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January Movies Sneak Peek

By on January 2, 2017

New movies for kids and teens in January include a fascinating story about NASA, a movie about “Monster Trucks,” and a sweet family film told from a dog’s perspective. Here’s a sneak peek at all the new movies for kids and teens in January.

By Jane Louise Boursaw


movie-dogs-2Rated PG for thematic elements and some peril | In Theaters 1/27

Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels

Based on the beloved bestselling novel by W. Bruce Cameron, “A Dog’s Purpose,” from director Lasse Hallström (“The Cider House Rules,” “Dear John,” “The 100-Foot Journey”), shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog (voiced by Josh Gad) who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love. This family film told from the dog’s perspective also stars Dennis Quaid, Britt Robertson and Peggy Lipton.


movies-hiddenfiguresRated PG for thematic elements and some language

In Theaters 1/6 | Ok for kids 9+ |  Reel Preview: 5 of 5 Reels

Directed by Theodore Melfi, “Hidden Figures” is the incredible untold story of Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe). These brilliant African-American women working at NASA served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit. This stunning achievement restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. Also stars Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Mahershala Ali, Aldis Hodge and Glen Powell.


movie-monster-trucks-1Rated PG for action, peril, brief scary images and some rude humor | In Theaters 1/13 | Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels

Looking for any way to get away from the life and town he was born into, Tripp (Lucas Till), a high school senior, builds a Monster Truck from bits and pieces of scrapped cars. After an accident at a nearby oil-drilling site displaces a strange and subterranean creature with a taste for speed, Tripp may have just found the key to getting out of town and a most unlikely friend. Melding cutting edge visual effects and state-of-the-art CGI, Monster Trucks is an action filled adventure for the whole family that will keep you on the edge of your seat and ultimately touch your heart. Directed by Chris Wedge, this movie stars Lucas Till, Danny Glover, Rob Lowe and Amy Ryan.


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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