The 5 cinema releases that you need to watch in February

  • The 5 cinema releases that you need to watch in February

With the Oscars happening in a couple of week, the potential Oscar winners are being released thick and fast in the UK this month.

If you're a fan of the Oscar hopeful dramas that come out around this time each year, you're in for a treat. And if you don't fancy the super-serious dramas that come out around this time of year, there's plenty in cinemas for you too.

Here is our pick of the top films see at the cinema this month...

Lady Bird - 16th February

Actress Greta Gerwig's screenwriting and directorial debut sees her semi-autobiographical comedy-drama the toast of the Oscars this year, with it earning five nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay.

Best Actress nominee Saoirse Ronan plays Christine  McPherson (self-nicknamed "Lady Bird"), an artistically-inclined 17-year-old living in a very Catholic Sacramento suburb, who dreams of escaping her town to study in an arty East Coast college, who constantly clashes with her straight-laced mother Marion.

It received a standing ovation on its premiere and with 164 positive reviews, it beat Toy Story 2 to become the most-reviewed film ever to remain at 100% on the site - with stunning performances, script and direction, Lady Bird should be on your 'must-watch' list for 2018.

Black Panther - 13th February

Marvel's first release of 2018 visits the technologically-advanced African country of Wakanda, where its king, T'Challa, is also a costume-wearing superhero.

Following on from battling Steve Rogers in Captain America: Civil War, T'Challa returns back to Wakanda to discover two of his enemies are conspiring to bring down the kingdom and must fight them, as his superhero alter-ego Black Panther, in order to prevent a world war.

Already boasting ticket presales that are Marvel's largest ever total, Black Panther has already received glowing praise from critics as one of Marvel's best solo superhero outings, this should be more than enough to keep you ticking over until the big one - Avengers: Infinity War.

Phantom Thread - 2nd February

Three-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis is looking to bag a record-breaking fourth Best Actor award with his portrayal as Reynolds Woodcock - a 1950s London dressmaker to the stars.

Joining up once again with There Will Be Blood director Paul Thomas Anderson, in the drama which sees dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock fall in love with a young, strong-willed woman.

Up for six Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director, Daniel Day-Lewis has announced this will be his last film role before he retires, meaning this will be the last chance to see one of the greatest actors of all time on screen.

The Shape Of Water - 14th February

The new film from acclaimed horror director Guillermo del Toro is a fantasy romance that sees the Spanish director nominated for his first Best Director award, Sally Hawkins nominated for Best Actress and also a Best Film nomination in there to boot.

Hawkins plays Elisa Esposito, a mute woman who works in a 1962 Cold War government laboratory, who falls in love with a mysterious humanoid aquatic creature that is being kept at the facility.

Possibly the most unconventional love story that cinema has ever seen, Del Toro has been praised for his masterful handling of the pairing, so much so that he already has a Best Director Golden Globe and is after the Oscar to make a pair.

I, Tonya - 16th February

Suicide Squad's Margot Robbie showed off her acting chops in the biopic of disgraced Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding which has earned her a Best Actress Oscar nomination.

Robbie plays Harding, who rises through the ranks to Olympic hopeful, only for her future to be thrown into doubt when her ex-husband intervenes.

Critics rushed to the praise of Robbie and her co-star Allison Janney, who both were nominated for Oscars, and also the film's mix of humour while also portraying a tragic episode.

Also out in February

Roman J. Israel, Esq. - 2nd February

Denzel Washington bagged himself a Best Actor nomination for playing an idealistic defence attorney thrown into a crisis. [Watch the trailer]

Winchester - 2nd February

Horror starring Helen Mirren as the Winchester rifle heiress who believes she is haunted by the souls of those killed by the firearm. [Watch the trailer]

Fifty Shades Freed - 9th February

The erotic trilogy comes to a climax as Ana and Christian are happily married, until ghosts from their past turn up. [Watch the trailer]

Journeyman - 16th February

British drama sees Paddy Considine play a boxer whose life is thrown into turmoil when he suffers a severe head injury in the ring. [Watch the trailer]

The 15:17 to Paris - 9th February

Clint Eastwood's latest directorial effort recounts the story of a terrorist plot foiled by American soldiers aboard a Paris-bound train. [Watch the trailer]

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