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Hello again, everyone.

I hope everyone has had a pleasant week and is readying themselves for a weekend of whatever makes them happiest.  The release’s in store this weekend are a little on the weak side.  Both films slated for release have potential, but it is potential of the double-edged variety.

Let’s take a peek…

“The Crazies”

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Synopsis: David Dutten is sheriff of Ogden Marsh, a picture-perfect American. But one night, one of them comes to a school baseball game with a loaded shotgun, ready to kill. Another man burns down his own house, after locking his wife and young son in a closet inside. Something is infecting the citizens of Ogden Marsh — with insanity. In an effort to keep the madness contained, the government uses deadly force to close off all access and won’t let anyone in or out — even those uninfected. The few still sane find themselves trapped: Forced to band together, an ordinary night becomes a horrifying struggle for survival as they do their best to get out of town alive.

MoiveDruid’s Comments: This is definitely a film on the edge.  On one hand we have what is going to amount to the equivalent of a zombie film in many ways.  While I am a fan of these films, it takes very little for them to veer quickly into mediocrity without a director of solid vision.  Do we have that with Breck Eisner?  It’s hard to say given his resume is a few television episodes and a two feature films the best known of which was “Sahara.”  However, the film does have a few aces up its sleeve.  The cast includes underrated stars Timothy Olyphant (“Dreamcatcher” & “Hitman”) and Radha Mitchell (“Surrogates” & “Pitch Black”).  Also, while many may not realize it, this film is actually a remake of a 1973 film penned and directed by one of the masters of the genre, George A. Romero.  I’m holding out hope for this one, but go in with a bit of trepidation that it is headed for the bad side of B-movie.

“Cop Out” – MovieDruid Pick of the Week

Trailer

Synopsis: Two longtime NYPD partners on the trail of a stolen, rare, mint-condition baseball card find themselves up against a merciless, memorabilia-obsessed gangster. Jimmy the veteran detective whose missing collectible is his only hope to pay for his daughter’s upcoming wedding, and Paul is his “partner-against-crime” whose preoccupation with his wife’s alleged infidelity makes it hard for him to keep his eye on the ball.

MovieDruid’s Comments: It’s not often that I pick a comedy for a Pick of the Week.  And, in this case, I am not selecting it so much for the perceived quality of the film as much as the fact that it seems the more likely of this week’s two releases to fall on its face.  There is actually much to like here, though.  Bruce Willis (“Hudson Hawk” & “Lucky Number Slevin”) has proven over and over again through the course of his career that he has comedic skill, and Tracy Morgan (“Head of State” & “First Sunday”) seems to gel well with him on-screen.  As always, the concern is this will turn into humor of the lowest common denominator and just fail to amuse.  The director may be able to keep things on track here, though.  Kevin Smith (“Clerks” & “Chasing Amy”) directs the film.  This is something of a mixed blessing, however, as Smith is directing a film he did not write for the first time.  (As a side note that may be worrisome, the film was originally to be titles “Two Dicks” until, the studio decided to change it to “Cop Out.”)

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