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Greetings and salutations, everyone, and welcome back.

This week we have an interesting grouping of films that offers a little something for different tastes.  Combine these with the multitude of relatively strong releases of the last few weeks and I doubt anyone would have trouble finding a movie to attend this weekend.

But, let’s not just prattle on about it.  Let’s dive right in…

“Letters To God” 

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Synopsis: A heartfelt tale of inspiration, hope and redemption, “Letters to God” is the story of what happens when one boy’s walk of faith crosses paths with one man’s search for meaning — the resulting transformational journey touches the lives of everyone around them.

MovieDruid’s Comments: First off, there appears to be confusion as to the release status of this film.  Different sites differ as to whether this is a Limited or National release as of April 9.  I’m erring on the side of National release because I remember seeing advertising for it in the lobby of my local theater and Harrisburg is hardly a “Limited” market.  I can’t really say much here to be quite honest.  The movie has had very little in the way of exposure and the cast and crew are relative unknowns.  From some of the titles I do see popping up among cast and crew this appears to be made by a group that is involved in several other religious features.  There’s nothing wrong with that, but it does make me worry that the film could become a bit preachy rather than entertaining.  Only time will tell.

“Date Night”

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Synopsis: Claire and Phil Foster are a suburban couple slogging through their daily lives and marriage. Even their “date nights” of dinner and a movie have become routine. To reignite the marital spark, they visit a trendy Manhattan bistro, where a case of mistaken identity hurtles them through the city at breakneck speeds, into non-stop adventure. Remembering what made them so special together, Phil and Claire take on a couple of corrupt cops, a top-level mobster and a crazed cabbie as their date becomes a night they’ll never forget.

MovieDruid’s Comments: This is the rare comedy that I want to make a point of seeing.  Steve Carell and Tina Fey are two of the only truly funny people to come out of Saturday Night Live in years.  The pair together should be pure gold.  Add to that cameo or better performances by the likes of Mark Wahlberg, James Franco, Mila Kunis, and Mark Ruffalo and you have the makings for a movie that is funny for all the right reasons.

“The Runaways” – MovieDruid Pick of the Week

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Synopsis: The film follows two friends, Joan Jett and Cherie Currie, as they rise from rebellious Southern California kids to rock stars of the now legendary group that paved the way for future generations of girl bands. Joan and Cherie fall under the Svengali-like influence of rock impresario Kim Fowley, played by Michael Shannon, who turns the group into an outrageous success and a family of misfits. With its tough-chick image and raw talent, the band quickly earns a name for itself — and so do its two leads: Joan is the band’s pure rock’ n’ roll heart, while Cherie, with her Bowie-Bardot looks, is the sex kitten.

MovieDruid’s Comments: Anyone who is a fan of hard rock should know the names Joan Jett and Cherie Currie, and their band The Runaways.  As one of the first female bands of the genre, The Runaways left an indelible mark on music.  The story here is pure gold from a cinematic standpoint, and I have high hopes for this one.  Everything is riding on the young stars to pull off their parts, however.  Can Kristen Stewart (“Twilight” & “Panic Room”) leave the sparkly vampires behind and pull off a convincing portrayal of a rock legend like Joan Jett?  Can Dakota Fanning (“Man on Fire” & “I Am Sam”) leave the cute girl behind to be Cherie Currie?  I think both actresses are up to the challenge, and I hope they step up.  These could be roles that keep both from becoming typecast in the future.

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