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updated 10/04/2010 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/04/2010 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Michael Douglas, Shia LaBeouf, Carey Mulligan | PG-13 |

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DRAMA

Once he gets his tacky Rolex, empty money clip and brick of a cell phone back, Gordon Gekko (Douglas) walks out of a prison a pariah. Seven years later he has a bestseller and a new greed-is-bad gospel he may or may not truly believe. It's a timely theme, especially for Jacob Moore (LaBeouf), a finance prodigy who happens to be engaged to Gekko's estranged daughter Winnie (Mulligan). Will Jake's Gekko worship turn him into a shark (the better to outwit Josh Brolin's nasty corporate titan), or will he heed his weepy fiancee and stay away? Better for him to get into trouble-director Oliver Stone is at his best when he's re-creating the backroom and boardroom deals behind the real-life global recession, forcing his characters into games of moral chess. And while LaBeouf and Mulligan are incredibly strong (as is the rest of the cast), Jake's love life is just a sappy sideshow to the suit-and-tie knife fight we came to see.

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