On the TV side, we're getting new seasons of The Punisher and A Series of Unfortunate Events, among others. Although Netflix is often accused of being stingy with the films in its collection, January brings quite a few new titles. There's war movies like Black Hawk Down, and more easy-going fare like The Incredibles 2. If you have somehow finished everything Netflix already has on its service, these new titles might be what you're looking for. Here are 19 movies and TV shows coming to Netflix in January.
Harrison Ford has created a number of indelible characters, and Indiana Jones certainly ranks highly among them. All four of Harrison's Indiana Jones movies are set to hit Netflix next month. These movies vary somewhat in quality.
The first, Raiders of the Lost Ark, is widely considered to be a classic action movie. All of the subsequent entries failed to measure but, but The Last Crusade is a lot of fun. Temple of Doom and Kingdom of the Crystal Skull are a little bit less joyous, but they might still be worth a watch. After all, they'll be easy to find on Netflix.
Taylor Swift is one of the biggest stars in the world, so when she brings a new concert film to Netflix, it's a big deal. Because Taylor is such a huge deal, it's not easy to score tickets for her shows. That's what concert documentaries are made for.
From the footage we've seen so far, it seems like Tay has put on quite a show for fans who got to see her live. At one point, she hangs above the crowd suspended. Given the enormous amount of music she already has to pull from, it's safe to say that this documentary will be a great showcase for her entire career.
Hell or High Water is a thrilling, poignant film that is also a recent Best Picture nominee. Following two brothers who are robbing banks with the cops chasing them, the film is really a portrait of life in rural America.
Starring Chris Pine, Jeff Bridges and a terrific Ben Foster, the movie is thrilling from its first frame. It's a careful portrait of a part of the country we don't often see. It's also a movie about class, and how those with less often feel that they have to take. Hell or High Water earned a lot of acclaim when it was released, and now you can watch it on Netflix.
Guillermo Del Toro is the reigning Best Picture champion for his film The Shape of Water, but many still believe Pan's Labyrinth is his masterpiece. Set during the Spanish Civil War, the film is a fantastical wonder.
It follows a young girl who takes refuge from her family in a strange, sometimes terrifying world. Pan's Labyrinth makes an effort to go inside the mind of its central child. It's impressed and awed by her wonder. Guillermo has a fascination with dark beasts. In Pan's Labyrinth, he creates some of his most memorable creatures, and manages to tell a compelling story with them.
There have been many, many Batman movies, but there's some agreement that The Dark Knight is the very best one. Christopher Nolan's dark, meditative take on the character bolstered this film to a huge box office performance. When coupled with Heath Ledger's deranged, Oscar-winning performance as the Joker, it's easy to see why this film is remembered fondly.
Even if you've seen The Dark Knight, it's a movie that rewards revisiting. For a superhero movie, it's remarkably subtle and perfectly paced. Every moment carries weight, and it all builds to a really fascinating climax. Now that it's on Netflix, you can re-watch it any time.
Martin Scorsese has made a number of films that were worthy of Best Picture, but The Departed's the film that finally won him the award. Looking at the cast, it's pretty easy to see why. When everyone from Leonardo DiCaprio to Jack Nicholson is on board, it's safe to say the movie's going to be good.
The Departed's story of crooked cops and crime lords ensnared Oscar voters and audiences, and now it's available on Netflix. The performances in the film are stupendous across the board. It's the director who really stands out here, though, telling a thoroughly captivating crime story with flare.
Quentin Tarantino has made a few iconic movies, but Pulp Fiction will likely be remembered as his crowning achievement. The film, which is told out of order, is filled with stylish dialogue and surprising violence.
Many of the film's hallmarks are what Quentin would eventually become famous for. Here, though, we get to discover the director's charms again. The film also contains terrific performances from John Travolta, Uma Thurman and Samuel L. Jackson, among others. It's a film that's designed to be dissected and picked apart. Now that it's on Netflix, it'll be that much easier.
2019 may bring us HBO's Watchmen adaptation from Lost creator Damon Lindelof, but until that comes, we'll be able to catch up with the 2009 filmed adaptation. From director Zack Snyder, this Watchmen is something of a mixed bag for fans of the original graphic novel.
In many ways, it's faithful to that graphic novel, but there are some strange decisions inside the film. Still, it's worth it to see the story come to life. It will hopefully make for a great appetizer as we eagerly anticipate the HBO show, which is not as straightforward an adaptation as the movie.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail is one of the funniest films ever created. Its humor ranges from stupid and filthy to high-brow and silly. Ostensibly, it tells the historical myth of the quest for the Holy Grail. In reality, it's an excuse for the men of Monty Python to get together and crack some jokes.
They crack more than just a few jokes, though. Holy Grail is filled with more jokes than can be easily counted. British humor has a certain dry wit that's often missing from American comedy. Now that Monty Python's masterpiece is on Netflix, you can experience that dry wit whenever you want.
Though it's easy to forget, there was a Star Wars movie this year. Solo: A Star Wars Story's May release was underwhelming in comparison with the success of previous Star Wars films. It followed Han Solo in the days before we meet him in the original Star Wars.
The response to the film from critics wasn't overwhelming, but it's still a film worth checking out. Every Star Wars film is capable of transporting viewers to a galaxy far far away. Even if you're watching Solo on Netflix, you'll still be able to feel the thrill of seeing a story about a vastly different world.
The first season of American Crime Story was a massive success. It retold the story of O.J. Simpson's trial with plenty of fresh perspectives and newfound relevance. The second season was met with a more muted reception, but it also told a more unknown story.
In fact, it followed Andrew Cunanan, the serial killer who murdered Gianni Versace. Because the series follows such a dark story, it can be hard to watch at times. If you can bear it, though, it's well worth doing so. Versace may be more brutal than its predecessor, but it's equally fascinating, and just as obsessed with finding social relevance in its subject.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt was one of Netflix's very first comedy offerings. Now that the show is coming to an end, it's a reminder of how far Netflix has come since it premiered. Now, it debuts its final season alongside an onslaught of other shows that are all vying for attention.
Most agree that Kimmy Schmidt's earliest seasons were its strongest, but there's still plenty to love about the show. It's filled to the brim with ideas and jokes, and that's part of what makes it so appealing. It's also made stars out of its central actors, ones who should have long careers after the show ends.
The Hotel Transylvania films don't always get their due. They aren't high-brow animation, exactly, but they're a lot more clever than most kids' movies outside of Pixar. Starring Adam Sandler as Dracula, this third installment finds his gang of monsters taking a cruise.
On that cruise, a variety of dangers emerge, even as they're accompanied by the normal hijinks of a kids' movie. Now that Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation is on Netflix, it's easy enough to put on for any child in your life. It's the kind of kids' movie that an adult can enjoy without banging their head into the wall.
When Ant-Man and the Wasp arrives on Netflix, all three of Marvel's 2018 releases will be on the service. Of those, Ant-Man and the Wasp is certainly the lightest fare. Half the world's population doesn't disappear, and there isn't much political intrigue to be dealt with.
Instead, there are lots of jokes, and a truly wacky premise that is nonetheless a hoot to watch. Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly anchor the project brilliantly. Ant-Man and the Wasp may be an afterthought in the wake of Black Panther and Infinity War, but it's perfect for a quiet afternoon when you're browsing Netflix.
The Incredibles 2 is already one of the biggest animated films ever made. That means that, odds are, you've already seen it. Whether you've seen it or not, though, it's worth checking out when the movie hits Netflix. The Incredibles 2 has all of the elements that made the first film a success, and even better animation to go along with it.
In this film, Bob Parr is forced to figure out what it's like to be a father while his wife is out saving the day. It's a great extension of the original Incredibles, and one of the best superhero movies of the year.
Several of the Netflix Marvel series have already been canceled, but The Punisher has lived to avenge for another day. The series, which stars Jon Bernthal, was met with mixed reviews when it first debuted.
The Punisher is certainly one of the darker characters in the Marvel universe. His philosophy is all about revenge. He doesn't have the same kind of moral compass that guides the heroes around him. He's the only character to get his own show who was not part of The Defenders. He was, apparently, far too moody for them, and that's really saying something, given the members of the group.
Netflix has so much original programming that it can be easy to forget that some of their shows exist. Form many, that was the case with A Series of Unfortunate Events. The show made a splashy debut when it first premiered, but subsequent seasons have been lost in the shuffle.
Even so, Neil Patrick Harris continues to put on an absurd amount of makeup to play the insidious Count Olaf. The third season will contain seven episodes and adapt the remaining four books in the series. Alas, this is the end for A Series of Unfortunate Events. Although its fans may have dwindled, it will be missed.
Every few years, a war movie comes along that's both exciting and visceral. Black Hawk Down, from director Ridley Scott, memorialized a conflict in Somalia in 1993. When two Black Hawk helicopters are shot down by Somali forces, the soldiers must attempt to survive under heavy fire.
Black Hawk Down is a great war movie because it's able to focus so sharply on one sequence of events. It's not the kind of movie that attempts to memorialize an entire conflict. Instead, it's laser-focused on the story it wants to tell. The lack of distractions allows for it to focus on the elements of its story that really matter.
George Miller has had one of the strangest directing careers in history. His last film was Mad Max: Fury Road, a strange, bleak vision of a future dystopia. That movie is strange enough on its own, but it's even stranger when you know that George is also the director behind Happy Feet.
That's right, the man behind Mad Max is also the man behind the dancing penguins. What's more, both movies are actually quite good. Happy Feet is a ball of energy. It's the kind of simple, joyous story that we don't get enough of anymore, even in the world of animation.