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August Movies: Reel Life with Jane

By on August 6, 2014

New on the big screen in August for kids and teens is a new Marvel movie, some vintage turtle superheroes, and a beloved book adaptation. Here’s a sneak peek at what’s new in theaters this month.


GOTGNot yet rated; likely PG-13 | In Theaters 8/01 | Ok for Kids 12+

Reel Preview: 4.5 of 5 Reels

Ready for an action-packed epic space adventure? Me too, and Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” is just the ticket. The story follows brash adventurer Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), who finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan (Lee Pace), a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits — gun-toting raccoon Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper), tree-like humanoid Groot (Vin Diesel), enigmatic Gamora (Zoe Saldana), and revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista). The cast also includes Glenn Close and Josh Brolin.


Get-On-UpNot Yet Rated | In Theaters 8/01 | Ok for Kids 14+

Reel Preview: 5 of 5 Reels

Tate Taylor (“The Help”) directs “42’s” Chadwick Boseman as James Brown in this film based on the incredible life of the Godfather of Soul, James Brown. The story ranges from Brown’s impoverished childhood to his evolution into one of the most influential figures of the 20th century. The cast also includes Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, and Dan Aykroyd. The producers are just as interesting as the cast: Brian Grazer of Imagine Entertainment, with Mick Jagger and Victoria Pearman producing under their Jagged Films banner


TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesNot Yet Rated | In Theaters 8/08 | Ok for Kids 11+

Reel Preview: 3 of 5 Reels

Those pizza-eating turtles are back in action and just in time! Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder (William Fichtner) and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything from the cops to the politicians. The future is grim until four unlikely outcast brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Fearless reporter April (Megan Fox) and her wise-cracking cameraman Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett) join forces with the turtles to save the city and unravel Shredder’s diabolical plan. The cast also includes Whoopi Goldberg (Bernadette Thompson).


Into-the-StormPG-13 for sequences of intense destruction and peril, and language, including some sexual references | In Theaters 8/08 (2D, IMAX)

Ok for Kids 13+

Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels

Who doesn’t love a good storm movie? As long as it’s in the movies and not in real life, right? This thriller centers on the town of Silverton, ravaged by an onslaught of erratic and deadly cyclones, even as storm trackers predict the worst is yet to come. Most people seek shelter, while others run towards the vortex, testing how far a storm chaser will go for that once-in-a-lifetime shot.


The-Hundred-Foot-JourneyPG for thematic elements, some violence, language and brief sensuality | In Theaters 8/08 | Ok for Kids 9+

Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels

I love movies centered on food, especially when they’re based on a book like “The Hundred-Foot Journey” by Richard Morais. The story follows Hassan (Manish Dayal), a culinary ingénue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. Displaced from their native India, he and his family settle in the quaint village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in the south of France. It’s the perfect place to open an Indian restaurant, the Maison Mumbai. That is, until the chilly chef proprietress of Le Saule Pleureur, a Michelin starred, classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory, gets wind of it. Her icy protests against the new Indian restaurant a hundred feet from her own escalate to all-out war between the two establishments – until Hassan’s passion for French haute cuisine and for Mme. Mallory’s enchanting sous chef, Marguerite, merge their talents and make culinary magic. Directed by Lasse Hallstrom, this sweet comedy drama also stars Helen Mirren.


Not Yet Rated; likely PG-13 | In Theaters 8/15 | Ok for Kids 13+

Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels

I love seeing all those original action heroes back on the big screen. In “The Expendables 3,” Barney (Sylvester Stallone), Christmas (Jason Statham) and the rest of the team come face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks (Mel Gibson; predicting comeback role here), who years ago co-founded The Expendables with Barney, but became a ruthless arms trader who Barney was forced to kill… or so he thought. It’s old school vs. new blood as Barney recruits younger, faster, more tech-savvy members to the group. Directed by Patrick Hughes, this explosion-packed movie also stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas and Harrison Ford.


The-GiverNot Yet Rated; likely PG-13 | In Theaters 8/15 | Ok for Kids 12+

Reel Preview: 5 of 5 Reels

The haunting story of “The Giver” centers on Jonas (Brenton Thwaites), a young man who lives in a seemingly ideal world of conformity and contentment. But as he begins to spend time with The Giver (Jeff Bridges), the sole keeper of all the community’s memories, Jonas quickly begins to discover the dark and deadly truths of his community’s secret past. He realizes that he must escape their world to protect the people he loves — a challenge that no one has ever succeeded at before. “The Giver” is based on a book by Lois Lowry, and also stars Meryl Streep, Alexander Skarsgård, Katie Holmes, Odeya Rush and Taylor Swift.


When-the-Game-Stands-TallRated PG for thematic material, a scene of violence and brief smoking | In Theaters 8/22 | Ok for Kids 10+

Reel Preview: 3 of 5 Reels

Inspired by a true story and book by Neil Hayes, this sports drama brings to life the incredible winning streak of the De La Salle High School football team: 151 straight victories over 12 years. As Coach Bob Ladouceur (Jim Caviezel) builds his seemingly invincible national powerhouse, he’s always emphasized purpose and significance rather than streaks and titles. But when real-life adversity leaves the team reeling, the Spartans must decide if the sacrifice, commitment, and teamwork they’ve always trusted can rebuild their disintegrating team.


If-I-StayNot yet rated; likely PG-13 | In Theaters 8/22 | Ok for Kids 13+

Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels

Mia Hall (Chloë Grace Moretz) thought the hardest decision she would ever face would be whether to pursue her musical dreams at Juilliard or follow a different path to be with the love of her life, Adam (Jamie Blackley). But what should have been a carefree family drive changes everything in an instant, and now her own life hangs in the balance. Caught between life and death for one revealing day, Mia has only one decision left. This drama is based on the book by Gayle Forman and also stars Stacy Keach.


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.

JaneBJane Boursaw is the film critic and editor-in-chief of Reel Life With Jane. Contact her at or check out the shop for fresh editorial content.

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