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August Movies Sneak Peek

By on August 5, 2017

Movies for kids and teens in August include a new “Nut Job” movie, a Stephen King adaptation, an inspiring dance movie and more. Let’s take a closer look.

By Jane Louise Boursaw


Step-1Rated PG for thematic elements and some language.

In theaters 8/4. Ok for kids 8+.

Reel Preview: 4.5 of 5 Reels.

This documentary follows the senior year of a girls’ high-school step dance team set against the background of inner-city Baltimore. As each dancer tries to become the first in their family to attend college, the girls strive to make their dancing a success while social unrest embroils the troubled city.



nut-job-2Rated PG for action and some rude humor.

In theaters 8/11. Ok for kids 6+.

Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels.

Surly Squirrel (Will Arnett) and the “Nut Job” gang are back! The story takes place once again in Oakton, where the evil mayor has decided to bulldoze Liberty Park and build a dangerous amusement park in its place. Surly and his ragtag group of animal friends must band together to save their home, defeat the mayor, and take back the park!


The Glass Castle

glass-castle2Rated PG-13 for mature thematic content involving family dysfunction, and for some language and smoking.

In theaters 8/11. Ok for kids 13+.

Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels.

Hidden within the apps on your smart phone is Textopolis, a bustling city where all your favorite emojis live, hoping to be selected by the phone’s user. In this world, each emoji has only one facial expression – except for Gene (T.J. Miller), an  exuberant emoji who was born without a filter and is bursting with multiple expressions. Determined to become “normal” like the other emojis, Gene enlists the help of his best friend Hi-5 (James Corden) and the notorious code breaker Jailbreak (Ilana Glazer).  together, they embark on an epic “app-venture” through their wild and wonderful world to find the Code that will fix Gene. But when a greater danger threatens the phone, the fate of all emojis depends on these three unlikely friends who must save their world before it’s deleted forever!


dark-tower-1Rated PG-13 for thematic material, including sequences of gun violence and action

In theaters 8/4. Ok for kids 13+

Reel Preview: 4.5 of 5 Reels.

Stephen King’s “The Dark Tower” is the most ambitious and expansive story from one of the world’s most celebrated authors. Jake Chambers (Tom Taylor) is an 11-year-old adventure seeker who discovers clues about another dimension called Mid-World and is spirited away there where he encounters a Gunslinger who is on a quest to reach the “Dark Tower” where he hopes to save the world. But with various monsters and a vicious sorcerer named Walter o’Dim (Matthew McConaughey), hot on their trail, the unlikely duo find their quest difficult to complete.

All Saints

all-saints1Rated PG for thematic elements. In theaters 8/25

Ok for kids 8+

Reel Preview 3.5 of 5 Reels

Based on an inspiring true story, this movie follows a salesman-turned-pastor named Michael Spurlock (John Corbett) who finds himself ordered to shut down a tiny church. But along with a group of refugees from Southeast Asia, together they risk everything to plant seeds for a future that might just save them all. Directed by Steve Gomer, this faith-based movie also stars Barry Corbin, Cara Buono, and David Keith.


Leap1Rated PG for some impolite humor and action.

In theaters 8/30. Ok for kids 6+

Reel Preview 5 of 5 Reels

It’s 1884 and a young orphaned girl arrives in Paris from Brittany. Félicie Milliner is 11 and has no money, but she does have one big, passionate dream: to become a dancer. With nothing left to lose, Félicie takes a big risk: she “borrows a spoiled brat’s identity and enters the Opera Ballet School. Mentored by the tough and mysterious cleaner Odette, Félicie learns that talent is not enough – it takes hard work and friendship to be better than her ruthless, conniving fellow students. Felicie’s inventive, exhausting and charismatic best friend Victor also has a dream: to become a famous inventor. Together, they encourage each other to reach for the stars.


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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