Phair, Superchunk, and Spoon; and current superstars Sonic Youth, Belle & Sebastian, Yo La Tengo, Cat Power, The New Pornographers, and more. Matador is also releasing a six-CD Vegas-themed (it comes with custom poker chips) Matador at 21 box set on Tuesday to commemorate the event, with all proceeds going to three different charities. ¡Olé!

See the festival schedule and place your bets at the official Matador site.

Dead Rising 2 (Tue.)

ImageUndead again

The zombie apocalypse won’t die down. If you’re tired of playing Plants vs. Zombies and can’t wait for next month’s debut of The Walking Dead, maybe Dead Rising 2 is for you. The sequel, released Tuesday, follows up the original 2006 Dead Rising, this time with you playing as single dad and former motocross champion Chuck Greene, who returns to Fortune City, a replacement for zombie-ravaged Las Vegas. The mall from the original is now a casino, and you’ll have even more creative weapons to create and use to take down even more zombies. Multiplayer has also been added, so you can eviscerate zombies with a friend!

Aim for the head Tuesday when Dead Rising 2 is out for 360, PS3, and PC

Series premiere of No Ordinary Family (Tue.)

ImageThey could be heroes

Just when you thought superhero television shows were a thing of the past -- with Heroes off the air and Smallville entering its 10th and final season -- here comes ABC’s No Ordinary Family, debuting on Tuesday at 8pm. The series stars The Shield’s Michael Chiklis and Dexter’s Julie Benz as Jim and Stephanie Powell, a seemingly normal couple who obtain superhuman abilities after surviving a plane crash. Throw in a few kids with their own powers and Jim’s coworker/sidekick, played by the wonderful Romany Malco (Weeds), and you’ve got a show that tries to balance family drama and comic-book wish fulfillment. We’ll see if they can pull it off -- or if the two themes cancel each other out.

Leap tall buildings at the show’s official website.

Closing the book on last week

Weekend Box Office Champion (Estimated, U.S. only; source:
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps 59 $19.0 million; 1st week at #1
#1 Album on Billboard 200 (Source: SoundScan)
Linkin Park: A Thousand Suns 63 1st week at #1
Top-Rated Primetime Broadcast Show (Source: Nielsen)
Sunday Night Football: Giants/Colts (NBC) 23.1 million viewers; week of 9/13-9/19

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  • Mitch Tough  

    I never thought the American version of the great Swedish film "Let the Right One In" would be able to hold a candle to the original, but I'm surprisingly fired up to see this remake. Looks much more like a typical Horror film than LTROI, but that's fine with me. Just hope it's not gratuitous.

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