With a bitter chill in the air, winter storms still dumping heavy snow across the country and Valentine’s Day on the way, our access to never-ending streaming content seems more important than ever. Whether you’re part of a couple that’s been together too long to care about a made-up Hallmark holiday, or happily single and in the mood to binge a Breaking Bad spin-off series, Netflix has some lovely new offerings to keep you warm.
With a wintery mix of action, romance and comedy, even if you have plans on the 14th, it might just be more fun to curl up on the couch and fire up the Netflix queue on your Apple TV. Here’s a few of our must-stream movies and shows coming to Netflix in February, and don’t forget to check out the complete list of new additions below.
Better Call Saul – Season One (February 1st)
This ultra bingeable spin-off will fill the RV sized hole left by Breaking Bad. Bob Odenkirk is back at his slimy best as Saul Goodman as we follow the shyster’s struggles as a public defender years before before he meets Walt. Saul brings the best parts of its predecessor and fuses them with the personality of its protagonist to create a darkly comedic character drama.
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (February 1)
Need to clean the house and want something on in the background? Will Ferrell’s NASCAR romp is the movie for you. Light on story but heavy on jokes, Talladega Nights features a pile of memorable lines and knockout supporting performances from Sacha Baron Cohen, Gary Cole and Michael Clarke Duncan. This is easily the strongest of Ferrell’s ‘sports quartet’ and perfect for an afternoon of lighthearted laughs.
Gaspar Noe’s Love (February 4)
Warning: do not watch this film with anyone unless you’re extremely comfortable with them. The mind behind Enter the Void and Irreversible takes us on an odyssey of love, lust and sex through the prism of three young people in modern day Paris. There is an undeniable current of authenticity bolstered by the relative inexperience of the three leads as well as the unsimulated sex scenes. These scenes are used as points of character development and add a deeper layer to the romantic relationships. Noe pulls off an impressive balancing act and turns in an interesting exercise in the depiction of sexuality on film.
Hannibal Buress: Comedy Camisado (February 5)
The Chicago born comic was in the news this year for inadvertently re-exposing the sexual abuse allegations against Bill Cosby and he once again tackles the topic in his first Netflix stand-up special. The former 30 Rock writer brings his brand of subtle, clever humor to the streaming screen and shows why he’s been a long time favorite of the stand-up scene.
Atonement (February 16)
This devastating romance isn’t being added in time for Valentine’s Day–but maybe that’s for the best. Joe Wright’s adaptation of Ian McEwan’s acclaimed novel is both beautiful and heartbreaking. When Robbie Turner (James McAvoy) and Cecilia Tallis (Keira Knightley) are torn apart by forces outside of their control and they struggle to find their way back to each other amidst the horrors of World War II. Wright’s skill at adaptation is in full view as he deftly handles the twists and turns of McEwan’s sprawling narrative. The cinematography is superb and the five minute tracking shot on the beaches of Dunkirk will take your breath away. McAvoy and Knightley are captivating in their performances and provide the emotional ammo for the the film. It’s the thinking person’s The Notebook. Plus, the film features scene stealing performances from Saoirse Ronan and a pre-Sherlock Benedict Cumberbatch.
Love – Season One (February 19)
The trailer for the Judd Apatow-produced series makes it look just plain delightful. The down-to-earth exploration of relationships echoes Aziz Ansari’s Master of None, while the endearing awkwardness of the characters reminds one of a grown up Freaks and Geeks. Gillian Jacobs and Paul Rust emit a comfortable chemistry and look to be able to carry the ten episode season.
Here is the full list of new movies and shows coming to Netflix in February:
BETTER CALL SAUL (Season 1)
THE LIZZY BORDEN CHRONICLES (Season 1, )
MASHA’S TALES (Season 1, )
POKEMON XY (Season 1)
CARE BEARS & COUSINS (Season 2)
MAD MEN (Season 7, Part 2)
TURBO: F.A.S.T. (Season 3)
LOVE (Season 1)
FULLER HOUSE (Season 1)
John Drain | Staff Writer