Synopsis: A family vacation during the summer of 1985 changes everything for a teenage boy obsessed with ping pong.
Release Date: June 6, 2014
Thoughts: Though it looks like it could be a terribly cloying affair, Ping Pong Summer does have two (okay maybe three) things going for it that has caught my interest. The first is a tonal similarity to the best film I saw in 2013, The Way Way Back with a teen coming into his own during his time at a summer beach house. The second is star and real life ping pong aficionado Susan Sarandon (Jeff, Who Lives at Home, Robot & Frank) who seems to make every film better with her wry delivery and eternal MILF-iness. I love a good retro cinematic set-up so the mid 80s locale could also be a plus if it isn’t all neon shirts and Reagan-era wink-wink dialogue.
Synopsis: A teenager finds herself transported to a deep forest setting where a battle between the forces of good and the forces of evil is taking place. She bands together with a rag-tag group characters in order to save their world — and ours.
Release Date: May 24, 2013
Thoughts: This one reminds me of a Ferngully: The Last Rainforest for a new generation. Like that early 90’s hand-drawn animated feature, Epic looks to be a nice film for the conservation-minded parents to take their kids to. The really good children’s films have a message so subtle that you don’t even realize it’s being communicated and based on the trailer, Epic’s movie studio 20th Century Fox has done a nice job keeping the soapbox preaching low and kid-friendly engagement high. Adding in some interesting voice talent (Steven Tyler, Beyoncé Knowles, Pitbull, Colin Farrell) never hurts either!