May Family Movie Reviews

Staff Writer
Baystateparent Magazine

By Jane Louise Boursaw

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul

* Not yet rated, likely PG

* In theaters May 19

* OK for kids 8+

* Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels

Based on the popular book series by Massachusetts’s own Jeff Kinney, this installment of the “Wimpy Kid” franchise finds Greg (Jason Drucker) convincing his family to take a road trip to attend his great-grandmother’s 90th birthday. But what he really wants is to attend a nearby gamer convention and, of course, the trip goes hilariously off course and shenanigans ensue. Directed by David Bowers, this movie also stars Alicia Silverstone, Tom Everett Scott, Charlie Wright, and Owen Asztalos as Rowley.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

* Rating PG-13

* OK for kids 12+

* In theaters May 5

* Reel Preview: 4.5 of 5 Reels

Set to the backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

* Not yet rated, likely PG-13

* In theaters May 26

* OK for kids 12+

* Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels

The rip-roaring adventure finds down-on-his-luck Captain Jack (Johnny Depp) feeling the winds of ill-fortune blowing strongly his way when deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazer (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea — especially Jack. Jack’s only hope of survival lies in the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it he must forge an uneasy alliance with Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), a brilliant and beautiful astronomer, and Henry (Brenton Thwaites), a headstrong young sailor in the Royal Navy. At the helm of the Dying Gull, his pitifully small and shabby ship, Captain Jack seeks not only to reverse his recent spate of ill fortune, but to save his life from the most formidable and malicious foe he has never faced. Also stars Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom, and Stephen Graham.