Usher in 2019 the same way you ushered out 2018: on the couch, mindlessly clicking from Netflix offering to Netflix offering. Read on to learn what the streaming service is bringing to the screen next month—as well as what to catch now, before it fades into the black hole of the Internet.
Whats Arriving . . .
Across the Universe
What better way to celebrate the new year, and the last year of the 2010s, than by traveling back to the tumultuous 1960s to celebrate the music of the Beatles? Revered and reviled auteur Julie Taymor directs this 2007 film with whirling, opulent style. A lot of people say the movie doesnt work, but it does have a pretty dedicated, if not terribly big, core fanbase. Taymor also recently won a fight with Sony and had a remastering of the film screened in theaters this past summer. So, if you missed that, heres your chance to watch it at home—and make your mind up for yourself.
What better way to celebrate the new year, and the last year of the 2010s, than by traveling back to the tumultuous 1960s to maybe limply address the times and celebrate the music of the Four Seasons? Reviled and revered auteur Clint Eastwood directs this 2014 film with surprisingly un-musical style. A lot of critics (like myself) said this movie didnt work, but it still made nearly $70 million at the box office, so it must be on to something. Now you can make your mind up for yourself! Which you might be especially tempted to do if you just saw The Mule, and have a hankering for more Eastwood—just not in front of the camera.
Ant-Man and the Wasp (1/29)
Satisfy your superhero jones until Captain Marvel comes out with this 2018 charmer, a game and fun installment in the Avengers series that is refreshingly low on stakes and high on goofy antics. Ha, antics! I just got that. Anyway, Paul Rudd and Michael Peña are a hoot; Evangeline Lily kicks butt; and Michelle Pfeiffer shows up for a little bit. You could do a lot worse, superhero-wise.
The Incredibles 2 (1/30)
If youre still starved for superpower parties, Pixars sequel to one of its most beloved films is a worthy successor, putting the indispensable Holly Hunters Elastigirl__ front and center, while setting up a surprising villain dynamic thats unlike one Ive seen before. Director Brad Bird stuffs his film with eye-popping set pieces, and steers mostly clear of the Objectivist stuff that sorta plagued the original. All told, a good time for friends or family.
Whats Leaving . . .
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (1/18)
One of the very best of all the Star Wars films—though maybe only I think that—will be leaving Netflix in January, so you should watch it before it goes. An admirably dark, but not cynical, look at the wages of heroism, Rogue One is this sprawling franchise at its saddest and most grownup. That may sound like a slog, but its actually rather invigorating to watch this universe deal with the harsh realities of war, which sometimes get glossed over in the main adventures of the Skywalkers and company. Something about this story of pushing on though all may be lost has said some welcome things to me since the movie first popped up on this service. Maybe it will speak to you, too.
Whats Arriving . . .
Tidying Up with Marie Kondo (1/1)
New year, new you!! You might just be inspired to toss out all the detritus mucking up your closets after watching an episode or seven of Netflixs next “nice” reality series, which brings Japanese organization icon Marie Kondo stateside and sends her on a magnificent de-cluttering journey from sea to shining sea. If the trailer is any indication, this show will combine the soothing, low-stakes drama of Terrace House with the tear-jerking emotional power of Queer Eye—a lethal combination, especially to someone poised on the precipice of failing to achieve their own new years resolutions. Proceed with caution.
American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace (1/7)
Ryan Murphys follow-up to The People vs. O.J. Simpson didnt quite have the zeitgeisty zing of that wholly absorbing courtroom drama—but then again, what could? Instead, Versace has its own power. Its quieter and more contemplative than the first entry in the Crime Story family, and more centered on a single show-stopping performance—that of eventual Emmy winner Darren Criss, who plays charming sociopath Andrew Cunanan with tremendous aplomb. And while there arent quite as many fireworks here as there were on O.J., there is a lot more meditative sadness as the show surveys the pitfalls of the gay experience in the 1990s—and some glorious wig acting courtesy of Penélope Cruz.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Season 4, Part 2 (1/25)
By this point, either youre fully on board with Kimmy Schmidts specific brand of cartoonish wackiness—characters drawn more broadly than Liev Schreibers ultra-wide Kingpin,, absurd punchlines that pile up like Tetris pieces in a late-level frenzy—or you find Tina Fey and Robert Carlocks cheerily dark post-30 Rock creation to be a special kind of grating. If you fall into the latter camp, thats your loss: in its final batch of episodes, Kimmy is delightful as ever, wrapping up each central story thread while still leaving room for that rumored two-hour finale movie. Better yet, that tremendously engineered opening theme song still slaps.
Whats Leaving . . .
Law & Order: S.V.U. seasons 15, 16, and 17 (Jan. 1)
There is a lot, a lot, of Law & Order: Sport Utility Vehicle out there, and if you really want to watch episodes from seasons 15-17 in January, youre more than welcome to find them on Hulu or pretty much any basic cable channel instead. If, however, only S.V.U. on Netflix will do, know that youve only got a few more weeks to watch episodes inspired by Bill Cosby, Ray Rice, Robert Durst, Josh Duggar, Elliot Rodger, the Slender Man stabbing, Gamergate, that discredited Rolling Stone campus rape cover story, the prison break that inspired Escape at Dannemora, and both Trayvon Martin and Paula Deen.
Full List of Whats Arriving__
*A Series of Unfortunate Events: Season 3
*Across the Universe
*Black Hawk Down
*City of God
*Comedians of the World
Hell or High Water
I Know What You Did Last Summer
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
It Takes Two
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
Mona Lisa Smile
Mr. Beans Holiday
Tears of the Sun
The Addams Family
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
The Dark Knight
The Mummy Returns
Tidying Up with Marie Kondo
xXx: State of the Union
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
And Breathe Normally
Call My Agent!: Season 3
El Potro: Unstoppable
GODZILLA The Planet Eater
Solo: A Star Wars Story
When Heroes Fly
Friends from College: Season 2
ReMastered: Massacre at the Stadium
The Last Laugh
Sebastian Maniscalco: Stay Hungry
American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace
FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened
Grace and Frankie: Season 5
The Worlds Most Extraordinary Homes: Season 2, Part B
Trigger Warning with Killer Mike
Trolls: The Beat Goes On!: Season 5
Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation
Black Earth Rising
Club de Cuervos: Season 4
Medici: The Magnificent
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 4, Part 2
Z Nation: Season 5
Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias: One Show Fits All
Ant-Man and the Wasp
The Incredibles 2
Marvels The Punisher: Season 2
Full List of Whats Leaving__
Beethovens Christmas Adventure
Bram Stokers Dracula
Friday Night Lights
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
I Am Ali
Interview with the Vampire
Into the Wild
Journey to the Center of the Earth
Kung Fu Panda
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: The Fifteenth Year
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: The Seventeenth Year
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: The Sixteenth Year
Like Water for Chocolate
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
Meet the Fockers
Meet the Parents
Million Dollar Baby
Monsters vs. Aliens
Sharknado 2: The Second One
Sharknado: The 4th Awakens
The 6th Day
The Godfather: Part II
The Godfather: Part III
The Green Mile
The Iron Giant
The Princess Diaries
The Queen of the Damned
Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
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