The latter two films, though, come from major franchises, so the fact that they're competing all but guarantees one or both of them aren't living up to expectations (in the marketing push pre-buzz sense, if not the actually-sucks sense).
Our advice, if you're going to pick one or the other — given the respective track records of Pixar and Michael Bay — we'd say bet on Cars.BAD TEACHER
This Pixar sequel doesn’t present Lightning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson) getting lost in the desert — this time, it’s Mater (Larry the Cable Guy) getting mistaken for an international spy and being pursued by two James Bond-style cars (Michael Caine and Emily Mortimer, Shutter Island and November’s Hugo Cabret). Less NASCAR, more Formula One, still fun. (MB) Rated G
THE LAST GODFATHER
In 1950s New York, Harvey Keitel is a Mafia don who wants his doofus Korean love-child (Hyung-rae Shim) to succeed him. Problem is, Shim acts like the love-child of Jackie Chan and Jerry Lewis (but without their gift for subtlety). (MB) Rated PG-13
In a remote desert town, there's a killer on the loose. His name's Robert. He's a tire — you know, black, round, goes on your car. This tire should be considered armed and dangerous. Well, actually, he isn't "armed" — tires don't have arms, silly. Yeah, with its one-joke premise, the entire movie is kinda like that. (MB) Rated R; at Magic Lantern only
TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON
Back in the '60s, when the USA and the USSR were trying to outdo each other in the race to the moon, it wasn't Khrushchev versus Kennedy. That was just a sideshow. The real battle was between Optimus Prime and Shockwave. But forget the subplots involving Sideswipe and Starscream. All that matters is: Lots of stuff gets blown up real good. (MB) Rated PG-13; opens Wed 6/29 at River Park Square, with sneaks on Tues 6/28 at 9 pm and midnight