Movies Not to Miss: February 2020

Movies Not to Miss: February 2020

Which of these are you going to watch?
Which of these are you going to watch?

With the Oscars on the way, fortunately, we've seen most of the contenders made it to Malaysian cinemas. So what's left for February are some newer titles, and we already have one potential title that could follow the trails left behind by the historical nomination of "Joker".

Interestingly, this month's releases are mostly one-offs (that could lead to potential sequels), so February is the month to get a fresh start with the cinema of 2020.

So, use any of your leftover ang pow money for these movies not to miss in February!

Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn

When the crime lord Black Mask sends out for a hit on a young girl, she finds the unlikeliest protectors in Harley Quinn, Black Canary, the Huntress and Renee Montoya. Following the events after "Suicide Squad", Harley Quinn has emancipated herself from a relationship with the Joker and is now her own woman in a very unfriendly city. The DCEU makes its next entry while Warner Bros. continues to sort themselves out on its future. Besides becoming the first all-women superhero adaptation, newcomer director Cathy Yan will be making her first comic-book property movie as the first Asian woman to direct a DC film (or even any comic book property). Margot Robbie reprises her role as the crazy clown, with Mary Elizabeth Winstead as the Huntress, Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary and Ewan McGregor as a narcissistic prick.

General Release Date: 6 February


Perempuan Tanah Jahanam

When city dweller Maya learns that she might be able to inherit a rich estate in her village, she moves back with her friend Didi, only to be the target of murderous villagers. As Maya unravels the past of the house, she learns that she might be the way to end a curse. Indonesian director Joko Anwar continues to be busy as ever after jump starting Indonesia's own superhero cinematic universe. Returning to the horror genre since "Pengabdi Setan" ("Satan's Slave"), he reunites with Tara Basro, joined by Marissa Anita as the unsuspecting urbanites, who will be looking over their shoulders for Christine Hakim and Ario Bayu in this deadly horror mystery.

General Release Date: 6 February

Sonic the Hedgehog

After many years of building a fanbase from his days in the SEGA console, it has taken many more years for the speeding hedgehog to have its day on the silver screen. Developing since 2014, it took another year to be released after the overly negative response it got when the first trailer came out. Now we can finally see the finished product itself, when the only criticism it can draw to itself is the story of Sonic ending up on Earth and becoming the target of a massive hedgehog hunt for his super speed (or the wild miscasting of Jim Carrey as Dr. Robotnik).

General Release Date: 13 February

Her Blue Sky

After losing their parents 13 years ago, the Aioi sisters haven't been on the best of terms, since elder sister Akane had to give up her dreams of moving to Tokyo, while younger sister Aoi feels indebted to Akane's sacrifice. While performing at a music festival, Akane's ex-boyfriend Shinnosuke returns to their hometown, while Aoi meets a familiar looking Shinno, who is actually Shinnosuke from 13 years ago. From the creative trio behind "Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day" and "Anthem of the Heart" comes their latest collaboration to tug the heartstrings, and speak out loud the bittersweet teenage angst of growing up and facing new challenges as adults.

General Release Date: 13 February

The Gentlemen

A powerful drug lord wants to sell away his drug-running empire to a dynasty of billionaires that becomes a valuable story to sell. Some of us may have lost some faith with Guy Ritchie's choice of movies to make (including an unforgivable "Aladdin"), if Rian Johnson can bounce back from making "The Last Jedi" with "Knives Out", we think faith in Ritchie will be restored with "The Gentlemen". Beside starring a cast from the acting gentry with Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Hunnam, Colin Farrel, Hugh Grant, and our very own English-accented Henry Golding, this is Ritchie going back to his element; the crime drama, albeit with a good splash of comedy thrown in for good measure. This is definitely for the fans who want to see Ritchie from his "Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels" and "Snatch" days.

General Release Date: 13 February

Rock 4: Rockers Never Dai

Waking up from a coma after 22 years, Dio finds himself in a world that has passed rock. Seeing new music genres becoming popular and old traditional gigs being replaced with buskers, Dio looks for ways to revive the glory days of Rimba Bara. If there is an enduring series on Malay identity through changing times, it would have been Mamat Khalid's "Rock" series, now taking place in a time when the Malay Rock scene is almost forgotten. Although this time we will be following a cast of young bloods led by Sharwani NS and Hazama Azmi, we won't be surprised to see plenty of cameos of celebrities and characters from the past.

General Release Date: 20 February

Fantasy Island

As new guests are welcomed to an island, they are provided with the service that would fulfill their wildest dreams, even if that was not their intention. Produced by Blumhouse, and based on the television series of the same name from 1977, it is only natural to expect that all these wishful fulfillment would come at a disturbing cost. With Micheal Pena as the proprietor who goes to great lengths to fulfill the dreams of Maggie Q, Lucy Hale, Austin Stowell and Portia Doubleday, we are looking for some real scares that doesn't involve shadows and the supernatural.

General Release Date: 27 February

Related Movies:
Birds Of Prey: And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn (06 Feb 2020)
Perempuan Tanah Jahanam (Indonesian) (06 Feb 2020)
Fantasy Island (27 Feb 2020)
Sonic The Hedgehog (13 Feb 2020)
Her Blue Sky (Japanese) (13 Feb 2020)
Rock 4: Rockers Never Dai (FFM) (Malay) (06 Dec 2021)
Bloodshot (12 Mar 2020)

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