April Family Movie Reviews

Staff Writer
Baystateparent Magazine

Smurfs: The Lost Village

Rated PG for some mild actionand rude humor

In theaters April 7

OK for kids 6+

Reel Preview: 3 of 5 Reels

In this animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette and her best friends Brainy, Clumsy, and Hefty, on an exciting and thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest to find a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does. Embarking on a rollercoaster journey full of action and danger, the Smurfs are on a course that leads to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history! Directed by Kelly Asbury, this cute installment features the voice talent of Demi Lovato, Rainn Wilson, Julia Roberts, and more.


Rated PG-13 for thematicelements, language, andsome suggestive material

OK for kids 13+

In theaters April 7

Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels

Frank Adler (Chris Evans) is a single man raising a child prodigy, his spirited young niece Mary (Mckenna Grace), in a coastal town in Florida. Frank’s plans for a normal school life for Mary are foiled when the 7-year-old’s mathematical abilities come to the attention of Frank’s formidable mother Evelyn (Lindsay Duncan), whose plans for her granddaughter threaten to separate Frank and Mary. Octavia Spencer plays Roberta, Frank and Mary’s landlady and best friend. Jenny Slate is Mary’s teacher, Bonnie, a young woman whose concern for her student develops into a connection with her uncle as well.


Rated PG for some action and rude humor

In theaters April 14

OK for kids 7+

Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels

The action-packed, humor, and heart-filled “Spark” follows a teenage monkey Spark, voiced by Jace Norman (Nickelodeon’s “Henry Danger”), and his friends Vix, a battle-ready fox voiced by Jessica Biel, and Chunk, a tech-savvy warthog, as they embark on a mission to take back the besieged Planet Bana from the power-mad General Zhong. Spark’s dangerous odyssey leads him to the farthest reaches of the universe and to the secret of his true identity.

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.