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Seven new films coming to Netflix in February 2018

Thursday, January 18th 2018 by Pete Wise

With another month of wintery weather ahead, all we can say is thank heavens for Netflix. There’s a great selection of films coming out for UK users on 1 February – let’s dive right in and see what’s in store:

8 Mile (2002)

Here’s a true noughties classic to kick things off. We’re so familiar with Eminem these days that it’s easy to forget he has a remarkable story to tell – from his upbringing in a tough Michigan trailer park to his eventual rise to superstardom.

In 8 Mile, Eminem tells that story by playing the role of Jimmy 'B-Rabbit' Smith, Jr. – a character very much based on himself – who strives for recognition in an African-American-dominated rap scene.

Role Models (2008)

Take one pair of immature energy drink salesman on community service, add two socially awkward teenagers, mix with some libidinous LARPing and bromantic bonding, and there you have the recipe for one of the finest buddy comedies of the noughties.

Role Models is a real gem of a film, thanks in equal measure to hilarious writing and shining performances from Paul Rudd, Seann William Scott and Christopher Mintz-Plasse (you may remember his turn as McLovin in Superbad).

This uproarious coming-of-age comedy sees two immature energy drink salesmen (Rudd and William Scott) get paired up with a teenager (McLovin’!) Well worth a watch for the LARPing scenes alone.

Wild Child (2008)

If Mean Girls had been set at St Trinian’s, the result would be something very much like Wild Child. It tells the couture-drenched tale of Poppy Moore (Emma Roberts), a wealthy Californian teenager whose rebellious streak ends up getting her shipped off to boarding school in Merry Old England. Features the last on-screen appearance of the late Natasha Richardson.

Bring it On: All or Nothing (2006)

The straight-to-DVD second sequel of 2000 cheerleading comedy classic Bring it On. All or Nothing may not have any cast members in common with the original, but fans of the genre will nonetheless enjoy its excellently choreographed dance-offs, tangled love interests and star-spangled cast, which is headed up by Solange Knowles and Hayden Panettiere.

Dazed and Confused (1993)

Sex, drugs, rock’n’roll and Matthew McConaughey’s moustache are all front-and-centre in this early 90s cult fave. Coming-of-age stories seem to be the theme of the month over at Netflix UK, and Dazed and Confused, with its colourful cast of high schoolers on their own personal quests for purpose, romance or simply for beer, is the most hormone-addled of the lot.

Benny and Joon (1993)

Benny and Joon may be one of Jonny Depp’s lesser-known films from the 1990s – but we also happen to think this heart-warming tale of two eccentric souls in love is one of his best. Starring alongside the excellent Mary Stuart Masterson, the Edward Scissorhands star delivers a performance packed with well-cultured physical comedy and cartoonish charm.

Funny People (2009)

The most recent of Netflix UK’s new additions this 1 February, Funny People features what must surely be one of the most stellar comedy/drama casts in a generation, with Seth Rogen, Leslie Mann, Eric Bana, Jason Schwartzman, Jonah Hill and Aubrey Plaza all supporting leading man, Adam Sandler.

The film tells the tale of George Simmons (Sandler), a middle-aged comedian who sets out to fix the long list of things he’s done wrong in life, having been diagnosed with terminal cancer. It’s a bit like My Name Is Earl, with a time limit.

That’s it for now, but keep an eye on Cable.co.uk for further updates on "Netflix movie releases".

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