Following the announcement of the 96th Oscar nominations, a number of the newly-nominated films — including this year's Best Picture contenders — have returned to theaters for those playing catch up ahead of next month's Oscars, as well as those who just want to see their favorites on the big screen once again. Meanwhile, two Oscar-nominated films are opening in theaters for the first time this month: Wim Wenders' Perfect Days and Matteo Garrone's Io Capitano, both of which are nominated for Best International Feature Film.

Plus, a beloved Oscar nominee from yesteryear is being re-released in time for Valentine's Day, alongside more unconventional choices for this most romantic holiday: A "coming-of-rage" zombie movie, a superhero movie about a psychic Spider-person, and a biopic that hopes everyone will get together and feel alright.

Here is A.frame's guide to what to watch this February.


Director Matthew Vaughn has spent the better part of the past decade in the world of international espionage via the Kingsman franchise; now, he's putting a new spin on the spy thriller with Argylle, about a reclusive author (played by Bryce Dallas Howard) who discovers her best-selling espionage novels are causing real-world trouble for actual superspies. The cast also includes Henry Cavill, John Cena, Dua Lipa, and Oscar winners Ariana DeBose and Sam Rockwell.

Watch it: In theaters Feb. 2

How to Have Sex

The debut feature from British filmmaker Molly Manning Walker is a coming-of-age drama about three teenage girl friends on holiday at a Greek party resort, that becomes an unflinching portrait of the culture around sex, sexuality and consent. Mia McKenna-Bruce leads a cast of newcomers that includes Enva Lewis, Lara Peake, Shaun Thomas, and Samuel Bottomley. When How to Have Sex premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, it took home the Un Certain Regard Prize.

Watch it: In theaters Feb. 2

Orion and the Dark

Oscar-winning screenwriter Charlie Kaufman, known for decidedly adult fare such as Being John Malkovich, Adaptation., and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, has written a children's movie, bringing his brand of existentialism to viewers of all ages. The animated buddy comedy introduces Orion (voiced by Jacob Tremblay) and the embodiment of his biggest fear, the Dark. Paul Walter Hauser voices Dark, with Ike Barinholtz as Light and Honorary Oscar winner Angela Bassett as Sweet Dreams.

Watch it: On Netflix Feb. 2

Perfect Days

Three-time Oscar nominee Wim Wenders (1999's Buena Vista Social Club, 2011's Pina, and 2014's The Salt of the Earth) received his first Oscar nomination in a decade with Perfect Days, which is nominated for Best International Feature Film at the 96th Oscars. The German auteur's Japanese-language film follows a middle-aged toilet cleaner (played by Kôji Yakusho) as he goes about his daily routine, driving around listening to '70s American rock music, reading classic literature, and cleaning public restrooms in Tokyo.

Watch it: In select theaters Feb. 7

MORE: Wim Wenders Talks 'Perfect Days,' 'Anselm,' and Why He Continues to Embrace 3D (Exclusive)

Lisa Frankenstein

Zelda Williams makes her feature directorial debut with this zombie flick written by Diablo Cody (the Oscar-winning writer of Juno, as well as the cult classic Jennifer's Body). The '80s-set Lisa Frankenstein follows a high school outcast (Kathryn Newton) who brings a handsome Victorian corpse (Cole Sprouse) back to life using a tanning bed; together, the two take on the usual teen problems — hormones, bullies, parents who just don’t understand — and some not-so-normal ones too, such as covering up murder.

Watch it: In theaters Feb. 9

The Taste of Things

Oscar winner Juliette Binoche (The English Patient) and Benoît Magimel, who were a real-life couple until they split more than 20 years ago, reunite on-screen in this decadent romantic drama. From filmmaker Trần Anh Hùng (the director of 1993's Oscar-nominated The Scent of Green Papaya), The Taste of Things is a 19th-century romance between an esteemed gourmand and his personal cook. At Cannes, Hùng won Best Director, and the film was shortlisted as France's entry at the 96th Oscars.

Watch it: In select theaters Feb. 9, expanding on Feb. 14


It's been more than 20 years since director Jean-Pierre Jeunet's whimsical romantic comedy opened in theaters, cementing itself as a modern classic and receiving five nominations at the 74th Oscars. (Amélie was nominated for Best International Feature Film and Best Original Screenplay, amongst others.) The timeless classic — about a Parisian waitress, the titular Amélie (Audrey Tautou), who discovers the magic of performing everyday acts of kindness for those around her — now returns to theaters in time for Valentine's Day.

Watch it: In theaters Feb. 14

Bob Marley: One Love

Bob Marley gets the biopic treatment courtesy of director Reinaldo Marcus Green, whose last feature — 2021's King Richard — received six Oscar nominations and won for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Will Smith. (Oscar-nominated King Richard screenwriter Zach Baylin wrote the script for Bob Marley: One Love with Green, Frank E. Flowers, and Oscar nominee Terence Winter.) Kingsley Ben-Adir portrays the legendary musician, with Lashana Lynch as his wife, Rita, and James Norton as music producer Chris Blackwell.

Watch it: In theaters Feb. 14

Madame Web

It might be a quiet year for the Marvel Cinematic Universe — with only Deadpool 3 coming this summer — but Sony will release three comic book movies of its own centered on characters from the Spider-Man universe: First up is Madame Web. Dakota Johnson stars in the title role, as the clairvoyant Cassandra Webb, who oversees a roster of Spider-women played by Sydney Sweeney, Celeste O'Connor, and Isabela Merced. Tahar Rahim (who was the lead in 2009's Oscar-nominated Un prophète) co-stars as the villainous Ezekiel Sims, who was in the Amazon with Cassandra's mom when she was researching spiders right before she died.

Watch it: In theaters Feb. 14

Drive-Away Dolls

Drive-Away Dolls is ostensibly Ethan Coen's solo debut — it's his first narrative film since he and brother Joel Coen, both four-time Oscar winners, decided to focus on their own ventures — although the movie is a collaboration with Tricia Cooke, his wife, longtime editor and now co-writer. The '90s-set lesbian road movie and crime caper stars Margaret Qualley and Geraldine Viswanathan, with a supporting cast that includes Beanie Feldstein, Pedro Pascal, Oscar winner Matt Damon, and newly-minted Oscar nominee Colman Domingo.

Watch it: In theaters Feb. 23

Io Capitano

When Italian filmmaker Matteo Garrone's latest, the Odyssean drama Io Capitano, debuted at last year's Venice Film Festival, Garrone won the Silver Lion for Best Director, while star Seydou Sarr took home the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor. Now, the film — about the journey two Senegalese teenagers take immigrating from West Africa to Europe in hopes of a brighter future — is nominated for Best International Feature Film at the 96th Oscars, representing the country of Italy.

Watch it: In theaters Feb. 23

Also out in February: Bosco (Peacock on Feb. 2), Disco Boy (in select theaters Feb. 2), Fitting In (in theaters Feb. 2), The Promised Land (in theaters Feb. 2), Scrambled (in theaters Feb. 2), Marmalade (in theaters Feb. 9), The Monk and the Gun (in theaters Feb. 9), Out of Darkness (in theaters Feb. 9), Suncoast (on Hulu on Feb. 9), Turning Red (re-release in theaters on Feb. 9), Upgraded (on Prime Video Feb. 9), Adam the First (in theaters Feb. 14), Players (on Netflix Feb. 14), Drift (in select theaters Feb. 9), Land of Bad (in theaters Feb. 16), Lights Out (in theaters Feb. 16), About Dry Grasses (in select theaters Feb. 23), Ordinary Angels (in theaters Feb. 23), Red Right Hand (in theaters Feb. 23)