March Family Movie Reviews

Staff Writer
Baystateparent Magazine

Beauty and The Beast

Rated PG for some action violence, peril and frightening images

In theaters March 17

OK for kids 8+

Reel Preview: 5 of 5 Reels

The beloved Disney tale gets a reboot on the big screen with a blend of live-action and CGI magic. Emma Watson and Dan Stevens star as Belle and the Beast, with Luke Evans playing the role of Gaston, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, and Kevin Kline as Belle’s father, Maurice. Eight-time Oscar-winner Alan Menken, who won two Academy Awards for the 1991 animated classic, scores the film, which includes new recordings of original songs, as well as several new songs written by Menken and Tim Rice. The film also stars Ian McKellen, Josh Gad (the voice of “Frozen’s” Olaf), Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Audra McDonald, Stanley Tucci, and Ewan McGregor (as Lumiére the candlestick).

The Boss Baby

Rated PG for some mild rude humor

In theaters March 31

OK for kids 6+

Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels

DreamWorks Animation and the director of “Madagascar” invite you to meet a most unusual baby who wears a suit and speaks with the voice and wit of Alec Baldwin. It’s the hilariously universal story about how a new baby’s arrival impacts a family, told from the point of view of a delightfully unreliable narrator, a wildly imaginative 7-year-old named Tim. With a heartfelt message about the importance of family, this cute family film is fun for kids and grownups. Directed by Tom McGrath, the voice cast also includes Steve Buscemi, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, and Miles Bakshi.

Power Rangers

Not yet rated

In theaters March 24

OK for kids 8+

Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels

Power Rangers follows five ordinary high school kids who must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove — and the world — is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat. Chosen by destiny, our heroes quickly discover they are the only ones who can save the planet. But they’ll have to overcome their real-life issues and band together as the Power Rangers before it’s too late. The movie stars Bryan Cranston, Bill Hader, Elizabeth Banks, and Dacre Montgomery.

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 dreams are made of.