March Movies -Reel Life with Jane

By on March 2, 2012

Julia Roberts as an evil queen, Jennifer Lawrence in a fight for her life, and Taylor Kitsch as a Civil War vet who’s transplanted to Mars. All this and more on the big screen this month. Let’s take a closer look…

By Jane Louise Boursaw

JOHN CARTER

PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action.

In theaters 3/09 (2D, 3D). Ok for kids 13+.

Reel Preview: 3.5 out of 5 Reels

http://disney.go.com/johncarter/

Picture the creatures of Star Wars, the special effects of Jurassic Park, and a storyline straight from Edgar Rice Burroughs, and you’ve got John Carter, Disney’s sci-fi action flick starring Taylor Kitsch as Civil War vet John Carter. When he’s suddenly transported to Mars (a.k.a. Barsoom), John becomes embroiled in a conflict of epic proportions amongst the planet’s inhabitants, including Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe) and the captivating Princess Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins). Director Andrew Stanton is known for animated family films like Up, Finding Nemo, and the Toy Story franchise, so we’ll see how he does with a live-action movie.

THE HUNGER GAMES

Not yet rated; likely PG-13. In theaters 3/23. Ok for kids 13+. Reel Preview: 4.5 out of 5 Reels. http://www.thehungergamesmovie.com/index2.html

I don’t have a lot of time to read actual books these days, but I picked up The Hunger Games last summer and ended up reading the entire trilogy by Suzanne Collins. It’s SUCH a great series, and I have high hopes that the movies will measure up. The first takes place in the near future; an apocalyptic North America has collapsed and been replaced by Panem, a country divided into the Capitol and 12 districts. Each year, two kids from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games, a competition in which 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors, literally. Jennifer Lawrence plays 16-year-old Katniss and it also stars Woody Harrelson as a former Games winner and advisor.

WRATH OF THE TITANS

Not yet rated; likely PG-13.

In theaters 3/30 (2D, 3D). Ok for kids 13+.

Reel Preview: 3 out of 5 Reels

http://wrathofthetitans.warnerbros.com/index.html

This sequel to 2010’s Clash of the Titans picks up ten years after Perseus (Sam Worthington) has defeated the monstrous Kraken. As the demigod son of Zeus (Liam Neeson), Perseus is living the quiet life of a village fisherman while raising his 10-year old son Helius. Meanwhile, a struggle for supremacy rages between the gods and the Titans. Perseus enlists the help of warrior Queen Andromeda, Poseidon’s demigod son, and fallen god Hephaestus and embarks on a dangerous quest into the underworld to rescue Zeus, overthrow the Titans and save mankind. The late-game 3D conversion of Clash of the Titans wasn’t well received; hopefully, this one will be more impressive.

MIRROR MIRROR

PG for some fantasy action and mild rude humor.

In theaters 3/30. Ok for kids 9+.

Reel Preview: 3.5 out of 5 Reels.

http://www.mirrormirrorfilm.com/

I can’t decide if I like Julia Roberts as an evil queen or not. When I look at her in Mirror Mirror, all I see is the sweet, misguided girl from Pretty Woman. Anyway, here she plays an evil queen with a big chip on her shoulder when it comes to Snow White (Lily Collins), whom she banishes to the forest where a man-eating beast awaits. Fortunately, the beautiful girl is rescued and grows into a fearless woman determined to take back her realm from the Queen. Directed by Tarsem Singh (Immortals), this adventure comedy also stars Nathan Lane as the Queen’s bungling servant Brighton.

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 Reel Life With Jane; follow her on Twitter; become a friend on Facebook; email jboursaw@charter.net.

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