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December Movies Sneak Peek

By on December 4, 2017


Movies for kids and teens in December include a new “Star Wars” tale, a third “Pitch Perfect” movie, a new “Jumanji” movie and more. Let’s take a closer look.

By Jane Louise Boursaw


Just-Getting-Started1Rated PG-13 for language, suggestive material and brief violence.

In Theaters 12/8  Ok for kids 13+.

Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels.

In this fun comedy, Duke (Morgan Freeman) is the freewheeling manager of a luxury Palm Springs retirement resort known as Villa Capri. It’s Christmas in the desert, and living is easy for Duke – his days are spent golfing, playing poker with pals, and entertaining his pick of the lovely single ladies. Duke’s the big man on campus, until charming former military man Leo (Tommy Lee Jones) arrives and threatens to become the new alpha male. When regional director Suzie (Rene Russo) shows up to look into some improper finances, both men turn on the charm to assert their status as top dog. But what starts as a friendly rivalry to date Suzie turns serious when men from Duke’s past come back to haunt him, kidnapping Suzie in the process. Putting their rivalry aside, can Duke and Leo come together to rescue Suzie, stop whoever is trying to kill Duke, and save Christmas at Villa Capri?


Star-Wars-Jedi1Not yet rated, likely PG-13. In Theaters 12/15 (2D, IMAX).

Ok for kids 13+

Reel Preview: 5 of 5 Reels.

The newest Star Wars movie picks up right after 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Rey (Daisy Ridley) is developing her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares to do battle with the First Order. Rian Johnson directs this movie, which also stars Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa (her last movie before passing away in 2016).


Ferdinand1Rated PG for rude humor, action and some thematic elements.

In theaters 12/15. Ok for kids 6+

Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels.

“Ferdinand” tells the story of a giant bull with a big heart. After being mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure. Set in Spain, Ferdinand proves you can’t judge a bull by its cover. From “Rio” director Carlos Saldanha, this movie is inspired by the beloved book “The Story of Ferdinand” by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson. The heartwarming animated comedy features an all-star cast.


Greatest-Showman1Not yet rated; likely PG-13.

In theaters 11/17. Ok for kids 13+

Reel Preview: 4 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.


Jumanji1Rated PG-13 for adventure action, suggestive content and some language.

In Theaters 12/20. Ok for kids 13+.

Reel Preview 3.5 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.


Last-Call-Pitches2Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content, language and some action.

In theaters 12/22. Ok for kids 13+.

Reel Preview: 4 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.


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 Images used with permission of the studios and distributors.

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