September 2012 Movie Reviews

By on September 3, 2012

By Jane Louise Boursaw

September means the kids are heading back to school, but also that Nemo is heading back to theaters in 3D. Super hero kids fight dog napping villains. Here’s a sneak peek at what’s new in theaters and on DVD and blu-ray this month.

JONAH AND THE WHALE

Not yet rated; like PG-13. In theaters 9/04. Ok for kids 13+

Reel Preview: 3 out of 5 Reels.

http://www.jonahandthewhalemovie.com/

I’m not gonna lie. I know precious little about this movie directed by Daniel Maze, because there’s been no info released to the press yet — which is odd considering we’re less than a month away from its theatrical premiere. But here’s what I do know. It’s a romantic comedy starring Ashley Tisdale (Sharpay in High School Musical), G Hannelius (Dakota in Sonny With a Chance), and Joel David Moore (Joey Ramone in the upcoming film CBGB). By the time you read this, there may be more info on the official Web site, but for now, all we get is a tagline: “An unlikely pair, an unbelievable night.” Because High School Musical and Hannah Montana are listed with the actor’s names (G Hannelius had a tiny role in Hannah Montana back in 2009), I’m guessing they’re targeting the teens who grew up with those shows.

R.A.D.I.C.A.L.S.

Rated G. In theaters 9/10. Ok for kids 7+.

Reel Preview: 2.5 out of 5 Reels

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This family comedy follows eight kids who develop their natural talents to superhero levels – smarter, faster, you get the drift. The storyline probably won’t win an Oscar, but the kids and dogs are super cute. Yes, there are dogs. And an evil villain who kidnaps those dogs to pull off the crime of the century. Something to do with using bombs to rob banks and seek global domination. That’s what all villains are after, isn’t it?

FINDING NEMO 3D

Rated G. In theaters 9/14. Ok for kids 5+.

Reel Review: 5 out of 5 Reels

http://disney.go.com/finding-nemo/home/

They’re back! In 3D! If you don’t usually bother seeing older movies re-released in 3D, I’m begging you to go see Finding Nemo in 3D. Not only is this animated Disney/Pixar tale one of my favorite movies of all time, the 3D version makes it brand new all over again. You know the story: When a little clown fish named Nemo (voiced by Alexander Gould) gets nabbed by a passing boat and set up in a dentist’s fish tank in Sydney, Australia, his timid dad Marlin (Albert Brooks) sets out to find the little guy. Marlin meets a blue tang fish named Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) with short-term memory loss, and together, they cross the ocean and encounter various sea creatures like dangerous jellyfish, mind-numbing seagulls and hip turtles (“Grab shell, dude!”). Meanwhile, there’s a whole theatrical drama taking place in the dentist’s fish tank, where Nemo meets some new friends. Best.Movie.Ever!

THE WORDS

PG-13 for brief strong language and smoking.

In theaters 9/07. Ok for kids 14+.

Reel Preview: 4 out of 5 Reels

http://www.thewordsmovie.com/

Bradley Cooper could easily have taken the handsome-guy action-hero path, but instead, he continues to choose thoughtful films with a message. In this romantic drama, he plays Rory Jansen, a writer who finally achieves literary success after publishing the next great American novel. There’s just one catch. He didn’t write it. As the past comes back to haunt him, Jansen is forced to confront the steep price that must be paid for stealing another man’s work, and for placing ambition and success above the important things in life. Olivia Wilde, Zoe Saldana, Dennis Quaid and Jeremy Irons also star in this film, directed by Brian Klugman.

NEW ON DVD | BLU-RAY:

THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL

PG-13 for sexual content and language. On DVD/blu-ray 9/18.

Ok for kids 12+.

Reel Rating: 5 out of 5 Reels

http://www.foxsearchlight.com/thebestexoticmarigoldhotel/

This enchanting story from Fox Searchlight finds assorted retirees traveling to India seeking something more in their later years. Enticed by advertisements for the newly restored Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, they arrive to find the once-glorious palace a shell of its former self. With a backdrop of colorful India, the story and characters take center stage in this film directed by John Madden and starring Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Nighy, Penelope Wilton, Maggie Smith and Dev Patel.

THE AVENGERS

PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action throughout, and a mild drug reference. On DVD/blu-ray 9/25.  Ok for kids 12+.

Reel Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Reels

http://marvel.com/avengers_movie

If you didn’t catch The Avengers in theaters, well, you’re one of the three people on the planet who didn’t. The film opened to a record-breaking $207 million the first weekend, and only grew from there. Samuel L. Jackson plays Nick Fury, the director of the international peace-keeping agency S.H.I.E.L.D. It’s a veritable who’s who of Marvel superheroes, including Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), The Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson). When global security is threatened by Loki and his cohorts, Fury and his team must save the world from disaster. Assorted DVD and blu-ray sets are available with tons of bonus features.

TITANIC

PG-13 for disaster related peril and violence, nudity, sensuality and brief language. On DVD/blu-ray 9/10. Ok for kids 13+

Reel Rating: 5 out of 5 Reels

http://www.titanicmovie.com/

After its 3D theatrical run earlier this year, Paramount is re-releasing Titanic in a 2-disc DVD set, a 4-disc DVD/blu-ray set, and a 4-disc 3D set. Mainly what you’re getting in the way of bonus features is 30 deleted scenes on the DVD set, and on the blu-ray/3D sets, filmmaker commentaries and 6+ hours of special features, including two all-new documentaries, 60 behind-the-scenes featurettes and more. If you’re a fan of James Cameron’s Oscar-winning disaster flick starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, shell out a few extra bucks for the blu-ray set. It’s worth every penny.

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 syndicated family entertainment writer specializing in movies, TV and celebrities. Visit her at http://www.reellifewithjane.com or email jboursaw@charter.net.

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