What to watch on Crave in February 2020

NOW critics pick the best movies and TV shows coming to Crave, including McMillions, Aisha Brown's comedy special and The Souvenir


WHAT WE CAN’T WAIT TO WATCH

Aisha Brown: The First Black Woman Ever

As readers of NOW’s cover story on making comedy in divisive times know, Aisha Brown is one hilarious stand-up. Now the writer for Baroness Von Sketch and This Hour Has 22 Minutes is releasing a live special, the first of four one-hour Crave stand-up specials. In it, Brown jokes about racism, depression, Trump and her boyfriend’s penis. In other words: perfect Valentine’s Day viewing. February 14

McMillions

If you’ve ever wondered why you never won more than a free Big Mac in the annual McDonald’s Monopoly game, this documentary series could provide some sizzling answers. It tells the story of an ex-cop turned security auditor who, over more than a decade, defrauded the company of millions. The show includes interviews with FBI agents who helped uncover the scam and conspiring prizewinners across the U.S. who profited from the scheme. Let’s hope the criminals went directly to jail, and did not pass Go. February 3

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver

Over six seasons, John Oliver and his satirical news program have explored public shaming and the scourge of robocalls, conducted deep dives into the injustice of mandatory minimum sentences, the American bail-bond system, felony disenfranchisement and picked fights with Chinese president Xi Jinping and American coal magnate Bob Murray – structuring every argument with a mixture of inarguable facts, righteous outrage and frequently profane pop-culture references. (Sometimes he has to create a pop culture event in order to reference it, but it usually works out.) Arriving in a post-Brexit, post-impeachment landscape that is also somehow constantly on fire, Last Week Tonight’s seventh season has its work cut out for it. But as long as New York hasn’t run out of off-brand mascot costumes, they’ll muddle through. February 17

The Souvenir

Courtesy of A24

Joanna Hogg’s The Souvenir was one of 2019’s best films.

SOLID BETS

The Souvenir

Joanna Hogg’s semi-autobiographical drama about a young filmmaker (Honor Swinton Byrne) slowly coming to realize she’s in a toxic relationship with a posh heroin addict (Tom Burke) is perhaps not the title we’d have chosen to drop on Valentine’s Day… so maybe watch it the day after? Or think of it as counter-programming and watch it immediately: sure, it’s a downer but it’s also one of the best movies of 2019, a volatile, excruciating look at a woman who finds her artistic perspective in the wake of profound personal pain. Think of it as Fleabag without the release of laughter. Read our full review hereFebruary 14

Annabelle Comes Home

The rosy-cheeked old-timey Annabelle doll made her first appearance in The Conjuring, way back in 2013. But she’s become a lucrative franchise herself, with underwhelming movies in 2014 (Annabelle) and 2017 (Annabelle: Creation). This sequel is the best of the three, possibly because it doesn’t take itself too seriously. And it opens the door – literally – to a lot more scary sequels. Read our full review hereFebruary 21

Antigone

This reimagining of the classic Greek tragedy is part of Crave’s new TIFF Selects collection of independent Canadian and foreign films. Director Sophie Deraspe sets the story in Montreal and follows the existential exploits of a straight-A high school student from a family that arrived in Canada as refugees. She hatches a plan to break her brother out of prison, igniting a media storm – and some serious melodrama. The film reframes Sophocles’s tale of moral conflict around police violence, political optics and considerations particular to immigrant experience. Read our full review here. February 24

The White Crow

Ralph Fiennes’s third film as a director (after Coriolanus and The Invisible Woman) is a study of the early life of Rudolf Nureyev, starring Oleg Ivenko as the impossibly gifted ballet dancer. (Fiennes takes a smaller role as his mentor, Alexander Pushkin.) Written by David Hare, the biopic doesn’t avoid its subject’s uglier qualities – Ivenko’s Nureyev is arrogant and vain, cruel to his colleagues and worse to strangers – while still allowing us to understand and even empathize with the crushing insecurity that drove him. And by structuring the film around Nureyev’s defection to the West in 1961, Fiennes and Hare put their flawed hero at the centre of his own private Cold War thriller. Read our full review hereFebruary 27

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Like Parasite, Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was nominated for all the key Oscar categories, but left without a single acting nod because the Oscars’ struggle to recognize Asian talent. Lee’s groundbreaking martial arts Western romance is a beauty. The story about a fiery high-kicking young protege (Zhang Ziyi) looking for escape while two masters (Chow Yun Fat and Michelle Yeoh) try to keep her grounded is artfully told through spectacular fight choreography. Especially memorable is the first standoff where Zhang Ziyi’s Jen tries to fly away while Chow Yun Fat’s Li Mu Bai uses his feet be her anchor. February 1

Network

Arguably the greatest critical movie about broadcast journalism was shot right here in Toronto, on a soundstage in Scarborough at CTV’s Agincourt studio. Sidney Lumet’s Network is the movie that coined the phrase: “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore.” Peter Finch’s unstable news anchor yells the line and his mental collapse is exploited in this go-for-broke satire starring fellow icons Faye Dunaway, Robert Duvall and William Holden. February 1

Full list of new titles available in February, by date. The + symbol indicates a TV show or movie that is only available on Crave+ . The * symbol indicates a TV show or movie that is only available with the Starz add-on.

TV SHOWS

February 1

Real Time With Bill Maher (season 18, episode 3)+

February 2

The Circus (season 5, episode 2)

Our Cartoon President (season 3, episode 2)

February 3

Desus & Mero (season 2, episode 1)

McMillion$ (season 1, episode 1)+

The New Pope (season 1, episode 4)+

February 4

The Bold And The Beautiful (season 33, episodes 105-109)

February 6

Desus & Mero (season 2, episode 2)

Star Trek: Picard (season 1, episode 3)

February 7

Dr. Panda (season 1)

High Maintenance (season 4, episode 1)+

The Jim Jefferies Show (season 3B)

Mo’Nique & Friends: Live In Atlanta

Real Time With Bill Maher (season 18, episode 4)+

February 9

Avenue 5 (season 1, episode 4)+

The Circus (season 5, episode 3)

Cravings: The After Show (season 1, episode 5)

Curb Your Enthusiasm (season 10, episode 4)+

Homeland (season 8, episode 1)

Kidding (season 2, episodes 1-2)

Our Cartoon President (season 3, episode 3)

The Outsider (season 1, episode 6)+

Power (season 6, episode 15)*

Wrong Man (season 2, episode 1)*

February 10

Desus & Mero (season 2, episode 3)

McMillion$ (season 1, episode 2)+

The New Pope (season 1, episode 5)+

February 11

The Bold And The Beautiful (season 33, episodes 110-114)

February 13

Desus & Mero (season 2, episode 4)

Star Trek: Picard (season 1, episode 4)

February 14

Abby Hatcher (season 1)

Aisha Brown: The First Black Women Ever

Heavy Rescue: 401 (season 1)

High Maintenance (season 4, episode 2)+

Real Time With Bill Maher (season 18, episode 5)+

Strike Back (season 7, episode 1)+

Tosh.0, Season 11B

February 16

Avenue 5 (season 1, episode 5)+

The Circus (season 5, episode 4)

Cravings: The After Show (season 1, episode 6)

Curb Your Enthusiasm (season 10, episode 5)+

Homeland (season 8, episode 2)

Kidding (season 2, episodes 3-4)

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (season 7, episode 1)+

Our Cartoon President (season 3, episode 4)

The Outsider (season 1, episode 7)+

The Spanish Princess (part 1, episodes 1-8)*

Wrong Man (season 2, episode 2)*

February 17

McMillion$ (season 1, episode 3)+

The New Pope (season 1, episode 6)+

February 18

The Bold And The Beautiful (season 33, episodes 115-119)

February 20

Desus & Mero (season 2, episode 5)

Star Trek: Picard (season 1, episode 5)

February 21

High Maintenance (season 4, episode 3)+

Krypton (season 2)

Numb Chucks

Strike Back (season 7, episode 2)+

Unexplained 9-1-1

February 22

Whitimer Thomas: The Golden One+

February 23

Avenue 5 (season 1, episode 6)+

The Circus (season 5, episode 5)

Cravings: The After Show (season 1, episode 7)

Curb Your Enthusiasm (season 10, episode 6)+

Homeland (season 8, episode 3)

Kidding (season 2, episodes 5-6)

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (season 7, episode 2)+

Our Cartoon President (season 3, episode 5)

The Outsider (season 1, episode 8)+

Wrong Man (season 2, episode 3)*

February 24

Desus & Mero (season 2, episode 6)

McMillion$ (season 1, episode 4)+

The New Pope (season 1, episode 7)+

February 25

The Bold And The Beautiful (season 33, episodes 120-124)

February 26

The Voice (season 18, episodes 1-2)

February 27

Desus & Mero (season 2, episode 7)

Star Trek: Picard (season 1, episode 6)

February 28

Disasters At Sea (season 1)

Harry And His Bucket Of Dinos (season 2)

High Maintenance (season 4, episode 4)+

Mighty Cruise Ships (seasons 1-3)

Real Time With Bill Maher (season 18, episode 6)+

Strike Back (season 7, episode 3)+

Supa Strikas (seasons 4-6)

MOVIES

February 1

Boys Don’t Cry*

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon*

Gandhi*

Lawrence Of Arabia*

Ma+

On The Waterfront*

Network*

The Theory Of Everything*

When Harry Met Sally*

February 3

David Crosby: Remember My Name

February 6

The Tomorrow Man+

February 7

Before Sunrise*

Before Sunset*

Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid*

Captive State+

Kill Team+

Midnight Express*

Norma Rae*

Rush*

The Sweet Hereafter*

Tootsie*

William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet*

February 9

Ode To Joy+

February 11

Ali & Cavett: The Tale Of The Tapes+

February 13

The Parting Glass+

February 14

About Time*

The Bookshop*

The Lake House*

Shaft+

The Souvenir+

February 17

California Typewriter

We’re The Millers*

February 18

We Are The Dream: The Kids Of The Oakland MLK Fest (FKA I Have A Dream)+

February 20

Grace+

Hitchcock/Truffaut+

The Lead (FKA Tuned In For Terror)+

February 21

American Gangster*

Annabelle Comes Home+

Five Easy Pieces*

The Hustle+

Nanny McPhee Returns*

The Ottoman Lieutenant*

February 23

American Hustle*

February 24

Antigone+

February 27

The White Crow+

February 28

The Age Of Innocence*

The Angry Birds Movie 2+

Big Miracle*

Hector And The Search For Happiness*

The Last Black Man In San Francisco+

The Peanut Butter Falcon+

The Pelican Brief*

LAST CHANCE

Movies and TV shows leaving Crave this month.

February 1

Aftermath

February 2

The Lady In The Van

February 6

Bitten (season 2)

February 8

60 Minutes Sports (season 4, episode 2)

Eddie Griffin: Undeniable

February 11

Gangs Of New York

Moonrise Kingdom

My Left Foot

Rampage

Word Is Bond

February 17

Kobe Bryant’s Muse

February 20

The Launch (season 1)

February 24

Racer And The Jailbird

February 28

Motive (season 3)

Rush: Time Stand Still

Women Who Act

February 29

60 Minutes Sports (season 4, episode 3)

Adoration

The Adventures Of Tintin

The Adventures Of Paddington Bear (season 3)

Another Kind of Wedding

Barney’s Version

The Big Short

Blindness

Blockers

The Book Of Eli

Cats And Dogs

Cedar Rapids

Charlotte’s Web

Dim The Florescents

Edge Of Darkness

Elephant Song

Forrest Gump

Ghost

The Hangover Part II

The Hills Have Eyes

Hunger

I, Robot

In The Fade

Isle Of Dogs

Jetsons: The Movie

The Lesser Blessed

The Little Vampire

Made In Dagenham

Mean Girls

Mimic

Moving Malcolm

Novitiate

Old School

Paddington Goes To The Movies

Pan’s Labyrinth

Pitch Perfect 3

Planes, Trains And Automobiles

Selma

Spun Out

A Stone’s Throw

A Swinger’s Weekend

Submarine

Super 8

Super Duper Sumos

There Will Be Blood

Uncle Buck

The Untouchables

Walk All Over Me

War Of The Worlds

Wexford Plaza

You Killed My Mother

Your Beautiful Cul De Sac Home

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