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The 12 Best Things Coming to Hulu in February

Buzzy shows like ‘Feud: Capote vs. The Swans’ and ‘Shōgun’ lead a fresh batch of series and movies


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Hiroyuki Sanada stars in "Shogun."
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February tends to be a historically slow month for quality new movies and TV shows. The studios and streamers bank all of their splashiest releases for spring and summer. But over at Hulu, February is loaded with promising new original series, true crime tales, and a slew of worthy older films you may have missed the first time around and won’t want to miss a second time. Here are the 12 best things coming to Hulu this month.

Coming Feb. 1

Feud: Capote vs. The Swans

The second installment in Ryan Murphy’s dishy FX anthology (the first chronicled Bette Davis and Joan Crawford’s bitter rivalry) centers on author and bon vivant Truman Capote (Tom Hollander, 56) and his scandalous novel Answered Prayers, which spilled the dirt on his Manhattanite coterie of high-society ladies who lunch (Naomi Watts, 55, Chloë Sevigny, Diane Lane, 59, Calista Flockhart, 59, Molly Ringwald, 55, and Demi Moore, 61). Expect eight episodes of bitchiness, betrayal, sorrow and a barrage of camp.

Don’t miss this: What You Need to Know Before You Watch Feud: Capote vs. The Swans

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How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998, R)

This inspiring girl-power adaptation of Terry McMillan’s hit novel stars an excellent (when is she not?) Angela Bassett, 65, as a 40-something San Francisco stockbroker who’s stuck in a rut. That is until her pal (Whoopi Goldberg, 68) convinces her to try and recapture her old mojo with a trip to Jamaica. Sun, sand, surf and a strapping Taye Diggs, 53, turn out to be just what the doctor ordered.

Knight and Day (2010, PG-13)

For my money, one of the most underappreciated movies on Tom Cruise’s résumé. Maybe because audiences aren’t used to seeing the superstar infuse a rollicking action-adventure with screwball comedy. Cruise, 61, plays a spy on the run who kidnaps Cameron Diaz, 51, who’s just trying to get to a wedding. The action is tight, the one-liners snap and the chemistry between the two stars is infectious. I would have watched countless sequels if anyone had bothered to see the first one.

Monster-in-Law (2005, PG-13)

The setup may sound like a typical 2000s Hollywood rom-com, but Monster-in-Law packs a deliciously subversive and silly spin thanks to a note-perfect performance from Jane Fonda, 86, as the titular scheming mother-in-law who’s willing to go to whatever extremes it takes to sabotage the romance between her son (Michael Vartan, 55) and his well-meaning fianceé (Jennifer Lopez, 54). A perfect rainy-day-on-the-sofa watch.

12 Years a Slave (2013, R)

Director Steve McQueen’s best picture winner is a historical gut-punch, no doubt about it. But it’s also essential viewing thanks to Chiwetel Ejiofor’s bristling turn as a free Black violinist from upstate New York who is captured and sold into slavery in the South in the years before the Civil War. A nightmare odyssey about America’s original sin, McQueen’s film is a harrowing masterpiece everyone should see at least once.

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The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005, R)

Arguably one of the funniest — and sweetest — movies of the 2000s, Judd Apatow’s comedy is a showcase for the naive, side-splitting genius of Steve Carell, 61, who plays a … well, just read the title. Egged on by his coworkers (Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd, 54, and Romany Malco, 55) and their terrible dating advice, he sets out to meet a soulmate rather than a one-night stand. Enter Catherine Keener, 64. Yes, there’s the hilarious chest-waxing scene, but another gag just as funny is waiting around every corner.

Coming Feb. 2

Genius: MLK/X

Timed for February’s Black History Month, National Geographic’s limited series is a parallel, two-track portrait of a pair of leaders who embodied dueling approaches to civil rights — Martin Luther King Jr. (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) and Malcolm X (Aaron Pierre). Forged in the crucibles of religion and American racial injustice, both of these remarkable lives would soon end in horrible tragedy, but the movement would live on.

Love & WWE: Bianca & Montez

I’ll come clean and admit that I don’t know much about wrestling, but the trailer for this Hulu reality series looks promising. Offering a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the private and professional lives of the WWE’s hottest couple, Bianca Belair and Montez Ford, Love & WWE chronicles the ups and downs (and bumps, bruises and body slams) involved with juggling a successful marriage and a life in the ring.

Coming Feb. 9

Suncoast (2024, R)

Following its buzzy debut at the Sundance Film Festival, writer/director Laura Chinn’s semi-autobiographical coming-of-age story stars Nico Parker (The Last of Us) as a teenage girl trying to navigate high school friendships and fitting in while her family is being torn apart by her brother’s fatal illness. Laura Linney, 59, and Woody Harrelson, 62, add the requisite star power, but it’s Parker who will steal your heart.

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Coming Feb. 16

Life & Beth, Season 2

These days there are so many new series popping up on the various streaming services, it’s easier than ever to see a decent show fall through the cracks. That was the case with the first season of Amy Schumer’s Life & Beth, which kicks off its second season this month and follows its funny, flawed heroine through her impending wedding and pregnancy. Costarring a murderer’s row of comedians that includes Michael Cera, Amy Sedaris, 62, and Jennifer Coolidge, 62.

Coming Feb. 27

Shōgun

If you’re in the mood for a capital-E epic, FX’s 10-episode, limited series adaptation of James Clavell’s 1975 saga about feudal Japan is just the ticket. Stuffed with action and adventure, soapy romance and family scheming, stunning locations and cost-be-damned production values, this is the sort of big swing that Hollywood rarely takes anymore outside of the spandex world of superheroes. One of the most anticipated grown-up releases on any network or streamer this season … maybe this year.

Coming Feb. 29

Me Hereafter

In this true-crime docuseries from ABC News, the twist is that each episode is told from the beyond-the-grave point of view of the victim who guides investigators toward answers. Each of the show’s four episodes is a ticktock procedural filled with clues, alibis, motives and misdirects that keep viewers guessing until the end credits.

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