February is actually a worse month than January for people looking for good genre films. Sure, there are romantic flicks for Valentine’s Day, and sometimes a special counterprogramming film for guys who want something for them, but mostly February is lacking the horror movies of January and is still a little early for the big movies that start to hit when spring rolls around. However, there are still some interesting movies coming out in February 2017.
Here is a look at five movies you should catch that come out in February 2017.
John Wick: Chapter 2 (Feb. 10)
Anyone who saw John Wick knows how great the movie is for people who miss balls-out action movies. Keanu Reeves is perfect in this role as a guy who can pretty much kill just about anyone and has no problems doing so. The first movie was about John Wick avenging his dog. God knows what is bringing him out this time but it is sure to be awesomely bloody.
“Retired super-assassin John Wick’s plans to resume a quiet civilian life are cut short when Italian gangster Santino D’Antonio shows up on his doorstep with a gold marker, compelling him to repay past favors. Ordered by Winston, kingpin of secret assassin society The Continental, to respect the organization’s ancient code, Wick reluctantly accepts the assignment to travel to Rome to take out D’Antonio’s sister, the ruthless capo atop the Italian Camorra crime syndicate.”
The LEGO Batman Movie (Feb. 10)
I have joked that the best Batman in the movie world is not Christian Bale, Michael Keaton, or Ben Affleck – it is LEGO Batman. Maybe it’s not a joke. Honestly, the LEGO Batman DVDs are really funny in the fact that they are self-aware and parody the Caped Crusader perfectly. I can’t wait for this movie to come out and expect it to maintain the humor of other LEGO Batman offerings.
“There are big changes brewing in Gotham, but if Batman (Will Arnett) wants to save the city from the Joker’s hostile takeover, he may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.”
A Cure for Wellness (Feb. 17)
For the last three on this list, I am just spit-balling what looks good and what doesn’t. A Cure for Wellness looks very creepy in the trailers and honestly looks like a return to form for Gore Verbinski (the man who directed the first American version of Ring). It stars Dane DeHaan, who is a pretty good young actor, and Jason Isaacs, who is great in everything. It reminds me a lot of Shutter Island and I fully expect a twist ending.
“An ambitious young executive is sent to retrieve his company’s CEO from an idyllic but mysterious “wellness center” at a remote location in the Swiss Alps. He soon suspects that the spa’s miraculous treatments are not what they seem. When he begins to unravel its terrifying secrets, his sanity is tested, as he finds himself diagnosed with the same curious illness that keeps all the guests there longing for the cure.”
Fist Fight (Feb. 17)
I’ll be honest with you. This movie looked terrible every time I saw a trailer for it. The something miraculous happened today when I saw the first red band trailer and now I actually want to see it. At first, it looked like another lame Ice Cube comedy but now it looks very R-rated and actually funny. It might suck but I am optimistic right now. If anything, it might be a new Horrible Bosses type of movie.
“On the last day of the year, mild-mannered high school English teacher Andy Campbell (Charlie Day) is trying his best to keep it together amidst senior pranks, a dysfunctional administration, and budget cuts that put jobs on the line. But things go from bad to worse when he accidentally crosses his much tougher and deeply feared colleague, Ron Strickland (Ice Cube), who challenges Campbell to an old-fashioned throwdown after school.”
Get Out (Feb. 24)
Horror movies are hit and miss. This one looks to be a very smart, very creepy, and very disturbing movie. The movie was written and directed by comic Jordan Peele from Key & Peele and is like nothing you might expect. Daniel Kaluuya stars as Chris, a black man who visits his white girlfriend’s family and finds himself in a community of white people who might be more dangerous than he ever believed. The trailers make this feel a little like The Wicker Man – the original and not the crappy Nic Cage remake. It is ranked at 100% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes at this time.
“Now that Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams), have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy and Dean. At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he never could have imagined.”