It’s February, which means spring is right around the corner – March 20, to be precise.
Even so, about two-thirds of the United States remains covered in snow, with moms and dads seeking safe, family-friendly activities away from the freezing cold.
Luckily, the country’s major streaming services have plenty to offer this month.
February brings popular animated movies, a sports movie about a well-known sports star, and even a TV series about our 16th president. As always, if something on our list includes content that bothers you, try VidAngel’s ClearPlay.
Here are seven family movies and TV shows airing in February:
1. Despicable Me 2 (Netflix)
A mean curmudgeon named Gru becomes a warm curmudgeon after adopting three adorable daughters. In Despicable Me (2010), Gru reluctantly goes from supervillain to superhero – and saves the moon in the process. In Despicable Me (2013), he is getting married. Both films are hilarious and are rated PG for action and crude humor. Animated.
2. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (Netflix)
A young inventor creates a machine that turns water into food, only to see the device go haywire when it turns rain into delicious edible foods – meatballs, burgers and even donuts. Soon, the city is talking about him and the young inventor, Flint, is famous. Rated PG for brief mild language. Animated.
3. Vindication, Season 2 (PureFlix.com)
A hard-nosed detective solves crimes in a small town in Texas. Justification is one of the most creative crime series on TV, throwing intrigue-filled curveballs at viewers show after show. It is also based on faith. “I don’t want anyone to sit down and already have a good idea of what they’re about to watch,” director and screenwriter Jarod O’Flaherty told Crosswalk. “I want it to be unique to each episode.” Todd Terry plays the lead role.
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4. American Underdog (home)
A former college quarterback goes from grocery store clerk to NFL through hard work and a never-give-up attitude. The film tells the true story of Hall of Famer Kurt Warner, who was working at a Hy-Vee when he was signed by an Arena League team. That’s when an NFL team noticed him. American Underdog is a film that highlights much more than football. Warner’s family is an important part of the plot. Rated PG for certain linguistic and thematic elements.
5. Sabina: Tortured for Christ, The Nazi Years (Home)
A brave Christian woman takes a stand for the gospel – and for justice – in Nazi-occupied territory. The film tells the true story of Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand, atheists-turned-believers who hid Jews during World War II. Later they founded Voice of the Martyrs. The film can be viewed for free from March 4-6 by registering at SabinaMovie.com.
6. Lincoln’s Dilemma (Apple TV)
This is a four-part documentary series about Abraham Lincoln’s decision to end slavery. Lincoln’s Dilemma presents a balanced view of Lincoln from a wide range of scholars, highlighting his heroism without turning him into a saint. Bill Camp voices Abraham Lincoln, while Leslie Odom Jr. voices Frederick Douglass. It is based on the book by David S. Reynolds, “Abe: Abraham Lincoln in His Times”.
7. Little House on the Prairie (Peacock TV)
Laura Ingalls Wilder and her farming family survive through love and hard work in 1870s Walnut Grove, Minnesota. This nine-season series aired on NBC from 1974 to 1983 and won four Primetime Emmys. It was based on a series of real-world Laura Ingalls Wilder books and included exceptional lessons in contentment and the simple pleasures in life. All nine seasons are available on the free side of Peacock TV.
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Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and current affairs for 20 years. His stories have appeared in the Baptist Press, Christianity today, The Christian Post, the Sheet-Chronicle, the Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.