Movies: What to Watch at the Movies: Friday July 12, 2013

This isn’t the strongest week of releases for the summer, but if you’re stuck in town (and not on the beach like everybody else) then here’s how I rank the movies released this week.

GROWN UPS 2 (Columbia Pictures)
1hr 41 mins
Rated:  PG-13 (for crude and suggestive content, language and some male rear nudity)
Who it stars: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, and many more...

The all-star comedy cast from Grown Ups returns (with some new additions) for more summertime laughs. Lenny (Adam Sandler) has relocated his family back to the small town where he and his friends grew up. This time around, the grown ups are the ones learning lessons from their kids on a day notoriously full of surprises: the last day of school.

Add in Salma Hayek, David Spade, Maya Rudolph, Maria Bello, Nick Swardson, Steve Buscemi, Colin Quinn, Tim Meadows, Shaquille O'Neal and Taylor Lautner  to the movie and you have a bowl full of silly, lighthearted fun in a movie written by Adam Sandler.
Also, you know what to expect when Adam Sandler, Kevin James and Chris Rock are in a movie these days.

Who’s it good for: this one is good for the entire family. You can even take younger children. The innuendos will fly over their head.

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TURBO (Twentieth Century Fox)  (opens Wednesday, July 17th)
1hr 36 mins
Rated: PG (for some mild action and thematic elements.)
Who’s voice you’ll hear: Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Maya Rudolph

Turbo is a snail who dreams of being the greatest racer in the world. His obsession with speed has made him an oddity and outsider in the slow and cautious snail community. Turbo desperately wishes he could escape the slow-paced life he’s living, and he gets that chance after a freak accident leaves him with the power of incredible speed. The newly super-charged Turbo embarks on an extraordinary journey to achieve the impossible: racing against the best that the Indianapolis 500 has to offer. Joining Turbo is his dedicated pit crew of racing snails – a ragtag group of trash-talking adrenaline junkies tricked out with shells that look like mini-street racing cars. Turbo is the ultimate underdog who achieves the impossible by refusing to let his limitations get in the way of his dreams.

It has all of the charming messages that are good for kids to learn, like never giving up, teamwork, etc. Some parts are meant to be funny, I thought they fell short (if you are an adult.) But if you are a child, it may work. The plot is cool, and there’s an adventure your little one will enjoy. It’s from the makers of Madagascar and King Fu Panda, so by the end, I’m sure that your kid will fall in love with the characters. Just remember...they are snails, though.

Who’s it good for: kids, of course. Parents, it is a nice story, but it’s OK to take a nap through this one.

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PACIFIC RIM (Warner Bros.)
2 hr 11 mins
Rated: PG-13 (for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence throughout, and brief language.)

When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes—a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi)—who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.
I expect that fans of Idris Elba will flock to the movie. Just heed my warning that nearly every scene is full of CGI’s (computer generated images). It’s another end of the world movie with a ridiculous plot. But that is for sci-fi lovers.
However, I do love Elba’s line “Today we are cancelling the apocalypse!”

Who’s it good for: I suspect older teen boys and young men in their 20’s will enjoy this movie.

To watch the official movie trailer, click here.

UNFINISHED SONG (The Weinstein Company)
Opening exclusively at Regal Park Terrace
1hr 33min
Rated: PG-13

Unfinished Song is a funny and inspiring story about Arthur (Terence Stamp), a curmudgeonly old soul, who is perfectly content sticking with his dull daily routine until his beloved wife (Vanessa Redgrave) introduces him to a local seniors singing group. The group is led by the youthful and charming Elizabeth (Gemma Arterton) and her unexpected friendship with Arthur reignites his passion for new adventures and shows us all life should be celebrated at any age.

If you like independent movies and British accents, this film could be enjoyable. It has a lot of old people doing fun and cute things, all centered around singing. It’s a good story.

Who’s it good for: it’s a sweet, easygoing film that could be seen by the entire family. It could make for a nice mother-daughter day out.

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