T URN YOUR B ACKYARD INTO AN A DVENTURE P ARK! Reel Life with Jane: Movie & DVD Reviews for Families by Jane Louise Boursaw New in movie theaters include Johnny Depp in “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” Michael Fassbender and other mutants in “X-Men: Apocalypse,” and “ Money Monster” (beautiful people battle an unhinged investor). Let’s take a closer look! 221 Saint Joseph St. (231) 271-0314 SPECIALIZING IN SMART FUN Brain Storm! ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS Suttons Bay, Michigan brainstormsb.com  Rated PG for fantasy action/peril and some language | In Theaters 5/27 (2D, 3D, IMAX 3D) | Ok for Kids 8+ | Disney | Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels Featuring the unforgettable characters from Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories, this sequel to 2010’s “Alice in Wonderland” is directed by James Bobin. The story finds Alice (Mia Wasikowska) returning to the whimsical world of Wonderland. She’s spent the past few years following in her father’s footsteps and sailing the high seas. Upon her return to London, she comes across a magical looking glass and returns to the fantastical realm of Wonderland and her friends the White Rabbit (Michael Sheen), Absolem (Alan Rickman), the Cheshire Cat (Stephen Fry) and the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp). But the Hatter has lost his Muchness, so Mirana (Anne Hathaway) sends Alice on a quest to borrow the Chronosphere, a metallic globe inside the chamber of the Grand Clock which powers all time. Returning to the past, she crosses paths with friends and enemies at different points in their lives, and embarks on a perilous race to save the Hatter before time runs out. week-long LEGO® classes LEGO® Minecraft (Grades 1-3) 6/20 LEGO® Mania (Grades 1-3) 6/20 LEGO® Art (Grades 1-3) 6/27 LEGO® Minecraft (Grades 4-6) 6/27 + More STEM classes for all ages! classes fill fast register today nmc.edu/kids 231.995.1700 MONEY MONSTER Rated R for language throughout, some sexuality and brief violence | In Theaters 5/13 | Ok for Kids 17+ | TriStar/Sony | Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels In this high stakes thriller, George Clooney and Julia Roberts star as financial TV host Lee Gates and his producer Patty. The pair find themselves in an explosive situation when an irate investor who has lost everything (Jack O’Connell) forcefully takes over their studio. During a tense standoff broadcast to millions on live TV, Lee and Patty must work furiously against the clock to unravel the mystery behind a conspiracy at the heart of today’s fast-paced, high-tech global markets. Directed by Jodie Foster, this movie also stars Giancarlo Esposito and Dominic West. X-MEN: APOCALYPSE Rated PG -13 for sequences of violence, action and destruction, brief strong language and some suggestive images | In Theaters 5/27 | Ok for Kids 13+ | 20th Century Fox | Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels June 10 & 11 @ 7 PM June 12 @ 2 PM Following 2014’s smash hit “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” director Bryan Singer returns with this installment in the “X-Men” franchise. Since the dawn of civilization, Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant, has amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he’s disillusioned with the world and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) with the help of Professor X (James McAvoy) must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction. This movie also stars Oscar Isaac, Nicholas Hoult and Rose Byrne. JANE'S REEL RATING SYSTEM: 1 Reel – Pathetic. Even The Force can’t save it • 2 Reels – Tolerable. Coulda been a contender. 3 Reels – Thought-provoking. • 4 Reels – Wow! The stuff dreams are made of. July 15 @ 7 PM & July 16 @ 2 & 7 PM oldtownplayhouse.com 20 • Families First Monthly • June/July 2016 231.947.2210 Jane Louise Boursaw is a freelance journalist specializing in the movie and television industries. Visit her online at: www.ReelLifeWithJane.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.