October Movies: Reel Life with Jane

By on October 3, 2014

By Jane Louise Boursaw 

New on the big screen for kids and teens in October is a hero in a colorful city, a kid having a very bad day, and a beautifully animated tale from Guillermo del Toro. Here’s a sneak peek at what’s new in theaters and on DVD and Blu-ray this month. Note that release dates are subject to change. 


MOVIE-Hero-Color-City-PosterRated G | In Theaters 10/03

Ok for Kids 4+

Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels

This animated tale for the pre-school/kindergarten set follows the adventures of a diverse band of crayons that come alive in a little boy’s room when he drifts off to sleep. Yellow (voiced by Christina Ricci), a timid and fearful crayon, inadvertently awakens two unfinished drawings that threaten to take over Color City. As she embarks on an adventure to discover inner strength and courage, she teams with other crayons and meets fantastical creatures, including Ricky the dragon (Owen Wilson). Filled with valuable life lessons, this sweet movie will entertain and inspire little ones.


MOVIE-Alex-Terrible-DayRated PG for rude humor, including some reckless behavior and language

In Theaters 10/10 | Ok for Kids 7+

Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels


This cute family movie from Walt Disney Pictures follows 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible day of his young life — a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another. But when Alexander tells his upbeat family about his misadventures, he finds little sympathy and begins to wonder if bad things happen only to him. He soon learns that’s not the case when his mom (Jennifer Garner), dad (Steve Carell), brother (Dylan Minnette) and sister (Kerris Dorsey) all find themselves having their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Based on the book by Judith Viorst.


MOVIE-One-Chance-8Rated PG-13 for some language and suggestive material

In Theaters 10/10 | Ok for Kids 13+

Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels

The story follows the remarkable journey of Paul Potts, a shy, bullied shop assistant by day and an amateur opera singer by night. Paul became an instant YouTube sensation after being chosen by Simon Cowell for “Britain’s Got Talent,” which he went on to win. Fresh from celebrating his Tony Award-winning Broadway run in “One Man, Two Guvnors,” BAFTA winner James Corden stars, with rising star Alexandra Roach.


MOVIE-Best-of-Me-2Not yet rated; likely PG-13

In Theaters 10/17

Ok for Kids 13+

Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels

Based on the bestselling novel by acclaimed author Nicholas Sparks, “The Best of Me” tells the story of Dawson and Amanda, two former high school sweethearts who find themselves reunited after 20 years apart, when they return to their small town for the funeral of a beloved friend. Their bittersweet reunion reignites the love they’ve never forgotten, but they soon discover the forces that drove them apart years ago live on, posing even more serious threats today. This epic love story captures the enduring power of our first true love. Directed by Michael Hoffman, stars include Michelle Monaghan, James Marsden and Gerald McRaney.


MOVIE-PrincessKaguyaRated PG for thematic elements, some violent action and partial nudity

In Theaters 10/17 (limited)

Ok for Kids 8+

Reel Preview: 4.5 of 5 Reels

“Ooh, a new Studio Ghibli film,” said my 17-year-old daughter from across the room, as I played the trailer on my computer. That’s because kids are drawn to these films like beautiful moths to light. “It will be good,” she assured me, and of course she’s right. The story follows a tiny girl found inside a shining stalk of bamboo who grows into an exquisite young lady, raised by an old bamboo cutter and his wife. From the countryside to the grand capital city, she enthralls all who encounter her, including five noble suitors. Ultimately she must face her fate, punishment for her crime. Based on the classic Japanese folktale, “The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter,” this is the newest film from Studio Ghibli and the strikingly beautiful culmination of decades of contemplation by its director, Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata.


MOVIE-The-Book-of-LifeRated PG for mild action, rude humor, some thematic elements and brief scary images

In Theaters 10/17 | Ok for Kids 7+

Reel Preview: 5 of 5 Reels

From producer Guillermo del Toro and director Jorge Gutierrez comes this beautifully animated comedy with a unique visual style. The story chronicles the journey of Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart. Before choosing which path to follow, he embarks on an incredible adventure that spans three fantastical worlds where he must face his greatest fears. Rich with a fresh take on pop music favorites, this movie encourages us to celebrate the past while looking towards the future.



JaneBOne 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. To publish her reviews, previews and feature stories, visit http://www.reellifewithjane.com/shop

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