Uma Thurman stars as the Bride in "Kill Bill Vol. 2." (cdm) 2004

With each new month, the popular streaming service Netflix releases new films and TV shows, but also takes away some fan favorites. February is the perfect month to waste away the wintry hours and fall in love with a new series or movie.

Take a look at this month’s arrivals and departures to mourn the loss of a binge-watchable series or perhaps to find some new titles to add to the “To Watch” list:

Returned Feb. 1:

'Kill Bill' Volumes 1 and 2:

Starring Uma Thurman, these Tarantino thrillers are sure to keep hearts racing and blood pumping during the cold winter. Join The Bride as she seeks vengeance on a team of assassins and her former boss and lover, Bill.

'Ocean’s Eleven,' 'Ocean’s Twelve,' 'Ocean’s Thirteen'

With all three “Ocean’s” movies being added to Netflix, one should not have a shortage of thrilling crime movies to watch. The all-female spin off “Ocean’s 8” hits theaters June of this year.

'The Hurt Locker'

Jeremy Renner delivers an unforgettable performance as Staff Sergeant William James in this 2008 war film.

Public relations graduate Zachary Vaudo said, “It’s a really solid movie. It can drag a bit because of the heavy drama, but it’s got great character performance and lots of tense moments.”


Put together by director Martin Scorsese, this classic tells the tale of mob life in New York City with a dynamite cast including Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci.

'How The Beatles Changed The World'

This Netflix Original documentary includes interviews and rare footage that reveals the story behind the Beatles, giving the viewer a better understanding of their social, cultural and musical impact.

Long-time Beatles fan and Heartland student Tony Sienzant said, “This is the best documentary on The Beatles I have ever seen. It explains their importance and the cultural force they were. It's an outstanding piece of history.”

'Men in Black'

For the fantasy/mystery fans out there, “Men in Black” is a 1997 science fiction action comedy in which a police officer joins a secret organization that monitors extraterrestrial action on earth.

Left Feb. 1:

'Corpse Bride' and 'The Nightmare Before Christmas'

Since the holiday season is over, these films are no longer available to stream, even though all Tim Burton fans know that “The Nightmare Before Christmas” can be enjoyed any time of year.

Leaving Feb. 14:

'Family Guy' (seasons 1-8)

Netflix failed to renew its contract with Fox last year, meaning all Fox shows will eventually be removed from Netflix. Hulu will soon be the exclusive streaming site for “Family Guy.”

Leaving Feb. 16:

'Our Last Tango'

Musical documentary “Our Last Tango” tells the life and love story of Argentina's most famous tango dancers Maria Nieves Rego and Juan Carlos Copes.

Leaving Feb. 28:

'I Am Ali'

For sports lovers, this documentary gives access to Muhammad Ali’s personal archive of “audio journals” as well as interviews and testimonials from family and friends.

Although these series and movies will be missed, there are still plenty of quality films and TV shows to hold students over and bring comfort as they struggle to make it through this brutal winter to spring beak.

RACHEL SCHOLLMEIER is a features reporter for The Vidette. Contact her at raschol@ilstu.edu Follow her on Twitter @r_schollmeier.

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