Top Films for February

It is the start of a new month so it’s time for me to look ahead to the cinema releases coming out during February.

Here are my top picks:

Can You Ever Forgive Me?

If you’ve already read my review then you’ll know how much I loved this film, about biographer-turned-forger Lee Israel, played by Melissa McCarthy. She is excellent and thoroughly deserves her Oscar nomination, as does her co-star Richard E Grant. Cannot recommend enough. In cinemas now

Alita: Battle Angel

I haven’t heard much about this but I’m willing to check it out. Via motion capture, Rosa Salazar stars as Alita, a cyborg who wakes up with no memory in a post-apocalytpic world and has to figure out who she is. I’m intrigued about the world-building in Robert Rodriguez‘s latest, which also stars Christoph Waltz and Jennifer Connelly. Released: 6th February

If Beale Street Could Talk

Barry Jenkins is back following the Oscar-winning success of Moonlight! The drama stars Kiki Layne as a pregnant woman who tries to prove her fiance is innocent of a crime. Sounds a bit bleak tbh, but I will still check it out thanks to its awards noms. Released: 8th February

 

The Lego Movie 2

Everything is awesome! I loved the first Lego Movie and I thought there would be no way this sequel could live up to it – but it does! It is hilarious, so smart and littered with oodles and oodles of pop culture references. Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks and Will Arnett return to voice Emmett, Wyldstyle and Batman respectively. Released: 8th February

A Private War

Rosamund Pike should have frankly got more awards nominations than she has done for her portrayal of late war correspondent Marie Colvin. Her performance is so impressive – navigating Colvin’s internal struggle when she’s back in London and her determination to return to conflict zones. This really shows the harsh reality of war. Tough-going but worth it. Read my review here. Released: 15th February

On the Basis of Sex

This legal drama and biopic of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg hasn’t been promoted all that much over here following a mixed reception in America, which is a shame because I think it’s a terrific, uplifting, inspiring story about an impressive and important woman and her groundbreaking gender discrimination case. Felicity Jones is amazing as always and supported by Armie Hammer. Released: 22nd February

Fighting with my Family

Florence Pugh should be on everyone’s radar thanks to Lady Macbeth and The Little Drummer Girl. If not, this should seal the deal. In this comedy-drama, she plays the real-life WWE star Saraya ‘Paige’ Bevis, and the film, written and directed by Stephen Merchant, shows her humble beginnings within a family of wrestlers to WWE stardom. Also stars Dwayne Johnson, Lena Headey and Nick Frost. Released: 27th February

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