September Family Movie Reviews

Staff Writer
Baystateparent Magazine

By Jane Louise Boursaw

Close Encountersof theThird Kind

Rated PG

In theaters: Sept. 1

OK for kids 7+

Reel Review: 5 of 5 Reels

No, you haven’t time-traveled back to 1977, but you might feel like it when you see “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” again. The iconic movie is returning to theaters to celebrate its 40th anniversary. Here’s your chance to see it with your kids on the big screen. You know the story: After an encounter with a UFO, a line worker (Richard Dreyfuss) feels undeniably drawn to an isolated area in the wilderness where something spectacular is about to happen. Directed by Steven Spielberg, this classic movie also stars Francois Truffaut, Melinda Dillon, Teri Garr, Cary Guffey, and Bob Balaban.


The Lego Ninjago Movie

Not yet rated; likely PG for mild action and rude humor

In theaters Sept. 22

OK for kids 7+

Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels

This big-screen Lego adventure takes place in Ninjago City, where young Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja (Dave Franco), and his secret warrior friends are called into action. Led by wise-cracking kung fu master Wu (Jackie Chan), they must defeat evil warlord Garmadon (Justin Theroux), aka the Worst Guy Ever, who also happens to be Lloyd’s dad. The epic showdown will test this fierce but undisciplined team of modern-day ninjas who must learn to check their egos and pull together to unleash their true power. Olivia Munn, Fred Armisen, and Michael Pena also voice characters in this cute movie directed by Charlie Bean, Paul Fisher, and Bob Logan.

Battle of the Sexes

Rated PG-13 for some sexual content and partial nudity

In Theaters Sept. 22

OK for kids 13+

Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels

The electrifying 1973 tennis match between tennis star Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) was billed as the “Battle of the Sexes” and became the most watched televised sports event of all time. The match caught the zeitgeist and sparked a global conversation on gender equality, spurring on the feminist movement. Trapped in the media glare, King and Riggs were on opposites sides of a binary argument, but off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles. With a supportive husband urging her to fight the establishment for equal pay, the fiercely private King was also struggling to come to terms with her own sexuality, while Riggs gambled his legacy and reputation in a bid to relive the glories of his past. Directed by Jonathan Dayton, and Valerie Faris, this movie also stars Elisabeth Shue, Sarah Silverman, Alan Cumming and Bill Pullman.