coming to netflix in february 2018

As the Sundance Festival winds down and the Oscar race winds up, there’s no better time to be a cinephile. But as you wait for the acclaimed films from the festival and awards circuit to be made available to you, you can bide your time watching the best that Netflix has to offer in the mean time.

February brings a slew of Netflix original series and films, as well as cinematic classics that range from brutal crime thrillers to quiet historical dramas. So check out the full list of TV shows and movies coming to Netflix in January 2018 below, starting with our personal favorites.

Goodfellas

GoodFellas

With Martin Scorsese‘s The Irishman soon on its way to Netflix, it should be required viewing to catch up on the director’s definitive mob movie. More than 20 years after its release, Goodfellas remains a brutal, bloody masterpiece with career-defining performances from Ray Liotta, Robert de Niro, and Joe Pesci. Goodfellas is a mad dash through the turbulent life of Liotta’s Henry Hill, who earnestly declares that he “always wanted to be a gangster,” living of his dream through a rapid rise to the top and an even more rapid plummet. It’s chock full of famous lines (“funny like a clown?”) and the breathless interplay of hedonism and violence, which makes it a must-rewatch for Scorsese fans who are itching to see the on-screen reunion of de Niro and Pesci in The Irishman.

kill bill vol 1

Kill Bill: Vol. 1

The Quentin Tarantino film that decorates the walls of every college dorm room is finally available on Netflix. Tarantino’s ode to grindhouse cinema, Kill Bill: Vol. 1 is a cartoonishly violent, visually striking movie that established the director as a critical and commercial force to be reckoned, becoming Tarantino’s highest-grossing film up to that point, with a $180 million box office haul. Uma Thurman is instantly iconic as the vengeful Bride seeking to kill the assassins who murdered her groom and left her for dead at her wedding. It’s stylish, weird, and boasts some of the best action sequences of this century. Vol. 2, which is also coming to Netflix, ups the ante even further.

ocean's eleven

 

Ocean’s Eleven

Steven Soderbergh‘s sleek heist film brings back the plain old entertainment that we’ve been missing for so long. George Clooney charms everyone’s socks off as Danny Ocean in Ocean’s Eleven, the criminal extraordinaire who decides to orchestrate an elaborate heist against a Las Vegas casino, maybe for the money, and maybe for the lady (Julia Roberts). What follows is the most delightful, meticulously made piece of entertainment that essentially relies on the star power of its actors — of which there is plenty to go around — to carry off a somewhat convoluted plot. Clooney smirks, Brad Pitt chews (food and the scenery), and Don Cheadle pulls off a terrible Cockney accent  — really, what else could you ask for?

men in black

Men in Black

Men in Black is popcorn entertainment at its finest. Will Smith is brimming with charisma in a blockbuster tailor-made for the actor like a perfect suit. Smith was in the middle of one of the best blockbuster streaks ever, following up Bad Boys with Independence Day and Men in Black, and Men in Black is a Hollywood star at the top of his game. That’s not to say the movie relies solely on Smith’s star power either — Smith and Tommy Lee Jones make a formidable duo, throwing the buddy-comedy trope for a loop with unexpected wisecracks and bits of pathos from Jones. And lots of aliens.

lincoln

Lincoln

Steven Spielberg‘s quiet, subdued historical drama is given huge weight with a career-defining performance by Daniel Day-Lewis (who, to be fair, gives almost exclusively career-defining performances). Not a stodgy biopic as it first appears, Lincoln follows the 16th President at one of his most troubled times — at the tail end of the Civil War, as he wages a political battle with Congress over the passage of the 13th Amendment. It’s a potent character drama, driven by the verisimilitude of Day-Lewis’ weary performance, and a vastly underrated supporting turn by Sally Hawkins as Mary Todd Lincoln.

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