Friday, June 3, 2011

The Popcorn Report: Guide to this week’s movies with ratings and trailers

‘Popcorn’ photo by Petr Kratochvil
It’s time to make weekend family entertainment plans and see if this week’s current crop of films will be part of your schedule. The following report covers motion picture theatrical releases opening nationwide beginning Friday, June 3, 2011, along with current film industry news.

The movies listed below have a rating, which has been established by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and have been provided with an italicized commentary from the Classification and Ratings Administration (CARA).

If a film has not been provided with an official rating, additional information may, or may not be provided.

If a film is designated NC-17, very limited information will be furnished.

For your convenience, each film title links directly to the Internet Movie Data Base, which provides the most comprehensive listing about the movie’s storyline, and includes a trailer, cast and crew information, initial audience reaction (if prior screenings have taken place) and parent advisories when available.

As always, you are the single best judge for determining your child’s choice of entertainment.


Opened June 3, 2011 Beautiful Boy  – Drama- R-because of “some language and a scene of sexuality.” NOTE: Los Angeles and New York only.

Opened June 3, 2011 Beginners – Drama–R- because of “language and some sexual content.” NOTE: In limited release.

Opened June 3, 2011 The Last Mountain– Documentary- PG-because of “some thematic material and brief language.”

Opened June 3, 2011 Love Wedding Marriage – Comedy–PG-13- because of “sexual material and language.” NOTE: In limited release.

Opened June 3, 2011 Rejoice and Shout – Documentary–PG- because of “some mild thematic material and incidental.” NOTE: In limited release.

Opened May 27, 2011 Small Town Murder Songs – Crime, Thriller–R- because of “some violence, disturbing images, a scene of sexuality, nudity and language.”

Opened June 3, 2011 Submarine – Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi–R- because of “language and some sexual content.” NOTE: In limited release.

Opened June 3, 2011 X-Men: First Class – Action, Adventure, Drama–PG-13- because of “intense sequences of action and violence, some sexual content including brief partial nudity and language.”

Opening June 5, 2011 LA Phil Live: Dudamel conducts Simulcast live music concert – 5:00 p.m. EDT/ 2:00 p.m. PDT- NOT RATED –Broadcast to theaters – one day only – All Brahms concert.

For information on films that opened May 27, 2011, which included: The Tree of Life ; John Gets Wasted and The Metropolitan Opera die Walkure encore,  please click on the link below.

For information on films that opened May 20, 2011, which included:   Bloodworth;   Cost of a Soul;   Forks Over Knives;   Louder Than a Bomb;   Midnight in Paris;   Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides;   The Annual;   The Hangover Part II and Kung Fu Panda 2, please click on the link below.

For information on films that opened May 13, 2011, which included:  Bridesmaids;   City of Life and Death;   Everything Must Go;   Go for It!;   Hesher;   L’ amour fou (II);   Priest;   and Skateland as well as listings for the weeks of April 1 to May 13, 2011 please click on the link below.

For information on films that opened the weeks of Friday, February 4 to Friday March 25, 2011 please click on the link below, where you will also find previous listings and links for prior weeks in January, as well as films that opened in 2010:

G GENERAL AUDIENCES (All Ages Admitted) PG PARENTAL GUIDANCE SUGGESTED (Some Material May Not Be Suitable for Children) PG-13 PARENTS STRONGLY CAUTIONED (Some Material May Be Inappropriate for Children Under 13) R RESTRICTED (Under 17 Requires Accompanying Parent or Adult Guardian) NC-17 NO ONE 17 AND UNDER ADMITTED – As determined by the Rating Board/Motion Picture Association of America.


Some interesting news to share this week on book-to-film adaptations

For all you Narnia fans, Michael Flaherty, Walden Media President provides an update on the adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ The Magician’s Nephew, currently in development and originally targeted for a 2014 release. So far. they are still in the “talking stage” on the prequel to the The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

In the recent podcast below, Flaherty says, “We’re still in our conversations right now with 20th Century Fox, and the C.S. Lewis Estate who own the rights to all the books. We’re all trying to come to an agreement about which film to do next and how to film it. So, we’re waiting to see where that goes.” So, for all you fans hoping the Silver Chair would come next… nothing appears to be set in stone… at least at this point.

The official HD trailer for Mr. Poppers Penguins has been released by 20th Century Fox. 
The film, directed by Mark Waters and staring Jim Carrey is scheduled for nationwide release, Friday, June 17, 2011 and is rated PG.

Take a peek below:

The release dates have been set for Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – the film is scheduled to launch in theaters December 14, 2012, followed a year later with The Hobbit: There and Back Again, follows on December 13, 2013 – both primed for holiday viewing.

Below is a behind the scenes look of what’s been happening on the set.

The Hobbit Making Of


In last week’s Popcorn Report, we provided a complete rundown of Disney – Pixars Cars 2, which included a featurette.  This week we have a brand new featurette, which emphasizes the “espionage” theme for this sequel.

CARS 2, the Animation/Comedy/Adventure roars into theatres In Disney Digital 3D™ and IMAX® 3D on Friday, June 24, 2011.

Cars 2: Spy Cars Like Us - Featurette

And, just in case you were not one of the six million people who have already viewed this:

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