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Entourage
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
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June 3, 2015

 

McFarland USA
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating:
Rated PG for thematic material, some violence and language
Release Date:
February 20, 2015

San Andreas
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating:
Rated PG-13 for intense disaster action and mayhem throughout, and brief strong language
Release Date:
May 30, 2015

 

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water
Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages
MPAA Rating:
Rated PG for some mild crude humor
Release Date:
February 6, 2015

Aloha
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating:
Rated PG-13 for some language including suggestive comments
Release Date:
May 30, 2015

 

Jupiter Ascending
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating:
Rated PG-13 for some violence, sequences of sci-fi action, some suggestive content and partial nudity
Release Date:
February 6, 2015

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Entourage

Lowest Recommended Age:
Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:
Release Date:
June 3, 2015
grade:
C-

San Andreas

Lowest Recommended Age:
Middle School
MPAA Rating:
Rated PG-13 for intense disaster action and mayhem throughout, and brief strong language
Release Date:
May 30, 2015
grade:
B

Aloha

Lowest Recommended Age:
High School
MPAA Rating:
Rated PG-13 for some language including suggestive comments
Release Date:
May 30, 2015

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B+

McFarland USA

Lowest Recommended Age:
Middle School
MPAA Rating:
Rated PG for thematic material, some violence and language
Release Date:
February 20, 2015
grade:
B+

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

Lowest Recommended Age:
All Ages
MPAA Rating:
Rated PG for some mild crude humor
Release Date:
February 6, 2015
grade:
B

Jupiter Ascending

Lowest Recommended Age:
Middle School
MPAA Rating:
Rated PG-13 for some violence, sequences of sci-fi action, some suggestive content and partial nudity
Release Date:
February 6, 2015

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Entourage

posted by Nell Minow
B-
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:June 3, 2015
B-
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: June 3, 2015

I sometimes muse that it might be nice to have a rule that I spend no more time writing a review of a film than the screenwriter spent writing the script.  If I had, this review could end right here, with these words: not unpleasant but entirely forgettable.

Alas, no such rule exists, so here I go.  Recently, I learned the term “fan service,” and if you do not know what that means, the “Entourage” movie will do to explain it.  There are movies that pander to the fans, and then there are movies that pander proudly, and “Entourage” panders proudly and is seemingly unaware that there is any other kind of movie to make.  This is a little sad because to the minimal extent it is supposed to be about anything, it is supposed to be about artistic integrity in the midst of soulless Hollywood.  And by “supposed to be about,” I mean that the characters appear to come down on the side of artistic integrity.  The filmmakers, not so much.

The dwindling fans of HBO series will enjoy the pretty girls in pretty settings, the passes at those pretty girls that are warmly received (vicarious thrills) and those that are not (vicarious schadenfreude), the Hollywood triumphs (v. thrills), and the Hollywood failures (v. schadendreude) .   They will get a kick out of the guys’ loyalty (v. t.) and the industry betrayals (v.s.).

They will enjoy the insider-y feeling of the in-jokes, call-outs, and guest stars.  All of that is entertaining, especially Liam Neeson giving Ari (Jeremy Piven) the finger and Jessica Alba in costume yelling at him about her passion project.  I quite liked Warren Buffett calling out advice from a studio lot golf cart.  And there were probably some sports people in it that I couldn’t recognize.

Like the series, the film was produced by Mark Whalberg, inspired by his life before he became a devoted husband and father, when he was taking advantage of being young, handsome, and successful in Hollywood and and his pals from back home were taking advantage of him.  It ended with the young star Vince (Adrian Grenier), having starred in the biggest box office movie of all time, marrying a beautiful girl, and his volcanically profane agent, Ari (Jeremy Piven) retiring.  Both the marriage and the retirement are dispatched in the first few minutes, with Ari coming back to head up a studio and offering Vince a job in a big film called “Hyde,” an updated version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

But Vince wants to direct.  Not because he has any special artistic statement he wants to make or because he has spent his time on movie sets learning how it’s done — Vince continues to be a cypher.   No, it’s just to give Ari something to melt down about.
Vince’s buddies have two modes.  Most often, they are razzing each other.  Second to that is talking about banging chicks, much of which also involves their razzing each other.  Every so often, some light-weight plot spurs them to bro out and demonstrate some loyalty.  Rinse and repeat.

There is some good, silly fun, and seeing Piven go nuts is so delightful it is disappointing this film has him working on his anger management.  But there’s nothing here that shows any particular insights into people or show business.  Like Vince, it’s blank.  And like his parties, you won’t feel so good about yourself afterward.

Parents should know that this film includes a lot of debauched behavior, with parties, drinking, drugs, and crude and explicit sexual references and situations.

Family discussion:  Which of the guys is the best friend to Vince?

If you like this, try: the HBO series

 

Trailer: Results with Guy Pearce and Cobie Smulders

posted by Nell Minow

Smile of the Week: Wells Fargo — Learning Sign Language

posted by Nell Minow

In this ad from Wells Fargo, a couple learns sign language to welcome their new daughter.

Clip: Dreamworks Dragons — Race to the Edge

posted by Nell Minow

We are delighted to be able to share a clip from Dreamwork Dragons: Race to the Edge, coming from Netflix on June 26, 2015.

Hiccup stumbles upon a mysterious, ancient treasure while exploring an abandoned, booby-trapped ship.

 

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Entourage
I sometimes muse that it might be nice to have a rule that I spend no more time writing a review of a film than the screenwriter spent writing the script.  If I had, this review could end right here, with these words: not unpleasant but ...

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Trailer: Results with Guy Pearce and Cobie Smulders
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Smile of the Week: Wells Fargo -- Learning Sign Language
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Clip: Dreamworks Dragons -- Race to the Edge
We are delighted to be able to share a clip from Dreamwork Dragons: Race to the Edge, coming from Netflix on June 26, 2015. Hiccup stumbles upon a mysterious, ancient treasure while exploring an abandoned, booby-trapped ship.   [iframe ...

posted 10:25:35pm Jun. 01, 2015 | read full post »

Opening This Month: June 2015
Summer movies are here! Raunchy comedies, blockbuster sequels, and even some documentaries and indie gems. Here's what's ahead this month. June 3 Entourage: Vince and his pals are back as the hit HBO series about a Hollywood star and ...

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