February Movies Sneak Peek

By on February 4, 2018

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Movies for kids and teens in February include a new
version of “Peter Rabbit,” a fresh Marvel installment with
“Black Panther,” an adaptation of the YA novel “Every Day” and more. Let’s take a closer look.

By Jane Louise Boursaw

Bilal

bilal-1Rated PG-13 for violence/warfare and some thematic elements.

In Theaters 2/2  Ok for kids 12+.

Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels.

Directed by Ayman Jamal and Khurram Alavi, this animated movie tells the story of an African hero
who raises his voice to stand up for freedom and equality in a time of dire oppression. Voice talent
includes Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ian McShane, Jacob Latimore and Michael Gross. This is the
Middle East’s first animated feature film, produced by Dubai based Barajoun Entertainment.

Peter Rabbit

peter-rabbit-1Rated PG or some rude humor and action.
In Theaters 2/9.

Ok for kids 6+.

Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels.

Peter Rabbit, the mischievous and adventurous hero who has captivated generations of readers,
now takes on the starring role of his own irreverent, contemporary comedy with attitude. In
this film, Peter’s feud with Mr. McGregor escalates to greater heights than ever as they rival for the
affections of the warm-hearted animal lover who lives next door. James Corden voices the character of Peter with playful spirit and wild charm, with Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki, and Daisy Ridley performing the voice roles of the triplets, Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail. Based on the beloved children’s book characters created by Beatrix Potter, the film is a mix of animation and live-action.

Early Man

early-man-1Not yet rated, likely PG.

In theaters 2/16. Ok for kids 6+

Reel Preview: 4.5 of 5 Reels.

Set at the dawn of time, when prehistoric creatures and woolly mammoths roamed the earth, “Early
Man” tells the story of Dug, who along with sidekick Hognob unites his tribe against the mighty Bronze Age in a battle to beat them at their own game. This stop-motion animation film is produced by Aardman Animation and directed by Nick Park, director of “Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.” Voices include Eddie Redmayne as Dug, Maisie Williams as Goona, and Tom Hiddleston as Lord Nooth.

Monster Family

monster-family-1Not yet rated, likely PG.

In theaters 2/9. Ok for kids 7+

Reel Preview: 3 of 5 Reels.

The Wishbone family is far from happy. With a struggling bookshop, an overworked husband, and
two misunderstood teenagers, Emma is at her wit’s end trying to be the perfect mom. After dragging her family to a costume party on Halloween night, they are cursed by an evil witch and transformed into a Vampire, a Mummy, a Werewolf, and Frankenstein’s monster. Now Emma will fight to keep her Monster Family together and uncover the secret of their curse, eventually leading them to the Prince of Darkness himself, Dracula!

Black Panther

black-panther-1Not yet rated, likely PG

In Theaters 2/16. Ok for kids 12+.

Reel Preview 4.5 of 5 Reels

This movie stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, the prince of the African nation of Wakanda, who
must take over the throne after his father’s murder. Created by Stan Lee and considered to be the first
black hero in mainstream comics, Black Panther fought alongside Captain America, The Avengers and
The Fantastic Four. The film also stars Forest Whitaker as Zuri and Florence Kasumba, reprising her Captain America: Civil War role as Ayo, a member of the Dora Milaje.

Every Day

every-day-1Rated PG-13 for thematic content, language, teen drinking and suggestive material

In theaters 2/23. Ok for kids 13+.

Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels.

Based on David Levithan’s acclaimed New York Times bestseller, this movie tells the story of Rhiannon (Angourie Rice), a 16-year old girl who falls in love with a mysterious spirit named “A” who inhabits a different body every day. Feeling an unmatched connection, Rhiannon and A work each day to find each other, not knowing what or who the next day will bring. The more the two fall in love, the more the realities of loving someone who is a different person every 24 hours takes a toll, leaving Rhiannon and A to face the hardest decision either has ever had to make.


JANE’S REEL RATING SYSTEM

ReelJaneOne 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 the film critic and editor-in-chief of Reel Life With Jane. Contact her at jboursaw@charter.net. Images used with permission of the studios and distributors.

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