February Movie Previews

February may only have 28 days but it is action packed with new movies that will make you laugh, cry and tremble with fear. So whether you are looking for something to do Valentine’s Day, President’s Day or quite possibly a snow day, the following previews can help you decide.

Jacob’s Ladder (R)

On Feb. 1, Jacob’s Ladder hits theaters. Directed by David M. Rosenthal, the film stars Michael Ealy, Jesse Williams, Nicole Beharie, Karla Souza and Guy Burnet. It is a remake of the 1990 film by the same name starring Tim Robbins. Jacob returns home after serving in the Vietnam War and strives to maintain his soundness as he is beset by delusions and flashbacks from his experiences during the war. Suddenly he sees the world and people around him transform into alarming images and he can no longer decipher what is real.

What Men Want (NR)

Feb. 8 sees the premiere of What Men Want, directed by Adam Shankman. It stars Taraji P. Henson, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Max Greenfield and Kellan Lutz. A a reimagining of the 2000 film What Women Want, starring Mel Gibson, this time, a woman is angry and upset after constantly getting passed over for promotions by men who are less qualified. Unexpectedly, she is given the “gift” of reading only men’s thoughts and uses it to her advantage to flip the script. Unfortunately, she learns the hard way that it may not be as a great of a gift as she first thought.

Happy Death Day 2U (PG-13)

On Feb. 14, Happy Death Day 2U hits theaters. Directed by Christopher Landon, it stars Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Suraj Sharma and Ruby Modine and is a sequel of the 2017 hit thriller Happy Death Day. Two years later, Tree Gelban finds herself once again in a time loop only to learn that her friends are now involved. She must solve the killer of Lori (the killer from the first movie), save her friends and break free of the loop before she dies for good this time.

Isn’t It Romantic (PG-13)

Isn’t It Romantic opens on Feb. 13, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson, the movie stars Tom Ellis, Liam Hemsworth, Rebel Wilson and Priyanka Chopra. After foiling a mugger and getting hit on the head, a young woman who believes all romantic films are pure fantasy, gets thrust in her own romantic comedy and must learn to believe if she is to ever get back to her real life.

Fighting With My Family (PG-13)

On Feb. 22, Fighting with My Family debuts. Directed by Stephen Merchant and starring Dwayne Johnson, Lena Headey, Florence Pugh and Vince Vaughn, the film is based on the 2012 documentary focusing on wrestler Saraya “Paige” Bevis. It follows a former wrestler and his family who make a living performing around the country, but Paige wants more and dreams of starring in the WWE.

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Cheryl Wadsworth
Cheryl Wadsworth is a writer for Long Island Weekly, specializing in movie previews.

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