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Well, here we are, MovieDruid time again already.

We’ve made it through approximately half of the summer months now, and still have some of the big guns slated to come out  between now and Labor Day.  One of the more anticipated films of the summer hits this week to start off the second half of the season with a bang.  Check out the Pick of the Week to see what I’m talking about.

But, I have wasted enough of your time.  On to the movies…

“Standing Ovation”

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Synopsis: Five junior high school friends form a singing group called “The 5 Ovations” to compete in a national music video contest for a cash prize of one million dollars. With limited funds and resources, these street smart kids use their wits, courage and passion to create spectacular song and dance numbers that compete with their arch rivals “The Wiggies,” five rich, talented and unscrupulous sisters who along with their parents, will stop at nothing to win the competition.

MovieDruid’s Comments: Rarely does a nationally released film manage to fly so far under the radar that I’ve never heard of it.  As often as I attend the cinema and read movie sites it is hard to hide from me.  This one managed to do it.  So, I took a peek at the trailer online.  I don’t even know how to react to this.  I know that the dance movies are all the rage at this point, and many of them are extremely well done.  But, does the world really need a pre-teen version?  I honestly don’t see where the market is for this, especially with so little publicity that the film is entering theaters virtually unknown.

“The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”

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Synopsis: Balthazar Blake is a master sorcerer in modern-day Manhattan trying to defend the city from his arch-nemesis, Maxim Horvath. Balthazar can’t do it alone, so he recruits Dave Stutler, a seemingly average guy who demonstrates hidden potential, as his reluctant protégé. The sorcerer gives his unwilling accomplice a crash course in the art and science of magic, and together, these unlikely partners work to stop the forces of darkness. It’ll take all the courage Dave can muster to survive his training, save the city and get the girl as he becomes “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.”

MovieDruid’s Comments: Early trailers for this film had me shaking my head.  The film just looked ridiculous.  I loved the concept, but the execution just appeared completely off.  The more recent trailers have sparked my interest a little bit, and I hope they are a better showcase for what the filmmakers have actually accomplished.  John Turteltaub (“Instinct” & “National Treasure”) has proven to be a skilled director in the past.  I still am up in the air about Nicolas Cage (“Face/Off” & “Leaving Las Vegas”) in the role of the Sorcerer.  He just doesn’t seem to fit from what I have seen.  I do like Jay Baruchel (“How To Train Your Dragon” & “Tropic Thunder”) in the titular role, and one can’t go wrong casting Alfred Molina (“Luther” & “Spider-Man 2”) in a film.  I’m hesitantly optimistic about this one, and, thus, approach it with an open mind.  Still, I’d definitely hit it at matinée or second run, just in case.

“Inception” – MovieDruid Pick of the Week

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Synopsis: Dom Cobb is a skilled thief, the absolute best in the dangerous art of extraction, stealing valuable secrets from deep within the subconscious during the dream state when the mind is at its most vulnerable. Cobb’s rare ability has made him a coveted player in this treacherous new world of corporate espionage, but it has also made him an international fugitive and cost him everything he has ever loved. Now, Cobb is being offered a chance at redemption. One last job could give him his life back, but only if he can accomplish the impossible — inception.

MovieDruid’s Comments: They had me with this one when they said directed by Christopher Nolan.  If you don’t know who that is I have three films for you to watch: “Memento,” “The Prestige,” and “The Dark Knight.”  Nolan is very quickly becoming one of my favorite directors, and he always seems to take on challenging projects.  With those challenging projects comes a bevy of talent to work with.  In this case Leonardo DiCaprio (“Shutter Island” & “Gangs of New York”), Ken Watanabe (“Letters From Iwo Jima” & “Memoirs of a Geisha”), Ellen Page (“Juno” & “Whip It”), Tom Berenger (“Sniper” & “Training Day”), and Michael Caine (“Children of Men” & “The Quiet American”) among others.  Everything about this movie is oozing with potential and talent.  This should be one of the great films of this year, let alone the summer.  And, for those interested, it is also being released in IMAX.

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