New on Netflix: All the Movies and TV Coming in January

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It’s a new year, and Netflix has a new change in gear, they swear! The world’s largest streaming service may not have made any actual resolutions, but doesn’t the monthly turnover in new movies and films count? Whatever the case, Netflix is offering a whole new slate of entertainment for January 2016. Along with new seasons of Parks and Rec and It’s Always Sunny, we’ve got movies galore, including an underrated Coen Brothers classic, a crime thriller featuring Denzel Washington’s best performance, a little known Scottish gem, and a Clive Owen/Juliette Binoche tearjerker. Check out our featured recommendations, and read on for the full list of this month’s new offerings.

Training Day

Year: 2001
Director: Antoine Fuqua
Available: Jan. 4
In his darkest—and perhaps best—role, Denzel Washington embodies Alonzo Harris, an LAPD narcotics detective who can’t really be called “corrupt,” since that word is such an understatement. He’s vicious, Machievallian, and charismatic, and when he takes Jake Hoyt (Ethan Hawke) under his wing, the combination is highly combustible. One of the chief pleasures of this film is watching Jake react to a situation that he is clearly not prepared for, trying manfully to hold on to an ethical foundation in the face of an arrogant, megalomaniacal crook disguised as one of society’s protectors.—Paste

Words and Pictures

Year: 2014
Director: Fred Schepisi
Available: Jan. 31
If it takes well into a person’s twenties before fully absorbing the reality that one’s parents are actual people, that comprehension typically comes earlier in regards to teachers, when the veneer of stentorian authority is punctured—either by an instructor’s casual jocularity or their serial challenge to ideas and mores. Words and Pictures, scripted by Gerald Di Pego and directed by Fred Schepisi with an aplomb that belies its hyper-charged emotionality, centers on two such characters. In doing so, it offers a rich, playful vehicle for Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche to parry and thrust, and maybe even fall in love.—Andy Crump

The Ladykillers

Year: 2004
Director: Joel and Ethan Cohen
Available: Jan. 12
The Ladykillers is considered one of the lesser movies from the Coens, but those who dismiss it fail to recognize the beauty and the eeriness amid the clutter. Yes, there are a few dumb jokes about IBS, and not all of the characters in the ensemble cast quite make sense, but the black comedy disguises something poetic in the manner of that most gothic of poets, Edgar Allen Poe. This is a story of a failed casino heist, but deep down it’s a morality play (and an interesting prelude to A Serious Man). Tom Hanks is excellent as Goldthwaite Higginson Dorr—a flawed mastermind, and one who reforms too late.—Paste

We Need to Talk About Kevin

Year: 2012
Director: Lynne Ramsay
Available: Jan. 1
We Need To Talk About Kevin concerns the experience of a mother struggling with the aftermath of a school massacre carried out by her son. In its narrative construction, it draws upon two key tropes: that of the “whydunnit” thriller, in which the the mystery of the perpetrator’s motivations are a driving factor, and that of the family horror, in which some dark element tears a traditional household apart. Indeed, the real horror is not that a teenager chose total negation over the banality of normative family life—it’s that these appeared to be the only two choices available.—Donal Foreman

January 1

2 Fast 2 Furious
Along Came Polly
American Girl: Grace Stirs up Success
Angry Birds Toons: Season 1
Bring it On: Fight to the Finish
Bring it On: In It to Win It
The Celebrity Plastic Surgeons of Beverly Hills: Season 1
Forensic Files: Collection 2
Friday Night Tykes: Season 1-2
The Good Road
House of Wax
How to Change the World
Ice Age 2: The Meltdown
Intolerable Cruelty
Journey to Le Mans
Loins of Punjab
Meet the Fockers
Meet the Parents
Nanny McPhee
Pooh’s Heffalump Movie
Pride and Prejudice
The Rundown
Shout Gladi Gladi
Smokin’ Aces 2: Assassins’ Ball
Something New
Stephen Fry Live: More Fool Me
Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle: Season 3
The Tale of Despereaux
Under Arrest: Season 1: “Put Some Clothes On”
We Need to Talk About Kevin
The Wedding Date
The Whole Ten Yards

January 2

30 for 30: Four Falls of Buffalo
I’ll Have What Phil’s Having: Season 1

January 3

Sofia the First: Season 2

January 4

Blunt Force Trauma
Training Day

January 5

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Season 10
New Girl: Season 4

January 8

Adult World
Dragons: Race to the Edge: Season 2
Tom Segura: Mostly STories

January 10

Dos Hermanos
El Hombre de al Lado
Esperando La Carroza
The Marziano Family
Rosario Tijeras
Un Oso Rojo

January 11

Littlest Pet Shop: Season 4

January 12

The Ladykillers

January 13

Parks and Recreation: Season 7

January 14

The Testimony

January 15

Degrassi: The Next Class: Season 1
The Last Five Years
The Overnight
Sirens: Season 2

January 16

Hyde Park on Hudson

January 17

Z Nation: Season 2

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January 21

When Calls the Heart: Season 2

January 22

Sharknado 3

January 23

Chelsea Does

January 25

From Dusk Till Dawn: Season 2
Turbo Kid

January 28

Frozen Planet
Frozen Planet: On Thin Ice
Frozen Planet: The Epic Journey
The Making of Frozen Planet

January 29

Ever After High: Dragon Games

January 31

Words and Pictures