Winter is most definitely still here, and while it’s still socially acceptable to be in your pyjamas at 5:30pm as it’s technically night time – you can get stuck into all of this month’s releases on Netflix. There’s a whole host of new releases, the next instalments of box sets, and the return of some absolute classics.
To save you trawling through the endless lists of movies and TV shows, we’ve done you a solid by listing everything worth a watch that’s new to Netflix in February.
Get involved with LGBTQ month with this feel-good but enlightening film. During the 1984 Welsh mineworkers’ strike in England, gay and lesbian activists forge an unlikely alliance with the striking miners’ families. Two groups with nothing in common and completely different views unite in a time of upheaval and unrest. Starring Imelda Staunton (Professor Umbridge from Harry Potter), Bill Nighy and Dominic West.
2. 8 Mile
His palms are sweaty, knees weak arms are heavy, there’s vomit on his sweater already, it’s mum’s spaghetti – he’s nervous. This absolute classic of a film saw Eminem rise to higher levels of fame, proving that is talent goes far beyond the world of rap. 8 Mile is based heavily upon Eminem’s own life, and how he struggles with self confidence, doubting whether he’ll ever make it has a hip hop musician. If you haven’t already seen it, you’ll have to watch the rest to find out what happens – but it’s definitely worth a watch.
3. Shakespeare in Love
Yes, it sounds boring – but it definitely isn’t! This timeless romance would be perfect for Valentine’s Day, and features old-school Gwyneth Paltrow. Some if it was even filmed in Hertfordshire. In 1593, William Shakespeare is a poor playwright and struggling for inspiration. Viola de Lesseps, the daughter of a wealthy merchant, disguises herself as a man to get a part in one of Shakespeare’s plays, as women are not allowed to be on the stage. The pair fall in love and there are quite a few consequences and controversies! Colin Firth and Dame Judy Dench make appearances in this classic film.
4. Derren Brown: The Push
Who doesn’t love a bit of Derren Brown? Whether you’re a believer or not, his act always leaves you covered in goosebumps, wondering how on earth he did it. In his new show, the mentalist and illusionist investigates the power of social compliance and manipulation, by persuading an unwitting member of the public that they have pushed someone to their death. Even this short clip is worthy of hand clapped over your mouth.
5. It’s Kind of a Funny Story
An adaption of the novel of the same name, a 16-year-old admits himself to a psychiatric ward after contemplating suicide. The amount of pressure he is under becomes apparent, and he begins to build bonds with fellow patients, including Craig (Zach Galifianakis) and Noelle (Emma Roberts). Through the relationships he builds and the discovery that art is his way of safely letting out his feelings, he begins to recover.
6. Eye in the Sky
The late great Alan Rickman stars alongside Helen Mirren and Aaron Paul in this nail-biting thriller. While a military drone circles over Kenya, intent on taking out a group of terrorists who are planning a series of suicide bombings, the situation grows difficult when an American drone pilot discovers that a nine-year-old girl has entered the target area. Military leaders and politicians debate to make the decision to give the go ahead to the drone strike. Find out what that decision is by loading up this 2015 movie, that got an impressive 95% on Rotten Tomatoes.
7. The Revenant
Leonardo DiCaprio finally won a well-deserved Oscar for his role in this snow-covered brutal tale, which see’s a group of hunters travel through unorganised territory and get attacked by hostile Native Americans. One thing leads to another and there are a few grisly deaths, and an even grizzlier bear. This story of revenge, war and pride is a surprisingly curious one – and well worth a watch. Also ladies – Tom Hardy plays opposite Leo!