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Hello, everyone.

Well, here we are, tomorrow will mark a mere week before Christmas.  What does that mean for us cinematically?  It means another light release week as the studios save a few of their big ones for Christmas Day release.  However, we are treated to one of the most truly fascinating films of the season this week as James Cameron dishes up his latest creation.

As a note, the MovieDruid will make his normal Thursday appearance on Christmas Eve.  There is one national release on Wednesday, December 23, but the bulk of the releases are Christmas Day, so I will not be altering te schedule next week.  Also, look for my review of “The Princess and the Frog” on the MovieDruid Reviews page now, and within the next few days I will be replacing it with my review of “Invictus.”  As always, if you missed a review, they are all available at the bottom of the Reviews page.

So, finally, let’s get on with it…

“Did You Hear About the Morgans?”


Synopsis: Highly successful Manhattan couple, Meryl and Paul Morgan, have almost-perfect lives-except for one notable failure – their dissolving marriage. But the turmoil of their romantic lives is nothing compared to what they are about to experience when they witness a murder and become targets of a contract killer. The Feds, protecting their witnesses, whisk away the Morgans from their beloved New York to a tiny town in Wyoming, and a relationship that was on the rocks threatens to end completely in the Rockies– unless, in their new BlackBerry-free lives, the Morgans can slow down the pace and rekindle the passion.

MovieDruid’s Comments: How many times is Hollywood going to rehash the “witnessed the murder/put in witness protection/fish out of water” routine?  It’s a formulas that has been exploited so severely it hardly seems serviceable anymore.  The director, Marc Lawrence (“Two Weeks Notice” & “Music & Lyrics”) must be a close personal friend of High Grant, because he doesn’t seem to like directing anyone else.  And that, my friends, is a problem for me as I have never been a fan of Mr. Grant’s work.  Having Sarah Jessica Parker (“Sex and the City” & “Striking Distance”) helps a little, but her work outside “Sex and the City” in recent years has been sparse and disappointing.  I can’t see a reason to recommend this one unless you are a Hugh Grant fan, because this looks like just more of the same from him and Marc Lawrence.

“Avatar” – MovieDruid Pick of the Week


Synopsis: “Avatar” is the story of an ex-Marine who finds himself thrust into hostilities on an alien planet filled with exotic life forms. As an Avatar, a human mind in an alien body, he finds himself torn between two worlds, in a desperate fight for his own survival and that of the indigenous people.

MovieDruid’s Comments: James Cameron (“Titanic” & “The Abyss”) has always has a reputation for pushing the envelope, both as a storyteller and technologically.  Anytime he takes on a project he does it with a passion that few directors in Hollywood seem to have anymore.  and, he appears to have given us another fascinating vision with “Avatar.”  First off, he has pushed the envelope technologically once again, using CGI and other effects to an end that is nothing short of gorgeous.  But, beyond that the word is that he has mad use of 3D technology in a way that will be a definition of the concept going forward.  I have criticized 3D in the past, but after seeing its use in “A Christmas Carol” I am slowly being won over.  Add to the technology a cast that includes Sam Worthington (“Terminator Salvation” & “Hart’s War), Zoe Saldana (“Star Trek” & “Vantage Point”), Stephen Lang (“Public Enemies” & “Gettysburg”), Sigourney Weaver (“Alien” & “Death and the Maiden”), Michelle Rodriguez (“Fast & Furious” & TV’s “Lost”), and Giovanni Ribisi (“Boiler Room” & “Gone in 60 Seconds”) and you have the typical James Cameron synergy of talent,story, and technology that almost always fuses into greatness.  As a side note, the film is being released in normal, 3D, and IMAX 3D versions.  I only pop for a few films on IMAX a year because of the cost, this will be one.


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