Reel Life with Jane Reviews A Dog's Purpose, Hidden Figures, and Monster Trucks

Staff Writer
Baystateparent Magazine

• Rated PG forthematicelements andsome peril

• In theatersJan. 27

• Reel Preview:3.5 of 5 Reels

Based on the beloved bestselling novel by W. Bruce Cameron, A Dog’s Purpose, from director Lasse Hallström (The Cider House Rules, Dear John, The 100-Foot Journey), shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog (voiced by Josh Gad) who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love. This family film, told from the dog’s perspective, also stars Dennis Quaid, Britt Robertson, and Peggy Lipton.

Hidden Figures

Rated PG for thematic elementsand some language

• In theaters Jan. 6

• OK for kids 9+

• Reel Preview: 5 of 5 Reels

Directed by Theodore Melfi, Hidden Figures is the incredible untold story of Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer), and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe). These brilliant African-American women working at NASA served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit. This stunning achievement restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. Also stars Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Mahershala Ali, Aldis Hodge, and Glen Powell.

• Rated PG for action, peril, brief scaryimages, and some rude humor

• In theaters Jan. 13

• Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels

Looking for any way to get away from the life and town he was born into, Tripp (Lucas Till), a high school senior, builds a monster truck from bits and pieces of scrapped cars. After an accident at a nearby oil-drilling site displaces a strange and subterranean creature with a taste for speed, Tripp may have just found the key to getting out of town and a most unlikely friend. Melding cutting-edge visual effects and state-of-the-art CGI, Monster Trucks is an action-filled adventure for the whole family that will keep you on the edge of your seat and, ultimately, touch your heart. Directed by Chris Wedge, this movie stars Lucas Till, Danny Glover, Rob Lowe, and Amy Ryan.

Jane’s Reel Rating System

One 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 dreamsare made of.