December 24, 2010 in Features

DVD releases: ‘Wall Street’ sequel offers revenge

Philadelphia Inquirer
 

Michael Douglas and Shia LaBeouf in “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.”
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Coming up

Among upcoming DVD releases (schedule subject to change):

Tuesday: “Resident Evil: Afterlife,” “The American,” “Legendary,” “Twelve,” “Jersey Shore: Season Two”

Jan. 4: “Machete,” “Dinner For Schmucks,” “The Last Exorcism,” “Howl,” “Camille”

Jan. 11: “Alpha and Omega,” “The Social Network,” “Piranha”

Available on DVD this week:

“Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps”: Oliver Stone’s bookend to his brazenly entertaining 1987 film attempts to explain the 2008 banking bubble through the story of a young stock analyst (Shia LeBeouf) who seeks out disgraced financier Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) to help him take down Wall Street vulture Bretton James (Josh Brolin). Douglas and LeBeouf are excellent, but as a cautionary tale of personal and business ethics the film has all the urgency of snail mail. (2:07; PG-13 for language) • •

“Easy A”: Emma Stone is saucy fun as the high school nobody who becomes a somebody when she pretends to relieve boy nonentities of their virginity. A delightful farce that skewers the double standard of why sexually active boys are considered studs and their female counterparts are called skanks. (1:32; PG-13 for teen sexuality, language and drug material) • • •

“Salt”: Commendably swift and progressively inane, this slam-bang thriller stars Angelina Jolie as a Bourne-like CIA gal accused of being a Russian mole. It’s an action vehicle for Jolie but not much more. (1:39; PG-13 for violence) • • 1/2

“Step Up 3”: This second sequel in the hit hip-hop series boasts more cliches than you can shake your booty at (follow your dream, believe in yourself, it’s the journey not the destination). And while the acrobatic cast proves adept at moonwalks and break-dances – and even tangos and tap – not a one exudes any charisma. (1:37; PG-13 for brief strong language) • •

“Devil”: A group of people are trapped in an elevator, and one of them is the devil. (1:20; PG-13 for violence and disturbing images, thematic material and some language including sexual references)


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