December Family Movie Reviews

Staff Writer
Baystateparent Magazine

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Not yet rated: Likely PG-13

In theaters: Dec. 15

OK for kids 13+

Reel Preview: 5 of 5 Reels

The newest Star Wars movie picks up right after 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Rey (Daisy Ridley) is developing her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares to do battle with the First Order. Rian Johnson directs this movie, which also stars John Boyega as Finn, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, and Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa, in her final role before passing away in 2016.


Rating: PG for rude humor,action, and somethematicelements

In theaters:Dec. 15

OK for kids 6+

Reel Preview:4 of 5 Reels

Inspired by the beloved book, The Story of Ferdinand, this movie tells the story of a giant bull with a big heart. After being mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure. Set in Spain, Ferdinand proves you can’t judge a bull by its cover. This heartwarming animated comedy features an all-star cast, including John Cena, Kate McKinnon, Gina Rodriguez, Anthony Anderson, and Nick Jonas.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Rating: PG-13 for adventure action, suggestive content,and some language

In theaters: Dec. 20

OK for kids 13+

Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels

In this brand-new adventure, the tables are turned as four teenagers in detention are sucked into the world of Jumanji. When they discover an old video game console with a game they’ve never heard of, they are immediately thrust into the game’s jungle setting and into the bodies of their avatars, played by Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan. What they discover is that you don’t just play Jumanji: Jumanji plays you. They’ll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives, or they’ll be stuck in the game forever.