By Chris Kavan - 07/25/18 at 09:15 AM CT
The board really stepped it up this week, delivering a veritable feast of major ratings updates. Coming in hot is the latest Mission: Impossible (finally - I mean it's coming out literally in two days) along with a new entry in The Conjuring franchise, an updated, new animated version of The Grinch (which will hopefully finally wash the bad taste of Jim Carrey's version out of my brain) and a fun tale about upending the bigfoot myth (or Yeti, as it may be). And plenty of other limited release fun to round out an excellent update.
Buzzing in just under the wire, Ethan Hunt is back, baby and Tom Cruise looks just as crazy as ever (in fact, maybe a bit too crazy - he broke his ankle during filming) in the latest Mission: Impossible - Fallout. Once again, Hunt and his team (including returning favorites Ving Rhames and Simon Pegg) find themselves up against a devious villain, Soloman Lane (Sean Harris) but this time, they also find themselves up against the good guys - including the CIA as Erica Sloan (Angela Bassett) has no qualms dispatcher her own dangerous agent, August Walker (Henry Cavill) when Hunt and co. go rogue. It also brings him face-to-face with Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson). Also returning is Michelle Monaghan and Alec Baldwin along with some new faces including Vanessa Kirby and Wes Bentley. All in all, this looks to me like the last big film of the summer, as nothing else through, really November, has captured my attention at all. So I hope it ends summer with a bang, and by the trailers, I think it will and I wouldn't be surprised if it doesn't wind up as the biggest film in the franchise yet. Rated PG-13 for violence and intense sequences of action, and for brief strong language.
Having been a big fan of The Conjuring franchise, I'm always willing to give every film a chance. I wasn't the biggest fan of Annabelle (and haven't seen Creation, though I hear it's much better than the original), but I did like both main Conjuring films. I'm up-in-the-air about how I feel on The Nun. I can say that out of all the creepy things to appear in the franchise, the title character here is certainly up there with the most unnerving. The film has recruited some talent including Taissa Farmiga (so good in American Horror Story as well as the sister of Vera Farmiga who plays Lorraine Warren in The Conjuring and the sequel), Demián Bichir, Bonnie Aarons (who plays the scary Nun), Charlotte Hope, Lili Bordán and Jonny Coyne. I want this to be good, if only so it secures the good Conjuring name. It's one of the few horror series that seems to get better (or at least remain consistent) as it goes along rather than squandering its good will and holding out for way too long (looking at you Saw, Paranormal Activity and Final Destination). Rated R for terror, violence, and disturbing/bloody images.
The first of two animated films, we have yet another version of the beloved Dr. Seuss classic The Grinch. The story of everyone's favorite grump, this time around the title character is being voiced by none other than Sherlock Holmes, Doctor Strange, the dragon Smaug and Khan himself, the esteemed Benedict Cumberbatch. In fact, he's the only voice listed so far, so maybe this will be a one-man show? In any case, the plot remains the same - Grinch is very unhappy, especially around Christmas when the Whos in Whoville revel in celebration and song, putting an even bigger damper on his already bad mood. So he hatches a plan to steal Christmas away from them - all the decorations, presents, even the gosh-darn food - in hopes of making the Whos just as unhappy as he is. But, of course, something entirely different happens and a valuable lesson is learned by all. Based on the trailer, this looks loads better than the awful 2000 version starring Jim Carrey (I hated it almost as much as Mike Meyer's ill-conceived Cat in the Hat). I think the animation will help, no matter how much padding they have to add to make it a full-length feature. Rated PGfor brief rude humor.
One animated film not enough? Don't worry, there's more and it features an awesome roll-reversal. That's right in Smallfoot we follow a community of Yetis (yes, the white-haired bigfoot of the mountains) when one of them is convinced of the existence of an exceedingly rare and mythical creature known as... a human! Oh, the human-ity. But really, as a concept it's quite cute and has a lot of potential for hilarity. Channing Tatum, Zendaya, Gina Rodriguez, Danny DeVito, James Corden, Common and, uh, I guess LeBron James all lend their vocal talents to the production. Warner Bros. is releasing this one with with Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (of LEGO Movie fame) working as executive producers. I think it has a chance to stand out - certainly a novel idea. Hey, if they can make a Trolls movie work, anything is possible. Rated PG for some action, rude humor and thematic elements.
Those are the big films getting their ratings due this week, but be sure to check out the full MPAA Ratings Bulletin below:
Rated R for war violence including disturbing images, and for language.
ALL ABOUT NINA
Rated R for strong sexual content and language throughout, some nudity and brief drug use.
Rated R for language, sexual references, some drug use and brief nudity.
Rated R for language throughout, including racial epithets, and for disturbing/violent material and some sexual references.
Rated R for strong violence and language throughout.
GOSNELL: THE TRIAL OF AMERICA'S BIGGEST SERIAL KILLER
Rated PG-13 for mature thematic content including disturbing images and descriptions.
Rated PG for brief rude humor.
MISSION: IMPOSSIBE - FALLOUT
Rated PG-13 for violence and intense sequences of action, and for brief strong language.
Rated R for terror, violence, and disturbing/bloody images.
Rated R for violence, language and brief drug use.
THE SISTERS BROTHERS
Rated R for violence including disturbing images, language, and some sexual content.
Rated PG for some action, rude humor, and thematic elements.