The 8 most underrated films of February, and where to watch them; plus, a bonus show

Here’s a list of the top February films, ranging from an Academy Award-winner’s underseen period drama and an ambitious short, to the biggest Oscar snub of the year and an unusually terrific romantic comedy.

While Gehraiyaan dominated the discourse this month, as always, there were a handful of films that slipped under the radar. In the second edition of this new monthly series, the aim, as with the first, is to identify and highlight the best (and hopefully most diverse) films—and this time, one show, as well—that you can watch this month.
February’s picks include a festival standout from one of our brightest young filmmakers, a short from one of the GOATs; a debut documentary from an Academy Award-winning icon, and an unexpected triumph in a genre that has become increasingly inconsequential in recent years. In no particular order:
Dhuin — Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival (Online)
From Achal Mishra, the director of Ghamak Ghar, Dhuin is a splendid sophomore effort in which the talented filmmaker somehow captures the destruction of one man’s hopes and dreams in an effortless 50 minutes. Evocatively shot in the Academy Ratio, and elegantly performed by young actors whose unrefined techniques lend the film an air of authenticity, Dhuin is part parable about modern India, and part neo-realist ode to those who live on the fringes.
Cow — MUBI
Essentially a silent film that spans the length and breadth of existence, director Andrea Arnold’s documentary captures the lives of two cows in a Surrey farm with searing compassion. Without a single talking head—or really, much human presence at all—Arnold makes profound statements about life and death, and bookends the remarkable film with some of the most moving footage you’ll see this year.
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Kimi — Amazon Prime Video
Another year, another Steven Soderbergh film that failed to get its due. But perhaps the filmmaker himself is to blame for raising the bar so dramatically. He’s so consistently excellent that even something that would have been a game-changer for a less-experienced director is simply acknowledged with a shrug when he’s calling the shots. It’s right there on Prime Video; go watch it.