The Top Ten Films to See This February

Today I discuss which films look like they’re worth seeing this month…

So last month had a an incredible amount of interesting films to go and check out including Birdman, Whiplash and Inherent Vice. I think it’s fair to say we were spoilt for choice last month in the UK! But although things have naturally quietened a little for February there are plenty of interesting films to check out ranging from indie dramas to sci-fi epics and practically everything in between! Here’s my top ten list of films to check out this month…

Cake

First up is this film which is getting an awful lot of attention for Jennifer Aniston’s surprise casting. The world has been a little infatuated with the concept of an actor redefining their career since Matthew Mcconaughey took the world by storm when he reinvented himself over the last few years. It’s getting a little repetitive to see these films coming out that so heavily angle on the ‘career defining’ performances and I’m not a big Aniston fan frankly, but I confess that I’m still intrigued to see what she does here. Cake hits UK theaters on the 20th February.

The Duke of Burgundy

Frankly I know little about this film other than the pretty good reception it has recieved so far and this intriguing tag line on IMDb: ‘A woman who studies butterflies and moths tests the limits of her relationship with her lover’. The Duke of Burgundy also opens on the 20th February.

Focus

Will Smith plays a confidence trickster here who takes a new trainee under his wing (Margot Robbie –The Wolf of Wall Street) but things get tricky when the become romantically entangled. Now this film does sound a little generic but I like the feeling the film is giving off; the trailers are good, the artwork has caught my attention and it’s quite nice to see Smith back in a role that could give him some room to play around and stretch himself. Focus arrives in UK cinemas on the 27th.

It Follows

Now here’s a horror film that I’ve been hearing a lot about, particularly in regards to the strength of the lead actress (Maika Monroe) who also made a big splash in last year’s The Guest. The film’s tag line is pretty vague only saying that the character begins to encounter strange visions after a sexual encounter, and that’s enough really. I don’t want to go into this knowing much more… It Follows opens in the UK with Focus on the 27th.
Jupiter Ascending

Now I’m not confident that this will be a particularly good film, in fact the walkouts at its premiere suggest that it may be a very bad film, and yet I’m still intrigued to see the Wachowski siblings’ latest project. I’m just hoping for a fun and perhaps slightly dumb sci-fi movie.  Jupiter Ascending turns up on our doorsteps this Friday (6th).

Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter

Remember that tragic and frankly a little bewildering story about the woman who believed that Fargo was a real story and wandered out in search of the hidden money only to freeze to death? Well somebody has gone an made a film about it and frankly I’m pretty intrigued. The story has always lingered in my mind and this could be a really interesting way to learn more about the circumstances behind the strange tragedy. Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter opens on the 20th of February.

Love is Strange

The reason I want to see this is simple – Alfred Molina. I think the guy is one of the best working actors today and it’s a treat to see him get a lead role in a romantic drama. I’m not sure exactly what I think about the film itself but I’ll be interested in catching Molina in a big lead role. IMDb describes the plot like this: ‘After Ben and George get married, George is fired from his teaching post, forcing them to stay with friends separately while they sell their place and look for cheaper housing — a situation that weighs heavily on all involved’. Love is Strange opens on the 13th of February.

Predestination

This time-traveling story has had me intrigued for quite a while now. Ethan Hawke takes on the role of a retiring Temporal Agent who has to take out the one target who has consistently eluded him throughout time. Right now it’s hard to call whether this will be inventive or more run of the mill, but I’m going to be checking it out if I can. Predestination appears on our screens on the 20th.

Selma

Here’s the film which everyone has been raving about for some time now. It chronicles the journey Martin Luther King took between Selma and Montgomery in order to campaign for equal rights. Boasting a lead performance that is said to be extraordinary, Selma is one of the most promising films of the year. Selma is released on the 6th February.

Still Life

This story of a ‘council case worker looks for the relatives of those found dead and alone’ is set to be a quiet and elegant comedy drama. My main interest is the two lead actors; Eddie Marsan has been turning in good work for years now and I still argue that Joanne Froggat is the best thing to have come out of Downton Abbey. Still Life also arrives on our screens on the 6th.

So, what did you think? Are you also looking forward to any of these films or do you have your eyes set on other releases? Be sure to let me know in the comment box below!

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18 comments

  1. My next theater film won’t be until April (Avengers day 1) so it’s going to be a while until I can say hi to my pizza with soda and air heads combo over there. I may watch Jupiter Ascending when it comes out on DVD, but I am definitely a little wary when it comes to that title.

    1. Ah fair enough, I can’t wait that long!
      Yeah I’m very wary of it but I’m hoping it’s better than people say it is!

  2. I’ve heard good things about It Follows so i’m looking forward to that. Jupiter Ascending certainly looks visual exciting so it might be on my list. Focus looks a bit formulaic but it might be better than it looks. Great list!

    1. Thanks! Yeah Focus could really swing either way right now – it’s hard to call that one.

  3. Predestination is the one I’m looking forward to. 🙂

    1. Yeah it has a lot of promise, I just really hope it delivers on it!

  4. The first thing that popped into my head when I saw the Focus trailer is that the two main actors will also be costarring in Suicide Squad together. The second is that I think this is the kind of role that could work well for Will Smith. The premise to Kumiko sounds intriguing.

    1. Yeah this is certainly playing to Smith’s strengths and I want to see Robbie outside of Wolf too. Oh yeah I didn’t think about Suicide Squad!

  5. Cool films! Definitely looking forward to watching most of these!

    1. I just hope I can find the time for them… I’m still catching up with January and last year!

      1. Same here! I’ve been watching quite a few films lately but haven’t written anything about them yet!

        1. Yeah, me too. It’s hard to keep up the writing sometimes isn’t it!

          1. Or pretty much always. I don’t know how everyone else does it.

          2. I try to balance things out with film news that interests me as those posts are as much quicker to write.

  6. Great list. Have you seen A Most Violent Year?

    1. Thanks Abbi! No not yet, have you?

      1. Yes. Over the weekend. It’s definitely list worthy.

        1. I do intended to if I can find the time. It looks like it will be good so I’m pleased to hear you enjoyed it!

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