X, Orion and the Dark and more to watch this weekend, Feb. 2-4

Orion and the Dark is an acclaimed animated film out this weekend on Netflix.
Orion and the Dark - Cr: Netflix
Orion and the Dark - Cr: Netflix /

New Warner Bros. acquisitions and an excellent animated film great for the entire family are among the latest offerings on Netflix this weekend. The biggest release is Orion and the Dark, a new movie based on a popular children's book from director Sean Charmatz.

Besides that, there are lots of older movies on Netflix that just recently got added, such as The Postcard Killings, X, The Babadook, Anaconda, Resident Evil, Fury, and The Vow. But if you're looking for more specific recommendations keep reading to see what we suggest checking out this weekend!

Orion and the Dark
Orion and the Dark - Cr: Netflix /

Orion and the Dark (2023)

This new animated movie is already generating positive buzz from critics and audiences alike, with praise going toward its willingness to tangle with lofty concepts and existential ideas. Orion struggles with anxiety and fear over just about everything, but his most significant fear of all is the dark.

A manifestation of Dark visits him and takes him on a whirlwind adventure to help him learn that there is nothing to be afraid of in the darkness. The film is based on a children's book by Emma Yarlett and a script from Charlie Kaufman (I'm Thinking of Ending Things, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind).

X (2022)

Ti West's acclaimed slasher movie is set in the rural 1970s and takes plenty of inspiration from the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Mia Goth, Brittany Snow, Martin Henderson, Jenna Ortega, and more star as a group of adult film actors trying to make a new X-rated film in a isolated setting. When their reclusive hosts find out what's going on, a fight for survival breaks out. The X prequel film Pearl is also a phenomenal movie, though sadly it's not on Netflix right now. MaXXXine is the third film in this trilogy is coming out later this year and Mia Goth and Ti West will return for it.

Magic Mike's Last Dance (2022)

The third (and final?) movie in the Magic Mike trilogy is now on Netflix! Warner Bros. has been licensing several movies to the streaming service as of late and Magic Mike's Last Dance is the latest among them. Channing Tatum is back as the titular character and joined by returning cast members like Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer, and Adam Rodriguez. Salma Hayek also stars.

The film centers on the next phase of Mike's life after a business deal goes bust and he ends up bartending in Florida. Mike meets a gorgeous socialite who makes him an offer he cannot refuse and Mike prepares to take the stage again for one last hurrah.

Plus One (2019)

Maya Erskine and Jack Quaid star in this 2019 romantic comedy film where they play close friends who agree to be each other's plus-one for multiple dates across the summer, but what happens when they catch real feelings?

Ready Player One (2018)

This Steven Spielberg movie from 2018 based on the iconic novel by Ernest Cline will be added to Netflix on Saturday, February 3, so if you've never seen the blockbuster then now is the perfect time to catch up! This dystopian movie is set in 2045 where people have started finding an escape via a virtual reality universe called OASIS. When the creator of OASIS dies, a contest starts to find an easter egg he left behind in the VR world that will lead to a fantastic treasure. The film stars Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, T.J. Miller, Simon Pegg, and Mark Rylance.

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