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by Tom hmv London, Bio Editor. Peanut butter, punk rock and pillows. previews... 10 of the Best Movies from February 2017 previews 10 of the most exciting movies that will be coming to your cinema screens in February...


Fifty Shades Darker

(In Cinemas February 10th)

The sequel to Fifty Shades Of Grey hits cinemas next month, with Jamie Dornan’s Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson’s Anastasia Steele returning for another raunchy drama. This time they are joined by LA Confidential's Kim Basinger, The Knick's Eric Johnson, Dark Shadows star Bella Heathcote and The Vampire Diaries' Arielle Kebbel.

In this new movie, we begin with a wounded Christian Grey, still reeling after the breakdown of his relationship with Anastasia. Eventually, he moves to win her back, but she in turn demands a new arrangement before she will give him another chance. As the two begin to build trust and find stability, shadowy figures from Christian’s past start to circle the couple, determined to destroy their hopes for a future together.

James Foley, best known for his work on House Of Cards and Glengarry Glen Ross, directs Fifty Shades Darker, replacing Sam Taylor-Johnson, who clashed with author E.L. James during the making of Fifty Shades Of Grey.



The Founder

(In Cinemas February 17th)


Michael Keaton leads this Oscar-tipped biopic which follows the story of how McDonald's became the world’s most successful restaurant and the skullduggery for control of the business.

Keaton stars as Ray Kroc, the travelling salesman who acquired McDonald's and turned into a global giant, at the expense of original founders Richard and Maurice McDonald.

Starring alongside Keaton are Nick Offerman, Laura Dern, Patrick Wilson and B.J. Novak., while John Lee Hancock, director of The Blind Side and Saving Mr. Banks, is in control. He works from a script from Robert Siegel, writer of The Wrestler and Turbo.




(In Cinemas February 3rd)


Matthew McConaughey goes bald and schlubby as he heads to the jungle in this madcap thriller.

McConaughey plays Kenny Wells, a down on his luck businessman who is struggling to make ends meet. In a desperate get rich quick scheme he decides to team up with a luckless geologist to execute a grandiose, last-ditch effort: to find gold deep in the uncharted jungle of Indonesia, a journey that turns out to have more than a few bumps in the road.

Gold also stars Édgar Ramírez, Bryce Dallas Howard, Joshua Harto, Corey Stoll, Toby Kebbell, Timothy Simons and Michael Landes. It has been directed by Stephen Gaghan, who was previously behind the camera on Syriana.


John Wick: Chapter Two

(In Cinemas February 17th)


Keanu Reeves wears his hair long once again as he returns as reluctant assassin John Wick for the second time.

This time he is forced out of retirement once again by a former associate who is plotting to seize control of a shadowy international assassins' guild. Bound by a blood oath to help him, John travels to Rome, where he squares off against some of the world's deadliest killers.

Reeves stars alongside rapper Common, Riccardo Scamarcio, Laurence Fishburne, Ruby Rose, Bridget Moynahan, Lance Reddick, Franco Nero, John Leguizamo and Ian McShane. Chad Stahelski returns to direct the sequel with the script coming from Derek Kolstad.




(In Cinemas February 3rd)


This is the story of Richard Loving, a white construction worker in Caroline County, Virginia, who falls in love with a local black woman and family friend, Mildred Jeter. Upon Mildred discovering that she is pregnant, they decide to marry, but unfortunately, it is 1958, and knowing that interracial marriage violates Virginia's anti-miscegenation laws, they drive to Washington, D.C. to get married, a decision that does not go down well when they return to Virginia.

Joel Edgerton plays Loving with Ruth Negga as Jeter, there are also appearances from Martin Czokas, Nick Kroll, and Michael Shannon, who are directed by Jeff Nichols, director of Mud and Midnight Special.


Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

(In Cinemas February 10th)

This is the story of 19-year-old soldier Billy Lynn, who, along with his fellow soldiers in Bravo Squad, becomes a hero after a harrowing Iraq battle and is brought home temporarily for a victory tour. Through flashbacks, culminating at the spectacular halftime show of the Thanksgiving Day football game, the film reveals what really happened to the squad.

Ang Lee directs this adaptation of Ben Fountain’s novel of the same name and rounds up an all-star cast that includes Kristen Stewart, Garrett Hedlund, Vin Diesel, Steve Martin, Chris Tucker and newcomer Joe Alwyn.




(In Cinemas February 10th)

Viola Davis and Denzel Washington are both tipped for Oscar glory for this tense drama, which is an adaptation of August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play.

Washington plays Troy Maxson, a sanitation worker in 1950s Pittsburgh who once dreamed of becoming a professional baseball player, but was deemed too old when the major leagues began admitting black athletes.

Now much older and still bitter over his missed opportunity, Maxson creates further tension in his family when he squashes his son's chance to meet a college football recruiter.

Washington directs from a screenplay Wilson wrote himself before his death in 2005. Stephen Henderson, Jovan Adepo, Russell Hornsby, Mykelti Williamson and Saniyya Sidney co-star.



The Great Wall

(In Cinemas February 17th)


Matt Damon leads this huge scale action adventure set in the heart of Medieval China.

Starring alongside Damon in the movie, which has cost a reported $160 million, are Game Of Thrones' Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe, Jing Tian, Luhan, and Zhang Hanyu. It has been directed by Zhang Yimou, the man behind on the camera on previous epics Curse Of The Golden Flower and House Of Flying Daggers.

The Great Wall tells the story of the construction of The Great Wall of China and, in this case, whether it was constructed to protect the civilian population from a vicious, fire-breathing monster.



The Lego Batman Movie

(In Cinemas February 10th)


After the huge success of The Lego Movie, we get a spin-off, this time fronted by the Caped Crusader.

In this movie, the caped crusader goes on a personal journey to find himself and learn the importance of teamwork and friendship. Of course, he also has to save Gotham City from a hostile takeover set by The Joker.

Will Arnett returns to voice Batman and he is joined by Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes, Mariah Carey, Jenny Slate and Billy Dee Williams to provide voices.




(In Cinemas February 17th)


Barry Jenkins writes and directs this hotly tipped drama about a young black man growing up in desperate poverty and the life he manages to build out of almost nothing.

Trevante Rhodes, André Holland, Janelle Monáe, Ashton Sanders, Jharrel Jerome, Naomie Harris and Mahershala Ali all star in this one.



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