Let World-Herald film critic Bob Fischbach catch you up to speed with the following movies:
Brave (PG) Animation giant Pixar's first female protagonist is Merida, a princess in medieval Scotland who wants to determine her own fate, rather than marry to keep peace among the clans. Mother-daughter relationships are at the heart of the matter. Voices of Kelly Macdonald as Merida and Emma Thompson as her mom. Fine family fare. 3 stars.
Rock of Ages (PG-13) Perhaps the most sexually suggestive PG-13 movie out there, featuring Tom Cruise as an aging rock star belting out 1980s hair band hits. Julianne Hough and Diego Boneta star as kids trying to get started in the music biz in LA, but Cruise is the best thing in this jukebox musical. Not for young teens. 2.5 stars.
That's My Boy (R) Coarse, juvenile, smutty humor dominates this story of an adult screw-up (Adam Sandler) who tracks down the kid he fathered at age 14 (Andy Samberg), ruining his wedding as he hits him up for money. Sandler seems tone-deaf about what's funny. This is worse than his last stinker, "Jack and Jill." 1 star.
Prometheus (R) Director Ridley Scott ("Alien") creates a visually stunning movie with very cool special effects but not enough heart and character depth at its center. On a distant moon, a spaceship crew seeks the origins of life, but dark forces await. Michael Fassbender is great as an android. Idris Elba, Charlize Theron co-star. Too violent, gory for young teens. 3 stars.
Peace, Love & Misunderstanding (R) Jane Fonda is a hoot as a hippie-dippy grandmother in Woodstock, N.Y., whose uptight lawyer daughter (Catherine Keener) drops in, after 20 years' absence, with two teen kids. The romcom story is predictable, but director Bruce Beresford enlivens the way to romance, forgiveness. Pot smoking, sexual subplots make this for mature teens only. 2.5 stars.
Snow White and the Huntsman (PG-13) Turning the classic fairy tale into anaction thriller driven by digital effects, director Rupert Sanders gets lots of visual snap but falters on coherent plot turns and character development. Kristen Stewart is Snow, Chris Hemsworth is the huntsman, and Charlize Theron is the wicked queen. OK for teens, but dark and disturbingly violent for preteens. 2.5 stars.
-- World-Herald critic Bob Fischbach