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New on Netflix today! February 1st, 2016

Today on Netflix comes our big February 2016 lineup. There's more additions to come throughout the month, but it's always on the 1st that we get our biggest steaming load all at once.

For February 1st, we're getting an unusually large amount of popular late 1990s and early 2000s films, including teen favorites (well, 1990's teens) such as Cruel Intentions (1999), Charlie's Angels (2000), Scooby-Doo (2002), and the poor — scientifically illiterate — mans Deep Impact, 1998's Armageddon. Along with these, also comes Robert Rodriguez's awesome Frank Miller adaptation of Sin City (2005) and Stanley Kubrick's Vietnam flick, Full Metal Jacket (1987) (which happens to be one of the few films where the second half is meh while the entire first half somehow manages to remain one of the greatest films of all time).

And for those who missed the first season of the Breaking Bad spin-off (I can't believe spin-off's are back in style), Better Call Saul, guess what? We get that too!

In total, as usual, I want more. Maybe a few classic film noirs from the 40s, or perhaps a collection of past Oscar winners (tis the season, you know). Some old school cartoons like Duckman, Animaniacs, or maybe even The Critic would be cool too. But ah well. I suppose we're getting our 8 dollars worth.

Movies


A Picture of You (2013)
Drama | Comedy | 83 min

Director: J.P. Chan
Writers: J.P. Chan (story), J.P. Chan
Stars: Jo Mei, Andrew Pang, Teyonah Parris

Kyle and Jen, estranged siblings, travel from New York City to rural Pennsylvania to pack up the home of their recently deceased mother. While there, they make a discovery that turns their world upside-down. A Picture of You is a serious movie about life that smashes into a funny movie about death. It's a story about family, loss, secrets, letting go, and starting anew.

Armageddon (1998)
PG-13 | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 2h 31min

Director: Michael Bay
Writers: Jonathan Hensleigh (screenplay), J.J. Abrams (screenplay)
Stars: Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thorton, Ben Affleck

After discovering that an asteroid the size of a Texas is going to impact Earth in less than a month, NASA recruits a misfit team of deep core drillers to save the planet.



Charlie's Angels (2000)
PG-13 | 1h 38min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Director: McG
Writers: Ryan Rowe, Ed Solomon
Stars: Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu

Three women, detectives with a mysterious boss, retrieve stolen voice-ID software, using martial arts, tech skills, and sex appeal.




Collateral Damage (2002)
R | 1h 48min | Action, Drama, Thriller

Director: Andrew Davis
Writers: Ronald Roose (story), David Griffiths (story)
Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, John Leguizamo, Francesca Neri

After his family is killed by a terrorist act, a firefighter goes in search of the one responsible.




Cruel Intentions (1999)
R | 1h 37min | Drama, Romance

Director: Roger Kumble
Writers: Choderlos de Laclos (novel), Roger Kumble (screenplay)
Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon

Two wealthy step-siblings of an elite Manhattan prep school make a wager: to de-flower the new headmaster's daughter before the start of term.




A Faster Horse (2015)
1h 25min | Documentary

Director: David Gelb

David Gelb (Jiro Dreams of Sushi) tackles another venerable, beloved, and long-standing institution: the Mustang, crown jewel of the Ford Fleet.






Full Metal Jacket (1987)
R | 1h 56min | Drama, War

Director: Stanley Kubrick
Writers: Gustav Hasford (novel), Stanley Kubrick (screenplay)
Stars: Matthew Modine, R. Lee Ermey, Vincent D'Onofrio

A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the Viet Nam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue.



Game Face (2015)
1h 35min | Documentary, Sport

Director: Michiel Thomas
Writers: David Chang, Yuhei Ogawa
Stars: Kye Allums, Terrence Clemens, Jason Collins

Game Face shows the quest to self-realization of the LGBTQ athletes and acceptance in society. This documentary tells the parallel story of Fallon Fox, MMA's first transgender prog fighter, and Terrence Clemens, a college basketball player in Oklahoma who happens to be gay. The film follows both athletes during their coming out process, and sheds light on the obstacles LGBTQ sports players deal with throughout their career. Former NBA star Jason Collins shines as a mentor for Terrence in this inspiring documentary.

Jennifer 8 (1992)
R | 2h 4min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Director: Bruce Robinson
Writer: Bruce Robinson
Star: Andy Garcia, Uma Thurman, Lance Henriksen

A big-city cop from L.A. moves to a small-town police force and immediately finds himself investigating a murder. Using theories rejected by his colleagues, the cop, John Berlin, meets a young blind woman named Helena, who he is attracted to. Meanwhile, a serial killer is on the loose and only John knows it.

Johnny English (2003)
PG | 1h 27min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Director: Peter Howitt
Writers: Neal Purvis, Robert Wade
Stars: Rowan Atkinson, John Malkovich, Natalie Imbruglia

After a sudden attack on the MI5, Johnny English, Britain's most confident yet unintelligent spy, becomes Britain's only spy.




The Little Engine that Could (2011)
G | 1h 23min | Animation, Family

Director: Elliot M. Bour
Writers: David Koepp (screenplay), John Kamps (screenplay)
Stars: Jodi Benson, Corbin Bleu, Jamie Lee Curtis

Featuring an all-star cast, the timeless story comes to life in this all-new, feature-length film filled with fun and adventure!




Losing Isaiah (1995)
R | 1h 51min | Drama

Director: Stephen Gyllenhaal
Writers: Seth Margolis (novel), Naomi Foner (screenplay)
Stars: Jessica Lange, Halle Berry, David Strathairn

The Natural and adoptive mothers of a young boy are involved in a bitter, controversial custody battle.




My Side of the Mountain (1969)
G | 1h 40min | Adventure, Family

Director: James B. Clarke
Writers: Joanna Crawford, Jean George (novel)
Stars: Ted Eccles, Theodore Bikel, Tudi Wiggins

Sam, a brilliant child, leaves home for the mountains after being told that the family summer trip has been canceled, thus preventing him from doing the algae experiments he had planned for that summer. The film chronicles his struggle for independence, and with the forces of natures.


Para Elisa (2012)
1h 15min | Thriller

Director: Juanra Fernandez
Writer: Juanra Fernandez
Stars: Ana Turpin, Ona Casamiquela, Luisa Gavasa

Para Elisa is a terrifying story based on a simple, innocent children's game. Something that looks naive and harmless turns into the worst nightmare, into the struggle to escape a tragic and expected end, into an explicit and inevitable horror.


Pokemon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction (2014)
1h 16min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Director: Kunihiko Yuyama
Writers: Hideki Sonoda (screenplay), Satoshi Tajiri (original concept)
Stars: Ikue Ohtani, Sarah Natochenny, Haven Paschall

When Diancie a Pokemon said to create diamond travels to find Xerneas to help her make a heart diamond to save her home, Ash, Serena, Clemont and Bonnie help her to be safe on the way from thieves.



Scooby-Doo (2002)
PG | 1h 26min | Adventure, Comedy, Mystery

Director: Raja Gosnell
Writers: James Gunn (screenplay), Craig Titley (story)
Stars: Matthew Lillard, Freddie Prinze Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar

After an acrimonious break up, the Mystery Inc. gang are individually brought to an island resort to investigate strange goings on.




Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004)
PG | 1h 33min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

Director: Raja Gosnell
Writers: William Hanna (characters) (as Hanna-Barbera Productions), Joseph Barbera (characters) (as Hanna-Barbera Productions), James Gunn
Stars: Freddie Prinze Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar, Matthew Lillard

Mystery Inc. must save Coolsville from an attack of past unmasked monsters brought to life by an evil masked figure trying to "unmask" the gang.



Sin City (2005)
R | 2h 4min | Crime, Thriller

Directors: Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez
Writer: Frank Miller (graphic novels)
Stars: Mickey Rourke, Clive Owen, Bruce Willis

A film that explores the dark and miserable town, Basin City, and tells the story of three different people, all caught up in violent corruption.




Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)
PG | 1h 47min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Director: William Shatner
Writers: Gene Roddenberry (creator), William Shatner (story)
Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelly

Captain Kirk and his crew must deal with Mr. Spock's long-lost half-brother who hijacks the Enterprise for an obsessive search for God at the center of the galaxy.



Stardust (2007)
PG-13 | 2h 7min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Director: Matthew Vaughn
Writers: Jane Goldman (screenplay), Matthew Vaughn (screenplay)
Stars: Charlie Cox, Claire Danes, Sienna Miller

In a countryside town bordering on a magical land, a young man makes a promise to his beloved that he'll retrieve a fallen star by venturing into the magical realm.



Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)
PG-13 | 1h 48min | Action, Comedy, Sport

Director: Adam McKay
Writers: Will Ferrell, Adam McKay
Stars: Will Farrell, John C. Reilly, Sacha Baron Cohen

#1 NASCAR driver Ricky Bobby stays atop the heap thanks to a pact with his best friend and teammate, Cal Naughton, Jr. But when a French Formula One driver, makes his way up the ladder, Ricky Bobby's talent and devotion are put to the test.


Teen Witch (1989)
PG-13 | 1h 30min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

Director: Dorian Walker
Writers: Robin Menken, Vernon Zimmerman
Stars: Robyn Lively, Dan Gauthier, Joshua John Miller

Louise is not very popular at her high school. Then she learns that she's decended from the witches of Salem and has inherited their powers. At first she uses them to get back at the girls and teachers who teased her and to win the heart of the handsome footballer's captain. But soon she has doubts if it's right to 'cheat' her way to popularity.

The Year Dolly Parton Was My Mom (2011)
1h 35min | Comedy, Drama

Director: Tara Johns
Writer: Tara Johns
Stars: Dolly Parton, Gil Bellows, Julia Sarah Stone

Elizabeth Alison Gray is just your average suburban 11-year old waiting for adolescence to arrive  when she finds out her whole life has been a lie. With only her imagination to guide her, she runs away to find the truth.




TV Shows and Specials



Better Call Saul (2015- ) — Season 1
TV-14 | 47min | Crime, Drama

Creators: Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould
Stars: Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn

The trials and tribulations of criminal lawyer, Saul Goodman, in the time leading up to establishing his strip-mall law office in Albuquerque, New Mexico.




The Lizzie Borden Chronicles (2015- ) — Season 1
Crime, Drama, Horror | TV Mini-Series

Stars: Christina Ricci, Clea DuVall, Cole Hauser

Fictionalized account of actual events and people surrounding Lizzie Borden after her controversial acquittal of the double murder of her father and stepmother in 1892.





Tin Man (2007)
TV-PG | 4h 30min | Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi | TV Mini-Series

Stars: Zooey Deschanel, Alan Cumming, Neal McDonough

A re-imagining of L. Frank Baum's classic "The Wizard of Oz".







Pokemon: XY (2013- ) — Season 1
TV-Y | 23min | Animation

Stars: Mike Liscio, Sarah Natochenny, Ikue Ohtani

Ash Ketchum continues his journey on to the Kalos region, and makes new friends such as Serena a childhood friend he's known since he was a kid in Pallet town, Clemont, a gym leader and an inventor and Clemont's sister Bonnie, a little girl who has to take care of her big brother.

Masha's Tales — Season 1

So lame that I have no description or link to share with you.