Watch List Weekly Recap 2/10/23

This week: The best films newly arriving on streaming services and four new theatrical releases reviewed.

Watch List Weekly Recap 2/10/23

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For paid subscribers, I posted a rundown of good movies from recent years that are streaming for no extra charge on the various major VOD services. New titles are added at the start of every month and I’ll do my best to keep you abreast of the worthy ones. Above, Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan in “Ruby Sparks” (2012), on Hulu.

11 Movies to Stream in February
Over the year and a half of its existence, the Watch List has mostly focused on movies you can pay to see in theaters or rent for on-demand viewing at home. I don’t spend enough time, really, on films that are streaming for “free” on services you may already subscribe to. The good thing is that the first of the month always brings a fresh crop of titles, new and old, as VOD rights “windows” kick in for a set time-period. Since February has a not-unwarranted reputation as a duff month for new releases, here are eleven good movies (okay, ten good movies and one entertainingly terrible one) that have just become available for no-extra-cost streaming on the major platforms. (Most are also available for a rental fee on other services; check with

No, “Magic Mike's Last Dance" (⭐⭐1/2) is not about faith healing, although it does involve some laying on of hands, as Channing Tatum and Salma Hayek demonstrate above. Other theatrical releases reviewed: Jafar Panahi’s brilliant "No Bears" (⭐⭐⭐⭐), the touching Belgian drama "Close" (⭐⭐⭐), and Léa Seydoux in Mia Hansen-Løve’s  "One Fine Morning" (⭐⭐⭐).

New in Theaters: Where's the Beef?
Note: The Watch List will be on vacation next week as Ty goes somewhere that doesn’t have movies. A new podcast has been pre-loaded to land midweek, but other than that, see you after Presidents Day. Also: Super Bowl LVII is this Sunday and while I don’t have a dog in the fight, it has allowed me the opportunity to write up a brief history of athletes in…

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