After just the first month of the year, cinema goers have already been treated to some of the big awards favourites in the form of American Hustle, 12 Years A Slave and The Wolf Of Wall Street. But February doesn’t look to ease off anytime soon, as this month sees drug smuggling, computer dating and the big screen arrival of one of the most famous toy brands ever. So, here at Inside Media Track, we’ve gone and selected our choice of five films to see this February:
First of two Oscar Best Picture nominees released this month sees a true life story as Matthew McConaughey (favourite to also win Best Actor) plays Ron, an AIDS sufferer in the mid-80’s who begins to smuggle useful medical drugs into his native Texas. With support coming from Jennifer Garner and Jared Leto, this looks to be a no-holds drama thriller demonstrating at this time of year that even real life stories can be as eye-opening as fiction. Also proving this could be the culmination in the Matthew ‘McConnaisance’ as the lead actor’s recent performances have made him go from strength to strength.
Who doesn’t love Lego? Even more astonishing is to think one of the most famous toy companies in the world have yet to produce a big screen Lego extravaganza – until now! With voice artists in the form of Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell and Elizabeth Banks, directed by the team behind 21 Jump Street, the story follows Emmet, a normal Lego guy who is mistaken for being the man behind creating the entire Lego Universe. With a wealth of pop culture characters and made on the foundation of an ever-loving toy, this looks to be the animated hit of the season, if not the year.
Based on a true story and tasked with the protection of fine art and archives during the second World War, George Clooney stars and directs in his new feature film as he leads an array of stars in this comedy-drama. Alongside Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman and Cate Blanchett, the story follows an allied group as they track down history’s most valuable work as the world around them is at war. It’s not the first time Clooney has delved into political stories behind the camera and the period setting, attention to detail and support on offer looks to make this a real watch.
Nominated for five Oscars, creative director Spike Jonze‘s fourth feature film sees Joaquin Phoenix play Theodore, a loner whose life is change when he forms an online relationship with a female voiced computer system. Also Jonze’s first written feature, as his two most famous other psychologically fractured films Being John Malkovich and Adaptation were with collaborator Charlie Kaufman, this appears to be a more melancholic drama in comparison. Also starring Amy Adams, Rooney Mara and Olivia Wilde, this may appear awards friendly but may prove to be a hit.
Of course, it’s February, which means as always there’s something for Valentine’s day. This year sees a British comedy in the form of Nick Frost playing Bruce, a former salsa dancer but out-of-luck guy who uses his dancing skills to impress his new boss at work and dance partner Rashida Jones. Also with Chris O’Dowd and Olivia Colman supporting who can perform comedy, yet drama brilliantly, this could be a small yet surprising success as Nick Frost looks to prove a lead role following his ensemble involvement in the Cornetto trilogy.