Fall movie preview: There’s something for everyone |
‘Ninjago,’ ‘The Star’ among movies this fall
An action-packed summer movie season ended with a dud in August, as
studios opted to save their best releases for a later date.
Thankfully, though, Hollywood is giving us plenty of promising movies
this fall – from faith-based to animated to superhero flicks.
Following are the films I’m monitoring. This list comes with a major
caveat: I have not screened any of these yet. Proceed to the box
office with caution.
Ninjago (Sept. 22, PG) – It’s an animated Lego movie. Need I say more?
This martial arts flick is based on the Ninjago Lego characters and
tells the story of Master Wu, Master Builder Lloyd and their friends
as they try and defeat the evil warlord Garmadon. Rated PG for some
mild action and rude humor.
A Question of Faith (Sept. 29, PG) – The lives of three families
collide when they are impacted by a pair of tragedies. Pure Flix, an
independent faith and family studio, is behind this one. Rated PG for
Mully (Oct. 3-5, not rated yet) – A Kenyan boy raised in poverty grows
up to become rich and then help the country’s abandoned children.
Focus on the Family is helping promote this three-night event.
My Little Pony (Oct. 6, PG) – Twilight Sparkle and her magical friends
must defeat an evil force that is threatening Ponyville. Rated PG for
The Mountain Between Us (Oct. 6, not rated yet) – Two strangers -- a
man and a woman – must set aside their differences and learn how to
survive when their place crashes in the midst of snow-capped
mountains. It’s being called a romance-disaster, but the trailer hints
that it’s mostly a survival film. We’ll see.
The Stray (Oct. 6, PG) – A stray dog helps save a marriage and a
family, not to mention several lives during a lightning storm. Based
on a true story. Rated PG for thematic elements, including a perilous
Marshall (Oct. 13, PG-13) – Chadwick Boseman stars in this biopic as a
young Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court
justice. The film, though, follows Marshall during his pre-high court
days, as he works as an attorney in a sexual assault/attempted murder
case. Rated PG-13 for mature thematic content, sexuality, violence and
some strong language.
Same Kind of Different As Me (Oct. 20, PG-13) – Based on a New York
Times bestselling book, it tells the story of an international art
dealer who befriends a homeless man who helps save his marriage. The
faith studio Pure Flix is behind this one. Rated PG-13 for thematic
elements, including some violence and language.
Thor: Ragnarok (Nov. 3, not yet rated) – Thor must stop Hela – the
goddess of death -- from destroying his homeland. First, though, he
gets involved in a battle with Hulk. Wouldn’t “Thor vs. Hulk” have
been a better title?
The Star (Nov. 10, not yet rated) – This faith-based animated film
tells the Nativity Story through the eyes of animals, and is brought
to us by Sony Pictures and Affirm Films (War Room, Heaven Is For
Justice League (Nov. 17, not yet rated) -- Batman, Wonder Woman,
Aquaman, Cyborg (and maybe Superman) team up to fight evil in DC
Comics’ answer to Marvel’s Avengers series.
Wonder (Nov. 17, PG) – A fifth-grade boy with facial differences who
has had multiple surgeries enters school for the first time. Based on
a book. Rated PG for thematic elements, including bullying and some
Coco (Nov. 22, not yet rated) – The latest Pixar movie follows a boy
who longs to become a famous guitarist despite his family’s ban on
music. To reach his goal, he visits the “Land of the Dead.” The
verdict’s still out on this one.