Thursday, April 18, 2024

This Weekend: Woody Allen, “Howl,” Ben Affleck, Facebook, and Good Teachers!


Moviegoers, this is the weekend you’ve been waiting for. Especially if you’ve been “Waiting for Superman”!

Davis Guggenheim‘s documentary is an extraordinary look into what’s wrong (and right) with the public school system. It will be a strong contended for the Oscar short list, so don’t miss it.

Woody Allen‘s “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger” is a film full of hope about love and middle age. Gemma Jones is famous in the UK, sort of the next Judi Dench for America. Her performance is award worthy. It’s balanced by a crazy, funny performance by up-and-comer Lucy Punch. Check out also our Lucy Punch exclusive video at

And there’s more: Ben Affleck‘s “The Town” is just terrific. Check out especially Jeremy Renner and Jon Hamm. “The Social Network” is the movie of the weekend. Jesse Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield are “overnight sensations.” Justin Timberlake is delicious fun. “Howl” is a B movieĀ  with an A performance by James Franco. But the rest of the cast is also exceptional, from Jon Hamm (again) to Mary Louise Parker, Jeff Daniels, Alessandro Nivola, and David Strathairn.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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