Valentine’s Day is approaching and Netflix is wining and dining subscribers with content packed full of romance, love and steamy clinches… and an updated Texas Chainsaw Massacre too.
Updated 18-Jan-2022: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia S15 (1st Feb) - MeatEater S10b (2nd Feb) - Ms. Pat: Y'all Wanna Hear Something Crazy? (8th Feb) - Only Jokes Allowed S1 (9th Feb) - The Big Shot Game Show S1 (9th Feb) - The Privilege (9th Feb) - Into the Wind (10th Feb) - Anne+: The Film (11th Feb) - Love and Leashes (11th Feb) - Love Tactics (11th Feb) - The Kill Team (13th Feb) - AI Love You (15th Feb) - Secrets of Summer S1 (16th Feb) - Young Wallander: Killer's Shadow (17th Feb) - Back to 15 S1 (25th Feb)
Updated 20-Jan-2022: Disenchantment Pt 4 (9th Feb) - Ladies in Lavender (15th Feb) - Swap Shop: Treasure Hunters S2 (16th Feb) - Wanderlust (16th Feb) - Erax (17th Feb) - Forgive Us Our Trespasses (17th Feb) - Heart Shot (17th Feb) - Mo Gilligan: There's Mo to Life (17th Feb) - The Cuphead Show! (18th Feb)
Updated 21-Jan-2022: Wu Assassins: Fistful of Vengeance (17th Feb) - 13 Minutes (18th Feb) - One Of Us Is Lying S1 (18th Feb)
Updated 25-Jan-2022: Last Man Down (16th Feb) - Downfall: The Case Against Boeing (18th Feb) - Brahms: The Boy II (21st Feb) - Don't Kill Me (21st Feb) - Rise of the Footsoldier: The Heist (22nd Feb) - Race: Bubba Wallace (22nd Feb) - A Madea Homecoming (25th Feb) - Juvenile Justice S1 (25th Feb)
Indeed, St. Valentine’s Day itself sees a couple of hot-under-the-collar international TV series hitting the service that will make us all feel somewhat inadequate in the bedroom department as plotlines centre around affairs, infidelity and betrayal. There’s Italy’s Devotion, a Story of Love and Betrayal, Japan’s Fishbowl Wives and elsewhere, Mexico’s Dark Desires hits a second, concluding season. We guess playing away from home is an international pastime!
Meanwhile, Finding Ola and Through My Window demonstrate a little more romance and commitment while Hatchi: A Dog’s Tale leans into the devotion of a pooch for his master. And let’s not forget Jake and Heath sharing an intimate moment or two in Brokeback Mountain and LaKeith Stanfield and Issa Rae falling for each other in The Photograph. Phew, everyone's at it!
Finally, there’s even a cautionary documentary about finding love online with The Tinder Swindler and there are TWO versions of reality show Love is Blind kicking off in February.
Away from the all lovey-dovey stuff, Netflix has an updated version of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre with an older (but we suspect not necessarily nicer) Leatherface up to his old tricks again, and there’s a new take on indie gem Run Lola Run with Indian remake Looop Lapeta looking smartly energetic in a Edgar Wright kind of way.
Talking of updates, Murderville takes Tom Davis’s BBC3 Murder in Successville formula and tweaks it slightly as a vehicle for Will (LEGO Batman) Arnett’s moustache.
And fans of hip-hop and Kanye West can get an intimate glimpse into the rapper and business mogul's career over the last two decades with the start of the three part documentary jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy.
So let’s take a look at what we know so far is coming to Netflix UK in February, bearing in mind that although we’ve tried to be as UK specific as possible, streaming dates can change, content can sometimes be territory specific and shows can even get changed by Netflix itself.
Make sure you come back as we’ll be updating the article when more films and TV shows get announced.
Pick of Netflix Original Movies
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019, Drama, True Life, Netflix Original Film, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Maxwell Simba, Felix Lemburo, Lily Banda, Dir. Chiwetel Ejiofor)
Born in the poverty and drought stricken Southeastern African nation of Malawi, 14 year old William Kamkwamba is a curious and intelligent boy who decides to turn his love of science into a solution to save his village from the devastating effects of the famine. After spending time in the library, he gets an idea to build a wind generator, to provide electricity for his family and neighbours.
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind marked Chiwetel Ejiofor’s feature directorial debut and required him to learn Chichewa, the Malawi language spoken in the film.
The film premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and was acquired for global distribution by Netflix for all territories except China, Japan and the UK. Having streamed everywhere else in 2019, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind will finally make its debut for UK subscribers on 1st Feb 2022.
4th February (Friday)
Looop Lapeta (2022, Action, Comedy, Crime, Netflix Original Film, International: India, Language: Hindi. Taapsee Pannu, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Shreya Dhanwanthary, Manik Papneja, Dir. Aakash Bhatia)
When her boyfriend loses a mobster’s cash, Savi races against the clock to save the day… and him - if only she could break out of the curious cycle of endless dead-ends.
Co-produced by Sony Pictures Films India, Looop Lapeta is the official Hindi remake of TomTykwer’s indie classic, Run Lola Run.
Trailer Below: make sure automatic subtitles/closed captions is active.
11th February (Friday)
Big Bug aka Bigbug (2021, Comedy, Sci-Fi, Netflix Original Film, International: France, Language: French. Dominique Pinon, Elsa Zylberstein, Isabelle Nanty, Youssef Hajdi, Dir. Jean-Pierre Jeunet)
In 2050, artificial intelligence is everywhere and humanity is now completely reliant on it. When the latest Yonyx generation of androids attempts a coup, a group of bickering suburbanites find themselves stuck together after their well meaning domestic robots decide the safest strategy is to lock everyone in the house. While the threat draws closer, the humans take a closer look at each other and the cracks start to show as petty jealousies and grievances surface. As the family members, friends and neighbours start to tear into each other, the robots can only watch on in bewildered amazement, unsure whether the carnage indoors is any better than the chaos outside.
From Alien Resurrection and Amelie director Jean-Pierre Jeunet.
18th February (Friday)
Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2022, Crime, Horror, Thriller, R, Netflix Original Film. Olwen Fouéré, Sarah Yarkin, Elsie Fisher, Alice Krige, Dir. David Blue Garcia
When a group of idealistic friends land in a remote Texas town to start a business venture, they accidentally disrupt the carefully shielded world of the deranged killer, Leatherface, who’s been in hiding for nearly 50 years. As he returns to his old ways and starts to terrorise the teenagers, the monster’s blood-soaked legacy continues to haunt the area’s residents including Sally Hardesty, a survivor of the original 1974 massacre who’s hell-bent on seeking revenge.
The story was conceived by Don’t Breathe director Fede Alvarez as a direct follow up to the original 1974 Tobe Hooper outing, thereby disregarding all the other entries in the franchise. Although filming wasn’t all smooth sailing - original filmmakers Ryan and Andy Tohill were replaced during production by David Blue Garcia due to creative differences - Alvarez has form in classic horror remakes with 2013’s Evil Dead generally well received.
Pick of the Shows
Raising Dion (2022, S2, Netflix Original Drama/Fantasy Series)
When widowed single mom Nicole discovers that her son Dion has super powers, she has to figure out how to raise him safely and responsibly, even as secretive agencies start showing an interest in him.
Now, two years after defeating the Crooked Man, Dion continues honing his powers with the support of his mom and Tevin, his Biona trainer who catches Nicole’s eye. After befriending new student Brayden - a fellow powered kid - a series of alarming events unfolds, and Dion learns that danger is still looming. Navigating twists, turns and surprise visitors, Dion and Nicole must prevail again - not just to save themselves but the entire city of Atlanta.
Season one trailer below:
The Tinder Swindler (2022, Netflix Original True Crime Documentary)
Finding love on the internet isn’t easy… but what is easy is taking advantage of someone’s loneliness and vulnerability. That’s what a prolific conman who posed as a wealthy jet-setting diamond mogul on Tinder did when he manipulated a number of women and conned them out of millions of dollars.
Now the women who were betrayed by the false promises made to them are banding together and shedding their victim status as this feature documentary follows them as they attempt to uncover the fraudster's true identity and fight to bring him to justice.
Murderville (2022, S1, Netflix Original Comedy Series, all six episode available)
Will Arnett plays Senior Detective Terry Seattle of the Homicide Division. Unfortunately for Terry, it’s the Homicide Division of Murderville which means every day starts with a new murder case.
Luckily for Terry, each case sees him team up with a new celebrity guest star as his partner. Not so luckily for Terry, the episode’s guest star isn’t given the script and they have no idea what’s about to happen to them. Together, the celeb sidekick and Terry Seattle will have to improvise their way through the case and it will be up to each guest to name the killer.
Among the celebrities scratching their heads will be Conan O’Brien, Ken Jeong, Kumail Nanjiani and Sharon Stone.
If the premise sounds familiar, it’s because it’s an adaptation of BBC3’s BAFTA winning Murder in Successville which starred Tom Davis.
11th February (Friday)
Inventing Anna (2022, S1 Netflix Original Drama Series, all ten episodes available)
Vivian is a journalist with a lot to prove as she is drawn into an investigation centred around Anna Delvey, an Instagram-legendary German heiress who stole the hearts of New York's social scene. Now it seems she stole their money as well. Could it be that Anna is New York’s biggest con woman or is she simply the latest manifestation of the American dream? As the case progresses Anna and Vivian form a dark, funny love-hate bond as the big question looms: just who is Anna Delvey?
Based on the true story detailed in the New York magazine article "How Anna Delvey Tricked New York's Party People" by Jessica Pressler, Inventing Anna was created and produced by Shonda (Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, Bridgerton) Rhimes.
18th February (Friday)
Space Force (2022, S2 Netflix Original Comedy Series)
As head of the sixth branch of the US armed services, General Naird, along with his endearingly dysfunctional crew, has four months to prove that Space Force is worth keeping around - guess the writers were drawing on personal experience for that storyline!
Despite the mixed reviews for season one of Space Force, the second season sees the return of the starry cast which includes Steve Carrell, John Malkovich, Ben Schwartz, Diane Silvers and Jimmy O. Yang. However, there have been some behind the scenes changes which could indicate a different style or direction.
Interestingly, Netflix trademarked the name "Space Force" during production in early 2019. In December 2019, the Trump administration renamed the existing "Air Force Space Command" branch to simply "Space Force", and wanted to trademark the name, but found it couldn't because Netflix had done so first.
25th February (Friday)
Vikings: Valhalla (2022, S1, Netflix Original Drama Series)
Set over a thousand years ago in the early 11th century, Vikings: Valhalla chronicles the heroic adventures of some of the most famous Vikings who ever lived: the legendary explorer Leif Eriksson; his fiery and headstrong half-sister Freydís Eiríksdóttir; and the ambitious Nordic prince Harald Sigurdsson. As tensions between the Vikings and the English royals reach a bloody breaking point, and as the Vikings themselves clash over their conflicting Christian and pagan beliefs, these three Vikings begin an epic journey that will take them across oceans and through battlefields, from Kattegat to England and beyond, as they fight for survival and glory.
From showrunner and executive producer Jeb Stuart, Vikings: Valhalla is set over a hundred years after the end of the original Vikings series - currently available on Amazon Prime Video - and blends historical authenticity and drama with gritty, immersive action.
The original Vikings creator Michael Hirst remains as an executive producer and notes that the show’s time period is one where "the Vikings have overrun most of England and they own Normandy.”
Christmas Under Wraps (2014, Comedy. Drama, Romance, Candace Cameron Bure, David O’Connell, Brian Doyle Murray, Robert Pine, Dir. Peter Sullivan.
When resident doctor Dr. Lauren Brunell loses out on her dream Boston fellowship, she accepts an offer to practice in Garland Alaska as a way to boost her CV. But she unexpectedly falls in love with the quaint town and its inhabitants, including the local handyman. Will he be enough to cause her to abandon her big city career plans?
If you’ve got any more spare capacity for Christmas feel good movies - here’s one of the Hallmark Channel’s more successful outings.
Gabby’s Dollhouse (2022, S4 Netflix Children’s Series)
Live-action/animated/interactive preschool series whereby Gabby and her cat friends go on adventures within her dollhouse.
Guest House (2020, Comedy, R. Pauly Shore, Mike Castle, Aimee Teegarden, Billy Zane, Dir. Sam Macaroni)
A newly engaged couple buys their dream home which comes with the unusual caveat that the previous owner’s friend - a perennial party animal - continues to live in the guest house. A situation that quickly deteriorates into a comedic turf war.
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2022, S15, FX Network Comedy Series) - added 18-Jan-2022
A group of venal, alcoholic, narcissists known as The Gang run a failing Irish bar in South Philly. They can usually be found making up some scheme for sex, money, fame or just to get back at another member of the group. Inevitably this juvenile behaviour causes misunderstandings and friction and more often than not blows up in their faces - sometimes (and deservedly) literally.
Starring Charlie Day, Rob McElhenney, Glenn Howerton, Danny DeVito and Kaitlin Olson, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia was almost cancelled after the first season but the latest season sees it become the longest running live-action sitcom in TV history and it has since been renewed up to season 18.
Meet The Parents (2000, Comedy, PG-13. Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, Blythe Danner, Teri Polo, Dir. Jay Roach)
Male nurse Greg Focker is ready to marry his girlfriend Pam but before he pops the question, he must win the approval of her formidable father, a humourless former CIA operative intent on making life difficult for the genial and naive Greg.
Like 1988’s Midnight Run, De Niro shows a natural aptitude for comedically overbearing characters and is gifted one of cinema’s great quotes - lovingly presented in the trailer below.
My Best Friend Anne Frank (2022, Drama, True Life, Period, Netflix Original, International: Netherlands, Language: Dutch, German, Hungarian. Aiko Beemsterboer, Josephine Arendsen, Roeland Fernhout, Lottie Hellingman, Dir. Ben Sombogaart
Based on the book Memories of Anne Frank: Reflections of a Childhood Friend, the film examines the binding friendship between Anne Frank and Hannah Goslar who were separated during the Nazi occupation of Amsterdam.
The Peacemaker (1997, Action, Thriller, R. George Clooney, Nicole Kidman, Marcel Iures, Aleksandr Baluev, Dir. Mimi Leder)
When two trains, one of which is carrying a nuclear payload, collide in a remote area of Russia, the resulting explosion is used by hijackers to cover up the theft of a warhead. However, unconvinced it was an accident, the U.S. authorities dispatch Special Operations Intelligence Officer Colonel Thomas Devoe and White House nuclear expert Dr. Julia Kelly to track the chief suspect. Together Devoe and Kelly must unravel a conspiracy that goes from Europe to New York, to stop a terrorist who has no demands… but wants to cause nuclear mayhem.
The Peacemaker (not to be confused with John Cena’a upcoming The Suicide Squad spin-off TV series which drops the definite article to just Peacemaker) is a halfway decent action thriller which goes some way towards George Clooney making amends for Batman and Robin which was his other big release in 1997… although he also played Sparky in the South Park series that year, so all is forgiven really.
Dark Desire (2022, S2/Final Netflix Original Drama Series, International: Mexico, Language: Spanish)
Alma is a law school professor, mother to Zoe, and married to member of the judiciary, Leonardo. When Alma spends a fateful weekend away from home that ignites passion but ends in tragedy, it leads her to question the truth about those close to her.
Season one of Dark Desire was one of the most watched non-English titles on Netflix at the time and this second and final season of the steamy Mexican drama brings everything to a close.
MeatEater (2021, S10b, Netflix Original Reality/Docuseries) - added 18-Jan-2022
Steve Rinella travels around the globe hunting various animals after which he demonstrates how to process and cook them. Here, he visits New Mexico for big game and in Hawaii he hunts feral goats and takes up spearfishing.
Finding Ola (2022, S1/Final Netflix Original Comedy/Drama Series, International: Egypt, Language: Arabic)
After her husband divorces her, mother of two, Ola, embarks on a journey of self discovery and reinvention while dealing with the challenges of raising her children, her career as a pharmacist, and her attempts to bring back love into her life - all in a fast-paced world she barely recognises anymore.
Kid Cosmic (2021, S3/Final, Netflix Original Animated Series)
Kid Cosmic follows the adventures of an imaginative 9 year old boy called Kid who lives with his free-spirited Grandpa in a sparsely populated desert town. Kid’s dreams of being a hero seem to come true when he discovers 5 Cosmic Stones of Power in a wrecked spaceship.
The third and final season is subtitled The Global Heroes and sees Kid and his superhero comrades battle to protect the Earth as the discovery of more and more power stones brings out a host of nefarious villains all wanting to get their hands on them.
Sweet Magnolias (2022, S2 Netflix Original Series, all nine episodes available)
Life long friends Maddie, Helen, and Dana Sue were born and raised in Serenity, SC, a small southern town where everybody knows everybody and their business. Against this backdrop, the three juggle family, careers and relationships.
As Season 2 opens, Maddie, Helen, and Dana Sue discover the identity of the mysterious occupant in the car. But that's just the first of many surprises that come out of Prom Night - surprises that reshape relationships all over town.
Through My Window aka A través de mi ventana (2022, Comedy, Drama, Romance, R, Netflix Original Film, International: Spain, Language: Spanish.
Raquel’s longtime crush on her next-door neighbour turns into something more after she discovers him using her Wi-Fi and he starts developing feelings back for her, despite his family’s objections.
Brokeback Mountain (2005, Drama, Romance, Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Williams, Anne Hathaway, Dir. Ang Lee)
Ennis and Jack are two shepherds who develop a sexual and emotional relationship as they spend their long working days together in the remote grazing pastures on Brokeback Mountain. Over the years, their relationship becomes complicated when they both get married to their respective girlfriends.
Ang Lee’s LGBTQ+ classic was a box office success and won Oscars for Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Original Score. In 2018, it was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” It was also the first major movie to be simultaneously released on DVD and digital download via the internet.
Haichi: A Dog’s Tale (2009, Drama, Family, True Life, G. Richard Gere, Joan Allen, Cary Hiroyuki Tagawa, Jason Alexander, Dir. Lasse Hallstrom)
A college professor discovers an abandoned dog at the train station, takes him home and names him Hatchi. An unbreakable bond forms between the two which sees the loyal pooch await his master’s return at the train station each day, even after the unthinkable happens.
Based on a true story of an Akita dog named Hachikō who lived in Japan in the 1920s. The tale was previously adapted in a 1987 Japanese film called Hachikō Monogatari.
Ridley Jones (2022, S3, Netflix Children’s Animated Series)
Curious kid Ridley and her friends protect the Museum of Natural History's treasures and keep its magical secret safe when everything comes alive at night.
Around the World in 80 Days (2021, Animation, Adventure, Comedy. Voices: Damien Frette, Julien Crampon, Kaycie Chase, Dir. Samuel Tourneux)
Passepartout is a wary but scholarly marmoset who dreams of becoming an explorer. After crossing paths with Phileas, a reckless frog eager to take on a bet to circumnavigate the globe in 80 days, Passepartout seizes the opportunity of a lifetime to explore the world and embarks with his new friend on a crazy and exhilarating adventure full of twists and surprises.
The Hunt (2020, Action, Horror, Thriller. Betty Gilpin, Hilary Swank, Dir. Craig Zobel)
Twelve strangers wake up in a clearing. They don't know where they are, or how they got there. They don't even know they've been chosen for a very specific purpose - The Hunt. But one of the chosen, Crystal, knows The Hunters’ game better than they do and she turns the tables on the killers as she makes her way toward the mysterious woman at the centre of it all.
Released just as the pandemic started closing the world down, The Hunt became one of the first movies to move to Premium Video On Demand only a few weeks after its theatrical release.
The Photograph (2020, Drama, Romance. Issa Rae, LaKeith Stanfield, Chanté Adams, Dir. Stella Meghie)
When her estranged mother, a famed photographer, dies, Mae Morton is hurt, angry and full of questions. Meanwhile, reporter Michael is following up on a story on Mae’s late mother’s life and career after coming across a mysterious photograph she took years before. Michael arranges to meet up with Mae for more on her mother and the attraction between the two leads to a sudden and passionate fling.
The film follows the intertwining love stories of mother and daughter across the two separate timelines.
Child of Kamiari Month (2022, Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Netflix Original Anime, International: Japan, Language: Japanese)
A year after losing her mother, 12-year-old girl, Kanna learns that she must journey across Japan to the annual gathering of gods in the sacred land of Izumo in order to fulfil a mission that was started by her mother before her passing.
Love Is Blind: Japan (2022, S1, Netflix Reality Series)
In this reality dating series, marriage-minded singles in Japan meet online and date and then get engaged, before ever setting eyes on each other. Once in the real world, the couples plan their wedding day and will quickly discover whether they can turn their initial connection into a true love before the fast-approaching ceremony.
Ms. Pat: Y’all Wanna Hear Something Crazy? (2022, Netflix Stand Up Special) - added 18-Jan-2022
In comedian Ms. Pat's first hour-long Netflix special, she recalls growing up poor in Atlanta during the Reagan era, what she learned spending five days in juvenile detention, how her mom made her get baptised at local churches to get money, and much more.
Catching Killers (2022, S2, Netflix True Crime Docuseries)
The detectives who captured infamous serial killers recount the difficult decisions, chilling details, brave actions and burdens behind their investigations.
Trailer for season one below:
Disenchantment (2022, Part 4, Netflix Original Animated Series, all ten episodes available) - added 20-Jan-2022
The misadventures of hard-hitting, hard-drinking Queen Bean, her feisty elf companion Elfo and her personal demon Luci continue as the mystery of Dreamland’s origins become ever clearer with the discovery of an underwater castle.
Separated at the end of Part 3, our heroes reunite and find themselves everywhere from the depths of Hell to the clouds of Heaven and everywhere in between, including Ogreland, Steamland, monasteries, insane asylums, the Enchanted Forest, the Dreamscape and more.
Matt Groening’s comedy fantasy series features the voice talents of many Futurama and The Simpsons alumni such as John DiMaggio, Billy West, Maurice LaMarche and Tress MacNeille along with Matt Berry, Noel Fielding, Richard Ayoade, and Lucy Montgomery.
Only Jokes Allowed (2022, S1 Netflix Stand Up Series) - added 18-Jan-2022
Six of South Africa’s top comedians take centre stage and showcase their talents over short stand up sets.
The Big Shot Game Show (2022, S1, Netflix Original Game Show, International: Brazil, Language: Portuguese) - added 18-Jan-2022
Brazilian entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to an audience and celebrity judges. But to win R$200K, they’ll also have to navigate some tough challenges.
The Privilege (2022, Horror, Netflix Original Film, International: Germany, Language: German. Max Schimmelpfennig, Lise Risom Olsen, Caroline Hartig, Mike Hoffmann, Dirs. Felix Fuchssteiner, Katharina Schöde) - added 18-Jan-2022
A wealthy teen and his friends attending an elite private school uncover a dark conspiracy while looking into a series of supernatural events.
Into the Wind (2022, Drama, Sport, Netflix Original Film, International: Poland, Language: Polish. Sonia Bohosiewicz, Jakub Czachor, Dir. Kristoffer Rus) - added 18-Jan-2022
Two siblings set to sail as crew on a yacht across the Aegean Sea find things change once a documentary maker comes aboard.
Until Life Do Us Part (2022, S1, Netflix Original Comedy/Drama Series, International: Portugal, Language: Portuguese)
Three generations of a family living together in an idyllic villa juggle the demands of their wedding planning business and their own personal crises.
11th February (Friday)
Anne+: The Film (2021, Drama, Romance, Netflix Original Film, International: Netherlands, Language: Dutch. Hanna van Vliet, Jouman Fattal, Thorn Roos de Vries, Jade Olieberg, Dir. Valerie Bisscheroux) - added 18-Jan-2022
A twenty-something lesbian university graduate in Amsterdam prepares to leave for Montreal, meanwhile navigating her social life and writing career.
Love is Blind (2022, S2, Netflix Original Reality Show)
Singles who want to be loved for who they are, rather than what they look like, have signed up for a less conventional approach to modern dating in the hope of meeting the person they’ll spend the rest of their lives with.
With no distractions from the outside world, the singles talk to a stream of potential love interests and when a meaningful connection is made, they propose and then meet in the real world to plan the wedding.
Hosted by Nick and Vanessa Lachey, this 10-part series will uncover whether looks, race or age do matter, or if love really is blind.
Love and Leashes (2022, Romance, Comedy, Netflix Original Film, International: South Korea, Language: Korean. Joon-Young Lee, Seohyun, Dir. Hyeon-jin Park) - added 18-Jan-2022
After accidentally uncovering her colleague’s secret fetish, a pair of office co-workers enter into a mutual contract that mixes role play, pleasure and pain.
Love Tactics (2022, Romance, Comedy, Netflix Original Film, International: Turkey, Language: Turkish. Demet Özdemir, Sukru Ozyildiz, Dir. Emre Kabakusak) - added 18-Jan-2022
An ad executive and a fashion designer-blogger don't believe in love, so they place a bet to make the other fall head over heels and resort to unusual tactics to win.
Tall Girl 2 (2022, Comedy, Drama, Family, Netflix Original Film, Ava Michelle, Sabrina Carpenter, Steve Zahn, Griffin Gluck, Dir. Emily Ting)
After gaining the confidence to finally embrace her height, Jodi Kreyman gains popularity. However, a series of miscommunications start causing rifts with those around her.
Follow up to the 2019 film Tall Girl.
The Kill Team (2019, Action, Drama, Thriller, Alexander Skarsgård, Nat Wolff, Dir. Dan Krauss) - added 18-Jan-2022
A young American soldier on a tour of duty in Afghanistan in 2009 is disturbed by his commanding officer's behaviour and is faced with a moral dilemma when a young Afghan farmer is killed under questionable circumstances. Now, wondering if he should expose the war crime, he realises the danger he could be putting himself in from his own comrades as they start to suspect his loyalties.
Based on his own 2013 documentary of the same name which examined the true-life events depicted in The Kill Team, Oscar-nominated filmmaker Dan Krauss’s movie is a stark and real portrayal of the horrors of war.
Devotion, a Story of Love and Desire (2022, S1, Netflix Original Drama Series, International: Italy Language: Italian)
Set between Milan and Rimini, young couple Carlo and Margherita find themselves at a crossroads and must face the explosive consequences of an alleged betrayal: should one be faithful to their partner or to themselves?
Fishbowl Wives (2022, Drama, Netflix Original Film, International: Japan, Language: Japanese)
In a luxury apartment tower, six different women in unhappy marriages end up making choices that lead them into infidelity in an attempt to find happiness. Based on the manga series 'Goldfish Wife' by Kurosawa R.
AI Love You (2022, Romance, Sci-Fi, International Film: Thailand, Language: Thai. Pimchanok Leuwisetpaiboon, Mario Maurer, Michael S. New, Dirs. David Asavanond, Stephan Zlotescu) - added 18-Jan-2022
In the near future, an advanced AI operated building is able to detect and react to human emotions but suffers a software glitch which causes the program to fall in love with a woman. In an attempt to try and win her heart, the AI escapes into the body of a man to woo her.
Ladies in Lavender (2004, Drama, Music, Romance, PG-13. Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Daniel Brühl, David Warner, Dir. Charles Dance) - added 20-Jan-2022
Two sisters befriend a mysterious foreigner who washes up on the beach of their 1930s Cornish seaside village. While they nurse him back to health, the other villagers grow suspicious of his intentions.
jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy (2022, Ep1, Netflix Original Docuseries)
Follows the life of Kanye West, in an intimate portrait as he builds his way from singer to businessman and becomes a global brand. This intimate docuseries charts Kanye West’s career and was recorded over two decades.
Last Man Down (2021, Action, R. International: Sweden, Language: English. Daniel Stisen, Olga Kent, Daniel Nehme, Madeleine Vall, Dir. Fansu Njie) - added 25-Jan-2022
After civilization succumbs to a deadly pandemic and his wife is murdered, John Wood - a special forces soldier - becomes a hermit in the Nordic wilderness. When a wounded woman, who may hold the key to rebuilding the world, appears on his doorstep, John is hesitant to get involved but when he discovers that the man who killed his wife also threatens this woman, he elects to protect her at all costs.
Secrets of Summer (2022, S1, Netflix Original Drama Series, International: Argentine, Language: Spanish) - added 18-Jan-2022
A remote Argentine resort revives its wakeboarding competition, drawing in Mexican athlete Steffi, who is determined to uncover a family secret.
Swap Shop: Treasure Hunters (2022, S2, Netflix Reality Show) - added 20-Jan-2022
Seasoned collectors scour Tennessee in search of bargains they can sell for profit.
Wanderlust (2012, Comedy, Romance, R. Paul Rudd, Jennifer Anniston, Justin Theroux, Alan Alda, Dir. David Wain) - added 20-Jan-2022
Facing financial difficulties after employment woes, New York couple George and Linda decide to move to Atlanta to stay with George's brother. On their way south, they encounter a hippie commune and consider a new lifestyle.
Erax (2022. Fantasy, Family, Netflix Original Film. Jasmine Cephas Jones, Genesis White, Lance Gross, Dir. Hebru Brantley) - added 20-Jan-2022
During a sleepover, Auntie Opal and her niece Nina accidentally release the mythical and dangerous Erax creatures that must be returned to the storybook from which they escaped.
Wu Assassins: Fistful of Vengeance (2022, Action, Crime, Fantasy, Netflix Original Film. Lewis Tan, Iko Uwais, JuJu Chan Szeto, Jason Tobin, Dir. Roel Reiné) - added 21-Jan-2022
Following on from Netflix’s own Wu Assassins series, Kai Jin, a former Chinatown chef in present day San Francisco who is now a superpowered assassin, tracks a killer to Bangkok. However, what started as a revenge mission soon becomes a fight to save the world from an ancient threat.
Forgive us our Trespasses (2022. Drama, Netflix Original Film. Knox Gibson, Hanneke Talbot, Justin Mader, Dir. Ashley Eakin) - added 20-Jan-2022
In 1939 Germany, a disabled farm boy is pursued by Nazi soldiers after Hitler enacts Aktion T4; a program to euthanise people with disabilities.
Heart Shot (2022. Romance, Adventure, Action, Netflix Original Film. Elena Heuze, Nia Sondaya. Dir. Marielle Woods) - added 20-Jan-2022
High school seniors Nikki and Samantha are in love and planning their future - until Nikki's violent past comes back to threaten everything she holds dear.
Mo Gilligan: There’s Mo to Life (2022, Netflix Stand Up Special) - added 20-Jan-2022
UK comedian Mo Gilligan’s 2021 stand up tour comes to Netflix where he discusses working in retail, relationship dynamics, annoying talk show producers and more.
Young Wallander: Killer’s Shadow (2021, S2, Netflix Original Procedural Series) - added 18-Jan-2022
Set in contemporary Sweden, Kurt Wallander is adrift and uncertain of the future following his departure from the police force after his previous case. But an opportunity to re-join the Major Crimes Unit arises and he is tasked with a seemingly straightforward case of a hit-and-run.
However, when the victim is found to be connected to an infamous murder case from eight years ago, Wallander quickly suspects that there is more to this incident than meets the eye. Determined to uncover the truth, he refuses to back off - even when the investigation leads him to the door of those who could end his career in a heartbeat.
There’s a slightly confusing feel to the timelines given the show’s modern day setting which puts its events in the same time period as those investigated by the older Wallander in his TV outings but maybe there’s a Wallander Multiverse that explains it all.
18th February (Friday)
13 Minutes (2021, Action, Drama, Thriller, PG-13. Amy Smart, Thora Birch, Anne Heche, Peter Facinelli, Dir. Lindsay Gossling) - Added 21-Jan-2022
Four families in a heartland town are tested in a single day when news that a tornado will hit in 13 minutes arrives, forcing paths to cross and townsfolk to work together.
Downfall: The Case Against Boeing (2022, Netflix Documentary) - added 25-Jan-2022
Investigators reveal how Boeing’s alleged prioritising of profits over safety could have contributed to two catastrophic disasters involving two new 737 Max aircraft that occurred within months of each other, killing nearly 350 people.
One of Us Is Lying (2022, S1, Peacock Original Drama Series) - Added 21-Jan-2022
When five students at Bayview High are given detention, only four come out alive. One, who had started an online gossip group to spy and snitch on other students, suffers a sudden and fatal allergic reaction. When it’s found the death wasn’t accidental, it becomes apparent that all the surviving detainees had individual motives and opportunities to kill him… and someone isn’t telling the truth.
The Cuphead Show! (2022, S1, Netflix Original Animated Series, all twelve episodes available) - added 20-Jan-2022
Animated series based on the award-winning video game which follows the misadventures of the impulsive Cuphead and his cautious but biddable brother Mugman. As the two scour their surreal homeworld of the Inkwell Isles in search of fun and adventure, they always have each other's back, which is just as well with the Devil himself running round causing mayhem.
The eye catching retro style animation of the game is perfectly captured here with Annie Award-winning producer, Dave Wasson (Mickey Mouse Shorts) overseeing a nostalgic style which evokes the subliminally creepy style of the early Disney cartoons.
Brahams: The Boy II (2020, Horror, Drama, Mystery, PG-13. Katie Holmes, Christopher Convery, Owain Yeoman, Ralph Ineson, Dir. William Brent Bell) - added 25-Jan-2022
Liza and her son Jude survive a home invasion by two masked men, but are left traumatised by the event. Liza is plagued by nightmares, while Jude becomes mute. Relocating to a remote estate with husband Sean, the family attempts to rebalance their lives but when Jude finds a dirty, lifelike porcelain doll which he develops a fascination with, things start to change in a sinister way.
Don’t Kill Me (2022, Horror, Crime, Mystery, Netflix Original Film, International: Italy, Language: Italian, Alice Pagani, Rocco Fasano, Silvia Calderoni, Fabrizio Ferracane, Dir. AndreaDe Sica) - added 25-Jan-2022
After Mirta dies of a drug overdose with her lover, she resuscitates alone and discovers she’s part of a violent world she never knew existed.
Rise of the Footsoldier: The Heist aka Footsoldier 4: Marbella (2019, Action, Adventure. Craig Fairbrass, Terry Stone, Roland Manookian, Emily Wyatt, Dir. Andrew Loveday) - added 25-Jan-2022
Fresh out of prison, Pat Tate steps right back into his Essex nightclub business. However, since he can't stop brooding about the man who had him put away, it's not long before he's off to Marbella to seek his revenge and rebuild his drug business.
Race: Bubba Wallace (2022, Netflix Docuseries) - added 25-Jan-2022
This six part series follows race car driver Darrell ‘Bubba’ Wallace's during the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season, and traces his rise to the elite ranks of the sport as the only full-time black driver and the turbulent aftermath that followed his decision to speak out about racial injustice.
25th February (Friday)
A Madea Homecoming (2022, Comedy. Netflix Original Film. Tyler Perry, Brendan O'Carroll, Tamela J. Mann, Jennifer Gibney, Dir. + Scr. Tyler Perry) - added 25-Jan-2022
Madea prepares to welcome her family who have all come into town to celebrate her great-grandson’s graduation from college, when some hidden secrets threaten to destroy the joyous family homecoming.
This is the first of Tyer Perry’s successful Madea franchise to debut exclusively to Netflix and marks the return of the character that Perry was close to retiring back in 2019. And yes, that is Brendon O’Carroll as Mrs Brown who guest stars.
Back to 15 (2022, S1, Netflix Original Comedy/Drama Series, International: Brazil, Language: Portuguese) - added 18-Jan-2022
Now aged 30 and unhappy at work and in her personal life, Anita accidentally discovers a way to travel back to when she was aged 15. Knowing how things will turn ou,t can she change her past to improve her future?
Juvenile Justice (2022, S1, Netflix Original Crime Series, International: South Korea, Language: Korean) - added 25-Jan-2022
A tough judge balances her disdain of young offenders with firm beliefs on justice and punishment as she tackles complex cases inside a juvenile court. Herself a victim of juvenile crime in her youth, as she deals with a mix of the dangerous and the desperate, she discovers where true justice lies.
So that’s Netflix’s content for February so far. Leave a comment and let others know what you’re planning on watching / missing. We'll keep adding to the list as new shows and movies are announced, so keep an eye out for updates to the article.