September Movies: Reel Life with Jane

By on September 9, 2014

New on the big screen in September is a cute dolphin tale, some quirky box trolls, and a mysterious story about a maze. Here’s a sneak peek at what’s new in theaters this month. Note that release dates are subject to change. 

THE IDENTICAL 

Movie-The-IdenticalRated PG for thematic material and smoking

In Theaters 9/05 | Ok for Kids 10+

Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels

Identical twin brothers (both played by Blake Rayne) are separated at birth during the Great Depression. Their parents (Brian Geraghty, Amanda Crew) can’t afford to raise both, so one is adopted by a loving family. Despite their different upbringings, the boys’ shared passion for music causes their lives to unknowingly intersect as they experience a powerful and mysterious connection often felt by twins. One of the boys becomes famous rock legend Drexel Hemsley, while Ryan Wade struggles to find balance between his love for music and trying to please his evangelist father (Ray Liotta) and devoted mother (Ashley Judd), who have very different plans for his life in the ministry. This tale of love, hope, and redemption features 20+ original songs from the 50s, 60s and 70s with the soundtrack written and produced by Jerry Marcellino (who produced tunes by Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, The Supremes and Lionel Richie).

DOLPHIN TALE 2 

Movie-Dolphin-Tale-2Rated PG for some mild thematic elements

In Theaters 9/12 | Ok for Kids 8+

Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels

Who doesn’t love dolphins? They’re amazing. This sequel to 2011’s “Dolphin Tale” continues the story of the brave dolphin, Winter, whose miraculous rescue and recovery, thanks to a groundbreaking prosthetic tail, made her a symbol of hope and perseverance to people around the world. The story picks up several years after young Sawyer Nelson (Nathan Gamble) and the Clearwater Marine Hospital team, headed by Dr. Clay Haskett (Harry Connick, Jr.), rescued Winter. Now her surrogate mother has passed away, but USDA regulations require that the social mammals be paired with other dolphins. Will the team find Winter a new pal before they lose her to another aquarium? This sweet story about faith, hope and dolphins also stars Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd and Kris Kristofferson.

THE MAZE RUNNER 

Movie-Maze-Runner-1Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, including some disturbing images

In Theaters 9/19 | Ok for Kids 14+

Reel Preview: 4.5 of 5 Reels

When Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) wakes up trapped in a massive maze with a group of other boys, he has no memory of the outside world other than strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as W.C.K.D. Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze can Thomas hope to uncover his true purpose and a way to escape. Based on the best-selling novel by James Dashner, this movie is directed by Wes Ball and also stars Kaya Scodelario. With the hush-hush approach to making the film, Twentieth Century Fox is following the blueprint that turned 2012’s “Chronicle” into a breakout hit.

THE BOXTROLLS 

Movie-Boxtrolls-1Rated PG for action, some peril and mild rude humor

In Theaters 9/26 | Ok for Kids 6+

Reel Preview: 4.5 of 5 Reels

From the creators of “Coraline” and “ParaNorman” comes this cute animated movie about a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who’ve lovingly raised an orphaned boy named Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead-Wright) in the amazing cavernous home they’ve built beneath the streets of Cheesebridge. When the town’s villain, Archibald Snatcher (Ben Kingsley), dreams up a plot to get rid of the Boxtrolls, Eggs decides to venture above ground, “into the light,” where he teams up with fabulously feisty Winnifred (Elle Fanning). Together, they devise a daring plan to save Eggs’ family.

THE SONG 

Movie-SongPG-13 for thematic elements, including some substance abuse, smoking and rude references

In Theaters 9/26 | Ok for Kids 14+

Reel Preview: 3 of 5 Reels

“The Song” follows aspiring singer-songwriter Jed King (Alan Powell) as he struggles to catch a break and escape the shadow of his father, a country music legend. After reluctantly accepting a gig at a local vineyard harvest festival, Jed is love-struck by the vineyard owner’s daughter, Rose (Ali Faulkner), and romance blooms. Soon after their wedding, Jed writes Rose “The Song,” which becomes a breakout hit. Thrust into a life of stardom and temptation in the form of fellow performer Shelby Bale (Caitlin Nicol-Thomas), Jed’s marriage begins to fall apart. Directed by Richard Ramsey, “The Song” blends a compelling biblical narrative (it’s based on the Song of Solomon) with a modern-day love story.

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.

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