February Sneak Peeks

By on February 8, 2014

This month brings iconic Lego characters, an overnight singing sensation, and a zebra born with half his stripes. Here’s a sneak peek at what’s new in theaters and on DVD and blu-ray in February.

By Jane Louise Boursaw


PG for mild action and rude humor. In theaters 2/07. Ok for kids 6+.

Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels.


This computer-generated comedy centers on a lowly Lego figure (voiced by Chris Pratt) who joins a group intent on battling an evil force after a case of mistaken identity. From the filmmakers behind “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” and “Robot Chicken,” Will Arnett co-stars as the voice of Batman, who along with Superman, make appearances in the Warner Bros. picture. Elizabeth Banks, Morgan Freeman, Will Ferrell, Liam Neeson, and Alison Brie head up the rest of the voice cast.


PG-13 for sexual material and some language. In theaters 2/07. Ok for kids 13+.

Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels.


We all love those singing competition videos that go viral, and this one was made into a movie. It’s a feature film based on the remarkable and inspirational true story of Paul Potts, a shy, bullied shop assistant in Wales by day and an amateur opera singer by night. Paul became an instant YouTube phenomenon after being chosen by Simon Cowell for “Britain’s Got Talent.” He went on to win the competition, along with the hearts of millions.


PG-13 for Intense sequences of action including frenetic gun violence throughout, brief strong language, sensuality and some drug material. In theaters 2/12. Ok for kids 14+.

Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels.


Remember how violent the first “Robocop” was? This remake is just as violent, if not more so. No gun was spared in this reboot of the 1987 movie from director José Padilha. The story once again centers on a slain police officer (played by “The Killing’s” Joel Kinnaman – one of my favorites) who gets resurrected as a crime-fighting cyborg. Until, that is, memories of his previous life begin to make him doubt his corrupt corporate overlords. Gary Oldman (yes!) co-stars as the doctor who suffers a crisis-of-conscience after bringing life back to the man in the form of a mechanical body and reprogrammed brain, while Samuel L. Jackson plays a larger-than-life media mogul.



Not rated. On DVD/Blu-ray 2/11. Ok for kids 5+.

Reel Review: 4 of 5 Reels.

Life is not all black and white for Khumba, a young zebra born with only half his stripes who’s rejected by his superstitious herd and blamed for a sudden drought affecting the land. Teaming up with a sassy wildebeest and a flamboyant ostrich, Khumba sets out on a daring mission across the Karoo desert to find the legendary waterhole where the first zebras got their stripes. Liam Neeson, Jake T. Austin, Steve Buscemi, and AnnaSophia Robb lend their voices to this cute story.


Rated G. On DVD/blu-ray 2/11.

Ok for kids 4+.

Reel Review: 5 of 5 Reels.

Hard to believe this family classic hasn’t been released on blu-ray until now, but here it is, finally in digital high definition. Beloved characters, swinging music and new behind-the-scenes bonus features make this Diamond Edition Blu‐ray a must-have for every family’s collection. Great opportunity for your little ones to meet those unforgettable characters and embark on a thrilling adventure with Mowgli as he journeys deep into the jungle and learns “The Bare Necessities” of life. Happy-go-lucky Baloo the bear, wise old panther Bagheera, crazy orangutan King Louie, cunning tiger Shere Khan, and ssssneaky snake Kaa are all there.


Rated G. On DVD 2/11. Ok for kids 3+. Reel Review:5 of 5 Reels.

Harry and his bucket of six Dinosaur toys that spring to life are about to go on wild adventures and explore Dino World! Several DVDs are being released on Feb. 11, including “Play Make Believe,” “Let’s Rock!,” and “Dino World Rescues,” all of which come with a 16-page activity book. The series won an iParenting Media Award for Preschool and was nominated for the Shaw Rocket Prize and Best International Children’s Program by the British Academy of Film and Television Awards.




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 Boursaw is founder and editor-in-chief of Reel Life With Jane, a family entertainment site specializing in movies, TV and celebrities. Visit her at http://www.reellifewithjane.com or email jboursaw@charter.net.


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