Congratulations! You have survived the first month of 2018. And while it’s likely that your resolutions lasted as long as a lunar eclipse and you’ve searched down every cushion for loose change to buy a coffee, you’re in luck – February is a much shorter month.
And while it may be short, that does not stop Hollywood from cramming it full of movies for you to enjoy. Feb has everything from the latest Marvel outing – Black Panther, witty thrillers like Molly’s Game, Fifty Shades Free for anyone looking for something a little kinky around Valentine’s Day and, of course, a couple of good-old-fashioned scary movies for those who eschew the ordinary Valentine’s traditions. Here’s our pick of the bunch:
Molly’s Game – 01.02.18
Smart, sexy and mostly true. Molly Bloom is intelligent, beautiful and connected to some of the wealthiest people in the world. It’s how she managed to run the most exclusive, high-stakes poker game in the world for over a decade. But when she’s arrested by the FBI all those connections fade away and all that stands between her and prison, or worse her mob clients fearful of exposure, is criminal defence lawyer, Charlie Jaffey (Idris Elba).
Molly’s Game meshes an all-star cast with the likes of Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba and Kevin Costner with the incredible writing of Oscar-winner Aaron Sorkin (A Few Good Men, The Social Network and Moneyball) to create a tense thriller around the gambling habits of some of the wealthiest people on the planet and the one woman that could bring them all down.
Take a gamble on this, or as Molly might say – a calculated risk. You won’t be disappointed.
Stronger – 08.02.18
The world was shaken by the Boston marathon bombings that took place in 2013. As has so often been the case, from the worst tragedies come some of the brightest stories of courage, determination and heroic feats. The story of Jeff Bauman is one such story.
Played by the incredible Jake Gyllenhaal, it’s about an ordinary man in an extraordinary situation, and his struggles to put the pieces of his life back together after the tragedy of that fateful day. Bauman would become a symbol of hope for Boston and all Bostonians reeling from the attack and finding a comfort in his survival. A comfort that eludes him as he comes to terms with his new life and the knowledge that he survived when others did not.
Bring the tissues – this one’s going to be a tearjerker.
Black Panther – 15.02.18
The last few years have been a golden age for Marvel fans with at least a couple of new releases every year. And after the success of Thor: Ragnarok in 2017, which broke the record for number of trailer views, there is a lot of anticipation for whether Black Panther as the 18th film in the Marvel Universe, can break new ground/sustain the momentum.
Chadwick Boseman reprises his role as the King T’Challa/Black Panther from Captain America: Civil War, the Prince of a technologically advanced but reclusive African nation, Wakanda. After the events of Civil War, T’Challa must return to lead his people as enemies from near and far begin to challenge him to form the throne.
Winchester: The House that Ghosts Built – 22.02.2018
Ok, so the title doesn’t do much to whet the appetite – but the fact that Oscar-winner, Helen Mirren, signed on for the project gives this horror film and air of respectability worthy of taking a chance on it.
Inspired by actual events, Mirren is a grieving widow and heiress of the Winchester rifle company who believes she is haunted by the souls of thousands of people killed by her family’s legacy. For decades, the house is under 24 hour construction and when Doctor Eric Prince (Jason Clarke) is sent to evaluate her sanity, so that others may take control of her company, he discovers that there is more to the house than the whim of a mad woman.
This one looks like it’ll get the blood pumping!
A Fantastic Woman – 22.02.18
Love knows no bounds – that’s something that Australia has recently embraced with the legalisation of same-sex marriage. Aptly, A Fantastic Woman is a story about love, loss and archaic societal beliefs that are still prevalent in some countries.
Set in Santiago, Chile, the story follows the relationship of Marina, a transgender woman and Orlando, a wealthy business owner. After celebrating Marina’s birthday, things take a turn for the worst as Orlando falls gravely ill and dies. Marina is left to inform his family – including his ex-wife. Despite the seemingly simple explanation for his death, the police and family members seem intent on implicating Marina in it, suggesting that their ‘unhealthy’ relationship was to blame.
Marina must fight to retain her true identity and memory of the love they shared against the oppression of others who would attempt to rob her of her dignity and right to exist.
FYI this is a foreign language film so bring your glasses if you need them!