This week features rom-coms for the lovebirds and a fun and funky mix of sci-fi and horror for the singles. Whatever your plans are this Valentine’s Day, make some time for yourself and these new streaming titles.
What to watch on Netflix
With you or with me
Get your Valentine’s viewing plans off to a good start with this new rom-com starring Reese Witherspoon and Ashton Kutcher. Written and directed by the woman who brought us The devil wears Prada And 27 Dresses, With you or with me is a film centered on midlife crises: when Debbie (Witherspoon) wants to break out of her routine life as a single mom in LA, her best friend Peter (Kutcher) offers her to stay with him in NYC while he flies west to look after her. son to take care of. Both are looking for something, but could what they need be each other? With you or with me premieres on Friday, February 10e.
This BBC import takes the mobile phone obsession to a new level. Equal parts Black mirror And Euphoria, Red rose introduces a mysterious new app for a group of teenagers in Northern England. It’s summer vacation, but that hardly means freedom for this cast of characters: one struggles to provide for her family after the death of her mother, while another renews her relationship with her estranged father. Plus, there are the common complexities of partisan politics and dating. So when an app comes along that promises peace of mind and popularity, it seems too good to be true – and it is. Red rose premieres on Wednesday, February 15e.
What to watch on Hulu
A favorite from last year’s Sundance Film Festival, little pig takes all the taboo things about being a teenage girl and channels them into a darkly fun slasher movie. Teenager Sara is a social outcast in her small Spanish town, the victim of constant bullying by a clique of girls because of her weight. Miraculously, the same group of girls are violently kidnapped by a stranger, and Sara sees it all! But instead of being the hero or your typical last girl, Sara decides to wait things out and explore her options; to her, a killer might very well be preferable to those girls. little pig streams from Thursday 9 Februarye.
Something in the dirt
A second Sundance selection is included Something in the dirt. In this COVID-bound sci-fi, two neighbors discover paranormal activity in their LA apartment building, and thinking they can make a quick buck, they start taking it in. Their amateur documentary turns into its own kind of buddy tragicomedy as each friend tries to make sense of this bizarre mystery. One is a recently divorced gay evangelist; the other has a vague criminal record with no significant friends or family. They all want something different from this great unknown, but it’s unclear if they’ll find it with their mediocre filmmaking skills. Something in the dirt begins streaming on Friday, February 10e.
What to watch on Amazon Prime
Someone I used to know
Stay tuned for another rom-com to spice up your Valentine’s Day Someone I used to know. Written by comedy power couple Dave Franco and Alison Brie, the film stars Brie as a workaholic who returns to her hometown and is happy to run into her ex Sean (Jay Ellis). There’s still a spark between the two, but they can’t really rekindle their romance: Sean is engaged to a younger woman (Kiersey Clemons) who feels familiar in more ways than one. And it wouldn’t be a romcom without a fun cast, including Amy Sedaris and Danny Pudi. Someone I used to know premieres on Friday, February 10e.
What to watch on HBO Max
Edge of tomorrow
Tom Cruise has been an action movie hero for quite some time, but in 2014 Edge of tomorrow was happy to shine that spotlight on Emily Blunt. This sci-fi action movie stars Cruise as a recently demoted military officer who is forced to battle a terrifying alien force known as the Mimics. But when the battle goes wrong, instead of ending up dead, he gets stuck in a time loop. Cruise’s not-quite-macho man enlists the help of Blunt’s super-soldier sergeant, and the two join forces to put an end to the invasion. It’s fun, funny, and quite a genre showcase for everyone involved. Edge of tomorrow started streaming earlier this week.
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