The 5 cinema releases that you need to watch in February

February is a bit of an unusual month when it comes to film releases: the tail end of awards season sees the arrival of a couple of hard-hitting, serious dramas, while the virtual elimination of the summer blockbuster season sees blockbuster action movies hitting cinemas as well.

Added to the fact that the school half-term will see some kid-friendly releases, plus the obligatory Valentine's Day romcom, it's a real mixed bag of exciting new cinema releases this month.

So strap in, and get yourself excited for:

Can You Ever Forgive Me? - 1st February

Melissa McCarthy goes for the full, award-hopeful, dramatic turn as she plays Lee Israel, an author whose failing career prompts her to forge letters from famous (and deceased) writers, actors and playwrights in order to sell to collectors for a quick buck.

Not your usual crime drama, director Marielle Heller tells the true story of how Israel found herself on the wrong side of the FBI, with the charm and character study that sees you rooting for the little guy, despite their personality and criminal shortcomings.

McCarty and her co-star Richard E. Grant have earned an array of award wins and nominations, including Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominations for the pair, which are deserving for their performances in this dry and entertaining drama.

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The LEGO Movie 2 - 8th February

When The LEGO Movie was released in 2014, no-one expected anything from a film about the hugely popular toy, until they went to see it, in their hundreds.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and 21 Jump Street directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller made a heartwarming and wildly entertaining film, and have set the huge task of repeating the success with a follow-up.

If anyone can do it, it is Lord and Miller, who proved with both Cloudy and Jump Street, that when it comes to sequels, they not only deliver but go above-and-beyond, and will do the same with the second LEGO Movie, despite the huge expectations.

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The Kid Who Would Be King - 15th February

Having not been seen since his directorial debut Attack The Block, Adam & Joe's Joe Cornish returns to write and direct his version of the King Arthur folklore.

But where many others, including Guy Ritchie most recently, Cornish's spin sees a group of kids finding themselves in the modern day fantasy where they must defeat an evil sorceress rampaging through London with an undead army.

With Attack the Block, Cornish showed his skill with younger, less experienced actors, and with his exciting new take on the well-worn story, this could be the best King Arthur movie that we've seen in many years.

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If Beale Street Could Talk - 8th February

Moonlight's Oscar-nominated director Barry Jenkins brings another tense story to the big screen, an adaptation of James Baldwin's 1974 thought-provoking love story about a young black couple going through turmoil in Harlem.

Tish and Fonny are a young couple trying to forge a living in New York City and expecting their first child when Fonny is falsely arrested for rape. The rest of the film plays out with them try to fight for his innocence while Tish's faces the prospects of bringing up a child while Fonny serves a long jail sentence.

While it was shockingly overlooked for the major Oscar nominations, it still has picked up a Best Adapted Screenplay nod

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Alita: Battle Angel - 8th February

After the likes of Ghost in the Shell and Dragonball Evolution, Japanese anime/manga adaptations have a chequered past, which is the murky territory that Alita: Battle Angel (adapted from Battle Angel Alita) is wading into.

Having been worked on by James Cameron for the past 18 years, the Avatar sequels forced Cameron to hand the project to another director (while staying on as producer), and the director he chose was Robert Rodriguez, who cast the likes of Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali and Ed Skrein.

Maze Runner's Rosa Salazar plays the titular Alita, and if all of the potential acting and directorial greatness falls into place, then we could have a spectacular and visually-exciting extravaganza that anime fans have been demanding for years.

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Also out in February

On The Basis of Sex - 22nd Feb

A biopic of Ruth Bader Ginsberg, and her fight against many prejudice male counterparts to become U.S. Supreme Court Justice.

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Instant Family - 14th February

Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne play a married couple who inadvertently adopt three children at once, throwing their lives into chaos.

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A Private War - 15th February

Rosamund Pike plays celebrated war correspondent Marie Colvin, in the story of her reporting from the frontline of many conflicts across the globe.

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Happy Death Day 2U - 13th February

The time loop horror returns for a sequel as Tree is thrust back into the time loop and must figure out when she has returned to repeating her days.

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How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World - 1st February

The hugely popular animated series returns to round off the trilogy as Hiccup and Toothless discover a female Night Fury.

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