Ranking the best streaming movies this month (February 2020)
Deciding what to watch on any streaming platform can be downright overwhelming, so let’s create a ranking of the best streaming movies arriving this month.
The majority of these titles won’t be available for streaming right on February 1, but rather a bit later in the month. They wouldn’t be on here if they weren’t well worth the wait, though.
This list comprises not just classic prestige films, but also hidden gems you might’ve missed. Now presenting SNIPdaily’s ranking of the top 10 newly arrived (or returning), highly recommended movies to stream this February.
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10. Say Anything… (February 1, Hulu)
You know the whole cliche where a young man holds a boom box outside a girl’s window, begging for her to come back? It’s been often parodied, but originated in writer-director Cameron Crowe’s teen rom-com.
Say Anything stars a very ordinary student named Lloyd Dobler (John Cusack), which is one of the best names I can remember. He falls for Diane Court (Ione Skye), whose divorced father disapproves of the relationship.
Lloyd lacks focus and is still searching for his identity, while Diane seems to have her life all mapped out. It’s a familiar tale now, yet it’s still fresh as it nears its 30-year anniversary. Worth mentioning among this month’s best streaming movies.
9. Super 8 (February 18, Amazon Prime Video/Hulu)
For all the flak J.J. Abrams is catching in the wake of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, treat yourself to this extremely personal film he made that released in 2011.
Super 8 centers on an ensemble cast of young kids creating a short film. However, things change rapidly due to a disastrous train crash, as they become involved in an extraterrestrial government conspiracy.
This film will hit you in all the feels. Sure, it’s very much an homage to Steven Spielberg and E.T., but it still stands on its own as a great movie.
8. Toy Story 4 (February 5, Disney+)
Get excited: the latest adventure starring Woody, Buzz and the gang is coming soon to Disney+.
It seems like before every Toy Story movie, diehard fans say, “Please no! Not another one!” Then, somehow, Pixar defies the odds and delivers another masterpiece. Such is the case with the fourth entry in the franchise.
The final 20 minutes of this movie seem to give the saga proper closure. On the other hand, everyone thought that to be the case with Toy Story 3. If you missed the latest entry, do yourself a favor and give it a shot.
7. Punch-Drunk Love (February 1, HBO Go/HBO Now)
Perhaps less of a secret now due to Adam Sandler’s celebrated turn in Uncut Gems, writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson willed himself to make a shorter, Sandler-centered film after Magnolia. This was the result.
Punch-Drunk Love wasn’t a success at the box office. Nevertheless, Sandler earned the best reviews of his career. He plays an unhinged, angry character, with some interactions with Philip Seymour Hoffman to boot.
Don’t want to spoil too much, so go check it out for yourself. You’ll be glad you did — and at 95 minutes, it’s short, sweet and to the point.
6. Warrior (February 5, Amazon Prime Video/Hulu)
I’m not a skeptical person in general, but prior to watching this film about two years ago, I was more downright cynical. OK, sure, two brothers somehow meet up in a massive MMA fight. One of them wins. Cool. How cliche and far-fetched. Ridiculous.
Silly me. I should’ve known Tom Hardy would deliver the goods. And oh, he does — as does his movie bro, Joel Edgerton. They help elevate what could’ve been cheesy into a stratospheric, instant sports classic.
But you know who absolutely blows the doors off in Warrior? Nick Nolte. He earned an Oscar nomination for his role, which I didn’t know beforehand. Nolte shares a scene with Hardy that I won’t spoil here, but you’ll understand why he earned that bid after seeing it.
5. Prisoners (February 1, HBO Go/HBO Now)
This marked the first feature director Denis Villeneuve didn’t also write. His masterful crafting of suspense makes Prisoners one of the elite modern thrillers.
It also helps that the cast is stunning. In addition to an incredible supporting cast, the leads really shine. Hugh Jackman and Terrence Howard play fathers of daughters who goes missing. Jake Gyllenhaal portrays the detective on the case.
What more do you need to know? Viola Davis, Melissa Leo, Maria Bello and Paul Dano are also in here. It’s so dark, so as long as you accept that going in, Prisoners will keep your pulse racing.
4. Back to the Future, Part III (February 1, Netflix)
OK, those past few are pretty heavy. How about breaking it up with a good, old-fashioned trilogy closer? Back to the Future, Part III takes Marty McFly and Doc Brown to the Old West.
Although many consider the original film in this franchise to be way above the rest, this is low-key a fantastic trio of movies. You must see the second to appreciate this one, as it’s a direct continuation of the story.
Christopher Lloyd shows off unexpected romantic charisma in Part III, and the epic final act wraps everything up in amazing fashion.
3. Honey Boy (February 7, Amazon Prime Video)
Oh boy, back to heavy town. Honey Boy is the work of screenwriter and star Shia LaBeouf and director Alma Har’el. It’s an Amazon Studios original, and has to be among the best, highly anticipated streaming movies.
LaBeouf wrote the script while he was in rehab and at rock bottom in his personal life. He portrays a version of his father in the autobiographical film, and is devastating in the part.
Despite getting snubbed at the Oscars, Honey Boy holds percentages of 93 and 92 in critic and audience scores respectively on Rotten Tomatoes. Screen Junkies also held their own Academy Awards, and gave Har’el Best Director honors.
2. Dirty Harry (February 1, Netflix)
Since Warner Bros. distributed this film and plans to have over 500 classic movies in their forthcoming HBO Max catalog, Dirty Harry won’t be here for long.
While Netflix has this Clint Eastwood-led action thriller, though, please check it out. He plays Inspector “Dirty Harry” Callahan, a morally ambiguous member of the San Francisco Police Department.
Harry is on the trail of a psychopath named Scorpio, based on the Zodiac killer. Andy Robinson’s performance deserves more shine among cinema’s most terrifying villains.
1. The Fugitive (February 1, Hulu)
Capping off the list of best streaming movies this month is the Harrison Ford vehicle everyone loves.
The Fugitive is a rare movie that can follow one central protagonist the entire time, never let off the gas, and is never boring or redundant. His relentless pursuer is a U.S. Marshal played by Tommy Lee Jones, who won Best Supporting Actor for his work.
This is a cat-and-mouse game for the ages. It can’t be highly recommended enough, and it still holds up to this day after its 1993 release.
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