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February is coming to an end, Polygon readers. While it whitethorn beryllium nan shortest period of nan year, it is not lacking successful movies leaving streaming services. In fact, this is 1 of nan busiest months for bully movies leaving streaming successful a while.
We’ve sewage thrillers connected Netflix (and a beardown introduction from 1 of nan best horror franchises ever), romanticist classics connected Hulu, Prime, and HBO Max, an under-the-radar action movie judge to delight and astonishment you, an aged deed from a caller Oscar nominee, 1 of my all-time favourite movies, and truthful overmuch more.
But enactment quick! These movies are leaving streaming services astatine nan extremity of February. Without further ado, let’s get into it.
Run time: 1h 51m
Director: Wes Craven
Cast: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette
Scream 6 is owed retired later this year, which makes this an fantabulous clip to drawback up connected nan 4th introduction successful nan series. Even better, instrumentality favourite Kirby Reed (Hayden Panettiere) from Scream 4 is backmost successful nan latest introduction for different run-in pinch Ghostface.
Scream 4’s Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) is backmost successful Woodsboro to beforehand her book, on pinch respective caller students astatine Woodsboro high, including Jill Roberts (Emma Roberts), Sidney’s cousin. As nan first Scream movie of nan 2010s, Scream 4 jumps headfirst into nan powerfulness of nan net to create new, and worse, types of celebrities, and what Ghostface murders (either committing them aliases surviving them) could do for someone’s clout.
The online of it each made Scream 4 possibly nan astir up of its clip of nan bully Scream sequels (the first four), a movie that was measurement excessively online for audiences successful 2010 to beryllium wholly onboard. But, pinch different 13 years of net scary nether our belts, Scream 4 ends up emotion for illustration a overmuch amended reboot of nan bid than past year’s introduction was. —Austen Goslin
Scream IV leaves Netflix March 1.
Run time: 2h 18m
Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley
Martin Scorsese’s twisty asylum thriller remains 1 of his overlooked modern gems. Shutter Island follows Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio), who has been sent to an land asylum pinch his partner, Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo), to analyse nan disappearance of a patient. While he’s there, Teddy discovers that whatever’s going connected pinch this asylum is acold much analyzable than he initially imagined.
This is nan benignant of thriller that grabs you by nan collar and yanks you from 1 twist to nan adjacent each clip you deliberation you cognize what’s happening, precisely for illustration a bully thriller should. Just arsenic importantly, nan movie is punctuated pinch a tremendous formed of supporting characters who show up for their 1 large segment earlier calling it a day. Max von Sydow is simply a Nazi scientist, Jackie Earle Haley a peculiarly terrifying patient, Emily Mortimer and Patricia Clarkson patients who cognize much than they say, Ben Kingsley a kindly expert pinch a secret, and Ted Levine and John Carroll Lynch play nan prison guard and lawman prison guard respectively.
All of these twists and characters are held together beautifully by Scorsese, who shoots Shutter Island pinch a gorgeous blown-out colour palette that gives it nan look of a ’50s Hollywood classic, which perfectly contrasts nan acheronian of nan crippled and serves to support america moreover much disconnected balance. —AG
Shutter Island leaves Netflix March 1.
Genre: Wall Street thriller
Run time: 1h 47m
Director: J.C. Chandor
Cast: Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Zachary Quinto
J.C. Chandor’s 2011 movie Margin Call takes spot complete nan span of 24 hours, pursuing nan labor of a prestigious Wall Street finance slope arsenic they struggle to understand and respond to what will yet beryllium known arsenic nan world financial situation of 2008. While possibly not arsenic approachable aliases didactic arsenic Adam McKay’s The Big Short, Chandor’s movie nevertheless manages to toggle shape financial esotericism into riveting play done nan spot of its casts’ performances.
Paul Bettany is terrific here, arsenic are Zachary Quinto and Demi Moore, but nan standout capacity by acold comes from Jeremy Irons, who delivers a singular segment during nan film’s climax that’s arsenic charismatic arsenic it is disquietingly chilling. —Toussaint Egan
Margin Call leaves Netflix March 1.
Tucker: The Man and His Dream
Run time: 1h 50m
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Cast: Jeff Bridges, Joan Allen, Martin Landau
Even successful a profession studded pinch specified culture-defining useful arsenic nan Godfather trilogy and Apocalypse Now, Francis Ford Coppola’s 1988 biographical comedy-drama astir nan bonzer (albeit exaggerated) communicative of Preston Tucker stands retired arsenic 1 of nan director’s astir fascinating films. Tucker: The Man and His Dream stars Jeff Bridges arsenic nan eponymous subject contractor turned entrepreneur who, successful nan precocious ’40s, attempted to nutrient and waste his ain proprietary “car of tomorrow” known arsenic nan Tucker Torpedo. His ambitions, however, tie nan ire of some nan authorities and nan alleged Big Three manufacturers, nan second of whom conspire to undermine and yet destruct Tucker’s dream of establishing his ain company.
Produced successful nan aftermath of nan commercialized and captious nonaccomplishment of Coppola’s 1982 romance-drama One From nan Heart, Tucker: The Man and His Dream tin beryllium seen arsenic some a activity of nostalgic recalibration and a once-removed allegory vindicating Coppola’s ain short-lived effort to create a distribution institution to compete against corporate-owned studios. Even group isolated from this context, Coppola’s movie is an exceptionally entertaining one, brimming pinch terrific supporting performances by Martin Landau, Elias Koteas, and nan precocious awesome Mako, bold imaginative cinematography by predominant collaborator Vittorio Storaro, and resplendent halcyon golden lighting.
Another noteworthy facet of Tucker is nan measurement successful which it is framed arsenic a documentary commissioned connected behalf of Tucker himself successful bid to waste stocks of his company, a clever measurement of lampshading nan film’s divergences from existent history and Coppola’s ain embellishments of creator license. It’s a fun, free-wheeling “nonmusical musical” play astir nan perils of earnest ambition crashing against nan jagged rocks of orthodoxy and capitalism, and a movie that much than deserves your clip and attention. —TE
Tucker: The Man and His Dream leaves Netflix March 1.
Run Time: 2h 1m
Director: Kornél Mundruczó
Cast: Zsófia Psotta, Sándor Zsótér
Have you ever heard of Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey, nan 1993 family drama play astir a trio of talking pets who trek crossed San Francisco to reunite pinch their beloved masters? Well, ideate that but sadder and much Hungarian, and you’ve sewage nan gist of White God.
Kornél Mundruczó’s 2014 play centers nan communicative of Lili (Zsófia Psotta), a 13-year-old woman who is near to enactment pinch her estranged, petty, and emotionally unstable begetter (Sándor Zsótér) and Hagen, a mixed-breed thoroughfare canine whom Lili adopts and loves unconditionally. When her begetter abandons Hagen by nan roadside successful a fresh of anger and jealousy for his daughter’s attention, Hagen and Lili embark connected their ain respective quests to reunite pinch each other.
Aside from my erstwhile Homeward Bound comparison, Roger Ebert professional Matt Zoller Seitz summed up White God successful his reappraisal of nan movie arsenic an “R-rated Lassie by measurement of Spartacus.” It’s an apt description, particularly fixed that Hagen’s travel backmost to Lili involves a harrowing (and wholly fake) detour done an underground dogfighting ring, and Lili’s eventual reunion pinch Hagen is precluded by a fraught run-in pinch nan cops aft being implicated successful trading drugs.
It only gets crazier from there, arsenic White God yet builds to a climactic, fantastical, and thoroughly awe-inspiring crescendo that, albeit foreshadowed successful nan film’s opening moments, I will not consequence spoiling here. If immoderate of this sounds enticing to you, past you should wholly springiness White God a watch. —TE
White God leaves Hulu Feb. 28.
Ever After: A Cinderella Story
Genre: Romantic comedy
Run time: 2h 1m
Director: Andy Tennant
Cast: Drew Barrymore, Anjelica Huston, Dougray Scott
If you want a Cinderella retelling that deconstructs nan story, gives nan heroine agency and information without conscionable slapping connected a bunch of girl powerfulness hobbies, and fleshes retired nan narration betwixt Cinderella and nan Prince, Ever After is nan cleanable fresh for you. Drew Barrymore plays Danielle, nan Cinderella balanced successful this story, who meets Prince Henry (Dougray Scott) aft he flees from an arranged marriage. He mistakes her for a noblewoman and is impressed by nan measurement she stands up to immoderate guards, which makes him statesman to analyse his life of privilege and nan effect royals person connected nan communal folk. It’s an electrical emotion communicative that besides plays astir pinch fairy communicative conventions (Cinderella’s fairy godmother successful this type is nary different than creator and inventor Leonardo da Vinci). —Petrana Radulovic
Ever After: A Cinderella Story leaves Hulu Feb. 28.
Leaving Prime Video
Genre: Romantic comedy
Run time: 2h 15m
Director: Richard Curtis
Cast: Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson
Is Love Actually really good? That’s decidedly up for debate. (And boy, has that been debated.) Debates aside, it is a Christmas classic. If you’re connected nan “Well actually, Love Actually is conscionable a merchandise of its clip that I tin still enjoy” side, it’s easy to get swept distant successful nan vacation magic — conscionable look astatine each these bumbling British group falling successful love! And during nan Christmas season! Sure, there’s a ton of questionable workplace dynamics and a batch of fat jokes but look — it’s Hugh Grant dancing astir 10 Downing Street! Mr. Bean extravagantly wrapping an adulterous coming for Alan Rickman, who is readying to cheat connected Emma Thompson! (No, I don’t retrieve nan characteristic names). —PR
Love Actually leaves Prime Video Feb. 28.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Genre: Sci-fi action
Run time: 2h 26m
Director: Francis Lawrence
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth
I did not bask The Hunger Games erstwhile I saw it backmost successful 2012. I mention this not because I person an liking successful relitigating that movie (I don’t — find personification other to reason with) but to stress a point: When I saw nan sequel, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, successful theaters for nan first clip a decade ago, not only was I taken aback by really overmuch I enjoyed it compared to my acquisition pinch nan first film, I was wholly unprepared for really it managed to elicit that rarest of artistic reactions successful me: It really brought maine to tears.
The first of nan 3 Francis Lawrence-directed sequels to Gary Ross’ adjustment feels for illustration a consummate corrective to astir each rumor I had pinch nan original film. Jennifer Lawrence delivers a compelling, believable capacity of a female haunted by PTSD and survivor’s guilt; Jo Willems’ cinematography manages to conjure immoderate genuinely striking and memorable shots. The action scenes successful The Hunger Games: Catching Fire are amended staged and much appropriately gnarly than those of its predecessor, and nan speech connected a full is conscionable amended written and much interesting.
I retrieve nan segment of Katniss and Peeta visiting District 11 to salary respects to Thresh and Rue. I retrieve seeing a crowd of Black and brownish faces amassed successful stoic, heartbroken remembrance of 2 children whose lives were taken excessively soon. I retrieve nan emotion that welled up successful my thorax astatine nan show of an aged man being dragged earlier that crowd and executed for a insignificant enactment of defiance calved retired of nan condolences of that moment, astatine erstwhile visibly frightened yet resolute successful nan irreproachable righteousness of that elemental act. It’s nan aforesaid emotion I felt erstwhile I rewatched nan movie for nan first clip successful complete a decade. It is simply a emotion that I have, unfortunately, grown each excessively acquainted pinch astatine this constituent successful my life.
I can’t opportunity whether that scene, fto unsocial nan movie arsenic a whole, will impact you successful nan measurement it affected me. We don’t take what creation moves america and why; it conscionable does. With that said, I inquire you — no, I situation you — to prosecute pinch this movie successful nan aforesaid measurement arsenic you would (and should) pinch immoderate portion of art: With a coming mind, an attentive eye, a discerning conscience, and an unfastened heart. —TE
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire leaves Prime Video Feb. 28.
Genre: Crime drama
Run time: 1h 41m
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Cast: Philip Baker Hall, John C. Reilly, Gwyneth Paltrow
Paul Thomas Anderson’s characteristic directorial debut Hard Eight isn’t conscionable basal viewing for PTA fans, it’s besides a movie tailor-made for fans of early Coen brothers crime movies aliases Paul Schrader’s films. Philip Baker Hall gives a terrific capacity arsenic a master gambler who takes connected John C. Reilly arsenic a protege, for reasons that look altruistic and generous but really aren’t. The resulting twists impact Gwyneth Paltrow and Samuel L. Jackson successful astonishing roles, but while everybody present is doing fantabulous work, nan existent prima of this movie is nan texture Anderson brings to it, and nan distinctively melancholy and emotionally analyzable layers he puts connected what starts arsenic a characteristic study and turns into a psychological crime story. The standard present is small, claustrophobic, and intense, and everyone progressive puts their each into it. It’s a existent hidden gem for neo-noir fans. —Tasha Robinson
Hard Eight leaves Prime Video Feb. 28.
Leaving HBO Max
Crazy Rich Asians
Genre: Romantic comedy
Run time: 2h
Director: Jon M. Chu
Cast: Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh
Michelle Yeoh is successful nan zeitgeist correct now. In Crazy Rich Asians, she plays domineering matriarch Eleanor, who is not truthful pleased that her boy Nick (Henry Golding) is making love a regular ol’ woman named Rachel (Constance Wu). She’s not nan main attraction of this spunky romanticist comedy, but she’s decidedly a highlight. The movie mostly centers connected Rachel, who accompanies Nick to a wedding successful Singapore — and past finds retired that he’s not conscionable rich, he’s able beyond her wildest imagination. Rachel struggles to impressment Nick’s judgmental family, which all comes to caput successful an aggravated mahjong scene against Eleanor. —PR
Crazy Rich Asians leaves HBO Max Feb. 28.
Genre: Romantic psychological drama
Run time: 2h 17m
Director: Todd Field
Cast: Kate Winslet, Jennifer Connelly, Patrick Wilson
If you’re looking for a pitch-dark psychological play pinch a keen attraction connected nan devastating consequences of unresolved frustrations coming successful an different idyllic suburban organization à la Todd Solondz’ Happiness aliases Ang Lee’s The Ice Storm, Todd Field’s 2006 play starring Kate Winslet, Jennifer Connelly, and Patrick Wilson mightiness beryllium conscionable what you’re looking for.
Based connected Tom Perrotta’s 2004 novel, pinch a book co-written by Field and Perrotta himself, nan movie centers connected nan disintegrating marriages of Sarah (Kate Winslet) and Brad (Patrick Wilson), 2 lovelorn group who inadvertently find themselves drawn together aft a chance brushwood successful nan parkland pinch their kids. The play of their nascent tryst unexpectedly overlaps and collides pinch nan life of a registered activity offender (Jackie Earle Haley) who, soon aft moving into nan vicinity and being subsequently ostracized by nan community, struggles pinch a masochistic consciousness of guilt and and an aggravated self-hatred for his past actions and while fighting against his still-lingering predilections.
As you tin apt stitchery from that cursory synopsis, Little Children is not precisely what 1 would picture arsenic a “happy” movie. It is messy, it is shocking, and it is uncomfortable; it is simply a movie that unflinchingly grapples pinch nan analyzable tangle of contradictory emotions, temptations, and regrets inherent to nan lived experiences of each excessively fallible quality beings trying arsenic champion arsenic they tin to do arsenic small harm unto those astir them while still remaining existent to themselves.
If location is simply a discernible “message” to return distant from nan film, I’d reason it could beryllium summed up by nan apocryphal quote: “Be kind; everyone is fighting a conflict you cognize thing about.” It’s a damn bully movie and 1 that I recommend, though pinch a connection of be aware that you’ll want to beryllium judge you’re successful a unchangeable affectional spot earlier watching it. —TE
Little Children leaves HBO Max Feb. 28.
Leaving Criterion Channel
The Long Goodbye
Genre: Crime drama
Run time: 1h 52m
Director: Robert Altman
Cast: Elliott Gould, Nina van Pallandt, Sterling Hayden
Movie detectives person seldom ever been arsenic charming arsenic Elliott Gould’s mumbly, clever, and easygoing Philip Marlowe successful The Long Goodbye. Robert Altman’s 1973 masterpiece follows Marlowe arsenic he investigates nan disappearance of a celebrated writer and wonders whether it’s connected to nan decease of his ain friend. Of course, arsenic pinch each awesome PI stories, everything’s connected and location are nary coincidences, conscionable a web of lies, mischief, and crime for Marlowe to benignant out.
For each nan things that make this movie great, Gould’s expertise to float done it truthful effortlessly mightiness beryllium nan astir fun. He has a witty comeback for everything, whether it’s a quiet cat, a footwear successful nan teeth, a decease threat, aliases a mostly naked Arnold Schwarzenegger. Marlowe’s nan benignant of breezy, malleable characteristic that smokes incessantly and tin onslaught a lucifer connected immoderate aboveground nan world offers him.
All of this elasticity is group up perfectly by nan movie’s score, too, for which John Williams wrote 1 cleanable song, past endlessly modified it, changing its genre and style to fresh nan temper — sometimes deciding connected 1 attack astatine nan opening of a scene, past swapping halfway done erstwhile nan vibes are off, conscionable for illustration Marlowe himself. — AG
The Long Goodbye leaves The Criterion Channel Feb. 28.