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Hello, all.

Well, another week has nearly left us and, thus, it is time for the MovieDruid to once again gush forth with his analysis of the coming movie releases.  I know you all wait with bated breath for the coming of the Thursday post, so I won’t ramble on for too long.  Just two small points before I begin:

1) I apologize for the lack of review this week.  I was out of town all weekend and did not have the opportunity to grab a flick.

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2) I would like to welcome home from Iraq my intrepid friend in the National Guard.  Welcome home, buddy, we’re all glad you’re home and safe!

Well, with that out of the way, here we go…

“Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs”

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Synopsis: Columbia Pictures’ and Sony Pictures Animation’s Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs will be the most delicious event since macaroni met cheese. Inspired by the beloved children’s book, the film focuses on a town where food falls from the sky like rain.

MovieDruid’s Comments: I actually have very high hopes for this one.  But, I may be biased.  I remember this book from my childhood with very fond memories.  Even now, I get the giggles thinking about the silly story and the beautiful illustrations of all the ridiculousness.  The real challenge here, as with any film based on a children’s book, is to remain true to the spirit of the source while making a book that takes minutes to read into a feature length film.  It should be an interesting one with voice talent ranging from James Caan to Neil Patrick Harris to Mr. T.  (As a side note this one is also being released in 3D in some theaters if that is your cup of tea.)

“Love Happens”

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Synopsis: Aaron Eckhart and Jennifer Aniston star in the romantic drama Love Happens. When a self-help author arrives in Seattle to teach a sold-out seminar, he unexpectedly meets the one person who might finally be able to help him help himself. Dr. Burke Ryan (Eckhart) is on the precipice of a major multimedia deal, but the therapist who asks his patients to openly confront their pain is secretly unable to take his own advice. Eloise Chandler (Aniston) has sworn off men and decided to focus on her floral business. However, when she meets Burke at the hotel where he’s speaking, there is an instant attraction. But will two people who have met the right person at exactly the wrong time be able to give love another chance? As each struggles with the hurt of love and loss, they realize that in order to move forward, they need to let go of the past. And if they can, they’ll find that, sometimes, love happens when you least expect it.

MovieDruid’s Comments: I don’t truly believe in the concept of the “chick flick” to be quite honest.  I think that guys often miss pretty solid movies simply because they are romantic in nature.  Guys, if you’re out there and you haven’t seen “Untamed Heart,” “It Could Happen To You,” or “How Stella Got Her Groove Back” you really should give at least one of them a try (along with countless others).  This one has a lot of pieces that look good.  The only real weak point is the untried director, Brandon Camp.  But, when he has Jennifer Aniston (“The Breakup” & “Bruce Almighty”) and Aaron Eckhart (“Paycheck” & “The Dark Knight”) as his leads I think he’ll be alright.  It could go either way (these movies sometimes stray into sappy to be sappy territory), but this one looks like it is worth a glance.

“Jennifer’s Body”

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Synopsis: When small town high-school student Jennifer is possessed by a hungry demon, she transitions from being “high-school evil” — gorgeous (and doesn’t she know it), stuck up and ultra-attitudinal — to the real deal: evil/evil. The glittering beauty becomes a pale and sickly creature jonesing for a meaty snack, and guys who never stood a chance with the heartless babe, take on new luster in the light of Jennifer’s insatiable appetite. Meanwhile, Jennifer’s lifelong best friend Needy, long relegated to living in Jennifer’s shadow, must step-up to protect the town’s young men, including her nerdy boyfriend.

MovieDruid’s Comments: After reading so much about how this movie finally gives us a taste of the talen Megan Fox actually has, I really want this movie to be great.  In the two “Transformers” movies there were small flashes of her actual ability as an actress, but they were quickly swept under the rug in favor of using her as eye candy.  I mean, how many different angles can they truly find from which to show off her cleavage?  My gut tells me that despite the nature of her performance in those films, and the somewhat teen slasher feel of this one, Fox actually has some acting chops.  Hopefully Karyn Kusama allows her to perform a bit rather than exploting her physical assets as Michael Bay did.

“The Informant!” – MovieDruid Pick of the Week

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Synopsis: What was Mark Whitacre thinking? A rising star at agri-industry giant Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), Whitacre suddenly turns whistleblower. Even as he exposes his company’s multi-national price-fixing conspiracy to the FBI, Whitacre envisions himself being hailed as a hero of the common man and handed a promotion. But before all that can happen, the FBI needs evidence, so Whitacre eagerly agrees to wear a wire and carry a hidden tape recorder in his briefcase, imagining himself as a kind of de facto secret agent. Unfortunately for the FBI, their lead witness hasn’t been quite so forthcoming about helping himself to the corporate coffers. Whitacre’s ever-changing account frustrates the agents and threatens the case against ADM as it becomes almost impossible to decipher what is real and what is the product of Whitacre’s rambling imagination. Based on the true story of the highest-ranking corporate whistleblower in U.S. history.

MovieDruid’s Comments: Matt Damon has always proven to be a bit of a chameleon in his roles.  From the anti-semitic rich boy of “School Ties” to the South Boston tough guy in “Good Will Hunting” to the amnesiac secret agent in “The Bourne Identity.”  Somehow he is one of the few actors that manages to make me forget that I am watching Matt Damon and lose myself in the character.  Here, we have Damon doing something he rarely does, comedy.  But, his performance looks to be so over the top ridiculous that it jusy must be seen.  Add to that the fact that, despite the comedic nature of the film, this is a true story and you simply have a film begging for a screening.

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