Reel Life with Jane: November Movies

By on November 4, 2014

By Jane Louise Boursaw

New on the big screen for kids and teens in November is a very big hero, a Mockingjay, some crazy penguins and lots more. Here’s a sneak peek at what’s new in theaters this month. Note that release dates are subject to change.



MOVIEBig-Hero-17 Not Yet Rated; Likely G or PG

In Theaters 11/07 (2D/3D)

Ok for Kids 6+

Reel Preview: 5 of 5 Reels

From Walt Disney Animation Studios and the team behind “Frozen” and “Wreck-It Ralph” comes this action-packed comedy-adventure about the special bond between Baymax (voiced by Scott Adsit), a plus-sized inflatable robot, and prodigy Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter). When a devastating event befalls the city of San Fransokyo and catapults Hiro into the midst of danger, he turns to Baymax and friends — adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago (Jamie Chung), neatnik Wasabi (Damon Wayans Jr.), chemistry whiz Honey Lemon (Genesis Rodriguez) and fanboy Fred (T.J. Miller). Determined to uncover the mystery, Hiro transforms his friends into a band of high-tech heroes called “Big Hero 6.” Directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams, this movie is one of the best family flicks of 2014.


MOVIEInterstellar-1Not Yet Rated; Likely PG-13

In Theaters 11/07 (2D/IMAX)

Ok for Kids 13+

Reel Preview: 5 of 5 Reels

With our time on Earth coming to an end, a team of explorers undertakes the most important mission in human history: traveling through a wormhole beyond this galaxy to discover whether mankind has a future among the stars. Directed by Christopher Nolan, the all-star cast includes Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Ellen Burstyn, John Lithgow, Michael Caine, Mackenzie Foy and Casey Affleck. Packed with drama, special effects and family themes, look for “Interstellar” to do well during the upcoming awards season.


MOVIEDumbDumberRated PG-13 for crude and sexual humor, partial nudity, language and some drug references

In Theaters 11/14

Ok for Kids 14+

Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels

Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels reprise their signature roles as Lloyd and Harry in this franchise that began with 1994’s “Dumb and Dumber” and 2003’s “Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd” (a high school prequel that didn’t star Carrey or Daniels). Yes, it’s been 20 years since that first movie. Now the dimwits are on the road in search of one of their long lost children in the hope of gaining a new kidney.


MOVIEPenguinsMad-1Not Yet Rated; Likely G or PG

In Theaters 11/26 (2D/3D/IMAX 3D)

Ok for Kids 5+

Reel Preview: 4.5 of 5 Reels | Facebook

Those crazy penguins are back! And involved in a spy caper! Yes, now we can discover the secrets of the most entertaining and mysterious birds in the global espionage game. Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private must join forces with the chic spy organization, the North Wind, led by Agent Classified (I could tell you his name, but then … you know), voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch (yes!) to stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine (John Malkovich), from taking over the world. Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Chris Knights, Ken Jeong, Annett Mahendru and Peter Stormare also lend their voices to this cute family movie directed by Simon J. Smith.



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.

JaneBJane Boursaw is the film critic and editor-in-chief of Reel Life With Jane. Contact her at and check out the shop for fresh editorial content.

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