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NJ Kids & Teens Movie Preview - May 2017

Posted by: Jane Louise Boursaw - May 02, 2017

New movies for kids and teens in May include new installments of Guardians of the Galaxy, Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Pirates of the Caribbean. Here’s a sneak peek at all the new movies for kids and teens in May. Note that release dates are subject to change.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, VOL. 2
Not yet rated; likely PG-13 | Ok for Kids 12+ | In Theaters 5/5 | Disney, Marvel | Reel Preview: 4.5 of 5 Reels

Set to the backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, Marvel’s "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.

KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD
Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and action, some suggestive content and brief strong language | In Theaters 5/12 | Ok for kids 13+ | Warner Bros. | Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels

Acclaimed filmmaker Guy Ritchie brings his dynamic style to the epic fantasy action adventure "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword." Starring Charlie Hunnam in the title role, the film is an iconoclastic take on the classic Excalibur myth, tracing Arthur’s journey from the streets to the throne. When Arthur’s father is murdered, Vortigern (Jude Law), Arthur’s uncle, seizes the crown. Robbed of his birthright and with no idea who he truly is, Arthur comes up the hard way in the back alleys of the city. But once he pulls the sword from the stone, his life is turned upside down and he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy, whether he likes it or not.

DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE LONG HAUL
Not yet rated; likely PG | In Theaters 5/19 | Ok for Kids 8+ | 20th Century Fox | Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels

Based on the popular book series by Jeff Kinney, this installment of the "Wimpy Kid" franchise finds Greg (Jason Drucker) convincing his family to take a road trip to attend his great grandmother's 90th birthday. But what he really wants is to attend a nearby gamer convention, and of course, the trip goes hilariously off course and shenanigans ensue. Directed by David Bowers, this movie also stars Alicia Silverstone, Tom Everett Scott, Charlie Wright and Owen Asztalos as Rowley.

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES
Not yet rated; likely PG-13 | In Theaters 5/26 | Ok for Kids 12+ | Disney | Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels

Johnny Depp returns to the big screen as the iconic, swashbuckling anti-hero Jack Sparrow in the all-new “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales," directed by Espen Sandberg and Joachim Ronning. The rip-roaring adventure finds down-on-his-luck Captain Jack feeling the winds of ill-fortune blowing strongly his way when deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazer (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea – especially Jack. Jack’s only hope of survival lies in the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it he must forge an uneasy alliance with Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), a brilliant and beautiful astronomer, and Henry (Brenton Thwaites), a headstrong young sailor in the Royal Navy. At the helm of the Dying Gull, his pitifully small and shabby ship, Captain Jack seeks not only to reverse his recent spate of ill fortune, but to save his very life from the most formidable and malicious foe he has never faced. Also stars Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom and Stephen Graham.

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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