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Hello, everyone.

I apologize for another lapse in posting.  Life has been a bit crazy since the first of the year and my posting schedule has gotten a little out of whack because of it.  Unfortunately, it may get worse before it gets better, but I promise to endeavor to post as often as possible.

In the meantime, let’s take a look at this week’s releases…

“No Strings Attached”


Synopsis: A guy and girl try to keep their relationship strictly physical, but it’s not long before they learn that they want something more.

MovieDruid’s Comments: I have mixed feelings about this film.  My first reaction is one of mild….disgust, perhaps?  After all, with all of the issues abounding in this world in regard to broken relationships, infidelity, and casual sex this film feels fairly irresponsible.  It almost seems to champion the cause of casual sex for the purpose of establishing something more, a strategy that I feel results in tenuous relationships that are simply disposable.  But, there I go a-preachin’ which is not why you’re here.  On the other side of the coin, is the pure entertainment value here.  And, from that standpoint this film seems to have some value.  Fist off, it is directed by veteran Ivan Reitman (“Ghostbusters” & “Jack”), a man who knows his way around comedy of all types from slapstick to heartfelt.  Add to that Natalie Portman (“The Professional” & “V for Vendetta”) and Ashton Kutcher (“The Butterfly Effect” & “What Happens In Vegas”), two performers with true talent, and you have the makings for a solid film.  Of course, many guys will balk at the romantic comedy nature of the film, considering this a chick flick, but this one seems a bit more gender-universal than most “chick flicks” that come out these days.

“The Way Back” – MovieDruid Pick of the Week


Synopsis: Based on a true story, prisoners of a Soviet Union labor camp flee their Siberian Gulag and begin a treacherous journey across thousands of miles of hostile terrain.

MovieDruid’s Comments: Peter Weir (“Dead Poet’s Society” & “Master & Commander”) doesn’t direct as often as he used to.  But, the man is a legend, five of his films having been nominated for Oscars.  Here, he has taken on a film that is both a survival film and a journey film as he tells the true story of a group of prisoners who escape from a Russian gulag in Siberia circa 1940.  The film appears to have been breathtakingly shot to take advantage of the beautiful, but harsh, wilderness the group had to traverse, but also appears to have solid character work and plotting that will carry it through and keep you glued to the screen.  Weir has also cast well with Colin Farrell (“Phone Booth” & “Minority Report”), Ed Harris (“Apollo 13” & “Absolute Power”), Jim Sturgess (“Across The Universe” & “21”), and Saoirse Ronan (“Atonement” & “The Lovely Bones”).  Any fan of historical drama, which I am definitely known to be, should definitely be checking this one out, but it should be the type of film that anyone can be intrigued by.


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