Reel Life with Jane – June Movies

By on May 26, 2011

Movie and DVD/Blu-ray reviews for you and your family

I’m super-excited about all the great movies coming out this month! Everything from a new ‘X-Men’ installment to that kid-lit icon Judy Moody to those loveable ‘Cars,’ speeding off on an international thrill-ride. Here’s a sneak peek at what’s new in theaters and on DVD/Blu-ray in June.

By Jane Louise Boursaw

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS

Reel Preview: 4 Reels

PG-13 for intense sequences of action and violence, some sexual content including brief partial nudity, and language. In theaters 6/3. Ok for kids 13+.   www.x-menfirstclass.com

Before mutants revealed themselves to the world, before Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Erik Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender) became archenemies and took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. They were also close friends, working together with other Mutants to prevent nuclear Armageddon. In the process, a grave rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto’s Brotherhood and the Professor’s X-Men. With a cast that includes Jennifer Lawrence, Rose Byrne, January Jones and Kevin Bacon, this movie looks to erase some of the memory of 2009’s less-than-stellar ‘X-Men Origin: Wolverine.’

JUDY MOODY AND THE NOT BUMMER SUMMER

Reel Preview: 3 Reels

PG for some mild rude humor and language. In theaters 6/10. Ok for kids 7+. www.judymoodymovie.com

Based on the Judy Moody books by Megan McDonald, this family comedy stars Jordana Beatty as the beloved third-grader who sets out to have the most thrilling summer of her life. It’s directed by John Schultz (‘Aliens in the Attic’) and also stars Heather Graham as Judy’s fun-loving Aunt Opal and Parris Mosteller as her little brother Stink. Look for this movie to have a sweet tone similar to 2010’s ‘Ramona and Beezus.’

GREEN LANTERN

Reel Preview: 4 Reels

Not yet rated; likely PG-13. In theaters 6/17 (3D & 2D). Ok for kids 13+. www.greenlantern.com

Can Ryan Reynolds bring the iconic Hal Jordan/Green Lantern to life on the big screen? With his handsome good looks and fun sense of humor, I say yes. The story follows his membership into the Green Lantern Corps., a brotherhood of warriors sworn to keep intergalactic order, with each Lantern wearing a mystical ring that grants him superpowers. With the encouragement of fellow test pilot and childhood sweetheart Carol Ferris (Blake Lively), Hal may become the greatest Green Lantern of all, helping to restore order to the universe after the evil Parallax threatens to destroy the balance of power. Directed by Martin Campbell (‘Casino Royale’), the all-star cast includes Peter Sarsgaard, Mark Strong, Jon Tenney, Geoffrey Rush, Tim Robbins, and Michael Clarke Duncan.

MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS

Reel Preview: 4 Reels

PG for mild rude humor and some language.  In theaters 6/17. Ok for kids 8+.   www.popperspenguins.com

Based on the 1939 Newbery Award-winning book by Richard and Florence Atwater, this movie stars Jim Carrey as a house painter whose dreams of Arctic exploration prompt him to write letters to real explorers. One of them sends him a penguin, and before he knows it, the painter has a litter of 12 birds with big appetites, leading him to form Popper’s Performing Penguins, a stage act that creates mayhem at every stop. Directed by Mark Waters (‘The Spiderwick Chronicles,’ ‘Mean Girls’), this movie also stars Carla Gugino, Madeline Carroll (loved her in ‘Flipped’) and Angela Lansbury.

CARS 2

Reel Preview: 4 Reels

Not yet rated; likely G or PG. In theaters 6/24 (3D/2D and IMAX 3D). Ok for kids 6+. disney.go.com/cars/cars2

Those loveable cars are back! Owen Wilson returns as the voice of racecar Lightning McQueen and Larry the Cable Guy as tow truck Mater. They’re heading overseas to compete in the first-ever World Grand Prix to determine the world’s fastest car, but Mater gets sidetracked by a top-secret spy mission through the streets of Japan and Europe. Directed by John Lasseter and Brad Lewis, the fast-paced fun also features the voices of Emily Mortimer, Joe Mantegna, Bonnie Hunt, Cheech Marin and Tony Shalhoub.

JANE’S REEL RATING SYSTEM

One Reel – Even the Force can’t save it.
Two Reels – Coulda been a contender
Three Reels – Something to talk about.
Four Reels – You want the truth? Great flick!
Five Reels – Wow! The stuff dreams are made of.

Jane Boursaw is a family entertainment writer specializing in movies, TV and celebrities. Syndicate her family movie and TV reviews in your publication; visit her at www.reellifewithjane.com; follow her on www.twitter.com/reellifejane; become a friend on www.facebook.com/reellifewithjane; email jboursaw@charter.net

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