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10 Films To See In February

Written by on February 1, 2012 


Forgiveness of Blood (Joshua Marston; Feb. 24th)

Synopsis: An Albanian family is torn apart by a murder, resulting in a blood feud that finds Nik becoming the prime target and his sister, Rudina, forced to leave school in order to take over the family business


Why You Should See a Matinee: Outside of a segment in the anthology New York, I Love You, Joshua Marston’s work hasn’t hit the big screen since the Oscar-nominated Maria Full of Grace. He finally returns this year with the family drama The Forgiveness of Blood. Premiering at the Berlin Film Festival (and nabbing a Silver Bear for Best Screenplay), it is has gone on to appear at Telluride, Toronto, London and more, finally getting a release this month.

The Innkeepers (Ti West; Feb. 3rd)

Synopsis: During the final days at the Yankee Pedlar Inn, two employees determined to reveal the hotel’s haunted past begin to experience disturbing events as old guests check in for a stay.


Why You Should See a Matinee: Here is another title that has been on VOD, but will get its theatrical due. Ti West follows House of the Devil in what is said to be an improvement. Like The Woman in Black above, I’m always down for atmospheric horror films not relying on easy gore.

Return (Liza Johnson; Feb. 10th)

Synopsis: A soldier returns to her family, friends and old job after a tour of duty, though she finds herself struggling to find her place in her everyday life.


Why You Should See a Matinee: Ever since finally catching up on the short-lived Freaks & Geeks, I’ve been itching to see more of Linda Cardellini, and as someone who never watched ER, it looks like I’ll have a chance with her latest. The small-scale drama Return stars Michael ShannonMad Men‘s John Slattery and, after some good festival notices, will be hitting theaters and VOD this month.

Chico & Rita (Tono Errando, Javier Mariscal; Feb. 10th)

Synopsis: Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unites them, but their journey – in the tradition of the Latin ballad, the bolero – brings heartache and torment.


Why You Should See a Matinee: Nominated for Best Animated Feature this year, we saw this film way back during Toronto 2010, calling it “a visually stunning story of romance and music, truly capturing the 40′s and 50′s lifestyles present in Havana, New York, Las Vegas and Paris.” See it in very limited release this month before the Oscars arrive!

Michael (Markus Schleinzer; Feb. 15th)

Synopsis: A drama focused on five months in the life of pedophile who keeps a 10-year-old boy locked in his basement.


Why You Should See a Matinee: We were mixed on this tough drama at Cannes (full review here), saying, “despite all of Schleinzer’s attempts at painting a stirring arthouse horror film, Michael never seems to escape the shadow of an amateur filmmaker trying to shock purely out of disgust, and it ends up feeling like Haneke-light.” But it is finally getting a limited release this month and worth checking out for yourself.

What are you seeing this month?

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