September Movie/DVD Reviews

By on August 31, 2013

September brings movies about breakdancers, a confirmed bachelor who ends up caring for six kids, and a brand new “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.” Here’s a sneak peek at what’s new in theaters this month.

By Jane Louise Boursaw

 

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TIO PAPI

PG for brief language, thematic elements and mild rude humor. In theaters 9/06. Ok for kids 8+.

Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels.

http://tiopapimovie.com/

Directed by Fro Rojas, this heartwarming dramedy is an upbeat story about life’s unexpected surprises. It stars Joey Dedio as Ray Ray Dominguez, a confirmed bachelor who dreams of leaving the barrio for a more carefree existence in Miami. Then one day everything changes and he becomes a reluctant “Tio Papi” – aka Uncle Daddy – to his sister’s six children ages six to 16. Now, in charge of raising this energetic (and expensive) clan, Ray Ray must make important decisions on what life really is all about – family.

 

MOVIEbattle-of-yearBATTLE OF THE YEAR: THE DREAM TEAM

Not yet rated; likely PG-13. In theaters 9/20 (2D, 3D). Ok for kids 13+.

Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels.

http://www.battleoftheyear-movie.com/

In this year’s dance movie, “Lost” star Josh Holloway stars as a veteran basketball coach who whips a talented American breakdancing troupe into shape for the biggest b-boy competition in the world. For breakdancers, winning the Battle of the Year is like taking the gold medal in the Olympics, but no American has taken the prize in the last 15 years. A former b-boy with his eyes on the prize, L.A. hip-hop icon Dante (Laz Alonso) is determined to change that, but he’ll have to recruit his old friend Blake (Holloway) to help form a b-boy troupe of the best dancers in the country. With the competition just three weeks away, they’ll need a small miracle to reclaim the title. Based on the documentary “Planet B-Boy,” Chris Brown, Josh Peck and Caity Lotz also star in this movie directed by Benson Lee.

 

MOVIEaustenlandAUSTENLAND

PG-13 for some suggestive content and innuendo. In theaters 9/27.

Ok for kids 13+.

Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels.

http://www.sonyclassics.com/austenland/

Heads up, Jane Austen fans! This sweet romantic comedy directed by Jerusha Hess stars Keri Russell as 30-something Jane Hayes, a seemingly normal young woman with a secret: her obsession with Mr. Darcy – as played by Colin Firth in the BBC adaptation of “Pride and Prejudice.” But it’s ruining her love life, because no real man can compare. When she decides to spend her life savings on a trip to an English resort catering to Austen-crazed women, Jane’s fantasies of meeting the perfect Regency-era gentleman suddenly become more real than she ever could have imagined. “Twilight” writer Stephenie Meyer produced this cute film, which also stars JJ Field, Bret McKenzie, Jane Seymour and Jennifer Coolidge as a hilarious Austenland guest.

MOVIEbaggageBAGGAGE CLAIM

PG-13 for sexual content and some language. In theaters 9/27. Ok for kids 14+.

Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels.

http://www.foxsearchlight.com/baggageclaim/

Determined to get engaged before her youngest sister’s wedding, flight attendant Montana Moore (Paula Patton) finds herself with only 30 days to find Mr. Right. Using her airline connections to “accidentally” meet up with eligible ex-boyfriends and scour for potential candidates, she racks up more than 30,000 miles and countless comedic encounters, all the while searching for the perfect guy. Directed by David E. Talbert, this movie also stars Adam Brody, Jill Scott, Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Djimon Hounsou, Derek Luke and Taye Diggs. We haven’t had many good rom-coms lately, so I’m really happy for this movie from Fox Searchlight.

MOVIE-meatballsCLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2

Not yet rated; likely PG. In theaters 9/27. Ok for kids 6+.

Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels.

http://cloudy-movie.com/

Picking up where the 2009 movie left off, this movie finds Flint Lockwood (voiced by Bill Hader) invited to join the Live Corp Company and use his gift for invention for the good of mankind. Just as young Flint prepares to go to work for his hero Chester V (Will Forte), the young genius learns that his water-to-food machine is not only still functional, but it’s also started cross-breeding animals with food. In order to prevent a growing army of “foodimals” from escaping isolation on an island and wreaking havoc on the mainland, Flint and his friends will have to do battle with such delicious, but deadly, hybrids as the ferocious tacodiles, slithering apple pie-thons, and vine-swinging shrimpanzees. Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn direct this cute movie also featuring the voices of Anna Faris, James Caan, Kristen Schaal, Terry Crews, Andy Samberg, Neil Patrick Harris, and Benjamin Bratt.

 

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 founder and editor-in-chief of Reel Life With Jane, a family entertainment site specializing in movies, TV and celebrities. Visit her at http://www.reellifewithjane.com or email jboursaw@charter.net.

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