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The summer season is quickly beginning to near its end.  Labor Day weekend is on the horizon and the studios are pushing out their last few summer flicks before the beginning of the Autumn Doldrums.  Luckily, there appears to be some quality on the horizon.

So, let’s take a peek at this week’s crop, shall we?

“Eat Pray Love”

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Synopsis: Liz Gilbert had everything a modern woman is supposed to dream of having — a husband, a house, a successful career — yet like so many others, she found herself lost, confused, and searching for what she really wanted in life. Newly divorced and at a crossroads, Gilbert steps out of her comfort zone, risking everything to change her life, embarking on a journey around the world that becomes a quest for self-discovery. In her travels, she discovers the true pleasure of nourishment by eating in Italy; the power of prayer in India, and, finally and unexpectedly, the inner peace and balance of true love in Bali.

MovieDruid’s Comments: It would be very easy to simply write this one off as a chick flick.  But, I think that would be doing this film a great disservice.  Based on the memoir of Elizabeth Gilbert, this film tells a story more akin to self-discovery than to the typical syrupy-sweet chick flick or romantic comedy.  The film looks to have a depth that will leave its audiences thinking for a long time afterward.  To that end, it seems very well cast with Julia Roberts (“Erin Brockovich” & Confessions of a Dangerous Mind”) in the lead with supporting roles from Javier Bardem (“No Country For Old Men” & “Collateral”), James Franco (“Spider-Man” & “Pineapple Express”), and Richard Jenkins (“Snow Falling On Cedars” & “Wolf”).  This is a film that I truly believe will be an inspirational journey and well worth the time spent absorbing the story.

“Scott Pilgrim vs. The World”

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Synopsis: Scott Pilgrim has never had a problem getting a girlfriend. It’s getting rid of them that proves difficult. From the girl who broke his heart-and now is back in town-to the teenage distraction he’s trying to shake when Ramona rollerblades into his world, love hasn’t been easy. He soon discovers, however, his new crush has the most unusual baggage of all: a nefarious league of exes controls her love life and will do whatever it takes to eliminate him as a suitor.

MovieDruid’s Comments: This one appeals to the pure geek in me.  Anyone who has seen the trailers is going in expecting something completely over the top, and this one looks to deliver a fun ride.  Is it going to be a deep and powerful story?  No, but this one doesn’t really need much more than a basic plot to keep things going.  This is what happens when you take the idea of the summer popcorn film and give it to a bunch of geeks to actually make.  It should be a good time.

“The Expendables” – MovieDruid Pick of the Week

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Synopsis: “The Expendables” is a hard-hitting action/thriller about a group of mercenaries hired to infiltrate a South American country and overthrow its ruthless dictator. Once the mission begins, the men realize things aren’t quite as they appear, finding themselves caught in a dangerous web of deceit and betrayal. With their mission thwarted and an innocent life in danger, the men struggle with an even tougher challenge – one that threatens to destroy this band of brothers.

MovieDruid’s Comments: This is old-school summer action movie from top to bottom.  There is no equivocating about what this film is.  It is an action movie the way they used to be made.  Sylvester Stallone (“Cobra” & “The Specialist”) stars and directs a film whose list of action legends borders on the ridiculous.  Any fan of the action films they were making back in the ’80’s and ’90’s should be overjoyed to see someone going back to revisit the old formulas.  It is nice to see the action genre finally getting a new entrant that isn’t trying to be something else at the same time.  I can’t wait to kick back and enjoy this ride.

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