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Hello, everyone.

It’s been a busy week here at the Jungle Gym.  Beyond our regular posts, a new Review has gone up.  And, this week saw the launch of the “Victuals & Hootch” and “Mixed Media” pages as well.  And, now we find ourselves back to MovieDruid day!  I hope everyone takes some time to check out any and all of the new content that interests them.

But, in the meantime, I present this week’s national releases….

“The Tooth Fairy”

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Synopsis: Derek Thompson is a hard-charging hockey player whose nickname comes from his habit of separating opposing players from their bicuspids. When Derek discourages a youngster’s dreams, he’s sentenced to one week’s hard labor as a real tooth fairy, complete with the requisite wings and magic wand. At first, Derek “can’t handle the tooth” — bumbling and stumbling as he furtively tries to wing his way through strangers’ homes — doing what tooth fairies do. But, as Derek slowly adapts to his new position, he begins to rediscover his own forgotten dreams.

MovieDruid’s Comments: Dwayne Johnson, The Rock of the WWE.  As a Hockey Player turned Tooth Fairy.  OK, I’ll give you a few moments to wipe the tears from your eyes after the hilarity.  Now, don’t get me wrong, The Rock has actually showed some acting prowess since he started taking to the big screen.  He was incredibly good in “Gridiron Gang” and “Race to Witch Mountain” was a surprisingly entertaining piece of filmmaking.  But this is just ridiculous.  My mind really rebels against the very concept.  The thing that really gets to me is that the legendary Julie Andrews (“The Sound of Music” & “Mary Poppins”) allowed herself to become involved in this train wreck.  At least the concept is good for a laugh.

“Extraordinary Measures”

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Synopsis: From his working class roots, John Crowley has finally begun to taste success in corporate America. Supported by his beautiful wife Aileen and their three children, John is on the fast track. But just as his career is taking off, Crowley walks away from it all when his two youngest children, Megan and Patrick, are diagnosed with a fatal disease. With Aileen by his side, harnessing all of his skill and determination, Crowley teams up with a brilliant, but unappreciated and unconventional scientist, Dr. Robert Stonehill. Together they form a bio-tech company focused on developing a life-saving drug. One driven to prove himself and his theories, the other by a chance to save his children, this unlikely alliance eventually develops into mutual respect as they battle the medical and business establishments in a fight against the system — and time. But, at the last minute, when it appears that a solution has been found, the relationship between the two men faces a final test — the outcome of which will affect the fate of John’s children.

MovieDruid’s Comments: Good dramas seem to be a rarity these days.  Hollywood seems to be focused on the comedies and big budget films because they rake in so much money.  But, it is always good to see a solid drama come out.  That is especially the case when you can pair two actors like Harrison Ford (“Regarding Henry” & “The Mosquito Coast”) and Brendan Fraser (“School Ties” & “The Quiet American”).  If you’re exposure to Ford is all Indiana Jones and your exposure to Fraser is all his silly comedic work or chasing mummies, then I urge you to give this one a shot.  Both are extremely talented dramatic actors who should gel well on screen.

“Legion” – MovieDruid Pick of the Week

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Synopsis: An out-of-the-way diner becomes the unlikely battleground for the survival of the human race. When God loses faith in Mankind, he sends his legion of angels to bring on the Apocalypse. Humanity’s only hope lies in a group of strangers trapped in a desert diner and the Archangel Michael.

MovieDruid’s Comments: Few things in all the religious texts of all the world are quite as fascinating as the concepts of angels.  They are portrayed as messengers, guardians, and warriors throughout history.  One of the most powerful things I ever heard said about angels was in the film “The Prophecy” when Elias Koteas uttered the classic line “A whole existence spent praising your God, but always with one wing dipped in blood. Would you ever really want to see an angel?”  This film looks to be a spiritual successor of sorts to “The Prophecy,” giving us a vision of what it might be like if God turned his legions against mankind because of our failures.  The film has been called blasphemous and sacrilegious in the press.  And, if that is an opinion you share, my apologies for causing greater offense.  But one must be able to separate the reality of our existence from the fictions told on the silver screen.  And this film clearly lies in the latter.  As a story, this looks to be a unique look at a fascinating question.  What happens when we as a species push things too far for the spiritual powers that be?

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