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Hello, everyone, and welcome back.

A light week this week, which may be a good thing.  There has been so much cinematic goodness lately it’s been impossible to keep up.  I still have a fairly full slate of films I want to attend, and a lighter week may buy me a little breathing room. 

As a programming note, I will begin posting MovieDruid Reviews on Wednesdays each week.  If for some reason I miss a week it will usually be because I didn’t make it to the cinema that week, but on those weeks I’ll try to at least throw up a DVD review.

Alright, now that the business is out of the way, on to the fun…

“When In Rome”

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Synopsis: An ambitious young New Yorker, disillusioned with romance, takes a whirlwind trip to Rome where she defiantly plucks magic coins from a fountain of love, inexplicably igniting the passion of those who threw them in: a sausage magnate, a street magician, an adoring painter and a self-admiring model. But, when a charming reporter pursues her with equal zest, how will she know if his love is the real thing?

MovieDruid’s Comments: Anytime a new romantic comedy comes out I eye it with a certain level of suspicion.  Very few films in this genre really bring anything new to the table, and the formulaic nature of them is burden enough.  But, on top of that, they bear the burden of almost immediately being labeled “chick flicks” and dismissed by most males.  My first impressions of this one were that it looked cute enough to be entertaining. But, I worry that the four comic pursuers of our heroine will bring a zaniness to the film that may be out of place.  However, I must say that my biggest reservation for this film is the director, Mark Steven Johnson, who is responsible for foisting upon an unknowing public the horrific big screen adaptations of “Daredevil” and “Ghost Rider.”  I would proceed with caution here.

“Edge of Darkness” -MovieDruid Pick of the Week

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Synopsis: Thomas Craven is a veteran homicide detective for the Boston Police Department and a single father. When his only child, 24-year-old Emma, is murdered on the steps of his home, everyone assumes that he was the target. But, he soon suspects otherwise, and embarks on a mission to find out about his daughter’s secret life and her murder. His investigation leads him into a dangerous looking-glass world of corporate cover-ups, government collusion and murder — and to CIA operative Darius Jedburgh, who has been sent in to clean up the evidence. Craven’s solitary search for answers about his daughter’s death transforms into an odyssey of emotional discovery and redemption.

MovieDruid’s Comments: I am actually approaching this one with a slight bit of trepidation.  Thrillers of this type have become cookie-cutter affairs in Hollywood in recent years, and this one has a few of the earmarks of that same syndrome.  Add to that the fact that Gibson hasn’t really given us anything of real substance since 2002’s “We Were Soldiers,” and I have worries.  However, hope springs eternal in the soul of the MovieDruid.  I remember Gibson in “Ransom” and “Braveheart,” and am hopeful for a return to form.  The real question here, then, becomes whether a script has been delivered that is a twisted enough plot to keep the tension high and the secrets hidden until the end or do we have another thriller where the good guys might as well wear white and the bad guys shoud be evilly twisting their mustaches?  I hope for the former, but fear we will get the latter.

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