Quit swiping through an endless stream of "blah." Here is the one thing that you should watch in February in theaters and on all the major streaming services.
In Theaters: Nomadland
Where your local IMAX theater is open, and most importantly where it's safe, there will be no immersive experience like watching Chloe Zhao's likely Best Picture nominee on the super big screen. This modest western drama may not seem like the kind of film that lends itself to a giant IMAX screen, but Joshua James Richards' award-winning, stark cinematography will never look more brilliant.
Drama / 2020 / R
A woman embarks on a journey through the American West after losing everything during the recession.
Netflix: Malcolm & Marie
If you haven't streamed "Malcolm & Marie," we highly recommend that you do. Leads John David Washington and Zendaya play the titular roles in an intimate and intense drama that plays out over the course of one night. For all of us starved for some theatrics these days, cinematic or otherwise, "Malcolm & Marie" will be the next best thing to watching a play than being in the theater itself.
Malcolm & Marie
Drama / 2021
Smoldering tensions and painful revelations push a filmmaker and his girlfriend toward a romantic reckoning.
Owen Wilson and Salma Hayek star in this sci-fi drama that blends the ideas from "The Matrix" with a real-life hypothetical. Wilson plays a down-and-out divorcé who meets a mysterious lady (Hayek) that convinces him that reality is just one big computer simulation. If you have already streamed and enjoyed Amazon's 2020 series "Upload," you might enjoy a deeper take on a similar theme, from sci-fi indie director Mike Cahill ("I Origins," "Another Earth").
Science Fiction / 2021
An unfulfilled man and a mysterious woman believe they are living in a simulated reality, but when their newfound "Bliss" world begins to bleed into the "ugly" world, they must decide what's real and where they truly belong.
Hulu: The United States vs. Billie Holiday
Unlike previous years, your access to all the top award contenders this year is easier than ever. You can partly thank the pandemic for that, but this has been a growing trend for some time. Hulu's entry, which will be streaming later in the month, tells the story of legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday, and the time she was betrayed by an ex in a Federal Bureau of Narcotics sting operation. Look for a transformative performance from singer and actress Andra Day, who is nominated for a Critics Choice Award and a Golden Globe for her portrayal of Holiday.
- Coming to Hulu Feb. 26
The United States vs. Billie Holiday
Biography / 2021
The Federal Bureau of Narcotics launches an undercover sting operation against jazz singer Billie Holiday.
HBO: Judas and the Black Messiah
We already told you to stream it, so what are you waiting for? Daniel Kaluuya shines in a remarkable portrayal of activist Fred Hampton, in this behind-the-scenes look at the Black Panther Party and the events that led to his betrayal and death. Kaluuya is an awards favorite this year. His performance has landed him SAG and Golden Globe nods, and will likely lead to Oscar consideration. Lakeith Stanfield is a standout as well for his role as FBI informant Bill O'Neal.
Judas and the Black Messiah
Biography / 2021 / R
Offered a plea deal by the FBI, William O'Neal infiltrates the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party to gather intelligence on Chairman Fred Hampton.
Disney+: Avengers: Age of Ultron
With all eyes focused on Marvel's hit TV show "WandaVision" on Disney+, why not turn the dial over to the movie that introduced the two title heroes to the canon? All the nuggets for "WandaVision" are there, from the backstory to Wanda's (Elizabeth Olsen) trauma and the death of her brother Pietro (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), along with the creation of Vision (Paul Bettany) as a counter to Tony Stark's (Robert Downey, Jr.) rogue A.I. Ultron (voice: James Spader). And, when you're done here, keep the Marvel movie marathon going with eight more MCU movies to help you get caught up on all the mystery and drama in the popular show.
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Action / 2015
When Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) jump-starts a dormant peacekeeping program, things go terribly awry, forcing him, Thor (Chris Hemsworth), the Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and the rest of the Avengers to reassemble. As the fate of Earth hangs in the balance, the team is put to the ultimate test as they battle Ultron, a technological terror hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they encounter two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Pietro and Wanda Maximoff.
Digital On Demand: Minari
Another awards contender, "Minari" will be available to watch on Premium VOD at the end of the month. Lee Isaac Chung's personal story about a Korean-American family and the hardships they face as they carve a life out in America's heartland is a story more of us should watch and hear. Steven Yeun is a standout as the father who strives for a better life for his family. Between Yeun's performance here and his previous turns in 2018's "Burning" and "Sorry to Bother You," he has greatly proven himself beyond the confines of his more well known zombie fighting role from "The Walking Dead."
- In theaters now; coming to PVOD Feb. 26th
Drama / 2020 / PG-13
A Korean American family moves to an Arkansas farm in search of its own American dream. Amidst the challenges of this new life in the strange and rugged Ozarks, they discover the undeniable resilience of family and what really makes a home.