February 2019’s best new movies

What's on in February

Your handy guide to the biggest films coming out in the UK this month

January gave us some great films to start the year, especially with the Oscars race heating up.

We had The Favourite, Glass and Vice all making big splashes in the pond of cinema, but can February live up to January's high standards?

Here's what coming your way in February...

Can You Ever Forgive Me?

UK release date: February 1

Melissa McCarthy of all people picks up an Oscar nomination for her role in Can You Ever Forgive Me?

The film is based on the true story of Lee Israel, a struggling writer who embellishes the letters of famous authors to make a living. Joined by Richard E. Grant (also Oscar nominated for his role in the film), the pair scheme their way through the film in a literary Bonnie and Clyde tale. 

Green Book

UK release date: February 1

Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali team up for one of the best movies of the year, fully deserving its Golden Globe wins and Best Picture nomination at the Oscars.

Set in the 1960s, the film tells the story of an Italian-American bouncer (Mortensen) who becomes a driver for an African-American classical pianist (Ali) who is set to tour the Southern US States.  

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

UK release date: February 1

The third instalment of the dragon-training trilogy brings an end to Hiccup and Toothless' story that first began with 2010's How to Train Your Dragon.

Hiccup, now chief of Berk, must find a new home for the dragons after a sinister new threat, a hunter by the name of Grimmel, threatens to wipe out all dragon life. 

Alita: Battle Angel

UK release date: February 6

Following Steven Spielberg's attempt at an overly CGI futuristic adventure in Ready Player One last year, 2019 sees James Cameron's latest creation utilise the same look and feel with Alita: Battle Angel.

Wide-eyed Alita is a half-human, half-robot whose goal is to find out her place and true significance in the world with help from the brilliant Christoph Waltz.

All is True

UK release date: February 6

Kenneth Branagh plays none other than William Shakespeare in this biopic which details the final stages of the great playwright's life.

As well as playing the lead, Branagh makes another foray into directing with All is True. Alongside him on screen are two stalwarts of British film, Sir Ian McKellen and Dame Judi Dench.   

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

UK release date: February 8

Chris Pratt returns to star in the long-awaited sequel to 2014's brilliant The Lego Movie. 

Five years after everything was awesome, Emmet and co face annihilation from an evil horde of Duplo and must seek assistance from a rogue mini figure, Rex Dangervest (also voiced by Pratt). 

The film will be directed by Mike Mitchell (Shrek: Forever After) but still has the genius pair of Phil Lord and Chris Miller in producing roles as well as writers for the film.

If Beale Street Could Talk

UK release date: February 8

The creators behind the Oscar-winning Moonlight are back with If Beale Street Could Talk.

Barry Jenkins directs the film which tells the story of a pregnant Harlem woman's desperate efforts to prove the innocence of her incarcerated fiancé. 

Instant Family

UK release date: February 14

Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne star as an out-of-their-depth-couple as they foster not one, but three children.

Instant Family definitely seems like your typical Valentine's day comedy but could have potential.

Happy Death Day 2U

UK release date: February 15

The sequel to 2017's 'Groundhog Day for horror fans', Happy Death Day. 

Main protagonist of the first film, Tree Gelbman, returns to discover that dying over and over was surprisingly easier than the dangers that lie ahead.

Cold Pursuit

UK release date: February 22

Liam Neeson returns doing what Liam Neeson does best. Unlikely regular-Joe-type character Nels Coxman (Neeson) becomes embroiled in a violence-fuelled drug war after his son is murdered. 

You have to wonder when 66-year-old Neeson will bid adieu to the action-genre as he's hardly the spring-chicken he once was.

On the Basis of Sex

UK release date: February 22

And finally we come to On the Basis of Sex

The film stars Felicity Jones and Armie Hammer and tells the true story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg - a law student now turned Supreme Court Justice - and her battle to win equal rights for men and women across the US. 

And there we have it. What are you most excited to see in February?

Check back with us in a few weeks time to see what's hitting the big screen in March!

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