It seems it’s been a while since a film such as J.J. Abrams’ Super 8 has been on the big screen. Produced by Steven Spielberg and packed with suspense and thrills, it has all the necessary elements to keep viewers engaged from beginning to finish. After a young group of friends witness a train derailment in the summer of 1979, they begin to notice a variety of strange events taking place in their tiny town. Their curious and adventurous spirits prompt them to investigate what is taking place. What they discover is beyond what they could have imagined.
Judy Moody and the Not So Bummer Summer proves to be a pleasant enough family movie about the joys of childhood. The film follows Judy Moody on her adventures as she is determined to make this her best summer yet, and will have moviegoers laughing as they reminisce about their own childhood summer escapades. However, much of the thrills and humor in Judy Moody and the Not So Bummer Summer is oriented for younger audiences, with a limited amount of appealing humor for adults.
X-Men First Class is entertaining and at times engaging. However, some of the film's major elements may pose a problem for many moviegoers: It relies on evolutionary theory; it includes confusing references to historical events; it presents a seemingly sympathetic view of Communism; and it regales in revenge and rage — and even utter brutality.
Kung Fu Panda 2 showcases Po the Panda living out his dream as China’s Dragon Warrior. Kung Fu seems to come much easier to Po in this sequel, as it should after the strenuous accelerated learning techniques he underwent in the first film. Unfortunately, Po’s new talent may be short-lived as he learns that both Kung Fu and his homeland of China are in danger, and sets out with the Furious Five to save the day in this installment.
In its fourth installment of the highly acclaimed Pirates of the Caribbean film series, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides deals with powerful themes of honor, sacrifice, and morality in a world characterized by sin, sexuality, and piracy. This latest installment is an unapologetically Christian film, but its ominous backdrop and debauchery may make it less likely to be viable family fare and perhaps a better fit for older audiences.