Showtime has announced the movies, TV shows and sports programming coming to the service in February. The Showtime February 2023 lineup includes the documentary film Stand, which will kick of a month of thought-provoking stories as it details the life and controversy of NBA player Abdul-Rauf and his stand against racism and social justice following his conversion to Islam.
The Showtime February 2023 slate also features three-part docuseries Murder in Big Horn, from directors Razelle Benally and Matthew Galkin. In the series, Benally (Dark Winds), who is of Oglala Lakota & Diné descent, and Galkin (Murder in the Bayou) investigate the disappearances of numerous young indigenous women and girls from the Crow and Northern Cheyenne Nations.
With little assistance from local law enforcement, families of these missing indigenous women are often left with more questions than answers in phenomenon that would lead to nationwide news had they not occurred on Native land.
In The 12th Victim, Caril Fugate, who is infamously associated with the 1958 Starkweather murders, attempts to reclaim her own agency. Often referred to as the Bonnie to convicted spree killer Charles Starkweather’s Clyde, Fugate, though convicted of first-degree murder, claims she was operating with Starkweather under duress.
Based on The Twelfth Victim book written by Linda Battisti and John Stevens, The 12th Victim is told through archival footage, reenactments and pop culture iterations of the dramatic killing spree that Fugate has been tangled with since she was 14 years old.
Season eight of The Circus, which premieres on Friday, February 26, examines what may be a tumultuous two years for President Joe Biden as he braces for a litany GOP-led investigations following Republicans’ takeover, albeit slim, of The House of Representatives.
In addition to new content to new original series and films, Showtime subscribers will have access to a variety of thematic collections. In honor of Black History Month, a curated assortment of films starring strong black women called the “Black Girl Magic” collection is available. Additionally, the “Gems” collection will house classic films like Black Snake Moan, The Challenger and Coming From Insanity.
You can view the Showtime February 2023 originals, followed by the movie release schedule and streaming collections, below.
SHOWTIME FEBRUARY 2023 ORIGINALS
STAND – Documentary Premiere: Friday, February 3
The raw and unflinching Stand details Abdul-Rauf’s unprecedented journey from schoolboy prodigy to NBA All-Rookie team to national pariah. Stand explores the personal struggles of Abdul-Rauf – born Chris Jackson in Gulfport, Mississippi – and how he overcame overwhelming odds, including extreme poverty and Tourette’s Syndrome, to make it to basketball’s biggest stage.
The film also details Abdul-Rauf’s conversion to Islam and his groundbreaking stand against racism and for social justice, and the backlash that ensued.
MURDER IN BIG HORN – Docuseries Premiere: Friday, February 3
Within the past decade, dozens of young Indigenous women and girls from the Crow and Northern Cheyenne Nations have disappeared from Montana’s Big Horn County and its surrounding areas. Grieving Native families who fear the worst press local law enforcement for answers, but their pleas are most often met with silence or indifference. Arrests in these cases are rare, and convictions are virtually nonexistent.
Elsewhere in America, similar stories of disappearances and death shock communities and become nationwide news, but when they occur on Native land, a circle of bereft family members, friends, and activists are left to fight for justice on their own. Murder in Big Horn intimately embeds with these families and this community in an effort to shine a light on the unanswered mysteries of this land.
THE 12TH VICTIM – Docuseries Premiere: Friday, February 17
Brought to you by Tremolo Productions, in association with Submarine, The 12th Victim, directed by Nicola Marsh (Twenty Feet From Stardom) is a thrilling limited documentary series centering on the villainization, representation, and ultimate legacy of Caril Fugate’s role in the 1958 Starkweather murders. The 12th Victim will let Caril reclaim her narrative and uncover her mindset and intentions.
While Caril was being painted as America’s most infamous fourteen-year-old killer and the more vicious half of a murderous Bonnie and Clyde duo, Caril claims that she was being held hostage by her 18-year-old James Dean wannabe boyfriend. Based on “The Twelfth Victim” book, written by Linda Battisti and John Stevens, this four-part series is told through a harmonious blend of archival, recreations, and a plethora film and television iterations of the story, including Badlands (1973) and Natural Born Killers (1994).
THE CIRCUS: INSIDE THE GREATEST POLITICAL SHOW ON EARTH – Docuseries Season 8 Premiere: Sunday, February 26
The Circus hits the ground running in 2023 to examine a new era of divided government as President Joe Biden braces for withering GOP-led House investigations. Meanwhile bitter divisions among Republicans signal a tumultuous year ahead for the party and the nation.
And while President Biden mulls a bid for reelection amidst questions about his mishandling of classified documents, former President Donald Trump is facing multiple investigations of his own, as well as staring down a list of potential Republican challengers, in his third run for the White House.
A look at the movies that will be available as part of the Showtime February 2023 lineup.
AVAILABLE FEBRUARY 1
A River Runs Through It
A Simple Plan
Assault on Precinct 13
Benny & Joon
Beverly Hills Cop
Beverly Hills Cop II
Beverly Hills Cop III
Birth of a Black Movie Hero: The Sweet Sweetback
Caught on Tape
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
Eddie Murphy Raw
Flags of Our Fathers
How She Move
Just Another Girl on the I.R.T.
Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon
More American Graffiti
Night Catches Us
Once Upon a Time in the West
Romeo & Juliet
The Beautician and the Beast
The Elephant Man
The English Patient
The Hunt for Red October
The Italian Job
The Ladies Man
The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!
The Sum of All Fears
AVAILABLE FEBRUARY 2
AVAILABLE FEBRUARY 13
Fly Away Home
AVAILABLE FEBRUARY 23
Paris Can Wait
AVAILABLE FEBRUARY 25
Into The Blue
In addition to the Showtime February 2023 schedule, you can check out these collections on the streaming service next month.
BLACK GIRL MAGIC
Eve’s Bayou, Girlhood, How She Move, Imagine That, Just Another Girl on the I.R.T., Madeline’s Madeline, Pimp, and The Fits.
Beyond the Law, Black Snake Moan, Breaking, Coming From Insanity, Complicit, Girlhood, Grace Under Pressure, Hendrix & Handel, Hollywood Shuffle, Hotel Artemis, How She Move, Madeline’s Madeline, Memphis, Momma, Mother of George, Mr. Malcolm’s List, Night Catches Us, Pimp, Pirates, Small City, Snipes, The Challenger, The Fits, and The Last Tree.
Mirko Parlevliet has been reporting on the entertainment industry since 1998 and founded Vital Thrills in 2018 to cover the latest streaming, movie, TV, and video game news. Mirko previously created the websites ComingSoon, Spider-Man Hype!, SuperHeroHype, and ShockTillYouDrop.