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'The Social Network' could be the movie to watch

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Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, September 12, 2010

Can there be anything more potentially obnoxious and inert than a movie about an Internet start-up? Maybe, but "The Social Network," about Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, offers reason for optimism. For one thing, it's written by Aaron Sorkin ("The West Wing," "Charlie Wilson's War"), who has a proven track record in making even stultifying policy talk crackle with excitement. The film boasts a terrific cast: Jesse Eisenberg as Zuckerberg, with Justin Timberlake, Andrew Garfield and the new "Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," Rooney Mara. And they're being directed by David Fincher ("Se7en," "Zodiac"), one of the most dynamic and assured filmmakers working today. I feel like friending this movie already. -- Ann Hornaday

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