February’s New Movies Are Worth Braving the Winter Chill

February's New Movies Are Worth Braving the Winter Chill

Crawl out of that binge-watching hole and spend some time at the theater this month with Chadwick Boseman, Natalie Portman, and dame Helen Mirren.

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Courtesy A Fantastic Woman

Nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, A Fantastic Woman stars Daniela Vega as a transgender waitress-slash-singer who’s forced to face judgement, prejudice, and intolerance in the wake of her older boyfriend’s untimely death.

In select theaters February 2, expanding across the country throughout February and March. Get tickets

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Courtesy Winchester

Dame Helen Mirren dons all black to play firearms heiress Sarah Winchester, a widow who swears every nook and cranny in her 160-room mansion is haunted by the souls who’ve been murdered by the rifles of her namesake. If her real-life legend is any indication, we’re in for quite the creep show.

In theaters February 2. Get tickets

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Courtesy Before We Vanish

The gist of Before We Vanish might sound like an extraterrestrial excursion akin to Invasion of the Body Snatchers, but director Kiyoshi Kurosawa is way more interested in pondering human nature than creeping you out. Don’t be afraid to hunt down this limited release, about three aliens planning a mass invasion.

In select theaters February 2.

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Courtesy Fifty Shades Freed

Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey return for a final, steamy chapter in the Fifty Shades trilogy, which follows the couple as they face marriage, a baby, and mortal danger. Casual.

In theaters February 9. Get tickets

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Getty Images The 15:17 to Paris

Clint Eastwood changes the game with a movie featuring a lead cast that involves not a single actor—no Matt Damon, Bradley Cooper, or the like. Instead, the heroes in this big-studio take on the real-life foiled terrorist plot that went down on Thalys train #9364 are all portrayed by the actual heroes themselves.

In theaters February 9. Get tickets

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Courtesy Peter Rabbit

So what if Easter’s several weeks away? Now’s as good a time as any to visit the bunny trail, especially with funnyman James Corden as the main bunny man. Margot Robbie and Daisy Ridley are along for the laughs in Will Gluck’s adaptation of Beatrix Potter’s classic.

In theaters February 9. Get tickets

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Courtesy Black Panther

Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther finally gets his highly-anticipated solo debut with this lush, sprawling adventure that directly follows the events of Captain America: Civil War. Ryan Coogler’s in the director’s chair, leading a stellar cast that includes Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Danai Gurira, Sterling K. Brown and Daniel Kaluuya.

In theaters February 16. Get tickets.

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Courtesy The Party

Tensions simmer in Sally Potter’s chamber comedy of manners, which begins as an intimate gathering of friends celebrating their hostess’s promotion and ends with a bang. The guests: Kristin Scott Thomas, Patricia Clarkson, Cherry Jones, Emily Mortimer, and Cillian Murphy, among others. The menu: savory farce with a twist.

In theaters February 16. Get tickets

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Courtesy Annihilation

Natalie Portman leads an all-female expedition including Tessa Thompson, Gina Rodriguez, and Jennifer Jason Leigh into a disaster zone known simply as Area X. It’s Ex Machina director Alex Garland’s big-screen adaptation of Jeff VanderMeer’s sci-fi page-turner, and without giving anything away, things get… extremely uneasy.

In theaters February 23. Get tickets

See more of the best book-to-movie adaptions of the year.

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Courtesy Beast of Burden

Harry Potter isn’t in Hogwarts anymore—he’s several thousand feet above Mexico on a drug-smuggling mission. An action flick that puts Daniel Radcliffe in the pilot’s seat and the burden of a dying wife on his shoulders, Swedish director Jesper Ganslandt’s seat-gripper might just be the post-Valentine’s Day thrill you need.

In theaters February 23. Get tickets

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