From Dune: Part Two to Liza Soberano’s Hollywood debut in Lisa Frankenstein, February is going to be a packed month.
While Valentine’s Day may take up most of the spotlight this February, let’s also not forget that there are other things to look forward to this month, such as the new movies and shows coming our way. The new content doesn’t stop with the fresh titles coming our way from the big screen to the streaming services and more. So, as you set about making your February watchlist, consider these titles as candidates for the roster.
MR. & MRS. SMITH
Some of you might be wondering why the 2004 spy movie that starred Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie needs a reboot. But we have hope in Donald Glover and Maya Erksine in this series remake. John and Jane are two spies whose latest mission is also their most personal: give up their old identities to enter an arranged marriage with each other. Each episode of this eight-episode series will have its own “mystery of the week” plot, adding to the intrigue. The show is now streaming on Prime Video.
The Plastics are back, and this time, it’s a musical. A movie adaptation of the musical adaptation of the 2004 classic, the film follows new student Cady Heron, who finds her tribe with “The Plastics,” ruled by queen bee Regina George and her minions Gretchen and Karen. However, when Cady makes the major misstep of falling for Regina’s ex-boyfriend Aaron Samuels, she finds herself prey in Regina’s crosshairs.
As Cady sets out to take down the group’s apex predator with the help of her outcast friends Janis and Damian she must learn how to stay true to herself while navigating the most cutthroat jungle of all: high school. The movie lands in local cinemas this February 7.
Stepping away from the typical troupes of the teen romance comedy, this “zom-com” from director Zelda Williams and writer Diablo Cody offers viewers a unique take on teen love between a young woman and her dead bae. Set in the 1980s, this love story follows a misunderstood teenager, Lisa, and her high school crush, who happens to be a handsome corpse.
Against all odds and after all the horrific circumstances that brought him back to life, the two embark on a murderous journey to find love, happiness, and a few missing body parts along the way. And if that wasn’t enough, Liza Soberano is making her Hollywood debut in the flick, where she plays Lisa’s step-sister, Taffy. You can catch this when the film rises from the grave and onto local cinemas this February 7.
IKAW PA RIN ANG PIPILIIN KO
Aga Muhlach’s latest flick sees him team up with another member of the Barretto family, this time Julia, in their first pairing together. The movie follows a choir director falling in love with one of his students, and if that sounds… questionable, you’re not alone. But time will tell if the film will address the wide age gap between the two leads or if we’re getting another love story of an old man falling for a young girl. You can judge it for yourself when it hits local cinemas this February 7.
There’s nothing like a rom-com that starts with a lie to get you in the mood for Valentine’s Day. When Ana is upgraded to first class on a work trip, she runs into Will. The problem? Will thinks Ana is his boss, something that Ana plays along with. Soon, a romance and other opportunities bloom, but Ana’s white lie threatens to ruin the whole thing. See how this unfolds when it streams on Prime Video beginning February 9.
A KILLER PARADOX
A detective thriller in February? You got it. When one accidental killing leads to another, an average college student finds himself stuck in an endless cat-and-mouse chase with a shrewd detective. It all goes down when the show lands on Netflix on February 9.
If you’ve been caught up on the marketing campaign of Madame Web, then you’d know it’s been rocky, to say the least. But that doesn’t mean we aren’t gonna watch it. The first comic book movie of the year tells the standalone origin story of Madame Web. The suspense-driven thriller stars Dakota Johnson as Cassandra Webb, a paramedic in Manhattan who may have clairvoyant abilities. Forced to confront revelations about her past, she forges a relationship with three young women destined for powerful futures as she protects them from a killer Spider-Man out to get all of them. It swings onto cinemas this February 14. Do you foresee this as your Valentine’s movie?
I AM NOT BIG BIRD
What do you do when your girlfriend of five years rejects your marriage proposal? Go to Thailand with your friends and have a wild time, of course. At least, that’s what Luis Carpio does in this film serving as Enrique Gil’s acting comeback. While Luis and his crew may have the time of their lives abroad, their trip gets even wilder when Luis is mistaken for a missing famous Thai porn star named Big Bird. You can probably imagine what happens next. The movie is set to drop on February 14.
If you missed Poor Things during its limited run during QCinema 2023, now’s your chance to catch it again in a local cinema with its official wide release. The eccentric film centers on the idea of a woman finding her autonomy in a strange world. Emma Stone delivers a top-tier performance as Bella Baxter, a young woman who is brought to life by Dr. Godwin Baxter.
In the hopes of learning about the world, Bella runs off with a lawyer named Duncan Wedderburn as she stumbles on adventures equal parts humorous and enlightening. Exciting, funny, and whimsical, Poor Things is an uncompromising riot on womanhood you don’t want to miss. It screens in local theaters this February 14.
One of the darlings of the 2024 awards season is finally getting a Philippine release. The acclaimed film follows a cranky history at a remote prep school who is forced to remain on campus over the winter break as he watches over a troubled student and a grieving cook. The movie has an Ayala Malls exclusive limited run beginning this February 21.
Sure, you can spend February watching romantic movies. But you can also include a horror movie in your watchlist as well. The movie centers on Ray Waller, a former major league baseball player forced into early retirement by a degenerative illness.
Secretly hoping, against the odds, to return to pro ball, Ray persuades his wife, Eve, that their new home’s shimmering backyard swimming pool will be fun for the kids and provide physical therapy for him. But a dark secret in the home’s past will unleash a malevolent force that will drag the family under, into the depths of inescapable terror. It swims onto cinemas this February 21.
AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER
Years after it was first announced, Aang and crew are back in the live-action space in Netflix’s highly-anticipated series adaptation of the popular animated series. Season one of the live-action reimagining has already sparked heated discourse online, but we’re hopeful it does justice to the beloved series. It streams on Netflix this February 22.
February is a busy month for people hoping to catch some acclaimed Cinemalaya movies. Gitling will be released in limited cinemas nationwide this February 7 while As If It’s True will land on Netflix on the 15th. But the biggest one is arguably Iti Mapukpukaw getting a streaming release this month. This technical achievement follows a troubled animator confronting buried memories while outrunning a mysterious alien from his past. While the country’s chosen film for the 2023 Oscars failed to make it on the shortlist, it is still a fine film and one that should be on your radar when it drops on Netflix on February 24.
DUNE: PART TWO
It’s time to go back to the sands of Arrakis. The sequel is set to explore the mythic journey of Paul Atreides as he unites with Chani and the Fremen while on a warpath of revenge against the conspirators who destroyed his family. Facing a choice between the love of his life and the fate of the known universe, he endeavors to prevent a terrible future only he can foresee. You can catch this in local cinemas this February 28. And if you need a refresh, 2021’s Dune will return exclusively to IMAX starting February 7, which also includes a sneak peek at Dune: Part Two.
THE IMPOSSIBLE HEIR
Cap off your February with this K-drama about a man on a revenge quest to get what he wants from his family. Born into an impoverished single-parent household with nothing but his good looks and charm, Kang Inha is ravenous for success. Determined to make something of himself, no matter the cost, Inha discovers that his father is the chairman of the hugely successful Kangoh Group and leaves his life of poverty behind.
Shunned by the rest of his new family, Inha partners with his intellectually gifted friend Han Taeoh, hatching a plan from a young age to take over the company and seize their spots at the top of society. Realizing success early on, the pair steadily begin their ascent until an equally ambitious woman with a similarly troubled past threatens to derail their plans forever. The series streams on Disney+ this February 28.
Set those binging hours for these new seasons coming your way this month. Abbot Elementary Season 3 (February 7), Halo Season 2 (February 8), RuPaul’s Drag Race: UK vs the World Season 2 (February 9), The Bad Batch The Final Season (February 21).
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