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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!