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October Movies Sneak Peek

By on September 29, 2016

New movies in October for kids and teens include tales of middle school, extraterrestrials and ancient symbols. Here’s a sneak peek at all the new movies for kids and teens in October. Note that release dates are subject to change.


middle-school-1Rated PG for rude humor throughout, language and thematic elements

In Theaters 10/7 | Ok for Kids 8+

Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels

Rafe has an epic imagination – and a slight problem with authority. Both collide when he transfers to an oppressive, rule-crazy middle school. Drowning in do’s and don’ts, Rafe and his scheming best friend Leo hatch a plan to break every rule in the school’s Code of Conduct. It’s Ferris Bueller meets Home Alone as their battle with Principal Dwight explodes into chaos both real and imagined. Meanwhile, Rafe struggles to hide his misbehavior from Jeanne, the straight-A, overachieving girl of his dreams, and at home, his mother’s boyfriend – a moochy, jack-of-no-trades named Bear – threatens to become his stepfather. Directed by Steve Carr, this movie stars Griffin Gluck, Lauren Graham, Rob Riggle and Thomas Barbusca.


MaxSteelNot yet rated; likely PG | Ok for Kids 9+ | In Theaters 10/14

Reel Preview: 3 of 5 Reels

16-year old Max McGrath has just moved to a new town and is desperately trying to fit in when he discovers his body can generate the universe’s most powerful energy. Unbeknownst to Max, a slightly rebellious and hilarious techno-organic extraterrestrial named Steel has been keeping an eye on him, hungry for his super-human energy. When they finally meet, they discover that together they form Max Steel, a superhero with powerful strength beyond anything in our world. These two unlikely friends soon find themselves hunted by sinister forces who want to control Max’s powers, as well as an unstoppable enemy from another galaxy. Directed by Stewart Hendler, this movie stars Ben Winchell, Maria Bello, Ana Villafane, Josh Brener and Andy Garcia.

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jones-4Rated PG-13 for sexual content, action/violence and brief strong language

In Theaters 10/21 | Ok for Kids 13+

Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels

In this comedy directed by Greg Mottola, Zach Galifianakis and Isla Fisher play an ordinary suburban couple who discover that it’s not easy keeping up with the Joneses. Especially if their impossibly gorgeous and ultra sophisticated new neighbors are played by Jon Hamm and Gal Gadot. But things take an interesting turn when they learn that Mr. and Mrs. Jones are covert operatives.

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jack-reacher-1Not yet rated; likely PG-13

In Theaters 10/21 | Ok for Kids 6+

Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels

In this second installment of the Jack Reacher franchise based on Lee Child’s popular book series, Tom Cruise returns as the title character. Jack must uncover the truth behind a major government conspiracy in order to clear his name. On the run as a fugitive from the law, Reacher uncovers a potential secret from his past that could change his life forever. Directed by Edward Zwick (who also directed Cruise in 2003’s “The Last Samurai”), this movie also stars Cobie Smulders and Robert Knepper.

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madea-1Rated PG-13 for drug use and references, suggestive content, language, some horror images and thematic material

In Theaters 10/21 | Ok for Kids 14+ |

Reel Preview: 2.5 of 5 Reels

Tyler Perry once again writes, produces, directs, and stars in his latest project with the popular character Madea. “In Boo! A Madea Halloween,” Madea winds up in the middle of mayhem when she spends a hilarious, haunted Halloween fending off killers, paranormal poltergeists, ghosts, ghouls, and zombies while keeping a watchful eye on a group of misbehaving teens. In addition to “Madea,” Perry also plays the roles of “Joe” and “Brian.” Also stars Bella Thorne, Cassie Davis and Andre Hall.

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inferno-1Rated PG-13 for sequences of action and violence, disturbing images, some language, thematic elements and brief sensuality

In Theaters 10/28 | Ok for Kids 13+

Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels

Oscar winner Ron Howard returns to direct the latest installment in author Dan Brown’s (“Da Vinci Code”) billion-dollar Robert Langdon series. “Inferno” finds the famous symbologist (again played by Tom Hanks) on a trail of clues tied to the great Dante himself. When Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones), a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories. Together, they race across Europe and against the clock to foil a deadly global plot.

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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 Images used with permission of the studios and distributors.

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