Jason Day previews the 1960s comedy-drama and other new releases in his February cinema column…
Green Book (out on Feb 1)
Viggo Mortensen’s nightclub bouncer is hired by acclaimed, refined pianist Mahershala Ali to drive him to a series of concerts in the Deep South. Both men grow emotionally and intellectually as they confront racist aggression. This inspiring road trip looks like the ticket of the month.
Can You Ever Forgive Me? (Feb 1)
Melissa McCarthy plays a struggling writer who, when her own works stop selling, forges letters from famous people. Richard E. Grant co-stars as her boozy confidante who tags along, but then the authorities catch up with them. Incredibly, based on a true story.
All is True (Feb 8)
Kenneth Branagh stars as a retired William Shakespeare. Irascible and with a wife (Judi Dench) critical of him for abandoning his family years before, he faces up to his failure as a father and husband. Some tangy comedy makes this an intelligent account of the world’s greatest playwright.
The Lego Movie 2 (Feb 8)
After the terror of ‘Taco Tuesday’, the world resembles something out of Mad Max but chirpy construction worker Emmett (Chris Pratt) is cheery as ever. That is, until a new threat appears on the horizon and he must ‘man up’ to tackle it.
Instant Family (Feb 14)
Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne buy a new house but the extra rooms need to be filled. They decide to foster three siblings in need of a home. This comedy-drama mixes slapstick laughs with a strong message about the challenges of raising children.
On the Basis of Sex (Feb 22)
It’s a great month for great real-life based cinema. Felicity Jones, so impressive as Stephen Hawking’s first wife in ‘The Theory of Everything,’ grabs her chance to shine again with the lead role – a female lawyer who took on the United States justice system to help eradicate sex-based inequality.
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