April Reviews // Music

Life of Pi (2012)
Fox 2000 Pictures
Starring Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Adil Hussain
ec‘s grade: A+

After young Pi Patel’s father decides to sell his zoo, he and his family – and quite a few of the zoo’s residents – find themselves undertaking the arduous oceanic journey from India to Canada. The ship never makes it, though; when the ship goes down amid a storm, Pi is finds himself in a wooden lifeboat . . . with a tiger, a zebra, an orangutan and a hyena. What unfolds next is a riveting survival story beautifully brought to life by master director Ang Lee, full of discoveries about determination, sacrifice, faith, and God. Based on the award-winning 2001 novel by Yann Martel.
Rated PG for emotional thematic content throughout, and some scary action sequences and peril.


 Parental Guidance (2012)
20th Century Fox, Walden Media
Starring Billy Crystal, Bette Midler, Marisa Tomei
ec‘s grade: C-

Synopsis: Work calls a yuppy couple away for the weekend, and when the grandparents are left with babysitting duty, parenting styles collide.
Pros: Mostly clean comedy about family and raising kids
Cons: Some suggestive jokes; humor appeals more to parents than teens
Rated PG for rude humor.

The Guilt Trip (2012)
Paramount Pictures
Starring Barbra Streisand, Seth Rogen
ec‘s grade: C

Synopsis: On an impromptu cross-country road trip, Andy Brewster (Seth Rogen) and his overbearing mother (Barbra Streisand) find humor—and surprises—where they least expect.
Pros: Some positive messages about mother-son relationships, forgiveness and love
Cons: Some crude language and humor taint an otherwise sweet premise
Rated PG-13 for language and risqué material.

Frankenweenie (2012)
Walt Disney Pictures
Voices of Catherine O’Hara, Martin Short, Martin Landau
ec‘s grade: B

Synopsis: Director Tim Burton (Nightmare Before Christmas) is up to his stop-motion animation tricks again in this sweet-but-a-little-creepy tale of a boy who reanimates his beloved pooch after he is killed.
Pros: Uniquely stylized visuals and heartfelt messages of love and the tricky ethics of science
Cons: Burton’s signature dreary tone may frighten younger audiences
Rated PG for thematic elements, scary images and action.

Premium Rush (2012)
Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Dania Ramirez, Sean Kennedy
ec‘s grade: C+

Synopsis: Bike courier Wilee finds himself embroiled in a web of treachery and danger when the package he’s carrying turns out to have deadly implications.
Pros: Intense action and some cool chase scenes
Cons: Rough language throughout; some suggestive humor
Rated PG-13 for some violence, intense action sequences and language.

Alex Cross (2012)
QED International, Block
Starring Tyler Perry, Edward Burns, Matthew Fox
ec‘s grade: F

Synopsis: Tyler Perry stars as the title character, a tenacious detective on the trail of a sadistic killer, in this adaptation of the James Patterson novel series.
Pros: Very, very few
Cons: Needlessly excessive content that pushes bounds of PG-13 rating; weak adaptation, even weaker performances
Rated PG-13 for violence including disturbing images, sexual content, language, drug references and nudity.


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