Reel Life with Jane

. July 9, 2013.
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THE SOCIAL NETWORK
Rated PG-13 for sexual content, drug and alcohol use and language.
In theaters 10/1. Ok for kids 14+. 3.5 out of 5 Reels.
https://www.500millionfriends.com/
This film about the origins of Facebook has been in the works for a while, so I’m excited to see it finally hit the big screen. It follows the story of Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg), a Harvard undergrad and computer programming genius. On a fall night in 2003, he sat down at his computer and began working on a new idea that would connect people around the world. What began in his dorm room soon became a global social network and communications revolution known as Facebook. A mere six years and 500 million friends later, Zuckerberg had become the youngest billionaire in history. But it didn’t come without complications, including those in the personal and legal departments. Based on Ben Mezrich’s book ‘The Accidental Billionaires,’ this movie is directed by David Fincher and written by Aaron Sorkin, and also stars Justin Timberlake, Brenda Song, Rooney Mara, Malese Jow, Joseph Mazzello and Max Minghella.
 

LIFE AS WE KNOW IT
Rated PG-13 for sexual material, language and some drug content. In theaters
10/8. Ok for kids 13+. 3 out of 5 Reels.
https://lifeasweknowitmovie.warnerbros.com/
Holly Berenson (Katherine Heigl) is an up-and-coming caterer and Eric Messer (Josh Duhamel) is a promising network sports director. After a disastrous first date, they realize the only thing they have in common is their dislike for each other and their love for their goddaughter, Sophie. But fate intervenes when these mismatched people are suddenly all that Sophie has in the world. They’re forced to set aside their differences and figure out how to live under the same roof for Sophie’s sake. Both Heigl and Duhamel could use some good box office buzz, and this comic drama is a good contender, along the lines of 2004’s ‘Raising Helen.’ And little Brynn and Brooke Clagett (Sophie) are cute as all get out.

SECRETARIAT
Rated PG for brief mild language. In theaters 10/8. Ok for kids 7+. 4 out of
5 Reels.
https://www.disney.com/secretariat
Secretariat may be the greatest race horse of all time, and this movie chronicles the amazing journey of the 1973 Triple Crown winner. Housewife and mother Penny Chenery (Diane Lane) agrees to take over her ailing father’s Virginia-based Meadow Stables, even though she knows nothing about the horse-racing business. Against all odds, Chenery — with the help of veteran trainer Lucien Laurin (John Malkovich) — manages to navigate the male-dominated business, ultimately fostering the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years. Family friendly and inspirational, this girl-powered Disney movie is a sure
bet for all horse lovers.

RED
Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action violence and brief strong language.
In theaters 10/15. Ok for kids 14+. 3.5 out of 5 Reels.
https://www.red-themovie.com/
Based on the cult D.C. Comics graphic novel by Warren Ellis and Cully Hammer, ‘Red’ is a fast-paced action-comedy with an all-star cast. Frank (Bruce Willis), Joe (Morgan Freeman), Marvin (John Malkovich) and Victoria (Helen Mirren) used to be the CIA’s top agents – but the secrets they know just made them the Agency’s top targets. Now framed for assassination, they’re forced to use all of their collective skills, experience and teamwork to stay one step ahead of their deadly pursuers. To stop the operation, the team embarks on an impossible, cross-country mission to break into the top-secret CIA headquarters, where they’ll uncover one of the biggest conspiracies in government history. It’s no secret that Helen Mirren rocks, especially as a secret agent. A fun caper for teens and adults.

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 Louise Boursaw is a freelance writer specializing in the movie and television industries. Visit her online at www.ReelLifeWithJane.com, or email jboursaw@charter.net