Acclaimed Movies to Watch this February
Five movies for any mood available to stream on Peacock this month.
This February, Peacock has an array of movies to entertain, enthrall, and excite.
From heartfelt comedies to hard-hitting dramas, the streamer has plenty of exceptional entertainment to watch this month.
In the mood for an acclaimed comedy? | The Holdovers
The Holdovers, directed by Alexander Payne and written by David Hemingson, has been heralded as one of the best films of 2023. Three loners—a curmudgeonly classics teacher (Paul Giamatti), a troublemaking student (Dominic Sessa), and a cook grieving a son who recently died in Vietnam (Da’Vine Joy Randolph)—create an unexpected family when they are forced to spend the holiday season together in a nearly empty New England prep school. Empire writes, “Hilarious and heartfelt, it’s a tale to be treasured.” It has already won two Golden Globes, three Critics Choice awards, and is nominated for five Academy Awards®, including Best Picture.
In the mood for a powerful detective story? | BlacKkKlansman
Spike Lee’s Academy Award®-winning masterpiece BlacKkKlansman recreates the strange but true tale of Ron Stallworth (John David Washington), a Black Colorado Springs detective who in the 1970s joined the KKK. Assisted by a fellow detective (Adam Driver), Stallworth uncovers a conspiracy that deeply resonates with events of our own time. “It cannot be just a history lesson,” Lee remarked in The New York Times about this story. “It has to be contemporary.” CNN writes, “BlacKkKlansman captures the absurd aspects of this story, while still drawing parallels that make the movie feel urgent and dishearteningly relevant."
In the mood for a fun, fashionable romance? | Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris
In Anthony Fabian’s Academy Award®-nominated Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris, Lesley Manville plays the title character, a London charwoman whose decision to buy a Dior gown sends her to Paris for the adventure of her life. With a stunning supporting cast—including Isabelle Huppert, Lucas Bravo, and Alba Baptista—and a runway full of haute couture outfits, the film, writes Salon, “is as irresistible as the Dior dress Mrs. Harris covets.” But even more, the movie shines with the humanity of its heroine. Screen Daily writes, “Lit from within by the sunny disposition of its main character, Mrs. Harris Goes To Paris is a lovely, modest ode to kindness, anchored by Lesley Manville’s considered performance as a housekeeper who is tired of feeling invisible.”
In the mood for a modern Western? | Let Him Go
In Let Him Go, writer-director Thomas Bezucha reinvents the American Western into a contemporary thriller about family and survival. Grieving the death of their only son, ex-sheriff George Blackledge (Kevin Costner) and his wife Margaret (Diane Lane) face a new heartbreak when their daughter-in-law takes their grandson to live in North Dakota with her new husband and his terrifying family ruled by its matriarch (Manville). “Let Him Go wastes no time pulling you into an emotional grasp so compelling you can’t believe what happens,” writes the Observer. The Chicago Sun-Times writes, “Watching Diane Lane and Kevin Costner connect as a couple determined to retrieve their grandson is pure movie heaven.”
In the mood for a moving true-life story? | The Silent Twins
In The Silent Twins, Agnieszka Smoczyńska uses her distinctive filmmaking style to unravel the mystifying true story of June (Letitia Wright) and Jennifer Gibbons (Tamara Lawrance), twins who retreated into their a world of silence and imagination in England in the 1970s. “I wanted to pay tribute to June and Jennifer and their struggle as two Black girls growing up in Wales during this time,” Smoczyńska explains in an exclusive Focus Features’ interview. The London Evening Standard writes, “What this singular film captures so well is that the sisters, far from being silent, had plenty to say.”