Regal 2015 Summer Movie Express

Yay! Summer is almost here and with it, my favorite movies! In addition to that, Regal also has very cheap kids movies every Tuesday and Wednesday at 10 in the morning (arrive early – our theater gets very crowded). The program runs for nine weeks but the start date depends on your theater. Here is the web page. In my neck of the woods, they begin on June 9th. This year, they have some options that are not animated but, if I know my granddaughter, those are the ones she’ll skip.

“Admission to the Summer Movie Express is only¬†$1. Tickets available for purchase at the box office and all movies start at 10:00 am. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Will Rogers Institute.”

Week 1: Nut Job & Annie

The BoxTrolls

Week 2: Earth to Echo & The BoxTrolls

Paddington

Week 3: Paddington & Turbo

Week 4: Rio 2 & How to Train Your Dragon 2

The Book of Life

Week 5: Mr. Peabody & Sherman & The Book of Life

Week 6: Night at the Museum: Secrets of the Tomb & Penguins of Madagascar

Week 7: Madagascar 3 & Dolphin Tale 2

Week 8: Muppets Most Wanted & Alexander and The Very Bad Day

Week 9: The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water & The Lego Movie

New Netflix Streaming Releases for the Week of 3/18/14

Another week, another slew of movies on instant Netflix

Bad Boys

Action/Adventure: Bad Boys

Anime: Sword Art Online

Comedy: How To Be A Man, Jasper Redd: Jazz Talk, Look Who’s Talking Now, See No Evil Hear No Evil, Stir Crazy, Tom Segura: Completely Normal

Documentary: Stand, The Loving Story

Drama: Margarita, A Marine Story, The Skinny, Underdogs, How I Live Now, Center Stage: Turn It Up

Faith: Taken by Grace

Turbo

Family: Legend of Sarila, Turbo, Stuart Little 3: Call of the Wild, Swan Princess: Enchanted Castle

Fantasy & Science Fiction: Gattaca

Foreign: The Final Girl, Legend of the Fist: Return of Chen Zhen, Reaching for the Moon, Nightmare City, Terraferma, Watchtower

Horror: Night of the Comet

Sports: Valhalla

Jesus of Nazareth

Television: LEGO: Friends, Breaking Amish, the miniseries Jesus of Nazareth, and new episodes of Comedy Bang! Bang!, Long Island Medium

Thriller: Wild Things 2

The Summer of Meh

I love summer blockbuster season. I am marginally a film critic and I do enjoy good, prestige movies. I watch innumerable independent films as well but I love a big action movie and summer is the season for those. I had high hopes this year but it has not panned out very well.

Iron Man 3: The Disneyfication of Marvel. Forget Pepper Potts, Happy Hogan, the Black Widow, and War Machine, let’s give Tony Stark a cute kid sidekick. Can we call him Short Round?

The Great Gatsby: A film adaptation of a book where the director honestly didn’t understand what the book was about.

Star Trek: Into Darkness: The plot is utter nonsense but this was a lot of fun just the same. I mean really just the same.

Fast & Furious 6: The World’s Longest Runway. I’m just saying.

Epic: Generic

After Earth: Hmm I already used Afterbirth for Asylum’s take on this film so maybe Crash & Burn. Sorry Will – people like you but are apparently not so keen on your forcing your son on us. Another nail in Shyamalan’s career.

Man of Steel: The Anti-Superman movie – way to Kryptonite the franchise yet many people enjoyed it and the sequel will feature a non-Bale Batman.

World War Z: IF you can forgive it for not having anything to do with the book (hope you enjoyed the payout Mr. Brooks) and don’t mind a PG-13 zombie movie, it was pretty intense and intelligent.

Monsters University

Monsters University: Fun but not the classic that Monsters, Inc was.

White House Down: White House Dumb, Olympus Has Fallen part Deux

The Lone Ranger: Actually Tonto – the movie would have been a lot shorter if Tonto had let him die.

Despicable Me 2

Despicable Me 2: Fun but not as good as the first PLUS I had to endure innumerable McDonald’s Happy Meals to get the toys for umm my granddaughter – yes my granddaughter wanted them.

Pacific Rim

Pacific Rim: Godzilla Meets Transformers but I still love monster movies. This could have been a lot better but was a bright spot this summer.

Red 2: More nonsense from folks who did not really understand what made the first one kind of, sort of, work. Still I love watching Helen Mirren kick butt.

R.I.P.D.: Men in Black 4, only supernatural instead of science fiction and poor CGI.

Turbo: Generic Cartoon 2: Electric Boogaloo

The Wolverine:X-Men 6 minus all the X-Men save two, and one of those is dead for the whole movie. The saving grace is the post-credits scene.

This was pretty much a summer with no new ideas. Of course the twelve-year-old boy inside of me enjoyed going to all of these movies even if the half-century old man knew most of them were duds.

FREE Movie Tickets from Target

Normally Best Buy rules in the world of FREE movie tickets but Target has jumped in with both feet in their latest ad. Please note: all promotions require a sticker on the front of the movie – don’t buy if the sticker isn’t present.

Despicable Me

* Buy Hop, The Lorax, ParaNorman, or Despicable Me on DVD and get a FREE 2″ Minion figurine as well as $7.50 movie cash for Despicable Me 2

Madagascar 3

* Buy Madagascar 3 or other DreamWorks animation (Shrek, Kung Fu Panda) and get $7.50 movie cash for Turbo

MI: Ghost Protocol

* Buy Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra, Top Gun and get $7.50 in movie cash for World War Z

* Buy Columbiana, Black Hawk Down, The Patriot, District 9 and others and get $10 in movie cash for White House Down

* Buy The Bourne series, Jurassic Park series, Battleship, Savages, End of Watch and receive $8 in movie cash for R.I.P.D. or Kick-Ass 2. Note: This is Fandango cash so you must be able to use Fandango for this one.

* (Not in ad but seen at Target) Percy Jackson: Lightning Thief, the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, Night at the Museum, Eragon have $8 movie cash for Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

* (Not in ad but seen at Target) X-Men ($10-15) and Wolverine ($10) Blu-Rays have $10 movie cash to go see The Wolverine.

* (Not in ad but seen at Target) Braveheart, Gladiator, 300, Clash of the Titans, Troy, The Matrix have $8 movie cash ($5 for DVDs) for Pacific Rim, The Conjuring, and We’re the Millers