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NJ Kids Movie Preview: March 2017 - Kids & Teens

By Jane Louise Boursaw on February 26, 2017

New movies for kids and teens in March include a new version of "Beauty and the Beast," a big screen adaptation of the YA novel "Before I Fall," and a reboot of "Power Rangers." Here’s a sneak peek at all the new movies for kids and teens in March. Note that release dates are subject to change.

BEFORE I FALL

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic content involving drinking, sexuality, bullying, some violent images, and language, all involving teens | Ok for Kids 13+ | In Theaters 3/3 | Open Road Films | Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels

What if you had only one day to change absolutely everything? Samantha Kingston has everything: the perfect friends, the perfect guy, and a seemingly perfect future. But after one fateful night, Sam wakes up with no future at all. Trapped reliving the same day over and over, she begins to question just how perfect her life really is. As she begins to untangle the mystery of a life suddenly derailed, she must also unwind the secrets of the people closest to her, and discover the power of a single day to make a difference, not just in her own life, but in the lives of those around her. Directed by Ry Russo-Young and based on the YA novel by Lauren Oliver, this movie stars Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage, Logan Miller and Jennifer Beals.

KONG: SKULL ISLAND

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and for brief strong language | In Theaters 3/10 | Ok for kids 13+ | Warner Bros. | Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels

The producers of "Godzilla" reimagine one of the most powerful monster myths of all time. This compelling, original adventure tells the story of a diverse team of scientists, soldiers and adventurers uniting to explore a mythical, uncharted island in the Pacific, as dangerous as it is beautiful. Cut off from everything they know, the team ventures into the domain of the mighty Kong, igniting the ultimate battle between man and nature. As their mission of discovery becomes one of survival, they must fight to escape a primal Eden in which humanity does not belong. Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, this movie stars Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman and Brie Larson.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

Rated PG for some action violence, peril and frightening images | In Theaters 3/17 | Ok for Kids 8+ | Disney | Reel Preview: 5 of 5 Reels

The beloved Disney tale gets a reboot on the big screen with a blend of live-action and CG magic. Emma Watson and Dan Stevens star as Belle and the Beast, with Luke Evans playing the role of Gaston, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, and Kevin Kline as Belle's father, Maurice. Eight-time Oscar-winner Alan Menken, who won two Academy Awards for the 1991 animated classic, scores the film, which includes new recordings of original songs, as well as several new songs written by Menken and Tim Rice. Directed by Bill Condon, the film also stars Ian McKellen, Josh Gad, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Audra McDonald, Stanley Tucci and Ewan McGregor. 

POWER RANGERS

Not yet rated | In Theaters 3/24 | Ok for Kids 8+ | Lionsgate | Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels

Saban's "Power Rangers" follows five ordinary high school kids who must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove – and the world – is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat. Chosen by destiny, our heroes quickly discover they are the only ones who can save the planet. But they'll have to overcome their real-life issues and band together as the Power Rangers before it's too late. Directed by Dean Israelite, this movie stars Bryan Cranston, Bill Hader, Elizabeth Banks, and Dacre Montgomery.

THE BOSS BABY

Rated PG for some mild rude humor | In Theaters 3/31 | Ok for Kids 6+ | DreamWorks | Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels

DreamWorks Animation and the director of "Madagascar" invite you to meet a most unusual baby. He wears a suit, speaks with the voice and wit of Alec Baldwin, and stars in the animated comedy "The Boss Baby." It's the hilariously universal story about how a new baby's arrival impacts a family, told from the point of view of a delightfully unreliable narrator, a wildly imaginative 7-year-old named Tim. With a heartfelt message about the importance of family, this cute family film is fun for both kids and grownups. Directed by Tom McGrath, the voice cast also includes Steve Buscemi, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow and Miles Bakshi.

JANE’S REEL RATING SYSTEM

One Reel – Even the Force can’t save it.
Two Reels – Coulda been a contender.
Three Reels – Something to talk about.
Four Reels – You want the truth? Great flick!
Five Reels – Wow! The stuff dreams are made of.

Jane Boursaw is the film critic and editor-in-chief of Reel Life With Jane. Contact her at jboursaw@charter.net. Images used with permission of the studios and distributors. 

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By Jane Louise Boursaw| February 26, 2017
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