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I don’t know about everyone else, but the heat of summer is coming a bit too early for my taste.  And the real problem is that the summer movie season seems to be getting off to a rather sluggish post-Memorial Day start.  How am I supposed to luxuriate in a dark, air-conditioned theater if there is nothing worth seeing?

Hopefully things kick into a higher gear soon.

“Marmaduke”

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Synopsis: For Phil and Debbie Winslow, moving their family from Kansas to the O.C. is a big deal. For their enormous Great Dane “Marmaduke,” however, the move means a whole new way of life. It’s chaos at home and awkward at work as the Winslows struggle to control their angsty teenage canine.

MovieDruid’s Comments: I was never a fan of “Marmaduke” in comic strip form.  It always seems so corny.  I rolled my eyes a lot when I read it.  But, I can’t really see this translating to the big screen well at all.  This has the feel of rehashing all the territory that has been well-trod in the past.  I don’t see anything new in this one, and I don’t hold out much hope.  It simply looks like one to be avoided.

“Splice”

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Synopsis: Superstar genetic engineers Clive and Elsa specialize in splicing DNA from different animals to create incredible hybrids. Now they want to use human DNA in a hybrid that could revolutionize science and medicine. But, when the company that funds their research forbids it, Clive and Elsa secretly take their boldest experimentation underground — risking their careers by pushing the boundaries of science to serve their own curiosity and ambition. The result is Dren, an amazing, strangely beautiful creature of uncommon intelligence and an array of unexpected physical developments. At first, Dren exceeds their wildest dreams. But as she grows and learns at an accelerated rate, her existence threatens to become their worst nightmare.

MovieDruid’s Comments: Again with the cliché?  How many times have we played out this “science project gone wrong” scenario?  And, to be quite honest, this one looks to be a little more on the cheesy side.  Now, I understand that summer films aren’t necessarily about depth and story, but there needs to be something there.  This doesn’t even qualify as a moderately appealing popcorn flick.  I’m not even sure the gifted stars Adrien Brody (“The Jacket” & “The Pianist”) and Sarah Polley (“Dawn of the Dead” & “Go”) can save this one.

“Get Him To The Greek”

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Synopsis: Aaron Greenberg gets things done. The ambitious 23-year-old has exaggerated his way into a dream job just in time for a career-making assignment. His mission: Fly to London and escort a rock god to L.A.’s Greek Theatre for the first-stop on a $100-million tour. His warning: Turn your back on him at your own peril. British rocker Aldous Snow is both a brilliant musician and walking sex. Weary of yes men and piles of money, the former front man is searching for the meaning of life. He may have to coax, lie to, enable and party with Aldous, but Aaron will get him to the Greek.

MovieDruid’s Comments: I have to admit to mixed feelings on this one.  Several of my friends have recommended I check out “Forgetting Sarah Marshall.”  Admittedly, to date, I have failed to do so.  This spin-off film, of sorts, featuring Russell Brand’s character looks at first glance like just another ridiculous comedy, completely outside the realm of my taste.  However, there is something about it that sparks a certain odd interest in me that I can’t really put my finger on.  I can’t see myself paying first-run money for this one, but a second-run theater or DVD may not be out of the question.

“Killers” – Movie Druid Pick of the Week

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Synopsis: While traveling with her parents in the French Riviera, Jen Kornfeldt meets the man of her dreams, the dashing, handsome Spencer Aimes. Three years later, she and Spencer are newlyweds living the ideal suburban life — that is, until the morning after Spencer’s 30th birthday when bullets start flying. Literally. It turns out Spencer never bothered to tell Jen he’s also an international super-spy, and now Jen’s perfect world has been turned upside down. Faced with the fact that her husband is a hit man, Jen is determined to discover what other secrets Spencer might be keeping.

MovieDruid’s Comments: I have to admit to feeling a little shaky about the Pick of the Week landing here.  It’s almost a lesser of four evils situation.  However, “Killers” does have a few things going for it.  Ashton Kutcher (“The Butterfly Effect” & “What Happens In Vegas”) has proven to be a much more talented actor than one would have imagined watching him portray Kelso on “That 70’s Show.”  And Katherine Heigl (“27 Dresses” & “Knocked Up”) is starting to build a little steam on the big screen.  The two appear to have solid on-screen chemistry, but they are, like most of the other films here, walking a well-worn road.  Hopefully this one has enough originality to give it a life of its own.

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