Create Game Lists on
FilmCrave home
   Movies  Members
Search +
Searching... Close  
Are you sure you want to delete this comment?
  Login Using Facebook

Independence Day: Resurgence, Suicide Squad and Kubo and the Two Strings in the Week's MPAA Bulletin

View Chris Kavan's Profile

By Chris Kavan - 06/08/16 at 10:52 AM CT

It's time for another round of your favorite ratings game! This week we have some hot, new contenders including a super-villain party, the return of everyone's favorite holiday alien invaders, a superb-looking stop-motion animated film, a sequel to a horror movie based on a fake board game and the best reason to stay out of the water since Jaws. Alright - a great update this week for once, let's make the best of this situation, shall we?

MPAA Official Logo

Up first is a film featuring more nuts than a Planter's factory, more disorders than your local Wal-Mart and could just be the ace-in-the-hole DC needs to counter their depressing Batman v Superman disappoinement (to me, not necessarily at the box office). Anyway, I'm excited about Suicide Squad. For one, the cast looks pretty impressive including Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Cara Delevingne as Enchantress and the always-interesting Jared Leto as The Joker. While there have been some grumblings here and there - reshoots, Leto's strange behavior to "get into character" and Robbie's getup perhaps they saved the best for last. It turns out that despite what looks to a pretty dark film (maybe with some dark comedy thrown in) with plenty of violence (we are talking about a supervillain group here), Suicide Squad skated by with a PG-13 Rating for sequences of violence and action throughout, disturbing behavior, suggestive content and language. By many accounts, the film will push the boundaries of what is allowed in the PG-13 Rating. I'm guessing they pushed pretty hard not to lose a good chunk of their target audience with this one and I'm interested to see just how this turns out and whether it brings about any kind of change in the ratings system. Still, this is one of my more anticipated films of the summer and I can't wait to see how this one turns out.

If bigger is really better, than everyone is in for a treat when the mother (ship) of all aliens returns in Independence Day: Resurgence. Look, I know this is yet more destruction porn from the master of destruction himself, director Roland Emmerich, but I also admit I kind of want to see this one, too. I'm pretty much going to be a lot of explosions, shouting and quips and little in the way of plot or character development. But, hey, they got most of the original cast back including former president Bill Pullman, former stripper Vivica A. Fox and, uh, still scientist, I guess Jeff Goldblum. But we're adding new faces too - Maika Monroe, Joey King, Liam Hemsworth, Jessie T. Usher, Sela Ward, Angelababy and Charlotte Gainsbourg all join the fun. And by fun I mean dropping an entire city on another city, massive tidal waves, walking aliens and one humongous ship. The plot pretty much revolves around our guys taking the alien technology to beef up our own defenses only to face yet another seemingly superior threat -which I'm sure we'll defeat thanks to another drunk crop duster (or the equivalent since Randy Quaid heroically sacrificed himself - and also, the real Quaid has officially gone off the deep end). I don't think this film is going to be "good" necessarily, but hopefully it will be entertaining. Rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action and destruction, and for some language.

While Disney, Pixar and Dreamworks may have a pretty good grip on the animation industry, that doesn't mean smaller studios can't find success. Laika Entertainment has found much success in bringing back a classic animation technique and making it pop for modern audiences. Their stop-motion films include Coraline, ParaNorman and The Boxtrolls. This year, they're back again with Kubo and the Two Strings. The film looks like a grand adventure as a kind and clever Kubo lives a quiet existence spinning big tales in his small village. That is until he unleashed a spirit, one that ignites an age-old vendetta and Kubo must recruit the help of Monkey and Beetle to learn the fate of his fallen Samurai father and gather his magic armor if his is to take down the Moon King and his minions. The film has a lot of talent behind it: Art Parkinson as Kubo, Charlize Theron as Monkey, Matthew McConaughey as Beetle, Ralph Fiennes as the Moon King, Rooney Mara as a pair of evil twin sisters and George Takei, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa and Brenda Vaccaro as some of the villagers. The film also looks amazing - Laika's films always do, even if they often don't get as much attention as they deserve. While Finding Dory will probably get much of the attention, Kubo really does look like the better film and I'll stand by that. Rated PG for thematic elements, scary images, action and peril.

We'll end on a two-for-one horror offering. First up, we have Blake Lively vs. the sea's greatest predator when she finds a secluded beach to go surfing only to find out it happens to be the hunting ground for a very upset great white shark. Stranded a mere 200 feet away from shore, it may as well be 200 miles as it pits her in a battle of wills and survival against the doll-eyed killer. Thrilling and tense, perhaps, but streaming at best for me for The Shallows. Rated PG-13 for bloody images, intense sequences of peril, and brief strong language. For those who like board games, we get a sequel to the 2014 film, Ouija, the sequel is now called Ouija: Origin of Evil. I love the fact that this supposed ancient evil "Witchboard" is actually a parlor game that was commercially introduced in 1890 and even "Ouija" itself is trademarked by Hasbro. It gained popularity with the occult only during WWI and has been a source for paranormal and psychics ever since. There's your history lesson, kids. Anyway, there isn't much to go on this sequel and since I have yet to see the original, I doubt I'll be catching this one, either. Rated PG-13 for disturbing images,terror and thematic elements.

Check out the full release schedule below:


Rated R for violence and some disturbing images.


Rated R for violence, language, some drug content and brief nudity.


Rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action and destruction, and for some language.


Rated R for sexual content and some language.


Rated R for some sexuality/nudity.


Rated PG for thematic elements, scary images, action and peril.


Rated PG-13 for thematic material involving disaster-related images and descriptions.


Rated PG-13 for disturbing images, terror and thematic elements.


Rated PG-13 for bloody images, intense sequences of peril, and brief strong language.


Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and action throughout, disturbing behavior, suggestive content and language.


Rated R for sexuality, nudity, some violence and bloody images.


Rated R for strong violence, language throughout, and some sexuality/nudity.


Avoid spam Captcha: Sign Up + or Log In +   

Recent Blog Posts

All Posts

November 2018

October 2018

September 2018

August 2018

July 2018

June 2018

May 2018

April 2018

March 2018

February 2018

January 2018

December 2017

November 2017

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

December 2016

November 2016

October 2016

September 2016

August 2016

July 2016

June 2016

May 2016

April 2016

March 2016

February 2016

January 2016

December 2015

November 2015

October 2015

September 2015

August 2015

July 2015

June 2015

May 2015

April 2015

March 2015

February 2015

January 2015

December 2014

November 2014

October 2014

September 2014

August 2014

July 2014

June 2014

May 2014

April 2014

March 2014

February 2014

January 2014

December 2013

November 2013

October 2013

September 2013

August 2013

July 2013

June 2013

May 2013

April 2013

March 2013

February 2013

January 2013

December 2012

November 2012

October 2012

September 2012

August 2012

July 2012

June 2012

May 2012

April 2012

March 2012

February 2012

January 2012

December 2011

November 2011

October 2011

September 2011

August 2011

July 2011

June 2011

May 2011

April 2011

March 2011

February 2011

January 2011

December 2010

November 2010

October 2010

September 2010

August 2010

July 2010

June 2010

May 2010

April 2010

March 2010

February 2010

Log In
Help on how to log into FilmCrave
Login with Facebook
Login with FilmCrave
What Members Are Doing
Movie Talk
New Movie Reviews
New Movie Lists
movies of 2019 by skater4159
Movies of 2013 by Stoney McStonerson
2018: Best to Worst by Nolane
Films I've seen in 2018 by aickman
Top Movie List by Ben
Best films of 2014 by Daniel
Top Romance Movies by Rod
Movies I've Watched by Chris Ghost




Contact FilmCrave Public Relations    

Advertise and Business

Developer API

Contact Us


About us



Support FilmCrave

FAQ and Help

News and Press

Terms of Use


Are you sure you want to delete this comment?
Are you sure you want to delete this blog?