Tom Deehan picks the best movies to see this January and February.  There’s film choices for all the family.

1. Stan & Ollie – 11th Jan

That’s right, the story of Laurel and Hardy has finally made it to the big screen. In two almost unrecognisable performances, John C Reilly and Steve Coogan star as the legendary comedic duo. Telling a different tale from the one might you expect, Stan & Ollie sees the pair in a last-ditch attempt to avoid the depths of obscurity by embarking on a live tour throughout Britain in the late 1940s. While being a touching tribute to the now iconic comedians, the film also delves into what really happened behind the scenes in the last few years of their time in the spotlight. You’ve never seen Laurel and Hardy like this.

2. If Beale Street Could Talk – 18th jan

After Moonlight won the Oscar for Best Picture in the now historic Academy Awards gaffe, only one question lingered on the lips of Hollywood – what would Director/Screenwriter Barry Jenkins do next? With the upcoming release of If Beale Street Could Talk, we finally have an answer. Based on James Baldwin’s novel of the same name, Beale Street sees Tish Rivers (played by newcomer KiKi Lane) in a desperate bid to clear her husband’s name for a crime he did not commit. Tish’s struggle is only heightened by her desire to free her husband before the arrival of their soon to be born child. With Beale Street already receiving glowing reviews Stateside, Mr Jenkins could have another Oscar-winner on his hands.

3. The LEGO Movie 2: 
The Second Part – 8th feb

When The LEGO Movie dropped back in 2014, I don’t think anyone expected it to be half as good at it turned out to be. In what could have been another soulless cash grab, The LEGO Movie actually had a great sense of humour, vibrant animation and above all, a surprisingly emotional story. With such fond memories behind us, it’s no wonder that hopes are high for the upcoming sequel. Big stars return including Chris Pratt and Will Arnett, alongside several noteworthy additions to the cast such as Tiffany Hadish and Margot Robbie. Diving headfirst into the aftermath of the Duplo invasion, The LEGO Movie 2 is sure to find plenty of comedic material in its new post-apocalyptic setting – one genre which is ripe for parody if you ask me.

Words: Tom Deehan

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