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15 Films to See in February

Written by on February 2, 2019 

10. The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (Mike Mitchell; Feb. 8)

The other major animation sequel of the month, following some spin-offs and films in different LEGO universes, we now return to the storyline that Chris Lord and Phil Miller launched back in 2014. They aren’t back in the director’s chair, rather it’s Mike Mitchell (Trolls, Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo). While we don’t expect to quite measure up to the inventiveness of the original, there’s likely still a great deal of fun to be had.

9. Arctic (Joe Penna; Feb. 1)

For his latest film, Mads Mikkelsen is in quite the chilly predicament. The stripped-down thriller Arctic finds his character trapped in the freezing locale after a plane crash with little hope in sight. The directorial debut of Joe Penna, known for his viral videos, premiered in the warmth of the Cannes Film Festival, but Bleecker Street has wisely set the film to debut in this frigid month.

8. Daughter of Mine (Laura Bispuri; Feb. 1)

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“Laura Bispuri’s follow-up to her captivating transgender-themed debut Sworn Virgin is a wrenching, heartfelt drama with an unfussy social commentary that again seeks a new definition of womanhood,” Ed Frankl said in his review. “Daughter of Mine, led by a trio of female actors–Valeria Golino and Alba Rorwacher, and an equally headstrong first-timer, Sara Casu–contemplates the nature of motherhood in a variety of forms: adoption and the absence of a birth mother, the lack of father figures, and even the effect of an exclusively female family unit. Why is society obsessed with balance in nuclear families about gender–mother and father–rather than in more complex sensibilities?”

7. Everybody Knows (Asghar Farhadi; Feb. 8)

Asghar Farhadi returned last year with his eighth feature film, but this time he has ventured outside of his native country of Iran. Everybody Knows, which opened the Cannes Film Festival year, is a psychological thriller starring Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem that was shot entirely in Spanish on the Iberian Peninsula. Following the kidnapping of their daughter, the film was met with a mixed response (including our own review), but I’m always curious to see what Farhadi has in store.

6. Sorry Angel (Christophe Honoré; Feb. 15)

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Christophe Honoré’s latest film is a tender gay romance that often takes unexpected avenues in its dialogue and structure. Now getting a limited release this month, Rory O’Connor said in his review, “Shot in gorgeous turquoise and cerulean blues by that fine cinematographer, it is often a remarkably beautiful film and, with that suggestion of real experience, an inevitably sad one. ”

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