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Well, here we are again.  Summer has begun its relentless assault on south central Pennsylvania.  The heat is killer and can sap your energy quick.

What better time to be in an air-conditioned movie theater.  That is, if you can find one.  It seems like everywhere I go these days, including the movies, they are trying to save money by toning down the A/C.

Sweating through the latest film is not fun.  My advice?  If your favorite theater leaves you in the heat, say something to the management about the uncomfortable conditions before your film starts.  If they’re unresponsive, find a new theater that is more accommodating.  Part of the experience of going to the movies in the theater is a comfortable space to watch.  I can sweat through a film at home.

This week brings a pair of interesting films to the cinema.  Let’s take a looksie…

“Despicable Me”


Synopsis: In a happy suburban neighborhood surrounded by white picket fences with flowering rose bushes, sits a black house with a dead lawn. Unbeknownst to the neighbors, hidden beneath this home is a vast secret hideout. Surrounded by a small army of minions, we discover Gru, planning the biggest heist in the history of the world. He is going to steal the moon! Gru delights in all things wicked; he vanquishes all who stand in his way. Until the day he encounters the immense will of three little orphaned girls who look at him and see something that no one else has ever seen: a potential Dad.

MovieDuid’s Comments: This sort of family fare is something I would normally consider fodder only for families with kids.  Granted, that is the target demographic , so well done.  But, a family film done correctly has wider appeal and attracts viewers of all demographics.  I can’t put my finger on why, but this one looks to have that wider appeal.  Its star. Steve Carrell (“The 40 Year Old Virgin” & “Date Night”), is certainly an attraction as one of the more talented comedic actors to come to light in recent years.  The directors have little to no resume to judge them upon, though.  Something about the film simply fascinates me, and I can’t really put my finger on what.  For those interested keep in mind it is being released in 2D and 3D flavors.  (I think the 3D fad is getting a bit overused, personally, but whatever.)  Also, apparently there is a downloadable app for most smart phones that will translate what the minions are actually saying during the end credits, if you go in for that sort of thing.

“Predators” – MovieDruid Pick of the Week


Synopsis: Royce, a mercenary, reluctantly leads a group of elite warriors who come to realize they’ve been brought together on an alien planet… as prey. With the exception of a disgraced physician, they are all cold-blooded killers — mercenaries, Yakuza, convicts, death squad members — human “predators” that are now being systemically hunted and eliminated by a new breed of alien Predators.

MovieDruid’s Comments: I will admit that I am a huge fan of both of the original Predator movies.  I personally think the original “Predator” is Schwarzenegger’s best work short of maybe the original “Terminator.”  And the complete change of setting and characters for “Predator 2” made for an interesting follow-up, and the film had one of the greatest endings in sci-fi/action history.  Now, 20 years after the release of “Predator 2.” we get the another film without the Predators having to share the spotlight with the H.R. Giger designed Aliens.  And it looks pretty solid.  But, with Robert Rodriguez producing I would expect as much.  And, of course, they’ve brought a solid cast including Adrien Brody (“The Jacket” & “King Kong”), Alice Braga (“Repo Men” & “I Am Legend”), Topher Grace (“Spider-Man 3” & “Traffic”), and Laurence Fishburne (“The Matrix” & “Just Cause”).  The pedigree here is solid, let’s hope it lives up to the franchise.


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