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Reel Life with Jane: Movie & DVD Reviews for Families by Jane Louise Boursaw New movies for kids and teens in February include a new LEGO installment, an interplanetary adventure, and a fun comedy about a musical dog. Here’s a sneak peek at all the new movies for kids and teens in February. Note that release dates are subject to change. THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE Love Welcomes All. Early Service in the Chapel at 8:15 am Upbeat & Casual Service at 9 am Traditional Service with Organ & Choir at 11 am Rated PG for rude humor and some action | In Theaters 2/10 | Ok for Kids 6+ | Warner Bros. | Reel Preview: 4.5 of 5 Reels In the spirit of irreverent fun that made "The LEGO Movie" a worldwide hit, the self-described leading man of that ensemble – LEGO Batman – gets his own big screen adventure. There are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up. Directed by Chris McKay, this movie stars Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson and Ralph Fiennes. Every Sunday Morning. tccentralumc.org 222 S. Cass Street Traverse City, MI 49684 231-946-5191 e xploring f aith & spirituality th r ough w or sh ip ROCK DOG Rated PG for action and language | In Theaters 2/24 | Ok for Kids 6+ | Summit/Lionsgate | Reel Preview: 3 of 5 Reels The Tibetan Mastiffs living on Snow Mountain have one goal: guard a peaceful village of wool-making sheep from the thuggish wolf Linnux (Lewis Black) and his rabid pack. To avoid distractions, Mastiff leader Khampa (J.K. Simmons) forbids all music from the mountain. But when his son Bodi (Luke Wilson) discovers a radio dropped by a passing airplane, it takes just a few guitar licks for his fate to be sealed: Bodi wants to be a rock star. But that means defying his father's wishes, heading to the city, and locating the legendary musician Angus Scattergood (Eddie Izzard), who needs to write a new song and fast. If Bodi can put a band together, help Angus with his song, and defeat the wolves' plot to take Snow Mountain, his life will be in tune. Directed by Ash Brannon, this fun movie also stars Kenan Thompson, Mae Whitman, Jorge Garcia, Matt Dillon and Sam Elliott. Old Town Playhouse Lite 96 and Morgan Stanley present March 10 -25, 2017 Curtain time 7:30pm Sunday Matinee 2:00pm M ousetrap THE AGATHA CHRISTIE’S A DOG'S PURPOSE Rated PG for thematic elements and some peril | In Theaters 1/27 | Universal | Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels Based on the beloved bestselling novel by W. Bruce Cameron, "A Dog’s Purpose," from director Lasse Hallström ("The Cider House Rules," "Dear John," "The 100-Foot Journey"), shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog (voiced by Josh Gad) who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love. This family film told from the dog’s perspective also stars Dennis Quaid, Britt Robertson and Peggy Lipton. oldtownplayhouse.com JANE'S REEL RATING SYSTEM: 1 Reel – Pathetic. Even The Force can’t save it • 2 Reels – Tolerable. Coulda been a contender. 3 Reels – Thought-provoking. • 4 Reels – Wow! The stuff dreams are made of. Jane Louise Boursaw is a freelance journalist specializing in the movie and television industries. Visit her online at: www.ReelLifeWithJane.com or email jboursaw@charter.net. 231.947.2210 16 • Families First Monthly • February/March 2017

Reel Life

Jane Louise Boursaw

Movie & DVD Reviews for Families

New movies for kids and teens in February include a new LEGO installment, an interplanetary adventure, and a fun comedy about a musical dog. Here’s a sneak peek at all the new movies for kids and teens in February. Note that release dates are subject to change.

THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE

Rated PG for rude humor and some action | In Theaters 2/10 | Ok for Kids 6+ | Warner Bros. | Reel Preview: 4.5 of 5 Reels

In the spirit of irreverent fun that made "The LEGO Movie" a worldwide hit, the self-described leading man of that ensemble – LEGO Batman – gets his own big screen adventure. There are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up. Directed by Chris McKay, this movie stars Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson and Ralph Fiennes.

ROCK DOG

Rated PG for action and language | In Theaters 2/24 | Ok for Kids 6+ | Summit/Lionsgate | Reel Preview: 3 of 5 Reels

The Tibetan Mastiffs living on Snow Mountain have one goal: guard a peaceful village of wool-making sheep from the thuggish wolf Linnux (Lewis Black) and his rabid pack. To avoid distractions, Mastiff leader Khampa (J.K. Simmons) forbids all music from the mountain. But when his son Bodi (Luke Wilson) discovers a radio dropped by a passing airplane, it takes just a few guitar licks for his fate to be sealed: Bodi wants to be a rock star. But that means defying his father's wishes, heading to the city, and locating the legendary musician Angus Scattergood (Eddie Izzard), who needs to write a new song and fast. If Bodi can put a band together, help Angus with his song, and defeat the wolves' plot to take Snow Mountain, his life will be in tune. Directed by Ash Brannon, this fun movie also stars Kenan Thompson, Mae Whitman, Jorge Garcia, Matt Dillon and Sam Elliott.

A DOG'S PURPOSE

Rated PG for thematic elements and some peril | In Theaters 1/27 | Universal | Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels

Based on the beloved bestselling novel by W. Bruce Cameron, "A Dog’s Purpose," from director Lasse Hallström ("The Cider House Rules," "Dear John," "The 100-Foot Journey"), shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog (voiced by Josh Gad) who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love. This family film told from the dog’s perspective also stars Dennis Quaid, Britt Robertson and Peggy Lipton.

JANE'S REEL RATING SYSTEM: 1 Reel – Pathetic. Even The Force can’t save it

• 2 Reels – Tolerable. Coulda been a contender. 3 Reels – Thought-provoking.

• 4 Reels – Wow! The stuff dreams are made of.

Jane Louise Boursaw is a freelance journalist specializing in the movie and television industries.

Visit her online at: www.ReelLifeWithJane.com or email jboursaw@charter.net.

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