2018 kicked off in pretty strong fashion, all things considered. Though the first month of the year was still marked by its share of forgettable fare, films like horror sequel Insidious: The Last Key and Liam Neeson action vehicle The Commuter — the former of which currently stands as the highest-grossing domestic release of 2018 — found their audiences. Likewise, the much-lauded Paddington 2 delighted audiences in North America as much as it has overseas, and Steven Spielberg’s The Post entered wide release just in time to land Academy Award nominations for Best Picture and Best Actress contender Meryl Streep.
As we shift into February, moviegoers will be confronted with an even promising crop of releases at their local theater, ranging from Oscar-nominated foreign films to the first of three entries in the Marvel Cinematic Universe arriving this year. With so much to get to, let’s not waste any more time building suspense. Here, as always, are the 10 films we’re looking forward to in February 2018.
This Page: Winchester, A Fantastic Woman and The 15:17 to Paris
Winchester (Release Date: February 2)
Don’t let the title fool you. This isn’t the big-screen adaptation of The CW’s Supernatural. Rather, this Winchester centers on the heiress to the Winchester Repeating Arms Company (Helen Mirren), who believes she has been cursed by the victims of the guns her family has sold over the years. To evade these spirits, she sets out to build a new mansion, which may be haunted.
Based on the real-life Winchester Mystery House, the film appears poised to handle several weighty issues such as guilt and corporate responsibility through the lens of a taut horror thrill ride. Directors Peter and Michael Spierig are coming off of the success of Jigsaw — which earned more than $100 million worldwide against a $10 million production budget — so fans of their distinct style will want to check out Winchester this month.
Check out the latest trailer for Winchester.
A Fantastic Woman (Release Date: February 2)
Foreign films sadly don’t usually receive wide releases in North America, but at least A Fantastic Woman is beginning a limited run this month, likely due in part to its recent Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. The film has been a favorite this awards season, as it represents Chile’s submission for consideration.
In director Sebastián Lelio’s film, Daniela Vega plays Marina, a transgender woman who finds her life thrown upside down when her lover suddenly passes away. Marina must then contend with her beloved’s family, fighting for her place among his loved one and the freedom to be herself. In only her second screen appearance, Vega has earned widespread critical acclaim, making the film a must-see.
Check out the latest trailer for A Fantastic Woman.
The 15:17 to Paris (Release Date: February 9)
Few filmmakers are as prolific as Clint Eastwood, and in his latest string of releases, the director has been committed to bringing inspiring real-life stories to the big screen. To that end, The 15:17 to Paris is no exception. Based on the eponymous autobiography by Jeffrey E. Stern, Spencer Stone, Anthony Sadler, and Alek Skarlatos, the film is a gripping account of the 2015 attack on a train en route to Paris.
However, The 15:17 to Paris is more than just another Eastwood film about a true story. In the film, Stone, Sadler and Skarlatos all play themselves, reliving the incident and sharing their tale with the world. In other filmmaker’s hands, the thought of three non-actors anchoring this film might give one pause, but with one of Eastwood’s caliber at the helm, we’re confident the final product will surprise.
Check out the latest trailer for The 15:17 to Paris.
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