It's February y'all, and that means that Punxsutawney Phil *checks notes* has already decreed that we've got six more weeks of winter.

That's six more weeks of movies on the couch featuring your favorite smoking hot beverage in hand. Six more weeks of your brothers-and-sisters-in-social-distancing-solidarity group sending emojis back and forth with reckless abandon. And six more weeks with the blanket nana made us draped around our shoulders like we're a Phantom of the Opera stand-in.

Well, let's be honest, we've been rocking a cape since March of last year, alas—

Fortunately, month dos of 2021 brings to us Valentine's Day (or Galentine's day, we salute you), Black History Month, and an eclectic variety of movies to get you through the next six weeks like a boss.

Too many to choose from? We've also got a few callouts, just for you.

 

February 2021 PPV Highlights

 

For a #CouplesGoals Valentine's Day

For those of you who didn't blow through all the romance movies in your queue over the holidays, we submit to you, the "oh yeah, I remember that trailer" movie. Not a new release, per se, but it's technically new if you've never seen it before.

 

The Photograph

 

What makes The Photograph worth a look (or a revisit for you completionists out there), is that it's not only a love story about our leading boy (LaKeith Stanfield) or leading girl (Issa Rae) — with an amazing array of top-shelf performances turned in by their supporting cast (newcomer Chanté Adams and Y'lan Noel) — but a love story about legacy.

We often think about how we may never live up to our parents' legacy, or how we may try to avoid it by doing everything in our power not to follow in their footsteps, but what The Photograph asks you to consider is what are you afraid to regret? It's a beautiful and timely film that will make you laugh, cry, and most importantly, think about the ones closest to you.

 

When you realized they were the one.

 

Honorable Mention: A Boy. A Girl. A Dream.

 

For When The Cause Is Bigger Than One Person.

Another quick, but critical detour on the path to the coveted PPV button is a film that will be making its debut both in theaters and on HBO Max on February 12th. It also stars LaKeith Stanfield (almost like we planned that), Daniel Kaluuya, *gasp* get out, and Jesse Plemons, and has one of the most anthemic first trailers in recent memory.

We submit to you, the movie everyone will be talking about going into Valentine's Day weekend, and is already receiving Oscar buzz for the delayed Academy Awards ceremony currently scheduled for later this year.

 

Judas and the Black Messiah

 

The last time LaKeith Stanfield and Daniel Kaluuya shared the screen, the thinking-man's horror movie was extinct, social commentary was a sci-fi trope, and comedian Jordan Peele with a straight face undersold what may be one of the most influential horror movies of all time.

Fast forward to 2021, and these two leading men are bringing real-life characters to the screen, during a time when art may be one of the most important ways to heal ideologically divisive wounds. Regardless, we can't wait for this one to drop.

 

Only in theaters and streaming on HBO Max, February 12

 

Honorable Mention: The Hate U Give or our full Black Experience list.

 

For When Pure Escapism Is All You Really Need Right Now

Here's the deal readers, Nicholas Cage has been turning in cult classic after cult classic since his last mainstream cult classic playing Big Daddy in Kick-Ass. So, look no further than Mandy and Mom & Dad for live-action gems, or to The Croods and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse for more family-friendly fare.

But we gotta say, it was this trailer in particular that our favorite 90s action hero had us committed to a day one watch.

 

Willy's Wonderland

 

Few trailers leave us speechless...

 

Not today, Demon Ostrich. NOT. TO-DAY.

 

Honorable Mention: If you really want to get weird, Bubba Ho-Tep.

 

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Coming Soon | *Release dates subject to change*

DATEWHAT TO WATCH
2/2/2021Let Him Go
2/2/2021Wild Mountain Thyme
2/2/2021Love, Weddings & Other Disasters
2/2/2021Archenemy
2/2/20212 Hearts
2/2/2021Breach
2/5/2021Son of the South
2/5/2021The Right One
2/5/2021The Reckoning
2/5/2021Courting Mom and Dad
2/5/2021Payback
2/9/2021Greenland
2/9/2021Freaky
2/9/2021The Stand-In
2/12/2021Barb and Star go to Vista Del Mar
2/12/2021Fear of Rain
2/12/2021Me You Madness
2/12/2021Willy's Wonderland
2/12/2021Wonder Woman 1984
2/12/2021Music
2/12/2021Skyfire
2/16/2021Shadow in the Cloud
2/16/2021Supernova
2/16/2021Sister of the Groom
2/19/2021Body Brokers
2/19/2021Silk Road
2/19/2021The Sinners
2/23/2021The Croods: A New Age
2/23/2021Wrong Turn
2/23/2021The Sword and the Scoob
2/23/2021Redemption Day
2/26/2021Minari
2/26/2021The Vigil
2/26/2021Safer at Home

 

But, I've seen all these! There's always one. You know who you are. Check out our January list to catch up on what you may have missed, and stay tuned for March!

PS: You — What's the movie starring Chloë Grace Moretz in the header image? Answer: Shadow in the Cloud. K, bye! 

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