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Reel Life with Jane: Movie & DVD Reviews for Families by Jane Louise Boursaw Here’s a sneak peek at all the new movies for kids and teens in April and May. Included are a story about a gifted girl, a new Smurfs movie, and a Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Note that release dates are subject to change. SWEET DREAMS & HONKY TONKS Saturday, April 22 Tickets $32.50, $22.50 Students $15 A new musical revue of the music and lives of Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash. Sweet Dreams & Honky Tonks presents the best loved hits of these classic artists along with stories of their colorful lives and amazing careers. GIFTED Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, language and some suggestive material | Ok for Kids 13+ | In Theaters 4/7 | Fox Searchlight | 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 seven-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. Directed by Marc Webb. Wednesday, May 24 Tickets $25, $20 Students $15 Mark Lavengood and Seth Bernard come together for a night of bluegrass and folk featuring new songs and ensemble arrangements in the joint release of their newest works. Bassist Max Lockwood (Big Dudee Roo) and drummer Janga (Vox Vidorra) join Bernard and Lavengood plus special guests, The Lil Smokies. HOCKEY-THE MUSICAL! August 9 –12 Tickets $35, $20 Students $15 Noted author Mitch Albom skates into the world of comedic farce with Hockey -The Musical! Now in its second sea-son after a hugely successful 2016 run, this original musical has been called “Spamalot -with hockey sticks.” DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE LONG HAUL Not yet rated; likely PG | In Theaters 5/19 | Ok for Kids 8+ | 20th Century Fox | Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels Based on the popular book series by 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. JEFF DANIELS AND THE BEN DANIELS BAND Thursday, November 9 Tickets $45, $32.50 Emmy-winning actor, musician and Michigan native, Jeff Daniels, returns to City Opera House with the Ben Daniels Band for one night only. SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE Rated PG for some mild action and rude humor | In Theaters 4/7 | Ok for Kids 6+ | Sony | 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 filled with magical creatures 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. New Season On Sale Friday, May 12 JANE'S REEL RATING SYSTEM: 1 Reel – Pathetic. Even The Force can’t save it t 2 Reels – Tolerable. Coulda been a contender. 3 Reels – Thought-provoking. t 4 Reels – Wow! The stuff dreams are made of. Jane Louise Boursaw is a freelance journalist specializing in the movie and television industries. Visit her online at: www.ReelLifeWithJane.com or email jboursaw@charter.net. 18 • Families First Monthly • April/May 2017

Reel Life With Jane

Jane Louise Boursaw

Movie & DVD Reviews for Families

Here’s a sneak peek at all the new movies for kids and teens in April and May. Included are a story about a gifted girl, a new Smurfs movie, and a Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Note that release dates are subject to change.

GIFTED

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, language and some suggestive material | Ok for Kids 13+ | In Theaters 4/7 | Fox Searchlight | 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 seven-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. Directed by Marc Webb.

DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE LONG HAUL

Not yet rated; likely PG | In Theaters 5/19 | Ok for Kids 8+ | 20th Century Fox | Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels

Based on the popular book series by 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.

SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE

Rated PG for some mild action and rude humor | In Theaters 4/7 | Ok for Kids 6+ | Sony | 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 filled with magical creatures 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.

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.

Jane Louise Boursaw is a freelance journalist specializing in the movie and television industries. Visit her online at: www.ReelLifeWithJane.com or email jboursaw@charter.net.

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