It’s the second month of 2023 already, and the cinemas have more to offer than just a refuge from the February cold. Whether you are a fan of superhero movies or just want to watch a bear play with some “snow”, we’ve got you covered. Check out our top picks for the month.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (17 February, Theatrical Release)
After years of delay due to the COVID pandemic, “Ant-Man and Wasp: Quantumania”, directed by Peyton Reed, is finally here, packing a particularly strong cast with Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly in the title roles alongside the likes of Jonathan Majors, Michelle Pfeiffer, Michael Douglas, and Billy Murray. The film, which officially kicks off phase five of Marvel Cinematic Universe, will see Ant-Man and the Wasp embark on adventures in the Quantum Realm. The heroes, pushed to their limits, will have to face supervillain Kang the Conqueror, one of MCU’s most powerful and notable villains.
Unexpected (1 February, VOD)
Directed by David Hunt, “Unexpected” kicks off February on a strong note. In this film with plenty of dark humor, we meet Bob (Joseph Mazzello), a music critic down on his luck, out of his job, and wrestling with a nasty addiction to antidepressants. He is living a reasonably happy life with his wife Amy (Anna Camp), but they find out that they cannot have kids. In order to cope with the situation, they move to a farmhouse in the countryside where Amy decides to adopt animals to fill the hole in her heart. Will they be able to cope existential angst this way or should they adopt a baby instead? Watch the movie to find out!
Knock at the Cabin (3 February, Theatrical Release)
“Knock at the Cabin”, an apocalyptic psychological horror movie written and directed by the legendary M. Night Shyamalan, is another film to keep an eye on this month. Shyamalan write the screenplay, which is based on the novel The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul G. Tremblay, from an initial draft by Steve Desmond and Michael Sherman. In this movie, Seven-year-old Wen (Kristen Cui) is vacationing with her parents, Eric (Jonathan Groff) and Andrew (Ben Aldridge), at their remote cabin in rural Pennsylvania, however the family will soon find themselves in trouble when four strangers (played by Abby Quinn, Dave Bautista, Nikki Amuka-Bird, and Rupert Grint) appear, taking them hostage, and demanding a sacrifice to avert the apocalypse. As the number of disasters occurring around the world grows, they find themselves questioning whether the strangers ideas had some merit to them.
Cocaine Bear (24 February, Theatrical Release)
Quite unbelievably, “Cocaine Bear” is actually a film based on real events from 1985 when a black bear ingested a duffle bag of the drug, valued at two million dollars. This black comedy, directed by Elizabeth Banks, revolves around the aforementioned bear going on a rampage in a small Georgia town, forcing the locals and tourists to join forces in order to face this highly unlikely menace. The cast features Keri Russell, O’ Shea Jackson Jr., Alden Ehrenreich, character actress Margo Martindale, as well as the great Ray Liotta in one of his final roles before his death.
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