13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of the Benghazi
(USA) Michael Bay is back with yet more explosions! It’s the (fictional) story of how six CIA security agents defended the American diplomatic compound during the September 11, 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya. Starring John Krasinski and his 5,000 new muscles. Opens Feb 18.
(USA) In the 1950s, rich suburban housewife Carol Aird (Cate Blanchett) is in the midst of a divorce. She’s drawn to department store clerk Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara) and the two soon develop a clandestine relationship—risking Carol’s custody battle for her daughter. With six Oscar nominations behind it (though not Best Picture), this delicate film is one to watch. Opens Feb 11.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny
(USA/China) A sequel to the 2000 Ang Lee classic delivers yet more flying Michelle Yeoh, joined by the long-haired Donnie Yen and Harry Shum Jr. Directed by legendary choreographer Yuen Woo-ping, this flick is a Netflix Original production: So we might even get to catch all the action legally at home! Opens Feb 18.
(USA) The ultimate tale of overcoming death for love… by becoming a metafictional superhero. Heartthrob Ryan Reynolds is Wade Wilson, hired assassin with healing powers and a chip on his shoulder. Marvel’s most twisted anti-hero finally comes to the big screen, just in time for V-day. Bring your date! Opens Feb 9.
The Hateful Eight
(USA) Tarantino’s eighth film is bloodier than ever. In post-Civil War Wyoming, a bounty hunter named “The Hangman” (Kurt Russell) is transporting a high-value prisoner (Jennifer Jason Leigh) for trial, when he meets a fellow bounty hunter (Samuel L. Jackson) along the way. Stuck in a blizzard, they find themselves shacked up at a stagecoach pitstop alongside a group of strangers with a more poisonous intent than they let on. Opens Feb 18.
How to Be Single
(USA) Ah, the token anti-Valentine’s release. Singles everywhere can rejoice in validation of their solo girl tendencies as Rebel Wilson teaches us (and Dakota Johnson) how to hoe it up in New York City. Amusingly, of course. Opens Feb 18.
(China) Stephen Chow’s at it again with another insane CGI-fueled frenzy, this time bringing the titular watery mythical creature to the screen… with plenty of flimsy one-legged fish leggings and silly jokes to get you through the CNY holidays. Opens Feb 8.
(USA) Based on the 2001 Pulitzer-prize-winning investigation in which a team of journalists at The Boston Globe dug into the case against John Geoghan, a Roman Catholic priest who was accused of molesting over 80 children—and it was only the tip of the iceberg. Stars Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams, who both got Oscar noms for their roles. Opens Feb 18.