If you get stuck in a conversation about seeing a "new release" tonight, here are some topics to bring up:
The Social Network
Director: David Fincher
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Timberlake, Andrew Garfield
Good if you want to see: David Fincher and writer Aaron Sorkin's tale of the formation of Facebook, starting right at the beginning--the first time Mark Zuckerberg typed "facebook login" into Google.
Let Me In
Director: Matt Reeves
Starring: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Chloe Moretz, Richard Jenkins
Good if you want to see: the Swedish film Let the Right One In, but now remade just so you wouldn't have to read the dialogue. I hear it's a pretty reasonable facsimile, though.
Director: Christian Alvart
Starring: Renee Zellweger, Bradley Cooper, Ian McShane
Good if you want to see: a long-shelfed, horrible-looking, incredibly-derivative horror film that's now been pulled out of the turd vault because there are some scenes of Bradley Cooper projectile-vomiting bees, and people really liked The Hangover.
Director: Adam Green
Starring: Kane Hodder, Danielle Harris, Tony Todd
Good if you want to see: Hatchet kill some people.
Director: Alex Gibney, Heidi Ewing
Good if you want to see: the best-selling book about incentive-based thinking brought to the screen, so you can talk to people as if you read it.
Barry Munday (limited)
Director: Chris D'Arenzo
Starring: Patrick Wilson, Judy Greer
Good if you want to see: would-be Lothario Patrick Wilson lose his testicles and face the consequences of having impregnated Judy Greer, all made to look as "indie" as possible. Which sounds terrible, as it would make me face my fears of accidental castration, accidentally getting someone pregnant, and accidentally manufacturing derivative quirkiness, all at once.