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Fall movie preview: 10 family films headed to theaters

If you’re wondering what family-friendly films are headed to movie theaters this fall and winter, we’ve compiled a list of 10 movies you won’t want to miss.

Disney’s “Queen of Katwe”

Sept. 23

This sure to be a feel-good movie is based on the true story of Ugandan chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi, and will follow a young girl who trains to become a champion. It stars Lupita Nyong’o and David Oyelowo and is rated PG.


Sept. 23

This animated film from Warner Bros. Pictures is all about storks, who no longer deliver babies because technology has replaced them. One stork (voiced by Andy Samberg) wants to deliver a human newborn, but he has to do it behind the back of his fierce boss (voiced by Kelsey Grammer).

“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”

Sept. 30

Fans of Tim Burton will likely enjoy this new fantastic adventure that finds an American teenager (Asa Butterfield) sent to a British island where he makes some amazing friends, including a woman who can turn into a bird and children with serious peculiarities.

“Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life”

Oct. 7

When a nitpicking principal confiscates and destroys Rafe’s sketchbook, the imaginative middle schooler retaliates by breaking all of the school's rules. Expect plenty of elaborate pranks, such as covering the principal's office in thousands of sticky notes.

“A Monster Calls”

Oct. 21

This live-action adaptation of the award-winning children's fantasy novel of the same name follows 12-year-old Conor as he copes with his mother’s terminal illness by summoning help from a 36-foot-tall giant tree monster (voiced by Liam Neeson). The monster reflects Conor's moods as he also deals with school bullies and an unfeeling grandmother (Sigourney Weaver).


Nov. 4

Remember those fuzzy-haired toys from your childhood? They come to life in this animated fantasy film from Dreamworks Animation. Relentlessly joyful Poppy (Anna Kendrick) leads a tribe of super cheerful trolls, but grumpy Branch (Justin Timberlake) lives in fear that giant monsters will attack.

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”

Nov. 18

J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World comes to the big screen once again for this heavily anticipated movie, which breathes life into Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), a character familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter series.

Disney’s “Moana”

Nov. 23

In this animated movie, audiences will meet Moana, a Pacific Islander who embarks on a quest to find the shape-shifting demigod Maui (voiced by Dwayne Johnson), save her people, and fulfill her ancestral calling as a master wayfinder.

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”

Dec. 16

The first stand-alone Star Wars movie will portray the rebels who steal the original Death Star blueprints, led by Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones), a loner whose scientist father has knowledge both the Rebels and the Empire want.


Dec. 21

Illumination Entertainment will follow up its successful “The Secret Life of Pets” with “Sing,” a computer animated movie about a koala bear theater owner (voiced by Matthew McConaughey) who decides to hold a singing competition. Applicants include harried mama pig Rosita (Reese Witherspoon), white laboratory mouse Mike (Seth MacFarlane), teenage elephant Meena (Tori Kelly) and punk porcupine Ash (Scarlett Johansson).


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