Daniel Craig as James Bond in No Time to Die (Photo: MGM)
As movie theaters in January are traditionally occupied by the previous year’s holdovers, new releases that are usually nothing more than the various studios’ tax write-offs, and the one designated hit (e.g. Ride Along in 2014, The Upside in 2019, Bad Boys for Life this year), it often feels like the new movie year doesn’t truly begin in earnest until February. So with February now upon us, it’s time to offer a sneak peek at what lies ahead over the course of the next three months, during that stretch before Black Widow kicks off the summer season on May 1. (As always, release dates are subject to change.)
FEBRUARY 7: Suicide Squad scene stealer Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) teams up with Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell), Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez) to take down a nefarious crime lord (Ewan McGregor) in Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn).
FEBRUARY 14: A remake of 2014’s highly acclaimed Swedish drama Force Majeure, Downhill stars Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus as a couple whose personal relationship is threatened after their Alps vacation is disrupted by an avalanche … With Fantasy Island, Blumhouse (the outfit behind such horror hits as Get Out and the latest Halloween) has taken the benign TV series and transformed it into a terror tale in which the guests at a remote island resort find their dreams and desires turned into nightmares … A woman (Issa Rae) who sets out to learn about her late mother’s past unexpectedly finds romance with a journalist (LaKeith Stanfield) in The Photograph … In Sonic the Hedgehog, the title critter (a CGI creation voiced by Ben Schwartz) is aided by a law officer (James Marsden) as he tries to elude the villainous Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey).
FEBRUARY 21: A follow-up to the 2016 horror flick The Boy, Brahms: The Boy II stars Katie Holmes as the mother of a young child (Christopher Convery) who befriends a spooky doll … Harrison Ford, Karen Gillen and a CGI dog star in The Call of the Wild, the latest screen adaptation of Jack London’s classic novel.
FEBRUARY 28: Although the disastrous Tom Cruise version of The Mummy led to the cancellation of Universal’s planned Dark Universe franchise, stand-alone horror flicks will still be distributed by the studio; first up is The Invisible Man, which finds a bully (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) using his disappearing act to stalk his ex-wife (Elisabeth Moss).
MARCH 6: The next Pixar production is Onward, in which two elves (voiced by Tom Holland and Chris Pratt) attempt to magically bring back their deceased father, only to conjure just his legs … After his alcoholism destroys his life, a former basketball star (Ben Affleck) seeks redemption by coaching a high school team in The Way Back.
MARCH 13: Based on the titular comic-book character, Bloodshot stars Vin Diesel as the slain soldier who returns as a modified killing machine out for revenge … I Still Believe is based on the real-life tale of singer-songwriter Jeremy Camp (KJ Apa) and his relationship with his cancer-stricken first wife (Britt Robertson) … My Spy stars Dave Bautista as a CIA agent who’s blackmailed by a little girl (Chloe Coleman) into teaching her how to become an undercover operative.
MARCH 20: A Quiet Place Part II finds the surviving members of the Abbott family (Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe, and a wee baby) risking their lives against the sound-seeking monsters by leaving their home for new frontiers.
MARCH 27: The latest Disney live-action adventure based on one of its animated smashes is Mulan, about the young woman (Yifei Liu) who disguises herself as a man in order to take the place of her sick father (Tzi Ma) in the Imperial Chinese Army.
APRIL 3: The Lovebirds stars Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani as a couple whose courtship is tested after they’re falsely accused of murder … Planned to be the first film in a new X-Men franchise until Disney bought Fox and cancelled all future X-related projects, The New Mutants finds Magik (Anya Taylor-Joy), Wolfsbane (Maisie Williams) and other young mutants coming to grips with their powers … As the title suggests, the sequel Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway finds the wascally wabbit (again voiced by James Corden) embarking on adventures far away from home.
APRIL 10: The 25th film in the 007 franchise and the fifth and last to star Daniel Craig, No Time to Die finds James Bond coming out of retirement to help old allies (Jeffrey Wright, Naomie Harris, Ralph Fiennes, etc.) take down a ruthless villain (Rami Malek).
APRIL 17: A young guy (Dylan O’Brien) living in a post-apocalyptic world must contend with all manner of ghastly creatures in the comedy Monster Problems … Trolls World Tour finds the characters from the 2016 smash Trolls (including the leads voiced by Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake) discovering that the neighboring King Thrash (Ozzy Osbourne) and his daughter (Rachel Bloom) want to destroy all types of music except for hard rock.
APRIL 24: From the producer of the Jackass franchise comes Bad Trip, with Tiffany Haddish among the celebrities taking part in a fictional film that pranks real people via hidden cameras.