[Movie Ratings are on a scale of 1-5. Anything rated over 3 stars and is in bold, is usually a pretty good rating (5 star ratings are very rare with me)! – Content is listed for those who are careful about what they or their children view (or what to be aware of). I usually rate based on content, plot, photography/direction, and acting.]
Planes 2013 (animated w/ voice of Dane Cook, Stacy Keach, Brad Garrett, Teri Hatcher, Cedric the Entertainer, John Cleese, and more) – 4 stars – When this film ended I didn’t know what to think. When my husband said to me, “I liked it more than Cars!” I started to realize that I did as well. While in the world of Cars, Planes seemed at first like an imitation, though the difference is there was more heart and soul in this movie than in Cars. We have Dusty, the crop duster plane who wants to be a racing plane. There is no pride in him as there was in Lightning McQueen. The culture in each plane was respected by Dusty. He didn’t want to be better than any of them, he just wanted to know that he could make it through. I really enjoyed the message that this film sent to my boys. I therefore did like it more. They have seen it three times with me now since we first saw it (in the past two weeks).
content:: talk of flatulence, innuendos (“look at that propeller” which was on her backside – though at the same time, I don’t know if it was really being an innuendo or not), a character “lusting” after a female plane, mocking planes, saying, “why don’t you just plow yourself.” . . to make up for using another word people use to tell people off, war scene, deceit, planes out to hurt other planes, the small a word was used to call someone one, yet they used a full word that included the word rather than saying the word itself (I don’t understand why they do these things in kids films, it’s dumb), lipstick marks of lips on a plane to show he’s been kissed by another
Jack the Giant Slayer 2013 (w/ Nicholas Hoult, Eleanor Tomlinson, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Ian McShane, Eddie Marsan ) – 3 stars – The film starts out in two children’s bedrooms during the medieval period. Jack and Isabelle, each from different types of families. They learn about a story of giants (with really bad CG for the story). Ten years pass on. Jack gets some beans. You all know the story, however, this is a bit of a love story mixed with a sense of adventure and bravery. It was good that there was no graphic violence or anything nasty like that. It still had violence though. I thought it was pretty good, but I probably won’t see it again (maybe in ten more years or so). I liked the unique twist on the story and the interesting ending with it as well, which made me chuckle.
content:: animated creatures and people fall to their death, witchcraft shown (people melting a heart in a circle of magic), giants destroying things (animals and people), cleavage, punching, people and animals being eaten by giants (they don’t show it happening though – but you know it has happened), a golden harp statue briefly shown with breasts, language (ba word, incorrect usage of the word hell, one f word as a giant is dying – which they didn’t need to put in at all), a giant picks his nose and eats the booger, kissing, stabbing/killing, some gruesome imagery (no blood shown, but just bodies thrown around and stabbings and such), flatulence
The Croods 2013 (animated w/ voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds) – 3 stars – Eep is tired of always being stuck inside her cave home with her family. Her father believes that they have survived because of all the mass rules that he has followed left to him in drawings in their cave. When Eep meets Guy, a stranger who carries the sun with him, the family goes on an adventure that will change their lives forever. This movie was very beautifully done. The graphics were so pretty and it must have taken a lot of hard work to make it. The story line was cute, and there was much action, but I guess there still was something a little lacking of it. However, it was still a cute movie. I might watch it again one day.
content: immodest cave-people clothing (some “underwear” or bloomers of sorts shown but never focused on directly or anything), hitting/punching/throwing of people or things towards people (cave people are a little wild), kidnapping, talk about hoping someone would die, the word “sucky”, possible scary imagery (such as piranha-like birds that can eat the an entire animal and leave the bones behind).
Not Today 2013 (w/ Cody Longo, Cassie Scerbo, Walid Amini, John Schneider, Persis Karen) – 3.25 stars – This is a film about human trafficking and it explains how the untouchables called Dalits in India, the lowest of the caste system, are treated or live. Many of them are put into prostitution even, including many who are Devadasi (which they don’t really talk about, unfortunately). This movie is about a rich snot of a young man who grew up in a Christian environment but seemed to “backslide” and hangs out with a bunch of guys that influence him wrongly. He has a girlfriend who seems to want to help him, but it looked at as over protective of him by his friends. He and his friends decide to take a trip to India to go sight seeing and have fun. In the process, there are some slumdogs that seem to follow him around and want his money. He tries to tell them where their place is, but finds out that there is a whole other world of corruption of treatment of people there. He becomes involved. It had really fun subtitles and was really a great story. I loved that they actually cast a REAL Dalit girl in India for the film too. Of course, since this is a Christian movie, who appears in it? John Schneider (original Bo Duke), who is in more Christian films than I’ve ever seen an actor be in (good thing I appreciate him enough though).
content: talk about selling people, mocking homeless people, Caste system issues, child prostitution portrayed (nothing shown in any way other than girls in a brothel, all who are dressed), drinking (drunkenness), men seen ordering young girls or seen with prostitutes, talk of GodMoonrise Kingdom 2012 (w/ Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand) – 3 stars – The story takes place in 1965 when an orphaned boy who is in foster care becomes a part of the Khaki Scouts in New England. He comes across a girl living nearby the camp who exchanged letters with him. They fall in love and plan to run away together! THe love story is actually pretty cute. This movie was very strange at times but in an interesting way. It was a pretty movie with the sets and the outfits, but there is an entire scene where the young pre-teen girl is in her underwear and it irked me a bunch!!!! The movie was great other than that entire scene and a quick glimpse of breasts or I would have liked it so much more! Stop ruining good movies with things that aren’t necessary to show. It was a good movie other than that!
content: young girl seen in a training bra and underwear for a few minutes of the movie, kissing, talk about feeling a pre-teen erection and liking it, woman seen topless briefly as she washes her hair, a boy puts his hand on his girlfriend’s chest after she asks him to do so, a boy and girl dance in their underwear, a boy and girl tightly hold one another in their underwear, a pre-teen girl is in a bathtub (nothing but shoulders seen), stabbing someone with scissors (blood is shown), a dog is shot with an arrow, fireworks injures a man, smoking (adult and pre-teen), under-aged and adult drinking, blood shown when a person’s ears are being pierced, language: God’s name used blasphemously a couple times, hell used incorrectly, the b word used a few times, d word, a married woman has an affair (their hands are held together only), talk about shock therapy, boy and girl children spend a night together in a tent alone, children run away
The Great Waldo Pepper 1975 (w/ Robert Redford, Susan Sarandon, Bo Svenson, Bo Brundin, Margot Kidder) – 3 stars – Waldo Pepper is a pilot who wants to make it big after WWI. He wants to become the greatest pilot and even joins a flying circus. He even longs to be a little crazy to gain the attention he needs to become known. The action flying scenes are really cool in this movie, and it certainly is dramatic, which Redford seems to be great at in all his films, but the movie seemed so long even though it wasn’t even two hours long! At an hour in I thought, “How much more of this will go on?” I think the direction was well done in this and sometimes scary (since it is all thrill seeking flying stunts). Scary stuff! The last half hour is incredibly boring! The ending was a “dumb thing to do”.
content: a lot of Jesus’/God’s named used blasphemously (killed off a better rating I would have given it), the Ba word used a few times, d word, hell used incorrectly, kissing, woman seen in her lingerie, a body is seen falling accidentally while in the air, a body is seen burning, smoking, drinking, dangerous stunts that look painful are shown (being punched and such), deceit
Upside Down 2012 (w/ Jim Sturgess, Kirsten Dunst, Timothy Spall) – 4 stars – I watched this twice, two days in a row. I actually couldn’t stop thinking about it after the first time and then went to show it to my husband, who didn’t like it as much as I did. :: sigh :: This is a story about a guy named Adam who grew up in a world that had another world attached to it, each one having gravity pulls to the center of the worlds. Therefore to the other world, the people look like they are upside down at all times. It is a strange science fiction concept that I thought was really interesting. Adam comes across a girl named Eden when he is a boy. They form a bond together of love as they grow up secretly meeting each other. Ten years later, Adam comes across knowledge that Eden is alive (he thought she died). He will do whatever he can to see her again because their love was strong. Of course, this is forbidden! It was really filmed uniquely and the story was cute. I loved it. My only issue with it was that I wanted to give Jim Sturgess a comb/brush for his very unkempt hair. haha.
content:: One bad word said which was God’s named used blasphemously (out of all the words they had to do my least favorite), kissing scenes (all done with clothes on – you could tell tongue was used in one kiss, but it isn’t grossly shown), a woman mentions she is pregnant while unmarried, shooting, mocking people/practical jokes, smoking, deceit, blood shown, a man is seen lifting up most of his shirt in a scene while his pants are very low, someone’s house gets burned down, drinking (no drunkenness)