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By: Jeff Ford
By: Jeff Ford

As I live and breathe, I’m back with another Now Playing, containing a batch of new theatrical releases.

As I live and breathe, I’m back with another Now Playing, containing a batch of new theatrical releases.  In Lexington, it would appear, we are only receiving two.  Before we dive into the matter at hand, I need to ask if anybody else is excited at the return of “Arrested Development?”  For the past few weeks, my fellow employees at the studio have been talking about this show and how there was nothing quite like it.  We were lamenting the fact that even though a movie had been talked about, we felt it was never to come to pass, which makes what happened this past weekend quite serendipitous.  In fact, if Kentucky was to somehow pull off the win against Florida the other week, I would have been on the 50-yard-line doing Gob’s Chicken Dance (look it up on YouTube.  I’ll wait).  I had been practicing it too and I think I am quite good.  Unfortunately, the chance to completely embarrass myself never came to pass.  Instead, I will just have to live with the knowledge that there will be 10 new episodes and a movie being released sometime in 2013.  Now if only the same thing could happen with “Veronica Mars.”

If you are new to this blog (considering it is the second week then that wouldn’t be surprising), this is how I break things down.  I take a look at the new movie releases only coming out in Lexington for this upcoming weekend at which time I will give a brief plot synopsis and a personal interest level rating.  These are only my opinions and do not reflect the views of this station nor how the final movie might be.  This is a completely subjective rating and yours could be different.  With that being said, sit back and relax.  Enjoy the show.

THE IDES OF MARCH

Is there some rule that if Kentucky native George Clooney (Fail Safe) is mentioned, we must somehow include the fact that he is from Kentucky?  I’ve noticed it quite a bit in our newscast, so I figured I would continue on with the tradition.  Anyway, writer, director and Kentucky native George Clooney is the frontrunner to be the democratic nominee for the White House with Ryan Gosling (Young Hercules) as a staffer on the campaign.  Given the name of the movie and the fact it is dealing with politics, I would venture to guess that Gosling will end up being Brutus to Kentucky native George Clooney’s Caesar.  Filmed in most part just up the interstate in Cincinnati, this tale may just have shades of Nick Clooney’s failed run for the House of Representatives.  All in all, I’ve been hearing about this since filming so my interest level will be slightly skewed towards the positive.  I’m giving it 4 “Et Tu, Brute?”’s out of 5.  It’s rated R for persuasive language.

REAL STEEL

When I first saw the trailer for this a few months ago, my first reaction was “What was that?  Are they making a feature film on the old Comedy Central show BattleBots?”  It turns out no it wasn’t; nor is it a big screen adaption of Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots.  Instead it looks to me like a remake of the Sylvester Stallone “classic” Over the Top but with robots instead of arm wrestling.  Here we have Hugh Jackman (Erskineville Kings) reconnecting with his son as they travel around from state fairs to arenas, putting their fighting robot named Adam against ones that are bigger and stronger.  It may seem a little bit outlandish, but I will admit to having a slight goofy grin while watching the trailer.  I’ll rate it at 3 Cylon Centurians out of 5.  This film (which I have already heard compared to another Sly Stallone flick, Rocky III) is rated PG-13 for some violence, intense action and brief language.

That wraps up another week here on Now Playing.  Does the reading audience think either of these two will win the Presidency or are they both under threat to be disassembled?  Leave your comments below.  In the meantime, I’ll be practicing Lindsay’s chicken dance.  This one apparently is not as offensive to Mexico.

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