Top Films for February

It’s the start of the month, so you know what time it is – my monthly movie preview! Here are my recommendations for UK cinema releases this February.

Phantom Thread

I watch everything directed by Paul Thomas Anderson so this was high on my list even before it was announced as Daniel Day-Lewis‘ final film. He plays a fashion designer whose life is derailed when he falls in love with his muse. Everybody has raved about this so I can’t wait. Released: 2nd February

Journey’s End 

I’m not usually into war movies but I’m intrigued by Journey’s End, which stars Sam Claflin as a young officer who is mentally deteriorating while waiting for his fate in a dugout in France during World War I. Also starring Asa Butterfield, Paul Bettany and Tom Sturridge. Released: 2nd February

Black Panther

I’m still feeling pretty over the superhero genre – its novelty has worn off – but Black Panther is supposed to be the best Marvel film yet and completely different. We first met leader of Wakanda, T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), in Captain America: Civil War and now he gets his own movie. Also starring Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan and Danai Gurira. Released: 13th February

 

The Shape of Water

The Shape of Water has received so many award nominations this season and it’s no surprise – it was one of my favourites at the London Film Festival and it’s absolutely wonderful. I loved it. Sally Hawkins plays a mute woman who falls in love with an aquatic creature. You can read my review here. Released: 14th February

Lady Bird

Greta Gerwig‘s directorial debut has also been receiving recognition at the awards shows and this is well deserved. It is such a lovely, well-written and well-observed coming-of-age tale starring Saoirse Ronan as Christine aka Lady Bird. I want to see it again! Review coming soon. Released: 16th February

I, Tonya

Margot Robbie and Allison Janney have been nominated for their roles in I, Tonya, and rightly so. Robbie puts in her best performance as figure skater Tonya Harding, who falls from grace when her ex-husband (Sebastian Stan) orchestrates an attack on her rival Nancy Kerrigan. Janney excels as her cold, unloving mother LaVona. Released: 23rd February

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