May Movie Reviews

By on May 4, 2013

May brings another “Iron Man” movie, another “Star Trek” movie, another “Fast & Furious” movie, and a brand NEW animated adventure starring a brave female. Love those. Here’s a sneak peek at what’s new in theaters and on DVD and blu-ray this month.

 By Jane Louise Boursaw

IronMan3IRON MAN 3

Not yet rated; likely PG-13. In theaters 5/03 (2D, 3D). Ok for kids 13+.

Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels.″

This third installment of the “Iron Man” franchise pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.) against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. I love all the “Iron Man” movies, but especially this one, because Tony Stark and Pepper Potts are a couple now. That makes this a great date movie for parents, as well as a good movie for kids 13 and older.


Not yet rated; likely PG-13. In theaters 5/10 (2D, 3D). Ok for kids 14+.

Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels.

The classic F. Scott Fitzgerald novel gets a modern makeover with the distinctive visual stylings of Aussie director Baz Luhrmann (“Australia,” “Moulin Rouge”). The story follows would-be writer Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922. It’s an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz, bootleg kings, and sky-rocketing stocks. Nick lands next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire, Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio), and across the bay from his cousin, Daisy (Carey Mulligan) and her philandering husband, Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton). It is thus that Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super rich, their illusions, loves and deceits.


Not yet rated; likely PG-13. In theaters 5/17 (2D, 3D, IMAX). Ok for kids 13+.

Reel Preview: 5 of 5 Reels.

Yay! Another “Star Trek” movie! Directed by J.J. Abrams, this movie follows the crew of the Enterprise as they’re called back home. An unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis. With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one-man weapon of mass destruction (Benedict Cumberbatch).

FastFuriousFAST & FURIOUS 6

Not yet rated; likely PG-13. In theaters 5/24. Ok for kids 14+.

Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5

Since Dom (Vin Diesel) and Brian’s (Paul Walker) Rio heist toppled a kingpin’s empire and left their crew with $100 million, our heroes have scattered across the globe. But their inability to return home, as well as living forever on the lam, is less than desirable. Meanwhile, Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) has been tracking an organization of skilled mercenary drivers across 12 countries, whose mastermind (Luke Evans) is aided by a ruthless second-in-command revealed to be the love Dom thought was dead, Letty (Michelle Rodriguez). The only way to stop the criminal outfit is to outmatch them at street level, so Hobbs asks Dom to assemble his elite team in London. Payment? Full pardons for all of them. Look, I love the “Fast & Furious” franchise, because everyone is handsome/beautiful to look at, and that includes all the cool cars.


Not yet rated; likely PG. In theaters 5/24 (2D, 3D). Ok for kids 7+.

Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels.

This animated movie from the creators of “Ice Age” and “Rio” follows a teenage girl who finds herself transported to a deep forest where a battle between good and evil is taking place. She bands together with a rag-tag group of characters to save their world — and ours. Directed by Chris Wedge, this film features an all-star voice cast, including Beyoncé Knowles, Colin Farrell, and Josh Hutcherson.



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 founder and editor-in-chief of Reel Life With Jane, 
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