7 best new movies to hit Netflix in January 2022
As a new year begins, a slew of new titles are now available to stream on Netflix. It can be intimidating trying to figure out what to watch on the streaming service, and narrowing the selection down to what’s been recently added is an easy way to make sure you find something you’ve never seen before (or that you haven’t seen in a long time).
Below, we’ve rounded up a list of the best new movies to hit Netflix in January 2022. They range from neo-westerns to romantic comedies to Oscar-winning dramas, and all of them are worth checking out for one reason or another.
Against all odds
If you’re a “Yellowstone” fan, you might want to take a look at creator Taylor Sheridan’s 2016 neo-western crime film, “Hell or High Water.” The film stars Chris Pine and Ben Foster as two brothers who carry out a series of bank robberies to save their family ranch, and are put on the radar of two Texas Rangers played by Jeff Bridges and Gil Birmingham. Sheridan wrote the screenplay which was then directed by David Mackenzie, and the film is a slow-burning crime thriller with complex characters that builds tension inch by inch until its explosive finale. The film won Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Screenplay, and Supporting Actor for Bridges.
I love you man
The 2009 comedy “I love you, man” is the itch of boyfriend comedy, with Paul Rudd playing a friendless man looking for a man of honor for his wedding and Jason Segel playing the charismatic companion and free on which he sets his sights. Rashida Jones stars as Rudd’s wife, while the film also features memorable comedy turns from Jane Curtain, JK Simmons, Jon Favreau, and Andy Samberg. While the movie isn’t as funny as other 2000s comedies in a similar vein, Rudd and Segel’s chemistry makes this one enjoyable nonetheless.
Do you choose the classic route? Discover Martin Scorsese’s flagship film from 1976 “Taxi Driver”. Often imitated but never reproduced, this noir-inspired drama stars Robert De Niro as Travis Bickle, a taxi driver living in New York City who decides to take matters into his own hands to clean the streets. Paul Schrader’s screenplay puts this antihero front and center, while Scorsese’s direction feels almost dreamlike at times. This one is worth another watch if you haven’t seen it in a while, as its rich themes still offer plenty to chew on.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
A successful masterpiece, “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” is as thrilling today as it did when it was released in 1991. James Cameron has returned to direct the sequel to his 1984 film, but this time Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Terminator is the right guy. Sent back in time by an adult John Connor to protect a young John Connor (played by Edward Furlong) from a new Terminator (the T-1000, played by Robert Patrick), Schwarzenegger excels in mining comedy thanks to the dry reaction of his character has, well, everything. But Linda Hamilton is the real star of this thing as Sarah Connor empowered and ready for battle.
Sometimes you just want to watch a cheesy romantic comedy, and “Runaway Bride” is just that. Released in 1999, the film reunited Julia Roberts with her “Pretty Woman” co-star Richard Gere and director Garry Marshall for the story of a woman who was nicknamed “The Runaway Bride” for her tendency to leave her behind. engaged to the altar. Gere plays a columnist who writes an article filled with errors about the woman, before being fired and having one last chance to restore his reputation – by writing a detailed article about this runaway bride. A surprising romance ensues.
One of the best films of the Coen brothers is surely “True Grit” of 2010, an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Charles Portis. Here are the Coens making an outright western, telling the story of a 14-year-old girl (Hailee Steinfeld) who hires a drunken lawyer (Jeff Bridges) to help her find the man who murdered. his father. Matt Damon comes in as the arrogant Texas Ranger, and Josh Brolin plays the murderer in question. This is a quest-type western featuring incredible cinematography by Roger Deakins and a beautiful score by Carter Burwell that revisits classic hymns.
Available from January 16, filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson’s acerbic romance “Phantom Thread,” starring Daniel Day-Lewis in his last on-screen role before retirement. Based in 1954 in London, Day-Lewis is a famous fashion designer who takes his meticulous process seriously. But when he begins a relationship with a waitress, his routine starts to get messed up and he has to consider the impact this relationship will have on his job. It’s Paul Thomas Anderson’s version of a twisted romantic drama, and the film is surprisingly funny. It won Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Director, Actress, Supporting Actress, and Original Music and won the award for Best Costume Design.