Everything New That’s Streaming in February
Short and sweet, like the month itself
After streaming platforms unleashed a glut of blockbuster entertainment over the holidays, February’s releases are like the month itself: short and sweet. Don’t lose heart, there’s still lots to love: anticipated show finales, a new Ye documentary, the return of beloved cartoon The Proud Family, and a trippy new thriller series directed by Ben Stiller. Whether you want to Netflix and chill with your sweetie, host a movie night for Galentine’s Day, or enjoy the solitary pleasure of not having to share the remote, these are the biggest shows and movies coming out in February.
Murderville (Feb. 3) – Will Arnett is Terry Seattle, a gruff homicide cop who teams up with celebrity guests to solve murders in a new procedural cop comedy. The twist: the celebrity “deputy” has no script and must improvise their way through the case with Seattle—then finger the culprit themselves. Conan O’Brien, Marshawn Lynch, Sharon Stone, Ken Jeong, Kumail Nanjiani and Annie Murphy were game enough to wear the badge in the first six episodes. Based on the BBC show Murder in Successville, Arnett says, “We’re basically making Law & Order without a script.”
Jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy (Feb. 16) – The three-part documentary tracks the career arc of billionaire artist and fashion tycoon Kanye “Ye” West, from his early studio days to a one-man global brand. The trailer finds a young Ye collaborating with Jay-Z, Mos Def and Pharrell, at one point butting heads with rapper Rhymefest who questions Ye’s self-declared “genius.” Directors Coodie Simmons and Chike Ozah stockpiled twenty years of footage for the trilogy; acts 2 and 3 will arrive in the following two weeks.
Space Force Season 2 (Feb. 18) – After a shaky first season, the comedy team of Greg Daniels and Steve Carell is shooting for the stars again. After a nearly two-year hiatus, General Naird is back to command fresh mayhem in the space-themed satire also starring Ben Schwartz, Jimmy O. Yang, Diana Silvers, John Malkovich and Tawny Newsome. Daniels says he filmed season two more like The Office by cutting rigid cinematic elements, encouraging improvisation and leaning into the cast’s comic talent.
Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Feb. 18) – Leatherface is back to skewer screaming teens and online culture in the Netflix reboot of the iconic horror movie. The direct sequel to the gory 1974 film finds a group of influencers trying to breathe new life into a remote Texas town – when they accidentally awaken a half-century-old terror. In one spicy scene a group is trapped on a party bus with the chainsaw-wielding cannibal, but instead of running and screaming they all pull out their cellphones to record him. One threatens from behind his screen, “try anything and you’re cancelled, bro!” Taking a page from Jamie Lee Curtis in the new Halloween franchise, Sally, the hysterical, blood-soaked survivor of the first movie returns older and wiser to help the younguns defeat Leatherface.
The Cuphead Show
Race: Bubba Wallace
Patsy & Loretta
My Best Friend Anne Frank
Raising Dion Season 2
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Your Attention Please Season 3 premiere (Feb. 1) – The reality series hosted by Craig Robinson (The Office) spotlights Black innovators, thinkers and artists on a mission to use their talents to change the world. Mixing in animated shorts and comic segments, Robinson curates a joyful, optimistic vibe as he picks the brains of emerging leaders in technology, art, activism, academia and beyond. Season 3 will feature next-generation excellence like NASCAR pit crew member Brehanna Daniels, architect Samantha Josaphat, children’s book illustrator Keturah Bobo, and entomologist/musician Dr. Sammy.
Pam and Tommy (Feb. 2) – Follow the crazy lives of beach babe Pamela Anderson and Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee, after their honeymoon sex tape was stolen and leaked to the public. Considering Gen-Z’s obsession with all things 90’s, it was only natural to go dumpster-diving through its scandals too. From Princess Diana to O.J. Simpson to Tonya Harding, Hollywood is whipping out the blue eyeshadow and mullet extensions to render the era’s biggest shenanigans in all their trashy glory. Their creators will say it’s meant to provoke conversation about how women were treated by the media, but let’s face it – digging through 25-year old garbage has become a deliciously voyeuristic pastime. Pam and Tommy stars Lily James, Sebastian Stan, Seth Rogen and Nick Offerman.
Beans (Feb. 4) – A middle-school student grows up fast as her Mohawk community fights the Quebec government to protect a burial ground from developers. Based on the true story of the 78-day armed standoff with Canadian forces in 1990 as seen and experienced by director Tracey Deer, the radical coming-of-age story stars Kiawentiio Tarbell (Avatar: The Last Airbender), Rainbow Dickerson, Violah Beauvais and Paulina Jewel Alexis.
No Exit (Feb. 25) – Based on the harrowing Taylor Adams novel, No Exit follows Darby Thorne (Havana Rose Liu), a college student stranded in the mountains with a group of strangers during a blizzard. The real chills start when she finds a kidnapped child in one of the strangers’ cars, and must find out who the villain is—and escape her icy prison. The survival thriller also stars Danny Ramirez, David Rysdahl, Dennis Haysbert and Mila Harris.
Dollface Season 2
Rick & Morty Season 5
American Song Contest Series Premiere
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Reacher (Feb. 4) – The new adaptation of your dad’s favorite crime thriller book series finds hulking ex-military police officer Jack Reacher (Titans’ Alan Ritchson) drifting Rambo-like around the country after leaving the Army. He wanders into a small Georgia town just in time to be blamed for a series of murders– until the police need his help to unravel a sinister conspiracy behind the bloodshed. The action-packed eight-part series also stars Harvey Guillén (What We Do in the Shadows), Malcolm Goodwin (iZombie) and Willa Fitzgerald (The Goldfinch).
Phat Tuesdays: The Era of Hip-Hop Season 1 (Feb. 4) – The three-episode docuseries tells the story of performer Guy Torry’s monumental efforts to launch an all-Black comedy night at The Comedy Store in LA in the 90’s. Director Reginald Hudlin explores the cultural forces behind L.A.’s Black stand-up scene at the time, the Black comics who found fame on its stage, and the renaissance that influenced film and television for decades after. Featuring never-before-seen performance footage and interviews with heavy hitters like Dave Chappelle, Regina King, Tichina Arnold, Katt Williams, Cedric the Entertainer, Tiffany Haddish, Regina King, Jo Koy, Craig Robinson and Chris Tucker.
I Want You Back (Feb. 11) – Emma (Jenny Slate) and Peter (Charlie Day) are strangers who meet after getting dumped on the same day (Emma’s former flame is played by Scott Eastwood, who suspiciously resembles Slate’s real-life ex Chris Evans). After discovering that their exes have moved on, the lovelorn dumpees team up to sabotage their new relationships and win them back. The romantic comedy also stars Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin), Manny Jacinto (The Good Place) and Clark Backo (Letterkenny).
Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 4 (Feb. 18) – Midge is finally back behind the mic after season 3’s cliffhanger ending, filmed in 2019 before Covid shut down production. It’s the dawn of the 60’s, and change is in the air for the growing comedian. After she was dropped from a USO tour, Midge sees the chance to revamp her act and headline her own successful show. But will her creative freedom come at the cost of her friends and family? Amazon is dropping 2 episodes a week, starting February 28.
Nathan for You Seasons 1 & 2 (Feb. 1)
Don’t Be a Menace (Feb. 1)
Book of Love (Feb. 4)
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Nightmare Alley (Feb. 1) – After underperforming at the box office in December, Guillermo del Toro’s latest psychological thriller will be available to stream on Hulu and HBO Max this month. Based on the 1946 novel, carny and conman-psychic Stan (Bradley Cooper) joins forces with mysterious psychiatrist Lilith (Cate Blanchett) to swindle a dangerous mogul (Ron Perlman). But Lilith has her own agenda, and like most Del Toro stories, Stan finds himself in a gothic morality tale with a twisted but inescapable ending. The director’s visual skill with neo-noir themes is legendary: the dark carnivalesque flourishes, rounded edges, elongated shots, and richly textured low-lit sets are a fever-dream of art nouveau, art deco and midcentury-modern designs. Also starring Toni Collette, Willem Dafoe, Richard Jenkins and Rooney Mara.
KIMI (Feb. 10) –Zoe Kravitz is electrifying as an agoraphobic tech worker who uncovers a violent crime in pandemic-era Seattle, and must take new risks to get justice. Steven Soderbergh’s latest is part thriller, part cautionary tale about inviting governments and corporations into our homes through devices in an era of total surveillance. Also stars Erika Christensen, Rita Wilson and Devin Ratray.
The King’s Man (Feb. 18) – Another dual release on Hulu and HBO Max, the splashy prequel to the Matthew Vaughn-directed Kingsman franchise tells the bloody origin story of the secretive, well-starched intelligence agency. Ralph Fiennes is an English gentleman who forms the “refined but brutal” organization to defeat a cabal of baddies (including a heavily-eyelinered Rasputin played by Rhys Ifans) hellbent on world destruction for their own enrichment. The comic book’s popularity lay in its deft juggling of violence and gentility – the movie hopes to strike the same balance. Also stars Gemma Arterton, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Djimon Hounsou and Stanley Tucci.
40 Means Nothing Season 1 premiere
The French Dispatch (Feb. 25)
Euphoria Season 2 finale (Feb. 27)
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The Book of Boba Fett season finale (Feb. 9) – The seventh and final episode of the massively popular space Western finds the eponymous bounty hunter gearing up for the ultimate war with the Pyke Syndicate. Episode five, spectacularly directed by Bryce Dallas Howard, detoured into the Mandalorian plot, following Din Djarin as his story arc segues into Fett’s. With the help of Fennec Shand and Djarin, Fett is now ready to consolidate support in his quest for galactic crimelord supremacy.
The Proud Family: Louder & Prouder (Feb. 23) – 14-year old Penny Proud (Kyla Pratt) is back with fresh adventures and modern problems in a new revival of the popular cartoon that ran from 2001-2005. Penny and her loving, boisterous family navigate bullying, new careers, socially woke neighbors and hormones in an updated animation style. Voiced by Tommy Davidson, Alisa Reyes, Karen Malina White, Keke Palmer, Jo Marie Payton, Billy Porter and Zachary Quinto and featuring Cedric the Entertainer, Tiffany Haddish, Lizzo, Gabrielle Union, Lil Nas X, Carlos Mencia and more.
Free Guy (Feb. 23) – Ryan Reynolds is Guy, a videogame character who lives a quiet life in the background of gameplay as a bank teller, agreeably wading through Fortnite-adjacent violence and chaos. In a scene that harks back to They Live, Guy becomes self-aware after putting on a player’s glasses–and decides to rewrite his reality and become the hero of his pixelated world. Add in some tech espionage, a multilayered romance and clever commentary on the nature of life itself, and it’s Ready Player One–but fun.
The New Air Force One: Flying Fortress (Feb. 2)
Marvel Studios Assembled: The Making of Eternals (Feb. 16)
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Suspicion (Feb. 4) – Four British citizens become international suspects when the son of a rich American media mogul is kidnapped from their New York City hotel. It’s up to them to evade the feds, uncover the reasons behind the frame-up, and prove their innocence in a world where everyone is under scrutiny and no one can be trusted. Uma Thurman is the high-powered mama bear who may have secrets of her own, and Noah Emmerich is the FBI agent she enlists to rescue her son. The eight-part thriller series, based on the Israeli TV show False Flag, drops the first two episodes February 4, then one episode each following week.
The Sky Is Everywhere (Feb. 11) – A bittersweet teen romance about the strange avenues of grief and reconciling loss, told through magical realism, dreamy forest sets and lush musical numbers. After her older sister dies, Lennie (Grace Kaufman) finds herself romantically involved with both the vibrant, musical Joe (Jacques Colimon) and her sister’s brooding fiancé Toby (Pico Alexander). While Joe taps into her desire to move forward and enjoy life, Toby makes her feel connected with her sister. What’s a girl to do? Also stars Cherry Jones and Jason Segel as convincingly crunchy Northern Californians.
Severance (Feb. 18) – Work-life balance goes haywire in the Ben Stiller-directed thriller series starring Adam Scott, Christopher Walken, Patricia Arquette and John Tuturro. Workers at a corporation agree to surgically split the memories of their work life and personal life in the name of productivity. All is antiseptic until Mark’s best friend disappears and he starts to unravel the truth behind the company’s real motives. A bleak commentary on the demands of capitalism, a cautionary tale about the unreliability of perception, or a Gilliam-tinted glimpse into the corporate hive mind? You be the judge.
Lincoln’s Dilemma (Feb. 11)
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Star Trek Discovery season 4 part 2 (Feb. 10) – The award-winning space opera is back after a winter hiatus with new episodes, in anticipation of Picard season 2 coming in March. Discovery is Paramount’s most-watched show thanks to groundbreaking storylines and Sonequa Martin-Green’s award-winning turn as fiery Captain Michael Burnham; it was recently renewed for a fifth season. Season four resumes in the 32nd century with the crew helping rebuild the Federation after a disaster caused by a mysterious and destructive space anomaly, intended as a metaphor for the Covid-19 pandemic. Fun fact: Jonathan Frakes a.k.a. Commander Riker directs several episodes.
Big Nate premiere (Feb. 17) – Nickelodeon studios takes us back to the perils of sixth grade in an original animated series based on the award-winning Lincoln Peirce books and comic strip. Nate (Ben Giroux) is a cheeky, creative middle-schooler who loves a good prank and can’t resist a dare. He and his buddies dodge detention, disaster and his big sister Ellen (Dove Cameron), using drawing and cartoons to express himself. Also starring Rob Delaney, and guest-starring Jack Black.
The In Between (Feb. 11) – Joey King is Tessa, a rootless foster kid who thinks she doesn’t deserve love—until she meets dreamy Skylar (Kyle Allen). They presumably share AirPods and their feelings until Skylar dies in a car accident, and Tessa, ridden with survivor’s guilt, goes searching for answers. She comes to believe Skylar is trapped between worlds and trying to connect with her, so she enlists her friend’s help to reconnect with him one last time. The supernatural romance, written by Marc Klein (Serendipity) and produced by Robbie Brenner (Dallas Buyer’s Club), is anticipated to become Gen-Z’s Ghost.
Celebrity Big Brother season 3 (Feb. 2)
Wasteland (Feb. 24)
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