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Clockwise: Key and Peele, This is Me… Now: A Love Story, Ghosts, The New Look.
Clockwise: Key and Peele, This is Me… Now: A Love Story, Ghosts, The New Look.

Pop CultureFebruary 15, 2024

New to streaming: What to watch on Netflix NZ, Neon and more this week

Clockwise: Key and Peele, This is Me… Now: A Love Story, Ghosts, The New Look.
Clockwise: Key and Peele, This is Me… Now: A Love Story, Ghosts, The New Look.

We round up everything coming to streaming services this week, including Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+, Apple TV+, ThreeNow, Neon and TVNZ+.

The biggies

The New Look (on AppleTV+ from February 14)

I have to say that I was not expecting a limited series about Christian Dior in 2024, but here we are. The series, created by Todd A. Kessler (Damages, Bloodline), is set in the wake of the Second World War, and follows Dior (Ben Mendehlson) as he creates his fashion line unofficially called New Look. Mendehlson is supported by an all-star cast including Juliette Binoche as Coco Chanel, Maisie Williams as Catherine Dior, and John Malkovich as Lucian Lelong. I promise those are all real people who lived./ Sam Brooks

The Victim (on Neon from February 18)

This series might be a few years old now, but it comes in on a wave of great reviews. The Scottish thriller follows Anna Dean (Kelly Macdonald, always great), whose son was murdered by an older boy over a decade ago, and her trial for inciting murder for posting online the identity of the man she believes murdered her son. That man, Craig (Jack Harkness) ends up being violently beaten. The true victim, as per the title, will likely be revealed at the end of this series. / SB

Strife (on ThreeNow from February 18)

Real talk: Australia makes some great TV. This comedy is set in the “dynamic and ever-changing world of publishing and digital media” (can’t relate), and charts a woman’s journey from blogger to potent force in media. Former magazine editor Evelyn Jones (Asher Keddie) takes a leap of faith when she launches Australia’s first women’s website ‘Eve Life’, and she simply cannot fail. Also, spot NZ actor Bryony Skillington in the cast!/ SB

The notables

The Vince Staples Show (on Netflix from February 15)

This show is the latest in a notable, if not especially long, line of comedy shows from rapper. This five-part, comedic and definitely fictional but semi-autobiographical, series takes on the life of “kind of famous and sort of rich” rapper and actor Vince Staples as he navigates the challenges and surprises of everyday life. Rick Ross, who is not Rick Rubin, cameos. / SB

Key and Peele (on Neon from February 14)

The best thing you could do this February 14 is watch Key and Peele, the rare sketch show which actually holds up. While both Keegan Michael Key and Jordan Peele have gone onto different, much different, success since, it’s wild how prescient Key and Peele is about race, and how few punches are held. Watch it, laugh, feel a little uncomfortable if you want, but mostly enjoy./ SB

Ghosts (season three on TVNZ+ from February 15)

This comedy, starring NZ actor Rose McIver, rushes into its third season. If you’re unfamiliar with Ghosts, it is based on the UK series of the same name, about a couple who believe that their dreams have come true when they inherit a beautiful country house, only to find out that it is chock-full of ghosts. Another twist? Sam (McIver) can hear the ghosts but her partner Jay (Utkarsh Ambudkar) cannot. / SB

The films

This is Me… Now: A Love Story (on Neon and Prime Video from February 14)

I generally summarise series and films for these pieces in my own words, but in this case, I cannot improve on Jennifer from the Block herself: “Alongside director Dave Meyers, Jennifer has created a narrative-driven cinematic odyssey, steeped in mythological storytelling and personal healing. Dropping in tandem with her first studio album in a decade, this genre-bending Amazon original showcases her journey to love through her own eyes. With fantastical costumes, breathtaking choreography, and star-studded cameos, this panorama is an introspective retrospective of Jennifer’s resilient heart.” I cannot wait. / SB

You Hurt My Feelings (on Prime Video from February 18)

One, that is a brilliant title for a movie. Two, every new Nicole Holofcener film is worth checking out, especially if they star Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Louis-Dreyfus plays a memoirist and creative writing teacher whose life is upended when she overhears her husband Don (Tobias Menzies) talking about how he doesn’t like her new book. Marital strife, presumably, ensues. / SB

All the Rockys, including the Creeds (on TVNZ+ from February 18)

Quick: How many films are there in the Rocky series? Nine! And you can watch eight of them, including two of the three Creed sequel films, on TVNZ+ for free. They vary wildly in quality, with the first Rocky being kind of indisputably the best, and the two Creed films being better than they have any right to be, but none are out-and-out disasters. / SB

Netflix

February 13

Kill Me If You Dare

Taylor Tomlinson: Have It All

Sunderland ‘Til I Die: Season 3

February 14

Good Morning, Veronica: Season 3

Love is Blind: Season 6

A Soweto Love Story

Players

The Heartbreak Agency

February 15

House of Ninjas

AlRawabi School for Girls: Season 2

Ready, Set, Love

The Vince Staples Show

Little Nicholas: Life of a Scoundrel

Killing Eve: Season 1-4

NCIS: Season 10-14

February 16

Comedy Chaos

The Abyss

Einstein and the Bomb

Venom: Let there be Carnage

Eddie’s Lil’ Homies: Season 1

February 17

The Black Phone

Neon

February 12

Cahill, US Marshal

Wifelike

February 13

The New Boy

Simulant

February 14

Key and Peele: Seasons 1-4

Sweet As

You Hurt My Feelings

February 15

FBI: Season 6

FBI: Most Wanted

The Lake House

Stylebender

February 16

Craig of the Creek: Seasons 2-4

The Machine

February 17

The Colour Purple

February 18

The Victim

A Star is Born

TVNZ+

February 15

Rocky

Rocky II

Rocky III

Rocky IV

Rocky V

Rocky Balboa

Creed

Creed II

Justin Bieber: Our World

February 16

Young Sheldon: Season 7

Ghost: Season 3

February 8

Infiltre(e)

ThreeNow

February 13

The Inbetweeners

February 14

Wake in Fright

February 18

Strife

Prime Video

February 12

Pensati Sexy

You Hurt My Feelings

February 13

Five Blind Dates

The New Boy

February 14

Love Storiyaan

The Office: Season 1-9

February 16

This is Me… Now: A Love Story

Mission Start AB

The Machine

Disney+

February 14

The Space Race

February 16

Life & Beth: Season 2

Cypher

Apple TV+

February 14

The New Look

February 16

The Dynasty: New England Patriots

Snoopy Presents: Welcome Home Franklin

AMC+/Acorn TV

N/A

Shudder

N/A

Hayu

Below Deck season 11

Couple to Throuple

Keep going!