Hot Films for Summer

Step Up 3D
PG-13 for brief strong language. In theaters 8/6. Ok for kids 13+. 3 out of 5 Reels.
New York’s intense street dancing underground comes alive in 3D in this third installment of the “Step Up” franchise. A tight-knit group of street dancers, including Luke (Rick Malambri) and Natalie (Sharni Vinson), team up with NYU freshman Moose (Adam Sevani), and find themselves pitted against the world’s best breakdancers in a high-stakes showdown. There’s not much you can do with a dance movie that hasn’t already been done. There’s usually plenty of angst, drama and a big dance-off at the end, which the hero of the story usually wins! My favorite of this series is the original 2006 film starring Channing Tatum, but if you love dancing or dance movies, this is a worthwhile installment in 3D.



Rated PG-13 for brief strong language, some sexual references and male rear nudity. In theaters 6/13. Ok for kids 13+. 4 out of 5 Reels.
Directed by Ryan Murphy (who helms ‘Glee’), this movie is based on the popular memoir by Elizabeth Gilbert, played by Julia Roberts in the movie. She has everything a modern woman is supposed to want: a husband, a house, and a successful career. Still, she’s lost, confused, and searching for meaning in life. Newly divorced, she steps out of her comfort zone on a quest for self-discovery that takes her to Italy, India and Bali. I finally read this book last year, and while it took me a while to get into it, I was sold by the end. Julia Roberts is the perfect actress to play Gilbert, and the movie also stars James Franco, Javier Bardem, Viola Davis, Billy Crudup and Richard Jenkins.



Rated PG for rude humor, some language and mild thematic elements. In theaters 8/20. Ok for kids 9+. 4 out of 5 Reels.
In this sequel to the popular 2005 film, Emma Thompson returns to the role of the magical nanny who appears when she’s needed the most and wanted the least. And she’s definitely needed at the home of a harried young mom, Mrs. Isabel Green (Maggie Gyllenhaal), who’s trying to run the family farm while her husband is away at war. But once she arrives, Nanny McPhee discovers that Mrs. Green’s children are fighting a war of their own against two spoiled city cousins who’ve moved in and refuse to leave. My kids and I loved the first movie, and this one looks just as good, complete with a flying motorcycle, a statue that comes to life, a tree-climbing pig, and a baby elephant that turns up in the oddest places. Also stars Maggie Smith and Ralph Fiennes. 



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.

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