He’s back! Arnold Schwarzenegger, that is, who returns in “Terminator Genisys.” Also in theaters, some sexy moves from Channing Tatum and the “Magic Mike” gang. Movies opening in limited release include “Faith of Our Fathers,” “Jackie & Ryan,” “In Stereo,” “Amy” and “Cartel Land.” Let’s take a closer look at the wide releases.
PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and gunplay throughout, partial nudity and brief strong language | In Theaters 7/1 (2D, 3D & IMAX 3D) | Ok for Kids 13+ | Paramount | Reel Preview: 4.5 of 5 Reels.
Everything old is new again! This fresh installment of the “Terminator” franchise finds John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the human resistance, sending Sgt. Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) and safeguard the future. You remember that, right? But what we didn’t realize is that an unexpected turn of events created a fractured timeline.
Now, Sgt. Reese finds himself in a new and unfamiliar version of the past, where he’s faced with unlikely allies, including the Guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger), dangerous new enemies, and an unexpected new mission: To reset the future.
Directed by Alan Taylor, this movie also stars J.K. Simmons and Matt Smith.
MAGIC MIKE XXL
R for strong sexual content, pervasive language, some nudity and drug use | In Theaters 7/1 | Ok for Kids 18+ | Warner Bros. | Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels.
Picking up the story three years after Mike (Channing Tatum) bowed out of the stripper life at the top of his game, “Magic Mike XXL” finds the remaining Kings of Tampa likewise ready to throw in the towel. But they want to do it their way: burning down the house in one last blow-out performance in Myrtle Beach — with legendary headliner Magic Mike sharing the spotlight.
On the road to their final show, with whistle stops in Jacksonville and Savannah to renew old acquaintances and make new friends, Mike and the guys learn some new moves and shake off the past in surprising ways. Greg Jacobs directs this movie, which also stars Jada Pinkett Smith, Andie MacDowell, Elizabeth Banks, Amber Heard, Adam Rodriguez, Matt Bomer, Donald Glover, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash, Gabriel Iglesias, and Michael Strahan.
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.