The Last Airbender
Not yet rated; likely PG-13. In theaters 7/2. Ok for kids 12+.
3.5 out of 5 Reels. www.thelastairbendermovie.com
Based on the animated TV series, this live action film is directed by M. Night Shyamalan. It follows four nations tied by destiny — Air, Water, Earth, and Fire – and the Fire Nation has launched a brutal war against the others. A century has passed, and there’s no hope in sight to change the path of destruction, until Aang (Noah Ringer) discovers that he’s the lone Avatar with the power to manipulate all four elements. Aang teams with Katara (Nicola Peltz), a Waterbender, and her brother, Sokka (Jackson Rathbone) to restore balance to their war-torn world. Fans of the TV series will undoubtedly like this movie, although the action is geared towards kids 12 and older. It also has fantastic special effects.
Despicable Me in 3D
Rated PG for rude humor and mild action. In theaters 7/9. Ok for kids 8+.
4 out of 5 Reels.
In a happy suburban neighborhood surrounded by white picket fences with flowering rose bushes, sits a black house with a dead lawn. Unbeknownst to the neighbors, hidden beneath this home is a vast secret hideout. Surrounded by a small army of minions, we discover Gru (voiced by Steve Carell), planning the biggest heist in the history of the world [insert evil laugh here] – he’s planning to steal the moon! Armed with his arsenal of shrink rays, freeze rays, and battle-ready vehicles, he vanquishes all who stand in his way. Until the day he encounters the immense will of three little orphaned girls who look at him and see something no one else has ever seen: a potential Dad. Yes, he starts out evil and the movie has lots of action, but Gru has some redeeming traits, and the girls and minions are ultra cute.
PG. In theaters (limited) 7/8. Ok for kids 11+. 4.5 out of 5 Reels.
This fun sing-along version of the popular 1978 movie starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John is only playing in limited theaters. But if it’s near you, it would be super fun to take your kids to. It’s rated PG, but the story definitely has some mature themes, like whether or not Sandy is a good girl or a bad girl. Then again, it’s nothing you don’t see on ‘The Secret Life of the American Teenager,’ so it depends on whether you want your kids tuned into that. I think the T-Birds and Pink Ladies of Rydell High are ok for kids 11 and older.
The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Rated PG for fantasy action violence, some mild rude humor and brief language. In theaters 7/14. Ok for kids 8+. 4 out of 5 Reels. www.disney.go.com/disneypictures/sorcerersapprentice/
There are some film teams that seem to bring it every time, and producer Jerry Bruckheimer, director Jon Turteltaub, and actor Nicolas Cage is one such team. They did the ‘National Treasure’ franchise, and now they’re bringing us ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.’ Cage plays Balthazar Blake, a master sorcerer in modern-day Manhattan trying to defend the city from his arch-nemesis, Maxim Horvath (Alfred Molina). But Balthazar can’t do it alone, so he recruits Dave Stutler (Jay Baruchel), a seemingly average guy, as his reluctant protégé. Dave gets a crash course in magic, and together, these unlikely partners work to stop the forces of darkness, save the city, and get the girl (Teresa Palmer). Cool special effects and a fun movie for kids 8 and older.