It’s February, folks, and it’s a great time to take advantage of one of Boston’s independent theaters and then some! Feeling the harsh effects of Boston’s desolate winter tundra? Don’t have Valentine’s Day plans?  Take yourself, your friends, your significant other, whoever to a movie!

This month is particularly ripe with cinematic goodness. Sure, there are a series of David Cronenberg midnight screenings, but there’s also a David Lynch repertory series celebrating the 25th anniversary of Twin Peaks AND a repertory series celebrating the films of Stanley Kubrick (*pinches self*).  As an added bonus, there are some other choice selections along the way.  Without further ado, here are the best film screenings to check out in Boston in February.

The Brattle Theatre

Casablanca (directed by Michael Curtis, 1942): Fri., 2/13 & Sat., 2/14 at 4:15, 7:00, 9:45 pm
Classic romance served up for Valentine’s Day? Swoon swoon.

Damn Fine Cinema: The Films of David Lynch Repertory Series (Starts Mon., 2/23)
Twin Peaks turns 25! And to celebrate, the Brattle Theatre is being wonderful and doing a repertory series showcasing David Lynch’s work, from a free screening of the Twin Peaks pilot to a double feature of Blue Velvet and Wild at Heart. You won’t want to miss out. Click here for more information

The Coolidge Corner Theatre

Evil Dead II: Dead by Dawn (directed by Sam Raimi, 1987): Mon., 2/9 at 7:00 pm
Classic gory body horror by way of The Three Stooges.

Dead Ringers (directed by David Cronenberg, 1988): Fri., 2/20 & Sat., 2/21 at 11:59 pm
The Coolidge is showing a few other Cronenberg flicks throughout the month (Cronenberg will actually be there in person at the end of the month *sold out*), but I thought it’d be nice to highlight Dead Ringers, a culmination of all of his pet themes and ideas wrapped up in exotic, perfectly strange psychological body horror.

The Harvard Film Archive

McCabe and Mrs. Miller (directed by Robert Altman, 1971): Wed., 2/4 at 7:30 pm
Altman offers his revisionist take on the Western genre, leaving us with a beautifully-shot and melancholic masterpiece.

F for Fake (directed by Orson Welles, 1974): Sun., 2/8 at 7:00 pm
Orson Welles’s last film found him reaching into new territories, blurring the line between film, documentary, and essay.

Two-Lane Blacktop (directed by Monte Hellman, 1971): Wed., 2/25 at 7:30 pm
You like ’70s cinema? You like road movies? You like existential art classics? Well, this has all that and more!

The Museum of Fine Arts

The Films of Stanley Kubrick Series: From 2/4 to 2/28
This series tackles every single Stanley Kubrick film, from Killer’s Kiss down to Eyes Wide shut. Enough said. Click for more info.