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March Movies Sneak Peek

By on March 8, 2018


Movies for kids and teens in March include tales about missing gnomes, outcast dogs, time travel, tomb raiders and more. Let’s take a closer look.

By Jane Louise Boursaw

Gnome Alone

Gnome-Alone-2Rated PG-13 for some rude humor/behavior

In Theaters 3/2  Ok for kids 6+.

Reel Preview: 3 of 5 Reels.

Forced to move into a decrepit old house filled with garden gnomes, young Chloe (voiced by Becky G) soon discovers that the house is hiding something terrifying. While home alone after school, Chloe and nosy neighbor Liam (Josh Peck) discover that the gnomes are actually alive! Turns out the gnomes have been protecting the planet from menacing little monsters called Troggs, who’ve invaded the house through a portal from another world. When the only solution to stop the Troggs falls into the wrong hands at school, Chloe and Liam team up with the rag-tag group of gnomes to fight off the Trogg invasion and save the world.

A Wrinkle in Time

wrinkle-timeRated PG for thematic elements and some peril.
In Theaters 3/9.

Ok for kids 7+.

Reel Preview: 5 of 5 Reels.

After learning that her astrophysicist father Alex (Chris Pine) is being held captive on a distant planet deep in the grip of a universe-spanning evil, Meg Murry (Storm Reid) works with her younger brother, new friend and fellow student Calvin O’Keeffe (Levi Miller), and three astral travelers, Mrs. Which (Oprah Winfrey), Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon) and Mrs. Who (Mindy Kaling) to save him. Based on the 1962 novel by Madeleine L’Engle and directed by Ava DuVernay, this fantasy adventure film also stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Peña and Zach Galifianakis.

I Can Only Imagine

only-imagine-1Rated PG for thematic elements including some violence.

In theaters 3/16. Ok for kids 9+

Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels.

Based on the popular Christian song of the same name by Bart Millard, this movie follows the true story of Millard, lead singer of the Christian band MercyMe, and how he wrote what is now the most-played radio single in Christian music history. Directed by Jon Erwin and Brett McCorkle, this movie stars Trace Adkins, Dennis Quaid, Cloris Leachman, J. Michael Finley and Madeline Carroll.

Pacific Rim: Uprising

pacific-rim-1Rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and some language. In theaters 3/23.

Ok for kids 13+  In theaters 3/23.

Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels.

This second film in the Pacific Rim franchise stars John Boyega as rebellious Jake Pentecost, a once-promising Jaeger pilot whose legendary father (Idris Elba in the first movie) gave his life to secure humanity’s victory against the monstrous “Kaiju.” Jake has since abandoned his training only to become caught up in a criminal underworld. But when an even more unstoppable threat is unleashed, he is given one last chance to live up to his father’s legacy by his estranged sister, Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi), now leading a brave new generation of pilots. As they seek justice for the fallen, their only hope is to unite together in a global uprising against the forces of extinction. Jake is joined by gifted rival pilot Lambert (Scott Eastwood) and 15-year-old Jaeger hacker Amara (Cailee Spaeny).

Sherlock Gnomes

sherlock gnomes1Not yet rated, likely PG

In Theaters 3/23. Ok for kids 6+.

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First introduced in the film “Gnomeo and Juliet,” the adorable title characters and their garden ornament friends have a new adventure featuring the legendary Sherlock Gnomes. In the heart of London, gnomes are disappearing from the gardens. Gnomeo (James McAvoy) and Juliet (Emily Blunt) join forces with the great Sherlock Gnomes (Johnny Depp) and his sidekick Watson to discover what is behind the mystery. Directed by John Stevenson, this cute family movie is executive produced by Elton John.

Ready Player One

ready-player-oneNot yet rated; likely PG-13

In theaters 3/29. Ok for kids 12+.

Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels.

In the near future, a young outcast named Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) escapes from his daily drudgery by logging into an online game called “The Oasis.” When the game’s billionaire founder dies, he offers players his fortune as the prize in the virtual treasure hunt. Watts gets in on the action, but soon finds himself facing off against corporate foes who will go to any lengths to get the money – in both the real world and “The Oasis.” Directed by Steven Spielberg and based on the novel by Ernie Cline (who also wrote the screenplay


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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