11 best movies new to Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max & Amazon (January 2021)

Welcome to 2021, which isn’t that various than 2020, other than all the streaming platforms have completely various film line-ups. Actually, that’s the only distinction. It’s early. We’ll see what takes place.

January discovers Pete Davidson and Judd Apatow’s bumped-to-VOD funny The King of Staten Island lastly struck HBO, a couple of distinctly un-Disney movies get here to Disney Plus, and some really excellent adult-friendly dramas starring prime skill like Mark Ruffalo, Robert Redford, and Charlize Theron for those wanting to actually sink their teeth into a brand-new film.

Keep Reading for 11 of the very best motion pictures brand-new to streaming services in January. There’s something for everybody.

All the President’s Guy

All the President’s Men: Robert Redford on the phone

Image: Warner Bros. Images

In this heated minute in American politics, there might be no much better movie than director Alan J. Pakula’s take on the Watergate scandal. Adjusted from press reporters Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward’s own book, the conspiracy-thriller-esque drama discovers Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman as Carl and Bob, who dig for responses around the Nixon administration, poke the hive, and fulfill their cigarette smoking weapon contact Deep Throat in a now-infamous parking lot. While imitating the grit of reality, Pakula ups the strength of his topics’ pursuit through obvious stylistic options, consisting of split-diopter shots and the shadowy signature of cinematographer Gordon Willis (The Godfather). This is a work of art anybody who maintains with the news requires to see.

All the President’s Guy is streaming on HBO Max.

Blue Valentine

Image: Anchor Bay

Blue Valentine: Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling hug on a bus

Among the feel-bad motion pictures of the 2010s, writer-director Derek Cianfrance pulls no punches in his picture of explosive love and split crises. Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling toss themselves into the unstable intimacy of Dean and Cindy’s relationship, which increases up up then dooooown tough. Grizzly Bear, who offered the soundtrack, enables all the feeling to bubble to the surface area.

Blue Valentine is streaming on HBO Max.

The King of Staten Island (HBO Max)

two men at a baseball game

Image: Universal Pictures

Pete Davidson and writer-director Judd Apatow’s take a look at the slacker life of a New Yahwk twentysomething may seem like a funny, however by taking on much of the star’s real-life troubles — from his firemen papa’s sudden death to struggling with Crohn’s illness — the film feels more like a reflective FX series loaded into two-and-a-half hours. However the rambling dramedy is incredibly gratifying, discovering loads of peculiarity in Davidson’s memoir-ish point of view and space for piece de resistances. Alongside Davidson as Scott, a wannabe tattoo artist who’s lost in a cloud of pot smoke, are Marisa Tomei has his frustrated mother, Bill Burr as another firefighter who strikes up romance with her (much to Scott’s chagrin), and Bel Powley as a Staten Island girl with big dreams who can’t escape Scott’s gravitational pull. It’s a touching film, shot by, all of people, the guy who brought us There Will Be Blood. The artistic contrast helps it all sink in.

The King of Staten Island is streaming on HBO Max.

Isle of Dogs

Isle of Dogs: Four dogs look straight at camera

Image: Fox Searchlight

Wes Anderson’s most recent animated film provoked some reasonable controversy over its depiction of Japanese characters and culture, but the artistry involved makes this new Disney Plus addition worth a watch. Starring Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray Bob Balaban, Jeff Goldblum, Scarlett Johansson, Kunichi Nomura, Tilda Swinton, and Ken Watanabe, the movie tracks the cross-country mission of a pack of dogs looking to return a lost boy to home. Rendered in exquisite stop-motion with Anderson’s usual attention to details, not to mention a rousing score from Alexandre Desplat, the movie brings a more subdued, meditative energy than just about any animated feature of the last 10 years.

Isle of Dogs is streaming on Disney Plus.

Justice League Dark: Apokolips War

Justice League Dark: Apokolips War: Robin and Constantine

Image: Warner Bros. Pictures

On the other end of the animation spectrum: A truly epic work from the DC Animation group. Touted as the final installment of a DC Animated streak that began with 2013’s Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, the movie loosely adapts Geoff Johns’ Darkseid War storyline, and basically teams up every known character in the DCAU for one giant battle with the Big Bad Apokoliptian.

Justice League Dark: Apokolips War is streaming on HBO Max.

A Night At The Roxbury

A Night At The Roxbury: two guys and their dates dance at camera

Photo: Paramount Pictures

“So anyways, I was standing there waiting to use the pay phone.”
“Yeah, he was, seriously.”
“And this guy who was on the phone, turns around and tips his hat like this.”
“And who do you think that guy was?”
“Emilio Estevez.”
“The Mighty Duck man, I swear to God, I was there.”
“Of course you were, you were the one who yelled the Breakfast Clubber’s name.”
“I was like, ‘Emilio!’”

I’m just going to leave it at this: Will Ferrell and Chris Kattan’s Saturday Night Live movie is underrated.

A Night At The Roxbury is streaming on Amazon and Hulu.

Salt

Angelina Jolie holds a flashlight in a parking garage in total spy mode in Salt

Photo: Sony Pictures Entertainment

For some reason, in an era of rousing, modern Bond and Mission: Impossible incarnations, a huge spy movie starring Angelina Jolie as a master of disguise/butt-kicker did not blow up at the box office and spawn a five-movie franchise. Jolie doesn’t go Full John Wick as she runs, jumps, and shoots her way through Salt’s intrigue, but she has the style to make it sing. Plus the movie packs one of the best car chases of the 2010s. Bring back Evelyn Salt!

Salt is streaming on Amazon and Hulu.

Spring Breakers

Spring Breakers: Three girls in pink ski masks hold AK-47s

Image: A24

If lockdown has you craving bacchanalia, turn to Harmony Korine’s indulgent-yet-critical look at the sprrrrrring breeeaaaak party life. Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, and Rachel Korine star as four coeds who dream of letting loose in Florida, but are low on funds. So, naturally, they snort massive amounts of cocaine and rob a restaurant. The high of a law-breaking act unlocks the young women’s worst instincts, and when they finally make it to the beach and hook up with Alien (James Franco), a rapper/arms dealer, dreamy, sunbaked hell breaks loose. Swirled together with a Skrillex soundtrack, the movie remains perfect as an at-home midnight movie experience.

Spring Breakers is streaming on Netflix.

The Wolverine

Wolverine stands in close up holding his metal claw up to his face

Image: 20th Century Fox

Before pushing the adamantium-clawed X-Men to R-rated territory in Logan, James Mangold (Ford v. Ferrari) brought Chris Claremont and Frank Miller’s bloody, Japanese-set Wolverine adventure to life in The Wolverine. A lean, mean yakuza drama, the movie — co-written by Queen’s Gambit creator Scott Frank — finds a psychological edge that the previous X-blockbusters never found to space to explore, while still packing the slickest fights of the series. Quite possibly the most violent movie on Disney Plus.

The Wolverine is streaming on Disney Plus.

You Can Count On Me

You Can Count on Me: Laura Linney and Mark Ruffalo sitting on a bench consoling each other

Image: Paramount Pictures

As far as baking an authentic human story and cutting up a slice of life goes, writer-director Kenneth Lonergan is basically Cake Boss. You Can Count On Me, his debut after spending years in the theater, is a prime example of how movie can capture universal moments that we all seem to overlook. Laura Linney and Mark Ruffalo play a brother and sister who, even years after the tragic death of their parents, continue to struggle with how to exist. Sammy (Linney) is a single mom challenged by her past relationships; Terry (Ruffalo) exists on the road, and when he finally comes home to help his sister, his style of surrogate parenting becomes more of a burden than either expect. The drama sparks, wanders, and surprises in You Can Count on Me, but it’s obvious Lonergan has a greater handle on the inner-workings of everyday individuals than any of his contemporaries.

You Can Count on Me is streaming on HBO Max.

Young Adult

Young Adult: Charlize Theron sips a whiskey at a bar

Image: Paramount Pictures

From The Italian Job to Mad Max: Fury Road to Æon Flux, Atomic Blonde, The Old Guard, and her stint in the Fast and Furious universe, Charlize Theron has spent the last two decades becoming synonymous with female-driven action. But she’s also one of the finest character-creators of a generation, as evidenced by Diablo Cody’s prickly dramedy Young Adult. Theron plays Mavis, an alcoholic, divorced writer of YA novels who, spurred by a pic of her ex’s newborn, decides to embark on her own My Best Friend’s wedding mission of reclamation. They must be together. It does … not go well, however the descent into hometown hell is a stunning journey in Theron’s hands.

Young Person is streaming on Hulu.


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