New Sci-Fi/Fantasy Movies Coming in February 2022

While February is a notoriously slow time of year for science fiction and fantasy movies, far removed from the big-budget summer releases and award consideration, this month brings a hodgepodge of big genre films sure to interest fans. Roland Emmerich brings his standard action-packed style to moon fallbut the month will also see releases from acclaimed directors Takana Shirai (Child of Kamiari Month) and Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Bigbug). The end of February even brings big-name stars to the screen with the fantastical Big Gold Brick.

But this month also sees the wide release of a number of low-budget indie sci-fi/fantasy movies that are worth a watch — and have the awards from the film festival circuit to prove it. The social media/fortune-telling movie evicted took home Best Feature Film from the Lost River Film Festival, while the sci-fi/thriller last survivors was a selection of the Leeds International Film Festival and the London FrightFest. even the indie Cosmic Dawn had its premiere at that Denver Film Festival. This month clearly has sci-fi and fantasy movies from across the spectrum and something to offer almost any fan of the genre, so here are all of the to watch out for in February of 2022.


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moon fall


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From renowned director Roland Emmerich, moon fall tells the wild story of a near-future where the moon has been knocked from its orbit. Faced with the threat of annihilation as the moon sets off on a collision course with the Earth, NASA astronauts team up with a conspiracy theorist to try to avert the disaster. Weird still, it turns out that the moon may be hiding a secret. moon fall promises non-stop action in classic Emmerich tradition, even if the premise strains credulity, and is sure to interest sci-fi fans of all sorts.


Directed by Roland Emmerich, Moonfall stars Michael Peña, Charlie Plummer, Kelly Yu, Eme Ikwuakor, Carolina Bartczak and Donald Sutherland and arrives in theaters Feb. 4.

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last survivors


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A post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller, last survivors follows a father and son traveling from their isolated home in search of medicine to save the father’s life. When they encounter a mysterious woman, the son disobeys his instructions from her to kill her on sight of her, and instead, the two begin a forbidden relationship. The father remains intent on ending the relationship to prevent it from ruining the utopia that he has created. last survivors depicts a cold and heartless wilderness after the collapse of civilization but shows that, even in a world stacked against people, it’s human nature that proves the greatest threat.


Directed by Drew Mylrea, Last Survivors stars Drew Van Acker, Alicia Silverstone and Stephen Moyer and hits theaters Feb. 4.

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Child of Kamiari Month


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Child of Kamiari Month follows Kanna on her journey past the boundary between the world of humans the world of the gods. After the death of her mother from her, Kanna’s grief from her also takes her love of running from her. When she encounters a messenger of the gods and an ogre boy, Kanna sets off on a journey across Japan to attend the annual gathering of the gods to restore her joy from her. After a successful crowdfunding campaign in 2019 and a Japanese premiere, Child of Kamiari Month is an anticipated fantasy release from acclaimed director Takana Shirai that is sure to tug on viewers’ heartstrings.


Directed by Takana Shirai, Child of Kamiari features the vocal talents of Aju Makita, Maaya Sakamoto, Miyu Irino, Riko Nagase, Chafurin, Wataru Takagi, Ko Shibasaki, Arata Iura and Akira Kamiya and premieres on Netflix Feb. 8.

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Bigbug


Bigbug provides a colorful new look on the robot apocalypse. From the director of amelie, the movie creates a vibrant world where robot assistants have been invited into every aspect of domestic life. When the robots turn against humans, they’re able to imprison their captives within their houses while the robots take over the rest of the world. Faced with the destruction of their way of life, one group of suburbanites bands together — to fight back or just to pass the time. With Bigbug‘s emphasis on sensuality as what sets humans apart from robots and makes the species indispensable, this sci-fi/comedy is a visual delight and welcome addition to the genre.


Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Bigbug stars Dominique Pinon, Elsa Zylberstein, Isabelle Nanty, Youssef Hajdi, Alban Lenoir and François Levantal and premieres on Netflix Feb. 11.

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Cosmic Dawn


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The sci-fi/thriller Cosmic Dawn follows Aurora, a young woman whose mother was abducted by aliens when she was a little girl. Aurora turns to a UFO cult called “the Cosmic Dawn” for more information about her mother de ella and becomes embroiled in cultish practices of hallucinogens and even violence. Aurora must find out what is real and who she has the truth in order to make it out of the Cosmic Dawn alive. While Cosmic Dawn seems content to leave the truth of the aliens at the center of its ambiguous story, the indie film still looks worth a watch.

Directed by Jefferson Moneo, Cosmic Dawn stars Emmanuelle Chriqui, Joshua Burge, Antonia Zegers and Camille Rowe and has a limited theatrical and VOD release starting Feb. 11.

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evicted


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evicted features a plague-mask-wearing, anonymous user making predictions about the future on social media. As detectives chase down the masked prognosticator to prevent them from sowing additional chaos, they find the predictions all turn out to be true. The detectives must choose whether to try to bring down the masked user or to help them after a prediction threatens the future of humankind itself. an indie film, evicted looks to be one part fortune-telling fantasy and one part detective thriller delivered with refreshing earnestness if not a big budget.

Directed by Richeler Aladin, Evinced stars Ervin Brown, Don Kennedy, Rachel Webb and Xavier Alvarado and has a limited theatrical release starting Feb. 15.

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Big Gold Brick


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The star-studded cast of Big Gold Brick isn’t the movie’s only draw. It also tells the story of a young writer brought in to write the biography of a rich businessman. When the writer starts living with the family and collecting their stories, his efforts to actually write the book are brought to a halt by seeming hallucinations and the family’s ability to create chaos. Though not strictly a sci-fi or fantasy movie, Big Gold Brick features fantastical elements as the author attempts to piece out what’s real, what’s true and what’s worth writing down.


Directed by Brian Petsos, Big Gold Brick stars Emory Cohen, Andy Garcia, Megan Fox, Lucy Hale, Oscar Isaac, Shiloh Fernandez and Frederick Schmidt and hits theaters Feb. 25.

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