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2017 is well and truly under way, and as we enter gloomy February, we find ourselves knee deep in awards season. The funny thing about award-worthy movies is they are often the smaller, lesser known titles. Yes big blockbuster films are recognised, but this is the time of the year when the hidden gems really get a chance to shine. And as usual on Virgin Movies, we have a great selection for you. So without further delay, here are ten of the best hidden gems on Virgin Movies this February…
Hello, My Name Is Doris
Is there anyone out there who doesn’t love Sally Field? Not only is she a two-time Oscar winner, but she’s just a lovable human being. Hello, My Name Is Doris is an example of why she is both of these things, while the film itself is charming, funny and very sweet.
Hello, My Name Is Doris is available from Monday 6th February
The Family Fang
Starring and directed by the one and only Jason Bateman, this is an original comedy, also starring Nicole Kidman and the legendary Christopher Walken. Obvious talent aside, this indie comedy is quirky, different and thoroughly entertaining.
The Family Fang is available from Monday 6th February
Mel Gibson is rarely better than when he’s in full blown over-the-top revenge mode. Remember Ransom and Payback Mel? The ranting, the bulging eyes and veins, the violence? We’ve missed him too. Well Blood Father sees the return of that Mel. Welcome back old friend, welcome back.
Blood Father is available from Monday 13th February
Keeping Up With The Joneses
Zach Galifianakis, Isla Fisher, Jon Hamm and Gal Gadot is quite a cast. The right mixture of laughs and looks for this glossy action-comedy. While not the funniest or most action-packed movie you’ll see this year, Keeping Up With The Joneses is an easy watch, full of good old fashioned entertainment.
Keeping Up With The Joneses is available from Monday 13th February
Technically a British indie film, American Honey from Oscar-winning director Andrea Arnold is the definition of a festival hit. Featuring outstanding performances from Shia LaBeouf and breakout star Sasha Lane, American Honey is a hidden gem well worth finding.
American Honey is available from Monday 20th February
Free State Of Jones
The comeback is well and truly over. Matthew McConaughey is officially a high quality actor. End of argument. Case closed. While Free State Of Jones might appeal more to American audiences, there is no doubting the quality on screen. McConaughey shines, while the film itself is a powerful and very moving story.
Free State Of Jones is available from Monday 20th February
A Street Cat Named Bob
People love cats. Cats are cute. Well when they want to be anyway. Based on the uplifting true story of a cat that helped save a homeless man’s life, this has all the ingredients for cat lovers, and lovers of feel good films alike. Awwww.
A Street Cat Named Bob is available from Monday 27th February
I, Daniel Blake
It’s fair to say director Ken Loach is not known for his repertoire of uplifting films. This award winning story about a man’s struggle to claim unemployment support is topical and predictably hard-hitting. While certainly not the easiest watch, the subject matter coupled with strong performances mean this one comes recommended.
I, Daniel Blake is available from Monday 27th February
A festival hit, and with a cast list as impressive as anything seen all year, this is perhaps the epitome of a hidden gem. Giovanni Ribisi, Olivia Wilde, Elizabeth Moss and Luke Wilson all impress, while the story which focusses on a couple struggling to cope when their son disappears, is harrowing, but ultimately engaging.
Meadowland is available from Monday 27th February
Train To Busan
A Korean horror movie dubbed ‘Zombies On A Train’. Yes, really. When a movie receives as much positive word-of-mouth as this film, it’s simply impossible to ignore. Exciting, over-the-top and most surprisingly moving, this is a pleasure you should not feel guilty about.
Train To Busan is available from Monday 27th February