Grab your treats from the snack bar, find your seat and mute your phone; these are the top picks of February’s new-release movies.
From powerful performances to classic comedies, these February movies have everything you need.
PATRIOTS DAY – FEBRUARY 2
Director Peter Berg and leading man Mark Wahlberg team up again to delve into the story behind a modern-day disaster: the horrific Boston Marathon bombing. If Deepwater Horizon was anything to go by, this is a brilliant pairing.
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA – FEBRUARY 2
When his brother dies, Lee Chandler returns to his hometown to look after his teenage nephew. Lots of emotional soul-searching and award-worthy performances. I know Casey Affleck is getting all the buzz, but it was Michelle Williams’ performance that really made this movie for me.
BASTARDS – FEBRUARY 2
Two men (Owen Wilson, Ed Helms) search for their real father after discovering their mum (Glenn Close) pulled a Mamma Mia! back in the day.
GOLD – FEBRUARY 2
I mean, the character seems shadier than a Stratco outback patio but Matthew McConaughey pulls off another incredible transformation for a role. It’s almost mesmerising.
FIFTY SHADES DARKER – FEBRUARY 9
The blockbuster franchise continues with a new and normal(ish) relationship between Christian and Anastasia. But Christian’s dark-grey past comes back to haunt them. Find out how you can win one of 20 double in-season passes here.
FENCES – FEBRUARY 9
Impassioned speeches galore and a story that will tug at your heart strings. Denzel Washington and Viola Davis are reprising their roles from the 2010 Brodway revival, which earned them both Tony Awards. Plus, Denzel Washington will be directing. Everyone just bow down already.
A STREET CAT NAMED BOB – FEBRUARY 9
Based on a true story, a stray ginger cat changes the life of a young homeless busker. Because, let’s be honest, cats are better than most people.
SILENCE – FEBRUARY 16
Two 17th Century Portuguese priests travel to Japan to locate their mentor. It’s like Taken 4, only this time Liam Neeson really is the powerless one.
HIDDEN FIGURES – FEBRUARY 16
The untold true story of a team of brilliant African-American women crush gender and racial stereotypes to help send the first American man into orbit.
THE GREAT WALL – FEBRUARY 16
An elite force of warriors defends the world and the Great Wall of China from an army of extremely punctual monsters. Matt Damon does impressive things with a bow and arrow, and Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones) graces us with his glorious presence.
FIST FIGHT – FEBRUARY 16
Two high school teachers provide a stellar example for their students by settling their conflict with public humiliation and emotional scarring.
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