February sees some pretty big releases hitting our cinemas, including a comedy starring Ice Cube, a throwback to the age of gangster flicks, and a film 20 years in the making. Here are our picks for the most anticipated movies releasing in February 2017:

Lego Batman Movie

Release date: 10 February 2017

If Batman’s moments from The Lego Movie were anything to go by, this should be a hilarious look into the world of Bruce Wayne. Will Arnett once again returns to voice the blocky superhero, with Zach Galifianakis and Michael Cera voicing the Joker and Dick Grayson/Robin respectively. However, there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if Batman wants to save the city from The Joker”s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.

The Great Wall

Release date: 17 February 2017

America sure has spent a lot of money trying to save Matt Damon over the years. From Interstellar to The Martian, Matt Damon seems to constantly be in need of help. Thankfully his new film, The Great Wall, is a more self-reliant role, which sees Damon head East to help defend the titular Great Wall of China from… something. This one is from director Zhang Ymou, who helmed the incredibly underrated Jet Li film, Hero, and House Of Flying Daggers. With its visionary director and cross-cultural pedigree, the self-described 3D science fantasy adventure-monster period action film obviously has a lot going for it.

Fences

Release date: 17 February 2017

Based on the play by August Wilson, Fences, which stars and is directed by Denzel Washington, tells the story of Troy Maxson, a mid-century Pittsburgh sanitation worker who once dreamed of a baseball career, but was too old when the major leagues began admitting black players. Bitter over his missed opportunity, Troy creates further tension in his family when he squashes his son’s chance to meet a college football recruiter.

Fist Fight

Release date: 24 February 2017

Ice Cube and Charlie Day star as high school teachers prepared to solve their differences the hard way in the comedy Fist Fight, directed by Richie Keen (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), which should be a good laugh given the enjoyable chemistry and dynamic between the two actors. The film also stars Jillian Bell, Dean Norris, Christina Hendricks, Dennis Haysbert and JoAnna Garcia Swisher.

Live by Night

Release date: 3 February 2017

Ben Affleck steps away from the cowl and cape of Batman to direct his love-letter to 1920s gangster movies with Live by Night, which follows a group of Boston-bred gangsters set up shop in balmy Florida during the Prohibition era, facing off against the competition and the Ku Klux Klan. Elle Fanning, Brendan Gleeson, Chris Messina, Sienna Miller, Zoe Saldana, and Chris Cooper also star.

Originally published on MenStuff.co.za.