By Chris Kavan - 09/09/20 at 07:10 PM CT
Labor Day has come and gone and we can look forward to fall (or winter, if you've gone from high topping 100 to the forties in one day) - but what can we look forward to in movies? Well, if theaters manage to remain open in the coming months, the sequel to The Croods is on the horizon and, sticking to my guns in covering streaming titles of note, the thriller Run (a victim of these Covid times) is coming to Hulu. It's something to look forward to at least as we hopefully return to more normalcy.
I knew there was a sequel to The Croods in the works. The animated, primitive family was a decent hit back in 2014 - taking in over $187 million domestic and $587 million worldwide, becoming one of the better non-Disney/Pixar offerings of note. Still, I didn't realize we were getting The Croods: A New Age so quickly - December to be exact. But here we are - the voice cast is all returning, Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener, Cloris Leachman and Clark Duke voicing the caveman family, which is impressive given the seven-year gap. That is a big plus in my book - and, an even bigger plus, our Croods are facing off against a more "evolved" family - and those voices are provided by Peter Dinklage and Leslie Mann - both welcome additions. Kelly Marie Tran and Joanna Lumley help round out the cast. As stated, the film follows our "primitive" Croods who finds themselves going up against the evolved Betterman family. That isn't much to go on, but the given I enjoyed the first Croods well enough, I'm willing to bet this will be just as much fun. At this time, unlike Trolls World Tour, this is going to be a theatrical release, unless something changes between now and December (which it very well could) so I'm going to take a wait-and-see approach to all future films. I guess if it goes to streaming, it goes to streaming. Rated PG for peril, action and rude humor.
One film that isn't going to theaters, even though it was earlier in the year, is the thriller Run. The film follows Chloe Sherman (Kiera Allen), a homeschooled teenager who is confined to a wheelchair and is pretty much under constant care and supervision by her mother, Diane (Sarah Paulson). But this relationship takes a dark turn when she discovers her mother is harboring some secrets. The funny thing is the movie was originally going to be released on Mother's Day - before Covid pushed it back and by August, Hulu officially became its new home. It doesn't have a concrete release date for streaming as of yet - and it will be released in select international markets as well - but the trailer reminds me a bit of Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? - only with mother/daughter instead of sisters. Torment and secrets make for some good times and I would be more than willing to see how dark things get - and Paulson is more than worth the effort as far as I'm concerned. I'll watch this when it's available for sure. Rated PG-13 for disturbing thematic content, some violence/terror and language.
Those are my big picks for the week, but be sure to check out the full MPAA Ratings Bulletin below:
THE CROODS: A NEW AGE
Rated PG for peril, action and rude humor.
Rated R for drug use and pervasive language.
Rated PG-13 for strong language and some suggestive references.
Rated R for some language and brief lewd images.
Rated PG-13 for some strong language, bloody injury images, suggestive material/partial nudity, smoking and brief drug use.
MARIO PUZO'S: THE GODFATHER CODA: THE DEATH OF MICHAEL CORLEONE
Rated R for violence and language.
Rated PG-13 for disturbing thematic content, some violence/terror and language.