Awards season is in full swing: the Golden Globes, PGAs and SAG Awards have all been handed out, and Hollywood is holding its breath to see which films will take home Oscar gold come March 4th. While the award for Best Picture is up for grabs, with The Shape of Water, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and Lady Bird all having a serious shot at the big prize, one film that is favored to win at least one award (Director? Screenplay?) is Get Out. Jordan Peele’s smash hit is not only the first horror film to be nominated for Best Picture since 1991’s awards-sweeping Silence of the Lambs, but is also the first film since then to have been released in the month of February. This year’s slate of movies coming out in the month of Valentine’s Day seems to continue this trend of quality, with lots of choices to satisfy all moviegoers.
Sandwiched between the Oscar rush of the end of the year and the blockbuster season that seems to get earlier and earlier every single year, February’s slate of films coming to cinemas has a great mix of big-budget studio fare and smaller films, ultimately offering up something for everyone: whether you want to see the first black superhero in his own film since 2004’s awful Blade: Trinity, the so-bad-it’s-good conclusion to everyone’s favorite BDSM-laden trilogy, an action-comedy with a stellar cast, a claymation film about hilarious cavemen, or a film based on a true story starring the people who lived that true story, February kicks the year off right after the slow month of January (other than the phenomenal highest-rated-on-Rotten-Tomatoes Paddington 2). Here are February's best new movies in theaters.