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NJ Kids Movie Preview: November 2016 - Kids & Teens Theatrical Releases

Posted by: Jane Louise Boursaw - October 23, 2016

New movies for kids and teens in November include the wizarding world's "Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them," Marvel's "Doctor Strange," and Disney's family film "Moana." Here’s a sneak peek at all the new movies for kids and teens in November. Note that release dates are subject to change.

DOCTOR STRANGE

Rated PG-13 for sci-fi violence and action throughout, and an intense crash sequence | In Theaters 11/4 (2D, 3D, IMAX) | Ok for Kids 13+ | Disney, Marvel | Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels

Marvel’s "Doctor Strange" follows the story of the talented neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) who, after a tragic car accident, must put ego aside and learn the secrets of a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions. Based in New York City’s Greenwich Village, Doctor Strange must act as an intermediary between the real world and what lies beyond, utilizing a vast array of metaphysical abilities and artifacts to protect the Marvel cinematic universe. Directed by Scott Derrickson, this movie also stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Tilda Swinton and Michael Stuhlbarg.

TROLLS

Rated PG for some mild rude humor | In Theaters 11/4 (2D, 3D, IMAX 3D)| Ok for Kids 6+ | 20th Century Fox, DreamWorks Animation | Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels

From the creators of "Shrek" comes this smart, funny, and irreverent comedy about the search for happiness, and just how far some will go to get it. This cute movie transports audiences to a colorful world populated by the overly optimistic Trolls, with a constant dance in their step and a song on their lips, and the comically pessimistic Bergens, who are only happy when they have trolls in their stomachs. After the Bergens invade Troll Village, Poppy (Anna Kendrick), the happiest Troll ever born, and the curmudgeonly Branch (Justin Timberlake) set off on a journey to rescue her friends. Together, this mismatched duo embark on a rescue mission full of adventure and mishaps - trying to tolerate each other long enough to get the job done. The soundtrack is produced by Justin Timberlake and features five original songs, including songs by Timberlake and Gwen Stefani, in addition to a number of classic hits from the 1960's through the 1980's.

LOVING

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements | Ok for Kids 13+ | In Theaters 11/11 | Focus Features | Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels

From acclaimed writer/director Jeff Nichols, "Loving" celebrates the real-life courage and commitment of an interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving (Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga), who married and then spent the next nine years fighting for the right to live as a family in their hometown. Their civil rights case, Loving v. Virginia, went all the way to the Supreme Court, which in 1967 reaffirmed the very foundation of the right to marry. Their love story has become an inspiration to couples ever since. Also stars Michael Shannon.

ALMOST CHRISTMAS

Rated PG-13 for suggestive material, drug content and language | In Theaters 11/11 | Ok for kids 13+ | Universal | Reel Preview: 3 of 5 Reels

A new comedy from writer/director David E. Talbert ("Baggage Claim") and producer Will Packer ("Ride Along," "Think Like a Man"), this movie tells the festive story of a beloved patriarch who asks his family for one gift this holiday season: to get along. If they can honor that wish and spend five days under the same roof without killing each other, it will be a Christmas miracle. This movie stars Kimberly Elise, Omar Epps, Danny Glover and Gabrielle Union.

ARRIVAL

Not yet rated; likely PG-13 | In Theaters 11/11 | Paramount | Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels

When mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team lead by expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) are brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and her team race against time for answers. To find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity. Directed by Denis Villeneuve, this action sci-fi also stars Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker and Michael Stuhlbarg.

SHUT IN

Rated PG-13 for terror and some violence/bloody images, nudity, thematic elements and brief strong language | In Theaters 11/11 | Ok for Kids 14+ | EuropaCorp | Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels

This heart-pounding thriller stars Naomi Watts as a widowed child psychologist who lives an isolated existence in rural New England. Caught in a deadly winter storm, she must find a way to rescue a young boy before he disappears forever. Directed by Farren Blackburn, this spooky movie also stars Jacob Tremblay, Oliver Platt, and Charlie Heaton. 

FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM

Rated PG-13 for some fantasy action violence | In Theaters 11/18 | Ok for Kids 13+ | Warner Bros. | Reel Preview: 5 of 5 Reels

This all-new adventure from J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter universe is directed by David Yates, who helmed the last four "Harry Potter" blockbusters. The movie opens in 1926, as magizoologist Newt Scamander (Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne) has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds. Rowling wrote the screenplay for this Harry Potter prequel, which also stars Katherine Waterston, Ezra Miller, Jon Voight, Ron Perlman and Samantha Morton.

THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN

Not yet rated; likely PG-13 | In Theaters 11/18 | STX Entertainment | Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels

In the vein of "Sixteen Candles" and "The Breakfast Club," this new coming-of-age movie offers an honest, candid, often hilarious look at what it's like to grow up as a young woman in today's modern world. Everyone knows that growing up is hard, and life is no easier for high school junior Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld), who is already at peak awkwardness when her all-star older brother Darian (Blake Jenner) starts dating her best friend Krista (Haley Lu Richardson). All at once, Nadine feels more alone than ever, until the unexpected friendship of a thoughtful boy (Hayden Szeto) gives her a glimmer of hope that things just might not be so terrible after all. Directed by Kelly Fremon Craig, this movie also stars Kyra Sedgwick as Nadine's well-meaning but completely ineffective mother, and Woody Harrelson as Nadine's History teacher, mentor and reluctant sounding board.

MOANA

Rated PG for peril, some scary images and brief thematic elements | In Theaters 11/23 | Ok for Kids 6+ | Disney | Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels

Three thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world voyaged across the vast Pacific Ocean, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, for a millennium, their voyages stopped – and no one knows why. From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes "Moana," a sweeping, CG-animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana (voiced by Auli’i Cravalho) meets the once-mighty demigod Maui (Dwayne Johnson), who guides her in her quest to become a master wayfinder. Together, they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds. Along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity. Directed by John Musker and Ron Clements, this cute family movie also features the voice talent of Jemaine Clement, Nicole Scherzinger and Alan Tudyk.

JANE’S REEL RATING SYSTEM
One Reel – Even the Force can’t save it.
Two Reels – Coulda been a contender
Three Reels – Something to talk about.
Four Reels – You want the truth? Great flick!
Five Reels – Wow! The stuff dreams are made of.

Jane Boursaw is the film critic and editor-in-chief of Reel Life With Jane. Contact her at jboursaw@charter.net. Images used with permission of the studios and distributors.

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Posted by: Jane Louise Boursaw| October 23, 2016
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