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October Movies Sneak Peek

By on October 2, 2017

ClapboardMovies for kids and teens in October include a survival story, a new My Little Pony tale, a YA book adaptation and more. Let’s take a closer look.

By Jane Louise Boursaw

THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US

MountainRated PG-13 for a scene of sexuality, peril, injury images, and brief strong language.

In Theaters 10/6.  Ok for kids 13+.

Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels.

Stranded after a tragic plane crash, two strangers (Kate Winslet and Idris Elba) must forge a connection to survive the extreme elements of a remote snow covered mountain and embark on a perilous journey discovering strength they never knew possible. Based on the Charles Martin book, it also stars Beau Bridges

MY LITTLE PONY: THE MOVIE

LittlePonyRated PG-13 for mild action. In Theaters 10/6

Ok for kids 4+

Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels.

This new animated movie finds a dark force threatening Ponyville. The Mane 6 – Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy and Rarity – embark on an unforgettable journey beyond Equestria where they meet new friends and exciting challenges on a quest to use the magic of friendship and save their home.

MARSHALL

MarshallRated PG-13 for mature thematic content, sexuality, violence and some strong language.

In theaters 10/13. Ok for kids 14+.

Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels.

Long before he sat on the United States Supreme Court or claimed victory in Brown v. Board of Education, Thurgood Marshall (Chadwick Boseman) was a young rabble-rousing attorney for the NAACP. This film tells the true story of his greatest challenge in those early days – a fight he fought alongside attorney Sam Friedman (Josh Gad), a young lawyer with no experience in criminal law: the case of black chauffeur Joseph Spell (Sterling K. Brown), accused by his white employer, Eleanor Strubing (Kate Hudson), of sexual assault and attempted murder.

GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN

GoodbyeRated PG for thematic elements, some bullying, war images and brief language

In theaters 10/13. Ok for kids 6+

Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels.

This film offers a rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children’s author A. A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) and his son Christopher Robin (Will Tilston), whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie the Pooh. Along with his mother Daphne (Margot Robbie) and his nanny Olive (Kelly Macdonald), Christopher Robin and his family are swept up in the international success of the books, the enchanting tales bringing hope and comfort to England after the First World War. But with the eyes of the world on Christopher Robin, what will the cost be to the family?

WONDERSTRUCK

WonderstruckRated PG-13 for some thematic elements and language.

In Theaters 10/20. Ok for kids 9+

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Based on Brian Selznick’s critically-acclaimed YA novel, this movie tells the story of Ben and Rose, children from two different eras who secretly wish their lives were different. Ben longs for the father he has never known, while Rose dreams of a mysterious actress whose life she chronicles in a scrapbook. Both children set out on quests to find what they are missing that unfold with mesmerizing symmetry.

ONLY THE BRAVE

OnlyTheBraveRated PG-13 for thematic content, some sexual references, language and drug material.

In theaters 10/20. Ok for kids 13+.

Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels.

All men are created equal … then, a few become firefighters. Based on the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, this movie tells the heroic story of one unit of local firefighters that, through hope, determination, & sacrifice, become one of the most elite firefighting teams in the country. As most of us run from danger, they run toward it – they watch over our lives, our homes, everything we hold dear, as they forge a unique brotherhood that comes into focus with one fateful fire. Directed by Joseph Kosinski, this movie stars Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, & Jeff Bridges.

GEOSTORM

GeostormRated PG-13 for destruction, action and violence.

In theaters 10/20 (2D, 3D, IMAX). Ok for kids 13+.

Reel Preview: 3 of 5 Reels.

After an unprecedented series of natural disasters threatens the planet, the world’s leaders came together to create an intricate network of satellites to control the global climate and keep everyone safe. But now, something has gone wrong. The system built to protect the Earth is attacking it, and it’s a race against the clock to uncover the real threat before a worldwide geostorm wipes out everything and everyone.


JANE’S REEL RATING SYSTEM

ReelJaneOne 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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