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    From gripping dramas to hilarious comedies

    Izah Azahari

    February is set to be an exciting month for Netflix subscribers, with a diverse range of new original movies and series set to debut on the popular streaming platform. From gripping dramas to hilarious comedies, and from action-packed thrillers to heart-warming romance, there is something for everyone.

    Whether you’re in the mood for binge-watching or just want to check out a single episode here and there, there is a show on Netflix in February that will surely pique your interest. So sit back, relax, and get ready to discover your next favourite show!

    First up is an American teen comedy-drama series titled Freeridge that aired on Netflix on February 2 as a spin-off of On My Block.

    The show stars Keyla Monterroso Mejia, Bryana Salaz, Tenzing Norgay Trainor, Ciara Riley Wilson and Peggy Blow, and provides a glimpse into the life of four of the show’s protagonists who embark on an epic quest after they may have exposed a terrible curse that could end their lives.

    Next up is True Spirit, a movie starring Cliff Curtis, Anna Paquin, Teagan Croft and Josh Lawson released on the streaming platform on February 3.

    True Spirit is a new biopic movie based on a true story of a young woman, Jessica Watson played by Teagan Croft, sets out to be the youngest person to sail solo, non-stop and unassisted around the world.

    With the help of her parents and sailing expert and coach Ben Bryant, Jessica is motivated to do what was once thought to be impossible by sailing some of the most difficult ocean stretches over the period of 210 days.

    A new animated series aimed at kids will also be joining the line-up of shows this month as My Dad the Bounty Hunter hits the streaming platform on February 9, focussing on two children discovering their father’s identity as one of the toughest bounty hunters in all the galaxy.

    A full synopsis of the action-comedy series via Netflix details that the series will follow the toughest bounty hunter in all the galaxy, a man with razor sharp skills but also a secret – his family on Earth has no idea what he does for a living.

    So when his two kids accidentally hitch a ride into outer space and crash his latest mission, they discover that their average dad’s job is anything but boring. Dodging dangerous aliens and laser fights galore, this family bonding time goes to the extreme.

    There’s also a movie lined up for romantic comedy lovers slated for release on February 10 as Reese Witherspoon and Ashton Kutcher star in Your Place or Mine.

    Directed by Aline Brosh McKenna, the rom-com sees two long-distance best friends change each other’s lives when Debbie (Witherspoon) decides to pursue a lifelong dream and Peter (Kutcher) volunteers to keep an eye on her teenage son. Brosh McKenna, a veteran of the rom-com genre who has written such contemporary masterpieces as The Devil Wears Prada, 27 Dresses, and Morning Glory and co-created Crazy Ex-Girlfriend with friend and co-star Rachel Bloom, looked to her own life for inspiration while writing Your Place or Mine.

    The final week of February will see the release of horror comedy, We Have a Ghost, written and directed by Christopher Landon.

    The cast line-up in We Have a Ghost sees big celebrities with the likes of Jennifer Coolidge, David Harbour, Anthony Mackie, Jahi Di’Allo, Jackson Kelly, Tig Notaro and Faith Ford to name a few.

    The film focusses on a family who discovers a ghost with a murky past haunting their house which results in them becoming Internet sensations as the father decides to start recording the ghost’s reactions, causing a frenzy on social media, as well as becoming a target of a shadowy government agency. As always, Netflix will also be bringing in non-English Language films onto the streaming platform to enjoy as more Japanese movies are added on this February with the likes of A Madder Red.

    According to its synopsis, A Madder Red depicts a woman named Ryoko played by Machiko Ono, who after seven years of losing her husband in a traffic accident, struggles to keep her family afloat amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

    When her café business goes under, Ryoko finds herself juggling jobs at a flower shop and v club to support her father-in-law, who is in a nursing home, as well as her middle schooler Junpei.

    Another Japanese drama in the line-up is Call Me Chihiro, depicting a young woman named Chihiro who was a call girl and had left her job to make a living by selling bento boxes in a small seaside town.

    Although Chihiro, who is unabashedly herself, initially strikes some locals as being a little weird, she leaves a lasting impression on everyone purchasing bentos from her.

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