6 of the best films coming to Netflix this February

Every month, Netflix adds a stream of great new content, with some older classics as well as some newer releases, like the often much-anticipated Netflix originals which have taken the film and television industry by storm in recent years. February is shaping up to be a great month for Netflix releases, so let’s take a look at what we can expect from Netflix (UK and Ireland) this month; more specifically, what great films we can look forward to. 



Mean Girls (2004)

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It’s safe to say Mean Girls is an absolute cult classic. The film follows Cady (Lindsay Lohan), who joins a new school after moving from Africa and her journey of battling against the notorious Plastics, while gradually slipping into their world in the process. Mean Girls is one of those films that never gets old, critiquing while also satirising the hierarchical dynamic of high school cliques.

Released on Netflix February 1st.

Malcolm & Marie (2021)

 Romantic-drama Malcolm & Marie is the story of a relationship between film director, Malcolm (John David Washington), and his girlfriend, Marie (Zendaya); as they await critics’ responses to Malcolm’s latest film, tensions arise between the couple, and their relationship is tested. Filmed completely in black-and-white, the film is directed by Euphoria director, Sam Levinson, and was the first film to be completely written and filmed in the U.S. during the pandemic. 

Released on Netflix February 5th.

Little Big Women (2020)

This heartwarming Taiwanese drama follows the struggle of a family who have to deal with their estranged father’s passing and their attempts to get closure and come to terms with the life that he had away from them. Directed by Joseph Chen-Chieu Hsu, the film is described by Pin Chia as one that “encourages audiences to slow down and live in the defining moments of life”, with a blend of “sweetness, acidity and bitterness that will eventually cast you under its spell”. Definitely one to watch!

Released on Netflix February 5th.

Space Sweepers (2021)

Space Sweepers (in Korean, Seungriho) is a South Korean film, directed by Jo Sung-hee and described by Netflix as an excitement-packed outer space sci-fi blockbuster. The film follows the crew of a space junk collector ship who get involved in a risky business deal. Although the film is a sci-fi adventure, it also provides for comic relief in following the conflicting personalities of the spaceship crews who do not always get along…

Released on Netflix February 5th.

I Care a Lot (2020)

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Directed by J Blakeson, I Care a Lot is a black comedy thriller film about a crooked legal guardian (Rosamund Pike) who meets her match when she attempts to scam an elderly woman (Dianne Wiest), who as it turns out, has ties to a powerful gangster. The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival back in September and, with a critics’ consensus from Rotten Tomatoes deeming it an “exhilarating icy thriller” with a “searing swipe at late-stage capitalism”, it’s not one to be missed.

Released on Netflix February 19th.

A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)

A drama sci-fi classic by Steven Spielberg, this film follows the story of a highly advanced young robotic boy (Haley Joel Osment) who longs to become “real” in order to find acceptance and genuine love from his adoptive mother (Frances O’Connor), who he is programmed to love. Dwelling on powerful social themes, such as abandonment and loss, as well as environmental issues like climate change, the film proves to be extremely powerful and thought-provoking twenty years after its initial release and is definitely one to add to your watchlist if you haven’t already.

Released on Netflix February 17th.

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