Movie Reviews // March

Wreck-It Ralph

Walt Disney Animation Studios, 2012

Starring John C. Reilly, Jane Lynch

Ralph is the bad guy in an arcade game named for its hero, Fix-It Felix. Day after day, he terrorizes the game’s denizens, while Felix swoops in to repair the wreckage and save the day. Felix returns to his penthouse; Ralph trudges to his “home” on a trash heap. When a discontented Ralph sets out to prove that he, too, can be a hero, he finds himself in over his head in an unfamiliar world of sci-fi soldiers and candy-coated racers. With the help of friends old and new, Ralph must face a heroic task and confront his true identity in this beautiful homage to the pixelated pastime.
Rated PG for some rude humor and mild action/violence.
ec’s grade: A+

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 Red Dawn (2012)

Waking to an invasion by North Korean soldiers, Jed and Matt Eckert act quickly to evade capture; then, with the city on lockdown, they form a motley crew of rebels and set out to take back their hometown.
Pros: Minor nostalgic appeal for older viewers; decent cast, despite weak script
Cons: Hollow, violent, unnecessary remake captures cheesiness of 80’s cult hit …without any of its campy charm
Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense war violence and action, and for language.
ec‘s grade: D-

Fun Size (2012)

Forced to babysit her strange little brother on Halloween, Wren thinks her life cannot possibly get any worse…until she has to track him down when he goes missing.
Pros: A few slightly redeeming themes emerge…but seem forced and incidental
Cons: Sexual crudeness and language abound; Nickelodeon production tag may mislead younger teens
Rated PG-13 for crude and suggestive material, partying, and language.
ec‘s grade: D

 

Pitch Perfect (2012)

When aspiring-diva-turned-reluctant-college-student Beca half-heartedly joins an a cappella group, she discovers friends, challenges and talents in the most unexpected of places.
Pros: Fun, Glee-style musical numbers; positive messages of friendship and acceptance
Cons: Crude language, humor and dancing; several sexually-oriented gags
Rated PG-13 for sexual material, language, and drug references.
ec‘s grade: C+

 

Rise of the Guardians (2012)

To overcome fear-mongering villain Pitch Black, Jack Frost must band together with childhood icons like Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy…and he finds answers to his own mysterious past along the way.
Pros: Innovative premise with mass appeal; attractive animation style and effects
Cons: Very few; a few frightening moments
Rated PG for thematic elements and some mildly scary action.
ec‘s grade: A-

 Skyfall (2012)

When a mysterious villain hits a little too close to home, the hopes of England – and the world – rest on the aging shoulders of everyone’s favorite secret agent.
Pros: Perfect blend of new, dark James Bond, with subtle nods to the campy, gadget-laden 007 of years past
Cons: Despite mass appeal, inappropriate for younger teens because of sexual content and action
Rated PG-13 for intense violent sequences throughout, some sexuality, language and smoking.
ec‘s grade: B+

These reviews were written by Bryan Daniel for the March 2013 issue of ec. They are meant to inform. Get your subscription to ec at

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