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NJ Kids Movie Review: If I Stay

If I Stay
  SYNOPSIS: Life changes in an instant for young Mia Hall after a car accident puts her in a coma and leaves several family members dead. During an out-of-body experience, she must decide whether to wake up and drift “into the light.” Reel Rating: 4 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements and some sexual material Released in Theaters: Aug. 21, 2014 Genre: Drama, Romance, Based on a Book Runtime: 1.... read more

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NJ Kids Movie Review: The Giver

The Giver
  SYNOPSIS: Based on the book by Lois Lowry, “The Giver” takes place in a seemingly perfect community, without war, pain, suffering, differences or choice. When a young boy is chosen to learn from an elderly man about the true pain and pleasure of the “real” world, he discovers something sinister behind the community’s facade. Reel Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG-13 for a mature thematic image and some sci-fi action/.... read more

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NJ Kids Movie Review: The Hundred-Foot Journey

Hundred Foot Journey
  SYNOPSIS: After tragedy hits their restaurant in Mumbai, the Kadam family journeys to France and opens a restaurant next to Madame Mallory’s celebrated French restaurant. A culture clash quickly ensues. Reel Rating: 4 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG for thematic elements, some violence, language and brief sensuality Released in Theaters: Aug. 7, 2014 Genre: Drama, Based on a Book Runtime: 122 minutes Directe.... read more

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NJ Kids Movie Review: Into the Storm

Into the Storm
SYNOPSIS: Storm trackers, thrill-seekers, and just regular folks document an unprecedented onslaught of tornadoes touching down in the town of Silverton, Oklahoma. Reel Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sequences of intense destruction and peril, and language, including some sexual references Released in Theaters: Aug. 7, 2014 Genre: Drama, Action/Adventure Runtime: 89 minutes Directed by: Steve .... read more

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NJ Kids Movie Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
SYNOPSIS: Those familiar heroes on the half-shell are back, battling an evil kingpin who wants to take over New York. No worries, though. Megan Fox and Will Arnett are there to help. Reel Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sci-fi action violence Released in Theaters: Aug. 7, 2014 (2D, 3D) Genre: Action/Adventure, Remake, Sci-Fi Runtime: 101 minutes Directed by: Jonathan Liebesman Studio: Pa.... read more

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NJ Kids Movie Review: Get On Up

Get On Up
SYNOPSIS: Chadwick Boseman channels James Brown in Tate Taylor’s film about the life of The Godfather of Soul, rising from poverty to become one of the most influential musicians in history. Reel Rating: 5 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual content, drug use, some strong language and violent situations Released in Theaters: Aug. 1, 2014 Genre: Drama, Biography Runtime: 138 minutes Directed by: .... read more

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NJ Kids Movie Review: Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians Galaxy
  SYNOPSIS: Marvel takes a lighthearted turn with “Guardians of the Galaxy,” a comic-based movie centering on a stolen orb, an outlaw junk scavenger, and a rag-tag group of unlikely heroes in the far reaches of space. Reel Rating: 5 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and for some language Released in Theaters: Aug. 1, 2014 (2D, 3D) Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Comic Book R.... read more

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Exclusive Interview: Lois Lowry Talks Books, Writing and "The Giver"

The Giver
by Jane Louise Boursaw "The Giver" arrives in theaters August 15, 2014. Directed by Phillip Noyce, the film is based on a book by Lois Lowry and takes place in a seemingly perfect community, without war, pain, suffering, differences or choice. But something is not quite right about this place, and a boy named Jonas is chosen by the government to learn from an elderly man known as "The Giver" about the true pain and pleasure of the "real" world..... read more

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NJ Kids Movie Review: Hercules

Hercules
  SYNOPSIS: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson dons sword and sandals for Brett Ratner’s version of “Hercules,” the Greek demigod whose special skills are tested when the King of Thrace and his daughter request help in defeating a tyrannical warlord. Reel Rating: 2.5 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG-13 for epic battle sequences, violence, suggestive comments, brief strong language and partial nudity Released in Theaters: July 25, 201.... read more

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NJ Kids Movie Review: Planes Fire & Rescue

Planes Fire & Rescue
SYNOPSIS: This sequel to 2013′s “Planes” finds Dusty’s engine damaged to the point where he may never race again. So he joins forces with fire and rescue helicopter Blade Ranger and his team, The Smokejumpers, to battle a massive wildfire. Reel Rating: 4 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG for action and some peril Released in Theaters: July 18, 2014 (2D, 3D) Genre: Family, Sequel, Animation Runtime: 83 minutes Direc.... read more

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