New movies this week feature Jennifer Garner in “Miracles from Heaven,” Joel Edgerton in “Midnight Special,” Shailene Woodley in “Allegiant” and lots more. Let’s take a closer look at the new movies in theaters this week.
MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN
Rated PG for thematic material, including accident and medical images | In Theaters 3/16 | Ok for Kids 9+ | Sony | Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels
Based on a true story, “Miracles from Heaven” focuses on a young girl, Annabel Beam, who miraculously overcomes an incurable, life-threatening digestive disorder. After she’s dramatically rescued from a near-death experience, a stunning series of miracles unfold that leave her family, her medical doctors and her community baffled. The film is based on the book by Christy Beam, the mother of young Annabel. Jennifer Garner, Queen Latifah and Martin Henderson star.
Rated PG-13 for some violence and action | In Theaters 3/18 | Ok for Kids 13+ | Warner Bros. | Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels
From “Mud” and “Take Shelter” writer and director Jeff Nichols, “Midnight Special” follows a father (Michael Shannon) who goes on the run to protect his young son, Alton (Jaeden Lieberher), and uncover the truth behind the boy’s special powers. What starts as a race from religious extremists and local law enforcement quickly escalates to a nationwide manhunt involving the highest levels of the Federal Government. Ultimately. his father risks everything to protect Alton and help fulfill a destiny that could change the world forever. Also stars Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver and Sam Shepard.
THE DIVERGENT SERIES: ALLEGIANT
Rated PG-13 for intense violence and action, thematic elements, and some partial nudity | In Theaters 3/18 (2D/IMAX) | Ok for Kids 13+ | Summit/Lionsgate | Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels
After the earth-shattering revelations of 2015’s “Insurgent,” Tris (Shailene Woodley) must escape with Four (Theo James) and go beyond the wall enclosing Chicago. For the first time ever, they will leave the only city and family they have ever known in order to find a peaceful solution for their embroiled city. But their journey outside uncovers shocking new truths. As a ruthless battle ignites beyond the walls of Chicago, Tris and Four must decide who they can trust. In order to survive, Tris is forced to make impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice and love. Based on the young adult novel by Veronica Roth, this movie also stars Kate Winslet, Jai Courtney, Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller and Jai Courtney.
Rated R for strong sexual content, graphic nudity, language throughout and some drug use | In Theaters 3/18 | Ok for Kids 17+ | Sony Pictures Classics | Reel Preview: 3 of 5 Reels
A decade ago, Hope Ann Greggory (Melissa Rauch) was America’s sweetheart and an Olympic champion. Her inspired performance on a ruptured Achilles clinched an unlikely bronze medal for the U.S. team and brought glory to her hometown of Amherst, Ohio. But in the years since that epic third place victory, Hope hasn’t done a whole lot with her life. Still living in her dad Stan’s (Gary Cole) basement, still sporting her daily uniform of a Team USA gym suit with teeny-bopper bangs, ponytail and scrunchie, she spends her days at the mall milking her minor celebrity for free food and favors. But her routine is upended when she’s forced to coach Amherst’s newest gymnastics prodigy Maggie (Haley Lu Richardson) in order to receive a sizeable financial inheritance. Also stars Sebastian Stan and Thomas Middleditch.
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.
Images in this feature used courtesy of the studios and distributors.