Summer Sneak Peeks: Movie and DVD reviews

By on June 2, 2014

New on the big screen in June is Tom Cruise in another sci-fi action flick (but he’s so good at them), an adaptation of a best-selling John Green novel, and our beloved Hiccup and Toothless in “How to Train Your Dragon 2.” Here’s a sneak peek at what’s new in theaters and on DVD.


MOV_EdgeTomorrowPG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, language and brief suggestive material.

In theaters 6/06. Ok for kids 13+.

Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels.

Tom Cruise brings another sci-fi action movie to the big screen, playing a soldier fighting in a war with aliens. We’ve seen that before, right? But this one has a “Groundhog Day” effect, as he finds himself caught in a time loop of his last day in battle. He becomes more skilled along the way, thanks to fellow soldier Emily Blunt.


MOV_Dragon2PG for adventure action and some mild rude humor.

In theaters 6/13. Ok for kids 6+.

Reel Preview: 4.5 of 5 Reels.

It’s been five years since Hiccup and Toothless successfully united dragons & Vikings on the island of Berk. While Astrid, Snotlout and the rest of the gang challenge each other to dragon races, the now inseparable pair journey through the skies. When they discover a secret ice cave that’s home to hundreds of wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace.


MOV_TransformersExtinctNot yet rated; likely PG-13.

In theaters 6/27. Ok for kids 13+.

Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels.

Director Michael Bay’s fourth chapter of the action franchise stars Mark Wahlberg as Cade Yeager, a struggling car mechanic and single dad. The story picks up four years after the invasion of Chicago in “Transformers: Dark of the Moon.” When Cade and his daughter (Nicola Peltz) discover a Transformer in their midst, it stirs things up between the Autobots and Decepticons, and brings a paranoid government official into their lives. Produced by Steven Spielberg, this is the first film in the franchise to feature an entirely new cast and the first to feature the Dinobots. Returning Transformers include Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, and Ratchet.



MOV_CosmosTV-PG. On DVD/Blu-ray 6/10.

Ok for kids 7+.

Reel Review: 5 of 5 Reels.

Buy on Amazon.

Where do fun, fascination and education meet? At the intersection of “COSMOS: A SpaceTime Odyssey.” Hosted by renowned astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, this 13-part adventure transports viewers across the universe of space and time, bringing to life never-before-told stories of the heroic quest for knowledge and a deeper understanding of nature. With an updated Cosmic Calendar, dazzling visual effects, and the wondrous Ship of the Imagination, this is a great series for both you and your kids. Great for home-schoolers, too.


MOV_GoodWitchesGiftTV-PG. On DVD 6/17.

Ok for kids 8+.

Reel Review: 4 of 5 Reels.

Buy on Amazon.

It’s rare to find things the whole family can watch together, so thank goodness for movies like “The Good Witch’s Gift.” This TV movie, which originally aired in 2010, finds Cassandra Nightingale (Catherine Bell) and her handsome sweetheart, Police Chief Jake Russell (Chris Potter), engaged to be married. Getting into the spirit of the season, they set their wedding date for Christmas Eve — only six days away! But as they hurry to plan the wedding, trouble clouds their happiness when a mysterious man from Jake’s past returns to town.


MOV_BatmanSeriesNot rated. On DVD 6/03.

Ok for kids 6+.

Reel Review: 4 of 5 Reels.

Buy on Amazon.
Ahhh… the good old days when cartoons were cartoons, not grownup stories masquerading as kids’ fare. Even better, “The Adventures of Batman” shorts included as part of “The Batman/Superman Hour” in 1967 featured over-the-top characters and catchy music, giving it a realistic look and feel by cartoon standards of that era.
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, a family entertainment site specializing in movies, TV and celebrities. Visit her at or email

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