New movies in theaters this week include “Inside Out,” a Disney Pixar film starring the voices in your head, and “Dope,” a Sundance Film Festival favorite about a geek living in a rough neighborhood.
Movies opening in limited release this week include “The Tribe,” “Infinitely Polar Bear,” “Manglehorn,” “The Face of an Angel,” “Burying the Ex,” “Eden” and “The Overnight.” Let’s take a closer look at “Inside Out” and “Dope.”
PG for mild thematic elements and some action | In Theaters 6/19 | Ok for Kids 6+ | Disney Pixar | Reel Preview: 4.5 of 5 Reels.
Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley (Kaitlyn Dias), an 11-year-old girl who’s uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith).
The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life, but of course, chaos ensues. Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.
Directed by Pixar veteran Pete Docter (“Up” and “Monsters, Inc.” are among his many credits), this movie also features the voices of Diane Lane, Kyle MacLachlan, Richard Kind and Paula Poundstone.
R for language, drug content, sexuality/nudity, and some violence, all involving teens | In Theaters 6/19 | Ok for Kids 18+ | Open Road Films | Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels.
A critical hit and audience favorite out of the Sundance Film Festival, “Dope” follows the life of Malcolm (Shameik Moore), a young adult who’s carefully surviving life in a tough neighborhood in Los Angeles while juggling college applications, academic interviews, and the SAT. A chance invitation to an underground party leads him into an adventure that could allow him to go from being a geek to being dope to ultimately being himself.
Written and directed by Rick Famuyiwa (“Brown Sugar,” “Our Family Wedding”), this movie co-stars Zoë Kravitz, Blake Anderson, Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons, Kimberly Elise and Forest Whitaker.
JANE’S REEL RATING SYSTEM
One Reel – Even the Force can’t save it.
Two Reels – Coulda been a contender.
Three Reels – Something to talk about.
Four Reels – You want the truth? Great flick!
Five Reels – Wow! The stuff dreams are made of.
Jane Boursaw is a well-known film critic and editor-in-chief of Reel Life With Jane. Images in this feature used courtesy of the studios and distributors.