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Hello, everyone!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Labor Day and a good week.  We are now entering the period that is normally a bit of a doldrums for movies.  The period between Labor Day and Thanksgiving is traditionally slim pickings for moviegoers as the studios have already given us their best summer features and are holding back a bit for the holiday season.  Fortunately for us, this year looks to be a bit better than usual, at least through September.  The next few weeks all look fairly solid, so there should be something for pretty mch every palette.

As a side note, for those who had not noticed, the review for “Gamer” is now up on the MovieDruid Reviews page

And, so, without, further ado, this week’s releases…

“Sorority Row”

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Synopsis: When five sorority girls inadvertently cause the murder of one of their sisters in a prank gone wrong, they agree to keep the matter to themselves and never speak of it again, so they can get on with their lives. This proves easier said than done, when after graduation a mysterious killer goes after the five of them and anyone who knows their secret.

MovieDruid’s Comments: I was hoping that with the “official” end of summer passing with Labor Day last weekend we would have seen the last of the teenage slasher flicks for the season.  I guess I was wrong.  This summer actually seemed inundated with the things to an even greater degree than previous years.  In fact, it seems like a new one comes out almost every week.  I certainly hope that doesn’t mean the genre is gaining traction.  The biggest problem with these films is the overtly formulaic nature of them.  I saw this movie in 1997 for goodness sake, it was called “I Know What You Did Last Summer.”  I probably saw it even earlier than that if I look back far enough.  I don’t mind the slasher movies, they can be fun, but let’s get with the program and put out some original content for a change.

“Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself”

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Synopsis: When Madea, America’s favorite pistol-packing grandma, catches sixteen-year-old Jennifer and her two younger brothers looting her home, she decides to take matters into her own hands and delivers the young delinquents to the only relative they have: their aunt April. A heavy-drinking nightclub singer who lives off of Raymond, her married boyfriend, April wants nothing to do with the kids. But her attitude begins to change when Sandino, a handsome Mexican immigrant looking for work, moves into April’s basement room. Making amends for his own troubled past, Sandino challenges April to open her heart. And April soon realizes she must make the biggest choice of her life: between her old ways with Raymond and the new possibilities of family, faith — and even true love.

MovieDruid’s Comments: I can understand the appeal of Tyler Perry’s work, even if it is not my cup of tea.  He has created a character in Medea that is appealing to the moviegoer who enjoys comedies, but wants something a little more sophisticated the humor of the lowest common denominator.  I can see the potential in the film, especially with Taraji P.Henson (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” & “Four Brothers”) in the lead.  Overall, the film seems to have a good direction, and while it may seem a bit cliche on the surface, a director like Perry is just unpredictable enough to garner some interest.

“Whiteout”

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Synopsis: Carrie Stetko, the lone U.S. Marshal assigned to Antarctica, investigates the continent’s first murder, which draws her into a shocking mystery. Now, with only three days until winter, Carrie must solve the crime before Antarctica is plunged into darkness and she is stranded with the killer.

MovieDruid’s Comments: Movies like this tend to bring out the geek in me a bit.  “Whiteout” is a graphic novel that was recommended to me by a friend a few years back and I devoured it in a matter of hours.  The funny thing about the world of comics is that so many outsiders think it is all superheroes, tights, and ridiculously proportioned women.  Fortunately, that is not the case.  Many fantastic writers and artists use comics as their medium of choice, and that is certainly the case of Greg Rucker and Steve Lieber, the creators of “Whiteout.”  I have high hopes for this film version with Dominic Sena (“Kalifornia” & “Swordfish”) at the helm and Kate Beckinsale (“Underworld” & “Van Helsing”) in the lead.  Any fan of action, suspense, and the like should defintely give this one a peek.

“9” – MovieDruid Pick of the Week

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Synopsis: The time is the too-near future. Powered and enabled by the invention known as the Great Machine, the world’s machines have turned on mankind and sparked social unrest, decimating the human population before being largely shut down. But, as our world fell to pieces, a mission began to salvage the legacy of civilization; a group of small creations was given the spark of life by a scientist in the final days of humanity, and they continue to exist post-apocalypse. One of these creations, 9, emerges to display leadership qualities that may help them survive and possibly even thrive. It is only by chance that he discovers a small community of others like himself taking refuge from fearsome machines that roam the earth intent on their extinction. Despite being the neophyte of the group, 9 convinces the others that hiding will do them no good. They must take the offensive if they are to survive, and they must discover why the machines want to destroy them in the first place. As they’ll soon come to learn, the very future of civilization may depend on them.

MovieDruid’s Comments: I love animated films.  I’ll admit that right out of the gate.  However, just making an animated feature isn’t enough to earn my hard earned dollars at the box office.  And, unless you’re studio’s name is Pixar, very little gets an automatic viewing no matter what the trailers look like.  This one has earned my purchase.  Shane Acker has provided us with a post apocalyptic world that, while drawing from previous material, has a unique feel and voice.  Along with that vision he has assembled a voice cast that is nothing short of stellar, including Elijah Wood (“Sin City” & “Lord of the Rings”), Jennifer Connelly (“A Beautiful Mind” & “Dark City”), and Christopher Plummer (“Inside Man” & “The Sound of Music”). This film has a look and feel that make me believe it may be destined to be considered a masterpiece.  And, the best thing is you don’t even have to wait until Friday, the film is already in theaters having been released Wednesday 9-9-09.

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2 Comments

  1. So where is the Vengeance?

    • In the blue flame!


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