February Picks: The Movies and Shows You Can't Miss

by IMDb-Editors | last updated - 1 month ago

The IMDb editors choose February's must-see movies, TV shows, and more.

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Rene Russo and Jake Gyllenhaal in Velvet Buzzsaw (2019)

Velvet Buzzsaw | In select theaters and on Netflix Friday, Feb. 1

In any other director's hands, I'd write this off as pure schlock; something out of the direct-to-video bargain bin, or even a reboot of an old Vincent Price revenge film (say, Theater of Blood or The Abominable Dr. Phibes). But in the hands of Dan Gilroy (2014's incredible Nightcrawler), I have faith, particularly when it comes to infusing life into a pretty campy premise. Nightcrawler co-stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo are teaming back up, and the supporting cast includes Toni Collette, John Malkovich, and Natalia Dyer. — James G

Natasha Lyonne and Elizabeth Ashley in Russian Doll (2019)

"Russian Doll" | Premieres Friday, Feb. 1 on Netflix

I'm a sucker for a time-loop trope in any incarnation, be it the classic Groundhog Day variety, or the sci-fi spin in Edge of Tomorrow. So obviously, I can't wait for the new Netflix series "Russian Doll," an eight-episode saga starring (and co-created by) Natasha Lyonne ("Orange Is the New Black"). Like Groundhog Day, it's darkly comedic, exploring one woman's attempts to escape from a party being thrown in her honor, with her actions always leading to death. Will she break the cycle? How quickly will I binge-watch this series? All will be answered on February 1. — Vanessa

Elizabeth Banks and Chris Pratt in The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (2019)

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part | In theaters Friday, Feb. 8

At this time of year, when HappyLight lamps and vitamin D supplements aren't quite enough to get through a dark Pacific Northwest winter, The Lego Movie 2 comes to save the day. I'm not asking for much, just some cool effects, a few genuine LOLs (courtesy of a screenplay by original Lego Movie-helmers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller), and the cinematic equivalent of shoving Skittles into my eye sockets. Just put some Clockwork Orange eyelid clamps on me and sit me in the back, where no kids can kick my seat. Daddy needs to look at some pretty colors. — James G

Dylan O'Brien in Weird City (2019)

"Weird City" | Premieres Wednesday, Feb. 13 on YouTube Premium

Jordan Peele is everywhere these days. Us, his follow-up to Get Out, is in theaters on March 22, with his "Twilight Zone" reboot following in April. And February isn't Peele-free, either: His new comedy sci-fi anthology series "Weird City" premieres on YouTube Premium on Feb. 13. The six-episode series sets current-day issues (social media addiction, online dating, fitness obsession) in a bizarre near-future setting, and feels like "Black Mirror" with the humor dialed up to 100. Guest stars include Dylan O'Brien, Mark Hamill, Laverne Cox, Michael Cera, and LeVar Burton. — Vanessa

Rebel Wilson, Adam Devine, and Liam Hemsworth in Isn't It Romantic (2019)

Isn't It Romantic | In Theaters Wednesday, Feb. 13

I love a good rom-com, but I love it even more when Hollywood parodies itself, so Isn't It Romantic really is right in my wheelhouse. Rebel Wilson stars as a woman who hates romantic comedies, yet finds herself trapped in one, essentially setting the film up to make fun of all the ridiculous tropes we usually see in the genre. The movie honestly looks super goofy, but in the best way possible. As someone whose been watching "The Punisher," "True Detective," and "Conversations with a Killer," I am looking forward to a nice, light, palate cleanser just in time for Valentine's Day. — Kelsey

Carmiña Martínez in Pájaros de verano (2018)

Birds of Passage | In Theaters Wednesday, Feb. 13

This slow-burning crime-drama has earned praise from filmmakers like Damien Chazelle for its measured narrative, which focuses on a young man trying to honor his indigenous roots as he is pulled into Colombia's burgeoning marijuana trade. The movie has a documentary feel to it, and the filmmakers who brought us Embrace of the Serpent are behind this clan war, so prepared to be wowed visually at the very least. — Arno

Nick Frost, Lena Headey, and Florence Pugh in Fighting with My Family (2019)

Fighting with My Family | In Theaters Thursday, Feb. 14

No disrespect to Mike "The Miz" Mizanin, but it's about time we got a good WWE Studios film. Yep, the folks behind fare like Santa's Little Helper and The Marine 6 finally score with Fighting with My Family, and all it took was an unbelievable true story (the rags-to-riches rise of Saraya-Jade Bevis, who grew up in an infamous British wrestling clan before making it big as WWE superstar Paige), and an ultra-talented cast and crew (Lena Headey, Florence Pugh, Nick Frost, writer/director Stephen Merchant and, of course, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson). As a wrestling fan, I'm actually excited to see it ... and that's definitely a departure. — James M

Adam Godley and Ellen Page in The Umbrella Academy (2019)

"The Umbrella Academy" | Premieres Friday, Feb. 15 on Netflix

As a massive fan of UK superhero series "Misfits," I'm looking forward to this action series with several shades of that cult drama ... not least the presence of Robert Sheehan. This new show centers on a disbanded group of superheroes who reunite following the death of their adoptive father, who trained them to save the world. As well as offering an edgier take on the superhero genre, it also includes a talking chimp named Dr. Pogo. Sold! — Michael

Lorena Bobbitt in Lorena (2019)

"Lorena" | Premieres Friday, Feb. 15 on Prime Video

The Lorena Bobbitt trial was one of the first of its kind to be sensationalized as part of a 24-hour news cycle. As someone who was young when the trial actually happened, my knowledge of it is pretty much limited to Wikipedia, so I can't wait to watch the docu-series, which looks beyond mere media coverage of the case. Add on that its produced by Jordan Peele, and I have a feeling it's going to be one of the better true-crime series of the year. — Kelsey

Matt Bomer in Doom Patrol (2019)

"Doom Patrol" | Premieres Friday, Feb. 15 on DC Universe

I wasn't a comic-book obsessive growing up, but friends who were made sure to supply me with a steady diet of their favorites, and I remember how "Doom Patrol" introduced me to Grant Morrison, a writer whose work has continued to resonate with me into adulthood. I don't have any deep insights into this misfit troop — I just like that comic superheroes are finally embracing their weirdness, at least on TV, and I'm into the ongoing connection with the show "Titans." I always root for the underdog, and hope that DC becomes the preferred comics brand in time. — Arno

Jay Baruchel and America Ferrera in How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019)

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World | In theaters Friday, Feb. 22

Close to a decade after How to Train Your Dragon became a massive breakout hit, the animated trilogy is drawing to a close. The epic scope of this final installment shows just how far animation has come since 2010, and the filmmakers have gone all-out to give Hiccup and his dragon companion, Toothless, the send-off they deserve. Thankfully, there are more than 100 episodes of the TV spin-off series to enjoy for anyone looking for more adventures with the colorful characters of Berk. — Michael