Sorry not many movies this week, but all three are worth watching:
Lottery Ticket is about a kid (Bow Wow) living with his grandmother in public housing, who purchases a lottery ticket on a whim, and ends up winning the 370 million dollar jackpot. He has the long holiday weekend to safeguard his ticket and maneuver around all the neighbors and various thugs out there who want a piece of the pie. It was entertaining.
In Wallstreet: Money Never Sleeps, Michael Douglas reprises his role as Gordon Gecko, the man who coined the phrase “Greed is good.” After spending eight years in jail, he is released to find that no one is waiting for him…not even his daughter (Carey Mulligan), to whom he left his 100 million dollar fortune in a Swiss bank in exchange for her spotting him once he is gets out of jail until he can get back on his feet. She is now working for a non-profit and trying to better the world, while dating a Wallstreet trader (Shia LeBeouf). Gecko is promoting his book, “Is Greed Good?” while trying to get back into the game. Entertaining, yet predictable, I liked it.
Micmacs, in French with English subtitles, is a cute little fantasy with a bit of darkness. Basil loses his father to a landmine when he is just a boy. When he grows up, he is hit with a bullet to the head in a drive-by shooting that ultimately leaves him homeless and jobless. He meets a band of misfits that take him in. They join him in his quest to exact revenge on the arms dealers who manufactured the weaponry that affected his circumstances. I liked it.