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Hello, everyone.

The heat has definitely begun to infiltrate PA as we move toward a holiday weekend.  Perfect weather to escape into a dark, cool movie theater for a few hours.  The question is, what movie to see?

Well, as always, your faithful MovieDruid is here to take you by the hand and guide you through the national releases of the week.  Let’s take a look…

“Sex and the City 2”

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Synopsis: The continuing story of Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda and Samantha as they struggle to manage their love lives, friendships and careers in New York City.

MovieDruid’s Comments:  I was never an avid watcher of “Sex and the City.”  Generally it is not my kind of show.  On the other hand, Sarah Jessica Parker (“Striking Distance” & “Mars Attacks”) and Kim Cattrall (“The Ghost Writer” & “15 Minutes”) are both gifted actresses, and thus I would often pause and catch on odd episode in the days when I had HBO.  The quality of the program was definitely there, especially in the chemistry in the key cast members.  And, from what I understand this definitely carried over into the first film.  Whether the property has enough juice to carry a second feature film remains to be seen, but based on what I have seen of the film and its fans I would guess this should be a decent ride.

“Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” – MovieDruid Pick of the Week

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Synopsis: From the team that brought the “Pirates of the Caribbean” trilogy to the big screen, Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films present Prince of Persia: The Sands Of Time, an epic action-adventure set in the mystical lands of Persia. A rogue prince reluctantly joins forces with a mysterious princess and together, they race against dark forces to safeguard an ancient dagger capable of releasing the Sands of Time-a gift from the gods that can reverse time and allow its possessor to rule the world.

MovieDruid’s Comments: Ahhh…the videogame movie.  So much can go wrong, so much can go right.  At least Disney had enough sense not to hire Uwe Boll to direct this one.  The Prince of Persia franchise has been a favorite of gamers since 1989.  As a film, this one has a decent pedigree.  The director, Mike Newell has a depth of experience that includes “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” “Pushing Tin,” and “Donnie Brasco.”  This wide range shows he has a talent not just for an effects driven piece, an important piece here, but also with character driven films which is important for any film.  The cast is fairly solid with Jake Gyllehaal (“Rendition” & “Donnie Darko”), Gemma Arterton (“RockNRolla” & “Quantum of Solace”), Ben Kingsley (“Lucky # Slevin” & “Death and the Maiden”), Alfred Molina (“Spider-Man 2” & “Identity”) all part of the project.  I have high hopes for this one, but go in with the same trepidation I have when approaching any video game film.  Here’s hoping they get this one right.

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