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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-Showman1Rated PG for thematic elements, including a brawl.

In theaters 12/20. Ok for kids 8+

Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels.

Inspired by the imagination of P.T. Barnum, “The Greatest Showman” is an original musical that celebrates the birth of show business and tells the story of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. Directed by Michael Gracey, this movie stars Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams & Zac Efron.


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

In this brand new adventure, the tables are turned as four teenagers in detention are sucked into the world of Jumanji. When they discover an old video game console with a game they’ve never heard of, they are immediately thrust into the game’s jungle setting and into the bodies of their avatars, played by Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan. What they discover is that you don’t just play Jumanji – Jumanji plays you. They’ll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives, or they’ll be stuck in the game forever.


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.

Now graduated from college and out in the real world where it takes more than a cappella to get by, the Bellas return in “Pitch Perfect 3,” the next chapter in the beloved series. After the highs of winning the World Championships, the Bellas find themselves split apart and discovering there aren’t job prospects for making music with your mouth. But when they get the chance to reunite for an overseas USO tour, this group of awesome nerds will come together to make some music – and some questionable decisions – one last time.


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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