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April Movies Sneak Peek

By on April 6, 2018

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Movies for kids and teens in April feature adorable pandas, curious dolphins, determined volleyball players, animated animals, and more. Let’s take a closer look.

By Jane Louise Boursaw

The Miracle Season

miracle1Rated PG for some thematic elements

In Theaters 4/6  Ok for kids 8+

Reel Preview: 3 of 5 Reels

Based on the inspiring true story of West High School’s volleyball team, this movie stars Helen Hunt, William Hurt, Danika Yarosh and Erin Moriarty. After the tragic death of the school’s star player Caroline “Line” Found, the remaining team players must band together under the guidance of their tough-love coach in hopes of winning the state championship.

Pandas

pandas2Rated G. In Theaters 4/6

Ok for kids 6+

Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels

Based on the inspiring true story of West High School’s volleyball team, this movie stars Helen Hunt, William Hurt, Danika Yarosh and Erin Moriarty. After the tragic death of the school’s star player Caroline “Line” Found, the remaining team players must band together under the guidance of their tough-love coach in hopes of winning the state championship.

Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero

stubby2Rated PG for war action and some thematic elements

In theaters 4/13. Ok for kids 7+

Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels

This animated family movie chronicles the true story of a stray bull terrier mutt and the lasting bond he forged with the doughboys of the 26th “Yankee” Division at the onset of America’s entry into World War I. For his valorous actions, Stubby was the first dog promoted to the rank of Sergeant in U.S. Army history. Featuring the voice talent of Gerard Depardieu and Helena Bonham Carter, this movie has been selected as an official project of the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission

Duck Duck Goose

duck2Not yet rated; likely PG. In Theaters 4/20

Ok for kids 6+  In theaters 3/23

Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels

This animated family movie centers on a high-flying bachelor goose named Peng (voiced by Jim Gaffigan) who is injured in flight and finds himself saddled with two adorably hilarious and demanding ducklings (voiced by Zendaya and Lance Lim). On their long journey south, the scrappy threesome just might turn into a family. Directed by Christopher Jenkins, this movie also features the voice talent of Carl Reiner, Stephen Fry, Jennifer Grey and Molly Shannon.

Dolphins

dolphins2Rated G

In Theaters 4/20. Ok for kids 6+

Reel Preview 4 of 5 Reels

This 12th film in DisneyNature’s documentary series centers on a dolphin named Echo, a youngster who can’t quite decide if it’s time to grow up and take on new responsibilities or give in to his silly side and just have fun. But Echo has a tough time resisting the many adventures the ocean has to offer. Narrated by Owen Wilson.

 

Avenger: Infinity War

avengers2Not yet rated; likely PG-13

In theaters 4/27. Ok for kids 13+

Reel Preview: 4.5 of 5 Reels

This third installment of the Avengers franchise follows the Superhero allies after they’ve triumphed over Loki. Now they must decide whether to sacrifice everything as they attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe. Directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo, this movie stars Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk.

Animal Crackers

animalcrackers1Not yet rated; likely PG. ‘

In theaters 4/27. Ok for kids 7+.

Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels.

This animated family movie centers on a workaholic dad who finds himself stuck in a nowhere job and inheriting a rundown circus from a distant relative he hardly knew. On the brink of losing his job, his house and his sanity, he uncovers a magical box of Animal Crackers that gives him the uncanny ability to become any animal from the box. This movie features the voice talent of Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Danny DeVito and Sylvester Stallone.

 


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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