2016 has begun and nowhere is that seen more clearly than the HBO original programming lineup for February. Popular series’ “VICE” (February 5) and “Girls” (February 21) are returning for their fourth and fifth seasons respectively. Most exciting, however, is the brand new “Vinyl” (Feb. 14), a flashy look into ’70s rock and roll from “Boardwalk Empire” creator Terence Winter and executive producer Mick Jagger, which drops on the same day as the return of “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver.”
This month’s television behemoths are joined by blockbusters “Furious 7” (February 13) and “Magic Mike XXL” (February 20), as well as some cinema classics like “The Piano” and “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (both of which are arriving on the first of the month).
Below are all of the titles hitting HBO NOW in February 2016, plus Indiewire’s picks on what to stream.
New Original Programming:
“VICE” Season 4 Premiere (2/5)
“Animals.” Season 1 Premiere (2/5) — available via HBO NOW & HBO Go one day early, February 4
Indiewire Pick: “Vinyl” Season 1 (premieres February 14)
“Vinyl” comes out swinging with all the energy we expect from 1970s rockstars. “Boardwalk Empire” creator and “Wolf of Wall Street” scribe Terence Winter’s new show, executive produced by Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger, boasts star power supreme: Olivia Wilde, Ray Romano, and Bobby Cannavale lead the righteous cast. Where they will be lead is still uncertain, but with a first episode directed by Scorsese, it’s certainly going to be some place watchable.
Indiewire Pick: “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” (premieres February 14)
In the wake of the untimely demise of “The Colbert Report” and the change of hands of “The Daily Show,” HBO’s weekly political satire has risen to the top of the heap. “Last Week Tonight” combines the hilarious stylings of British comedian John Oliver with the freedom of long-form coverage on stories most other networks would clip to a few minutes. Oliver’s been waiting a long time for his place at the big kids table, and now he sits at the head of it.
“Gonzaga: The March to Madness” (2/16)
“Girls” Season 5 Premiere (2/21)
“Togetherness” Season 2 Premiere (2/21)
I Origins, 2014 (2/1)
A Walk among the Tombstones, 2014 (2/6)
Annabelle, 2014 (2/7)
Furious 7, 2015 (original and extended cuts) (2/13)
Magic Mike XXL, 2015 (2/20)
San Andreas, 2015 (2/27)
Estrenos en Español:
El adios¸ 2015 (2/5)
Hilda, 2014 (2/5)
Sirope vivo, 2015 (2/12)
La pantalla desnuda, 2014 (2/19)
ABFF Short Films:
Black Card (2/1)
First Date, Last Date (2/1)
Starting February 1:
Bad Santa, 2003
Camp Nowhere, 1994
Club Paradise, 1986
Evan Almighty, 2007
Get Shorty, 1995
Halloween H20: 20 Years Later, 1998
Jonas Brothers: The Concert Experience, 2009
Kung Fu Panda, 2008
Magic Mike, 2012
Indiewire Pick: “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (1975)
This 1975 classic starring Jack Nicholson leading a psych ward uprising is a crucial piece of cinema history, if not simply for the fact that it is a Best Picture winner. Miloš Forman’s vision is a tight adaptation of Ken Kesey’s novel that doesn’t lose sight of the search for the humanization and justice the patients are searching for. Nicholson gives a standout performance in this drama that plays to both cerebral and emotional audience members.
Indiewire Pick: “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” (2007)
Adaptations of musicals are never easy. Just ask any fan of “Les Miserables” about the 2012 adaptation, and you will understand immediately. So despite not being outstanding musically, Tim Burton’s trademark aesthetic played to our dark twisted imaginations in a way that complimented the score in a surprising fashion. And Helena Bonham Carter was perfectly cast, as always.
Road House, 1989
The Piano, 1993
The Wicker Man, 2006
What Happens in Vegas, 2008
Ending February 29:
A.I. Artificial Intelligence, 2001
Indiewire Pick: “Blade Runner” (1982)
Ah yes, the cult classic that Ridley Scott would not stop fussing with. “Blade Runner’s” complex moral quandaries have weaved their way into the past three decades of AI fiction. Without it, we wouldn’t have movies like “Ex Machina” or videogames like “SOMA.” Unfortunately for “Blade Runner” diehards, only the original theatrical cut is available for streaming.
Blades of Glory, 2007
The Drop, 2014
Get on Up, 2014
Ghost Town, 2008
Horrible Bosses 2, 2014
The Maze Runner, 2014
Mrs. Doubtfire, 1993
The Next Best Thing, 2000
Pootie Tang, 2001
Indiewire Pick: “Titanic” (1997)
When Leo inevitably wins his Oscar this year, it will be fun to go back and see his roots. If you have HBO NOW, “Titanic” is the perfect place to start your DiCaprio adventure.
The Waterboy, 1998
V for Vendetta, 2005