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Welcome back, one and all.  I hope that everyone is doing well.

This week brings four new national releases to a screen near you.  There is a bit more variety than last week, but the October tradition of thrillers and horror films does continue.

So, let’s strap in once more and take a ride through this week’s crop…

My Soul To Take

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Synopsis: In the sleepy town of Riverton, legend tells of a serial killer who swore he would return to murder the seven children born the night he died. Now, 16 years later, people are disappearing again. Has the psychopath been reincarnated as one of the seven teens, or did he survive the night he was left for dead? Only one of the kids knows the answer. Adam “Bug” Heller was supposed to die on the bloody night his father went insane. Unaware of his dad’s terrifying crimes, he has been plagued by nightmares since he was a baby. But if Bug hopes to save his friends from the monster that’s returned, he must face an evil that won’t rest–until it finishes the job it began the day he was born.

MovieDruid’s Comments: When it comes to horror it is hard to argue with the pedigree of director Wes Craven.  As the legendary creator of “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” “Scream,” and “The Serpent and the Rainbow” his ability to create memorably frightening cinema is nearly unmatched.  If anyone else was at the reins of a film with the synopsis above I would be skeptical.  But, with Craven at the helm and the quality I see in the trailer this looks to be a genuinely solid horror film.  The film is being released in both standard and 3D formats, a first for Craven.  It will be truly interesting to see what one of the true masters of the genre can do with 3D at his disposal.

Life As We Know It

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Synopsis: Opposite singles that have a strong mutual dislike for each other, are unexpectedly thrust together when their best friends die and leave their one-year-old daughter in their guardianship.

MovieDruid’s Comments: I don’t know why, but something about the charm of this one comes through in the trailers and manages to muscle past my eye-rolling reaction to another “Odd Couple” comedy.  I know it isn’t the cuteness factor of the baby, I am almost entirely immune to that.  I think it’s that somehow Katherine Heigl (“Knocked Up” & “The Ugly Truth”) and Josh Duhamel (“Transformers” & “When In Rome”) seem to communicate incredible on-screen chemistry in a very short span.  This one actually appears to have a bit of promise.

 

Buried”

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Synopsis: Paul Conroy is not ready to die. But when he wakes up 6 feet underground with no idea of who put him there or why, life for the truck driver and family man instantly becomes a hellish struggle for survival. Buried with only a cell phone and a lighter, his contact with the outside world and ability to piece together clues that could help him discover his location are maddeningly limited. Poor reception, a rapidly draining battery, and a dwindling oxygen supply become his worst enemies in a tightly confined race against time- fighting panic, despair and delirium, Paul has only 90 minutes to be rescued before his worst nightmare comes true.

MovieDruid’s Comments: I am mildly claustrophobic.  I get tense in crowds, let alone tight spaces.  The idea of this film scares the living daylights out of me.  But, at the same time, the concept is absolutely intriguing.  Of course, a film like this is a risky venture.  The performance by the lead has to be incredible to communicate the horror and keep us from getting bored by the limited change in visuals. But, with Ryan Reynolds (“Blade: Trinity” & “Waiting”) in the role I think there is cause for optimism.  This should be a tense one for sure.

“Secretariat” – MovieDruid Pick of the Week

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Synopsis: Based on the Novel “Secretariat: The Making of a Champion” By William Nack, “Secretariat” chronicles the spectacular journey of the 1973 Triple Crown winner. Housewife and mother Penny Chenery agrees to take over her ailing father’s Virginia-based Meadow Stables, despite her lack of horse-racing knowledge. Against all odds, Chenery — with the help of veteran trainer Lucien Laurin — manages to navigate the male-dominated business, ultimately fostering the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years and what may be the greatest racehorse of all time.

MovieDruid’s Comments: I love a great underdog story.  I love it even more when it is true.  And, of course, I have developed a certain affection for horses by simple virtue of being so close to a woman who adores them.  This film has all of these things.  But, as if that wasn’t enough, it goes a few steps farther.  Disney enlisted the producers that help bring “Miracle,” “The Rookie,” and “Invincible” to the screen.  Then they brought in Randall Wallace, a man whose two other directing credits are “We Were Soldiers” and “The Man in the Iron Mask,” to direct.  With these people involved the crew behind the scenes have created some truly fantastic cinema that has much in common with this one in either subject, scope, or both.  Then there’s a cast which includes Diane Lane (“Murder at 1600” & “Untraceable”), John Malkovich (“Ripley’s Game” & “Mullholand Falls”), James Cromwell (“The Green Mile” & “The General’s Daughter”), and Scott Glenn (“The Silence of the Lambs” & “Training Day”) among others.  There is simply no weak point in this film.

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