You can enjoy several notable theatrical and home video releases this month as love is in the air for February (NOTE: all release dates are subject to change).
Finding Dory swims out of the gate first on the 1st on Netflix while Babe, Babe: Pig in the City, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch & The Wardrobe and The Nightmare Before Christmas will also release.
Netflix will follow-up on the 2nd with the release of the critically acclaimed American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson.
Theatrical releases on the third will include space drama The Space Between Us starring Asa Butterfield (Ender’s Game) as a young man who visits Earth after only knowing life on Mars. The Oscar® nominated documentary I Am Not Your Negro featuring writer/activist James Baldwin will also get a limited release.
Love watching Wayne and Garth? They will be heading back to theaters to celebrate the Wayne’s World 25th birthday bash on February 7 and 8. Audiences can stay after the show to enjoy a pre-recorded roundtable discussion with the comedy film’s director Penelope Spheeris, Rolling Stone film critic Peter Travers, and select cast members. See http://www.waynesworld25.com/ for all locations.
Home movie releases on the 7th will include the animated Elena and the Secret of Avalor, holiday family drama Almost Christmas, historical race relations drama Loving, and the amazing documentary The Eagle Huntress, which follows a 13-year old nomadic girl in Mongolia and is narrated by Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens).
Look for the digital HD release of Hacksaw Ridge also on the seventh. Based on true events, this war drama/romance stars Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spider-Man, The Social Network) as World War II U.S. Army Medic Desmond T. Doss who serviced our country and was the first Conscientious Objector (refuse to carry a weapon/kill people) to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. Mel Gibson directs and Teresa Palmer, Hugo Weaving, Sam Worthington (Avatar and the upcoming adaptation of The Shack) and Vince Vaughn co-star.The animated musical comedy Trolls will also release and features the musical talents of leads Princess Poppy, played by Anna Kendrick (Into the Woods, The Accountant) and Branch, played by Justin Timberlake.
On the 10th, The LEGO Batman Movie will put a comic spin on the Dark Knight with Will Arnett returning to voice this Caped Crusader/Bruce Wayne along with Ralph Fiennes as Alfred, Michael Cera as Robin/Dick Grayson, Rosario Dawson as Barbara Gordon plus Zach Galifianakis voicing the Joker and Jenny Slate (The Secret Life of Pets) voicing Harley Quinn.
In John Wick 2, Keanu Reeves will return as skilled assassin along with his Matrix co-star Laurence Fishbourne in this relentless action film full of fighting, gunplay and amazing stunts.
Set in London during the late 1940s A United Kingdom will get a limited release and stars David Oyelowo (The Queen of Katwe) and Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) as a Botswana prince who marries a Caucasian woman in this drama.
On Valentine’s Day, the 14th, Doctor Strange will release Digital HD/3D & Disney Movies Anywhere while Paramount Home Media Distribution will offer Wayne’s World double feature on DVD and Digital HD. The iTunes edition will include new extra features.
Director Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi thriller Arrival will be a high profile release thanks to several recent Oscar® nominations and stars Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Forest Whitaker. Other releases will include the financial crime drama The Crash starring AnnaSophia Robb (Bridge to Terabithia) and Maggie Q, boxing drama Bleed For This, director Ang Lee’s star-filled military drama Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, and coming-of-age comedy The Edge of Seventeen starring Hailee Steinfeld.
On the 17th, Netflix will debut their third season of their original Chef’s Table series along with the fourth season of DreamWorks Dragons: Race to the Edge.
Theaters will put on a Fist Fight in the school comedy starring Ice Cube and Charlie Day and the mystery thriller A Cure For Wellness.
Visionary director Zhang Yimou (Hero, House of Flying Daggers) will also debut his epic action film The Great Wall starring Matt Damon as a mercenary who encounters a dire situation at the Great Wall of China. Andy Lau, Willem Dafoe, and Tian Jing also star.
Viewers can set sail on the 21st for Moana on Digital HD/3D & Disney Movies Anywhere before the later home video release on physical disc. Other releases will include the Oscar® nominated dramas Hacksaw Ridge, Manchester by the Sea and Nocturnal Animals.
On the 24th, the theaters will have the action thriller Collide starring Anthony Hopkins, Nicolas Hoult and Felicity Jones and animated comedy Rock Dog about a dog becoming a musician.
Netflix will release 10 hour-long episodes of Ultimate Beastmaster featuring athletes from all around the world running special obstacle courses as well as the first season of their original VeggieTales in the City series.
On the 28th, the latest Marvel superhero film Doctor Strange will release on Digital HD/3D & Disney Movies Anywhere. Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel McAdams, Mads Mikkelsen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong and Tilda Swinton.
The inspiring drama Chronic tackles a topical subject where caregivers serve terminally ill patients. Tim Roth and Nailea Norvind star.
Other home video releases will include the World War II action, espionage thriller Allied starring Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard, coming-of-age drama Moonlight, the Warren Beatty directed 1950s period piece Rules Don’t Apply and suspenseful drama Shut In starring Naomi Watts and Jacob Tremblay (Room) where a woman must rescue a young boy amid a New England winter storm.
Have a great February!