Friday, August 12, 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, August 12, 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 August 12, 2011 30 Minutes or Less – Action, Adventure, Comedy- R- because of “crude and sexual content, pervasive language, nudity and some violence.”

Opened August 12, 2011 Final Destination 5 – Horror, Thriller- R- because of “strong violent/gruesome accidents, and some language.”

Opened August 12, 2011 Glee: The 3D Concert Movie – Documentary, Music- PG- because of “thematic elements, brief language and some sensuality.”

Opened August 12, 2011 Senna – Documentary, Biography, Sport- PG-13- because of “some strong language and disturbing images.” NOTE: In limited release.

Opening August 18, 2011 The Globe Theatre Presents: Henry the IV – Part 2 – Drama, NOT RATED- NOTE: In limited release.

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.



Genre:                                 Drama-Comedy

Rating:                                 PG

U.S. Release date:            August 15, 2012

Running time:                    To be determined

Cast:                                    Jennifer Garner, Joel Edgerton, Dianne Wiest, CJ Adams, Rosemarie DeWitt, Ron Livingston, M. Emmet Walsh, Odeya Rush, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Lois Smith and Common
Director:                               Peter Hedges

Producers:                          Ahmet Zappa, Scott Sanders, Jim Whitaker 

Executive Producers:      John Cameron, Mara Jacobs

Story by:                              Ahmet Zappa 

Screenplay by:                   Peter Hedges


Academy Award®–nominated director/writer Peter Hedges (“Dan in Real Life,” What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?”) brings enchantment to the screen with “The Odd Life of Timothy Green,” an inspiring, magical story about a happily married couple, Cindy and Jim Green (Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton), who can’t wait to start a family but can only dream about what their child would be like. When young Timothy (CJ Adams) shows up on their doorstep one stormy night, Cindy and Jim—and their small town of Stanleyville—learn that sometimes the unexpected can bring some of life’s greatest gifts.

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