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January Movies Sneak Peek

By on January 1, 2018


Movies for kids and teens in January include “Paddington”and “Maze Runner” sequels, along with a Dakota Fanning
movie and more. Let’s take a closer look.

By Jane Louise Boursaw

Paddington 2

Paddington2-1Rated PG for some actions and mild rude humor.

In Theaters 1/12  Ok for kids 6+.

Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels.

This sequel to the cute 2014 film finds Paddington (voiced by Ben Whishaw) happily settled with the Brown family in Windsor Gardens, where he has become a popular member of the community, spreading joy and marmalade wherever he goes. While searching for the perfect present for his beloved Aunt Lucy’s (Imelda Staunton) hundredth birthday, Paddington spots a unique pop-up book in Mr. Gruber’s (Jim Broadbent) antique shop, and embarks upon a series of odd jobs to buy it. But when the book is stolen, it’s up to Paddington and the Browns to unmask the thief. Directed by Paul King, this movie also stars Hugh Grant.

The Post

Post1Rated PG-13 for language and brief war violence. In Theaters 1/12.

Ok for kids 13+

Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels.

Directed by Steven Spielberg, this real-life story takes in place in June 1971, when The New York Times, the Washington Post, and the nation’s major newspapers took a brave stand for freedom of speech and reported on the Pentagon Papers, the massive cover-up of government secrets that spanned four decades and four U.S. Presidents. At the time, the Post’s Katherine Graham (Meryl Streep) was still finding her footing as the country’s first female newspaper publisher, and Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks), the paper’s volatile and driven editor, was trying to enhance the stature of the struggling local paper. Together, the two formed an unlikely team, as they were forced to come together and make the bold decision to support The New York Times and fight the Nixon Administration’s unprecedented
attempt to restrict the first amendment.

Arctic Justice Thunder Squad

ArcticThunder1Not yet rated, likely PG.

In theaters 1/26. Ok for kids 6+

Reel Preview: 3 of 5 Reels.

A rag-tag group of inexperienced heroes join forces to thwart the evil Doc Walrus, voiced by John Cleese, and save the Arctic. Directed by Aaron Woodley, this cute movie also features the voices of Jeremy Renner, James Franco, Alec Baldwin, Omar Sy, Heidi Klum and Angelica Huston.



Forever My Girl

ForeverMyGirl1Rated PG for thematic elements, including drinking,
and for language.

In theaters 1/19. Ok for kids 9+

Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels.

Based on the acclaimed novel by Heidi McLaughlin, this
movie directed by Bethany Ashton Wolf tells the story of country music superstar Liam Page (Alex Roe) who left his bride, Josie (Jessica Rothe), at the altar, choosing fame and fortune instead. However, Liam never got over Josie, his one true love, nor did he ever forget his Southern roots in the small community where he was born and raised. When he unexpectedly returns to his hometown for the funeral of his high school best friend, Liam is suddenly faced with the consequences of all that he left behind.

Mary and the Witch’s Flower

MaryWitch1Not yet rated, likely PG

In Theaters 1/19. Ok for kids 6+.

Reel Preview 4 of 5 Reels

The story centers on an ordinary young girl named Mary who discovers a flower that grants magical powers, but only for one night. As she is whisked into an exciting new world beyond belief, she must learn to stay true to herself. Based on Mary Stewart’s 1971 children’s book “The Little Broomstick,” this movie is directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi and features the voices of Kate Winslet and Jim Broadbent.

Maze Runner: The Death Cure

MazeRunner1Not yet rated, likely rated PG-13.

In theaters 1/19. Ok for kids 13+.

Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels.

In this epic finale to the “Maze Runner” saga, Thomas leads his group of escaped Gladers on their final and most dangerous mission yet. To save their friends, they must break into the legendary Last City, a WCKD-controlled labyrinth that may turn out to be the deadliest maze of all. Anyone who makes it out alive will get answers to the questions the Gladers have been asking since they first arrived in the maze. Based on the third novel in the “Maze Runner” series by James Dashner.

Please Stand By

PleaseStandBy1Rated PG-13.

In theaters 1/26. Ok for kids 13+.

Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels.

Directed by Ben Lewin, this movie stars Dakota Fanning
as Wendy, a young autistic woman who runs away  from her caregiver in order to boldly go and deliver her 500-page “Star Trek” script to a writing competition in Hollywood. On an adventure full of laughter and tears, Wendy follows the guiding spirit of Mr. Spock on her journey into the unknown. This movie also stars Helen Hunt, Toni Collette, Alice Eve and Patton Oswalt.


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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