THE BLIND SIDE
Leigh Anne Tuohy’s (Sandra Bullock) two kids go to a Christian school and so does quiet Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron). “Big Mike” has a charity sports scholarship, but it doesn’t mean he has a real home. Leigh Anne takes him under her pink satin wing, and Big Mike slowly lets down his protective walls. It’s not all Friday-night lights once Michael hits the football field, as his already-established sports skills need coaching, just like he needs nurturing, to reach full potential. (Wendy Ward)
JUDY MOODY AND THE NOT BUMMER SUMMER
Heather Graham stars as the cool aunt/the only way men are going to go see this kid’s flick inspired by Megan McDonald’s kids books series.
Opens June 10
MAKE WAY FOR TOMORROW
Golden Age Hollywood director Leo McCarey is better known for some of his bona fide classics—
The Awful Truth
Going My Way
An Affair to Remember
—but one of his lesser known works is also one of his more powerful. His 1937
Make Way for Tomorrow
, which didn’t make it to DVD until last year, tells a devastating story all too pertinent to the here and now. Beulah Bondi and Victor Moore play older couple Lucy and Barkley Cooper, who, thanks to the Depression, lose their home to foreclosure and have to split up and go live with their grown children—who don’t so much resent it as, you know, they’re busy. Don’t see if you’re dealing with—or will soon be dealing with—elderly relatives. You’ll feel like poop in rain and bawl.
At the Enoch Pratt Free Library's Wheeler Auditorium June 11 at 10:30 a.m.
The Sidebar Tavern kicks off its monthly horror-movie double-feature night with a pair of rock-solid entries in the genre. First up is Peter Jackson’s immortal 1992
, in which an otherwise quaint New Zealand town gets overrun by zombies and Jackson, long before The Lord of the Rings tamed him for the masses, is able to indulge in some wonderful gross-outs: zombie sex, a kung-fu fighting priest, and the best use of a lawnmower ever set to celluloid. It’s followed by Japanese director Ryûhei Kitamura’s adaptation of a Clive Barker short story for The
Midnight Meat Train
, in which Bradley Cooper’s nocturnal photographer gets more than he bargained for when he starts following around the well-dressed, briefcase-carrying Vinnie Jones. Superb gruesomeness.
RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK
Holy shit: This 1981 old-fashioned adventure starring Harrison Ford as an intrepid archeologist and directed by Steven Spielberg when he had a mere pair of summer blockbusters under his belt is 30 years old this summer.
At the Enoch Pratt Free Library's Wheeler Auditorium June 11 at 2 p.m.
J.J. Abrams helms this summer tween adventure flick, which looks like a mash note to every movie ever made by producer Steven Spielberg.
Opens June 10.