Friday, July 1, 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, July 1, 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 July 1, 2011 Crime After Crime- Documentary, Biography, Crime- NOT RATED. NOTE: In limited release.

Opened July 1, 2011 Larry Crowne- Comedy, Drama, Romance- PG-13 because of “brief strong language and some sexual content.

Opened July 1, 2011 Monte Carlo – Adventure, Comedy, Romance–PG- because of “brief mild language.”

Opened July 1, 2011 The Perfect Host – Comedy, Thriller- R-because of “.language, some violent content and brief sexual material.” NOTE: Los Angeles and New York City only.

Opened July 1, 2011 Terri – Comedy- R- because of “sexual content, language and some drug and alcohol use - all involving teens.” NOTE: Los Angeles and New York City only.

Opening July 5, 2011 Empire of Assassins – Action- R- because of “some bloody violence.”

Opening July 6, 2011 Rapt – Drama- NOT RATED-NOTE: New York City only.

Opening July 6, 2011 Septien – Comedy, Drama, Mystery- NOT RATED. NOTE: In limited release.

For information on films that opened June 24, 2011, which included:   A Better Life;    Bad Teacher;    Cars 2;   Conan O'Brien Can't Stop;    Hawaiian Vacation;    Leap Year;    The Names of Love;    Turtle: The Incredible Journey;    The Globe Theatre Presents The Merry Wives of Windsor;    A Little Bit of Heaven;    Lord of the Rings Extended Edition Trilogy;    The Met Summer Encore: Simon Boccanegra  and  Transformers: Dark of the Moon, please click on the link below.

For information on films that opened May 20 to June 17, 2011, please click on the link below.

For information on films that opened 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.


The 1994 Newbury Award-winning book, Lois’ Lowry’s THE GIVER is being developed once again as feature film according to Variety

Oscar-winning actor Jeff Bridges, along with producers Nikki Silver and Neil Koenigsberg will be adapting the drama, fantasy, sci fi classic with Bridges expressing interest in portraying the role of the Giver.

According to the Variety article, Bridges and Silver “came close” to making the film – ““They had been developing a feature version of the popular book for nearly a decade before it wound up at Warner Bros., which ponied up nearly $1 million to set up the tome with Red Wagon’s Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher in 2007. When the rights became available again, Bridges and Silver stepped up to reacquire them.”

The Internet Movie Data Base lists the anticipated release date for THE GIVER as“2013”.



Actor  Jeremy Irvine (Albert) with Director Steven Spielberg

Below is the newly released teaser trailer for DreamWorks Pictures’ WAR HORSE, which opens in theaters nationwide December 28th.


real steel


Genre:                                    Action-Drama
Rating:                                   PG-13
U.S. Release date:              October 7, 2011

Cast:                                      Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly, Dakota Goyo, Anthony Mackie, Kevin Durand

Director:                    Shawn Levy
Producers:                Don Murphy, Susan Montford, Shawn Levy

Exec. Producers:    Jack Rapke, Robert Zemeckis, Steve Starkey, Mary McLaglen, Josh  McLaglen

Screenplay by:       John Gatins
Story by:                   Dan Gilroy and Jeremy Leven
Based on the short
Story “Steel” by:     Richard Matheson


“A gritty, white-knuckle, action ride set in the near-future where the sport of boxing has gone high-tech, REAL STEEL stars Hugh Jackman as Charlie Kenton, a washed-up fighter who lost his chance at a title when 2000-pound, 8-foot-tall steel robots took over the ring. Now nothing but a small-time promoter, Charlie earns just enough money piecing together low-end bots from scrap metal to get from one underground boxing venue to the next. When Charlie hits rock bottom, he reluctantly teams up with his estranged son Max (Dakota Goyo) to build and train a championship contender. As the stakes in the brutal, no-holds-barred arena are raised, Charlie and Max, against all odds, get one last shot at a comeback.

REAL STEEL is directed by Shawn Levy (NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM franchise and DATE NIGHT).

REAL STEEL is an action drama about a former boxer (Hugh Jackman) who, against all odds,  gets one last shot at a comeback when he teams up with his estranged son (Dakota Goyo) to build and train the perfect contender for the new high-tech sport of robot boxing.”

Genre:                          Animation/Comedy/Adventure
Rating:                         TBD
U.S. Release Date:    June 22, 2012

Voice Talent:               Kelly Macdonald, Emma Thompson, Billy Connolly, Julie Walters, Kevin McKidd, Craig Ferguson, Robbie Coltrane

Directors:                      Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman
Producer:                      Katherine Sarafian
“Since ancient times, stories of epic battles and mystical legends have been passed through the generations across the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland. In BRAVE, a new tale joins the lore when the courageous Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald) confronts tradition, destiny and the fiercest of beasts.

 Merida is a skilled archer and impetuous daughter of King Fergus (voice of Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (voice of Emma Thompson). Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin (voice of Kevin McKidd), surly Lord Macintosh (voice of Craig Ferguson) and cantankerous Lord Dingwall (voice of Robbie Coltrane). 

Merida’s actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom, and when she turns to an eccentric old Wise Woman (voice of Julie Walters) for help, she is granted an ill-fated wish. The ensuing peril forces Merida to discover the meaning of true bravery in order to undo a beastly curse before it’s too late.
Directed by Mark Andrews (THE INCREDIBLES, RATATOUILLE, JOHN CARTER) and Brenda Chapman (THE LION KING, PRINCE OF EGYPT), and produced by Katherine Sarafian (LIFTED, THE INCREDIBLES), BRAVE is a grand adventure full of heart, memorable characters and the signature Pixar humor enjoyed by audiences of all ages. The film takes aim at theaters on June 22, 2012, and will be presented in Disney Digital 3D™ in select theaters.”

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