Feel lost in options when you cue up Netflix? Want to make sure you’re up to date on the latest movies and TV shows arriving on the massive streaming platform? Perhaps more important, don’t want to miss the chance to watch something great before it’s gone? Relax. Our critics check all the latest lineups to bring you the best things coming and going — so you don’t have to. It’s all right here.
Coming Feb. 1
My Best Friend Anne Frank (2021)
Anne Frank, who loved movies, gets her first Dutch biopic, based on the memoir of her best friend, who reunited with her in the death camp and tried to save her. Despite COVID, 100,000 of her countryfolk flocked to see this movie in theaters. (Also check out the 2020 Dutch World War II action film The Forgotten Battle, a top 10 global Netflix hit with a perfect 100 percent Rotten Tomatoes rating.)
Watch it: My Best Friend Anne Frank
Batman Begins (2005)
The Dark Knight (2008)
Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk) breathed new life into the franchise, and Christian Bale gave the Caped Crusader soul, too.
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The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
The best of the pulse-pounding jitter-cam flicks about an amnesiac CIA assassin trying not to get assassinated. Matt Damon gives a roundhouse punch to doubters who thought he couldn’t be an action hero.
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Bill Murray improvises his way to immortality — and true enlightenment by the Dalai Lama — as the world’s craziest groundskeeper in the classic farce about golf. And check out AARP contributor Chris Nashawaty’s definitive book Caddyshack: The Making of a Hollywood Cinderella Story, which The Washington Post called “more fun to read than the movie was to watch.”
Donnie Brasco (1997)
Johnny Depp comes of age in the loosely fact-based story of an FBI infiltrator who genuinely befriends his mark, an aging mobster (Al Pacino, in a great comeback role after a string of jejune performances).
Raising Dion, Season 2
For a show about a single mom raising an elementary school kid with superpowers, it’s got a lot of heart. Perfect to watch with grandkids.
Watch it: Raising Dion
The Hangover (2009)
What happens in Vegas stays there, but what if you can’t remember what happened? Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis are seriously funny as guys with no memory of their out-of-bounds Vegas bachelor party the night before, and an urgent need to find the groom and deliver him to his wedding.
Patsy & Loretta (2019)
Oscar-winning Thelma & Louise writer Callie Khouri directs a darn good TV movie about a doomed Patsy Cline (Megan Hilty) advising up-and-coming ’60s country singing sensation Loretta Lynn (Jessie Mueller) about costumes, contracts and the cryin’ need to stand up to her controlling manager hubby.
The Exorcist (1973)
If you don’t think demon-possession movies can grab you, this one will turn your head right around. As the demon-busting priest, Max von Sydow is even more formidable than when he played the knight playing chess with Death in The Seventh Seal.
The Addams Family (1991)
All right, so it’s only just an OK movie, not a patch on the classic TV show. But how can you resist a family with Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd and Christina Ricci as a kid explaining her Halloween costume (“I'm a homicidal maniac; they look just like everyone else”)?
Coming Feb. 3
Arrested Development fans may swoon for this Netflix series about gumshoe Terry Seattle (Will Arnett), who solves a murder while partnered with a guest star in every episode. And everybody — Conan O’Brien, Sharon Stone, Ken Jeong — has to improvise all their dialogue.
Coming Feb. 11
The most hotly awaited Netflix debut this month is Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes’ limited series about the young woman who — really — pretended to be a German heiress, wormed her way into the hearts and exclusive parties of Manhattan’s elite and stole millions of their dollars. Julia Garner, who steals Ozark from its genius lead stars, plays the now-imprisoned con artist, Anna Sorokin, who claimed to be plutocrat Anna Delvey.
Watch it: Inventing Anna
Leaving Netflix Feb. 1
Minority Report (2002)
Steven Spielberg proves sci-fi can be smart and prescient about tech, and Tom Cruise excels as a hunted man accused of a crime he has yet to commit. The complicated plot makes a lot more satisfying sense than most murder-mystery thrillers do these days.
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Leaving Netflix Feb. 18
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
A rare sequel that’s better than the original. Arnold Schwarzenegger makes a fine time-tripping robot assassin with a heart of gold, but Linda Hamilton’s transformation from girly victim to battle-hardened badass is one for the ages.
Jim Henson’s last film was a flop that has since risen to semiclassic status, partly thanks to David Bowie as the Goblin King, a brilliant menagerie of Muppety creatures and some inspired ideas by writer Terry Jones (of Monty Python fame), such as the chatty shaft of Helping Hands that heroine Jennifer Connelly falls into.
Watch it: Labyrinth
Rain Man (1988)
Barry Levinson wonderfully directs a classic about a cynical greedhead (Tom Cruise) who goes on a road trip with his mentally eccentric brother (Dustin Hoffman) to steal his inheritance, but bonds with him instead.
Watch it: Rain Man
Tim Appelo covers entertainment and is the film and TV critic for AARP. Previously, he was the entertainment editor at Amazon, video critic at Entertainment Weekly, and a critic and writer for The Hollywood Reporter, People, MTV, The Village Voice and LA Weekly.