Top 10 Films For The Heart This February

It’s that time of year again, when cupid is out, hearts are everywhere, and more chocolate is consumed than any of us like to think about. So, just for you, we have a list of the top ten tear jerkers that are sure fit any mood this lovesick season.

    1. A United Kingdom (10th February, 2017 – USA)
      Having been out in the UK for a while, this heartfelt film, based on the true story of Prince Seretse Khama of Botswana’s love affair with Ruth Williams is sure to not only shed a few tears, but also seems fitting in todays political climate. Directed by the insanely talented Amma Asanted (Belle), and having premiered at The London Film Festival 2016, this biography is definitely not one to miss.


    1. The Space Between Us (10th February, 2017)
      Need to make a compromise this valentine with your partner? Is one of you a Sci-Fi fanatic while the other just wants to whip out the Kleenex? Why not opt for this Adventure Drama about the first human born on mars, visiting earth for his first time. Directed by Peter Chelsom and starring Brit Robertson and Asa Butterfield, this film is the perfect comprises for couples of all kinds.


    1. Loving (Out now)
      Get your Kleenex ready and your partner prepped, because this film is certain to get the waterworks rolling from start to finish. Based on the real story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple who challenged their anti-miscegenation in 1967, this film is nominated in this year’s Oscars for Ruth Negga’s performance. Directed and written by Jeff Nichols, and also starring Joel Edgerton, this film has already received critical acclaim. Having been released in the USA last November, it has finally reached UK audiences, so make sure to catch it before it leaves theatres soon.


    1. Everybody Loves Somebody (17th February, 2017)
      Looking for your Rom-Com fix? Then look no further. This Catalina Aguilar Mastretta film has got all the makings for a classic goofy romance. You have Clara, an OB-GYN who on the surface has got the perfect life. However, as you can guess, her love life is a mess. And so not wanting to appear at a family wedding alone, she convinces her co-worker to pose as her boyfriend. Yet, twist alert, her ex shows up at the same wedding. Get your red wine ready and chocolate bars out, because it’s about time another rom-com found its way to theatres.


    1. Manchester by the Sea (Out now)
      Another Oscar nod this season and with a stellar cast, this drama has been dubbed one of the best this year (granted we’re only in February, but you know!). Casey Affleck stars as a man who is made to take care of his nephew after his brother dies. Written and Directed by Kenneth Lonergan and with 6 Oscar nominations, be sure to expect seaside settings, raining days and oh too many tears pouring down your cheeks. Frankly, Kleenex should sponsor it.


    1. Toni Erdmann (Out now)
      Not your typical romance movie, as this German comedy revolves around the relationship between father and daughter. Regardless, this one is sure to make your heart melt for those of you tired of the endless cupid season. Directed by Maran Ade, and nominated for best Foreign Language Film at this year’s Oscars, be sure to catch this flick before it leaves theatres.


    1. Running Wild (10 February, 2017)
      Another drama which may force the flood gates open, but will definitely get the heartstrings tugging. We follow Stella, a widow who must save her ranch by working with convicts to help rehabilitate a herd of wild horses on her property. Directed by Alex Ranarivelo and starring Sharon Stone, this film is a bit of a mystery as critics are yet to give their opinion. Nevertheless, it’s a total option for all you film lovers out there.


    1. Youth in Oregon (3rd February, 2017)
      Believe it or not, but this film is dubbed as a comedy. When Brian (Billy Cruduo) is tasked to drive his father-in-law, Raymond, across America to Oregon, where he plans to be euthanized, Brian must try his best to help the aging man to rediscover his love for life. Directed by Joel David Moore (known best for his comedic acting skills and role in Avatar), this film has all the makings to get you laughing, feeling sentimental and to quite possibly, get you shedding a couple of tears.


    1. My Name is Emily (17th February, 2017)
      For all those people looking to remember the angst and innocence of your first love; My Name Is Emily follows a teenage girl (played by Luna Lovegood herself), who runs away from foster care, searching for her writer father who’s locked up in a psychiatric institution.  I know, it doesn’t sound like your typical teenage love story, but don’t let that fool you. Written and Directed by Simon Fitzmaurice, this film has receive mostly positive reviews from critics, even rotten tomatoes gave it 100% (although, maybe it’s only 5 reviews has something to do with it).


  1. Fifty Shades Darker (10th February, 2017)
    Okay, so this one might not tug at your heartstrings, but it’s sure going to tug at something. The sequel to “Fifty Shade of Grey”, based on the international best seller by E.L.James, releases world wide just in time for Valentines day. Directed by James Foley this time round, it leaves us with the simple question, Curious? Yes, we are!
Article written by Alexa Berry for The Monthly Film Festival



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