Adventures for the Family

. July 16, 2013.

Not yet rated; likely PG. In theaters 12/22. Ok for kids 10+. 3 out of 5 Reels
It’s taken ten years, two little Fockers with wife Pam (Teri Polo),
and countless hurdles for Greg (Ben Stiller) to finally get “in” with his
tightly wound father-in-law, Jack (Robert De Niro). But when Greg
and Pam’s entire clan — including Pam’s lovelorn ex, Kevin (Owen
Wilson) — descends for the twins’ birthday party, Greg must prove to the skeptical
Jack that he’s fully capableas the man of the house.
Expect plenty of misunderstandings, spying and covert missions to determine
whether the circle of trust will be broken forever.This is the third film in the Focker franchise, and while
the second movie faltered a bit, the addition of Laura Dern, Jessica Alba and Harvey Keitel injects
new life into it, not to mention the return of Dustin Hoffman, Barbra Streisand and Blythe Danner.


Not yet rated; likely PG. In theaters 12/17. Ok for kids 7+. 3 out of 5 Reels
Everyone’s favorite pic-a-nic basket-stealing bear comes to the big
screen in this CG-animated flick based on the classic Hanna-Barbera
cartoon that dates back to 1958 (Yogi started out as a supporting character
on ‘The Huckleberry Hound Show’). Jellystone Park has been losing
business, so greedy Mayor Brown (Andrew Daly) decides to shut it
down and sell the land. That means families will no longer be able to
experience the natural beauty of the outdoors — even worse, Yogi (voiced
by Dan Aykroyd) and Boo Boo (Justin Timberlake) will be tossed out of
the only home they’ve everknown. Is Yogi really “smarterthan the average bear”?
Time will tell as he and BooBoo join forces with their old
nemesis Ranger Smith (TomCavanagh) to save JellystonePark from closing forever. Ok,
so it all sounds a little hokey,but it’s Yogi Bear and Boo Boo! And Dan Aykroyd and Justin Timberlake!


Not yet rated; likely PG. In theaters 12/10. Ok for kids 8+. 3 out of 5 Reels.
This third film in the Narnia franchise finds Edmund and Lucy Pevensie
(Skandar Keynes, Georgie Henley), along with their pesky cousin Eustace
Scrubb (Will Poulter), swallowed into a painting and onto a fantastic
Narnian ship headed for the edge of the world. Joining forces with their
friend Prince Caspian (Ben Barnes) and the warrior mouse Reepicheep
(Simon Pegg), the group is whisked away on a mysterious mission to the
Lone Islands and beyond. The voyage will test their hearts and spirits as
they face magical Dufflepuds, sinister slave traders, roaring dragons and
enchanted merfolk. Only an uncharted journey to Aslan’s Country-a voyage
of destiny and transformationfor each of those aboardthe Dawn Treader-can save
Narnia and all the astonishingcreatures who live there. The
third movie is usually aboutthe time a franchise starts toslip wildly, but that’s not necessarily
the case here if youor your kids are fans of theNarnia books by C.S. Lewis.


Not yet rated; likely PG-13. In theaters 12/17. Ok for kids 13+. 4 out of 5 Reels. https://
Feeling a bit past her prime at 27 (!), former athlete Lisa Jorgenson (Reese
Witherspoon) finds herself smack in the middle of a love triangle with corporate guy
in crisis George (Paul Rudd) and baseball player Manny (Owen Wilson). Aside from
the really great cast, which includes Jack Nicholson, this movie boasts the directorial
talents of James L. Brooks. The veteranwriter-director-producer is an
absolute genius, and you can see it inhis vast credits, which include ‘The
Mary Tyler Moore Show’ ‘Taxi,’ ‘AsGood As It Gets,’ ‘Big’ and ‘Terms
of Endearment.’ If you’re ready tosee a movie directed by a guy who
knows his stuff, ‘How Do You Know’is the one.

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.

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