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The Watch List: 10 Fantastic February Film Releases

10 new releases worth watching this month.

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1. Keeping Cool

1. Keeping Cool

Chasing Ice

Jeff Orlowski’s film-winner of the People’s Choice Award at last year’s Hot Docs-follows National Geographic photojournalist James Balog as he heads to the Arctic to document the effects of climate change on ancient ice formations. Vogue Theatre, Fernie, B.C., Feb. 4.

2 / 10
2. Great Danes

2. Great Danes

A Royal Affair

Who says the Brits have a monopoly on monarchical intrigue movies? Nikolaj Arcel directs this story of a reformist German doctor bending the ear, and eyeing the wife, of King Christian VII. Vernon Towne Theatre, Vernon, B.C., Feb. 4.

3 / 10
3. Behind Closed Doors

3. Behind Closed Doors

The Sessions

Character actor extraordinaire John Hawkes steps into the spotlight as a polio-stricken man who hires a professional sex surrogate (Helen Hunt) to help him lose his virginity. Galaxy Cinemas, Cambridge, Ont., Feb. 7.

4 / 10
4. To Russia, With Love

4. To Russia, With Love

Anna Karenina

Tolstoy’s timeless tragedy comes to the big screen the way the author always intended, no doubt: with lavish dance numbers and Keira Knightley. Acadia Cinema, Wolfville, N.S., Feb. 3.

5 / 10
5. In Tune

5. In Tune

A Late Quartet

This rousing drama starring Christopher Walken and Catherine Keener follows the members of a string quartet as they gear up for a performance of Beethoven that tests the limits of their playing-and their camaraderie. Chaba Theatre, Jasper, Alta., Feb. 7.

6 / 10
6. Back in the Cockpit

6. Back in the Cockpit

Top Gun 3-D

Tony Scott’s macho masterpiece zooms back into theatres in Imax 3-D-allowing viewers to experience, on the big screen, just how weird it is that Tom Cruise hasn’t aged since 1986. In theatres Feb. 8.

7 / 10
7. A Bitter Pill

7. A Bitter Pill

Side Effects

Director Steven Soderbergh and People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive, Channing Tatum, reteam after the magic that was Magic Mike. A different kind of witchcraft, this thriller is about a man released from prison who returns to a high-strung, medication-addled wife. In theatres Feb. 8.

8 / 10
8. Guitar Hero

8. Guitar Hero

Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet

This uplifting doc peers into the life of Jason Becker, a prolific heavy metal guitarist diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease. Undaunted, Becker has kept composing, thanks to a cleverly designed piece of computer software and an iron will. Second Street Theatre, Grande Prairie, Alta., Feb. 10.

9 / 10
9. Southern Comforts

9. Southern Comforts

Beautiful Creatures

Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl’s bestselling young adult novel about star-crossed teen lovers makes the leap to the big screen, with a cast rounded out by Viola Davis and Jeremy Irons. In theatres Feb. 13.

10 / 10
10. Uncivil Action

10. Uncivil Action

Bullet to the Head

Like Arnold Schwarzenegger, who made his big comeback in January’s The Last Stand, Sly Stallone returns to his gritty action roots, this time as a New Orleans hit man. In theatres Feb. 1.