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The 22 Best Things Coming to (and Leaving) Netflix in January

There’s a bunch of great new stuff arriving in 2022 – don’t miss any of it

Jason Bateman and Laura Linney stand outside of a plane in Ozark

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Jason Bateman (left) and Laura Linney in "Ozark."

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Feel lost in options when you cue up Netflix? Want to make sure you’re up to date on the latest movies and TV shows arriving on the massive streaming platform? Perhaps more importantly, don’t want to miss the chance to watch something great before it’s gone? Relax. Our critics check all the latest lineups to bring you the best things coming and going — so you don’t have to. It’s all right here.​​​​

Coming Jan. 1​​

Gremlins (1984)

​If E.T. was cute and sweet until you got him wet and then he got sharp fangs and an appetite for destruction, he’d fit right in with the wicked critters in this Christmas classic by superb director Joe Dante.​​​​

Watch it: Gremlins


Midnight in Paris (2011)

In Woody Allen’s most popular hit, a screenwriter (Owen Wilson) spends each night in the 1920s City of Light partying with Hemingway, the Fitzgeralds, Gertrude Stein, Gauguin, Picasso, Dali and Josephine Baker. You’re invited!​

Watch it: Midnight in Paris


True Grit (2010)

​One of the greatest Westerns ever stars Jeff Bridges as hard-drinking marshal Rooster Cogburn, recruited by determined teen Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld) to hunt her father’s killer. Pilgrim, Bridges is better than John Wayne in the 1969 version.​​​​

Watch it: True Grit


The Wedding Singer (1998)

Even Adam Sandler haters smiled at this ’80s-nostalgia charmer about a rocker reduced to singing for nuptials and trying to steal client Drew Barrymore from her fiancé.

Watch it: The Wedding Singer


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​​​Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

​A rare sequel better than the original. Arnold Schwarzenegger makes a fine time-tripping robot assassin with a heart of gold, but Linda Hamilton’s transformation from girly victim to badass battle-ax is one for the ages. Also new on Netflix: the inferior Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and Terminator Salvation.​​​

Watch it: Terminator 2: Judgment Day


Runaway Bride (1999)

The script isn’t as sizzling as the stars’ chemistry, but Julia Roberts and Richard Gere are fun as a thrice-shy bride and the cynical journalist out to take her down and destined to take her hand.​

Watch it: Runaway Bride


Taxi Driver (1976)

Still the best Scorsese flick, with Robert De Niro as a cabbie with a heart like a time bomb and a yen to save a youngster (Jodie Foster) from the streets.​

Watch it: Taxi Driver


Braveheart (1995)

Mel Gibson plays the manliest man who ever wore a skirt, 13th-century Scottish independence warrior William Wallace. Take that, English bedwetting types!​

Watch it: Braveheart


The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

Rooney Mara became a star as the hard chick with a head for tech who helps reporter Daniel Craig solve a 40-year-old murder. Almost as great as the 2009 Swedish original.​

Watch it: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo


Interview with the Vampire (1994)

​A stylish if uneven adaptation of Anne Rice’s famous vampire saga starring Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Antonio Banderas, Christian Slater and Kirsten Dunst.​

Watch it: Interview with the Vampire


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

Johnny Depp is pretty good as the ambiguously sinister Willie Wonka in Tim Burton’s eye-candy adaptation of Roald Dahl’s subversive children’s book.​

Watch it: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory


Big Fish (2003)

​In Tim Burton’s most warmhearted movie, Albert Finney plays a papa who fascinates and infuriates his son (Billy Crudup) with tall tales about his magic past in a traveling circus run by Danny DeVito.​

Watch it: Big Fish


Cadillac Records (2008)

Not the best imaginable script inspired by Chess Records, which jolted American music alive from the 1940s to 1960s, but great music by Etta James (Beyoncé Knowles), Howlin' Wolf (Eamonn Walker), Chuck Berry (Mos Def), Muddy Waters (Jeffrey Wright) and Little Walter (Columbus Short).​

Watch it: Cadillac Records


Annie (1982)

​It was better onstage, but you can’t beat this cast of the wonderful orphanage musical: ​Carol Burnett as Miss Hannigan, Albert Finney as Daddy Warbucks, plus Tim Curry, Bernadette Peters and Edward Herrmann.​​​​

Watch it: Annie

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Coming Jan. 16​​

Phantom Thread (2017)

A genius dressmaker and confirmed bachelor fussbudget (Daniel Day-Lewis) in 1950s London meets the irresistible force of a young woman (Vicki Krieps) — but his sister (Lesley Manville) packs yet more power.​


Coming Jan. 21​​

Ozark, Season 4

​In the final season of Netflix’s most titanic hit series, a casino-owning couple (Jason Bateman and Laura Linney) find themselves caught between the Mexican mob, homegrown drug thugs, and a smart, peeved former employee (Julia Garner).​

Watch it: Ozark


Munich: The Edge of War (2022)

Jeremy Irons plays British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, riskily negotiating with Hitler in 1938, while his secretary confers behind the scenes with an old Oxford chum who’s on the German side now.​

Watch it: Munich: The Edge of War​​​


Coming Jan. 28​​

The Woman in the House Across the Street From the Girl in the Window (2022)

Kristen Bell stars in a richly deserved satire of thrillers with similar names. ​

Watch it: The Woman in the House Across the Street From the Girl in the Window​​​


Home Team (2022)

​Inspired by a true story, Kevin James (Paul Blart: Mall Cop) plays a deposed NFL coach who coaches his 12-year-old son’s peewee football team. ​

Watch it: Home Team​​​


Leaving Netflix Jan. 11​​

Actress Betty White

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Betty White: First Lady of Television

A totally exhilarating documentary on the TV pioneer, who played Mary Tyler Moore’s catty colleague and only gets more eminent as she approaches her 100th birthday.​

Watch it: Betty White: First Lady of Television​​​


Leaving Netflix Jan. 15​​​

Twilight (2008)

​Critics loathe it, zillions love it (some even admit it), and this is their last chance to binge the teen-vampire smash (and its four sequels) on Netflix.​

Watch it: Twilight​​​


Leaving Netflix Jan. 31​​

Mystic River (2003)

Clint Eastwood’s dark, masterful adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s mystery about three old schoolmates caught up in a tragedy 25 years later: a hotheaded ex-con (Sean Penn), a traumatized assault victim (Tim Robbins) suspected of murdering the con’s daughter, and the cop (Kevin Bacon) investigating the case. ​

Watch it: Mystic River​​


Tim Appelo covers entertainment and is the film and TV critic for AARP. Previously, he was the entertainment editor at Amazon, video critic at Entertainment Weekly, and a critic and writer for The Hollywood Reporter, People, MTV, The Village Voice and LA Weekly.