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April Movie Reviews

By on April 13, 2013

April offers a look at the life of Steve Jobs, a history lesson about two legendary baseball players, and Tom Cruise in an epic sci-fi movie. Here’s a sneak peek at what’s new in theaters this month.

By Jane Louise Boursaw 

REEL4242

PG-13 for thematic elements, including language.

In theaters 4/12. Ok for kids 13+.

Reel Preview: 4.5 out of 5 Reels.

http://42movie.warnerbros.com/

“42” tells the story of two men — the great Jackie Robinson and legendary Brooklyn Dodgers General Manager Branch Rickey — whose brave stand against prejudice forever changed the world by changing the game of baseball. In 1946, Rickey (Harrison Ford) put himself at the forefront of history when he signed Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) to the team, breaking Major League Baseball’s infamous color line. But the deal also put both Robinson and Rickey in the firing line of the public, the press and even other players. Facing racism from every side, Robinson was forced to demonstrate tremendous courage and restraint by not reacting in kind, knowing that any incident could destroy his and Rickey’s hopes. A great history lesson that helped to change our world for the better.

REELoblivionOBLIVION

Not yet rated; likely PG-13.

In theaters 4/12. Ok for kids 14+.

Reel Preview: 4 out of 5 Reels.

http://www.oblivionmovie.com/

Tom Cruise plays Jack Harper, one of the few remaining drone repairmen assigned to Earth, its surface devastated after decades of war with the alien Scavs. When Jack discovers a crashed spacecraft, its contents bring into question everything he believed about the war, and it might  even put the fate of mankind in his hands. Directed by Joseph Kosinski, who also co-wrote the comic book on which this movie is based, it also stars Morgan Freeman, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Melissa Leo and Olga Kurylenko.

 

REELjobs-2jOBS

PG-13 for some drug content and brief strong language.

In theaters 4/19. Ok for kids 14+.

Reel Preview: 4 out of 5 Reels. http://thejobsmovie.com/

Ever wonder about the humble beginnings of Steve Jobs and Apple computers? This movie, starring Ashton Kutcher as the title character (an amazing likeness), reveals the major moments and defining characters that influenced Jobs from 1971 through 2001. Directed by Joshua Michael Stern, it’s both a sweeping epic and a personal portrait of the man behind the technology that changed our lives forever. Dermot Mulroney, Lukas Haas and James Woods also star.

REELmud-posterMUD

PG-13 for some violence, sexual references, language, thematic elements and smoking.

In theaters 4/26. Ok for kids 14+.

Reel Preview: 4 out of 5 Reels.

This adventure drama follows two boys, Ellis (Tye Sheridan) and his friend Neckbone (Jacob Lofland), who find a man named Mud (Matthew McConaughey) hiding out on an island in the Mississippi. Mud describes fantastic scenarios, including that he killed a man in Texas, and vengeful bounty hunters are coming to get him. He says he’s planning to meet and escape with the love of his life, Juniper (Reese Witherspoon), who’s waiting for him in town. Skeptical but intrigued, Ellis and Neckbone agree to help him. It isn’t long until Mud’s visions come true and their small town is besieged by a beautiful girl with a line of bounty hunters in tow.

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.

JaneBJane 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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