Top 10 Upcoming Movies of February 2018

Here are the top movies to look forward to in the month ahead.

Lots of movies get released every month. Keeping track of which ones to watch can be a struggle, especially when limited releases or straight-to-video films get involved. We’ve got you covered.

Here are the movies to keep a look out for in February.


The 15:17 to Paris

Clint Eastwood is directing another soldier movie—but this time starring the real soldiers who experienced the event in question, which involves a terrorist confrontation on a train headed to Paris. Spencer Stone, Anthony Sadler, and Alek Skarlatos play themselves in the film. That gimmick didn’t work for Act of Valor, but if anyone’s going to pull it off, maybe Eastwood’s the right person for the job.


Annihilation

Alex Garland made his directorial debut a couple of years back with Ex Machina a fascinating movie that ranked among the best of its year. His second film is Annihilation, which has a great cast (led by Natalie Portman) and is based on a well-received novel. Garland’s track record isn’t huge—he’s previously been more of a writer than a director—but until he shows us wrong, his movies are at the top of any “must-see” lists I’m making.


Black Panther

The Marvel machine is unstoppable at this point, with every movie made under the MCU brand more or less something that has to be seen. But Black Panther seems even more of a must-watch property. It’s going to be next to impossible to ignore the racial element of the film, but the fact of the matter is that it’s going to do something that hasn’t been done before and has a great deal of talented people in front of and behind the camera. It looks fantastic.


Early Man

Only a couple of studios are consistently making stop-motion animated films. Aardman, the team behind Wallace & Gromit and Chicken Run, is behind Early Man, which looks to be on par with their other efforts. They make interesting, funny, and smart movies that both children and adults can enjoy. Hopefully that trend continues here.


Fifty Shades Freed

Sure, maybe you aren’t terribly excited about Fifty Shades Freed, the third and (please, oh please) final Fifty Shades movie. Will it be good? Probably not. But it’s got an audience that wants to see it, and I’m happy it’s over. The second movie is slightly better than the first, so maybe that will continue here and the third will be passable? Probably not, but at the very least it’s a finale film and it looks like things happen in it that are at least potentially interesting.


Game Night

While trailers are inherently bad—they can be misleading, filled with spoilers, or contain the best jokes, meaning the film loses value—the one for Game Night made me laugh. I hope that there’s more to it than the trailer shows, but if you watch the trailer and laugh, then it’ll be one to keep on your radar.


Mute

Mute is a “spiritual sequel” to Moon, the great movie from 2009 that saw Sam Rockwell alone on the Moon. Duncan Jones may have struck out with his Warcraft movie, but his other two movies are both great, and this one’s headed to Netflix, meaning it won’t even cost you anything additional to watch it. You shouldn’t need any more information to convince yourself to watch it. And if you haven’t seen Moon? You’ve got a few weeks to fix that.


Permission

The IMDb synopsis for Permission reads: “A woman on the brink of a marriage proposal is told by a friend that she should date other men before spending the rest of her life with her boyfriend.”

If that doesn’t interest you, here’s a better reason: it stars Rebecca Hall, who is one of the most underrated actors currently working. The cast also contains Dan Stevens, Jason Sudeikis, and Gina Gershon. It sounds interesting to me, and I’ll watch Hall in anything, so I’m in.


Peter Rabbit

Peter Rabbit looks atrocious. There are only two reasons to watch it. (1) You have children and you’ve already seen Early Man and there’s nothing else to go see. (2) To hate-watch it with friends. This looks like a complete butchering of the beloved children’s character. I have no confidence this will be good, even with a very solid cast, but it might be fun to laugh at.


Winchester

Helen Mirren is starring in a horror movie. That movie is being directed by the two men behind Daybreakers and Predestination. That movie could have been dumped into January but was instead given a slightly better date in February—which has turned from a dumping ground to a respectable release month. Will Winchester be good? Probably not, honestly. But am I interested in it? You bet I am.