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What’s New to Stream on Netflix for February 2019

New movies from Steven Soderbergh and Dan Gilroy are among this month’s new arrivals to Netflix.
The Drug King
By  · Published on February 6th, 2019

Some people spend their days arguing over the merits of Netflix and how it’s “killing cinema” as we know it, but the rest of us know better. It’s just one more way to re-watch the movies we already love and find new ones to cherish. This month sees plenty of both hitting the service.

The complete list of movies and shows hitting Netflix this month — February 2019 — is below, but first I’m going to highlight a few that stand apart from the bunch.

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Netflix Pick of the Month

The Drug King (aka Ma-yak-wang) hits Netflix’s shores on 2/21, and while I haven’t heard much about the film in advance of its arrival I know the one thing that matters — it stars Song Hang-ho and Doona Bae. Honestly, either one of them in a movie is enough reason to watch, but seeing both in a big, violent epic about a real-life criminal in 1970s South Korea makes this my most anticipated new arrival of the month on Netflix.

Franchise Starters

Final Destination

One of Netflix’s big pulls is offering people the ability to binge-watch TV series, but they get in the game on the film end sometimes too. The first three features in the American Pie (1999) franchise are on the service for those of you interested in sexy pastry shenanigans, and while they’re not all winners we can at least agree they’re better than the four direct-to-video sequels that followed. Final Destination (2000) led to a pretty fun franchise, and while only the first is available here it should be enough to get you interested in seeking out the sequels. I’m less of a Hostel (2005) fan than many of you, but for those of you who have yet to form an opinion, the first film is now available to torture you.

Original Movies of Note

Velvet Buzzsaw

Velvet Buzzsaw made something of a splash out of Sundance and is now available to watch on Netflix. It’s fun! Sure it lacks the hard-hitting commentary and gut-punching black comedy of Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler (2014), but even as a toothless look at the ridiculous hypocrisies of the art world it still entertains well. Steven Soderbergh’s High Flying Bird premiered at neighboring Slamdance last month and hits Netflix on the 8th. I haven’t seen it, but I heard nothing but praise from those who did. Side note, retirement has been pretty good for Mr. Soderbergh hasn’t it? The Breaker Upperers lands on the 15th, and while it lacks the higher profile of these two other titles it looks very funny. Producer Taika Waititi may have something to do with that, but the humorous heavy lifting of co-writers/directors Madeleine Sami & Jackie van Beek will deserve the credit for your laughter.

The Oldest Arrival of the Month


At any given time Netflix has a dozen or so movies released before the 1990s, and they receive deserved criticism for it. The oldest film hitting the service in February is a winner, though, as Steven Spielberg’s Jaws (1975) remains one of the greatest blockbusters ever. It never fails to entertain, thrill, and excite, and its three increasingly lesser sequels have also been added. Jaws 2 (1978) is legit good and worth a watch, but if you skip the other two I’ll understand.

The Complete List

February 1
About a Boy (2014)
American Pie (1999)
American Pie 2 (2001)
American Wedding (2003)
As Good as It Gets (1997)
Billy Elliot (2000)
Dear Ex (Netflix Original Film)
Final Destination (2000)
Free Rein: Valentine’s Day (Netflix Original Series)
Hairspray (2007)
Hostel (2005)
Jaws (1975)
Jaws 2 (1978)
Jaws 3 (1983)
Jaws: The Revenge (1987)
Personal Shopper (2016)
Pretty in Pink (1986)
Russian Doll (Netflix Original Series)
Siempre bruja (Netflix Original Series)
The Edge of Seventeen (2016)
True: Happy Hearts Day (Netflix Original Series)
Velvet Buzzsaw (Netflix Original Film)

February 2
Bordertown: Season 2 (Netflix Original Series)
Romance is a Bonus Book (Streaming Every Saturday) (Netflix Original Series)

February 3
Disney’s Beverly Hills Chihuahua (2008)

February 5
Ray Romano: Right Here, Around the Corner (Netflix Original Special)

February 6
The Soloist (2009)

February 8
¡Nailed It! México (Netflix Original Series)
El árbol de la sangre (Netflix Original Film)
High Flying Bird (Netflix Original Film)
Kevin Hart’s Guide to Black History (Netflix Original Special)
One Day at a Time: Season 3 (Netflix Original Series)
ReMastered: The Two Killings of Sam Cooke (Netflix Original Series)
The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants: Season 2 (Netflix Original Series)
Unauthorized Living (Netflix Original Series)

February 9
The Break: Season 2 (Netflix Original Series)

February 10
Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj: Volume 2 (streaming every Sunday; Netflix Original Series)

February 11
Flavorful Origins: Chaoshan Cuisine (Netflix Original Series)
Little Women (1994)

February 14
Dating Around (Netflix Original Series)
Ken Jeong: You Complete Me, Ho (Netflix Original Special)

February 15
Larry Charles’ Dangerous World of Comedy (Netflix Original Series)
The Breaker Upperers (Netflix Original Film)
The Dragon Prince: Season 2 (Netflix Original Series)
The Umbrella Academy (Netflix Original Series)
Yucatan (Netflix Original Film)

February 16
Black Sea (2014)
Studio 54 (1998)
The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)

February 21
The Drug King (Netflix Original Film)

February 22
Chef’s Table: Volume 6 (Netflix Original Series)
Firebrand (Netflix Original Film)
GO! Vive a tu manera (Netflix Original Series)
Paddleton (Netflix Original Film)
Paris Is Us (Paris est à nous) (Netflix Original Film)
Rebellion: Season 2 (Netflix Original Series)
Suburra: Season 2 (Netflix Original Series)
The Big Family Cooking Showdown: Season 2 (Netflix Original Series)
The Photographer of Mauthausen (Netflix Original Film)
Workin’ Moms (Netflix Original Series)

February 25
Dolphin Tale 2 (2014)

February 26
Our Idiot Brother (2011)

February 27
Unsolved: Tupac & Biggie (2018)

February 28
Jeopardy!: Collection 2
The Rebound (2009)

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Rob Hunter has been writing for Film School Rejects since before you were born, which is weird seeing as he's so damn young. He's our Chief Film Critic and Associate Editor and lists 'Broadcast News' as his favorite film of all time. Feel free to say hi if you see him on Twitter @FakeRobHunter.