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New Movies to Stream in January
There may be plenty of new movies to see at the local theater, but quite frankly, it’s January, which means that—at least in most parts of the country—it’s cold. So why not stay in and take advantage of that online movie membership for which you already pay a hefty price? Netflix, Amazon, and iTunes will definitely be enabling your anti-outside impulses this month, as they’re set to premiere titles you’ll find hard to resist. So light a fire, turn down the lights, snuggle up with someone you like, and start streaming.
Streaming on Netflix
AlphaGo (Jan. 1)
A London tech firm’s artificially intelligent computer program strives to defeat the best players in the world at Go—an ancient, strategic Chinese board game—in this fascinating (and horrifying) documentary about man and machine.
Batman, Batman Returns, Batman Forever, Batman & Robin, Batman Begins (Jan. 1)
Revisit the first four Batman movies—as well as Christopher Nolan’s maiden entry in his own Dark Knight trilogy—courtesy of Netflix.
Caddyshack (Jan. 1)
Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, and Rodney Dangerfield are some of the many funny people involved in this classic 1980 comedy, about the absurd goings-on at a ritzy country club.
King Kong (Jan. 1)
A giant ape. A blonde beauty. A towering skyscraper. You know how this goes.
Lethal Weapon 1-4 (Jan. 1)
Mel Gibson and Danny Glover star as a pair of odd-couple LAPD cops in this action-comedy series, which eventually also enlisted the participation of Joe Pesci, Rene Russo, Chris Rock, and Jet Li.
National Treasure (Jan. 1)
Nicolas Cage is a cryptologist determined to locate a historical treasure by stealing the Declaration of Independence (which contains a map to the loot on its backside) in this Indiana Jones-ish adventure film.
The Godfather 1-3 (Jan. 1)
Francis Ford Coppola’s first two chapters in the Godfather trilogy are among the greatest films ever made. The third one, well, is the third one.
The Italian Job (Jan. 1)
A group of bank robbers aim to pull of a crazy heist with the aid of an armada of Mini Coopers in this high-spirited action film.
The Shawshank Redemption (Jan. 1)
Frank Darabont adapts Stephen King’s short story—about a man (Tim Robbins) wrongly sentenced to life in prison, where he befriends a fellow inmate (Morgan Freeman)—with this enduringly popular modern drama.
The Truman Show (Jan. 1)
Jim Carrey lives a picture-perfect life—although unbeknownst to him, he’s really the star of an elaborate lifelong reality-TV series—in this acclaimed drama from director Peter Weir.
Training Day (Jan. 1)
Denzel Washington won an Oscar for his portrayal of a crooked LAPD cop who’s partnered with a young officer (Ethan Hunt) in Antoine Fuqua’s crime drama.
Wedding Crashers (Jan. 1)
Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn are two bachelors who love nothing more than showing up uninvited to other people’s nuptials in this raunchy R-rated comedy co-starring Rachel McAdams, Isla Fisher, Christopher Walken, Bradley Cooper, and Will Ferrell.
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (Jan. 1)
Gene Wilder turns in one of modern cinema’s great performances as legendary chocolatier Willy Wonka in this trippy adaptation of Roald Dahl’s children’s book.
Before I Wake (Jan. 5 – Netflix Original)
Ouija: Origin of Evil and Gerald’s Game director Mike Flanagan helms this supernatural story about a couple (Kate Bosworth, Thomas Jane) who, after losing their own child, adopt a boy (Jacob Tremblay) with unexpected powers.
The Conjuring (Jan. 8)
James Wan made a mint, and kick-started a franchise, with this 2013 horror film, about two based-on-real-people supernatural experts (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) tasked with investigating strange events plaguing a family.
47 Meters Down (Jan. 10)
Mandy Moore and Claire Holt are sisters who wind up in aquatic trouble when, while shark diving, their cage’s cable breaks and they wind up stranded at the bottom of the ocean in this thriller from last year.
The Polka King (Jan. 12 – Netflix Original)
Directors Maya Forbes (Infinity Polar Bear) and Wallace Wolodarsky mine a crazy true-life story for wacky comedy in this film about a local Pennsylvania “polka king” (Jack Black) who dupes fans into buying into his Ponzi scheme.
Dallas Buyers Club (Jan. 16)
Jared Leto won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his portrayal of an HIV-positive trans woman in this based-on-real-events drama about a rodeo cowboy (Matthew McConaughey, who also won an Oscar for his role) who begins selling HIV drugs on the black market.
The Force (Jan. 29)
Peter Nicks’ documentary details the efforts of the Oakland Police Department (over the course of two years) to cut down on officer misconduct.
Premiering on Amazon Video
All Is Lost (Jan. 1)
Robert Redford is a man lost at sea in this survival saga, which is written and directed by J.C. Chandor, and which is notable for featuring almost no dialogue.
Black Rain (Jan. 1)
Ridley Scott brings some stylish flair to this 1989 crime thriller, which stars Michael Douglas and Andy Garcia as NYPD officers trying to track down a yakuza gangster (who’s escaped from custody) in Japan.
But I’m a Cheerleader (Jan. 1)
Natasha Lyonne is a high-school cheerleader whose budding lesbianism drives her parents to send her away to a conversion camp in this amusing 1999 satire co-starring Melanie Lynskey, Clea DuVall, Cathy Moriarty, and RuPaul.
Capote (Jan. 1)
Philip Seymour Hoffman won a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of celebrated author Truman Capote in this biographical film concerning Capote’s efforts to write his true-crime classic In Cold Blood.
Hustle & Flow (Jan. 1)
Terrence Howard is a pimp who uses his hustling skills to launch a hip-hop career in this 2005 drama, which won Best Original Song at the Academy Awards.
Invaders from Mars (Jan. 1)
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre director Tobe Hooper helmed this entertaining remake of the 1953 science-fiction original about a young boy whose entire town is slowly taken over by aliens.
Requiem for a Dream (Jan. 1)
Darren Aronofsky presents a horrifying vision of addiction – to narcotics, and to fame – in this 2000 adaptation of Hubert Selby Jr.’s Coney Island-set novel.
Reservoir Dogs (Jan. 1)
Quentin Tarantino burst onto the cinematic scene with this dialogue-heavy 1992 directorial debut about a gang of bank robbers dealing with the aftermath of a botched heist.
Six Degrees of Separation (Jan. 1)
Will Smith stars as a con man who tricks wealthy socialites (Stockard Channing, Donald Sutherland) into believing he’s the son of Sidney Poitier in this adaptation of John Guare’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated play.
Thelma & Louise (Jan. 1)
Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon are two women on the run from their husbands—and then the law (Harvey Keitel)—in Ridley Scott’s groundbreaking 1991 feminist-road-trip-action movie.
Zodiac (Jan. 1)
David Fincher’s 2007 deep-dive into the hunt for the San Francisco Bay Area’s Zodiac killer—undertaken by both law enforcement (Mark Ruffalo) and the media (Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr.)—is one of the millennium’s finest films.
xXx: The Return of Xander Cage (Jan. 31)
Vin Diesel is back as extreme sports stud-turned-crime fighter xXx—this time accompanied by a group of equally outrageous cohorts—in this third installment in the action franchise.
Debuting on iTunes
Lucky (Jan. 2)
In his final big-screen performance, the late Harry Dean Stanton is phenomenal as a desert-dwelling loner grappling with mortality—and the meaning of life—in this stellar indie co-starring David Lynch.
Geostorm (Jan. 2)
When weather-controlling satellites go haywire and start creating super-storms, who you gonna call? Gerard Butler, apparently.
Only the Brave (Jan. 2)
Josh Brolin leads a team of daring firefighters into a cataclysmic conflagration in this sturdy based-on-real-events drama from director Joseph Kosinski (Tron: Legacy).
Professor Marston and the Wonder Women (Jan. 16)
William Moulton Marston (Luke Evans) is inspired to create Wonder Woman via his relationship with both his wife (Rebecca Hall) and their lover (Bella Heathcote) in this you-probably-didn’t-see-that-coming superhero origin story.
Last Flag Flying (Jan. 16)
Steve Carell enlists his old war buddies Bryan Cranston and Laurence Fishburne for a cross-country trip to bury his son, who’s recently died serving in Iraq, in Richard Linklater’s funny and poignant spiritual sequel to 1973’s The Last Detail.
Thelma (Jan. 16)
Norwegian director Joachim Trier’s latest is an icy variation on Carrie, charting the coming-of-age ordeal of a young girl (Eili Harboe) who, while at college, is forced to cope with her immense supernatural powers.
Small Town Crime (Jan. 19, also in theaters)
John Hawkes is a former cop who decides to investigate a mystery involving a dead body in this neo-noir indie co-starring Anthony Anderson, Clifton Collins Jr., Robert Forster, and Octavia Spencer.
Mom and Dad (Jan. 19, also in theaters)
Nicolas Cage and Selma Blair are discontent suburban parents who, like every other mother and father on the planet, suddenly gets the urge to kill their kids in this outrageous black comedy from Crank co-director Brian Taylor.
BPM (Jan. 23)
One of 2017’s most critically acclaimed imports, this drama from director Robin Campillo focuses on the lives of a number of HIV activists in 1980s France.
A Bad Moms Christmas (Jan. 23)
Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Kathryn Hahn’s matriarchs have to manage their own difficult mothers while orchestrating holiday festivities in this sequel to 2016’s R-rated hit.
God’s Own Country (Jan. 30)
A British sheep farmer finds himself unexpectedly drawn to a Romanian migrant worker in Francis Lee’s critically hailed 2017 drama.
The Square (Jan. 30)
For his follow-up to Force Majeure, director Ruben Östlund tackles art world pretentions and animalistic human self-interest via this sprawling satire about a museum curator (Claes Bang) contending with various crises.
Roman J. Israel, ESQ (Jan. 30)
Denzel Washington is an activist lawyer who discovers some not-very-pleasant things about his employer in this unconventional legal thriller co-starring Colin Farrell.