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The best new movies to see this month

Some unusually strong horror options and the ultimate cat documentary are your picks for the month of February

John Wick: Chapter 2

Looking for the best new movies to see this month? We’re way ahead of you! Already, we’ve taken a stab at our most anticipated movies for 2017. Additionally, the Sundance Film FestivalCannes Film Festival and Toronto Film Festival will bring their usual riches. (We’ll be at all three.) But the picture changes daily, so here’s a fine-grain image of the best movies this month has to offer.

Best new movies this month

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I Am Not Your Negro

Why we’re excited
Based on an unfinished book by memoirist James Baldwin (voiced here by Samuel L. Jackson, who triumphs in a hushed register), this superb documentary charts the crushed dreams of black activism during the civil rights movement.

What could go wrong?
The takeaway is an electric sense of outrage, one that’s depressingly timely. It won’t feel like an escape.

I Am Not Your Negro opens Feb 3.

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Fifty Shades Darker

Why we’re excited
Ready for another highly orchestrated bedroom romp? It can’t be any more inert than the first one (can it?), and since then, Dakota Johnson has become a much more interesting actor, as demonstrated in movies such as A Bigger Splash.

What could go wrong?
Plenty, if the last one was any indication. If it stinks, you can always go home and make your own sex tape.

Fifty Shades Darker opens Feb 10.

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John Wick: Chapter 2

Why we’re excited
Another sequel? Believe us—we were just as shocked when we watched 2014’s John Wick and declared it to be one of the most exhilarating action movies in years. The linchpin, of course, is Keanu Reeves, hardening into total Charles Bronson badassery (there’s nary a “whoa” in earshot) while upping his unspoken charm via staggering gun-fu.

What could go wrong?
Filled with hard-R violence and multiple point-blank head shots, it’s not a nourishing movie, nor one for kids.

John Wick: Chapter 2 opens Feb 10.

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Kedi

Why we’re excited
Impossible to resist (and 100 percent allergy-free for us afflicted souls), Kedi is almost shamelessly satisfying: a documentary about the thousands of scrappy wild cats that prowl Istanbul with insouciance. Whose streets? Their streets. This isn’t a documentary for disbelievers.

What could go wrong?
You could hate cats, but that’s a larger problem than mere aesthetics.

Kedi opens Feb 10.

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The Lego Batman Movie

Why we’re excited
Animation has a pretty high bar to meet these days, especially after 2016’s stellar crop (Zootopia, Sing, Kubo and the Two Strings). But we trust the quality control on this project, given the love and attention that went into 2014’s The Lego Movie.

What could go wrong?
It can’t be worse than Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, right?

The Lego Batman Movie opens Feb 10.

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A Cure for Wellness

Why we’re excited
Just when you thought it was safe to schedule a relaxing water-therapy cleanse, Gore Verbinski magnificently weird thriller comes along and ruins spas forever. Dank with greenish tiled interiors and an unshakable sense of dread, this lovably icky horror movie—about the creepy goings on at an alpine Swiss retreat—mounts a sumptuous, immersive universe, the kind that big-budgeted Hollywood rarely seems imaginative enough to try.

What could go wrong?
The movie requires a real leap of faith on the part of viewers, into its dark, sexy universe that’s an adult version of Tim Burton’s. Is that you?

A Cure for Wellness opens Feb 10.

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Get Out

Why we’re excited
Key & Peele is a show that we mourn deeply. But the guys have moved on: Keegan-Michael Key builds his impressive big-screen career, while his partner-in-comedy, Jordan Peele, has chosen an unusually ambitious route, writing and directing an original horror film about an interracial couple and the extreme troubles they encounter. It's equal parts funny and creepy.

What could go wrong?
The movie doesn’t have the discipline of the best Key & Peele skits, some of which are perfect nightmares in themselves.

Get Out opens Feb 24.

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The Girl with All the Gifts

Why we’re excited
Civilization gets overrun by chomping zombies, but Colm McCarthy’s unusually thoughtful entry (in a well-trod subgenre) demonstrates plenty of life. I was knocked out by the ideas in this film, as well as by its young star Sennia Nanua. The movie is easily the best thing to happen to the undead since 28 Days Later.

What could go wrong?
Absolutely nothing, provided you like movies that scrape the far edge of post-apocalyptic psychology.

The Girl with All the Gifts opens Feb 24.

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Release date: Friday February 24 2017

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Senor Magnifico
Senor Magnifico

Super psyched for this movie! The fact that Ben Stiller and Penelope Cruz are on the cover of Vogue for one of the advertisements, that within itself makes me want to vogue! ;)