Director: Jeremy Brock. With Laura Linney, Rupert Grint, Julie Walters. (98 min.)
Laura Marshall's teen son, Ben (Rupert Grint), will do almost anything to escape her suffocating love. He finds summer work as factotum to an eccentric former actress (Julie Walters). Besides helping Ben cut the apron strings, it gives him confidence behind the wheel of a car – and in life – as well as a better appreciation of his father. This understated comedy-drama allows Walters and Grint a great opportunity to step out of their familiar roles as mother and son Molly and Ron Weasley in the "Harry Potter" films. Grade: B
– M.K. Terrell
Sex/Nudity: 2 scenes of innuendo, 1 of implied sex. Violence: 1 scene. Profanity: 19 instances. Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: 11 scenes of drinking.
Director: Michael Meyer. With Maria Bello, Alison Lohman, Tim McGraw. (94 min.)
Katy McLaughlin (Alison Lohman) seems adept at getting on the wrong side of her rancher father (Tim McGraw). Grounded after flunking history class, she disobeys orders by adopting a mustang. But the real burr under Dad's saddle is Katy's desire to run the ranch one day – a job he'd reserved for her brother. If fans of the "Flicka" books and movies can accept a teen in place of the 10-year-old boy, and that Flicka is now the ornery mare instead of the mare's foal, they may enjoy this movingly told variation on an old story. The Wyoming scenery helps. Grade: B
Sex/Nudity: 1 scene of innuendo. Violence: 8 scenes of strong violence. Profanity: 3 instances of mild profanity. Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: None.