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New Movies 7-31-15

This week at the movies, the “Vacation” franchise gets an update, and Tom Cruise goes rogue in a new “Mission Impossible” movie.

Limited release new movies include “Listen to Me Marlon,” “The Young and Prodigious Spivet,” “Jenny’s Wedding,” “The End of the Tour,” “A LEGO Brickumentary,” “Best of Enemies,” and “I Am Chris Farley.” Let’s take a closer look at the wide releases.


R for crude and sexual content and language throughout, and brief graphic nudity | In Theaters 7/29 | Ok for Kids 17+ | New Line, Warner Bros. | Reel Preview: 3 of 5 Reels | VacationFacebookTwitter | Facebook

Following in his father’s footsteps and hoping for some much-needed family bonding, a grown-up Rusty Griswold (Ed Helms) surprises his wife, Debbie (Christina Applegate), and their two sons with a cross-country trip back to America’s “favorite family fun park,” Walley World!

Directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, this movie also stars Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Michael Pena, Chris Hemsworth, Charlie Day and Regina Hall.

While I’m disappointed in the R rating (PG-13 would have made it accessible to teens), this will be a fun update to the franchise, and Ed Helms is hilarious.


PG-13 for sequences of action and violence and brief partial nudity | In Theaters 7/31 | Ok for Kids 13+ | Paramount | Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels | Mission Impossible | FacebookTwitterInstagram

In “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation,” Paramount Pictures’ fifth installment in the franchise, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his team return for yet more death-defying stunts and amazing gadgetry.

Their mission (should they choose to accept it)? Eradicate the Syndicate – an International rogue organization as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the IMF. Directed by Christopher McQuarrie, this action-thriller also stars Jeremy Renner, Alec Baldwin, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Simon McBurney and Rebecca Ferguson.

It’s been 19 years since Cruise first played Ethan Hunt, and he’s still doing his own stunts!

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.

Images in this feature used courtesy of the studios and distributors.


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