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Hello, everyone!

Well, I don’t know about all my readers out there, but I am ready for the end of winter and the coming of spring.  Around here we head record February snowfall, and it managed to screw up plans on multiple occasions for the MovieDruid household.  I would like to apologize for the lateness of the “Shutter Island” review last week and the lack of a review this week so far.  The coming few months are busy ones for me, and my normal cinematic schedule is going to suffer a bit.  Because of that, I ask for your patience on the review front.  I will provide them as frequently as I can for you, though.

We are firmly in the midst of a slowdown period.  The quality is a little higher than normal this year, but we are only getting one or two a week nationally released.  Such is the way of Hollywood.  So, let’s see what they have in store for us this week.

“Brooklyn’s Finest”


Synopsis: Burned out veteran Eddie Dugan is just one week away from his pension and a fishing cabin in Connecticut. Narcotics officer Sal Procida has discovered there’s no line he won’t cross to provide a better life for his long-suffering wife and seven children. And Clarence “Tango” Butler has been undercover so long his loyalties have started to shift from his fellow police officers to his prison buddy Caz, one of Brooklyn’s most infamous drug dealers. When NYPD’s Operation Clean Up targets the notoriously drug-ridden BK housing project, all three officers find themselves swept away by the violence and corruption of Brooklyn’s gritty 65th Precinct and its most treacherous criminals.

MovieDruid’s Comments: This film is packed to the gills with talent.  And it is talent that is solidly appropriate for the film that was made.  With Antoine Fuqua (“Training Day” & “The Replacement Killers”) in the director’s chair, the film immediately has a bit of legitimacy.  Fuqua has proven himself time and again to be a solid director of gritty stories awash in deeply troubled characters.  And, in this case they have given a master sculptor some fine clay to work with personified by Richard Gere (“Primal Fear” & “The Jackal”), Don Cheadle (“Traitor” & “Swordfish”), and Ethan Hawke (“Taking Lives” & “Gattaca”) as his cops and Wesley Snipes (“New Jack City” & “Demolition Man”) returning to something he rarely does, but does well: playing a villain.  This film has everything going for it and should be a solid one for fans of the gritty police thriller.

“Alice In Wonderland” – MovieDruid Pick of the Week


Synopsis: From Walt Disney Pictures and visionary director Tim Burton comes an epic 3D fantasy adventure “Alice in Wonderland,” a magical and imaginative twist on some of the most beloved stories of all time. Now, 19, Alice returns to the whimsical world she first encountered as a young girl and embarks on a fantastical journey to find her true destiny and end the Red Queen’s reign of terror. Capturing the wonder of Lewis Carroll’s beloved “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” (1865) and “Through the Looking-Glass” (1871), the film features stunning, avant-garde visuals and the most charismatic characters in literary history.

MovieDruid’s Comments: Anyone who expected the new “Alice in Wonderland” to be a faithful retelling of the classic Lewis Carroll tale must have missed the legendary pairing of director Tim Burton (“Sleepy Hollow” & “Sweeny Todd”) and actor Johnny Depp (“Edward Scissorhands” & “Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl”).  Any time these two get together the results are breathtaking in both their vision and their quirkiness.  But, for a modern take on the tale, who better to venture into Wonderland than this pair of slightly mad individuals?  Of course, they aren’t going alone.  Along for the ride are such names as Helena Bonham Carter (“Hamlet” & “Fight Club”), Anne Hathaway (“The Devil Wears Prada” & “Becoming Jane”), and Mia Wasikowska (“Amelia” & “Defiance”), along with a host of others doing voice work.  The film is really reminiscent of a cross between the classic stories and the Wonderland envisioned in the American McGee’s Alice videogame.  So many possibilities here, I can’t wait.  And, as an added bonus, for those who are aficionados, the film is being released in three flavors: regular, 3-D, and IMAX 3-D.  See ya in Wonderland!


One Comment

  1. SO EXCITED about the Alice movie. I feel like I already know what’s coming with Johnny Depp — entertaining, but perhaps not surprising — but I’m intrigued by what I’ve seen of Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen. And I love Mia W… W… Wailjfdfslj from HBO’s In Treatment, so I have high hopes.

    I refuse to take it as a bad omen that Where the Wild Things Are was just released on DVD.

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