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Horrible Bosses 2
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:
Rated R for strong crude sexual content and language throughout
Release Date:
November 26, 2104

 

The Giver
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating:
Rated PG-13 for a mature thematic image and some sci-fi action/violence
Release Date:
August 15, 2014

Penguins of Madagascar
Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages
MPAA Rating:
Rated PG for mild action and some rude humor
Release Date:
November 26, 2014

 

The Expendables 3
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating:
Rated PG-13 for violence including intense sustained gun battles and fight scenes, and for language
Release Date:
August 15, 2014

Little Hope Was Arson
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating:
Not Rated
Release Date:
November 21, 2014

 

The November Man
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:
Rated R for strong violence including a sexual assault, language, sexuality/nudity and brief drug use
Release Date:
August 27, 2014

Moviefone’s top 25 animated films

posted by Nell Minow

Movie maven Glenn Kenny has put together a list of the 25 top animated films for Moviefone. Lots of Disney classics, of course, like “Lady and the Tramp,” “Dumbo,” “Fantasia,” “Cinderella,” “Snow White,” “Little Mermaid,” and “Beauty and the Beast.” I was glad to see “Triplets of Belleville,” “Wallace and Gromit,” and “The Nightmare Before Christmas” on the list. I could quibble about the high positioning of “The Lion King” and “Ratatouille” and complain for the omission of “Yellow Submarine” and “A Bug’s Life.” But I can’t argue with #1 (hint: it’s about a cowboy and an astronaut), and I am so fond of every one of the films I won’t waste time complaining. I’ll just dig out some of my favorites from the list and watch them again.
Thanks so much to loyal reader jestrfyl for suggesting this list!

Clips from “The Sword in the Stone”

posted by Nell Minow

I am so happy that Disney is releasing “The Sword in the Stone” on DVD! It is the story of young King Arthur, a medieval page who learns he is the true king of England. The wizard Merlin teaches him what he will need to know to be a a good and just ruler and protects him by fighting with the evil Madam Mim. It is classic Disney animation and one of my favorites. Keep checking as I hope to have one or two to give away. In the meantime, here are some clips:

Is “The Love Guru” Bigoted?

posted by Nell Minow

Mike Myers’ upcoming movie, “The Love Guru” has sparked protests from Hindu groups even before its scheduled opening on June 20.

Hindus have urged Viacom and its brand Paramount Pictures to post a study-guide about Hinduism and guru tradition on their websites and place it in movie theaters worldwide to undo the damage done by their upcoming Hollywood movie “The Love Guru.”

But spiritual leader Deepak Chopra, a friend of Myers’ who reviewed the script before it was filmed and appears briefly onscreen, says that it is not insulting. The Meyers character espouses a made-up philosophy that satirizes people like Chopra.

“He said, ‘Listen, it’s kind of a satire. It’s a lampoon,'” Chopra said, recalling Myers’ words. “He said on the surface it’s like that, but on a deeper level, it’s a tribute.”

Myers “has the most profound understanding of Eastern wisdom, traditions and spirituality,” Chopra said. “In the end, the movie is about self-esteem and love. It is about, in fact, love being the ultimate truth. He goes about it in a very silly, humorous way, but that’s his style.”

Like Adam Sandler’s “You Don’t Mess with the Zohan” movie opening this week, “The Love Guru” uses humor to explore topics that are too sensitive to explore directly. But one person’s gentle satire is another’s insult.

Semi-Pro

posted by Nell Minow
C-
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:R for language and some sexual content
Movie Release Date:February 29, 2008
DVD Release Date:June 3, 2008

semipro.jpg“Semi-Pro” is not even semi-funny. It takes what looks like an unmissable slam dunk of a premise and turns it into a big, noisy airball of a movie without a single truly funny moment.
Will Ferrell in the 1970’s — automatically funny, right? (“Anchorman”) Will Ferrell doing sports — automatically funny, right? (“Talladega Nights,” “Blades of Glory”) Then what an inspired idea it must have seemed, to put Ferrell in the story of the outrageous outlaw league the American Basketball Association, which enlivened sports from 1967-76 with its mix of basketball and showmanship until it merged with the NBA. Box office magic, right?
Not with this script.

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