A week of fantastic streaming releases on Netflix is highlighted by today’s premiere of the acclaimed Netflix original series “House of Cards,” starring Kevin Spacey as a ruthless Congressman. Robin Wright co-stars as Spacey’s ambitious wife with machinations of her own. The show features some of the best directors and actors working in Hollywood today, and is well worth seeking out. Of course, season 1 is still available for those eager to catch up.
There are other gems throughout the week, such as the final season of the popular USA spy drama “Burn Notice,” the newest stand-up special from popular comedian Chris Porter, as well as two of last year’s best independent dark comedies: “Bad Milo,” starring Ken Marino as a stressed-out guy dealing with a monster in his digestive tract (I hate when that happens), plus “Best Man Down” starring Justin Long, with Tyler Labine portraying the titular character.
For couples looking for a good Valentine’s Day film to enjoy, Netflix offers several recommendations, including “Love Story,” “Say Anything,” “The Artist” and many more. You can view Netflix’s Valentine’s Day picks in the slideshow above, along with a full list of this week’s new releases. Keep track of the latest Netflix Streaming releases by subscribing to the Netflix Instant Examiner today.
'House of Cards: Season 2'
Three Emmy Award wins including David Fincher ("The Social Network") for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series and nine nominations including Outstanding Drama Series went to this acclaimed political thriller. Lead Actor nominee Kevin Spacey stars as ruthless, cunning Congressman Francis Underwood, who will stop at nothing to conquer the halls of power in Washington D.C. His secret weapon: his gorgeous, ambitious, and equally conniving wife Claire (Lead Actress nominee Robin Wright).
'Clifford the Big Red Dog: Season 1'
This fun-filled season of episodes follows Clifford and his pals (both canine and human) as they play, discover and interact with one another and the inhabitants of Birdwell Island, learning that good friends are what life is all about.
Dolph Lundgren, Vinnie Jones, Randy Couture, Carly Pope, Gianni Capaldi, Daniel Bonjour
Set in Los Angeles, this action-thriller follows a veteran DEA operative who's closing in on an international cocaine-smuggling ring. But when a fellow agent goes undercover with the drug dealers and gets in too deep, the case becomes personal.
'Burn Notice: Season 7'
After inexplicably being blacklisted by his government handlers and having all his assets frozen, quick-thinking and resourceful spy Michael Westen tries to uncover who's responsible for burning him while helping ordinary people with big problems.
'Chris Porter: Ugly and Angry' (2013)
In this stand-up special filmed in Kansas City, comedian Chris Porter, an ex-finalist on "Last Comic Standing," delivers his takes on drugs, growing old, women's fashion and his love for Taco Bell.
'Force of Execution' (2013)
Steven Seagal, Ving Rhames, Danny Trejo, Bren Foster, Jenny Gabrielle, Marlon Lewis, David House
An epic showdown ensues when a gangland crime boss -- torn between his legacy and a desire to get out of the business -- pits his hit-man protégé against a ruthless new player who's plotting his ascent to power.
'Marvel's Iron Man and Hulk: Heroes United'
Marvel makes cinematic history again when, for the first time ever, Hulk's pulverizing brute strength and Tony Stark's high-tech brainpower come together to face off against the ultimate enemy. Presented in groundbreaking Marvel CG Animation.
Stephen Dorff, Elle Fanning, Chris Pontius, Erin Wasson, Alexandra Williams, Nathalie Fay, Kristina Shannon, Karissa Shannon, Laura Chiatti, Lala Sloatman, Amanda Anka, Michelle Monaghan
This atmospheric dramedy centers on hard-living actor Johnny, whose life is thrown for a loop when his 11-year-old daughter, Cleo, pays him a surprise visit. As the two become better acquainted, Johnny realizes he needs to make changes
'The Pitch: Season 2'
Ad execs live up to their cutthroat reputation as agencies go head-to-head for new clients, with only seven days to build the perfect sales pitch. From brainstorm to delivery, teams struggle to come up with killer creative that will seal the deal.
'Violet & Daisy' (2011)
Saoirse Ronan, Alexis Bledel, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Danny Trejo, James Gandolfini, Tatiana Maslany
Teen assassins Violet and Daisy are normally unaffected by the gruesome details of their job. But when their latest target turns out to be someone unexpected, a simple hit becomes much more complicated in this vivid thriller.
'Crossing Lines: Season 1' (2013)
In this international crime drama, Carl Hickman is a bitter ex-cop whose friends persuade him to join a global police agency based in the Hague. Hickman soon finds himself traveling far and wide to hunt down some of the world's most artful criminals.
'Cult: Season 1'
Production assistant Skye Yarrow teams up with journalist Jeff Sefton to investigate her popular show's obsessive fans -- and their possible involvement in copycat crimes drawn from the program.
'Bad Milo' (2013)
Ken Marino, Gillian Jacobs, Mary Kay Place, Claudia Choi, Toby Huss, Patrick Warburton, Erik Charles Nielsen, Peter Stormare, Stephen Root, Kumail Nanjiani
A young married man with a boss from hell and a difficult mother has so much stress that a horrible creature has grown inside his digestive tract -- and pops out now and then to kill whoever's causing him problems.
'Best Man Down' (2013)
Justin Long, Tyler Labine, Jess Weixler, Addison Timlin, Frances O'Connor, Shelley Long, Evan Jones, Michael Landes, Peter Syvertsen, James Detmar
After casting a raucous shadow over Scott and Kristin's wedding, hard-partying best man Lumpy dies, derailing the couple's honeymoon plans. But as they plan Lumpy's funeral, the newlyweds uncover some surprising facts about their obnoxious friend.
'Breakfast at Tiffany's' (1961)
For Valentine's Day
Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Patricia Neal, Buddy Ebsen, Mickey Rooney, Martin Balsam
Fortune hunter Holly Golightly finds herself captivated by aspiring writer Paul Varjak, who moves into her building on a wealthy woman's dime. As romance blooms between Paul and Holly, Doc Golightly shows up on the scene, revealing Holly's past.
'Love Story' (1970)
For Valentine's Day
Ali MacGraw, Ryan O'Neal, John Marley, Ray Milland, Russell Nype, Sydney Walker, Tommy Lee Jones
Privileged Harvard jock Oliver Barrett IV (Ryan O'Neal) sparks the anger of his steely, demanding father (Ray Milland) by falling in love with and marrying plebeian Radcliffe student Jennifer Cavalleri (Ali MacGraw), prompting his disapproving family to cut off his inheritance. After graduation, Oliver lands a job with a prominent law firm, and the blissful couple has the world by the tail -- until tragedy intervenes.
'Say Anything' (1989)
For Valentine's Day
John Cusack, Ione Skye, John Mahoney, Lili Taylor, Amy Brooks, Pamela Adlon, Jason Gould, Loren Dean
A budding romance between noble underachiever Lloyd and beautiful high school valedictorian Diane is threatened when Diane's father has a few things to say about the relationship and his expectations for Diane's future.
'Shakespeare in Love' (1998)
For Valentine's Day
Joseph Fiennes, Gwyneth Paltrow, Geoffrey Rush, Judi Dench, Simon Callow, Colin Firth, Imelda Staunton, Ben Affleck, Tom Wilkinson
Young Shakespeare (Joseph Fiennes) is forced to stage his latest comedy, "Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate's Daughter," before it's even written. When a lovely noblewoman (Gwyneth Paltrow) auditions for a role, they fall into forbidden love -- and his play finds a new life (and title). As their relationship progresses, Shakespeare's comedy soon transforms into tragedy. This bittersweet romance won seven Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Actress.
'The Artist' (2011)
For Valentine's Day
Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman, James Cromwell, Penelope Ann Miller, Missi Pyle
Winner of five Oscars, this artful black-and-white silent film follows the romance between a silent-era superstar on a downward spiral and a rising young starlet who embraces the future of cinema at the dawn of the "talkies."