Movie Tipper Rating: A+
Great film for kids, even the very youngest
A terrific, 40 minute, family-friendly nature IMAX film about these wonderful exciting animals familiar in their cartoon versions but here real and wonderous with zooming photography and the dulcet tones of Morgan Freeman’s voice. No animal violence to upset little ones; just some some distant threatening wildfires. A great learning experience with fun infectious music. Worth every penny for the IMAX experience.
What Age Kid: Ages 5 years old and up (or really smart well behaved 4 yr olds)
Metacritic Score: 65 at this writing (way off base, what a bunch of grumps)
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 79% (way too low)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Movie Tipper Rating: C (not that the fans care)
Cowabunga dude! The number one movie in our nation. What does that say about us I wonder. What I have observed is that the heros on the half shell appear to be syphoning off customers from both Sin City and The Expendables; that says something about the mindset of young American men that I just can’t fathom. That said, if you are shepherding around an actual child (male mostly, though some girls like this stuff); you could do worse as far as making them happy. For yourself just consider it a good deed; or better yet get older brother or cousin aged 25 to take the kid. It seems like he would jump at the chance. Be aware that for very small fans of the turtle toys and merchandise the explosions and near death experiences of their heros might just be too much to handle.
What Age Kid: 7 to 9 years old and up (to adults apparently)
Rated: PG-13 (I don’t know why really)
Buy tickets anyway:
Metacritic Score: 34 (they are right, it is awful, brainless etc.)
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 20% (::woah:: yep, it is swill, but what did you expect?)
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Movie Tipper Rating: A
Yet another follow up that isn’t bad at all, in fact it’s terrific. Like the 2010 first film this has some of the most gorgeous animation ever created. So, for that alone it’s worth seeing. This film shares the same swooping and soaring visuals and genial good humor of the first with an added story-line that subtly but actually digs pretty deep into important themes of loyalty, family and the contemplation of the sheer otherness of other beings. Appearances to the contrary this isn’t just a ‘boys’ movie.
What Age Kid: I would say 7 yrs and up because younger kids just won’t understand the plot and there is (spoiler!) the sad death of a key character
Rated: PG for Some Mild Rude (toilet of course) Humor and Adventure Action
Metacritic Score: 76 (I’d call that low, these guys are such grumps)
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 92% (::yowza:: they liked it)
Movie Tipper Rating: A+
Oscar Watch for Angelina Jolie
Two months after the debut Angelina Jolie still rules in the the biggest movie opening of her career even if the turtles have stolen some of her fire. If you haven’t seen this imaginative prequel (if you will) to the Sleeping Beauty story it is worth seeing on the big screen, if only for Angelia Jolie’s brilliant performance. Granted the plot is a bit convoluted, but I have yet to meet a single girl between the ages of 9 and 35 that can’t explain it to you, and is fine with it. It’s a chick flick really, a live action fantasy gurl-power movie under all the smoke and make-up; and that’s a cool thing.
What Age Kid: Mature kindergartners and up
Rated: PG for sequences of fantasy action and violence, including some pretty frightening images
Metacritic Score: 56 (they’re just jealous, and they got it wrong)
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 48% (criminally low and just insulting)