New in Theaters: The Social Network, Let Me In, Case 39

Movies about social networks, social services, and socially unacceptable bullies are crowding into theaters this weekend. And maybe even a vampire or two! Here’s the rundown below. What are YOU seeing this weekend?

the-social-network-poster The Social Network. The Web’s all abuzz about this movie on the origins of Facebook. Jesse Eisenberg plays Mark Zuckerberg, a Harvard undergrad and computer programming genius who created the social network where everyone knows everything.

A mere six years and 500 million friends later, Zuckerberg was the youngest billionaire in history, but at the expense of personal and legal woes.

Based on Ben Mezrich’s book ‘The Accidental Billionaires,’ this movie is directed by David Fincher, written by Aaron Sorkin, and also stars Justin Timberlake, Brenda Song, Rooney Mara, Malese Jow, Joseph Mazzello and Max Minghella. Rated PG-13 for sexual content, drug and alcohol use and language; 121 minutes.

Let Me In. When 12-year old Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee) is bullied by his classmates and neglected by his divorcing parents, he starts plotting revenge on his tormentors and spying on other residents of his apartment complex. His only friend is new neighbor Abby (Chloe Moretz), an eerily self-possessed young girl who lives next door with her silent father (Oscar nominee Richard Jenkins).

A frail, troubled child about Owen’s age, Abby emerges from her heavily curtained apartment only at night and always barefoot, seemingly immune to the bitter winter elements. Before long, the two have formed a unique bond. Directed and written by Matt Reeves; rated R for strong bloody horror violence, language and a brief sexual situation; 115 minutes.

Case 39. Social worker Emily Jenkins (Renée Zellweger) thinks she’s seen it all, until she meets 10-year-old Lilith Sullivan (Jodelle Ferland) and the child’s cruel parents. When the parents try to harm Lily, Emily enlists the help of Detective Mike Barron (Ian McShane) and a psychiatrist (Bradley Cooper), and takes Lily in while she continues the search for the perfect foster family. But she soon learns that dark forces surround the young girl. Directed by Christian Alvart; rated R for violence and terror, including disturbing images; 109 minutes.

In Limited Release: As Good As Dead, Barry Munday, Cash Crop, Chain Letter, Douchebag, Freakonomics, Hatchet II, Hot Summer Days, Ip Man, Leaving.

Image: Columbia Pictures


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