Friday, October 7, 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, October 7, 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.



On the heels of the phenomenal success of The Lion King 3D – which crossed the $80 million mark at the domestic box office to – The Walt Disney Studios has announced limited theatrical engagements for four of its classic films for the first time in 3D. 

The following titles from Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios will be released in 2012 and 2013:
         Beauty and the BeastJanuary 13, 2012

         Disney•Pixar’s Finding NemoSeptember 14, 2012

         Disney•Pixar’s Monsters, Inc.January 18, 2013 (Monsters University, a prequel to the original film, arrives in theaters in Disney Digital 3D on June 21, 2013)

         The Little MermaidSeptember 13, 2013

“Great stories and great characters are timeless, and at Disney we’re fortunate to have a treasure trove of both,” said Alan Bergman, President, The Walt Disney Studios. “We’re thrilled to give audiences of all ages the chance to experience these beloved tales in an exciting new way with 3D – and in the case of younger generations, for the first time on the big screen.”

Originally released in 1991, Beauty and the Beast is a classic “tale as old as time” that follows the adventures of Belle, a bright young woman imprisoned in the castle of a mysterious beast and his enchanted staff, who must learn the most important lesson of all – that true beauty comes from within. Beauty and the Beast was the first animated film ever nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Picture, earning an additional five Oscar® nominations and winning two. It has grossed $380.4 million worldwide.

First released in 2003, Disney•Pixar’s Finding Nemo takes audiences into a whole new world in this undersea adventure about family, courage and challenges. When Marlin, an overly cautious clownfish living in the Great Barrier Reef, helplessly watches his son get scooped up by a diver, he must put aside his fears of the ocean and leave the safety of his coral enclave to find Nemo. Buoyed by the companionship of Dory, a forgetful but relentlessly optimistic fish, Marlin finds himself the unlikely hero in a seemingly impossible land-and-sea rescue. Finding Nemo won an Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature and was nominated for three others. With a total of $867.6 million worldwide, it was the second highest-grossing film of 2003. 

In 2001, Disney•Pixar released Monsters, Inc. Lovable Sulley and his wisecracking sidekick Mike Wazowski are the top scare team at Monsters, Inc., the scream-processing factory in Monstropolis. But when a little girl named Boo wanders into their world, it’s up to Sulley and Mike to keep her out of sight and get her back home. Monsters, Inc. shattered every DVD-era home entertainment sales record when 11 million DVD/VHS copies were sold during its first week of release. It won an Academy Award® for Best Song and has grossed $526.9 million worldwide.

Released in 1989, The Little Mermaid, stars Ariel, a fun-loving and mischievous mermaid, off on the adventure of a lifetime with her best friend, the adorable Flounder, and the reggae-singing Caribbean crab Sebastian. But it will take all of her courage and determination to make her dreams come true and save her father’s beloved kingdom from the sneaky sea witch Ursula. One of the most celebrated animated films of all time, The Little Mermaid was nominated for three Academy Awards®, winning two. It has grossed $228.9 million worldwide.



MARVEL STUDIOS presents in association with PARAMOUNT PICTURES

Genre:                            Action-adventure

Rating:                           To be determined

U.S. Release date:       May 4, 2012

Running time:               To be determined

Cast:                                Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård and Samuel L. Jackson

Director:                          Joss Whedon

Producer:                        Kevin Feige  
Executive Producers:  Alan Fine, Stan Lee, Jon Favreau, Patricia Whitcher, Louis D’Esposito   
Screenplay by:             Joss Whedon 

Marvel Studios presents Marvel’s The Avengers—the Super Hero team up of a lifetime, featuring iconic Marvel Super Heroes Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins.

Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Samuel L. Jackson, and directed by Joss Whedon, Marvel’s The Avengers is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963 and a comics institution ever since. Prepare yourself for an exciting event movie, packed with action and spectacular special effects, when Marvel’s The Avengers assemble in summer 2012.



From DreamWorks Pictures comes, War Horse, an epic adventure tale of loyalty, hope and tenacity set against a sweeping canvas of rural England and Europe during the First World War.
War Horse begins with the remarkable friendship between a horse named Joey and a young man called Albert, who tames and trains him. 

When Joey and Albert are forcefully parted, the film follows the extraordinary journey of the horse as he moves through the war, changing and inspiring the lives of those he meets—British cavalry, German soldiers, and a French farmer and his granddaughter—before the story reaches its emotional climax in the heart of No Man’s Land.

The First World War is experienced through this journey of joy, sorrow, passionate friendship and high adventure.

Originally, a successful book, “War Horse” was turned into a hugely successful international theatrical hit that is currently on Broadway. It now comes to the screen in an epic adaptation by one of the great directors in film history, Steven Spielberg.

War Horse opens in theaters nationwide, December 25, 2011.


Opened October 7, 2011 1911 – Comedy, Action, Adventure, Drama-R- because of “war violence.” NOTE: In limited release.

Opened October 7, 2011 Blackthorn – Western- R- because of “violence and language.”

Opened October 7, 2011 Dirty Girl – Drama - R- because of “sexual content including graphic nudity, and for language.” NOTE: In limited release.

Opened October 7, 2011 The Human Centipede II – Drama, Horror- NOT RATED - NOTE: In limited release.

Opened October 7, 2011 The Ides of March – Drama- R- because of “pervasive language.”

Opened October 7, 2011 Real Steel – PG-13- Action, Drama, SciFi-because of “some violence, intense action and brief language.”

Opened October 7, 2011 The Way – Action, Adventure, Comedy- PG-13-because of “some thematic elements, drug use and smoking.” NOTE: In limited release.

For information on films that opened September 30, 2011, which included:    50/50;    Courageous;    Dream House;    Margaret;    Sarah Palin: You Betcha;    Take Shelter;    Tucker & Dale vs. Evil, and What’s Your Number? , please click on the link below.
The Popcorn Report: Guide to this week’s movies

For information on films that opened September 23, 2011, which included:    Abduction;    Dolphin Tale;    Killer Elite;    Machine Gun Preacher;    Moneyball;    Pearl Jam Twenty;    Puncture, and Thunder Soul, please click on the link below.
For information on films that opened September 16, 2011, which included:    Drive;    I Don’t Know How She Does It;    The Lion King 3D;    Restless;    Straw Dogs,  and  The Whale, please click on the link below.
For information on films that opened September 9, 2011, which included:    The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975;    Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star;    Contagion;    Creature;    Kevin Hart: Laugh at My Pain;    Main Street;    Shaolin;    Tanner Hall,  and  Warrior, please click on the link below.
The Popcorn Report: Guide to this week’s movies

For information on films that opened September 2, 2011, which included:    A Good Old Fashioned Orgy;    Apollo 18;    Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame;    Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life;     Salvando al Soldado Perez (Saving Private Perez);    Seven Days in Utopia, and  Shark Night 3D, please click on the link below.

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.
The Popcorn Report: Guide to this week’s movies

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.
The Popcorn Report: Guide to this week’s movies

For information on films that opened June 24, 2011 to August 12, 2011.

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.

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