'Lego Movie 2', and 7 more non-CNY films to watch this month

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  • Tuesday, 05 Feb 2019

Lego Movie 2

First things first – were you looking for Chinese New Year movies to watch this week? Well, that list is here.

This here is the list of movies that have nothing to do with Chinese New Year, other than the fact that some of them are released during the festive season. There's the long-anticipated Alita: Battle Angel (now showing), the only other movie we can use 'assemble' to describe it, Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (Feb 7), and.... er...

Ok, fine. The pickings are a bit lean this month when it comes to non-CNY flicks, but there's still the undying-ly entertaining Happy Death Day 2U (Feb 14), stone cold Liam Neeson actioner Cold Pursuit (Feb 21) and Can You Ever Forgive Me? (Feb 28), which features Melissa McCarthy in an Oscar nominated role.

Alita: Battle Angel (Now showing)

Cast: Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Jackie Earle Haley, Keean Johnson

Director: Robert Rodriguez

Alita is a cyborg that was consigned to the scrapyard until a cyber-doctor saved her and restored her. With no memory of her past and an uncanny fighting ability she has no idea where she got from, Alita decides to go searching for the truth about her past.

Why you should watch it:

Based on the classic manga/anime Yukito Kishiro, early reviews have been good, and the trailers have been quite good too – exciting and action-packed without giving away too much of the plot. We had reservations about Alita's big anime-like eyes at first, but it looks good so far. Let's just hope this doesn't turn out to be another Ghost In The Shell-like flop.

Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (Feb 7)

Cast: Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Tiffany Haddish

Director: Mike Mitchell

Set five years after the events of the first movie, the nice, perfectly organised city of Bricksburg has now been turned into a dystopian wasteland called Apocalypseburg, after being attacked repeatedly by aliens from outer space, the Duplos. Everyone in the city have been forced to adapt and toughen up... everyone except Emmet, who still thinks everything is awesome, even when it’s not. Then one day, a strange Friend from space shows up in a spaceship and kidnaps Wyldstyle, Batman, Benny, Metalbeard and Unikitty. It is now up to Emmet to venture into space and save his friends, with the help of a tough stranger called Rex Dangervest.

Why you should watch it:

Because the first Lego Movie was a hugely creative, surprisingly original, laugh a minute brick flick that should at least should have gotten an Oscar nomination. The Lego Batman Movie was equally fun, but after the disappointing Lego Ninjago Movie, Emmet and friends need to, er, pick up the pieces of the franchise once again.

Fall In Love At First Kiss (Feb 14)

Cast: Darren Wang, Lin Yun, Louis, Christopher Lee

Director: Frankie Chen

Based on Japanese manga Itazura na Kiss, about a teenage girl who falls in love with a senior on her first day of high school but can only love him from afar. However, when her home is destroyed in an earthquake, she is forced to move into the home of her father's old friend, who also happens to be her crush's father.

Why you should watch it:

Hey, it's Valentine's Day, and director Frankie Chen is pretty good at making romantic love stories. But if sappy love stories are not your thing on Valentine's, there's always...

Happy Death Day 2U (Feb 14)

Cast: Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Suraj Sharma, Sarah Yarkin, Ruby Modine

Director: Christopher Landon

Two years after the events of the first film, Tree Gelbman gets stuck in a time loop again, forced to die over and over again. But this time, it's different, because her friends are involved as well, which forces her to find a way out once and for all.

Why you should watch it:

The first Happy Death Day was actually pretty entertaining, and judging from this trailer, the comedy level has been dialled up, and the deaths Tree has to go through have gotten more fun. Final Destination this is not.

Integrity (Feb 14)

Cast: Sean Lau Ching Wan, Nick Cheung, Karena Lam, Alex Fong Chung-Sun

Director: Alan Mak

A long running investigation into the corrupt Lida Conglomerate involving the sale of smuggled cigarettes is about to be dismissed. One of the top agents assigned to the case is forced to team up with another agent, who is also his estranged wife, to try and solve it before that happens.

Why you should watch it:

Alan Mak + Sean Lau + Nick Cheung + Karena Lam + Alex Fong = intense Hong Kong crime thriller. We're due another good one in that genre, TBH.

A Dog’s Way Home (Feb 21)

Cast: Ashley Judd, Edward James Olmos, Wes Studi, Alexandra Shipp

Director: Charles Martin Smith

Adapted from W. Bruce Cameron’s bestselling novel of the same title, a dog named Bella is separated from its owner, Lucas and has to travel 644km to get home. Along the way, it influences the lives of several humans and creatures it meets, including an orphaned mountain lion cub and a homeless veteran.

Why you should watch it:

Who doesn't love touching little movies about lost pets who have to find their way home to their owners? Get those tissues ready.

Cold Pursuit (Feb 21)

Cast: Liam Neeson, Laura Dern, Emmy Rossum, Tom Bateman

Director: Hans Petter Moland

Snowplower Nels Coxman just wants to live a quiet life plowing snow, but when his son is murdered by a gang, he goes looking for revenge against the local drug cartel.

Why you should watch it:

We've always been Taken with Liam Neeson's action movies, for Unknown reasons. The man has been a Non-Stop action machine, and if you even caught The Commuter, you know you're quite Taken 2.

Misteri Dilaila (Feb 21)

Cast: Zul Ariffin, Elizabeth Tan, Rosyam Nor, Sasqia Dahuri

Director: Syafiq Yusof

Jefri and Dilaila are a married couple holidaying in Fraser's Hill. Jefri wakes up the next day to find his wife missing. An imam shows up to inform him that Dilaila has been found, but Jefri is shocked to see that the woman is not his wife, though she keeps insisting that she is. What is going on?

Why you should watch it:

Syafiq Yusof's last two movies, Abang Long Fadil 2 and KL Special Force, were huge action hits. It should be interesting to see how he fares in the psychological thriller genre.

Can You Ever Forgive Me? (Feb 28)

Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant, Dolly Wells, Jane Curtin

Director: Marielle Heller

Based on a 2008 memoir by author Lee Israel, who used make her living from the ‘60s to the ‘80s writing profiles of high-achieving women, but was forced to turn to forging letters written by famous writers, playwrights and actors that have died to make ends meet.

Why you should watch it:

Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant are nominated for the Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor Oscars respectively, so that alone should make this worth watching. It should also be an intriguing watch for those of us used to watching McCarthy in comedic roles.

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