Friday, July 22, 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 22, 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 22, 2011 A Little Help – Comedy, Drama- R- because of “language, some sexual content and drug use.”

Opened July 22, 2011 Another Earth  – Drama- PG-13-because of “disturbing images, some sexuality, nudity and brief drug use.” Note: In limited release.

Opened July 22, 2011 Captain America:The First Avenger- Action, Adventure, Sci Fi -PG-13- because of “intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action.”

Opened July 22, 2011 Friends with BenefitsComedy, Romance- R- because of “sexual content and language.” 

Opened July 22, 2011 The Myth of the American Sleepover – Comedy, Drama- NOT RATED- Note: New York City only.

Opened July 22, 2011 Sarah's Key – Drama, War- PG-13- because of “thematic material including disturbing situations involving the Holocaust.” Note: In limited release.

Opening July 24, 2011 Life in a Day – Documentary –PG-13- because of “disturbing violent images, language and a sexual reference.”

Opening July 26, 2011 Born to Ride – Action- NOT RATED

Opening July 27, 2011 The Met Summer Encore: Don Carlo – Opera, Music- NOT RATED- NOTE: One performance only 6:30 PM in all time zones.

For information on films that opened July 15, 2011, which included:    The Ballad of Nessie;    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2;   Life Above All;    Lucky;    Met Summer Encore: Tosca;    Salvation Boulevard;    Snow Flower and the Secret Fan;    Tabloid;   The Undefeated;    and  Winnie the Pooh, please click on the link below.

For information on films that opened July 8, 2011, which included:    Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest;    The Chameleon;     Delhi Belly;    Fading of the Cries;    Horrible Bosses;    The Ledge;    Project Nim;    The Ward;    Zookeeper;    The Met Summer Encore: La Fille Regiment  and  Phase 7, please click on the link below.

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.



On Friday, July 29, 2011, the much anticipated feature-length documentary, LT. DAN BAND: FOR THE COMMON GOOD, starring Academy Award-nominated actor Gary Sinise, with special appearances by numerous celebrities, including Academy Award-winners Jon Voight and Robert Duvall is being released through’s innovative CreateSpace on Demand Platform.

According to a statement to the press, “After 9/11, actor Gary Sinise, known for his role as Lt. Dan in the film “Forrest Gump,” vowed never to forget those who are willing to give all.  He formed a band that would fly all over the world, including war-torn parts of the Middle East, performing hundreds of concerts to entertain and support our men and women in uniform.”

Co-produced by Jonathan and Deborah Flora, and directed by Jonathan Flora, the documentary was filmed over two-year period - from Kuwait to Iraq and beyond, and chronicles the band’s amazing journey starting at Ground Zero, and captures the dedication and sacrifice of our nation’s troops. 

Jonathan Flora, a veteran of the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division, serves on the Advisory Board for the GI Film Festival and is the recipient of the inaugural Santini Patriot Spirit Award.  He is also an award-winning producer with Walt Disney Studios.

LT. DAN BAND showcases Sinise on bass, Kimo Williams on guitar and vocals, Gina Gonzalez on guitar and vocals, and several other talented and dedicated musicians.

Noted Hollywood producer, director and actor Ron Howard calls the new documentary, “A powerful and compelling tribute that continues to resonate long after the movie has ended.  It is also that rare film that entertains even as it inspires.  He adds, “It's a clear reminder of my friend Gary Sinise's talent and character - he's one of our ‘good guys.’”

In addition to the LT. DAN BAND, Sinise also started The Gary Sinise Foundation, which honors our nation’s defenders through programs and projects that serve the military, veterans, first responders and their families, as well as by supporting other charities such as the USO, Operation International Children and Snowball Express.

Pre-orders are being taken through where the DVD retails for $15.49, and will ship on release, Friday, July 29, 2011.

Below is the official trailer for LT. DAN BAND: FOR THE COMMON GOOD.



From director Martin Scorsese comes a new trailer for HUGO. The Drama, Family Fantasy film is based on Brian Selznick’s 553-page novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret and is set for release November 23, 2011.


From Director Steven Spielberg, and Producer Peter Jackson, the Animation, Adventure, Family, Mystery film, THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN: THE SECRET OF THE UNICORN is currently in post production and scheduled for December 23, 2011 release.

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