The 5 cinema releases that you need to watch in January

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

The arrival of February sees many Oscars hopefuls hitting UK cinemas.

Which means that the calibre of films out this month is potentially the highest of the year, so here are five films that are worth visiting cinemas to see in February:

Fences -  10th February

In his directorial debut, Denzel Washington plays a highly-strung African American father struggling to raise his family amid the race relations of the 1950s.

Based on August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Washington gave himself a challenging start to his directing career, but knew what he was doing casting-wise, as Viola Davis plays his long-suffering wife.

The American Film Institute chose Fences as one of its top ten films for 2016, and it earned four Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Denzel - but not for Best Director.

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The LEGO Batman Movie - 10th February

Bringing the Dark Knight character from the unexpected and hugely successful LEGO Movie, Will Arnett brings his awesome voice to Batman as he battles against Gotham City's rogues' gallery of villains.

Not only that, Bruce Wayne also has to deal with an exuberant boy that he has adopted that becomes his sidekick Robin.

With an excellent voice cast including Michael Cera, Ralph Fiennes, Billy Dee Williams and Zach Galifianakis as Batman's arch-nemesis The Joker, LEGO Batman is shaping up to be one of the funniest films of the year.

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The Founder - 17th February

Michael Keaton continues his impressive comeback, this time playing Ray Kroc - the salesman who turned McDonald's into the most successful fast food chain on the planet.

The Founder gives the 'unheard story' of how Kroc ruthlessly overtook founders Dick and Mac McDonald, to turn their fast food diner into a global behemoth.

Engrossing, infuriating and revealing - it's no surprise that Keaton puts in another magnetic performance as the unscrupulous and ambitious businessman.

Moonlight - 17th February

Based on the play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue, Moonlight took most people by surprise when it won Best Drama Film at the Golden Globes.

Barry Jenkins directs a little-known cast in the story of a young black man as he grows from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighbourhood of Miami.

With five Oscar nominations, including Best Film and Best Director, Moonlight may not be one of the more better-known films in contention, but don't let yourself miss out on it.

Hidden Figures - 17th February

The true story of a team of underappreciated African-American women who provide the important mathematical data needed to launch NASA's first missions into space.

Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe play the mathematicians in the heartwarming and fulfilling tale that landed four Oscar nominations, including Best Film and a Best Supporting Actress nod for Octavia Spencer.

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Also out in February

Fifty Shades Darker - 10th February

Anastasia Steele delves even further into Christian Gray's sordid life and faces jealous women who came before her. Watch the trailer

Rings - 3rd February

Samara is back with her haunted videotape, but moving with the times, she's killing from the internet. Watch the trailer

Patriots Day - 24th February

Mark Wahlberg plays a policeman who attempts to track down the terrorists behind the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Watch the trailer

John Wick: Chapter 2 - 17th February

More violence and executions from the pooch-loving former hitman. Watch the trailer

Loving - 3rd February

Joel Edgerton and (BAFTA Rising Star nominee) Ruth Negga play a married couple who fall afoul of '50s Virginia's interracial marriage laws and fight their case to the US Supreme Court. Watch the trailer

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