In the first of our what to look forward to guide, we take a look at some of the prospective film titles being released this February.
Diehard US patriot and veteran director Clint Eastwood brings his next title of heroism about the real life terrorist attack on a passenger train heading to Paris, where an armed terrorist was prevented from committing mass murder by three American friends Alex Skarlatos, Anthony Sadler and Spencer Stone, who play themselves in the adaptation, which seems like a first and almost a Kauffman-esque idea. An interesting idea and it’ll be intriguing what the results are. On general release from the 9th.
Somewhat under the radar is this quirky indie starring Silicon Valley’s Thomas Middleditch as Ben Layten, who uncovers a family leading him to a woman called Hanna (Jess Weixler), which evolves into a romance. But things take a strange path as Ben starts to uncover how everything is connected. From the trailer, there’s shades of I Heart Huckabees meets Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind, potentially a hidden gem. Limited release from the 9th of February.
Just when you might think the Marvel Universe and superhero genre is getting a bit satirised, Black Panther breaks the pre-sales records, if not a wake up call to Hollywood for more diversity in it’s major Hollywood releases, I don’t know what else there is. The first Blockbuster of the year sees T’Challa/Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) defend the throne of hidden world wonder Wakanda from Eric Killmonger (Michael B.Jordan) and Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis without the green screen). Directed by Creed director Ryan Coogler, with it’s blend of African culture and technology, it looks unique and a tad space opera. It could be great fun. On general release 13th of February.
The Shape of Water
Guillem Del Torro at his finest as he rewinds the clock in this 1950’s fantasy drama about a mute janitor (Sally Hawkins) forms a relationship with an imprisoned monster being experimented upon by the uber villainous Richard Strickland (Michael Shannon) who is trying to get the upper hand over the Russians. One of the Short Com’s favourite films of last year (review here), the story, performances, dialogue are all in sync with the beautiful visuals, it’s near enough faultless and Del Torro’s best film in a while. On general release from the 14th of February.
Recently reviewed by Short Com and voted best film at the London Film Festival via a select jury, Russian director Andrey Zvyaginstev serves a cold drama about a child emotionally abandoned by his parents, who goes missing just when their parents are about to start their new lives. In select screenings as of 16th of February.
Ex Machina diretor Alex Garland goes big in this sci-fi thriller, adapting the best selling novel from Jeff Vandermeer . In seeking answers to the mysterious circumstances of her husband’s disappearance Natalie Portman leads an all female team of scientists on expedition in an environmental disaster zone the Government has sealed off for thirty years. When they enter the area, the rules of nature and evolution are not in their standard text books and nor is the creature that will try to stop them from leaving. On general release 23rd of February.
If there’s one city to be anywhere for February, its Glasgow. A real audience film festival with a lot of premieres including Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs making it’s UK premier. The festival runs from the 21st of February to the 4th of March. For more details of what’s on, click here.
The UK’s second biggest comedy festival kicks off on the 7th of February running to the 25th of February and a reliable barometer who might have that extra special show at the Edinburgh Fringe this year. A host of established acts will be performing shows such as James Acaster, John Kearns, Dave Spikey, Phil Wang, Katherine Ryan. We recommend taking a punt on Sean Morley, Sarah Keyworth, Richard Todd and Short&Curly.
The debut double act of Amy Gledhill and Chris Cantrill were an underground hit of first class nonsense at the Edinburgh Fringe and have been rewarded a mini-run at the Soho Theatre as they guide you on how to Internet. From 1st of February to Saturday the 3rd of February.
Two of the best prolific joke writers in the country, Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Adam Hess and Glenn Moore (Mock The Week) pair up on a double headline tour around the UK. Venues and dates, visit here.
Winner of the best new show at the Leicester Comedy Festival in 2017, Stuart Goldsmith embarks on a multi-date tour of his show Like I Mean It over the coming months.For venues and dates, visit here.
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