These Are the Must-See Movies and TV Shows Premiering in February

These Are the Must-See Movies and TV Shows Premiering in February

It’s February, the month of love. That means you can expect the arrival of more than a few romantic TV shows and movies to mark the occasion. However, this month is also full of superhero and horror stories, fortunately with offerings that think a bit more outside the box of their respective genres.

First, we see the return of the team that made Nightcrawler, this time in the form of a Netflix horror movie set in the art world. Then, we have the sequel to Blumhouse sleeper hit Happy Death Day.

Over on the capes and cowl side, Doom Patrol and The Umbrella Academy are set to arrive on the DC Universe streaming platform and Netflix, respectively. Both showcase a young superhero team, not unlike the X-Men, but with their own spin on the premise. Lastly, as a bonus, we have two Jordan Peele-produced shows in anticipation of the release of his rebooted Twilight Zone in the coming months.

Check out the list below, ranging from some of the must-see releases to the more under-the-radar films and TV shows to look forward to in February.

Movies

Velvet Buzzsaw (February 1)

It’s February, the month of love. That means you can expect the arrival of more than a few romantic TV shows and movies to mark the occasion. However, this month is also full of superhero and horror stories, fortunately with offerings that think a bit more outside the box of their respective genres.

First, we see the return of the team that made Nightcrawler, this time in the form of a Netflix horror movie set in the art world. Then, we have the sequel to Blumhouse sleeper hit Happy Death Day.

Over on the capes and cowl side, Doom Patrol and The Umbrella Academy are set to arrive on the DC Universe streaming platform and Netflix, respectively. Both showcase a young superhero team, not unlike the X-Men, but with their own spin on the premise. Lastly, as a bonus, we have two Jordan Peele-produced shows in anticipation of the release of his rebooted Twilight Zone in the coming months.

Check out the list below, ranging from some of the must-see releases to the more under-the-radar films and TV shows to look forward to in February.

Movies

Velvet Buzzsaw (February 1)

Jake Gyllenhaal plays a posh art critic who’s at the center of the art world’s big money artist and mega-collectors, but when a woman passes off entrancing artwork from her deceased neighbor, things get creepy.

Why it’s worth your time: Netflix reunites Gyllenhaal with Nightcrawler‘s director Dan Gilroy, this time in a horror movie set within the Los Angeles contemporary art scene. Not only is that a fresh approach to the genre, but it may also showcase a dark insight into the profession, similar to the duo’s previous work.

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (February 8)

Five years after the original movie, Bricksberg has become a wasteland called Apocalypseburg due to constant alien invasions. After Wyldstyle and her friends are kidnapped by Queen Watevra Wa-Nabi (Tiffany Haddish) in a plot to marry Batman, it’s up to Emmet (Chris Pratt) to save the day.

Why it’s worth your time: Similar to how the original film had a layered subtext about capitalism, its sequel will also bounce off themes of gender issues, specifically the gendered marketing around children’s toys.

Cold Pursuit (February 8)

Nels Coxman’s (Liam Neeson) quaint life as a snowplow driver comes crashing down when his beloved son is mysteriously murdered. His search for the truth soon becomes a quest for revenge against a psychotic drug lord named Viking and his equally as sleazy nicknamed henchmen.

Why it’s worth your time: It’s Taken with a dash of The Grey, both off which starred Neeson as a badass killing machine. Although this film sees his character as a bit milder mannered and less birthed for action, it is still a revenge tale that will see him put a particular set of skills into practice, whether or not they’ve been developed as a trained killer or a snowplow man.

High Flying Bird (February 8)

In the midst of a pro basketball lockout, sports agent Ray Burke (André Holland) finds himself caught in the face-off between the league and the players, attempting to use his clients’ value as basketball players to take control from the NBA and shift the league’s traditional power dynamic. The outcome raises questions of who owns the game – and who ought to.

Why it’s worth your time: This is Steven Soderbergh‘s first feature film for Netflix, and the second he made with an iPhone camera. It looks like it will give insight into the behind-the-scenes dynamics of the NBA and the misdistribution of power and profit in pro basketball.

Happy Death Day 2U (February 13)

College student Tree Gelbman becomes the target of a masked killer once again when she wakes up in an alternate reality. When the psychopath starts to go after her inner circle this time, Tree soon realizes that she must die over and over again to save her friends.

Why it’s worth your time: The original film was inventive for a horror film, especially since it could’ve relied on an abundance of violence or family drama like other contemporary films of its genre. Despite being rated PG-13 and having a high-concept premise, it was able to retain its scare factor when it needed, and it appears the sequel will follow suit.

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