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10 Movies You Must See In February

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Our guide to the most exciting movies coming this February.

February gives UK/ROI cinemagoers the chance to catch up with some awards contenders along with the sequel to one of the smartest horror movies of recent years, while on the small screen Netflix continues to snag some of Hollywood's hottest talent.

Here are our picks for the most intriguing movies coming to UK/ROI cinemas and Netflix in February.

Adapted from a Haruki Murakami short story, Lee Chang-dong's Burning is a paranoia-filled thriller in which a struggling young writer who falls for an old school friend who reappears in his life. When a handsome, rich suitor (The Walking Dead's Steven Yeun) appears on the scene, jealousy and suspicions begin to mount. Chang-dong's intoxicating film will keep you guessing up to its climax and beyond.

In cinemas February 1st.

Can You Ever Forgive Me?
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Director Marielle Heller tells the true story of Lee Israel, a writer of celebrity biographies who found herself in dire financial straits in the early '90s. To keep herself afloat, Israel (Melissa McCarthy) turned to forging letters from the likes of Noel Coward and Dorothy Parker. Think Catch Me If You Can directed by Woody Allen.

In cinemas February 1st.

Green Book
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The director of comedies like Dumb & Dumber and There's Something About Mary, Peter Farrelly may not be the first name you might attach to a civil rights era drama, but he steps outside his comic comfort zone to direct Green Book. The film stars Viggo Mortensen as an Italian-American bouncer hired to drive an African-American pianist (Mahershala Ali) on a potentially dangerous tour of America's racially divided South in 1962.

In cinemas February 1st.

Velvet Buzzsaw
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Writer/director Dan Gilroy reteams with his Nightcrawler star Jake Gyllenhaal for Velvet Buzzsaw, which Gilroy describes as a Robert Altman-esque ensemble thriller set in the art world. Compared to Final Destination by some critics, the film sees a supernatural force take revenge on unscrupulous art collectors.

On Netflix February 1st.

High Flying Bird
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A filmmaker who has always placed himself at the forefront of industry developments, it was inevitable that Steven Soderbergh would eventually hook up with Netflix. The streaming service is the destination for his latest film, High Flying Bird, a drama set in the world of sports agents. Moonlight writer Tarell Alvin McCraney pens the script while André Holland stars as an agent desperate to pull off a coup during a basketball lockout.

On Netflix February 8th.

If Beale Street Could Talk
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Writer/director Barry Jenkins follows up his Oscar winning Moonlight with If Beale Street Could Talk, an adaptation of the 1974 novel by James Baldwin. In the 1970s set drama, Stephan James plays a young man jailed on a trumped up rape charge, while his pregnant girlfriend (KiKi Layne) and her parents (Regina King, Colman Domingo) attempt to clear his name.

In cinemas February 8th.

Happy Death Day 2U
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2017's Happy Death Day was an ingenious horror twist on the Groundhog Day template that cleverly subverted the 'Final Girl' trope. The sequel sees Jessica Rothe return as reluctant heroine Tree, who finds herself once again forced to relive her birthday multiple times when a masked slasher kills her over and over again.

In cinemas February 13th.

Young actress Liv Hill has won praise for her role in this slice of gritty British social realism. In writer/director James Gardner's feature debut, Hill plays a teenage girl who finds an escape from the hardships of her home life when she discovers she has a talent for stand-up comedy.

In cinemas February 15th.

Mektoub, My Love
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Five years after scooping the Palme d'Or for his controversial lesbian drama Blue is the Warmest Colour, director Abdellatif Kechiche returns with Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno, the first instalment in a planned trilogy. The film stars Shain Boumedine as an aspiring filmmaker who returns to his Mediterranean hometown for a life changing summer.

In cinemas February 15th.

This Lebanese drama scooped the Jury Prize at last year's Cannes Film Festival. Written and directed by actress turned filmmaker Nadine Labaki, Capernaum tells the story of a young runaway who befriends an Ethiopian refugee and her infant child.

In cinemas February 22nd.