Let’s be honest. A year ago, none of us thought we’d still be spotlighting movies that are only available to stream at home. But it’s February 2021 and here we are. Fortunately, the offerings available for at-home streaming have stepped it up. And there’s something for everyone in February. From animated family movies to gripping dramas about injustice, you’ll surely find something to love in this month’s Complete Guide to Movies.
Earwig and the Witch (HBO Max)
On February 5, HBO Max subscribers will get to watch the first-ever computer-animated movie from Studio Ghibli. Directed by Gorō Miyazaki, Earwig and the Witch is the story of a young orphan girl who doesn’t know her mother was a witch. Full of energy and excitement, Earwig and the Witch is a big risk for a Ghibli. The studio built a name for itself on a back for gorgeous hand-drawn animation. Look for Earwig and the Witch in the Studio Ghibli hub within HBO Max early this month.
To All The Boys: Always and Forever (Netflix)
Netflix’s adaptation of Jenny Han’s young adult romance novels has been a gigantic hit so far. The first two installments, To All The Boys I Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You earned widespread praise among critics and viewers alike. The third entry, To All The Boys: Always and Forever is the much-anticipated conclusion to that story. A Valentine’s Day release makes To All The Boys: Always and Forever the perfect fare for hunkering down and for a weekend. The third and final installment comes to Netflix on February 12.
Judas and the Black Messiah (HBO Max)
The highly anticipated Judas and the Black Messiah is just one of two incredible films that everyone should watch before Black History Month is over. The film, starring Daniel Kaluuya and LeKeith Stanfield, chronicles the betrayal and assassination of Black Panther leader Fred Hampton by William O’Neal and the FBI. It’s a story that’s as important as it is provocative. The film is beautiful, passionately made by its director Shaka King and producer Ryan Coogler. And with the film coming to HBO Max on February 12, there’s really no excuse for missing it.
The United States Vs. Billie Holiday
Lee Daniels returns to the director chair for the first time since 2013 with a masterpiece titled The United States Vs. Billie Holiday. Starring Andra Day in her first acting role, the film already has a tremendous amount of Oscar buzz. The film focuses on the time in Holiday’s career when she was targeted by the Federal Department of Narcotics with an undercover sting operation. It’s the kind of story that will leave you outraged by what was said, but moved by how it was told. Fans of Billie Holiday and those who have never heard her sing will both want to make sure they see this movie when it comes to Hulu on February 25.