What to watch with your kids: ‘Over the Moon,’ ‘Roald Dahl’s The Witches’ and more

Roald Dahl’s The Witches (PG)

Age 9+

Dahl adaptation is delightfully creepy enjoyable, with peril.

Roald Dahl’s The Witches” is director Robert Zemeckis’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s basic 1983 youngsters’s guide, which was beforehand made right into a film in 1990. This model is ready in 1960s Alabama; just like the others, it chronicles how a boy (Jahzir Bruno) and his grandma (Octavia Spencer) encounter a coven of kid-hating witches who plan to rework the world’s youngsters into mice. It’s a darkish however comedian fantasy with loads of peril, and children are certainly turned to rodents. The top witch (Anne Hathaway) kills a fellow witch for insubordination and tries her hardest to exterminate the principle characters. A flashback reveals that the boy’s dad and mom died in a automobile accident (the digicam exhibits solely the boy, who survived). The witches are creepy trying, with claws for fingers, no toes and elongated mouths. They’re additionally bald and have “wig rash” sores on their scalps. The film, which is significantly extra various than different motion pictures based mostly on Dahl’s work, encourages communication, braveness and teamwork, and it affirms the significance of trusted adults in youngsters’ lives. (104 minutes)

Age 13+

Heartbreaking however uplifting true story tackles loss, ache.

“Clouds” is the true, usually unhappy story of Zach Sobiech (Fin Argus), a youngster recognized with terminal most cancers who grew to become identified to many by way of his hit track “Clouds,” which was recorded within the ultimate months of his life. However the film has a usually optimistic tone, because of Zach’s pure good nature. In a gap scene, he sings “Sexy and I Know It” in entrance of a highschool viewers, dancing suggestively and conveying each reputation and a self-deprecating humorousness. Scenes present him fighting sickness, present process chemotherapy, being rushed in for emergency surgical procedure and dealing with his personal terminal prognosis. He often reacts with anger and deception to his destiny, together with a scene during which he virtually crashes a automobile. He’s additionally painfully conscious of the grief he’s bringing to his family members, together with his tight-knight household, a girlfriend and his greatest pal, who all exhibit braveness and compassion of their dealing with of Zach’s sickness. Scenes together with his girlfriend embrace some kissing, snuggling in mattress, obscure references to intercourse and elimination of an outer layer of clothes. Catholic religion is implied, particularly in a visit to Lourdes, France. The film relies on the guide by Sobiech’s mom. (121 minutes)

Out there on Disney Plus.

The Haunting of Bly Manor (TV-MA)

Age 13+

Basic lit turns into a sublime, spooky ghost story.

The Haunting of Bly Manor” is a horror sequence based mostly on Henry James’ 1898 novella “The Turn of the Screw” and created by Mike Flanagan (“The Haunting of Hill House”). It follows its supply materials extra intently than “Hill House,” presenting the story of two younger youngsters who’ve been scarred by dying, and a brand new nanny who involves look after them. She quickly falls beneath the spell of the brooding home during which they stay and begins seeing ghosts. A former nanny died by suicide, and we hear about her dying incessantly, together with particulars corresponding to the invention of her lifeless physique by a younger youngster. We additionally hear concerning the dying of a person whose determine seems at Bly. A set of youngsters have misplaced their dad and mom and their trauma and grief is incessantly talked about. There are additionally spooky visuals corresponding to faceless dolls and a darkish determine with glowing eyes that peeks out of mirrors. It’s value noting that “The Turn of the Screw” ended with (spoiler alert!) the dying of a kid, and Bly may do likewise. The solid is various when it comes to age and gender, although the principle characters are White. Adults drink at dinners and gatherings. Viewers who like this present could also be tempted to hunt out James’s guide, or a few of its many diversifications. (9 roughly hour-long episodes)

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