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September Movies Sneak Peek

By on August 30, 2017

Movies for kids and teens in September include the return of a classic UFO movie, a new Lego movie (Ninjas!), and a sweet historical movie about Queen Victoria. Let’s take a closer look.

By Jane Louise Boursaw

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND

close-encountersRated PG.

In theaters 9/1. Ok for kids 7+.

Reel Preview: 5 of 5 Reels.

No, you haven’t time-traveled back to 1977, but you might feel like it when you see “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” again. The iconic movie is returning to theaters to celebrate its 40th anniversary. Here’s your chance to see it with your kids on the big screen. You know the story: After an encounter with a UFO, a line worker (Richard Dreyfuss) feels undeniably drawn to an isolated area in the wilderness where something spectacular is about to happen. Directed by Steven Spielberg.

HOME AGAIN

home-againRated PG-13 for thematic and sexual material. In Theaters 9/8

Ok for kids 13+.

Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels.

This modern romantic comedy stars Reese Witherspoon as Alice Kinney. Recently separated from her husband (Michael Sheen), Alice decides to start over by moving back to her hometown of Los Angeles with her two young daughters. During a night out on her 40th birthday, Alice meets three aspiring filmmakers and agrees to let the guys stay in her guesthouse temporarily. Alice’s unlikely new family and new romance comes to a crashing halt when her ex-husband shows up, suitcase in hand. “Home Again” is a story of love, friendship, the families we create, and one very big life lesson: starting over is not for beginners.

THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE

ninjago1Not yet rated; likely PG for mild action and rude humor. 

In theaters 9/22. Ok for kids 7+.

Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels.

This big-screen Lego adventure takes place in Ninjago City, where young Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja and his secret warrior friends are called into action. Led by wise-cracking kung fu master Wu (Jackie Chan), they must defeat evil warlord Garmadon (Justin Theroux), aka the Worst Guy Ever, who also happens to be Lloyd’s Dad. The team of modern-day ninjas must learn to check their egos and pull together to unleash their true power.

BATTLE OF THE SEXES

The-Battle-of-the-Sexes-PosterRated PG-13 for some sexual content and partial nudity

In theaters 9/22. Ok for kids 13+

Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels.

The electrifying 1973 tennis match between tennis star Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) was billed as the “Battle of the Sexes” and became the most watched televised sports event of all time. The match sparked a global conversation on gender equality, spurring on the feminist movement. Off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles. With a supportive husband urging her to fight the Establishment for equal pay, the fiercely private King was also struggling to come to terms with her own sexuality, while Riggs gambled his legacy and reputation in a bid to relive the glories of his past.

VICTORIA & ABDUL

victoria1Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements and language. In Theaters 9/22

Ok for kids 13+

Reel Preview 5 of 5 Reels

This historical movie tells the extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria’s (Judi Dench) rule. When Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), a young clerk, travels from India to participate in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, he is surprised to find favor with the Queen herself. As the Queen questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance with a loyalty to one another that her household and inner circle all attempt to destroy.


JANE’S REEL RATING SYSTEM

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 jboursaw@charter.net. Images used with permission of the studios and distributors.

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