Friday, July 8, 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 8, 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 8, 2011 Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest-- Documentary, Music- R- because of “language.” NOTE: In limited release.

Opened July 8, 2011 The Chameleon – Biography, Drama, Thriller- R- because of “language, brief drug use and nudity.” NOTE: In limited release.

Opened July 8, 2011 Delhi Belly – Comedy, Crime- NOT RATED

Opened July 8, 2011 Fading of the Cries- Fantasy, Horror- R because of “bloody horror violence.”

Opened July 8, 2011 Horrible Bosses – Comedy–R- because of “crude and sexual content, pervasive language and some drug material.”

Opened July 8, 2011 The Ledge – Drama, Thriller- R-because of “sexuality, language and some violent content.” NOTE: Los Angeles and New York City only.

Opened July 8, 2011 Project Nim – Documentary- PG-13- because of “some strong language, drug content, thematic elements and disturbing images.” NOTE: In limited release.

Opened July 8, 2011 The Ward – Horror, Thriller- R- because of “violence and disturbing images.”

Opened July 8, 2011 Zookeeper – Comedy, Family, Romance- PG- because of “some rude and suggestive humor, and language.”

 – Opera, Music- NOT RATED. An encore performance of Donizetti’s La Fille du Régiment will be shown in select theatres on Wednesday, July 13, 2011, at 6:30 PM in all time zones.

Opening July 13, 2011 Phase 7 – Sci Fi, Thriller- R- because of “strong bloody violence and language.”

For information on films that opened July 1, 2011, which included:    Crime After Crime;    Larry Crowne;    Monte Carlo;    The Perfect Host;    Terri;    Empire of Assassins;    Rapt  and  Septien, please click on the link below.

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.




Genre:                                           Animation, Comedy, Horror, Sci Fi
Rating:                                          To be determined
U.S. Release date:                     October 5, 2012
Running time:                             To be determined

Voice Cast: Winona Ryder, Martin Short, Catherine O’Hara, Martin Landau, Charlie Tahan, Atticus Shaffer, Michael Keaton, Jeffrey Jones, Robert Capron, Glenn Shadix

Director:                                           Tim Burton
Producers:                                      Tim Burton, Allison Abbate
Executive Producer:                     Don Hahn

Screenplay by:                               John August
Based on an original idea by:     Tim Burton                   
Story                                                  Tim Burton, Leonard Ripps

"From creative genius Tim Burton (ALICE IN WONDERLAND, THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS) comes FRANKENWEENIE, a heartwarming tale about a boy and his dog. After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor harnesses the power of science to bring his best friend back to life—with just a few minor adjustments. He tries to hide his home-sewn creation, but when Sparky gets out, Victor’s fellow students, teachers and the entire town all learn that getting a new “leash on life” can be monstrous.

A stop-motion animated film, FRANKENWEENIE will be filmed in black and white and rendered in 3D, which will elevate the classic style to a whole new experience.

In Tim Burton’s FRANKENWEENIE young Victor conducts a science experiment to bring his beloved dog Sparky back to life, only to face unintended, sometimes monstrous, consequences."


“When Tim Burton originally conceived the idea for FRANKENWEENIE he envisioned it as a full-length, stop-motion animated film. Due to budget constraints, he instead directed it as a live-action short, released in 1984. 

FRANKENWEENIE follows in the footsteps of Tim Burton’s other stop-motion animated films CORPSE BRIDE and THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS—both of which were nominated for Academy Awards®

Over 200 puppets and sets were created for the film.

The voice cast includes four actors who worked with Burton on previous films: Winona Ryder (BEETLEJUICE, EDWARD SCISSORHANDS), Catherine O’Hara (BEETLEJUICE, THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS), Martin Short (MARS ATTACKS!) and Martin Landau (ED WOOD, SLEEPY HOLLOW).

Several of the character names—Victor, Elsa Van Helsing, Edgar “E” Gore and Mr. Burgermeister— were inspired by classic horror films.”



Genre:                                  Action-Adventure
Rating:                                 To be determined                 
Release Date:                     March 9, 2012

Cast:                                        Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Samantha Morton, Mark Strong, Ciaran Hinds, Dominic West, James Purefoy, Daryl Sabara, Polly Walker, Bryan Cranston, with Thomas Hayden Church and Willem Dafoe 

Director:                               Andrew Stanton
Producers:                          Jim Morris and Colin Wilson

Screenplay by:                  Andrew Stanton, Mark Andrews, Michael Chabon (credit not final)

Based on the story:
“A Princess of Mars” by:       Edgar Rice Burroughs 

“From Academy Award®–winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton comes “John Carter”—a sweeping action-adventure set on the mysterious and exotic planet of Barsoom (Mars). “John Carter” is based on a classic novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, whose highly imaginative adventures served as inspiration for many filmmakers, both past and present. The film tells the story of war-weary, former military captain John Carter (Taylor Kitsch), who is inexplicably transported to Mars where he becomes reluctantly embroiled in a conflict of epic proportions amongst the inhabitants of the planet, including Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe) and the captivating Princess Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins). In a world on the brink of collapse, Carter rediscovers his humanity when he realizes that the survival of Barsoom and its people rests in his hands.” 

Studio Notes:

“Edgar Rice Burroughs was born in Chicago and is best known for writing and creating Tarzan—still one of the most successful and iconic fictional creations of all time.  “John Carter” is based on Burroughs’ first novel, “A Princess of Mars.”

Academy Award®–winning director/writer Andrew Stanton directed and co-wrote the screenplay for “WALL•E,” which earned the Academy Award® and Golden Globe Award® for Best Animated Feature of 2008. He was Oscar® nominated for the screenplay. He made his directorial debut with FINDING NEMO, garnering an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay and winning the Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film of 2003. He was one of the four screenwriters to receive an Oscar nomination in 1996 for his contribution to TOY STORY, and went on to receive credit as a screenwriter on subsequent Pixar films A BUGS LIFE, TOY STORY 2, MONSTERS, INC., FINDING NEMO and WALL•E. 

The award-winning below-the-line team includes Production Designer Nathan Crowley, Oscar®- nominated for both DARK KNIGHT and “THE PRESTIGE  and Costume Designer Mayes Rubeo, whose work is showcased in AVATAR and APOCALYPTO.

Michael Chabon, who won the Pulitzer Prize in Literature for his novel “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay,” is a co-writer on the screenplay.

Award-winning composer Michael Giacchino has received numerous accolades for his work on previous Disney•Pixar films UP (Oscar® winner, Best Original Score; BAFTA winner, Best Music; Golden Globe® winner, Best Original Score for a Motion Picture; GRAMMY® Award winner, Best Score Soundtrack Album), RATATOUILLE (GRAMMY Award winner, Best Score Soundtrack Album; Annie Award winner, Best Music in an Animated Feature Production; Oscar nomination, Best Original Score) and THE INCREDIBLES (Annie Award winner, Best Music in an Animated Feature Production; GRAMMY nomination, Best Score Soundtrack Album).

John Carter (Taylor Kitsch), who is inexplicably transported to mysterious and exotic planet Mars, becomes embroiled in a conflict of epic proportions and discovers that the survival of the planet and its people rests in his hands.”

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