Here Are the Must-Stream Movies of February 2018
There may be plenty of entertainment options available to modern media consumers, but few deliver as many consistently fantastic options as today’s movie-streaming services. That fact will once again be corroborated this February, when Netflix, Amazon, and iTunes premiere an enormous batch of film favorites—including classics from Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Kathryn Bigelow, Quentin Tarantino, and Steven Soderbergh—as well as current Oscar contenders. No matter what you’ve got planned for the year’s shortest month, you’re going to want to make time to see some of these superb offerings.
Streaming on Netflix:
Aeon Flux (Feb. 1)
In a population-decimated future, Charlize Theron is a badass warrior who finds herself at the center of a vast government conspiracy in this 2005 sci-fi action film from director Karyn Kusama.
American Pie and American Pie 2 (Feb. 1)
Jason Biggs sticks his you-know-what in a pastry, and that’s just the start of the adolescent absurdity delivered by the first two films in this popular teen comedy franchise.
Goodfellas (Feb. 1)
Martin Scorsese’s 1990 gangster epic—arguably his finest film—traces the underworld rise and fall of a NYC mob hood (Ray Liotta) alongside his two partners-in-crime (Joe Pesci and Robert De Niro).
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 and 2 (Feb. 1)
Quentin Tarantino serves up so much vengeful action in this Uma Thurman-starring tale—about a left-for-dead killer who goes after the man, and former comrades, who tried to murder her on her wedding day—that he needed two films to do it.
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (Feb. 1)
Before Alicia Vikander reboots the series in March, check out Angelina Jolie’s first big-screen go-round as tomb-raiding video game heroine Lara Croft.
Meet the Parents and Meet the Fockers (Feb. 1)
Ben Stiller stumbles and bumbles his way through his first encounter with his girlfriend’s dad (Robert De Niro) in this 2000 comedy, and then introduces the clan to his own parents (Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand) in the 2004 sequel.
Men in Black (Feb. 1)
Will Smith is recruited by Tommy Lee Jones to join a secret agency that polices extraterrestrial life on Earth in Barry Sonnenfeld’s his 1997 sci-fi comedy.
Oceans Trilogy (Feb. 1)
George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, and the rest of their thieving crew pull off a series of elaborate heists (much to the chagrin of targets Andy Garcia and Al Pacino) in this stylish Steven Soderbergh-helmed crime trilogy.
The Hurt Locker (Feb. 1)
Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to ever win a Best Director Oscar for this 2008 Iraq war film about a bomb disposal unit dealing with the stress of combat.
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (Feb. 1)
Biopics get amusingly skewered by this 2007 comedy starring John C. Reilly as a musician on a quest for rock ‘n’ roll stardom.
The Ritual (Feb. 9 – Netflix Original)
Four friends take a camping trip into the Scandinavian forest and, this being a horror film, wind up in all sorts of ancient-evil trouble in this latest original film from Netflix.
When We First Met (Feb. 9 – Netflix Original)
Adam Devine strikes out with Alexandra Daddario but, three years after that initial botched courtship, gets a chance to relive that fateful night in this time-traveling Netflix original comedy.
Evan Almighty (Feb. 16)
Following in Jim Carrey’s godly footsteps, Steve Carell becomes a modern-day Noah when Morgan Freeman’s deity convinces him to build an Ark in this biblical big-budget 2007 comedy.
Lincoln (Feb. 21)
Daniel Day-Lewis won a well-deserved Oscar for embodying Abraham Lincoln in this masterful Steven Spielberg film about the president’s efforts to abolish slavery.
Mute (Feb. 23 – Netflix Original)
For his follow-up to Warcraft, Duncan Jones returns to more Moon-scaled sci-fi with this Netflix original about a mute bartender (Alexander Skarsgard) on the hunt for his missing girlfriend in Berlin while dealing with two American surgeons (Paul Rudd, Justin Theroux).
Premiering on Amazon Video:
Daybreakers (Feb. 1)
Michael and Peter Spierig’s 2009 sci-fi horror film is set in a world ruled by vampires, and concerns one bloodsucker’s (Ethan Hawke) dilemma after he meets a mysterious figure (Willem Dafoe) who claims to have a cure for vampirism.
A Fish Called Wanda (Feb. 1)
Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, John Cleese, and Michael Palin are thieves intent on double-crossing each other in order to nab a diamond stash for themselves in this celebrated 1988 comedy.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Feb. 1) Clint Eastwood’s Man with No Name faces off against Lee Van Cleef and Eli Wallach for a fortune of Confederate gold in Sergio Leone’s widescreen-requiring 1966 spaghetti western classic.
Harsh Times (Feb. 1)
Christian Bale’s PTSD-afflicted former ranger gravitates to the criminal lifestyle upon returning home to Los Angeles in David Ayer’s 2005 crime film.
Manhattan (Feb. 1)
Woody Allen dates a teenager (Mariel Hemingway) and then falls in love with his friend’s mistress (Diane Keaton) in this gorgeous black-and-white 1979 romantic comedy.
Manhunter (Feb. 1)
Based on Thomas Harris’s first book featuring Hannibal Lecter (here played by Brian Cox), Michael Mann’s hypnotic thriller concerns an FBI profiler (William Peterson) on the trail of a serial killer known as the Tooth Fairy.
Mystic Pizza (Feb. 1)
Julia Roberts’ first breakthrough role came in this 1988 romantic comedy, about three sisters navigating life and love while working at a pizza parlor in Mystic, Connecticut.
An Officer and a Gentleman (Feb. 1)
Robert Gere is a Navy Aviation trainee who butts heads with his commanding officer (Lou Gossett Jr. in an Oscar-winning role) while starting a relationship with Debra Winger in Taylor Hackford’s 1982 romance.
Rollerball x 2 (Feb. 1)
In the future (i.e. 2018), everyone loves Rollerball, an ultra-violent mix of rugby and roller derby—and everyone agrees that the 1975 original is far superior to the 2002 remake.
Scared (Feb. 1)
Billy Crystal and Gregory Hines are two Chicago cops tackling one last case in Peter Hyams’s 1986 crime comedy (think 48 Hours, but goofier).
Terms of Endearment (Feb. 1)
The long, tumultuous relationship shared by a mother (Shirley MacLaine) and her daughter (Debra Winger) proves the focus of James L. Brooks’s 1983 hit, which won Academy Awards for Best Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay, Actress (MacLaine) and Supporting Actor (Jack Nicholson).
The Warriors (Feb. 1)
A NYC street gang is framed for murder, and then forced to fight a series of rival outfits while making its way home, in Walter Hill’s excellent 1979 action classic.
Breathe (Feb. 10)
It may not have received much awards season attention, but fans of uplifting dramas will no doubt take to director Andy Serkis’ based-on-real-events story about a man (Andrew Garfield) who, after being stricken with polio—and with the help of his wife (Claire Foy)—fights for the rights of the disabled.
Good Time (Feb. 11)
In one of 2017’s best performances, Robert Pattinson plays a New York thief trying to raise enough money to bail out his mentally challenged brother from prison in Ben and Josh Safdie’s breakneck thriller.
Star Trek (Feb. 14)
J.J. Abrams revived the famous sci-fi franchise with this thrilling 2009 reboot, starring Chris Pine as James T. Kirk and Zachary Quinto as Spock.
Logan Lucky (Feb. 16)
Steven Soderbergh gives his Ocean’s Eleven formula a southern-friend twist with this redneck heist film, about two brothers (Channing Tatum and Adam Driver) who enlist a crew to help them rob the Charlotte Motor Speedway during its biggest race of the year.
Debuting on iTunes:
Daddy’s Home 2 (Feb. 6)
Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg’s combative fathers have to cope with their own dads—played by John Lithgow and Mel Gibson, respectively—in this sequel to the 2015 comedy.
Darkest Hour (Feb. 6)
A companion piece to Dunkirk—and the film likely to win Gary Oldman a Best Actor Oscar—Joe Wright’s WWII drama details the efforts of Winston Churchill to deal with the looming, cataclysmic Nazi threat.
My Friend Dahmer (Feb. 6)
Marc Meyers’ indie adaptation of John Backderf’s graphic novel tracks a young man’s high school friendship with a pre-homicidal Jeffrey Dahmer.
Coco (Feb. 13)
Pixar’s latest animated triumph concerns a music-loving boy who’s magically transported to the land of the dead, where he attempts to learn about his family’s secret history.
Justice League (Feb. 13, with exclusive iTunes extras)
The DC comics gang unites in a battle against the world-conquering Steppenwolf in this superhero extravaganza featuring Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, the Flash, Cyborg, and yes, a resurrected Superman.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Feb. 13)
Frances McDormand’s grieving mother takes drastic measures to compel the police to solve her daughter’s murder in this celebrated drama from In Bruges writer-director Martin McDonagh.
Blade of the Immortal (Feb. 13)
For pure, unadulterated samurai action, few modern movies can top Takeshi Miike’s 100th directorial effort, about a swordsman who’s given eternal life by a supernatural being.
Thor: Ragnarok (Feb. 20)
Chris Hemsworth’s Thor goes on an intergalactic adventure—replete with a gladiatorial battle against his angry Avengers mate, the Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo)—in this hilarious Marvel smash.
Murder on the Orient Express (Feb. 20)
Kenneth Branagh directs and stars as Hercule Poirot in this lavish adaptation of Agatha Christie’s famous murder mystery, which co-stars Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, and more.
The Breadwinner (Feb. 20)
Last year’s best animated film, this sterling import concerns a young girl in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan who, in order to provide for her family, disguises herself as a boy.
The Disaster Artist (Feb. 20)
The Room is one of modern cinema’s most beloved bad movies, and its backstory is recounted with affection and absurdity by this James Franco-directed (and headlined) effort.
Call Me By Your Name (Feb. 27)
Luca Guadagnino’s critically hailed drama concerns a teen (Timothée Chalamet) who, while vacationing with his academic parents in Italy, falls into an unexpected romance with an older man (Armie Hammer).
Ferdinand (Feb. 27)
John Cena provides the voice of Ferdinand, a friendly bull who winds up in the care of a young girl, in this animated movie from last December.
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