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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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NJ Kids Movie Review: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  SYNOPSIS: It’s been ten years since the Simian Flu wiped out most of the human population, and a small faction remaining in San Francisco need to restore a dam to boost their dwindling power supply. Only problem? The dam is smack in the middle of a community of well-organized, genetically evolved apes, led by Caesar. One thing leads to another and pretty soon, it’s all out war. Reel Rating: 5 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG-1.... read more

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NJ Kids Movie Review: Earth to Echo

Earth to Echo
  SYNOPSIS: After receiving a bizarre series of encrypted messages on their cell phones, a group of kids embark on an adventure to help a little alien get back home. Reel 3 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG for some action and peril, and mild language Released in Theaters: July 2, 2014 Genre: Sci-Fi, Adventure, Family Runtime: 89 minutes Directed by: Dave Green Studio: Relativity Media Cast: Te.... read more

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12 Patriotic Movies the Whole Family Can Watch Together

National Treasurer
by Jane Boursaw  I love summer. In our family, summer means barbecues, beach time, fun gatherings and, of course, Fourth of July celebrations. There’s usually a movie or two involved (but of course!), and what better time to watch a patriotic movie than on the birthday of our nation? Here are 12 patriotic movies the whole family can watch together. 1. NATIONAL TREASURE (2004; PG for action violence and some scary images). With his dry wit a.... read more

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NJ Kids Movie Review: Transformers: Age of Extinction

Transformers: Age of Extinction
SYNOPSIS: The fourth installment in Michael Bay’s giant robot franchise stars Mark Walhberg as a single dad who discovers a famous Transformer in his shop. As you might imagine, all heck breaks loose. Reel Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, language and brief innuendo Released in Theaters: June 26, 2014 Genre: Sci-Fi, Sequel Runtime: 165 minutes Direc.... read more

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NJ Kids Movie Review: How To Train Your Dragon 2

How to Train Your Dragan
  SYNOPSIS: Our beloved friends Hiccup and Toothless are back! In this sequel to the hit 2010 family film, they discover an ice cave that’s home to hundreds of wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, and find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace. Reel Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG for adventure action and some mild rude humor Released in Theaters: June 12, 2014 (2D, 3D) Genre: Animated, Adventure,.... read more

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NJ Kids Movie Review: The Fault In Our Stars

The Fault In Our Stars
SYNOPSIS: Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort play two teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them on a journey, made all the more poignant because they met in a cancer support group. Reel Rating: 5 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements, some sexuality and brief strong language Released in Theaters: June 6, 2014 Genre: Romance, Drama, Based on a Book Runtime: 125 minutes .... read more

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NJ Kids Movie Review: Edge of Tomorrow

Edge of Tomorrow
SYNOPSIS: Tom Cruise plays an officer who finds himself caught in a time loop in a war with an alien race. His skills increase as he faces the same brutal combat scenarios, and his union with a Special Forces warrior (Emily Blunt) edges him closer to defeating the enemy. Reel Rating: 4 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, language and brief suggestive material Released in Theaters: June 6, 20.... read more

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NJ Kids Movie Review: Maleficent

 Maleficent
SYNOPSIS: This spin on the classic fairy tale “Sleeping Beauty” finds Angelina Jolie playing the vindictive fairy Maleficent, whose bitterness drives her to curse an infant princess only to realize the child may be the only one who can restore peace to the land. Reel Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG for sequences of fantasy action and violence, including frightening images Released in Theaters: May 30, 2014 (2D, 3D) Genre: Fantasy, F.... read more

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