IMDb Picks: Editors' Picks for February

by IMDb-Editors | created - 14 Jan 2016 | updated - 03 Feb 2016 | Public
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1. American Crime Story (2016– )

TV-MA | 42 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

An anthology series centered around America's most notorious crimes and criminals.

Stars: Sterling K. Brown, Kenneth Choi, Christian Clemenson, Cuba Gooding Jr.

Votes: 66,082

Twenty years later, the Trial of the Century still inflames passions regardless of where you stand on O.J. Simpson's involvement in the death of his wife. And this first iteration of Ryan Murphy's latest anthology is sure to incite similarly strong reactions: The personalities are just too big, the real-life dramas too compelling, and the issues too relevant to ignore. There are many celebrity performances to keep an eye out for, but pay particularly close attention to Selma Blair's portrayal of a pre-"Keeping Up" Kris Jenner. — Bret

Series Premiere: Tuesday, Feb. 2

2. Fresh Off the Boat (2015– )

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

A Taiwanese family makes their way in America during the 1990s.

Stars: Randall Park, Constance Wu, Hudson Yang, Forrest Wheeler

Votes: 19,090

The Huangs are back! I can't wait to see Constance Wu slay the small screen over and over with her comedic genius as one of the most hilarious moms on TV, Jessica Huang. It's endlessly refreshing to be able to relate to a TV family so personally. #successperms for all to celebrate their return! — Chako

Season 2 Returns: Tuesday, Feb. 2

3. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016)

PG-13 | 108 min | Action, Horror, Romance

45 Metascore

Five sisters in 19th century England must cope with the pressures to marry while protecting themselves from a growing population of zombies.

Director: Burr Steers | Stars: Lily James, Sam Riley, Jack Huston, Bella Heathcote

Votes: 45,761 | Gross: $10.91M

As a fan of both Regency era romance and zombie mayhem, I am so ready for this insane mashup. This film also brings together many of my favorite UK TV stars as sword-wielding, zombie slaying socialites: Lena Heady and Charles Dance ("Game of Thrones"), Matt Smith ("Doctor Who"), and the lovely Lily James ("Downton Abbey") just to name a few! — Vanessa

In Theaters: Monday, Feb. 4

4. Hail, Caesar! (2016)

PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

72 Metascore

A Hollywood fixer in the 1950s works to keep the studio's stars in line.

Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen | Stars: Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Ralph Fiennes

Votes: 110,551 | Gross: $30.08M

The latest Coen brothers film is a musical set in 1950s Hollywood. The ensemble cast includes George Clooney, who plays a movie star whose kidnapping threatens to derail the production of a big-budget film. The trailer features Scarlett Johansson dressed as a mermaid and a sailor suit-clad Channing Tatum dancing up a storm. If that's not enough to whet your appetite, Tilda Swinton plays Hedda Hopper, the same real-life gossip columnist that Helen Mirren plays in Trumbo. What could be more delicious than comparing their takes on the role? — Sara

In Theaters: Friday, Feb. 5

5. Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (2016– )

TV-MA | 21 min | Comedy, News, Talk-Show

Comedian Samantha Bee gives her own wry commentary to the contemporary issues of the day.

Stars: Samantha Bee, Allana Harkin, Ashley Nicole Black, Mike Rubens

Votes: 5,130

Former "Daily Show" correspondent Samantha Bee cracks the glass ceiling of late-night television to launch her own late-night satirical show. The series will feature on-location segments in which Bee brings a comedic perspective to serious topics including the plight of injured female soldiers and the refugee crisis. I loved Bee on "The Daily Show" and am curious to see how she will put her own spin on late-night television. — Sara

Series Premiere: Monday, Feb. 8

6. Zoolander 2 (2016)

PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy

34 Metascore

Derek and Hansel are lured into modelling again, in Rome, where they find themselves the target of a sinister conspiracy.

Director: Ben Stiller | Stars: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Penélope Cruz, Will Ferrell

Votes: 59,565 | Gross: $28.85M

"I'm pretty sure there's a lot more to life than being really, really, ridiculously good looking!" I've been looking forward to hearing these words again from Derek Zoolander since 2001! Plus, Zoolander 2 comes out Valentine's Day weekend. Talk about a fun date night! — Shara

In Theaters: Thursday, Feb. 11

7. How to Get Away with Murder (2014– )

TV-14 | 43 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A group of ambitious law students and their brilliant criminal defense professor become involved in a twisted murder plot that promises to change the course of their lives.

Stars: Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Jack Falahee, Aja Naomi King

Votes: 102,942

#TGIT, "How to Get Away with Murder" is back! Thursday nights haven't been the same without Annalise Keating. In the midseason finale we found out who shot Annalise—and I am still shocked. The first half of Season 2 left us with a ton of unanswered questions (Hello, who the heck is Christophe?). Hopefully we'll get some answers to all our burning questions when "HTGAWM" returns on Thursday, Feb. 11. — Akimi

Season 2 Returns: Thursday, Feb. 11

8. Deadpool (2016)

R | 108 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

65 Metascore

A wisecracking mercenary gets experimented on and becomes immortal but ugly, and sets out to track down the man who ruined his looks.

Director: Tim Miller | Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller, Ed Skrein

Votes: 810,786 | Gross: $363.07M

Remember when the first Deadpool trailer debuted at Comic-Con last year and outgunned every other movie presentation? I was there, mouth ajar and happily offended by every other word out of the Merc’s mouth, and now it’s time to see how the finished movie stands up to all the expectation. — Arno

In Theaters: Friday, Feb. 12

9. The Walking Dead (2010– )

TV-MA | 44 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

Sheriff Deputy Rick Grimes wakes up from a coma to learn the world is in ruins, and must lead a group of survivors to stay alive.

Stars: Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride, Lauren Cohan

Votes: 780,666

I cannot wait to finally have a reason to be excited for Sunday again! In the midseason finale we left off with Deanna's death, Rick and the gang covered in zombie guts walking through a herd of walkers, and the first mention of the comic-book villain Negan (among much, much more). With cliffhangers galore, the 6th season midseason premiere is sure to be action-packed! — Shara

Season 6 Returns: Sunday, Feb. 14

10. Vinyl (2016)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Music

A New York music executive in the 1970s hustles to make a career out of the city's diverse music scene.

Stars: Bobby Cannavale, Paul Ben-Victor, P.J. Byrne, Max Casella

Votes: 19,321

Given how rapidly the Big Apple is transforming these days, you'll get a kick out of this period drama from HBO, which is set in 1970s New York, where things were decidedly gritty and rough around the edges. The whole time period and urban environment were incubators for some of music's greatest sounds and artists, and this drama from the creator of "Boardwalk Empire," explores every jagged, stubbly, tattooed nook and cranny of the city's evolving music scene — from punk, to rock, and every disco beat in between. Oh, and the pilot is directed by Martin Scorsese. So, there's that. — Bret

Series Premiere: Sunday, Feb. 14

11. Better Call Saul (2015– )

TV-MA | 46 min | Crime, Drama

The trials and tribulations of criminal lawyer, Jimmy McGill, in the time leading up to establishing his strip-mall law office in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Stars: Bob Odenkirk, Rhea Seehorn, Jonathan Banks, Patrick Fabian

Votes: 244,500

I've been looking forward to getting back into the story of underdog Jimmy McGill's transformation into brassy, formidable Saul Goodman. After watching Bob Odenkirk in "W/Bob and David" and reruns of "Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!", it's clear the man has some serious range, and I can't wait to see what he does with Jimmy/Saul this season. — Chako

Season 2 Premiere: Monday, Feb. 15

12. Broad City (2014–2019)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy

Broad City follows two women throughout their daily lives in New York City, making the smallest and mundane events hysterical and disturbing to watch all at the same time.

Stars: Ilana Glazer, Abbi Jacobson, Hannibal Buress, Arturo Castro

Votes: 22,855

Season 2's pegging episode was one of the finest 22 minutes of TV I've ever seen — and I'm not sure I've ever re-watched a show more than "Broad City." Simply put: Abbi, Ilana, and their writing crew are creating the funniest program currently on the air, and I hope they push the boundaries even more in their third season. Will Jeremy be back? What about Oliver, the young man responsible for popularizing the expression "Yaaaaas Queen" — he has to return for another day out with Ilana, right? — Arno

Season 3 Premiere: Wednesday, Feb. 17

13. Vikings (2013–2020)

TV-MA | 44 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Vikings transports us to the brutal and mysterious world of Ragnar Lothbrok, a Viking warrior and farmer who yearns to explore - and raid - the distant shores across the ocean.

Stars: Gustaf Skarsgård, Katheryn Winnick, Alexander Ludwig, Travis Fimmel

Votes: 333,270

It’s been a long 10 months waiting for "Vikings" to return. Last season left off with everyone at a turning point: Floki’s secret came to light, Rollo became French royalty, and Ragnar’s wife may have bedded Odin. "Vikings" seasons have always felt too short, but that will be remedied this year with double the episodes (and a bear fight)! Feb. 18 can’t come soon enough. — Vanessa

Season 4 Premiere: Thursday, Feb. 18

14. The Witch (2015)

R | 92 min | Horror, Mystery

83 Metascore

A family in 1630s New England is torn apart by the forces of witchcraft, black magic, and possession.

Director: Robert Eggers | Stars: Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, Julian Richings

Votes: 151,295 | Gross: $25.14M

Being a fan of slow-burn storytelling and psychological horror, I’m more than ready for this Puritan terror that has earned some of the strongest and most consistent reviews I’ve seen in some time for a genre movie. The trailers and posters that have been released help set the mood for what I’m hoping is a nail-biting trip back to Colonial America. — Arno

In Theaters: Friday, Feb. 19

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