February may be 2012's briefest month (even though it is a leap year!), but there's plenty of cinematic treats in store as a found footage movie gives the superhero genre a much-needed lift, Daniel Radcliffe gets spooked in his first post-Harry Potter role and Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy make their long-awaited movie return.
Digital Spy previews five must-see movies for February below:
Chronicle Release Date: February 1 Why you should see it: Both the found footage and superhero genres have been done to death in recent years, but director Josh Trank blends both together to startlingly good effect in his big screen directorial debut. Michael B Jordan, Dane DeHaan and Alex Russell are teens who find out they've got superpowers... and then it all goes a bit Akira!
A Dangerous Method Release Date: February 10 Why you should see it: David Cronenberg returns five years after Eastern Promises to direct A Dangerous Method, a drama about the birth of psychoanalysis with Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) and Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen). Keira Knightley bares all in the role of Sabina Spielrein, a patient of Jung who later goes on to become one of the first female psychoanalysts. Cronenberg usually provides compelling viewing - don't expect anything different here.
The Muppets Release Date: February 10 Why you should see it: More than 10 years after Muppets from Space, Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie and the gang are back together to save the old Muppet Theatre from falling into the evil hands of Tex Richman (Chris Cooper). Expect laughter, tears and random outbursts of brilliant songs written by Bret McKenzie of Flight of the Conchords fame.
The Woman in Black Release Date: February 10 Why you should see it: This spooky horror may have fallen victim to the BBFC's notorious scissors to make a 12A rating, but audiences were still leaping out of their seats at the movie's world premiere in London last week. Moving from Harry Potter to Hammer Horror is a big departure for star Daniel Radcliffe, so this will test his chops as a leading man.
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Release Date: February 17 Why you should see it: There were audible whoops when Stephen Daldry's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close bagged a 'Best Picture' Academy Award nomination last week. It's the last of the major Oscar-nominated movies to hit UK shores, and with its story of a family struck by tragedy on 9/11, it's one that's sure to tug at the heartstrings. Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock and Max von Sydow feature among the impressive cast.
Which movies are you looking forward to seeing in February? Should we have included Young Adult and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance in the list? Leave your comments below!