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The 13 Best Things Coming to Netflix in January

Don't miss a thing with our critics' must-watch list!

(Left to right) David Duchovny, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jonah Hill, Lauren London, Eddie Murphy and Nia Long in "You People."
(Left to right) David Duchovny, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jonah Hill, Lauren London, Eddie Murphy and Nia Long in "You People."
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It’s cold outside, so it’s time to go inside and celebrate 2023 by catching up on the best in streaming entertainment. Netflix, the most popular streamer for folks over 50, leads the charge by having a sure thing in multiple genres, from series to movies. You can spend your weekend with mobster Tom Hanks, murder suspect Tom Cruise and Cate Blanchett’s Katharine Hepburn.

Coming Jan. 1

Closer (2004)

The penultimate film from director Mike Nichols (The Graduate) is a stinging drama about love and infidelity, based on Patrick Marber’s hit play and featuring a powerhouse cast in Julia Roberts, Jude Law, Natalie Portman and Clive Owen as two couples roiled by an affair.

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Kaleidoscope (2023)

A new Netflix series about a group of high-tech thieves trying to break into the most secure vault in the United States — maybe the world. Can Money Heist lightning strike again? Giancarlo Esposito and Paz Vega star, and here’s the twist: You can watch the episodes in any order, and it’ll still make sense.

Minority Report (2002)

Can a Steven Spielberg movie be underrated? This Tom Cruise-starring adaptation of a Philip K. Dick sci-fi classic about technology that solves future crimes is thought-provoking, intense and beautifully directed.

The Aviator (2004)

Come for Martin Scorsese’s epic take on the life of Howard Hughes (Leonardo DiCaprio), stay for Cate Blanchett’s Oscar-winning turn as a high-flying Katharine Hepburn.

Road to Perdition (2002)

Tom Hanks as a tommy-gun-toting enforcer for the Chicago mob? Well, yes, but a loving father to boot. This Depression-era drama from Sam Mendes (American Beauty) is a suspenseful drama that pits the reluctant hero against a Murderers' Row of a supporting cast: Paul Newman, Daniel Craig, Jude Law and Stanley Tucci.

The Rocky collection

Follow the travails and TKOs of Rocky Balboa, the Italian Stallion, across five increasingly epic installments, from the low-budget Palookaville of Rocky (1976) through the Cold War standoff of Rocky IV (1985) and beyond.

Coming Jan. 4

The Lying Life of Adults (2023)

From the novel by Elena Ferrante (My Brilliant Friend), a new Netflix series about a rebellious young woman (Giordana Marengo) coming of age in 1990s Naples under the wary eye of a scandalous aunt (Valeria Golino).

Coming Jan. 6

The Pale Blue Eye (2023)

1830s West Point: A cadet has been gruesomely murdered, and grizzled detective Christian Bale is called in to solve the case — with the help of a strange young man named Edgar Allan Poe (Harry Melling). Scott Cooper (Crazy HeartBlack Mass) directs.


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Coming Jan. 13

Dog Gone (2023)

Calling all dog lovers! An adored family yellow Lab named Gonker goes missing on the Appalachian Trail, prompting father (Rob Lowe) and son (Johnny Berchtold) to go on their own incredible journey to find him. Based on a true story. Who’s a good boy?

Coming Jan. 19

The Pez Outlaw (2023)

You like Pez? (Who doesn’t like Pez?) You’re going to love this delightfully demented documentary about Steve Glew, a bearded Michigan machinist who became an underground — and illegal — source of rare Pez dispensers to a universe of rabid collectors in the 1990s.

That ’90s Show (2023)

Can a TV series be nostalgic for nostalgia? That ’70s Show stars Ashton Kutcher, Topher Grace and Mila Kunis have gone on to bigger things, but mom (Debra Jo Rupp) and dad (Kurtwood Smith) are now grandparents with a new brood of stoners in the basement. Hello, Wisconsin!

Coming Jan. 25

Begin Again (2013)

Remember the Irish sleeper Once (2007), with its best original song Oscar for “Falling Slowly”? Director John Carney goes for twice in this sorta-romantic drama about a young singer-songwriter (Keira Knightley) and the burned-out record producer (Mark Ruffalo) who might spark each other to glory.

Coming Jan. 27

You People (2023)

Who wants Jonah Hill as a son-in-law? Not Eddie Murphy and Nia Long in this Netflix original movie from Black-ish creator Kenya Barris. Barris and Hill are the writers on this head-flipped Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.

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