Sunday, 30 January 2011

Upcoming Releases - February '11

Here is a selection of films due out in UK cinemas next month.

The Fighter - 2nd Feb
Biography | Drama | Sport
115 mins
15 certificate
Main cast: Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams
Director: David O. Russell

'Dicky Eklund (Christian Bale) is a former boxing hero that squandered his talents and threw away his shot at greatness. Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg), his half-brother, is the struggling journeyman boxer who spent his life living in his big brother's shadow. The Fighter is inspired by the true story of two brothers who, against all the odds, come together to train for an historic title bout that will unite their fractured family, redeem their pasts and, at last, give their hard-luck town what it's been waiting for: pride.'

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Brighton Rock - 4th Feb
Crime | Drama | Thriller
111 mins
15 certificate
Main cast: Sam Riley, John Hurt, Helen Mirren, Andy Serkis
Director: Rowan Joffe

'Adapted from Graham Greene’s 1939 novel, Brighton Rock charts the headlong fall of Pinkie, a razor-wielding disadvantaged teenager with a religious death wish. At the heart of the story is the anti-hero Pinkie’s relationship with Rose – an apparently innocent young waitress who stumbles on evidence linking Pinkie and his gang to a revenge killing. Pinkie seduces Rose, first in an effort to find out how much she knows and latterly to ensure she will not talk to the police.'

Rabbit Hole - 4th Feb
91 mins
12A certificate
Main cast: Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart, Dianne Wiest
Director: John Cameron Mitchell

'Becca and Howie Corbett (Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart) are returning to their everyday existence in the wake of a shocking, sudden loss. Just eight months ago, they were a happy suburban family with everything they wanted. Now, they are caught in a maze of memory, longing, guilt, recrimination, sarcasm and tightly controlled rage from which they cannot escape. While Becca finds pain in the familiar, Howie finds comfort.'

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Sanctum - 4th Feb
Action | Adventure | Drama
109 mins
15 certificate
Main cast: Richard Roxburgh, Ioan Gruffudd, Rhys Wakefield, Alice Parkinson
Director: Alister Grierson

'The 3-D action-thriller Sanctum follows a team of underwater cave divers on a treacherous expedition to the largest, most beautiful and least accessible cave system on Earth. When a tropical storm forces them deep into the caverns, they must fight raging water, deadly terrain and creeping panic as they search for an unknown escape route to the sea. Master diver Frank McGuire has explored the South Pacific's Esa-ala Caves for months. But when his exit is cut off in a flash flood, Frank's team-including 17-year-old son Josh and financier Carl Hurley are forced to radically alter plans. With dwindling supplies, the crew must navigate an underwater labyrinth to make it out. Soon, they are confronted with the unavoidable question: Can they survive, or will they be trapped forever?'

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True Grit - 11th Feb
Adventure | Drama | Western
110 mins
15 certificate
Main cast: Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Hailee Steinfeld
Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

'Following the murder of her father by hired hand Tom Chaney, 14-year-old farm girl Mattie Ross sets out to capture the killer. To aid her, she hires the toughest U.S. marshal she can find, a man with "true grit," Reuben J. "Rooster" Cogburn. Mattie insists on accompanying Cogburn, whose drinking, sloth, and generally reprobate character do not augment her faith in him. Against his wishes, she joins him in his trek into the Indian Nations in search of Chaney. They are joined by Texas Ranger LaBoeuf, who wants Chaney for his own purposes. The unlikely trio find danger and surprises on the journey, and each has his or her "grit" tested.'

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Never Let Me Go - 11th Feb
Drama | Romance
103 mins
12A certificate
Main cast: Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield
Director: Mark Romanek

'As children, Ruth, Kathy and Tommy, spend their childhood at a seemingly idyllic English boarding school. As they grow into young adults, they find that they have to come to terms with the strength of the love they feel for each other, while preparing themselves for the haunting reality that awaits them.'

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I Am Number Four - 18th Feb
Action | Sci-fi | Thriller
Running time and certificate: TBA
Main cast: Alex Pettyfer, Timothy Olyphant, Dianna Agron
Director: D.J. Caruso

'Extraordinary teen John Smith (Pettyfer) is a fugitive on the run from ruthless enemies sent to destroy him. Changing his identity, moving from town to town with his guardian Henri (Olyphant), John is always the new kid with no ties to his past. In the small Ohio town he now calls home, John encounters unexpected, life-changing events-his first love (Agron), powerful new abilities and a connection to the others who share his incredible destiny.'

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Paul - 18th Feb
Comedy | Sci-fi
Running time and certificate: TBA
Main cast: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Seth Rogen
Director: Greg Mottola

'Simon Pegg and Nick Frost reunite for the comedy adventure Paul as two sci-fi geeks whose pilgrimage takes them to America's UFO heartland. While there, they accidentally meet an alien who brings them on an insane road trip that alters their universe forever. For the past 60 years, an alien named Paul (voiced by Seth Rogen) has been hanging out at a top-secret military base. For reasons unknown, the space-traveling smart ass decides to escape the compound and hop on the first vehicle out of town-a rented RV containing Earthlings Graeme Willy (Pegg) and Clive Gollings (Frost). Chased by federal agents and the fanatical father of a young woman that they accidentally kidnap, Graeme and Clive hatch a fumbling escape plan to return Paul to his mother ship. And as two nerds struggle to help, one little green man might just take his fellow outcasts from misfits to intergalactic heroes...'

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Unknown - 25th Feb
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
Running time and certificate: TBA
Main cast: Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger, January Jones, Aidan Quinn
Director: Jaume Collet-Serra

'Dr. Martin Harris (Liam Neeson) awakens after a car accident in Berlin to discover that his wife (January Jones) suddenly doesn't recognize him and another man (Aidan Quinn) has assumed his identity. Ignored by disbelieving authorities and hunted by mysterious assassins, he finds himself alone, tired and on the run. Aided by an unlikely ally (Diane Kruger), Martin plunges headlong into a deadly mystery that will force him to question his sanity, his identity, and just how far he's willing to go to uncover the truth.'

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Animal Kingdom - 25th Feb
Crime | Drama | Thriller
113 mins
15 certificate
Main cast: Ben Mendelsohn, Guy Pearce, Joel Edgerton, James Frecheville
Director: David Michod

'Welcome to the terrifying Melbourne crime underworld, where tensions are on the brink of exploding between felons and renegade cops - the Wild West played out on the city's streets in broad daylight. The Cody brothers, a gang of armed robbers, are in the process of initiating their teenage nephew Joshua 'J' (James Frecheville) into their frightening world after the death of his mother and under the watchful eye of his matriarchal grandmother, Smurf (Jacki Weaver), a modern-day Ma Barker.'

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Information obtained from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes,, and the films' official websites.


  1. The Fighter is brilliant, as is Animal Kingdom!

  2. Thanks Ruth, I'll be sure to check them out :) Looking forward to some great new releases next month.

  3. The Fighter is amazing! I had such a great time with it, and I know you will too! Let me know how it is, good list!

  4. As Ruth and Dan have said The Fighter and Animal Kingdom are excellent. Especially the latter. Are you only just getting a release in the UK? I am yet to see the others, but very excited about Never Let Me Go. I'm a big fan of Carey Mulligan and Andrew Garfield!

    Thanks for following my Emporium! Happy viewing!

  5. Yeah, Animal Kingdom isn't out here until later this month. Looking forward to it cos I've heard good things :)
    Never Let Me Go has a great cast, hope you enjoy it!


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