Friday, September 2, 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, September 2, 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.


real steel

“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.

Website and Mobile site:
Genre:                           Action-Drama
Rating:                           PG-13
U.S. Release date:       October 7, 2011
Cast:                              Hugh Jackman, Dakota Goyo, Evangeline Lilly, Anthony Mackie, Kevin Durand 
Director:                         Shawn Levy
Producers:                     Don Murphy, Susan Montford, Shawn Levy
Executive Producers:  Steven Spielberg, Jack Rapke, Robert Zemeckis, Steve Starkey, Mary McLaglen, Josh McLaglen
Screenplay by:              John Gatins
Story by:                         Dan Gilroy and Jeremy Leven
Based in part 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”).

Below for your enjoyment, a newly released featurette for DreamWorks Real Steel, which hits theaters October 7, 2011. Just click on the title below and you'll be taken to a private screening.

Real Steel – NCM “Main Event”


Opened September 2, 2011 A Good Old-Fashioned Orgy – Comedy- R- because of “pervasive strong sexual content, graphic nudity and language.”

Opened September 2, 2011 Apollo 18 – Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller- PG-13- because of “some disturbing sequences, and language.”

Opened September 2, 2011 Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame – Action, Crime, Mystery- PG-13-- because of “violence, disturbing images and some sexuality.” 

Opened September 2, 2011 Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life – Biography, Drama, Music- R- NOT RATED- NOTE: In limited release.

Opened September 2, 2011 Salvando al Soldado Perez (Saving Private Perez) – Adventure, Comedy, News- PG-13- because of “violence and brief strong language.”

Opened September 2, 2011 Seven Days in Utopia– Drama, Sport- G- suitable for all audiences.

Opened September 2, 2011 Shark Night 3D– Horror, Thriller- PG-13- because of “violence and terror, disturbing images, sexual references, partial nudity, language and thematic material.”

For information on films that opened August 26, 2011, which included:    Chasing Madoff;    Circumstance;    Colombiana;    The Debt;    Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark;    The Family Tree;    Higher Ground;    Our Idiot Brother, and  Swinging with the Finkels, please click on the link below.

 For information on films that opened August 19, 2011, which included:    Amigo;    5 Days of War;    Conan the Barbarian;    Flypaper;    Fright Night;    Griff the Invisiible;    One Day, and  Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D, please click on the link below.

For information on films that opened August 12, 2011, which included:    30 Minutes or Less;    Final Destination 5;    Glee: The 3D Concert Movie;    Senna, and Globe Theatre presents Henry IV – Part 2 , please click on the link below.

For information on films that opened July 29, 2011 to August 5, 2011, which included:    Angels & Airwaves Presents Love Live;    Attack the Block;    Bellflower;    The Change-Up;    Cowboys & Aliens;….Crazy, Stupid, Love;    The Devil's Double;    The Future;    Good Neighbors;    The Guard;    Gun Hill Road;    The Help;    Magic Trip;    Mysteries of Lisbon;    The Perfect Age of Rock and Roll;    Rise of the Planets of the Apes;    The Smurfs, and  The Whistleblower, please click on the link below.

For information on films that opened July 22, 2011, which included:    A Little Help;    Another Earth;    Born to Ride;    Captain America: The First Avenger;    Friends with Benefits;    Life in a Day;    The Met Summer Encore: Don Carlo;    The Myth of the American Sleepover and  Sarah’s Key, please click on the link below.

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.

No comments:

Post a Comment