There may be plenty of new movies to see at the local theater, but quite frankly, it’s January, which means that—at least in most parts of the country—it’s cold. So why not stay in and take advantage of that online movie membership for which you already pay a hefty price? Netflix, Amazon, and iTunes will definitely be enabling your anti-outside impulses this month, as they’re set to premiere titles you’ll find hard to resist. So light a fire, turn down the lights, snuggle up with someone you like, and start streaming.
Streaming on Netflix
AlphaGo (Jan. 1)
A London tech firm’s artificially intelligent computer program strives to defeat the best players in the world at Go—an ancient, strategic Chinese board game—in this fascinating (and horrifying) documentary about man and machine.
Batman, Batman Returns, Batman Forever, Batman & Robin, Batman Begins (Jan. 1)
Revisit the first four Batman movies—as well as Christopher Nolan’s maiden entry in his own Dark Knight trilogy—courtesy of Netflix.
Caddyshack (Jan. 1)
Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, and Rodney Dangerfield are some of the many funny people involved in this classic 1980 comedy, about the absurd goings-on at a ritzy country club.
King Kong (Jan. 1)
A giant ape. A blonde beauty. A towering skyscraper. You know how this goes.
Lethal Weapon 1-4 (Jan. 1)
Mel Gibson and Danny Glover star as a pair of odd-couple LAPD cops in this action-comedy series, which eventually also enlisted the participation of Joe Pesci, Rene Russo, Chris Rock, and Jet Li.
National Treasure (Jan. 1)
Nicolas Cage is a cryptologist determined to locate a historical treasure by stealing the Declaration of Independence (which contains a map to the loot on its backside) in this Indiana Jones-ish adventure film.
The Godfather 1-3 (Jan. 1)
Francis Ford Coppola’s first two chapters in the Godfather trilogy are among the greatest films ever made. The third one, well, is the third one.
The Italian Job (Jan. 1)
A group of bank robbers aim to pull of a crazy heist with the aid of an armada of Mini Coopers in this high-spirited action film.
The Shawshank Redemption (Jan. 1)
Frank Darabont adapts Stephen King’s short story—about a man (Tim Robbins) wrongly sentenced to life in prison, where he befriends a fellow inmate (Morgan Freeman)—with this enduringly popular modern drama.
The Truman Show (Jan. 1)
Jim Carrey lives a picture-perfect life—although unbeknownst to him, he’s really the star of an elaborate lifelong reality-TV series—in this acclaimed drama from director Peter Weir.
Training Day (Jan. 1)
Denzel Washington won an Oscar for his portrayal of a crooked LAPD cop who’s partnered with a young officer (Ethan Hunt) in Antoine Fuqua’s crime drama.
Wedding Crashers (Jan. 1)
Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn are two bachelors who love nothing more than showing up uninvited to other people’s nuptials in this raunchy R-rated comedy co-starring Rachel McAdams, Isla Fisher, Christopher Walken, Bradley Cooper, and Will Ferrell.
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (Jan. 1)
Gene Wilder turns in one of modern cinema’s great performances as legendary chocolatier Willy Wonka in this trippy adaptation of Roald Dahl’s children’s book.
Before I Wake (Jan. 5 – Netflix Original)
Ouija: Origin of Evil and Gerald’s Game director Mike Flanagan helms this supernatural story about a couple (Kate Bosworth, Thomas Jane) who, after losing their own child, adopt a boy (Jacob Tremblay) with unexpected powers.
The Conjuring (Jan. 8)
James Wan made a mint, and kick-started a franchise, with this 2013 horror film, about two based-on-real-people supernatural experts (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) tasked with investigating strange events plaguing a family.
47 Meters Down (Jan. 10)
Mandy Moore and Claire Holt are sisters who wind up in aquatic trouble when, while shark diving, their cage’s cable breaks and they wind up stranded at the bottom of the ocean in this thriller from last year.
The Polka King (Jan. 12 – Netflix Original)
Directors Maya Forbes (Infinity Polar Bear) and Wallace Wolodarsky mine a crazy true-life story for wacky comedy in this film about a local Pennsylvania “polka king” (Jack Black) who dupes fans into buying into his Ponzi scheme.