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9 Biggest Movies of February 2017

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Which movies should you have on your radar this February?

February sees some pretty big releases hitting our cinemas, including the next instalment in a notable action-horror franchise, a throwback to the age of gangster flicks, and a film 20 years in the making. Here’s our most anticipated movies releasing in February 2017:

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

Release date: 3 February 2017

The supposedly last RE sequel, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is looking to mark the end of the film franchise with a bang. Milla Jovovich returns as series protagonist Alice in the sequel, which picks up right after the last film, Resident Evil: Retribution, and sees Alice as the only survivor of what was meant to be humanity’s last stand against the undead. In returning to where it all began, she then finds out that the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a closing strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse.

Live by Night

Release date: 3 February 2017

Ben Affleck steps away from the cowl and cape of Batman to direct his love-letter to 1920s gangster movies with Live by Night, which follows a group of Boston-bred gangsters set up shop in balmy Florida during the Prohibition era, facing off against the competition and the Ku Klux Klan. Elle Fanning, Brendan Gleeson, Chris Messina, Sienna Miller, Zoe Saldana, and Chris Cooper also star.

Rings

Release date: 3 February 2017

The successful horror film franchise returns with a contemporary take on the cursed videotape. A young woman becomes worried about her boyfriend when he explores a dark subculture surrounding a mysterious videotape said to kill the watcher seven days after he has viewed it. She sacrifices herself to save her boyfriend and in doing so makes a horrifying discovery: there is a “movie within the movie” that no one has ever seen before…

Don’t Knock Twice

Release date: 3 February 2017

Rings isn’t the only horror attraction arriving in February, as Don’t Knock Twice shuffles out from the darkness to terrify audiences. The film focuses on a mother and a daughter trying to re-establish their relationship with one another as supernatural forces, in the form of a witch, tries to tear them apart. Don’t Knock Twice has been getting some decent reviews from the international press, and we’re quite excited to see how this horror underdog turns out for ourselves.

Lego Batman Movie

Release date: 10 February 2017

If Batman’s moments from The Lego Movie were anything to go by, this should be a hilarious look into the world of Bruce Wayne. Will Arnett once again returns to voice the blocky superhero, with Zach Galifianakis and Michael Cera voicing the Joker and Dick Grayson/Robin respectively. However, there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if Batman wants to save the city from The Joker”s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.

The Great Wall

Release date: 17 February 2017

America sure has spent a lot of money trying to save Matt Damon over the years. From Interstellar to The Martian, Matt Damon seems to constantly be in need of help. Thankfully his new film, The Great Wall, is a more self-reliant role, which sees Damon head East to help defend the titular Great Wall of China from… something. This one is from director Zhang Ymou, who helmed the incredibly underrated Jet Li film, Hero, and House Of Flying Daggers. With it’s visionary director and cross-cultural pedigree, the self-described 3D science fantasy adventure-monster period action film obviously has a lot going for it.

Fences

Release date: 17 February 2017

Based on the play by August Wilson, Fences, which stars and is directed by Denzel Washington, tells the story of Troy Maxson, a mid-century Pittsburgh sanitation worker who once dreamed of a baseball career, but was too old when the major leagues began admitting black players. Bitter over his missed opportunity, Troy creates further tension in his family when he squashes his son’s chance to meet a college football recruiter.

T2: Trainspotting

Release date: 24 February 2017

The original cast of Trainspotting (Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, and Robert Carlyle) all return for another round of debauchery in the Danny Boyle-directed sequel, T2: Trainspotting. The sequel is a loose adaptation of Porno, the original book sequel written by Irvine Welsh back in 2002. It sees a fresh faced Renton (McGregor) reunited with his pals Spud, Begbie and Sick Boy 20 years after their original escapade, but things aren’t as hunky-dory as Renton expects.

Fist Fight

Release date: 24 February 2017

Ice Cube and Charlie Day star as high school teachers prepared to solve their differences the hard way in the comedy Fist Fight, directed by Richie Keen (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), which should be a good laugh given the enjoyable chemistry and dynamic between the two actors. The film also stars Jillian Bell, Dean Norris, Christina Hendricks, Dennis Haysbert and JoAnna Garcia Swisher.

Which movies are you most looking forward to seeing this month? Let us know in the comments below and tweet us @MenStuffZA!

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