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What’s new on HBO Max February 2021: Best new Max Originals, movies, and shows

'It's a Sin' and 'Allen v. Farrow' lead a packed month of new shows and movies on HBO Max.


Michelle Jaworski


Posted on Sep 28, 2020   Updated on Feb 12, 2021, 9:52 am CST

Do you know what’s new on HBO Max this month? There’s plenty coming to make your subscription worthwhile, undoubtedly. HBO Max new movies like theatrical releases Judas and the Black Messiah beat going to the theaters, obviously. HBO Max new originals include the illustrious return of Last Week Tonight. Additionally, there’s can’t miss HBO Max new shows including Food Wars and Haute Dog. Here’s what’s new on HBO Max in February 2021.

  • HBO Max New Originals: It’s a Sin, Allen v. Farrow, Last Week Tonight
  • HBO Max New Movies: Judas and the Black Messiah, Earwig and the Itch, Tom & Jerry
  • HBO Max New Shows: Food Wars, Haute Dog
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Best HBO and HBO Max Originals: February 2021

Here are the best new originals on HBO Max this month.

It’s a Sin miniseries

Ritchie, Colin and Roscoe are three gay men who leave home at 18 to start a new happy life in 1981 London. They soon find themselves tested by a virus that impacts their community, that most of the world ignores. Over five episodes, the group is shown living through 1991, as they all resolve to live as fierce as possible despite the threat of HIV. When it premiered in UK, it became the most streamed show on the All 4 platform, and Channel 4’s biggest drama launch. Expect similar fireworks when one of the best new HBO Max originals premiers February 18.

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Allen v. Farrow

Since the 90s, Woody Allen has been one of the most controversial figures in Hollywood. Still, In a post-Weinstein world, this documentary dives deep into the allegations made against Allen by his daughter Dylan Farrow. In addition, Mia, Dylan, Ronan Farrow, Carly Simon give first-hand accounts alongside witnesses, experts, prosecutors. The series also resists Allen’s film oeuvre in light of the allegations.

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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver season 8

John Oliver is unquestionably, the king of modern political satire. Because even though he’s always a week late to the latest happening, he’s still going to have the funniest take across the comedy sphere. Above all, he won’t be pulling punches now that we’re in a post-Trump world.

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Best HBO Max New Movies: February 2021

Here are the best new movies on HBO Max this month.

Earwig and the Witch

In kids movies, orphans are often objects of destiny and Earwig, above all, is no exception. Earwig’s heritage is magic, which is why she simply can’t be tamed, even when she’s adopted by less than desirable parents. The latest Studio Ghibli film is exclusive to HBO Max, when it lands February 5.

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Judas and the Black Messiah

Without a doubt, Fred Hampton, leader of the Black Panthers, was one of the vanguards of the revolutionary left in late 1960s Chicago. However, his downfall came at the hands of a petty criminal turned FBI informant who led to his eventual downfall. In conclusion, It’s one of the must-see new movies on HBO Max this month.

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Tom & Jerry

There’s a good chance the animated cat and mouse frenemies were watched by your grandparents when they were kids. Tom and Jerry will now hit the 21st century as they become unlikely allies when they’re both kicked out of their home. They eventually find themselves as part of an intricate plot smack dab in the middle of a luxury hotel. It was going to be a theatrical release, however, the animated slapstick family comedy will hit HBO Max on Feb. 26.

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Best HBO Max New Shows: February 2021

Here are the best new shows on HBO Max.

Food Wars! The Fourth Plate

Other anime may be more captivating or action packed, but none are half as mouth watering. For instance, imagine for a second if there was a school where elite teenage chefs were trained and tested their skills in battles that made Iron Chef look like a church bake sale. Yes, the premise is goofy, but the characters and more importantly, the food, are glorious. Still, It’s not just one of the best new shows on HBO Max, it’s a can’t miss anime.

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Haute Dog

Firstly, three dog groomers compete to find the best look for their dogs. But, which poodle will turn heads? In addition, is your shitzu gorgeous enough to stop traffic? Still, don’t expect anyone to throw contestants a bone, competition has never been this rough. In conclusion, Reality beauty contests are going to the dogs.

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Raised By Wolves

Raised by Wolves‘ gradually-developed worldbuilding is a real gift compared to the many sci-fi shows that infodump at the first opportunity, or succumb to meandering mysteries like Westworld. Still, It feels a lot like reading the first act of a really epic sci-fi novel like Dune, not least because we see some of the story through the eyes of Campion (Winta McGrath), one of the six children. —Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

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The Third Day

Jude Law, obviously, has chosen some pleasingly strange projects over the past few years. His last HBO collaboration The Young Pope made the most of Law’s faintly threatening sex appeal, while new offering The Third Day puts him in Average Dad Mode, descending into a nervous breakdown in a Wicker Man-like setting. However, I was delighted to discover that this excellent miniseries is a fully fledged folk horror story. —GBW

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Lovecraft Country

Similarly based on the book by Matt Ruff, new HBO original Lovecraft Country takes us to 1950s Jim Crow America as Atticus Freeman (Jonathan Majors), his childhood friend Letitia (Jurnee Smollett), and Atticus’ uncle George (Courtney B Vance) as they search for Atticus’ missing father (Michael K Williams). But racism isn’t the only horror that awaits them and threatens their lives, monsters are on the loose, too. —Michelle Jaworski

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What’s new on HBO Max and HBO: February 2021

Available February 1

  • All Good Things, 2010
  • The Amityville Horror, 1979
  • The Amityville Horror, 2005
  • The Apparition, 2012
  • Austin Powers movies
  • American Style
  • Backdraft, 1991 (HBO)
  • Batman: The Brave and the Bold
  • Be Cool, 2005
  • Blade Runner: The Final Cut, 2007
  • Batman Joel Schumacher movies
  • Butter, 2012
  • Captain Blood, 1935
  • Chewing Gum
  • Death Row Stories: Season 5
  • Deep Down, 2021 (HBO)
  • Get A Job, 2016 (HBO)
  • Drumline, 2002
  • The Four Feathers, 2002 (HBO)
  • Get Shorty, 1995 (HBO)
  • Getting Even With Dad, 1994 (HBO)
  • Ghoulies II, 1987 (HBO)
  • Giant, 1956
  • The Graduate, 1967
  • Ghoulies, 1985 (HBO)
  • Growing Up Milwaukee, 2020
  • Head of the Class
  • The Investigation, Limited Series Premiere
  • Jacob’s Ladder, 1990
  • Jason Goes To Hell: The Final Friday, 1993
  • Justice League
  • Justice League Unlimited
  • La Deuda, 2021
  • Lars And The Real Girl, 2007
  • The Last Exorcism, 2010 (Extended Version)
  • Lay The Favorite, 2012
  • Life Of Pi, 2012
  • Love & Basketball, 2000
  • The Lucky One, 2012
  • Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, 1983
  • The Matrix movies
  • Man of Steel, 2013
  • My Bloody Valentine 3-D, 2009
  • Monkey Shines, 1988
  • Murder On The Orient Express, 1974
  • The Neverending Story II The Next Chapter, 1991
  • Outbreak, 1995
  • Pathfinder, 2007 (Director’s Cut)
  • Presumed Innocent, 1990
  • Raw Deal, 1986
  • Robot Chicken: Season 10B
  • Saw II, 2005 (Director’s Cut)
  • Safe House, 2012
  • Saw: The Final Chapter, 2010 (Director’s Cut)
  • Selena, 1997
  • Saw III, 2006 (Director’s Cut)
  • The Shadow, 1994
  • Saw IV, 2007 (Director’s Cut)
  • Sling Blade, 1996
  • Saw V, 2008 (Director’s Cut)
  • Stop-Loss, 2008
  • Saw VI, 2009 (Director’s Cut)
  • Sunshine Cleaning, 2009
  • Saw, 2004 (Extended Version)
  • The Goonies, 1985
  • The Tank, 2017
  • This Must Be The Place, 2012
  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, 2011
  • Training Day, 2001
  • Unforgiven, 1992
  • United Shades of America: Season 5
  • Up In The Air, 2009
  • Wildcats, 1986
  • Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, 1971

Available February 2

  • A Rodeo Film
  • A Storybook Ending
  • Black Boy Joy
  • The Cypher
  • Dolapo Is Fine
  • Fake Famous

Available February 3

  • Tacoma FD: Season 2

Available February 4

  • Haute Dog

Available February 5

  • Aquaman, 2018
  • Vengeance: Killer Lovers
  • Earwig and the Witch 2021
  • Vengeance: Killer Coworkers
  • In Other Words, 2021
  • Vengeance: Killer Neighbors

Available February 6

  • Irresistible, 2020 (HBO)
  • The Windsors: Inside The Royal Dynasty, 2019

Available February 7

  • We Bare Bears: The Movie, 2020

Available February 9

  • Black Art: In The Absence Of Light
  • Gen:Lock, Season 1

Available February 10

  • C.B. Strike: Lethal White, Season Finale

Available February 11

  • There is No “I” in Threesome

Available February 12

  • Dunkirk, 2017
  • El Inconveniente (Aka One Careful Owner), 2021
  • Havana Street Party Presents: Beatriz Luengo
  • Judas and the Black Messiah, 2021
  • Very Scary People: Season 2

Available February 13

  • The Book of Eli, 2010

Available February 14

  • The Lady And The Dale
  • Last Week Tonight With John Oliver

Available February 15

  • 30 Coins, Season Finale
  • The Batman
  • Food Wars! The Fourth Plate (Dubbed)
  • Hot Ones
  • Jimmy Carter: Rock and Roll President
  • Static Shock

Available February 18

  • Arthur’s Law
  • Ben 10: Season 4
  • It’s a Sin

Available February 19

  • The Killer Truth: Season 1

Available February 20

  • Argo, 2012
  • Jujutsu Kaisen, Season 1

Available February 22

  • Beartown, Series Premiere

Available February 23

  • Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel

Available February 26

  • Blade Runner 2049, 2017
  • Lupe, 2021
  • Tom & Jerry, Warner Bros. Film Premiere, 2021

Available February 27

  • Bill And Ted’s Bogus Journey, 1991
  • How It Really Happened: Season 5
  • Bill And Ted’s Excellent Adventure, 1989

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*First Published: Sep 28, 2020, 1:45 pm CDT