Friday, June 17, 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, June 17, 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, in most instances, 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 June 17, 2011 The Art of Getting By  – Romance-PG-13- because of “thematic elements including sexual content, language, teen drinking and partying.” NOTE: In limited release.

Opened June 17, 2011 Buck – Documentary–PG- because of “thematic elements, mild language and an injury.” NOTE: In limited release.

Opened June 17, 2011 Green Lantern – Action, Crime, Sci Fi- PG-13-because of “intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action.”

Opened June 17, 2011 Page One: Inside the New York Times – Documentary- NOT RATED- NOTE:  New York City only.

Opened June 17, 2011 Mr. Popper's Penguins – Comedy- PG- because of “mild rude humor and some language.”

Opening June 20, 2011 DCI 2011 Tour Premier – Action, Adventure, NOT RATED- “Experience the very first weekend of the 2011 Drum Corps International Tour on the big screen! NCM Fathom and DCI are bringing a brand new Premiere Event to movie theaters nationwide on Monday, June 20 at 6:30pm (local time).” This is a one night event.

Opening June 14, 21 and 28, 2011 Lord of the Rings: Extended Edition Trilogy – NOT RATED – “The Academy Award®-winning trilogy will be featured in an exclusive series of three in-theater events including The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring™ on June 14, 2011; The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers™ on June 21, 2011; and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King™ on June 28, 2011. Each event will begin at 7:00 p.m. local time. The events will begin with a new and personal introduction for each film from The Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson captured from the set of his current film, and The Lord of the Rings prequel, The Hobbit, and will be immediately followed by the Extended Edition feature presentations which altogether include nearly 3 hours of additional feature footage carefully selected by Peter Jackson.”  NOTE:  Lord of the Rings: Extended Edition Trilogy will also be released on Blu Ray nationwide beginning June 28, 2011.

Opening June 22, 2011 If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front– Documentary, Crime, History – NOT RATED.

Opening June 22, 2011 The Met Summer Encore: Don Pasquale – Music, Opera- NOT RATED. “The Met: Live in HD. Anna Netrebko reprises her sensational turn in this sophisticated bel canto comedy, opposite Matthew Polenzani, Mariusz Kwiecien, and John Del Carlo.” NOTE: In select theaters.

Opening June 23, 2011 Dudamel: Let the Children Play – Documentary–NOT RATED. NOTE: In select theaters.

For information on films that opened June 10, 2011, which included:   Bride Flight;    Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer;    Super 8;     The Trip;    The Trollhunter;    Viva Riva!….. Lord of the Rings: Extended Edition Trilogy; Stephen Soundheim’s Company and the Met Summer Encore: Madama Butterfly, please click on the link below.

For information on films that opened June 3, 2011, 2011, which included:,   Beautiful Boy’    Beginners;    The Last Mountain;    Love Wedding Marriage;   Rejoice and Shout;   Small Town Murder Songs;    Submarine and X Men: First Class, please click on the link below.

For information on films that opened May 27, 2011, which included: The Tree of Life ; John Gets Wasted and The Metropolitan Opera die Walkure encore,  please click on the link below.

For information on films that opened May 20, 2011, which included:   Bloodworth;   Cost of a Soul;   Forks Over Knives;   Louder Than a Bomb;   Midnight in Paris;   Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides;   The Annual;   The Hangover Part II and Kung Fu Panda 2, 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.


Disney animation has new CG comedy in pipeline: WRECK IT RALPH
Directed by Emmy® Winner Rich Moore, and billed as “hilarious and wildly imaginative” a new Disney animated movie, WRECK IT RALPH is set to feature the voices of John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer and Jane Lynch.
WRECK IT RALPH, a “video game-hopping journey” is the story of “an arcade game Bad Guy determined to prove he can be a Good Guy.”
The film, is being produced by Clark Spencer (“LILO & STITCH, BOLT) and is set to launch in theaters on November 12, 2012, and will be presented in Disney Digital 3D™ in select theaters.
Says Moore, “I love the idea of a very simple 8-bit video game character struggling with the complex question: ‘isn't there more to life than the role I've been assigned?’ In his quest for the answer, we journey with our hero through three visually distinct video game worlds. It's unlike anything anyone's seen before, and I'm thrilled to be to creating it here at Walt Disney Animation Studios.”
Kermit the Frog sends a message to all his fans about his new movie

“Hi ho! Kermit the Frog here!  I sure hope you enjoy this “Being Green” trailer…and our other parody trailers—“Green With Envy” “Fuzzy Pack”.  Now,  after much ado—and Miss Piggy’s insistence that she get final cut—we’re finally ready for the world premiere of the official trailer for our upcoming movie, “The Muppets”.  You can watch it everywhere on Monday June 20th at 8:00 a.m. Pacific Time.  Be sure not to miss it!
 – Amphibiously yours,  Kermit The Frog”

Update on Marvel’s THE AVENGERS

In late April, production commenced in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Marvel Studios’ highly anticipated movie Marvel’s THE AVENGERS, directed by Joss Whedon (SERENITY) from a screenplay by Whedon. The film will continue principal photography in Cleveland, Ohio and New York City.  

Robert Downey Jr. (IRON MAN, IRON MAN 2) returns as the iconic Tony Stark/Iron Man along with Chris Hemsworth (THOR) as Thor, Chris Evans (CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER) as Captain America, Jeremy Renner (THOR, THE HURT LOCKER) as Hawkeye, Mark Ruffalo (THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT) as Hulk, Scarlett Johansson (IRON MAN 2) as Black Widow, Clark Gregg (IRON MAN, THOR) as Agent Phil Coulson, and Samuel L. Jackson (IRON MAN, IRON MAN 2) as Nick Fury.

The film is set for release nationwide on May 4, 2012.

Marvel’s THE AVENGERS is the first feature to be fully owned, marketed and distributed by Disney, which acquired Marvel in 2009 and is the “super hero team up of a lifetime.”

Concept art released for Disney Pixar’s BRAVE

We are pleased to share four pieces of concept art from Disney Pixar’s BRAVE.
The rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland serve as the backdrop for BRAVE, a new tale that joins the land’s ancient lore—stories of epic battles and mystical legends passed down for generations. 
Directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman, and produced by Katherine Sarafian, BRAVE is the grand adventure of Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald), a skilled archer who confronts tradition, destiny and the fiercest of beasts to discover the true meaning of courage.

The film also features the voices of Emma Thompson, Billy Connolly, Julie Walters, Kevin McKidd, Craig Ferguson and Robbie Coltrane.
BRAVE is full of heart, memorable characters and Pixar’s signature humor and is set for theaters nationwide on June 22, 2012, presented in Disney Digital 3D™ in select theaters.


war horse
Genre: Drama
U.S. Release date:December 28, 2011

Cast:                           Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Peter Mullan, Niels    Arestrup, Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irvine, Benedict Cumberbatch, Toby Kebbell
Director:                                Steven Spielberg
Producers:                            Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy
Executive Producers:           Frank Marshall, Revel Guest
Screenplay by:                      Lee Hall and Richard Curtis
Based on the book by:         Michael Morpurgo
and the recent stage play by Nick Stafford
produced by the National Theater of Great Britain
and directed by Tom Morris and Marianne Elliot.


“From director Steven Spielberg comes WAR HORSE, an epic adventure for audiences of all ages. 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 they 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 the journey of this horse—an odyssey of joy and sorrow, passionate friendship and high adventure. WAR HORSE is one of the great stories of friendship and war— a successful book, it was turned into a hugely successful international theatrical hit that is arriving on Broadway next year. It now comes to screen in an epic adaptation by one of the great directors in film history.”


New HARRY POTTER promo video takes you back to the very beginning

Eleven years and seven sequels have made movie history, and Muggles everywhere are anticipating the biggest film finish ever for HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2.

In the video embedded below, you will see the first screen tests for very young actors and now stars, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint.

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