It’s time everyone’s New Year’s resolutions are blown away, and we’re back to binge-watching on the couch. Fortunately, Netflix is here to make sure you have plenty to add to your watch list. And if you’re more powerful, it can still provide you with new content to keep your attention while you’re on that treadmill.
But before you dive into the streaming device’s new original content, you can also catch up on the older movies that will be joining the service in February. If you’ve been missing the Rings of Power, Peter Jackson’s three “Lord of the Rings” movies can scratch your middle-earth itch right now. And if you’re still feeling a little bit of that travel bug, you can “Eat Pray Love” with Julia Roberts in Italy, India, and Bali.
Or maybe you’re feeling nostalgic for Will Smith before all of The Slap controversy? Netflix presents The Pursuit of Happyness, in which he plays a homeless man and single father of a child, played by real-life son Jaden Smith. But there’s also the first two “Bad Boys” movies you can watch as a quest since reports say Will Smith and Martin Lawrence will return for a fourth installment.
Or if you really want to shrug off any resolutions, check out “The Great British Baking Show: The Professional.” Sure, the show’s main appeal is that it’s about amateurs, but at least you can drool over Victoria sponges and iced treats, maybe even while Grab some baked goods from the comfort of your couch.
Here are the other things coming to Netflix this month that are worth mentioning:
The concept of this four-part docuseries is really a draw — a wealthy pet, a German Shepherd to be exact, with a net worth higher than you and probably everyone you know. What lies beneath, however, is the identity of the dog left in his care and the number of versions of “Gunther” that fortune has been inherited. “Gunther’s Millions” delves into the man behind the dog, Maurizio Mian, an Italian celebrity known for his tenuous ties to the mafia and the cult that surrounds him.
Netflix’s “On My Block” was beloved for its inclusive cast, talented young actors, and the show’s coming-of-age story set in a predominantly black and Latino neighborhood in Los Angeles. When the show finished four seasons in late 2021, many people were disappointed to see it go. But now it’s getting a secondary: “Freeridge”.
“On My Block” manages to balance real social and political struggles with light-hearted mystery, friendship, and innocent romance, and “Freeridge” seems set to do the same. After a new cast of characters, sisters Gloria (Kela Monteroso Mejia) and Ines (Briana Salaz) and their friends Cam (Tenzing Norgay Trainor) and Demi (Ciara Riley Wilson), accidentally curse themselves with a mysterious old box, “Freeridge” brings a fresh twist to the neighborhood and its residents. which viewers loved.
An updated take on the house swap rom-com, “Your Place or Mine” stars Reese Witherspoon and Ashton Kutcher as best friends Debbie and Peter, who have absolutely no romantic feelings for each other whatsoever (beyond that one-night stand when the first met). Not only do they live on opposite coasts, but they have virtually opposite lifestyles – Debbie is a type A single mom while Peter changes life plans (and girlfriends) with ease. When the couple swap homes for a week, they each get a glimpse into each other’s lives that could lead to love.
Written by “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” Aline Brosh McKenna, that’s likely why the film also stars Rachel Bloom and Villa Lovell, along with Jesse Williams, Tig Notaro, Sherri Appleby, and Steve Zahn.
Once known as one of the most prominent families in South Carolina, the Murdo family has been mired in scandal and allegations (and thus, in all the news) for over a year. Soon after Mordo’s son, Paul, is accused of being responsible for the death of teenager Mallory Peach following a drunken boating accident, he and his mother, Maggie, are found murdered. What followed was the revelation of a century of corruption, power and cover-ups around the family. The three-part series will feature first-hand accounts from those on the boat that fateful night, many of whom haven’t spoken of Maggie and Paul’s crash or double murder yet, including: Paul’s longtime girlfriend Murdaugh, Mallory Beach’s friends Childhood. Mallory’s friend and others.
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