One Thing to Watch in February

We help you cut through all the noise and pick the one thing on each service that you should watch this February.

Matt Lissauer

By Matt Lissauer

Alan S. Kim and Steven Yeun in "Minari."

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Quit swiping through an endless stream of "blah." Here is the one thing that you should watch in February in theaters and on all the major streaming services.

  • In Theaters: Nomadland

    Frances McDormand in "Nomadland."

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    Where your local IMAX theater is open, and most importantly where it's safe, there will be no immersive experience like watching Chloe Zhao's likely Best Picture nominee on the super big screen. This modest western drama may not seem like the kind of film that lends itself to a giant IMAX screen, but Joshua James Richards' award-winning, stark cinematography will never look more brilliant.

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Nomadland

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Drama

February 19, 2021

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  • Netflix: Malcolm & Marie

    Zendaya and John David Washington in "Malcolm & Marie."

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    If you haven't streamed "Malcolm & Marie," we highly recommend that you do. Leads John David Washington and Zendaya play the titular roles in an intimate and intense drama that plays out over the course of one night. For all of us starved for some theatrics these days, cinematic or otherwise, "Malcolm & Marie" will be the next best thing to watching a play than being in the theater itself.

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Malcolm & Marie

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Drama

January 29, 2021

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  • Amazon: Bliss

    Owen Wilson and Salma Hayek in "Bliss."

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    Owen Wilson and Salma Hayek star in this sci-fi drama that blends the ideas from "The Matrix" with a real-life hypothetical. Wilson plays a down-and-out divorcé who meets a mysterious lady (Hayek) that convinces him that reality is just one big computer simulation. If you have already streamed and enjoyed Amazon's 2020 series "Upload," you might enjoy a deeper take on a similar theme, from sci-fi indie director Mike Cahill ("I Origins," "Another Earth").

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Bliss

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Science Fiction

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  • Hulu: The United States vs. Billie Holiday

    Andra Day and Kevin Hanchard in "The United States vs. Billie Holiday."

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    Unlike previous years, your access to all the top award contenders this year is easier than ever. You can partly thank the pandemic for that, but this has been a growing trend for some time. Hulu's entry, which will be streaming later in the month, tells the story of legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday, and the time she was betrayed by an ex in a Federal Bureau of Narcotics sting operation. Look for a transformative performance from singer and actress Andra Day, who is nominated for a Critics Choice Award and a Golden Globe for her portrayal of Holiday.

    • Coming to Hulu Feb. 26
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The United States vs. Billie Holiday

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Biography

  • HBO: Judas and the Black Messiah

    Daniel Kaluuya and Dominique Fishback in "Judas and the Black Messiah."

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    We already told you to stream it, so what are you waiting for? Daniel Kaluuya shines in a remarkable portrayal of activist Fred Hampton, in this behind-the-scenes look at the Black Panther Party and the events that led to his betrayal and death. Kaluuya is an awards favorite this year. His performance has landed him SAG and Golden Globe nods, and will likely lead to Oscar consideration. Lakeith Stanfield is a standout as well for his role as FBI informant Bill O'Neal.

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Judas and the Black Messiah

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Biography

February 12, 2021

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  • Disney+: Avengers: Age of Ultron

    Chris Evans as Captain America, Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Quicksilver/Pietro Maximoff in "Avengers: Age of Ultron."

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    With all eyes focused on Marvel's hit TV show "WandaVision" on Disney+, why not turn the dial over to the movie that introduced the two title heroes to the canon? All the nuggets for "WandaVision" are there, from the backstory to Wanda's (Elizabeth Olsen) trauma and the death of her brother Pietro (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), along with the creation of Vision (Paul Bettany) as a counter to Tony Stark's (Robert Downey, Jr.) rogue A.I. Ultron (voice: James Spader). And, when you're done here, keep the Marvel movie marathon going with eight more MCU movies to help you get caught up on all the mystery and drama in the popular show.

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Avengers: Age of Ultron

PG-13

Action

May 1, 2015

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  • Digital On Demand: Minari

    Steven Yeun in "Minari."

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    Another awards contender, "Minari" will be available to watch on Premium VOD at the end of the month. Lee Isaac Chung's personal story about a Korean-American family and the hardships they face as they carve a life out in America's heartland is a story more of us should watch and hear. Steven Yeun is a standout as the father who strives for a better life for his family. Between Yeun's performance here and his previous turns in 2018's "Burning" and "Sorry to Bother You," he has greatly proven himself beyond the confines of his more well known zombie fighting role from "The Walking Dead."

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Minari

PG-13

Drama

December 11, 2020

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Matt Lissauer

Matt Lissauer is a writer & data manager for Noovie. When he is not busy writing listicles, Matt is enjoying life in New Jersey with his lovely wife and three kids.

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