Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Release Date: December 16th, 2016
For nearly forty years, George Lucas’s space epic has captivated the hearts and minds of generation after generation. From 1977, with the first, low-budget installment, the world knew that Star Wars was something special. With the JJ Abrams flawless continuation of the story (the 2015 release of Episode VII), the franchise officially stepped out from the “dark ages” (i.e: those pesky prequels nobody acknowledges anymore). The fandom has awakened, so to speak, and they want more.
Enter Rogue One–this original screenplay invites audiences to follow the story of Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones), a rebellion soldier, as she’s sent out by Mon Mothma to steal the coveted plans for, that’s right, the Death Star itself. This film is set just before Episode Four, which makes is absolutely unmissable for parents and fans of the originals! See how it all began in Rogue One.
Rogue One appears to be your classic “ragtag-team of unlikely heroes” type of film–where a mashup of not-exactly-friends get together to achieve one impossible goal. We’re going to see a lot of our original favorite characters–including bounty hunters, familiar faces and one big baddie that we just love. Voiced by one James Earl Jones, of course.
While little is known about the content, we can definitely surmise that there will be a reasonable amount of Lucas-esque violence and peril. While this is tame for some small children, if you’ve got sensitive little ones, you may want to forgo this one. However if your kids are maybe a few years older (around nine or ten) or handled The Force Awakens well, then Rogue One will be a fine and fun movie for kids and kids at heart!
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Release Date: December 21st, 2016
Sing is bound to be cute. We didn’t know much about this quirky kids film from the creators of Despicable Me–but after taking a quick peek at this star-studded cast, it definitely caught our attention! With huge A-listers like Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson and so many more (find the whole cast list here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3470600/?ref_=cs_ov_tt ), Sing has all the makings of a classic!
McConaughey voices a sharp-dressing, friendly and optimistic Koala named Buster Moon–and his greatest passion is his beloved theatre. Once luxurious and well-respected, the theatre has long since begun its decline into shabbiness and disrepair. Buster is running out of options to keep his theatre, but discovers that he may have one last chance to save it…
…by producing the world’s greatest singing competition!
Between five amazing contestants, hilarity ensues–audiences will love this wild and heartwarming journey, as Buster strives to save his theatre, and makes some new friends along the way!
All in all, this is a sweet, feel-good movie for your little ones–we think ages seven and below would probably enjoy this cute story! Parents may even find a giggle here and there, but should be ready to hear the catchy songs all the way home! For parents with small children, we give this one a definite “go”.
Release Date: December 21st, 2016
Okay, so we had to include this one…avid players of the Assassin’s Creed video games (not us, of course…*ahem*…) will truly enjoy this film adaptation. Of course, die-hards be warned, if you’re looking for a story that adheres to the game…we have to talk. This is more of a…spinoff than it is a game-to-film situation. Why? We’ll explain…
Firstly, Michael Fassbender (dashing and handsome as always) portrays Callum Lynch–a young man who explores the memories of his ancestor, Aguilar. We dip in and out of Cal’s memories in 15th century Spain, alongside a whole cast of unforgettable characters. The beloved Jeremy Irons and Brendan Gleeson make an appearance in this thrilling adventure story (but will it be enough to counteract the often-overbearing presence of Marion Cotillard?).
The assassin’s, templars, historic Spain and present-day technology, Assassin’s Creed delivers a wonderful adaptation of the classic games! That being said, we feel that PG-13 is a perfectly accurate rating. With intense violence and action, and occasional strong language, we suggest that children under thirteen should probably not see this movie.
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December is decidedly light on “kid’s” movies, but there’s still plenty to see! Join us next month for an in-depth look at the first releases of 2017–Monster Trucks, The Red Turtle and more!