Our favorite streaming service is ready to lift us out of the mid-winter doldrums with a host of new titles. Along with a great selection of Original content coming to Netflix, they’re also adding some great date-night fare, just in time for Valentine’s Day. You’ll also find some fun new family-friendly movies and classic action films.
Notable Netflix Originals
Netflix is still on top when it comes to taking chances, and this month’s Netflix Originals show it. So, let’s take a look at a few choice selections from the Netflix.
If you liked Natasha Lyonne in “Orange is the New Black,” you’ll surely love her in “Russian Doll.” In eight, 30-minute episodes, “Groundhog Day” takes a twisted turn when Nadia (played by Lyonne) keeps waking up in the middle of her own 36th birthday only to die over and over again before she can leave the party.
Created by Lyonne, Amy Poehler, and Leslye Headband, this sharp, darkly funny series paints a portrait of a self-interested and foul-mouthed woman forced to come to terms with her life. With this much talent on board, coupled with the promise of watching the layers surrounding this fascinating character unpeel, we’re planning our weekend around Russian Doll.
‘Siempre Bruja: Always a Witch’
You must know, the premise for this new series gives us chills. A 17th-century witch travels in time to the future to save her love and herself, but first, she must defeat a dark rival in modern-day Cartagena. Filmed in Colombia and in Spanish, Carmen is a 19-year-old slave about to burned at the stake for witchcraft. Saved by an old wizard, she can travel to the future where they don’t believe in witches — or at least have stopped burning them. One catch — she must promise not to use her magical powers.
This one looks like so much fun, we’re carving out some serious binge time for this supernatural fish-out-of-water story.
This supernatural thriller will delight horror and drama fans alike. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo, “Velvet Buzzsaw” will have you on the edge of your seat (or hiding in the next room). Satirizing the poses and pretensions of the Art World (capitalization intended), this Netflix Original movie follows a collection of paintings left by a dead artist that create a lot of buzz in the market. But then, the owners start turning up dead.
If you’re looking for an anecdote to February’s Valentine’s Romance-a-Thon, pop some corn and tune into Velvet Buzzsaw.
‘The Umbrella Academy’
Based on the graphic novels of Gerard Way, the former lead singer and songwriter from My Chemical Romance, “The Umbrella Academy” promises to charm emo kids, Potterheads, Gothic fantasy fans, and comic book aficionados everywhere.
The Netflix series from explores the lives of supernaturally conceived children in their adult years after they come together at the death of their “Father” — the man who trained them to wield their special powers.
The original comic book and graphic novel series, published by Dark Horse Comics, won an Eisner Award – the equivalent of an Academy Award and presented annually at the San Diego Comic Con. Gerard Way and original artist Gabriel Bá co-produce.
If you love comic book adventure movies but are tired of the same heroes and villains and standoffs, you’ll definitely want to check out “The Umbrella Academy.”
Notable Classic Titles
Along with Netflix’s cutting-edge in-house productions, you’ll discover plenty of old favorites on the streaming service to while away the dreary winter days and nights of February.
Catch the first three movies in this action-adventure series, including “Jaws,” “Jaws 2,” “Jaws 3,” and “Jaws: The Revenge.” The first and original “Jaws,” released in 1975, is the best known and best reviewed, with a 90 percent viewer rating on Rotten Tomatoes. And if you’ve never had a chance to catch this Oscar-winning classic from director Steven Spielberg, starring Richard Dreyfuss and Roy Scheider, it’s a must-see for cinephiles.
‘Pretty in Pink’
This classic “Brat Pack” movie from John Hughes still rings true when it comes to love, longing, and heartbreak in high school. Whether you’re dateless for Valentine’s Day or just want a bit of ‘80s nostalgia, “Pretty in Pink” makes a great movie night. Best of all, it features one of the top 25 movie soundtracks of all time, according to “Rolling Stone.”
John Hughes movies really hit the pulses of young people in the 1980s, but they wouldn’t still be so loved if it weren’t for their timeless portrayal of teen angst. Starring Molly Ringwald as Andie, Jon Cryer as Duckie, and Andrew McCarthy as Blaine, this bittersweet love triangle from 1986 is one of the best from his legacy of amazing films.
Family Friendly Fare
If you’re looking for something kid-friendly, Netflix has some new titles to share with friends and family of all ages.
‘Free Rein Valentine’s Day’
This cute show is perfect for tweens and teens looking for something to watch for the romantic holiday ahead. This British series features 15-year-old Zoe and her adventures in her mother’s homeland in a small island off the coast of England. This title features Zoe and her friends as the search to find the mysterious “Maiden Stone” on the island.
‘Disney’s Beverly Hills Chihuahua’
This live-action Disney film does what every great Disney movies does: delivers a fun and touching adventure story using adorable animals and lots of special effects, be they animation or CGI. While “Beverly Hills Chihuahua” may not be the next “Citizen Kane(ine),” there’s lots of family-friendly fun to be had in this lark. It also features some very recognizable talent, like Jamie Lee Curtis, with Drew Barrymore and Cheech Marin doing voiceovers.
New Titles Coming to Netflix for February 2019
Here’s a list of the new movies, shows, documentaries and more you’ll find on the streaming service this coming month. This list includes those coming to US subscribers and the date scheduled to appear on the lineup.
About a Boy
Always a Witch (Siempre bruja): Season 1 (Netflix Original)
American Pie and American Pie 2
As Good as It Gets
Dear Ex (Netflix Original)
Free Rein: Valentine’s Day (Netflix Original)
Jaws, Jaws 2, Jaws 3, and Jaws: The Revenge
Pretty in Pink
Russian Doll: Season 1 (Netflix Original)
The Edge of Seventeen
True: Happy Hearts Day (Netflix Original)
Velvet Buzzsaw (Netflix Original)
Bordertown: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
Romance is a Bonus Book [weekly episodes] (Netflix Original)
Disney’s Beverly Hills Chihuahua
Ray Romano: Right Here, Around the Corner (Netflix Original)
High Flying Bird (Netflix Original)
Kevin Hart’s Guide to Black History (Netflix Original)
¡Nailed It! México: Season 1 (Netflix Original)
One Day at a Time: Season 3 (Netflix Original)
ReMastered: The Two Killings of Sam Cooke (Netflix Original)
The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
The Tree of Blood (El árbol de la sangre) (Netflix Original)
Unauthorized Living (Netflix Original)
The Break: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj: Volume 2 [weekly episodes] (Netflix Original)
Flavorful Origins: Chaoshan Cuisine: Season 1 (Netflix Original)
Dating Around: Season 1 (Netflix Original)
Ken Jeong: You Complete Me, Ho (Netflix Original)
Larry Charles’ Dangerous World of Comedy (Netflix Original)
The Breaker Upperers (Netflix Original)
The Dragon Prince: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
The Umbrella Academy: Season 1 (Netflix Original)
Yucatan (Netflix Original)
The 40-Year-Old Virgin
The Drug King (Netflix Original)
Chef’s Table: Volume 6 (Netflix Original)
Firebrand (Netflix Original)
Go! Live Your Way (GO! Vive a tu manera): Season 1 (Netflix Original)
Paddleton (Netflix Original)
Paris Is Us (Paris est à nous) (Netflix Original)
Rebellion: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
Suburra: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
The Big Family Cooking Showdown: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
The Photographer of Mauthausen (Netflix Original)
Workin’ Moms: Season 1 (Netflix Original)
Dolphin Tale 2
Our Idiot Brother
Unsolved: Tupac & Biggie
Jeopardy!: Collection 2
Last Chance to Watch on Netflix
Along with adding new content every month, Netflix also, sadly, has to let some go. The following movies and shows will be leaving the streaming service.
Notable Titles Leaving Netflix
Some of these are great movies, and it really tears us up to see them go. It only goes to show that you shouldn’t take great films for granted. Make sure you get a chance to see these before they’re gone forever.
‘The Big Lebowski’
This 1998 is one of the most quoted and referenced movies in the ‘geist. If you haven’t seen it yet, you owe it to yourself to catch it before it leaves on February first. Starring Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, and Julianne Moore, “The Big Lebowski” boasts a 94 percent audience score from Rotten Tomatoes.
‘Shaun of the Dead’
This zombie comedy from 2004 is another cult classic comedy leaving Netflix. “Shaun of the Dead” stars Simon Pegg and features the eponymous listless, lifeless electronics store employee who must rise to the challenge to save the world when zombies rise from their graves. Both gory and hilarious, you’ll hate yourself forever if you don’t catch this before it leaves Netflix.
Another cult classic hits the bin at Netflix when Kevin Smith’s “Clerks” leaves in February. Made in 1994 for about $28,000 and shot in the same stores where Smith worked at the time, this movie put his career on the map. Add some good reviews from the critics, and it grossed over $3 million. Focusing on the everyday lives of two store clerks, its slacker comedy vibe and homemade charm still engages audiences.
Titles Leaving Netflix in February 2019
Make sure you take a last look farewell to these great movies and shows because the following are sadly leaving the lineup for US subscribers.
The Big Lebowski
The Bourne Ultimatum
Bride of Chucky
Children of Men
Disney’s The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
Queer as Folk: Seasons 1-4
Queer as Folk: The Final Season
Shaun of the Dead
Woman in Gold
Disney’s Girl Meets World: Seasons 1-3
Check Back for Future Updates
Check back next month to find out what Netflix Originals are being added to the service in March 2019, as well as a list of classic and other movies, shows, and documentaries. We’ll also list the titles that expire in March, so you’ll have one last chance to watch them.