New movies this week include Kevin Spacey as a cat, a bunch of non-heroes known as the Suicide Squad, and Michael Keaton in a biopic about the brothers that started McDonald’s. Here’s a sneak peek at what’s new in theaters this week.
Rated PG for thematic elements, language and some rude humor | In Theaters 8/5 | Ok for Kids 7+ | EuropaCorp | Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels
Tom Brand (Kevin Spacey) is a daredevil billionaire at the top of his game. His company FireBrand is nearing completion on its greatest achievement yet – the tallest skyscraper in the northern hemisphere. But Tom’s workaholic lifestyle has disconnected him from his family, particularly his beautiful wife Lara (Jennifer Garner) and their daughter Rebecca (Malina Weissman). For her 11th birthday, Rebecca wants what she’s always wanted – a cat. So Tom buys a cat named Mr. Fuzzypants at a mystical pet store run by eccentric owner Felix Perkins (Christopher Walken). One thing leads to another and after a car accident, Tom finds himself trapped inside the body of Mr. Fuzzypants! Will he be able to return to his family as a newly energized husband and dad?
Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and action throughout, disturbing behavior, suggestive content and language | In Theaters 8/5 | Warner Bros. | Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels
Created by Robert Kanigher and Ross Andru back in 1959, the Suicide Squad team has included countless DC villains among its ranks, including Deadshot (Will Smith), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney) and Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), among others. The story centers on the imprisoned supervillains recruited by a secret government agency to execute dangerous black ops missions in exchange for clemency. Directed by David Ayer, this action thriller also stars Jared Leto, Viola Davis, Common, Scott Eastwood and Joel Kinnaman.
Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | In Theaters 8/5 | Ok for Kids 13+ | Weinstein | Reel Preview: 4.5 of 5 Reels
Written by Robert Siegel (“Big Fan”), this drama tells the true story of how Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton), a salesman from Illinois, met Mac and Dick McDonald, who were running a burger operation in 1950s Southern California. Kroc was impressed by the brothers’ speedy system of making the food and saw franchise potential. He maneuvered himself into a position to be able to pull the company from the brothers and create a billion-dollar empire. Directed by John Lee Hancock, this movie also stars Nick Offerman, Linda Cardellini, Laura Dern and BJ Novak.
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.
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