Friday, June 10, 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 10, 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 10, 2011 Bride Flight  – Drama-R- because of “strong sex scene and some graphic nudity.” NOTE: In limited release.

Opened June 10, 2011 Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer – Comedy–PG- because of “some mild rude humor and language.” NOTE: In limited release.

Opened June 10, 2011 Super 8 – Mystery, Sci Fi, Thriller- PG-13-because of “intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, language and some drug use.”

Opened June 10, 2011 The Trip – Comedy- NOT RATED- NOTE: In limited release.

Opened June 10, 2011 The Trollhunter – Action, Adventure, Drama–PG-13- because of “some sequences of creature terror.” NOTE: In limited release.

Opened June 10, 2011 Viva Riva! – Drama–R- because of “strong sexuality, graphic nudity, brutal violence, language and some drug use.” NOTE: Los Angeles and New York City only.

Opening June 14, 21 and 28, 2011 Lord of the Rings: Extended Edition Trilogy – NOT RATED – “The Academy Award®-winning trilogy will be featured in an exclusive series of three in-theater events including The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring™ on June 14, 2011; The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers™ on June 21, 2011; and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King™ on June 28, 2011. Each event will begin at 7:00 p.m. local time. The events will begin with a new and personal introduction for each film from The Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson captured from the set of his current film, and The Lord of the Rings prequel, The Hobbit, and will be immediately followed by the Extended Edition feature presentations which altogether include nearly 3 hours of additional feature footage carefully selected by Peter Jackson.” NOTE:  Lord of the Rings: Extended Edition Trilogy will also be released on Blu Ray nationwide beginning June 28, 2011.

Opening June 15, 2011  Stephen Soundheim’s Company – Musical – NOT RATED – Three night event, June 15-16-17 with the New York Philharmonic at select theaters nationwide. Link provided for additional information.

Opening June 15, 2011 The Met Summer Encore: Madama Butterfly – Opera- NOT RATED- at select theaters nationwide. NOTE: One performance only check local listings.

For information on films that opened June 3, 2011, 2011, which included:,   Beautiful Boy’    Beginners;    The Last Mountain;    Love Wedding Marriage;   Rejoice and Shout;   Small Town Murder Songs;    Submarine and X Men: First Class, please click on the link below.

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.


December 2012 is starting to get crowded with high-powered films scheduled for release.
After the announcement last week by New Line and Warner Brothers that THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY was set for a December 14, 2012 launch, 20th Century Fox has rescheduled the release of Ang Lee’s LIFE OF PI, from December 14th to the 21st.
Lee, just wrapped the set in Taipei and was scheduled to head to Canada to complete the final two days of filming.

Based on Yann Martel’s best-selling fantasy/adventure novel of the same title, LIFE OF PI is a tale about a young boy shipwrecked and lost at sea in a lifeboat with an unusual group of shipmates for company – a zebra, hyena, orangutan and a Bengal tiger.



From DreamWorks Pictures and Participant Media
Genre: Drama

Rating: PG-13 because of “thematic material.”
U.S. Release date: August 12, 2011

Cast: Jessica Chastain, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney, Chris Lowell, Sissy Spacek, Octavia Spencer, Emma Stone, Cicely Tyson and Mike Vogel.

Director: Tate Taylor
Producers: Brunson Green, Chris Columbus, Michael Barnathan

Executive Producers: Mark Radcliffe, Tate Taylor, L. Dean Jones, Jr., Nate Berkus, Jennifer Blum, John Norris, Jeff Skoll and Mohamed Khalaf Al-Mazrouei

Screenplay by: Tate Taylor 
Based on the novel by: Kathryn Stockett

Based on one of the most talked about books in years and a #1 New York Times best-selling phenomenon, THE HELP stars Emma Stone (“Easy A”) as Skeeter, Academy Award®–nominated Viola Davis (“Doubt”) as Aibileen and Octavia Spencer as Minny—three very different, extraordinary women in Mississippi during the 1960s,  who build an unlikely friendship around a secret writing project that breaks societal rules and puts them all at risk. From their improbable alliance a remarkable sisterhood emerges, instilling all of them with the courage to transcend the lines that define them, and the realization that sometimes those lines are made to be crossed—even if it means bringing everyone in town face-to-face with the changing times.

A deeply moving film, filled with poignancy, humor and hope, THE HELP is a timeless and universal story about the ability to create change.

Below for your enjoyment is a newly released featurette of THE HELP.

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