It seems fitting that for the shortest month of the year Netflix is offering the smallest amount of studio offerings.
Yes, the streaming service has not slowed down regarding its own original content. This month includes the highly-anticipated The Umbrella Academy based on the hit comic from Gerard Way, as well as original pic Velvet Buzzsaw, featuring the folks behind Nightstalker, just to name a few. But for building up the studio catalog, the offerings are few as Hollywood giants begin to yank away in preparation for their own streaming services.
But there is good news for those who enjoy raunchy comedies and man-eating sharks, as a trio of American Pie pics and the entire catalog of Jaws movies make their return to the streaming service.
Fun fact: In Jaws 4, you can physically feel Michael Caine’s annoyance at the script.
So, the streaming service is resting on its own properties to keep folks happy. Will it work? Let’s see what they have for February…
In addition to The Umbrella Academy and Velvet Buzzsaw, Netflix also offers its own version of Groundhog Day/Happy Death Day with their original pic, Russian Doll. The dark comedy stars Natasha Lyonne as a party girl who gets stuck in a time loop that restarts with each death.
Other big entries for the month include High Flying Bird, the latest for Oscar-winner Steven Soderbergh and shot completely on an iPhone.
In the category of high-profile comedy specials, Ken Jeong: You Complete Me, Ho follows the physician-turned-comedian talks about how he traded in his scrubs for the stage in this special directed by Crazy Rich Asians helmer Jon M. Chu.
Also on deck is Kevin Hart’s Guide to Black History, a special that focuses on the achievements of lesser known figures from Black History using stand-by and reenactments.
For those looking to scratch the itch left by the second season of Making of a Murderer, check out ReMastered: The Two Killings of Sam Cooke, a deep dive into the tragic history of the soul singer that unearths a few surprises.
* All film and series synopsis provided by Netflix.
- About a Boy
- American Pie
- American Pie 2
- American Wedding
- As Good as It Gets
- Billy Elliot
- Dear Ex (Netflix Original Film): “A teen navigates a bitter feud between his willful mom and a free-spirited man, who’s the lover and insurance beneficiary of his recently deceased dad.”
- Final Destination
- Free Rein: Valentine’s Day (Netflix Original Series): “Love is in the air as Zoe and friends go on a quest to find a fabled Maid’s Stone. But when rivalry blinds them to danger, it’s Raven to the rescue!”
- Jaws 2
- Jaws 3
- Jaws: The Revenge
- Personal Shopper
- Pretty in Pink
- Russian Doll (Netflix Original Series): “Nadia keeps dying and reliving her 36th birthday party. She’s trapped in a surreal time loop — and staring down the barrel of her own mortality.”
- Siempre bruja (aka Always a Witch) (Netflix Original Series): “18 year old Carmen, a Colombian slave and witch from the 17th century who, in a desperate attempt to save her loved one, travels in time to present day Cartagena. Navigating the waters of this exciting new world, Carmen will soon discover that once a witch, always a witch.”
- The Edge of Seventeen
- True: Happy Hearts Day (Netflix Original Series): “On this special day, True and her friends share their Happy Hearts and celebrate love in the Rainbow Kingdom … until Glummy Glooma starts to turn things blue! The title Happy Hearts Day was chosen for this episode because the episode is about the Rainbow Kingdom holiday Happy Hearts Day. The whole village shares in the warm traditions of Happy Hearts Day. It’s a play on Valentine’s Day.”
- Velvet Buzzsaw (Netflix Original Film): “Velvet Buzzsaw is a satirical thriller set in the contemporary art world scene of Los Angeles where big money artists and mega-collectors pay a high price when art collides with commerce.” Nightcrawler director Dan Gilroy reunites with stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo for this horror thriller.
- Bordertown (Season 2, Netflix Original Series): “Past and present collide in dizzying ways for Kari Sorjonen and his colleague Lena as they investigate murders and other crimes with links to Russia.”
- Romance is a Bonus Book (Streaming Every Saturday; Netflix Original Series): A gifted writer who’s the youngest editor-in-chief ever at his publishing company gets enmeshed in the life of a former copywriter desperate for a job.”
- Disney’s Beverly Hills Chihuahua
- Ray Romano: Right Here, Around the Corner (Netflix Original Special): “23 years after his last stand-up special, comedian, screenwriter, and Emmy Award-winning actor Ray Romano debuts his first Netflix comedy special, Ray Romano: Right Here, Around the Corner. Performing two sets on the same night – one at Manhattan’s Comedy Cellar and the second at the Village Underground, literally around the corner – Romano advises on choosing friends, surviving marriage, and knowing the difference between being old and not being young.”
- The Soloist
- Nailed It México (Netflix Original Series): “The fun, fondant and hilarious cake fails head to Mexico, where very amateur bakers compete to re-create elaborate sweet treats for a cash prize.”
- El árbol de la sangre (Netflix Original Film): “Marc (Álvaro Cervantes) and Rebeca (Úrsula Corberó) are a young couple who goes to an old farmhouse belonging to Marc’s family. There, they write the shared story of their roots, creating a large family tree that harbors 25 years of love, heartbreak, sex, madness, jealousy and infidelity… and under which lies a deep mystery that marked their lives. Over their days at the farmhouse, each one will reveal secrets from their past to the other, putting their own love story in danger.”
- High Flying Bird (Netflix Original Film): In the midst of a pro basketball lockout, sports agent Ray Burke (André Holland) finds himself caught in the face-off between the league and the players. His career is on the line, but Ray is playing for higher stakes. With only 72 hours to pull off a daring plan, he outmaneuvers all the power-players as he uncovers a loophole that could change the game forever. The outcome raises questions of who owns the game – and who ought to. Directed by Academy Award winner Steven Soderbergh (Traffic) from a script by Academy Award winner Tarell Alvin McCraney (Moonlight)…”
- Kevin Hart’s Guide to Black History (Netflix Original Special): “Kevin Hart highlights the fascinating contributions of black history’s unsung heroes in this entertaining — and educational — comedy special.”
- One Day at a Time (Season 3, Netflix Original Series): “Penelope studies to become a nurse practitioner, Elena and Syd grow closer, Alex gets punished, Lydia tackles a bucket list, and Schneider falls in love.”
- ReMastered: The Two Killings of Sam Cooke (Netflix Original Series): “This investigation examines the mysterious shooting of soul icon Sam Cooke, whose death silenced one of the most vital voices in the civil rights movement.”
- The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants (Season 2, Netflix Original Series): “George and Harold have to keep their grades up to go to summer camp. But it’s a tall order with Melvin — and a cyborg Melvin — running the school!”
- Unauthorized Living (Netflix Original Series): “An influential Galician drug cartel leader must seek out his successor while keeping his degenerative disease a secret.”
- The Break (Season 2, Netflix Original Series): “Yoann Peeters finds himself tangled in another disturbing murder case when his former psychiatrist asks for help proving a patient’s innocence.”
- Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj (Season 2, Netflix Original Series): “Hasan Minhaj’s informative and innovative comedy show returns with more deep dives into global politics and culture.”
- Flavorful Origins: Chaoshan Cuisine (Netflix Original Series): “Delve into the delectably diverse world of Chinese cuisine and discover its regional variations and unique histories.”
- Little Women
- Dating Around (Netflix Original Series): “Every episode, one single goes on five first dates filled with flirty banter, awkward exchanges and moments of true connection. Who will get a second date? Netflix’s first original dating show takes an honest and compelling look at the real world of dating.”
- Ken Jeong: You Complete Me, Ho (Netflix Original Special): “In his first-ever stand-up special, Ken Jeong shares hilarious stories from his Hollywood career — and reveals how “The Hangover” saved his life.”
- Larry Charles’ Dangerous World of Comedy (Netflix Original Special): “Legendary comedy writer and director Larry Charles travels the world in search of humor in the most unusual, unexpected and dangerous places.”
- The Breaker Upperers (Netflix Original Film): “Two women run a business breaking up couples for cash but when one develops a conscience their friendship unravels.”
- The Dragon Prince (Season 2, Netflix Original Series): “Rayla and the princes hurry toward Xadia with their precious cargo. But Claudia and Soren are close behind — and determined to stop them.”
- The Umbrella Academy (Netflix Original Series): “Reunited by their father’s death, estranged siblings with extraordinary powers uncover shocking family secrets — and a looming threat to humanity.” Star Ellen Page, Misfits star Robert Sheehan, Mary J. Blige, and Kate Walsh.
- Yucatan (Netflix Original Film): “Competing con artists attempt to creatively and ruthlessly swindle a fatherly lottery winner while on a lively cruise from Spain to Mexico.”
- Black Sea
- Studio 54
- The 40-Year-Old Virgin
- The Drug King (Netflix Original Film)
- Chef’s Table: Volume 6 (Netflix Original Series): “A renowned Italian butcher, an Indian chef in London and two stars of Southern U.S. cuisine share their culinary journeys.”
- Firebrand (Netflix Original Film): “A contemporary story about relationships and the highs and lows people deal with in their lives.”
- GO! Vive a tu manera (Netflix Original Series): “Fiercely talented Mia receives a scholarship to a prestigious dance academy, where she soon clashes with the owner’s fashionable and popular daughter.”
- Paddleton (Netflix Original Film): “An unlikely bromance between two misfit neighbors becomes an unexpectedly emotional journey when the younger man is diagnosed with terminal cancer.”
- Paris Is Us (Paris est à nous) (Netflix Original Film): ”Dreams and reality collide as a young woman navigates a tumultuous relationship amid rising social tensions, protests and tragedies in Paris.”
- Rebellion (Season 2, Netflix Original Series): ”As the conflict between the British government and the revolutionary Dáil rages, personal connections cloud allegiances for participants on both sides.”
- Suburra (Season 2, Netflix Original Series): ”As the fight for land, money and power intensifies, young upstarts Aureliano, Spadino and Lele conspire to seize control of Rome’s criminal underworld.”
- The Big Family Cooking Showdown (Season 2, Netflix Original Series): ”The competition continues as 16 more foodie families put their cooking skills to the test to impress new judges Angellica Bell and Tommy Banks.”
- The Photographer of Mauthausen (Netflix Original Film): ”Imprisoned at the concentration camp of Mauthausen during WWII, Catalan photographer Francesc Boix struggles to survive while saving other people and hiding film negatives that will later help incriminate Nazis.”
- Workin’ Moms (Netflix Original Series): ”Maternity leave is over and it’s time for these four moms to return to work while navigating kids, bosses, love and life in modern-day Toronto.”
- Dolphin Tale 2
- Our Idiot Brother
- Unsolved: Tupac & Biggie
- Jeopardy! (Collection 2)
- The Rebound
SO LONG, FAREWELL, AUF WIEDERSEHEN, GOOD NIGHT…
LEAVING FEBRUARY 1
- Black Dynamite
- Bride of Chucky
- Children of Men
- Disney’s The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
- Ella Enchanted
- Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
- Queer as Folk (Seasons 1-4)
- Queer as Folk: The Final Season
- Shaun of the Dead
- The Big Lebowski
- The Bourne Ultimatum
- Woman in Gold
LEAVING FEBRUARY 2
- Cabin Fever
LEAVING FEBRUARY 3
- Disney’s Girl Meets World (Seasons 1-3)
LEAVING FEBRUARY 20