Holiday movie preview 2017

Wonder

Nov. 17

PG

This eagerly anticipated adaption of the beloved middle grade book by R.J. Palacio hits the big screen in time for Thanksgiving. Jacob Tremblay stars at Augie, a fifth grader with craniofacial differences who is entering a mainstream school for the first time. Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson play his parents, and Daveed Diggs plays Mr. Browne, his teacher. This inspiring story about the importance of choosing kind will give families a lot to discuss. 

Want free tickets? Be sure to enter the Chicago Parent ticket giveaway that begins Nov. 9 and runs through Nov. 15.

Coco

Nov. 22

PG

Disney-Pixar’s latest focuses on young Miguel’s quest to become a musician, despite his family’s generation-old ban on music. Miguel (voice of Anthony Gonzalez) meets up with charming trickster Héctor (voice of Gael García Bernal) in the colorful Land of the Dead and together they embark on a journey that may unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history. Along the way, he learns about the importance of family, honoring ancestors and following your dreams. 

An added bonus: The 21-minute featurette Olaf’s Frozen Adventure will play before Coco. It follows Olaf as he endeavors to save Christmas for his friends by finding the best traditions in Arendelle, and features four new songs.

Don’t forget to enter the Chicago Parent ticket giveaway that will be open from Nov. 16 through Nov. 22.

Ferdinand

Dec. 15

PG

John Cena voices the earnest bull Ferdinand, who lives in Spain and is big in size and heart. However, his size scares others, and they capture him and take him away. As he tries to return to his family, he makes some unusual friends and they share adventures along the way. This movie is based on the classic book “The Story of Ferdinand,” and the the tagline is pretty adorable: “You can’t judge a bull by its cover.”

Star Wars: The Last Jedi 

Dec. 15

(Not yet rated, but expected to be PG-13)

Star Wars fans, get ready! Trailers have shown Luke Skywalker entering the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon, Chewbacca’s new sidekick and what was possibly Kylo Ren recruiting Rey to the Dark Side, or was it? Poe and Finn are back, and joined by newcomer Rose. Carrie Fisher also appears and the movie was reworked upon her untimely death. 

There are so many questions and hopefully this movie will answer them and explain the mysteries of the Force.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Dec. 20

Not yet rated

The Robin Williams classic from 1995 has been updated. This time, four teenagers in detention discover an old video game console and when they start playing, they are sucked in, literally, and become the avatars they chose. Dwayne Johnson (aka The Rock) stars with Karen Gillan, Jack Black and Kevin Hart in the movie that combines adventure with humor.

Pitch Perfect 3 

Dec. 22

PG-13

Tweens and teens will be happy to see the Bellas back in action for the third and final installment of the series. After winning the World Championship the Bellas graduated from college and discovered that their job prospects were bleak. They reunite for a competition that’s part of a USO tour. The twist? Turns out that their competition uses musical instruments.

Paddington 2

Jan. 12

Not yet rated

This movie comes out shortly after the holidays, but we couldn’t leave Paddington out! The lovable British bear returns to the big screen with a mission to give his Aunt Lucy a pop-up book of London for her 100th birthday. Turns out, Phoenix Buchanan, a once distinguished actor played by Hugh Grant, also wants the book and becomes Paddington’s nemesis. The movie comes out earlier in Britain and initial reviews say this sequel is better than the first.

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