The Umbrella Academy And Jaws Top Our Picks Of Netflix’s February Releases

by Erik Amaya

 

The Umbrella Academy finally makes its debut on Netflix next month and tops our picks for the services February releases.

Based on the comic book by Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba, the series follows the lives of a dysfunctional family of superheroes. Though estranged for many years, they come together to solve the death of their adoptive father and discover the whereabouts of a long-missing sibling. They also confront a number of personal issues along the way. Ellen Page plays Vanya, the only member of the family lacking for super skills. Described as a meek and insecure wallflower, she struggles to find a place in a family of super geniuses, space-farers and the like. The cast also includes Tom Hopper, Emmy Raver-Lampman, David Castaneda, Robert Sheehan and Aidan Gallagher as other members of Vanya’s family.

On the film side of things, the Jaws series returns after some time off the service. The first film, directed by Steven Spielberg, is a classic; setting the stage for the blockbuster era of movie making. But we also suggest watching Jaws 3 and Jaws: The Revenge for a cheesy good time. Jaws 2, meanwhile, is almost a respectable movie, but sinks under its own mediocrity. Nevertheless, take this get reacquainted with Bruce the shark, Chief Brody, Hooper, Calvin Bouchard and the rest of the Jaws gang. You’ll be glad you did.

Of course, these are just our picks. Here’s the full list of titles debuting and departing Netflix in February:

Debuting 2/1/19

About a Boy

American Pie

American Pie 2

American Wedding

As Good as It Gets

Billy Elliot

Dear ExNETFLIX FILM
When Sanlian’s ex-husband passes away, she discovers he has altered his insurance policy, cutting out their son in favor of a stranger named Jay. Outraged, Sanlian decides that she and her son will confront Jay, but Jay proves equal to her scheme. However, when her son unexpectedly moves in with Jay, she is forced to reassess her relationship with them both.

Final Destination

Free Rein: Valentine’s Day NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Zoe and the gang plan a girls only Galantine’s adventure. But when they set out to find the mysterious Maid’s Stone it soon becomes clear they’re not the only ones on the trail. As they race against Pin and Marcus, Holloway, and a not-to-be-trusted Mia, the girls’ friendships are tested to the limits. And, with the end of the quest in sight, Zoe wonders if some things might be better left buried…

Hairspray

Hostel

Jaws

Jaws 2

Jaws 3

Jaws: The Revenge

Personal Shopper

Pretty in Pink

Russian Doll NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Russian Doll follows a young woman named Nadia (Natasha Lyonne) on her journey as the guest of honor at a seemingly inescapable party one night in New York City.

Siempre bruja NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Siempre bruja follows 18 year old Carmen, a Colombian slave and witch from the 17th century who, in a desperate attempt to save her loved one, travels in time to present day Cartagena. Navigating the waters of this exciting new world, Carmen will soon discover that once a witch, always a witch.

The Edge of Seventeen

True: Happy Hearts Day NETFLIX ORIGINAL
On this special day, True and her friends share their Happy Hearts and celebrate love in the Rainbow Kingdom … until Glummy Glooma starts to turn things blue! The title Happy Hearts Day was chosen for this episode because the episode is about the Rainbow Kingdom holiday Happy Hearts Day. The whole village shares in the warm traditions of Happy Hearts Day. It’s a play on Valentine’s Day.

Velvet Buzzsaw NETFLIX FILM
Velvet Buzzsaw is a satirical thriller set in the contemporary art world scene of Los Angeles where big money artists and mega-collectors pay a high price when art collides with commerce.

Debuting  2/2/19

Bordertown: Season 2NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Past and present collide in dizzying ways for Kari Sorjonen and his colleague Lena as they investigate murders and other crimes with links to Russia.

Romance is a Bonus Book (Streaming Every Saturday) NETFLIX ORIGINAL

A gifted writer who’s the youngest editor-in-chief ever at his publishing company gets enmeshed in the life of a former copywriter desperate for a job.

Debuting 2/3/19

Disney’s Beverly Hills Chihuahua

Debuting  2/5/19

Ray Romano: Right Here, Around the Corner NETFLIX ORIGINAL
23 years after his last stand-up special, comedian, screenwriter, and Emmy Award-winning actor Ray Romano debuts his first Netflix comedy special, Ray Romano: Right Here, Around the Corner. Performing two sets on the same night – one at Manhattan’s Comedy Cellar and the second at the Village Underground, literally around the corner – Romano advises on choosing friends, surviving marriage, and knowing the difference between being old and not being young. The comedy special will launch globally on Netflix February 5th.

Debuting  2/6/19

The Soloist

Debuting  2/8/19

¡Nailed It! MéxicoNETFLIX ORIGINAL

The fun, fondant and hilarious cake fails head to Mexico, where very amateur bakers compete to re-create elaborate sweet treats for a cash prize.

El árbol de la sangreNETFLIX FILM

Marc (Álvaro Cervantes) and Rebeca (Úrsula Corberó) are a young couple who goes to an old farmhouse belonging to Marc’s family. There, they write the shared story of their roots, creating a large family tree that harbors 25 years of love, heartbreak, sex, madness, jealousy and infidelity… and under which lies a deep mystery that marked their lives. Over their days at the farmhouse, each one will reveal secrets from their past to the other, putting their own love story in danger.

High Flying BirdNETFLIX FILM

In the midst of a pro basketball lockout, sports agent Ray Burke (André Holland) finds himself caught in the face-off between the league and the players. His career is on the line, but Ray is playing for higher stakes. With only 72 hours to pull off a daring plan, he outmaneuvers all the power-players as he uncovers a loophole that could change the game forever. The outcome raises questions of who owns the game – and who ought to. Directed by Academy Award winner Steven Soderbergh (Traffic) from a script by Academy Award winner Tarell Alvin McCraney (Moonlight), HIGH FLYING BIRD features an acclaimed ensemble cast that includes Zazie Beetz, Melvin Gregg, Sonja Sohn, Zachary Quinto, Kyle MacLachlan and Bill Duke, plus appearances from  NBA athletes Reggie Jackson, Karl-Anthony Towns and Donovan Mitchell.

Kevin Hart’s Guide to Black HistoryNETFLIX ORIGINAL

In this 1+ hour comedic special, Kevin Hart plays himself while discussing the fascinating contributions of lesser known individuals from Black history through the lens of various educational reenactments.

One Day at a Time: Season 3NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Penelope studies to become a nurse practitioner, Elena and Syd grow closer, Alex gets punished, Lydia tackles a bucket list, and Schneider falls in love.

ReMastered: The Two Killings of Sam Cooke NETFLIX ORIGINAL

REMASTERED: A long form documentary series of high profile, in-depth stories about music’s impact on society, as told by critically acclaimed directors, with each episode revealing surprising insight beyond the expected or commonly known. SAM COOKE: Sam Cooke was the most influential black musician of the Civil Rights Movement and advocated for the rights of black musicians, frustrating the white establishment. An investigation into the circumstances and controversy surrounding his shooting death include theories that he had been robbed and “trick-rolled’ by a woman, later revealed to be a prostitute. But many believe in a larger societal set up; namely that he was targeted by music industry moguls with links to the mob who all wanted him dead for emerging as a totem for black musicians’ rights.

The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants: Season 2NETFLIX ORIGINAL

George and Harold have to keep their grades up to go to summer camp. But it’s a tall order with Melvin — and a cyborg Melvin — running the school!

Unauthorized LivingNETFLIX ORIGINAL

An influential Galician drug cartel leader must seek out his successor while keeping his degenerative disease a secret.

Debuting  2/9/19

The Break: Season 2 NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Yoann Peeters finds himself tangled in another disturbing murder case when his former psychiatrist asks for help proving a patient’s innocence.

Debuting  2/10/19

Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj: Volume 2 (Streaming Every Sunday)NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Hasan Minhaj’s informative and innovative comedy show returns with more deep dives into global politics and culture.

Debuting  2/11/19

Flavorful Origins: Chaoshan Cuisine NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Delve into the delectably diverse world of Chinese cuisine and discover its regional variations and unique histories.

Little Women

Debuting  2/14/19

Dating Around NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Every episode, one single goes on five first dates filled with flirty banter, awkward exchanges and moments of true connection. Who will get a second date? Netflix’s first original dating show takes an honest and compelling look at the real world of dating.

Ken Jeong: You Complete Me, HoNETFLIX ORIGINAL

Comedian, actor and former physician Ken Jeong returns to his stand-up roots for his first-ever Netflix comedy special, Ken Jeong: You Complete Me, Ho. Filmed at the Ice House Comedy Club in Pasadena, California, where Jeong first got his start in comedy, You Complete Me, Ho reflects on how Jeong went from being a doctor to a comedy superstar and opens up about how his wife’s courageous battle with breast cancer led to him starring in one of the biggest comedy franchises of all time, The Hangover. The special is directed and executive produced by Jon M. Chu, who also directed Jeong in the groundbreaking box office phenomenon Crazy Rich Asians.  Den of Thieves produced the special with Executive Producers Jesse Ignjatovic, Evan Prager, Jared Morell, Jordan Barrow, and Brett Carducci.

Debuting 2/15/19

Larry Charles’ Dangerous World of Comedy NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Legendary comedy writer and director Larry Charles travels the world in search of humor in the most unusual, unexpected and dangerous places.

The Breaker UpperersNETFLIX FILM

Two women run a business breaking up couples for cash but when one develops a conscience their friendship unravels.

The Dragon Prince: Season 2 NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Rayla and the princes hurry toward Xadia with their precious cargo. But Claudia and Soren are close behind — and determined to stop them.

The Umbrella Academy NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Reunited by their father’s death, estranged siblings with extraordinary powers uncover shocking family secrets — and a looming threat to humanity.

Yucatan NETFLIX FILM

Competing con artists attempt to creatively and ruthlessly swindle a fatherly lottery winner while on a lively cruise from Spain to Mexico.

Debuting 2/16/19

Black Sea

Studio 54

The 40-Year-Old Virgin

Debuting 2/21/19

The Drug KingNETFLIX FILM

Debuting 2/22/19

Chef’s Table: Volume 6NETFLIX ORIGINAL

A renowned Italian butcher, an Indian chef in London and two stars of Southern U.S. cuisine share their culinary journeys.

FirebrandNETFLIX FILM

A contemporary story about relationships and the highs and lows people deal with in their lives.

GO! Vive a tu maneraNETFLIX ORIGINAL

Fiercely talented Mia receives a scholarship to a prestigious dance academy, where she soon clashes with the owner’s fashionable and popular daughter.

Paddleton NETFLIX FILM

An unlikely bromance between two misfit neighbors becomes an unexpectedly emotional journey when the younger man is diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Paris Is Us (Paris est à nous)NETFLIX FILM

Dreams and reality collide as a young woman navigates a tumultuous relationship amid rising social tensions, protests and tragedies in Paris.

Rebellion: Season 2 NETFLIX ORIGINAL

As the conflict between the British government and the revolutionary Dáil rages, personal connections cloud allegiances for participants on both sides.

Suburra: Season 2NETFLIX ORIGINAL

As the fight for land, money and power intensifies, young upstarts Aureliano, Spadino and Lele conspire to seize control of Rome’s criminal underworld.

The Big Family Cooking Showdown: Season 2 NETFLIX ORIGINAL

The competition continues as 16 more foodie families put their cooking skills to the test to impress new judges Angellica Bell and Tommy Banks.

The Photographer of MauthausenNETFLIX FILM

Imprisoned at the concentration camp of Mauthausen during WWII, Catalan photographer Francesc Boix struggles to survive while saving other people and hiding film negatives that will later help incriminate Nazis.

Workin’ MomsNETFLIX ORIGINAL

WORKIN’ MOMS is an original comedy series created by and starring Catherine Reitman that tests the modern ideal that women really can have it all.

Debuting  2/25/19

Dolphin Tale 2

Debuting  2/26/19

Our Idiot Brother

Debuting 2/27/19

Unsolved: Tupac & Biggie

Debuting 2/28/19

Jeopardy!: Collection 2

The Rebound

Leaving 2/1/19

Black Dynamite

Bride of Chucky

Children of Men

Clerks

Disney’s The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement

Ella Enchanted

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

Queer as Folk: Seasons 1-4

Queer as Folk: The Final Season

Shaun of the Dead

The Big Lebowski

The Bourne Ultimatum

Woman in Gold

Leaving 2/2/19

Cabin Fever

Leaving 2/3/19

Sing

Leaving 2/19/19

Disney’s Girl Meets World: Seasons 1-3

Leaving 2/20/19

Piranha

Erik Amaya

Host of Tread Perilously and a Film/TV Writer at Comicon.com and Rotten Tomatoes. A former staff writer at CBR and Bleeding Cool, and a contributing writer at Fanbase Press and Monkeys Fighting Robots. Voice of Puppet Tommy on The Room Responds. A seeker of the Seastone Chair and the owner of a Legion Flight Ring. Sorted into Gryffindor, which came as some surprise.

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