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November Movies Sneak Peek

By on November 2, 2017

ClapboardMovies for kids and teens in November include a new Thor movie, an Agatha Christie adaptation, a story of Charles Dickens and more. Let’s take a closer look.

By Jane Louise Boursaw

THOR: RAGNOROK

Thor2017Rated PG-13 for a scene of sexuality, peril, injury images, and brief strong language.

In Theaters 11/3 (2D, 3D, IMAX).  Ok for kids 13+.

Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels.

This Marvel movie finds Thor (Chris Hemsworth) arriving in Asgard after hearing of trouble in his home world. There he finds that Loki’s (Tom Hiddleston) style of ruling has led to some lapses in the rules, leading to the release of prisoner Hela (Cate Blanchett). Thor and Hela fight, which results in Thor being sent to a barbaric planet ruled by the charming but nefarious Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum). There, Thor meets the most popular competitor in the arena, The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), and loses his trademark hair and hammer. This movie also stars Idris Elba as
Heimdall & Sir Anthony Hopkins as Odin.

MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS

MurderOrientRated PG-13 for violence and thematic elements. In Theaters 11/10.

Ok for kids 13+

Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels.

An all-star cast gathers for this adaptation of Agatha Christie’s beloved novel published in 1934. The story
revolves around a murder onboard the famous Orient Express train. Belgian detective Hercule Poirot must
solve the case, and there are a number of passengers who could potentially be the murderer. In addition to directing the film, Kenneth Branagh stars as Poirot, with Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley, Michael Pena, Judi Dench, Leslie Odom Jr., Derek Jacobi, Josh Gad, Penelope Cruz and Willem Dafoe rounding out the cast.

ROMAN J. ISRAEL, ESQ

RomanEsqRated PG-13 for language and some violence.

In theaters 11/10. Ok for kids 14+.

Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels.

Directed by Dan Gilroy, this dramatic thriller is set in the underbelly of the overburdened Los Angeles
criminal court system. Denzel Washington stars as Roman J. Israel, Esq., a driven, idealistic defense attorney whose life is upended when a turbulent series of events challenge the activism that has defined his career. Colin Farrell co-stars as the ambitious, monied lawyer who recruits Roman to his firm.

JUSTICE LEAGUE

JusticeLeagueNot yet rated; likely PG-13.

In theaters 11/17. Ok for kids 13+

Reel Preview: 3 of 5 Reels.

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne/Batman (Ben
Affleck) enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince/Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), to face an even
greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes – Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash – it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

WONDER

Wonder2Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements, including bullying and some mild language.

In Theaters 11/17. Ok for kids 9+

Reel Preview 4 of 5 Reels

Based on R.J. Palacio’s New York Times bestseller, “Wonder” tells the story of August Pullman. Born with
facial differences that until now have prevented him from going to a mainstream school, Auggie becomes
the most unlikely of heroes when he enters the local fifth grade. As his family, his new classmates, and the larger community all struggle to discover their compassion and acceptance, Auggie’s extraordinary journey will unite them all and prove you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out. Directed by Stephen Chbosky, this movie stars Jacob Tremblay, Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson.

THE STAR

Star1Rated PG for some thematic elements

In theaters 11/17. Ok for kids 6+.

Reel Preview: 3 of 5 Reels.

In this sweet, faith-based movie from Sony Pictures Animation, a small but brave donkey named Bo yearns for a life beyond his daily grind at the village mill. One day he finds the courage to break free, and finally goes on the adventure of his dreams. Along with three wisecracking camels and some eccentric stable animals, Bo and his new friends follow the Star and become unlikely heroes in the greatest story ever told – the first Christmas.

 

DARKEST HOUR

DarkestHour1Rated PG-13 for some thematic material. 

In theaters 11/22. Ok for kids 13+.

Reel Preview: 5 of 5 Reels.

During the early days of World War II, with the fall of France imminent, Britain faces its darkest hour as the
threat of invasion looms. As the seemingly unstoppable Nazi forces advance, and with the Allied army cornered
on the beaches of Dunkirk, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the leadership of the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Academy Award nominee Gary Oldman). While maneuvering his political rivals, he must confront the ultimate choice: negotiate with Hitler and save the British people at a terrible cost, or rally the nation and fight on against incredible odds.


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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