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The best new movies on Netflix in January

The streaming service kicks off 2017 with several Hollywood essentials that are great for a wintry day on the couch


These days, Netflix is doing an amazing job with original programming—from everyone’s favorite obsession, Stranger Things, to Ava DuVernay’s incendiary documentary13TH. But what if you just want a good old summer blockbuster? A classic horror film? A superhero movie or a comedy? Or just a terrific flick about porn stars in the 1970s? (Who doesn’t want to see that?) Fortunately Netflix has got your back this month. You don’t want to go outside anyway.

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Best new movies on Netflix

Caddyshack (1980)

Bill Murray’s turn as a shambling, mumbling groundskeeper obsessed with removing a pesky gopher from the links is the highlight of this golf comedy, the model for what, for better or worse, became the Saturday Night Live movie. Most of the dialogue was improvised on the scene, but it hangs together beautifully.

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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

Many would point to this perfect children’s fantasy—about coming into responsibility as well as daring to dream—as Steven Spielberg’s most essential. It’s the main touchstone for Stranger Things, and it still works magically. One thing is indisputable: Composer John Williams was having a very good day at the keys.

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Boogie Nights (1997)

Dirk Diggler, Mark Wahlberg’s ’70s porn star, is a supreme creation: brassy, vulnerable, both pawn and king. And while director Paul Thomas Anderson takes himself ever more seriously, it’s this film—a bell-bottomed rise-and-fall saga—that still demonstrates his greatest verve and cultural significance.

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Superman (1978)

Accept no remakes. Here's the gold-standard comics origin film, which unwittingly captures a pungent Koch-era New York in all its glory. We dare you not to get a lump in your throat when Christopher Reeve soars past Battery Park and the old skyline. That image alone makes the movie a must-see.

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The Shining (1980)

From a certain perspective, all of Stanley Kubrick’s movies—even 2001 and Dr. Strangelove—seem like horror films. When the director actually got around to making a proper one, he paradoxically produced the ultimate comic satire on the American family. With blood in elevators. Essential.

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And here’s everything coming in January, by date:

Available January 1
Around the World in 80 Days (2004)
After Innocence (2005)
Bee Movie (2007)
Boogie Nights (1997)
Braveheart (1995)
Caddyshack (1980)
Collateral Damage (2002)
Dreamcatcher (2003)
El Dorado (1966)
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
HALO Legends (2009)
Hugo (2011)
Justin Bieber: Never Say Never (2011)
License to Drive (1988)
Nancy Drew (2007)
Ocean's Twelve (2004)
Real Detective: Season 1 (2016)
Superman Returns (2006)
Superman II (1980)
Superman III (1983)
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)
Superman: The Movie (1978)
The Parent Trap (1961)
The Shining (1980)
The Perfect Physique (2015)
The Rat Race (2012)
To Be A Miss (2016)
Trudell (2005)
V for Vendetta (2005)
Vanilla Sky (2001)

Available January 3
It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia: Season 11 (2016)
Jen Kirkman: Just Keep Livin'? – NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available January 6
Degrassi: Next Class: Season 3 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Growing Up Coy (2016)
Mar de Plastico: Season 1
One Day at a Time: Season 1– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Tarzan and Jane: Season 1– NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available January 7
Alpha and Omega 7 (2016)
Miss Sharon Jones! (2015)
Under the Shadow (2016)

Available January 9
Best and Most Beautiful Things (2016)
Ratchet and Clank (2016)

Available January 10
As I Open My Eyes (2015)
Best Friends Whenever: Season 2 (2016)
Happily Married (2015)
Jim Gaffigan: Cinco– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
We're Lalaloopsy: Season 1– NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available January 11
Disney's Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)

Available January 13
A Series of Unfortunate Events: Season 1– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Aquarius (2015)
Casablancas: The Man Who Loved Women
Historia de un clan: Season 1– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
It Follows (2014)
The Investigator: A British Crime Story: Season 1– NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available January 14
Camp X-Ray (2014)
Cardboard Boxer (2016)
Estar O No Estar

Available January 15
A Beautiful Now (2015)
Hostage to the Devil (2016)
Señora Acero: Season 3 (2016)
Twisted Trunk, Big Fat Body (2015)
Wartime Portraits: Season 1 (2014)

Available January 16
Flash of Genius (2008)
Halloweed (2016)
Rezort (2016)

Available January 17
Fatima (2015)
Neal Brennan: 3 Mics– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Roger Corman's Death Race 2050 (2016)

Available January 19
Good Kids (2016)

Available January 20
Frontier: Season 1– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Papa (2015)
Voltron: Legendary Defender: Season 2– NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available January 21
Bates Motel: Season 4 (2016)
Grami's Circus Show: Season 2 (2016)

Available January 24
Cristela Alonzo: Lower Classy– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Hieronymus Bosch: Touched by the Devil (2016)
Kill Command (2016)
Terrace House: Aloha State: Season 1: Part 1– NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available January 25
Era el cielo

Available January 27
Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh: Season 2– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Kazoops!: Season 2– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Shadows of Truth (2016)
Sharknado: The 4th Awakens (2016)

Available January 28
Ripper Street: Season 4

Available January 30
Antibirth (2016)
Swing State (2016)

Available January 31
Bill Burr Stand Up Special– NETFLIX ORIGINAL