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Reel Jane: New Movies in February

By on February 4, 2016

Nicholas Sparks! George Clooney! Jane Austen! Zombies! All this and more are coming to theaters this month. Here’s a sneak peek at new movies in theaters and on DVD and Blu-ray in February. Note that release dates are subject to change.



Pride-Prejudice-Zombies-1PG-13 for zombie violence and action, and brief suggestive material

In Theaters 2/5 | Ok for Kids 14+ |

Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 ReelsPride and Prejudice and Zombies

A zombie outbreak – yes, really! – has gripped the land in Jane Austen’s classic tale of the tangled relationships between lovers from different social classes in 19th century England. Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet (Lily James) is a master of martial arts and weaponry, and the handsome Mr. Darcy (Sam Reilly) is a fierce zombie killer (but still the epitome of upper class prejudice, of course). As the outbreak intensifies, our heroes must join forces on the blood-soaked battlefield. Directed by Burr Steers, this movie also stars Lena Headey, Jack Huston, Bella Heathcote, and Matt Smith.


Hail-Caesar-vPG-13 for some suggestive content and smoking

In Theaters 2/5

Ok for Kids 14+ | Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels |

Hail Caesar

Four-time Oscar-winning filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen (“No Country for Old Men,” “True Grit,” “Fargo”) wrote and directed this all-star comedy set during the latter years of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Starring Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, Scarlett Johansson, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton and Channing Tatum, this film follows a single day in the life of a studio fixer with no shortage of problems to fix.


The-Choice-1PG-13 for sexual content and some thematic issues |

In Theaters 2/5 | Ok for Kids 14+

Reel Preview: 3 of 5 ReelsThe Choice

Another Nicholas Sparks movie, just in time for Valentine’s Day. When feisty medical student Gabby Holland (Teresa Palmer) moves next door to perennial ladies’ man Travis Parker (Benjamin Walker), it sends them both on a romantic journey neither dreamed possible. After a whirlwind courtship, Gabby and Travis wed and build a family together, making every decision hand-in-hand until one of them is forced to make the most important choice of their life alone (keep the Kleenex handy). A poignant celebration of love, marriage and family that explores the most heart-wrenching question of all: how far would you go to keep the hope of love alive? Directed by Ross Katz, this movie also stars Maggie Grace, Tom Welling and Tom Wilkinson.


Race-1PG-13 for thematic elements and language |

In Theaters 2/19 | Ok for Kids 13+ | Focus Features

Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels Race

Based on the incredible true story of Jesse Owens (Stephan James), this movie follows the legendary athletic superstar on his quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history. Along the way, he’s thrust onto the world stage of the 1936 Olympics, where he faces off against Adolf Hitler’s vision of Aryan supremacy. “Race” is an enthralling film about courage, determination, tolerance, and friendship, and an inspiring drama about one man’s fight to become an Olympic legend. Directed by Stephen Hopkins, this movie also stars Jason Sudeikis, Jeremy Irons, Carice van Houten and William Hurt.


Risen-1PG-13 for Biblical violence, including some disturbing images

In Theaters 2/19 | Ok for Kids 14+ | TriStar/Sony

Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels

Directed by Kevin Reynolds, “Risen” is the epic Biblical story of the Resurrection, as told through the eyes of a non-believer. Clavius (Joseph Fiennes), a powerful Roman Military Tribune, and his aide Lucius (Tom Felton) are tasked with solving the mystery of what happened to Jesus in the weeks following the crucifixion, in order to disprove the rumors of a risen Messiah and prevent an uprising in Jerusalem. Also stars Cliff Curtis and Peter Firth.



Eddie-the-Eagle-1Not yet rated; likely PG-13 | In Theaters 2/26 |

Ok for Kids 14+ | 20th Century Fox

Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels | Eddie the Eagle

Directed by Dexter Fletcher and inspired by true events, this feel-good story follows Michael “Eddie” Edwards (Taron Egerton), an unlikely but courageous British ski-jumper who never stopped believing in himself – even as an entire nation was counting him out. With the help of a rebellious and charismatic coach (Hugh Jackman), Eddie takes on the establishment and wins the hearts of sports fans around the world by making an improbable and historic showing at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics.



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 and check out the shop for fresh editorial content. Images used with permission of the studios and distributors.

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