The Month’s Top U.K. Releases: February 2011


Released 7th February:

The Rebound:

Format: Blu-ray/DVD Classification: 15

Stars: Catherine Zeta-Jones (The Mask of Zorro), Justin Bartha (National Treasure)

A suburban mother with an apparently perfect life finds her husband has been cheating on her, so moves to the city, where she unexpectedly falls for her nanny; a man 15 years her junior.


Format: Blu-ray/DVD Classification: 12

Stars: Matt Dillon (Armored), Idris Elba (The Wire),  Zoe Saldana (Death at a Funeral, 2010)

After completing a series of spectacular bank robberies, a team of professional criminals attempts a once-in-a-lifetime job, despite being pursued by a cop hell-bent on capturing them.

Released 14th February:

The Social Network:

Format: Blu-ray/DVD Classification: 12

Stars: Jesse Eisenberg (Zombieland), Andrew Garfield (Never Let Me Go), Joseph Mazzello (The Pacific)

Chronicling the creation of an internet revolution, The Social Network tells the story behind the creation of Facebook, the men who claimed to be their at its creation, and their rivalries.


Format: Blu-ray/DVD Classification: 15

Stars: Ryan Reynolds (Smokin’ Aces), Samantha Mathis (Broken Arrow),  Erik Palladino (U-571)

Paul Conroy wakes up six feet underground; with no idea who put him there or why; and begins his hellish struggle for survival, armed only with a lighter and a cell phone with poor reception.


Format: Blu-ray/DVD Classification: 12

Stars: Bruce Willis (Surrogates), Morgan Freeman (The Shawshank Redemption),  John Malkovich (Being John Malcovich)

When hitmen attempt to kill a former CIA operative who has been framed for murder, he assembles his old team to break into the CIA headquarters and clear his name.

Released 21st February:

Despicable Me:

Format: 3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray (Triple Play)/DVD Classification: U

Stars: Steve Carell (Date Night), Jason Segel (Knocked Up),  Russell Brand (Forgetting Sarah Marshall)

Gru and his mischievous minions plan to steal the moon, and claim the title of “World’s greatest Villain”; a plan that sees him adopting three girls who see him as the perfect father.


Format: Blu-ray/DVD Classification: 15

Stars: John C. Reilly (Step Brothers), Jonah Hill (Superbad) Marisa Tomei (The Wrestler)

A middle-aged divorcee meets a woman who he believes could he his dream lady (an attractive single-mom who finds his awkwardness endearing) the only problem is her son; who wants to break them up.

Burke and Hare:

Format: Blu-ray/DVD Classification: 15

Stars: Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead), Andy Serkis (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy)

Burke and Hare is a comedic adaptation of the tale of two infamous 19th century grave robbers, who worked for the Edinburgh Medical College, and quickly graduated to profitable murders.

Released 28th February:

Due Date:

Format: Blu-ray (Triple Play)/DVD Classification: 15

Stars: Robert Downey Jr. (Sherlock Holmes), Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover)

After landing on the “no-fly list”, expectant first-time father Peter Highman agrees to share a car with an unbelievably irritating companion, so that he get home in time for the birth of his first child.

Read our Due Date movie review here.

Paranormal Activity 2:

Format: Blu-ray (Triple Play)/DVD Classification: 15

Stars: Brian Boland (The Unborn), Molly Ephraim (College Road Trip)

Taking place a few months before the events of the first film, Paranormal Activity 2 follows the family of the original protagonists; as they begin to experience their own haunting.

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Matt Wheeldon is the Founder, and Editor in Chief of Good Film Guide. He still refers to the cinema as "the pictures", and has what some would describe as a misguided appreciation for Waterworld.