January began 2024 with some excellent and exciting new movies and TV shows debuting in cinemas and on streaming services. But how does February plan to continue that trend? This month is full of new and promising action films, highly regarded dramas, sequels to beloved shows and even a series of dramatized biographies. Needless to say, there is something for everyone. So, to see what film and TV fans have in store this month, let’s dive into a new installment of Screen Time.
But before we get there, a quick reminder: we’ve based our picks on a UK release calendar, so be sure to check for accurate local listings and dates.
Argylle – Feb. 2
From Matthew Vaughn, the man who gave us Kingsman and Kick-Ass, comes Argylle, a new thriller about an author whose stories seem to become reality. With a star-studded cast including Henry Cavill, Sam Rockwell, Dua Lipa and more, Argylle starts the month off with a bang.
Mr. and Mrs. Smith [Prime Video] – February 2
The life of a spy doesn’t sound so bad. Mystery, travel, quite a bit of money. It’s an attractive enough job prospect to bring together two strangers who suddenly find their lives turned upside down when they have to pretend to be a married couple during their new assignment.
Migration – Feb. 2
Fresh off the hit that was the Super Mario Bros. Movie, Illumination shows no signs of stopping as it brings us Migration. The story of a family of ducks who go on what is essentially a big vacation to Jamaica, stars Elizabeth Banks, Kumail Nanjiani, Danny DeVito and more.
Orion and the dark [Netflix] – Feb. 2
In this animated film, a young boy who is afraid of the night is taken on a roller coaster ride of an adventure by none other than the physical embodiment of darkness. Meeting all sorts of other creatures that make up the night, Orion will learn that there is nothing to fear but fear itself.
Halo – Season 2 [Paramount+] – Feb. 8
One of the most important events in all of Halo lore is about to get the live-action treatment when Halo season 2 premieres this month. If Reach falls, humanity may be doomed, but with Master Chief at his side, Earth may have a chance.
The Iron Claw – Feb. 9
Pro-wrestling is a bit of an insane industry if you think about it for a moment. It is full of strange and sometimes tragic stories, but perhaps none of them sums up these themes more than the story of the Von Erich family. The Iron Claw takes you through their rise and fall in one of A24’s most acclaimed and best-earning films.
Ted [Sky/Now TV] – Feb. 9
The prequel series no one knew they needed tells us the story of the early days of John and Ted. As the fame of a walking, talking teddy bear dries up, Ted will have to learn to live in the real world, and he will also have to get an education while accompanying John to high school.
Bob Marley: One Love – Feb. 14
Bob Marley, one of the most famous musicians in the world, overcame many adversities in his life. One Love attempts to capture that, while also giving moviegoers a chance to listen to the reggae hits that made Marley famous. Kingsley Ben-Adir plays Marley, with Lashana Lynch, James Norton and more joining him in the cast.
Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey 2 – Feb. 14
Welcome to the public domain, where we can only produce B-list horror films featuring beloved characters. Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey 2 will be filled with just as much gore and edge as its predecessor, except that Tigger will be here this time because he has also joined the public domain.
Madame Web – February 16
Despite no one really wanting more Sony Marvel movies after the flop of Morbius, it seems the production company is not going to slow down. Madame Web tells the story of four superheroines, whose leader can see the future and must prevent a villain from changing the course of history for the worse.
Star Wars: The Bad Batch – Season 3 [Disney+] – Feb. 21
While it may not have as many charmed fans as Star Wars: The Clone Wars, The Bad Batch lets us continue those days of clones and clankers as we follow a troop of soldiers trying to survive in a galaxy that no longer wants or needs them. This is also the final season of The Bad Batch, so if you haven’t caught up yet, now is the time.
Constellation [Apple TV+] – Feb. 21
Constellation follows the story of Jo, an astronaut who returns to Earth after her latest mission goes disastrously wrong, only to return home to find that pieces of her life are missing. The Apple TV thriller pushes us into the darkest corners of space and human psychology.
Avatar: The Last Airbender [Netflix] – Feb. 22
Can Netflix break the curse of live-action Avatar? It’s unlikely they could do worse than M. Night Shyamalan. If you’re not familiar with the original series, Avatar: The Last Airbender is set in a fantasy world where certain people can harness the power of the elements. When the Fire Nation took over, the world needed a hero, and after 100 years, two children of the Water Tribe may have finally found him.
Shōgun [Disney+] – Feb. 27
Based on the bestseller of the same name, Shōgun takes us to Japan in the year 1600, at the beginning of a civil war that threatens to tear the country apart. The first two episodes of this limited series will be released at the end of the month, while we will have to wait weekly for the other eight to appear.
With so many exciting projects planned during February, don’t forget to check back in a month to see what March has in store for film and TV fans as well.