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Ten new movie releases you need to know about this month

February's biggest, best and trending films

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Zoolander 2

Fifteen years after ‘Zoolander’, Ben Stiller is back as the ridiculously good-looking supermodel Derek Zoolander. A lengthy sequel delay didn’t work out too well for ‘Anchorman 2’, but Stiller has reassembled the gang, with Owen Wilson as tousled-haired Hansel and Will Ferrell back playing the world’s most evil fashion designer. Celebs including Anna Wintour and Kim Kardashian are rumoured to be making cameoes.

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Release date: Friday February 12 2016 Now Showing
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A Bigger Splash

It’s the role Tilda Swinton was born to play – a Bowie-like androgynous rocker. She stars as Marianne Lane, an international star who is more or less mute after a throat operation. Marianne is recuperating on an Italian island with her boyfriend (Matthias Schoenaerts) when her ex (Ralph Fiennes) barges in with his daughter. Watch for Fiennes’s hilarious, frequently topless performance as an ageing promoter.

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Release date: Friday February 12 2016
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Deadpool

This latest installment of the Marvel franchise comes with an interesting backstory: ‘Deadpool’ was in studio purgatory and only went into production after test footage featuring Ryan Reynolds was leaked online, sparking total nerd frenzy. Now comes the film, starring Reynolds as the lycra-clad, foul-mouthed, R-rated Deadpool. Don’t take the kids.

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Release date: Wednesday February 10 2016 Now Showing
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Grimsby

Sacha Baron Cohen is back with a new character, Nobby, a football thug from Grimsby. Unlike ‘Borat’ and ‘Brüno’, this won’t be a mock-doc but a straight-up action comedy, co-starring Mark Strong as Nobby’s long-lost brother, a top MI5 spy. The Sony hacking scandal gave us scraps of the bad taste jokes we can expect: according to the leaks, one joke involves the Queen, HIV, sex and the Pope. 

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Release date: Wednesday February 24 2016
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Trumbo

Bryan Cranston has picked up a Best Actor nomination for his first major post-‘Breaking Bad’ role. He steps into the suede loafers of legendary scriptwriter Dalton Trumbo, the richest writer in Hollywood until he was blacklisted and sent to prison in 1950 as a suspected communist. Watch out for Helen Mirren’s deliciously vicious turn as a viper gossip columnist.

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Chronic

It feels like years since Tim Roth got a role worthy of his talents. But that all changes with this subtle, unpredictable story of a home care nurse working with dying patients. No, it doesn't sounds like a laugh-a-minute thrill ride, but festival reviews of 'Chronic' were full of praise for this quietly moving film, and particularly Roth's meticulous central performance.

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Release date: Friday February 19 2016
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Bone Tomahawk

Is it a range-ridin' western? A brutal horror movie? A smart indie character study? 'Bone Tomahawk' is all three, and more. When his wife is snatched by savage cannibals, grieving husband Patrick Wilson enlists small-town Sheriff Kurt Russell and local sleazeball Matthew Fox to get her back. The bickering between these three may be funny – but when the baddies turn up, brace yourself for some truly outrageous, graphic gore. 

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Release date: Friday February 19 2016
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Triple 9

'Lawless' director John Hillcoat returns with a bruising old-school crime thriller. Chiwetel Ejiofor and Aaron Paul star as dirty cops planning a big heist. Woody Harrelson and Casey Affleck are the decent cops on their tail, with Kate Winslet as – get this – a vicious, scenery-chewing Russian mob boss. Fans of James Ellroy and 'True Detective', step on up.

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Release date: Friday February 19 2016
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How to Be Single

Someone give Rebel Wilson her own film! Fat Amy, her character in the ‘Pitch Perfect’ movies is pure comedy gold, but somehow Wilson has been permanently lumbered with supporting roles. In this romcom she plays best friend to Dakota Johnson, who is newly single in New York and looking for love.

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Release date: Friday February 19 2016
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Point Break

Remaking ‘Point Break’ was never going to be a good idea. But the reviews of Ericson Core’s attempt have been brutal: ‘stiff’, ‘humourless’ and ‘tension-free’. Not only does the movie sideline surfing (in favour of other extreme sports like free-climbing), it's turned Keanu Reeves’s puppy-cute, doofus-y FBI agent a beefy meathead. No thanks. 

 

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NWG
NWG

I was lucky enough to catch an advance screening of this movie, and I was extremely glad I did. After watching the previews I felt as though a lot of the movie was given away, but I was blown away by the performances on screen. The movie was centered around a champion prize fighter hitting rock bottom, and slowly climbing his way back into the ring. It was an emotional journey that cannot simply be categorized as a movie about boxing, but rather, an inspiring and riveting tale of parenthood and a father's love for his daughter. The cast was excellent and everyone excelled in their roles. I wouldn't have expected to like Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson in a role as much as I did. Jake Gyllenhaal and Forest Whitaker had Oscar worthy performances. Everyone did a great job with their roles. The cinematography was fantastic, and the fight scenes gave some great first person shots that made you feel as though you were there in the ring fighting along side the actors. Overall, this movie is an experience that is not to be missed

Chris jones
Chris jones

Schoenarts is amazing in 'Rust and Bone' as well, with Marainne Cotillard. By the way he's Belgian, not Dutch, and it not too hard to pronounce if you ignore the spelling - shone (rhymes with bone) arts - shone-arts .