Ah, the wonderful second week of February! Who doesn’t love it? In case you didn’t know, the month was named after the Roman purification ritual Februa, so here’s our selection of the the best new movies, music and games to wash you clean like a jet stream of pristine mountain water fired through a riot cannon. That probably overstates things a little, but don’t be too disheartened.
Cinema releases (out Friday 10th February 2017):
The big name release out this week is The Lego Batman Movie, which, as the name suggests, spins off a Batarang spinoff from both The Lego Movie and every Batman film ever released. We’re not convinced it’s going to be as funny as it could be, but you never know. If Lego, bats, Will Arnett and Michael Cera aren’t your thing, there’s also Fifty Shades Darker for any kinky kinkers out there.
Other options include Denzel Washington and Viola Davis’ snot scene drama Fences, Iraq war drama Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk and cool late seventies-set comedy 20th Century Women.
DVD, Blu-ray and digital download (out 6th February 2017):
You’ve got two options this week, or you can just go nuts, hunt down a 2-4-1 popcorn deal and knock them both about the chops. The first is the fantasy fiction feast that is Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, which looks like it could be a decent enough flick, starring Eva Green, Dame Judy Dench and Samuel L. Jackson. The second is the US adaptation of Girl On The Train, but it only managed to pick up middle-of-the-road reviews, so don’t hold your hopes up too high. The latter is already out to rent on iTunes, but MPHFPC won’t be available until next week.
Music (out Friday the 10th February 2017)
There’s only really one album worth a shout out this week and it’s Lupe Fiasco’s latest rap reeps DROGAS Light. It’s not perfect, but on a dull week for music releases, it’s probably the most interesting record out. It’s front heavy, so you might want to check out tracklist highlights Made In The USA and Jump as a starter for ten. Once you get beyond the halfway point you start to suspect that Lupe has lost his way a little, but that doesn’t take everything away from the earlier tracks.
Consoles and hand held helds are pretty threadbare still following the arrival of Poochy And Yoshi’s Woolly World on the 3DS last week, but if you’re looking for a mobile game to try, you can check out LittleSaw Nightmare. It’s a savage side scrolling 2D platformer that follows on from the initial tough challenge of LittleSaw back in 2014.