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hmv.com previews... 10 of February’s Best Movies
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hmv.com previews... 10 of February’s Best Movies

hmv.com previews 10 of the most exciting movies that will be coming to your cinema screens in February...

 

Birds Of Prey

(Out February 7th)

 

Or, to give it its full title, Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of one Harley Quinn)...

Birds Of Prey is built around Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn and sees her teaming up with three other female superheroes, Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya, to rescue a little girl from a crime lord named Black Mask. It is set after the events of Suicide Squad. 

Fargo star Mary Elizabeth Winstead will play Huntress, with Underground actress Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary and Rosie Perez playing Renee Montoya. 

Huntress is a vigilante crime fighter, motivated to strike back at the mafia after the death of her family, while Black Canary is a world-class martial artist with a superpower: the "canary cry", a high-powered sonic scream which could shatter objects and incapacitate enemies. Montoya is a Gotham police detective who gets a taste for vigilante justice. 

Ewan McGregor plays Black Mask with Chris Messina and Ella Jay Basco also in the supporting cast. 

Dead Pigs director Cathy Yan takes charge of the project, working from a script from Bumblebee's Christina Hodson.

 

Invisible Man

(Out February 28th)

 

Blumhouse brings back to life a big-name horror franchise with the release of a new take on The Invisible Man, with a cast that includes Elisabeth Moss, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Storm Reid, Aldis Hodge and Harriet Dyer. 

The film is a modern adaptation of both the novel of the same name by H. G. Wells and a reboot of the 1933 film adaptation of the same name.

We follow Moss' Cecilia, who begins to rebuild her life for the better after Griffin, her abusive ex-boyfriend, commits suicide.

However, her sense of reality is put into question when she begins to suspect her former boyfriend is not actually as dead as she had thought...

Leigh Whannell, the writer on the first three Saw movies and creator of Insidious, directs and has re-adapted Wells' novels. Jason Blum produces.

 

Dolittle

(Out February 7th)

 

Robert Downey Jnr leads this more traditional adaptation of the classic story. 

Based on the second of author Hugh Lofting's books featuring the talented doctor John Dolittle, who is able to communicate with animals, the film is set to feature a mixture of live-action and animation.

Downey Jr. takes on the role of the film's titular protagonist alongside a live-action cast that includes Jessie Buckley, Jim Broadbent, Antonio Banderas and Michael Sheen.

Ralph Fiennes, Emma Thompson, Marion Cotillard, Tom Holland, Mr. Robot stars Remi Malek and Craig Robinson, Kumail Nanjiani, Hidden Figures star Octavia Spencer and wrestler-turned-actor John Cena are among the film's voice cast. 

Gold and Syriana director Stephen Gaghan is directing and has provided the script. 

In this new take, we meet Dolittle, famed doctor and veterinarian of Queen Victoria’s England, after he has hidden himself away behind the high walls of Dolittle Manor following the death of his wife. 

But when the young queen falls gravely ill, a reluctant Dolittle is forced to set sail on an epic adventure to a mythical island in search of a cure...

Doctor Dolittle has been adapted for the big screen twice before. First in 1967 with Rex Harrison in the title role and then again in 1998 with Eddie Murphy starring. 

 

Little Joe

(Out February 21st)

 

British newcomer Emily Beecham leads this way in this tense sci-fi drama. 

Beecham plays Alice, a single mother and senior plant breeder at a corporation engaged in developing new species.

Recently, Alice has made a breakthrough, a special crimson flower, remarkable not only for its beauty but also for its therapeutic value: if kept at the ideal temperature, fed properly and spoken to regularly, this plant makes its owner happy.

Against company policy, Alice takes one home as a gift for her teenage son, Joe. They christen it ‘Little Joe'. 

Sadly, as time goes on, they come to see that the plant's side effects may not be worth the benefits...

Ben Whishaw, Kerry Fox, Kit Connor, David Wilmot, Phénix Brossard, Sebastian Hülk and Lindsay Duncan co-star alongside Beecham.

Austrian director Jessica Hausner, who oversaw acclaimed drama Amour Fou, writes and directs this one.

 

Emma

(Out February 14th)

 

Jane Austen's beloved novel is given a new twist with Split star Anya Taylor-Joy in the title role. 

Taylor-Joy plays the title role of Emma Woodhouse, a popular young woman with a terrible habit, matchmaking. She cannot resist finding suitors for her friends, most of all her best friend, Harriet Smith.

But these attempts don't always go smoothly...

Johnny Flynn, Bill Nighy, Mia Goth, Miranda Hart, Josh O'Connor and Callum Turner co-star alongside Taylor-Joy.

Fashion photographer Autumn De Wilde makes her feature film debut, while Eleanor Catton, bestselling writer, has adapted Austen's novel. 

 

Parasite

(Out February 7th)

 

Nominated for six Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best International Feature, Bong Joon-ho's drama arrives in cinemas at the start of next month. 

Billed as a social satire, the movie follows two families, the poor Kim family and rich Park family.

But when the Kims are gifted a 'scholars rock' (Korean stones that are believed to bring wisdom) their fortunes start to change and the two families' destinies quickly become intertwined...

 

Fantasy Island

(Out February 14th)

 

The much-loved US drama, which ran from 1977 to 1984, is brought back to life with a sadistic twist, again overseen by horror factory Blumhouse Productions.

The series starred Ricardo Montalbán as the mysterious Mr Roarke and Hervé Villechaize as his assistant Tattoo, the pair ran a private island where guests were allowed to live out their ultimate fantasies for a hefty fee.

Michael Peña, Maggie Q, Lucy Hale, Austin Stowell, Portia Doubleday, Jimmy O. Yang, Ryan Hansen and Michael Rooker all star in this new take on the story. 

In the new take, Pena takes the roles of Roarke. He makes the secret dreams of his lucky guests come true at a luxurious but remote tropical resort. But when the fantasies turn into nightmares, the guests have to solve the island’s mystery to escape with their lives...

Kick-Ass 2 director Jeff Wadlow, who also oversaw horror reimaging Truth Or Dare, directs.

 

Greed

(Out February 21st)

 

Michael Winterbottom and Steve Coogan reteam for this controversial comedy.

Coogan leads the way, with David Mitchell, Isla Fisher, Ollie Locke, Sophie Cookson, Shirley Henderson, Pearl Mackie and Asa Butterfield also in the cast. 

Winterbottom directs and has written the script. Though he may have taken some inspiration from a real-life high street mogul. 

Coogan plays Sir Richard McCreadie, a brash retail tycoon who is planning his lavish 60th birthday celebrations on the Greek island of Mykonos.

Reeling after a damaging public inquiry, McCreadie wants to use the party to relaunch his brand and his image. But that’s not going to be an easy task...

 

Downhill

(Out February 28th)

 

Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell come together for this bittersweet comedy, which is a remake of Swedish comedy Force Majeure.

The story follows a family who head off to the Alps for a skiing vacation, who find themselves threatened by an avalanched.

When the avalanche hits, Ferrell’s Pete priorities his own safety over that of his family, an event which forces each member of the family to reevaluate their lives and how they feel about each other.

Miranda Otto, Zoë Chao and Zach Woods co-star. 

 

Sonic The Hedgehog

(Out February 14th)

 

After a long, long time in development, the much-loved video game gets a big-screen outing. 

The new film, which is a mixture of CGI and live-action, is based on the hugely successful video game, which followed an anthropomorphic blue hedgehog with supersonic speed.

Parks and Recreation star Ben Schwartz voices Sonic the Hedgehog, with Jim Carrey as Sonic's nemesis Dr. Robotnik, alongside James Marsden as local sheriff Tom Wachowski, Tika Sumpter, Adam Pally, and Neal McDonough also co-star. 

In the movie, Sonic will face down Dr. Robotnik in San Francisco as he bids to foil the doctor's evil plan. 

Jeff Fowler directs the movie, which is produced by Fast and Furious key man Neal Moritz. 

 

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