The 10 Best Movies in Theaters Right Now

Summary

  • February movies offer a mix for all ages and tastes, from comedy to drama, with past and present hits filling theaters now.
  • 2023 was a comeback year for cinema with box office hits and acclaimed stories like Oppenheimer and Killers of the Flower Moon.
  • January saw a lineup of long-awaited releases including Mean Girls and The Beekeeper, now joined by more comedies and dramas.



February has brought movies from different genres and for viewers of all ages, and these new releases, along with some of January’s most popular ones, can be enjoyed in theaters right now. After a couple of rough years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 2023 was a huge year for cinema, with massive box-office successes like Barbie and Oppenheimer, and critically acclaimed stories like Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon. 2024 also has various highly-anticipated movies coming up, of which some can be currently enjoyed in theaters.

January 2024 was a surprisingly busy month when it comes to theatrical releases, bringing some long-awaited movies for all ages and tastes, such as the musical Mean Girls and David Ayer’s The Beekeeper. Some of January’s biggest and most popular movies can still be found at different theaters across the country, and joining them now are a comedy by Ethan Coen and a drama movie based on a true story and starring Hilary Swank.


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10 Drive-Away Dolls

Drive-Away Dolls was released on February 23, 2024.

Geraldine Viswanathan and Margaret Qualley as Marian and Jamie looking shocked opening a briefcase in Drive-Away Dolls


Drive-Away Dolls is a comedy road film that takes viewers back to 1999 to meet friends Jamie and Marian – Jamie is a free spirit, while Marian needs to learn to loosen up. After yet another breakup, Jamie convinces Marian to go on an impromptu road trip to Tallahassee with her, with the purpose of having a fresh start. However, their plans soon take a wild turn when they come across a group of inept criminals who hid something very important to them in the rental car that was given to Jamie and Marian by mistake.

You can read Screen Rant’s Drive-Away Dolls review here.

Drive-Away Dolls
is Ethan Coen’s first narrative film without his brother, Joel, as he had previously directed the documentary
Jerry Lee Lewis: Trouble in Mind
.

9 Ordinary Angels

Ordinary Angels was released on February 23, 2024.

Ordinary Angels Alan Ritchson holding his young daughter in church.


Ordinary Angels

Director
Jon Gunn

Release Date
February 23, 2024

Cast
Hilary Swank , Alan Ritchson , Nancy Travis , Amy Acker , Skywalker Hughes , Tamala Jones , Drew Powell , Emily Mitchell

Runtime
118 Minutes

Ordinary Angels is a drama movie based on a true story. In 1994 Louisville, Kentucky, a hairdresser named Sharon Stevens rallies the community to help a widower father save the life of his critically ill daughter after the town is hit by a major snowstorm from the 1994 North American cold wave. Ordinary Angels was originally scheduled for an October 13, 2023, release, but it was delayed to avoid competition with Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour.

You can read Screen Rant’s Ordinary Angels review here.

8 Madame Web

Madame Web was released on February 14, 2024.

Dakota Johnson as Cassie Web stares at a spider's web in Madame Web


Madame Web

Release Date
February 14, 2024

Director
S.J. Clarkson

Runtime
114 Minutes

The latest installment in Sony’s Spider-Man Universe is Madame Web. It tells the story of Cassandra Webb, a paramedic who develops psychic abilities that show her future events within the “spider world”. Her new powers force Cassandra to confront her past while she also does her best to protect three young women with powerful futures who are being chased by a mysterious enemy who wants to kill them.

You can read Screen Rant’s Madame Web review here.

Madame Web
is not part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it’s connected to it through the multiverse.


7 Bob Marley: One Love

Bob Marley: One Love was released on February 14, 2024.

Bob Marley sings and plays guitar in Bob Marley One Love

Bob Marley: One Love

Release Date
February 14, 2024

Director
Reinaldo Marcus Green

Cast
Kingsley Ben-Adir

Bob Marley: One Love is the latest addition to the list of biographical movies of musicians. Bob Marley: One Love tells the story of the legendary Jamaican singer and songwriter Bob Marley, as he overcomes adversity to become one of the pioneers of reggae, an icon of Jamaican music, identity, and culture, and one of the best musicians of all time.

You can read Screen Rant’s Bob Marley: One Love review here.


6 Land of Bad

Land of Bad was released on February 16, 2024.

Two soldiers stalk through the woods with guns in Land of Bad

Land of Bad

Release Date
February 8, 2024

Director
William Eubank

Cast
Milo Ventimiglia , Russell Crowe , Liam Hemsworth , Luke Hemsworth , Ricky Whittle , Daniel MacPherson , Gunner Wright

Land of Bad is an action thriller that follows US Air Force drone pilot Captain Eddie “Reaper” Grimm, who provides air support from a General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper to a US Army Delta Force team on the ground in the Philippines. When the Delta Force team is ambushed in enemy territory and rookie officer Kinney refuses to abandon them, Reaper becomes their only hope as he serves as their eyes in the sky during a long 48-hour battle for survival.


5 Lisa Frankenstein

Lisa Frankenstein was released on February 9, 2024.

Lisa Frankenstein Lisa in bed next to her resurrected crush

Lisa Frankenstein

Release Date
February 9, 2024

Director
Zelda Williams

Cast
Kathryn Newton , Cole Sprouse , Liza Soberano , Henry Eikenberry , Joe Chrest , Carla Gugino

Lisa Frankenstein is a horror comedy film inspired by Mary Shelley’s 1818 classic Frankenstein. Set in 1989, Lisa Frankenstein tells the story of Lisa Swallows, a goth teenage misfit who brings back to life the corpse of a once-handsome Victorian-era young man she had been obsessing over. Lisa and The Creature then embark on a murderous journey to find the missing body parts for his corpse so he can be properly rebuilt, while they also find true love and happiness in this chaotic adventure.


You can read Screen Rant’s Lisa Frankenstein review here.

4 Out of Darkness

Out of Darkness was released on February 9, 2024.

Chuku Modu in Bleecker Street's Out of Darkness

Out of Darkness

Release Date
October 6, 2022

Director
Andrew Cumming

Cast
Safia Oakley-Green , Chuku Modu , Kit Young

Runtime
87 Minutes

Out of Darkness is a British horror thriller that takes the audience 45,000 years in the past. Set in the Stone Age, Out of Darkness follows a disparate group of early humans who go in search of a new land, but they suspect they are being hunted down by a malevolent, mystical being. The group is then forced to confront and defend themselves from a danger they could never have imagined.


You can read Screen Rant’s Out of Darkness review here.

Out of Darkness
was originally titled The Origin.

3 Argylle

Argylle was released on February 1, 2024.

Argylle Henry Cavill Dua Lipa and John Cena at a table

Argylle

Release Date
February 2, 2024

Director
Matthew Vaughn

Cast
Henry Cavill , Ariana DeBose , Sofia Boutella , Catherine O’Hara , Bryce Dallas Howard , John Cena , Dua Lipa , Samuel L. Jackson , Sam Rockwell , Bryan Cranston , Rob Delaney

Runtime
135 Minutes


Argylle is a spy action thriller that tells the story of a reclusive writer named Elly Conway. Her novels tell the missions of a secret agent named Argylle, but suddenly, the plots of her novels start to mirror the actions of a sinister underground syndicate. Elly ends up being dragged into a covert world where nothing and no one is what they seem, and, of course, there will be lots of action.

You can read Screen Rant’s Argylle review here.

2 Mean Girls

Mean Girls was released on January 12, 2024.

Damian, Cady, and Janis peeking through bushes in Mean Girls (2024).

Mean Girls (2024)

Release Date
January 12, 2024

Director
Samantha Jayne , Arturo Perez Jr.

Cast
Angourie Rice , Auli’i Cravalho , Jaquel Spivey , Reneé Rapp , Jon Hamm , Ashley Park , Jenna Fischer , Tina Fey , Tim Meadows


Mean Girls is a musical comedy based on the 2004 movie of the same name, both based on the 2002 book Queen Bees and Wannabes by Rosalind Wiseman. Mean Girls follows Cady Heron, the new girl at school who, encouraged by her only friends, infiltrates the group of Regina George, the most popular but cruelest girl in school. What starts as a plan to bring Regina and her friends down soon ends up triggering major chaos across the school and brings drama to Cady’s relationships.

Mean Girls
2024 is the film adaptation of the Broadway musical based on the 2004 movie.

1 The Beekeeper

The Beekeeper was released on January 12, 2024.

Jason Statham as Adam Clay in David Ayer's The Beekeeper


The Beekeeper

Release Date
January 12, 2024

Director
David Ayer

Cast
Jason Statham , Emmy Raver-Lampman , Josh Hutcherson , Bobby Naderi , Minnie Driver , Phylicia Rashad , Jeremy Irons

The Beekeeper is an action thriller that centers on Adam Clay, a former operative of a clandestine organization called “Beekeepers”. When Adam’s friend and neighbor dies by suicide after falling for a scam, Adam sets out on a revenge mission against the company responsible, but his brutal campaign for vengeance takes on national stakes.

You can read Screen Rant’s The Beekeeper review here.