After a year of production push-backs, 2021 is finally getting its share of long-awaited films and series releases.
From Academy Award contenders to highly anticipated films, there will be a lot going on in the streaming world during February. Whether you want to get in the Valentine's Day spirit or catch a movie you missed in theaters, The Arkansas Traveler has you covered.
Written and produced entirely during the pandemic, “Malcolm and Marie,” starring Zendaya and John David Washington, centers around a director and his girlfriend as they return home from a movie premiere. The night takes a turn as the couple re-examines their relationship, testing the strength of their love. This black-and-white romantic drama is set to release Feb. 5.
“To All the Boys: Always and Forever,” the third installment of the “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” series, is scheduled to release Feb. 12 — just in time for Valentine’s Day. As Laura Jean and Peter take on senior year of high school, she is faced with an impending college decision — which she must make with or without Peter.
Creators of the “The Ted Bundy Case'' continued their true-crime coverage with “Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel.” The true-crime documentary covers the disappearance of Elisa Lam at the notorious Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles. After video recordings of Lam’s concerning behavior in the hotel elevator went viral in 2013, theories about her disappearance circled the internet. The four-episode series is available to stream Feb. 10.
“I Care a Lot,” which premiered at the 2020 Toronto Film Festival, is a dark-comedy thriller starring Rosamund Pike, previously Amy in “Gone Girl,” as a woman who swindles elderly people for their assets by posing as a caretaker. As her scam is underway, she finds herself entangled after swindling a woman who has ties with a powerful gangster. The film is set to stream Feb. 19.
Starring Frances McDormand, “Nomadland,” is about a woman who leaves her small hometown to travel across western United States after losing everything to the recession. Named one of the best films of 2020 by the National Board of Review, the acclaimed drama is set to stream Feb. 29.
Psychological thriller “Possessor,” a 2020 Sundance Festival film, stars Andrea Riseborough as an elite corporate assassin who uses brain-implant technology to control other people’s bodies –– driving them to commit assassinations to high-paying clients. The film will be available to stream Feb. 1.
Based on the widely popular video game, “Sonic the Hedgehog” follows Sonic, a blue hedgehog with supersonic speed, on a race across the globe against evil genius Dr. Robotnik. Set to stream Feb. 19, the 2020 box-office release features the re-animated Sonic created after the 2019 trailer’s animation garnered a less-than-enthused response from audiences.
“Selena,” a 1997 auto-biographical musical drama about the life and career of Tejano music star Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, will be available to stream Feb. 1. Jennifer Lopez flawlessly portrays the late Selena, a Texas-born singer who quickly rose up the music charts, becoming an award-winning recording artist and dubbed as one of the most influential Latina artists of all time.
The live-action and animated “Tom and Jerry” is available for streaming Feb. 26. The film stars the classic cat and mouse duo alongside Chloe Grace Moretz. All new releases on HBO will only be available to stream for one month.
Brand new to HBO this month, “Judas and the Black Messiah” is based on the true story of Fred Hampton, the chairman of the Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party. In the late 1960s, FBI Informant William O’Neal was offered a plea deal to infiltrate the chapter, which led to the betrayal of Hampton. Like “Tom and Jerry”, the film is available to stream for one month after its release Feb. 12.
A new Disney+ original, “Flora & Ulysses'' premieres Feb. 19. Based on Kate DiCamillo’s 2013 novel, the film tells the story of Flora and Ulysses. Ulysses is a squirrel with intellectual and physical superpowers who helps 10-year-old Flora, a self-proclaimed cynic, change her outlook on life.
A treat for nostalgic Disney Channel fans like myself, the first season of “Disney Channel Games” is available to stream Feb. 26. The series is part of a three-season special event that aired for the first time on the channel’s “So Hot Summer! 2006” season promotion. The show brought together our generation’s favorite Disney stars in the most competitive fashion.
The films that top my to-watch list include “Nomadland,” “I Care a Lot” and “To All the Boys: Always and Forever.” As a hopeless romantic, the “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” series will always have a spot in my heart. On the other hand, “Nomadland” offers me the life off the grid that I dream of living, and the trailer of “I Care A Lot” gives off an unnerving vibe that pushed it to the top of my list.