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Rated PG-13 for sequences of action and peril, and some language. In theaters 11/12. Ok for kids 14+. 3.5 out of 5 Reels.
Every year needs a runaway train movie, and ‘Unstoppable’ is the one for 2010. It’s also an environmental movie of sorts, since the runaway train is carrying a cargo of toxic chemicals threatening to decimate everything in its path. Directed by Tony Scott, this tense action thriller finds an engineer and his conductor in a race against time to bring the train under control before it derails on a curve and causes a catastrophic toxic spill. And oh yes, 150 kids on a field trip are on a separate locomotive smack in the train’s way. Look for plenty of thrills, spills and explosions in this movie starring Denzel Washington, Chris Pine, Rosario Dawson and Kevin Chapman.

Not yet rated; likely PG. In theaters 11/24. Ok for kids 7+. 3.5 out of 5 Reels.

This action-packed, swashbuckling, animated musical comedy follows the adventures of the girl with 70 feet of magical, golden hair – Rapunzel (voiced by Mandy Moore). Stolen from her parents’ castle as a baby, the princess has been locked in a hidden tower for years. Now she’s an imaginative and determined teenager who finds herself on a wild escapade with the help of a dashing bandit named Flynn Ryder (Zachary Levi). With her captor in pursuit, Rapunzel and Flynn find adventure, heart, humor, and hair … lots of hair. What a fun family movie to take us into the holiday season! This re-imagining of the classic Brothers Grimm fairytale is available in 2D and 3D, and features original music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Glenn Slater. Other voices include Donna Murphy, Ron Perlman, Jeffrey Tambor and Brad Garrett

Rated PG-13 for some sequences of intense action violence and frightening images. In theaters 11/19. Ok for kids 13+. 5 out of 5 Reels
Sqqquuueeee! That’s the sound of Harry Potter fans around the world squealing in delight over the return of everyone’s favorite wizard. But is it really the beginning of the end? I have a feeling someone will figure out how to keep the franchise going one way or another. Part 1 begins as Harry, Ron and Hermione (Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson) embark on a perilous mission to track down and destroy the secret to Voldemort’s immortality and destruction — the Horcruxes. Meanwhile, the wizarding world has become a dangerous place for all enemies of the Dark Lord (Ralph Fiennes). The long-feared war has begun and Voldemort’s Death Eaters seize control of the Ministry of Magic and Hogwarts, terrorizing and arresting anyone who might oppose them. The one prize they seek is the one most valuable to Voldemort: Harry Potter. But as Harry searches for clues to the Horcruxes, he uncovers an old and almost forgotten tale — the legend of the Deathly Hallows. If true, the legend could give Voldemort the ultimate power he seeks. Offered in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D.

Rated PG for action and some language. In theaters 11/5. Ok for kids 7+. 4 out of 5 Reels.
With a voice cast that includes Brad Pitt, Tina Fey, Will Ferrell, Jonah Hill and Ben Stiller, ‘Megamind’ is fun on all sorts of levels. The CG-animated movie (in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D) follows the most brilliant super-villain (Megamind, voiced by Will Ferrell) the world’s ever known! Unfortunately, he’s also a colossal failure, thanks to the caped superhero known as Metro Man (Brad Pitt). But when Megamind actually defeats Metro Man, the fate of Metro City is threatened when a new villain arrives and chaos runs rampant. Can the world’s biggest “mind” actually be the one to save the day? Since it’s a DreamWorks production, there’s no doubt that all will end well.

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 Louise Boursaw is a freelance writer specializing in the movie and television industries. Visit her online at www.ReelLifeWithJanecom,or email