Now showing on cable: “The Kids Are Alright”

Sorry, I’ve fallen a little behind on my movies due to the whole Comic-Con thing. This movie actually hit cable a couple of weeks ago. It’s making its rounds now on HBO.

“The Kids Are Alright” is the story of two teenaged children of a lesbian couple who seek out the sperm donor the women used… their biological father. The kids arrange the meeting on their own, but once the Moms learn about it, they insist on meeting him themselves.

Essentially the movie is a relationship dramedy with Ruffalo’s character, Paul, being the straw that stirs the drink. Paul is a laid back, earthy, single restaurant owner. His interjection into this family unsettles the prim and proper Nic (Bening) and reaffirms Jules (Moore). Soon the women are bickering as the balance of power between them shifts. His influence also acts as a change agent in the life of the two kids. Before you know it, you have an entire family questioning their relationships to each other…

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Now showing on cable: “The Tourist”

Premiering tonight on Starz is “The Tourist”, last year’s tale of “international intrigue” starring Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp.

If you look at the director’s IMDb page, it states he was born “Florian Maria Georg Christian Graf Henckel von Donnersmarck” A name like that demands to be used in full whenever possible.

Angelina stars as the love interest of internationally renowned thief Alexander Pierce. Johnny Depp plays a schlub named Frank Tupelo, a community college Math teacher touring Europe.

Jolie begins the movie being spied upon and followed by a team of no less than 6,000 men. Of course she proves to be too smart for them by half. She’s sent a note by her husband in hiding to find someone his height and build and make her pursuers believe it’s him. Enter Depp, who she picks out on a train. She plays Depp into thinking she’s interested him, but it’s a ruse in order to put all the spies and gangsters following her onto him.

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Now showing on cable: “The Town”

Making its debut tonight on HBO is Ben Affleck’s second directorial effort, “The Town”.

“The Town” is an amazing heist film that stars Affleck, Jeremy Renner, Rebecca Hall, Jon Hamm and Pete Postlethwaite. It earned Renner an Oscar Nomination for Best Supporting Actor, and it currently holds a 94% Tomatometer score on Rotten Tomatoes.

I like it a lot myself.

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Now showing on cable: “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps”

Sometimes, the greatest sin a movie can commit is having greatness in its grasp and letting it slip away before your eyes.

You watch and you’re realizing… they’re soooo close.

But they never get there.

Such is the case with Oliver Stone’s “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps”, which made its debut on HBO Saturday night.

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Now showing on cable: “The Social Network”

For those of you who subscribe to Starz, tonight is the premiere of “The Social Network”, the 2010 David Fincher film starring Jesse Eisenberg which tells the story of the founding of Facebook. Based on the 2009 book “The Accidental Billionaires”, by Ben Mezrich, this movie certainly can’t be accused on not being topical. LOL.

While the movie does show how everyone’s favorite social networking site got its start, it’s actually about the high price of success, money, and being smarter than everyone else you know.

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Now showing on cable: “Inception”

Inception premieres this Saturday, June 18th on HBO.

If you missed it in the theatres, didnt catch it on demand and didnt buy it or rent it on DVD, well here’s your chance to right the wrong you’ve been doing yourself for a full year now.

Inception is one of those rare films that gives the audience credit for being intelligent. That’s not to say it’s a thinkpiece, by any means. It just means it doesnt pander to the lowest common denominator and over simplify everything for you. It gives you an action movie wrapped in a complex sci-fi structure that manages to keep your mind engaged whilst it gets your heart pounding.

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Now showing on cable: “Devil”

“Devil” is making it rounds on HBO.

Dont let the stink of M Night Shaymalan fool you! This movie is actually pretty fun.

The premise sounds like the setup for a joke, or some kind of riddle. “Four people and the Devil get stuck in an elevator…”

Once the Devil starts killing people off, though (done as the lights sporadically go out so no one can tell who done it) the movie gets creepy and cool. Meanwhile, powerless cops and security guards watch the action unfold over closed circuit tv and try to figure out who the killer is. Its like a claustrophobic “And Then There Were None”.

There’s worse movies than this one… I give it a B- !