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Hello everyone, and welcome back yet again.

The summer movie season is slowly creeping up on us, and the studios are beginning to roll out the early trailers for their summer offerings.  This summer could prove interesting, but I am only cautiously optimistic.  The last few years have either been disappointing overall or have had films that should have been incredible that ended up fizzling.

But, we don’t have to face the heat of summer just yet, let’s enjoy spring while we still can.  And, if April brings showers your way this weekend, here’s what will be new in the cinemas for a rainy afternoon.

“The Back-Up Plan”

Trailer

Synopsis: After years of dating, Zoe has decided waiting for the right one is taking too long. Determined to become a mother, she commits to a plan, makes an appointment and decides to go it alone. That same day, Zoe meets Stan – a man with real possibilities. Trying to nurture a budding relationship and hiding the early signs of pregnancy becomes a comedy of errors for Zoe and creates confusing signals for Stan. When Zoe nervously reveals the reason for her unpredictable behavior, Stan commits fully and says he’s in. But with the nine month clock ticking, both begin to experience cold feet. Anyone can fall in love, get married and have a baby but doing it backwards in hyper-drive could be proof positive that they were made for each other.

MovieDruid’s Comments: This feels like yet another movie I have seen before.  The romantic comedy genre just seems to be in recycle mode the last year or so.  What Hollywood needs to get through its head is the same thing is going to return diminishing returns, originality pays dividends.  The cast and crew is mostly from the small screen.  That is except for Jennifer Lopez.  The real question mark is J-Lo an asset or a liability.  Her work is inconsistent to say the least.  However, where she seems to shine (“An Unfinished Life” & “The Cell”) seem to be more serious roles versus her comedic outings (“Gigli” & “Maid In Manhattan”) which can be train wrecks.  Can she pull this one off?  I have my doubts.

“The Losers” – MovieDruid Pick of the Week

Trailer

Synopsis: “The Losers” centers upon the members of an elite U.S. Special Forces unit sent into the Bolivian jungle on a search and destroy mission. The team-Clay, Jensen, Roque, Pooch and Cougar find themselves the target of a lethal betrayal instigated from inside by a powerful enemy known only as Max. Presumed dead, the group makes plans to even the score when they’re joined by the mysterious Aisha, a beautiful operative with her own agenda. Working together, they must remain deep undercover while tracking the heavily guarded Max, a ruthless man bent on embroiling the world in a new high-tech global war.

MovieDruid’s Comments: It’s nice to have what is really a fairly pure action movie again.  The genre mixing of the last few years has made films like this a bit of a rarity.  Add to that the fact that the film is based on a great comic series published by DC under their more mature Vertigo imprint, and the anticipation is definitely high.  An interesting cast here as well with Jeffrey Dean Morgan (“Watchmen” & “The Accidental Husband”), Zoe Saldana (“Star Trek” & “Avatar”), Chris Evans (“Fantastic Four” & “Cellular”), and Jason Patric (“Sleepers” & “The Lost Boys”) among others.  It definitely looks like a solid ride here.

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