February boasts two big movie releases, but there are plenty more we’re excited to see.
Buena Vista chose a February release for the hotly anticipated Black Panther, timed for Black History Month. The film is based on the comic book character created by Stan Lee in the 1960s. Black Panther is the alter ego of T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), King of Wakanda, a technologically advanced fictional African nation. If you saw Captain America: Civil War in 2016, you already know Black Panther. He will also appear in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War, set to release on May 4.
February is also the month we celebrate romantic love on Valentine’s Day, and that means the third installment of the Fifty Shades franchise. It seems wedding bells are set to ring for Anastasia and Christian, our favorite BSDM couple.
If you’re not into comic books or safe words, don’t worry. There are still some other great movies to catch at the cinema. Here are our top picks.
1. Winchester (Feb. 2)
Sarah Winchester (Helen Mirren), heiress to the Winchester gun empire, believes the souls of all the people killed by her family’s guns are haunting her. To appease them, she builds room after room in her house with construction going 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The story is inspired by the real Sarah Winchester, whose home is near San Francisco, California.
2. Fifty Shades Freed (Feb. 9)
Anastasia Steel (Dakota Johnson) and Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) are finally tying the knot — er, the proverbial knot, not a knot in the velvet rope from the red room.
3. Peter Rabbit (Feb. 9)
This animated film based on Beatrix Potter’s classic children’s books stars Peter Rabbit (James Cordon), Flopsie (Margot Robbie) and Cottontail (Daisy Ridley) as the lead cuddle-bunnies. Like all hungry rabbits, they’re desperate to get into the neighbor’s vegetable garden and eat whatever they can find. This is a fresh, hip take on the familiar story.
4. Black Panther (Feb. 16)
T’Challa, aka Black Panther (Boseman), must return to his home in futuristic Wakanda to take over as king when his father passes away. Lupita Nyong’o and Angela Bassett also star.
5. Early Man (Feb. 16)
This animated film is set in prehistoric times, where cavemen ruled a world filled with creatures like woolly mammoths and dire wolves. Dug (Eddie Redmayne) and Goonah (Maisie Williams) must work together to unite their tribe just as the Bronze Age is beginning to dawn.
6. Samson (Feb. 16)
Based on the Biblical story of Samson and Delilah, Samson (Taylor James) is a young Hebrew man whose long hair gives him incredible strength. He must fight his cruel king and wicked lover, Delilah (Caitlin Leahy), to save his people.
7. The Party (Feb. 16)
Kristin Scott Thomas, Emily Mortimer and Cillian Murphy star in this drama about a woman on the verge of her dream job. When she throws a dinner party to celebrate, things don’t go as planned when long-held secrets begin to be revealed.
8. Game Night (Feb. 23)
Rachel McAdams, Jesse Plemons and Jason Bateman play a group of friends who enjoy weekly game nights. The game changes, however, when they discover one friend has been murdered.
9. The War With Grandpa (Feb. 23)
When Grandpa (Robert De Niro) comes for an unexpected stay, young Peter (Oaks Fegly) is not happy about sharing his room with him. To get Grandpa out for good, Peter declares war.
10. Annihilation (Feb. 23)
When a biologist (Natalie Portman) signs up for a dangerous secret expedition, she quickly learns that in this new world, the usual laws of nature don’t apply.
11. Half Magic (Feb. 23)
Written by, directed by and starring Heather Graham, Half Magic is about three women who band together to fight sexism, bad relationships and low self-esteem.
12. Every Day (Feb. 23)
Rhiannon (Angourie Rice) is a shy teenager who falls in love with someone whose soul mysteriously inhabits a different body every day, regardless of gender or race. Based on the best-selling novel by David Levithan.