This month’s batch of new film releases will offer everything from animated comedy to R-rated action.
5. Rings (Out Friday, February 3 – USA & UK)
Director F. Javier Gutierrez is the man who’s bringing supernatural psychological horror Rings to the big screen, as the third entry into the franchise following on directly from The Ring and The Ring Two. Despite that, the movie does jump 13 years ahead following the events of the first two chapters of the franchise, bringing viewers the story of Julia (Matilda Lutz) and her boyfriend Holt (Alex Roe). Worried about her partner when he watches a mysterious videotape promising to kill the viewer after seven days, Julia discovers she can sacrifice herself to save him, only to discover that there’s a ‘movie within the movie’ that nobody has ever seen before.
4. John Wick: Chapter 2 (Out Friday, February 10 – USA, and Friday, February 17 – UK)
John Wick is back, forced out of retirement and into his life as a hitman once more by a former associate’s plot to seize control of an international assassin’s guild. Keanu Reeves of course returns in the titular role, taking John on a journey to Rome t0 fulfil his blood oath to that former ally, going up against some of the world’s deadliest killers in a movie that promises chaos, violence and a lot of compelling, edge-of-your-seat scenes.
3. A Cure for Wellness (Out Friday, February 17 – USA & Friday February 24 – UK)
This psychological horror flick looks to be one of the most defining releases of the year, starring Dane DeHaan, Jason Isaacs and Mia Goth in the three leading roles. Written by Justin Haythe and directed by Gore Verbinski, A Cure for Wellness follows a young executive who’s sent to the Swiss Alps to retrieve the CEO of his company from a ‘wellness center’. It soon becomes apparent however that the treatments at the retreat aren’t everything they’re supposed to be, and so when he starts to unravel the secrets behind the rehabilitation center, he finds himself diagnosed with the same illness that keeps all of the patients inside.
2. The LEGO Batman Movie (Out Friday, February 10 – USA & UK)
If there’s one thing we cannot deny, despite any critical reception, all Batman and LEGO releases seem to do incredibly well commercially. So, what better way to make a huge movie a success than by bringing the two properties together? Will Arnett voices the Caped Crusader in this take on LEGO Gotham, whilst Zach Galifianakis steps into the role of his adversary, The Joker. An incredible cast also includes Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes, Mariah Carey and Jenny Slate, all involved in what’s slated to be one of Batman’s most personal journeys, as he attempts to find himself and learn the importance of teamwork and friendship whilst battling against the forces of evil.
1. Collide (Out Friday, February 24 – USA)
Felicty Jones and Nicholas Hoult come together for Collide, which was released in Japan in the middle of 2016 but only reaches the rest of the world at the end of February, 2017! It’s been a long time coming, as the film was rescued by Open Road Films during Relatively Media’s bankruptcy crisis. British-born Eran Creevy is behind the flick, which follows the journey of Juliette (Jones) and Casey (Hoult) as the latter is forced back into a life of crime when his partner ends up in hospital in desperate need of a kidney transplant. German crime boss Geran (Ben Kingsley) steps back into Casey’s spotlight, challenging the youngster with a huge heist that blows up in his face. Anthony Hopkins also stars as Hagen, a rival mob lord who rules the German highways and isn’t about to let Casey step into his territory without a fight.
Other movie releases February include Fifty Sha5des Darker (Feb 10), The Great Wall (Feb 17) and Everybody Loves Somebody (Feb 17)
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