Winter’s still here and February is the perfect time for nights in on the sofa – well, while it’s still February. With March on the horizon, the weather might not be getting much warmer, but it’s still sweeping away your favourite films and box sets on Sky Box Sets.
Sky’s on-demand TV catalogue is bidding farewell to Inside No. 9’s impeccable second season, the first run of ITV’s Marcella, the third and final season of Broadchurch, Cowboy Bebop, plus Rick and Morty, which is disappearing into the ether one episode at a time.
Sky Cinema, meanwhile, is waving goodbye to some of the best of recent years, including Midnight Special, The Jungle Book and The Witch (all migrating to Netflix UK), plus Pixar’s moving Inside Out and the Coens’ toe-tapping Hail, Caesar!.
Not a Sky customer? You can get access to both Sky Box Sets and Sky Cinema through contract-free streaming service NOW TV, which costs £7.99 a month (for an Entertainment Pass, including Sky 1, Sky Atlantic, SYFY, FOX UK and more), or £9.99 a month for the whole Sky Cinema catalogue.
Whichever you subscribe to, this coming month is your last chance to stream the following:
The Godfather Trilogy – 28th February
Francis Ford Coppola’s gangster trilogy, starring Al Pacino, Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro, is some of the best crime cinema ever committed to celluloid.
Florence Foster Jenkins – 28th February
Meryl Streep is on splendid form in this comedy based on the true story of Florence Foster Jenkins, a 1920s New York socialite whose attempts to make it on stage resulted in her being dubbed the worst singer in the world. Hugh Grant is wonderful as the English husband encouraging her.
Midnight Special – 7th March
Jeff Nichols confirms himself as one of the most exciting, recognisable US indie directors around with this quietly dazzling sci-fi, which sees the government and a mysterious cult pursue a young boy with special powers and his kidnappers across the country. Steeped in Spielbergian sentiment and sincerity, it’s a film that channels the nostalgic wonder of the 80s into an engrossing study of fatherhood and faith. If you liked Stranger Things, try this.
The Jungle Book (2016) – 9th March
A live-action remake sounds like a terrible idea, until you actually see what Jon Favreau has made: a thrilling, adorable flick that combines old songs with a renewed sense of peril. Ideal family viewing.
Hail, Caesar! – 10th March
The Coen bros kick back and relax with this Hollywood-based comedy about a fixer in period LA (Josh Brolin), who finds himself having to deal with kidnappings, reshoots and idiotic actors. The result isn’t one of the directors’ best, but it’s charmingly hilarious, with a scene-stealing turn from Channing Tatum.
Inside Out – 15th March
“The best Pixar films have always had an element of autobiography about them, and Inside Out reads practically like a manifesto for Pixar’s output – heck, it’s practically a tour of the studio. Gather a bunch of diverse personalities together and let them work the controls in order to inspire outrageous flights of imagination, devastating heartbreak and cinematic joy. It was only a matter of time before Pixar made the logical leap and actually made a film from the viewpoint of the emotions they have so effortlessly mined over the past 20 years.” (Our full review)
The Witch – 17th March
Never trust a goat. That could be the moral of the story in The Witch, which sees a Christian family head into the forest to live a more devout life in 17th century New England. Director Robert Eggers mounts an atmosphere of pure horror through chilling visuals, a haunting score and a palpable sense of unease. Across 90 slow yet beautiful, minutes, The Witch slips under your skin and leaves you squirming in discomfort. A genuinely creepy horror.
Other movies leaving Sky Cinema and NOW TV in February / March 2018:
Across The Line
Arthur & Merlin
The Bourne Ultimatum
Breakfast At Tiffany’s
Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo
Disney’s A Christmas Carol
Fiddler On The Roof
Jamie Marks Is Dead
Journey to the Shore
Lilo & Stitch 2
Long Way North
Masters Of The Universe
Me Him Her
The Dead Pool
The Godfather Part II
The Godfather Part III
The Golden Child
The Great Gilly Hopkins
The Mummy Returns
Secret in Their Eyes (2015)
The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
A Tale Of Love And Darkness
The Karate Kid (1984)
The Apple Dumpling Gang
TV / Box Sets
Inside No. 9: Season 2 – 28th February
Ever since The League of Gentlemen, Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith have been masters of chilling comedy. Their second anthology of miniature plays continue to combine horror and humour to darkly comic effect.
Marcella: Season 1 – 15th March
Co-created by Hans Rosenfeldt (The Bridge), ITV’s crime thriller brings Scandinavian chill to the streets of London, as we follow police detective Marcella, whose husband leaves her just as a serial killer appears to return out of her past. Anna Friel delivers an impeccable performance, making for a compelling binge-watch.
Broadchurch: Season 3 – 21st March
Chris Chibnall’s third season tales us back to the Dorset coast shocked by the death of young Danny Latimer all those years ago, and fresh horrors float on that tapestry of fear and tragedy, as Trish (Julie Hesmondhalgh) reporting a rape several days after she was assaulted at a party. And so she’s taken under the wing of Olivia Colman’s tender DI Ellie Miller – and the slightly less comforting wing of David Tennant’s ever-abrasive DI Alec Hardy. Gently balancing raw emotions with compelling police work, this is Broadchurch back at its best.
Other TV shows leaving in February / March 2018:
Bull: Season 1
Citizen Khan: Season 2
The Return of Sherlock Holmes: Season 1 to 4
The Tunnel: Season 3
Tina Turner – Live In Amsterdam
The Interrogation Room: Season 1
Deadliest Catch: Season 9
Eureka Seven: Season 1
Cowboy Bebop: Season 1, Episode 1 and 2
Cowboy Bebop: Season 1, Episode 3 and 4
How Do They Do It: Olympic Winter Games
How It’s Made: Sports Equipment
60 Minute Makeover: Season 9
Cowboy Bebop: Season 1, Episode 5 and 6
The Vietnam War
Alaska: The Last Frontier: Season 7
1,000 Days of Fear: The Deadly Race: Season 1
Arthur and George: Season 1
Flying the Secret Sky
Gracepoint: Season 1
Greeks Crucible Civilisation: Season 1
Cowboy Bebop: Season 1, Episode 7 and 8
HIM: Season 1
Outside Edge: Season 2
Roman Empire in the First Century: Season 1
The Frankenstein Chronicles: Season 2
Cowboy Bebop: Season 1, Episode 9 and 10
Stephen Hawking’s Grand Design: Season 1
Home Fires: Season 2
Unforgotten: Season 2
Cowboy Bebop: Season 1, Episode 11 and 12
Cowboy Bebop: Season 1, Episode 13 and 14
Crash Karaoke: Season 1
Ridiculousness: Season 10
Cowboy Bebop: Season 1, Episode 15 and 16
Gavin & Stacey: Season 1 and 2
Green Wing: Season 1 and 2
House of Fools: Season 3
Cowboy Bebop: Season 1, Episode 17 and 18
Midwinter of the Spirit: Season 1
Castle: Season 1 to 8
Cowboy Bebop: Season 1, Episode 19 and 20
Cowboy Bebop: Season 1, Episode 21 and 22
Cowboy Bebop: Season 1, Episode 23 and 24
Cowboy Bebop: Season 1, Episode 25 and 26
The Librarians: Season 1