Streaming Movies and Television Shows Added in January 2016
Ever since Netflix stopped letting people know what’s been subtracted from their Instant streaming lineup, it’s been a little difficult to keep track of what’s coming and going in their library.
So the purpose of this post – which will be continually updated on this site as new movies and television shows are added to the Netflix Instant streaming lineup – is to keep you, the dedicated Netflix Instant streamer, apprised of what new additions should be watched immediately, or should go on your queue but not be considered a top viewing priority.
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Best Netflix Instant Streaming Added in January 2016
New to Netflix (January 2016)
Now we’re back in the swing of things with plenty of great new streaming titles for Netflix Instant users.
Intolerable Cruelty – File this one under the madcap-fun-but-mostly-inconsequential section of the Coen Brothers filmography. George Clooney stars as a top divorce attorney who meets his match in a one-of-a-kind gold digger played by Catherine Zeta Jones. Again, this is the Coen Brothers taking a breather between their more intense, personal pictures, but it’s a loose, silly movie nonetheless.
Meet the Parents – Sure, the sequels did what they could to squander the goodwill earned by the first movie (if you care to watch it, Meet the Fockers is also new to Netflix this month), but Meet the Parents still retains its original charm on rewatch. For the uninitiated, Ben Stiller stars as a man who can’t stop making a bad impression on his longterm girlfriend’s parents, partially due to the fact that his girlfriend’s father is played by the massively intimidating Robert De Niro.
Training Day (January 4) – Denzel Washington finally scored that elusive Best Actor Oscar (he’d previously won Best Supporting Actor for Glory) when he skipped out on the hero role but maintained all of his trademark righteousness in Training Day. As a corrupt narcotics office shepherding rookie Ethan Hawke around the neighborhoods he ruthlessly presides over, Washington demonstrates a previously unshown facility for villainous charisma.
Parks and Recreation: Season 7 (January 13) – If you haven’t had a chance to watch the final season of one of the best sitcoms of the past decade, now’s your chance. Parks and Recreation may have skated uncomfortably close to fan service in season 7 (without spoiling too much, nearly everyone seems to get the happiest ending possible), but it’s still a treat to spend a little more time with Leslie Knope and Ron Swanson.
The Overnight (January 15) – And if your Adam Scott fix hasn’t been fully satisfied by Parks and Recreation, how about checking him out in a decidedly less wholesome context? In The Overnight, Scott and Netflix all-star Taylor Schilling star as a couple new to LA who accept a playdate invitation from Jason Schwartzman and his wife (Judith Godreche). As the evening goes on, it increasingly seems as though Schwartzman and Godreche’s motivation for the invite was less than pure.
Other Great Streaming Movies & TV Shows
Since other streaming sites are stepping up their games to compete with Netflix Instant, we thought we’d highlight some of their best options. Everything you’ll see in this section is available from Amazon Prime Instant.
Bone Tomahawk – Let’s start with something anarchic: a group of men set out to save some townspeople from a band of kidnapping cannibals. Equal parts western and horror movie, Bone Tomahawk will help you get your new year started with a bloody, brutal, thrilling mess.
Dazed and Confused – Richard Linklater announced himself as a unique director with Slacker, but it was Dazed and Confused that let audiences know that he’d be making singular movies for a long time. Maybe the ultimate high school movie, maybe the ultimate hangout movie, Dazed and Confused meanders around a Texas high school on the final day of the year, weaving in and out of dozens of memorable characters, and creating a one-of-a-kind cinematic experience that sticks with the viewer long past the end.
Serpico (January 4) – One of the defining roles in Al Pacino’s career, Serpico tells the true story of a New York cop who works to expose the corruption of his fellow officers and pays a considerable personal price for it. Both a high point for director Sidney Lumet and Pacino, Serpico is well-deserving of its classic status.
Goodnight Mommy (January 9) – Admittedly, we haven’t seen this one yet, but the trailer more than makes the case for it. In fact, that nightmarish image above is a still from this movie. So if you’re any kind of fan of horror, Goodnight Mommy seems like a perfect way to spend 100 minutes.
Frank Miller’s Sin City (January 16) – Whether you’re a serious fan of Frank Miller and his Sin City series or not, there’s no denying that this cinematic rendering of his work is amazing to look at. Throw in a murderer’s row of popular actors (including Bruce Willis, Clive Owen, Jessica Alba, Mickey Rourke, Rosario Dawson, Benicio Del Toro, and Elijah Wood), and you seem to have a reason for everyone to watch this one.