New December Movies for Kids and Families

Staff Writer
Baystateparent Magazine

• Rated PG for some rudehumor and mild peril

• In theaters Dec. 21

• OK for kids 6+

• Reel Preview: 5 of 5 Reels

From the creators of Despicable Me,

Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax and Minions, comes Sing an animated musical comedy about finding the shining star that lives inside all of us. Set in a world like ours but entirely inhabited by animals, Sing centers around Buster Moon, a dapper Koala who presides over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times. Buster is an eternal optimist (and scoundrel) who loves his theater above all and will do anything to preserve it. Now facing the crumbling of his life’s ambition, he has one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world’s greatest singing competition. The movie features the voice talent of major stars such as Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, and Scarlett Johansson, as well as 85 hit songs.

• Rated PG-13for intensesequencesof violence andaction, thematic

elements andbrief stronglanguage

• In theatersDec. 21

• OK for kids 13+

• Reel Preview:3.5 of 5 Reels

Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day. Based on the popular video game series, the movie also stars Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons, and Brendan Gleeson.

• Not yet rated; likely PG-13

• In theaters Dec. 16(3D, 2D, IMAX)

• OK for kids 12+

• Reel Preview: 4.5 of 5 Reels

A rogue band of resistance fighters unite to steal the Death Star plans and bring new hope to the galaxy. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story takes place before the events of 1977’s Star Wars: A New Hope and will be a departure from the saga films audiences know. Yet the movie has elements that are familiar to the Star Wars universe and explores the galactic struggle from a ground-war perspective while maintaining that essential Star Wars feel that fans have come to love.

Jane’s Reel Rating System

One ReelEven the Force can’t save it.

Two ReelsCoulda been a contender

Three Reels – Something to talk about.

Four ReelsYou want the truth? Great flick!

Five ReelsWow! The stuff dreamsare made of.