Your guide to new things to watch during lockdown.
Found yourself running dry of Netflix content to watch? You’re in luck. Because the streaming platform is treating us to a number of new drops this month, including a couple of blasts from the past and brand new originals. From Nicholas Cage saying “f*ck” a lot, to the lighthearted comedies that’ll help you get through lockdown, here’s our guide to everything new to Netflix this January 2021.
History of Swear Words, streaming now
Dropping on Netflix at the start of the year, Nicholas Cage stars in the History of Swear Words, a comical approach to curse words explained by Cage himself. Basically, if you want to hear Nicholas Cage say “f*ck” a lot, this one’s for you. Streaming now.
Pieces of a Woman, streaming now
Pieces of a Woman saw Vanessa Kirby picked up ‘Best Actress’ at the 77th Venice International Film Festival, and now, civilians such as ourselves can see what all the hype is about on Netflix. The movie follows a couple (played by Vanessa Kirby and Shia LaBeouf) on the verge of parenthood, whose lives change drastically following a home birth. Stream it now.
Instant Family, January 10
An easy comedy starring Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne, Instant Family follows a married couple who decide to adopt – although things take a bit of a turn when they realise that the child they’re interested in has two other siblings. The film is loosely based on a true story, and was positively received by critics upon its 2018 release. Watch it from January 10.
Boy Erased, January 17
Something a little less light-hearted for those days where you really want to get stuck into a film, Nicole Kidman stars in Boy Erased, a biographical drama based on Garrard Conley’s memoir. The film is incredibly heartbreaking, telling the story of a young man who discovers he is gay, for his parents to send him to a conversion therapy camp. Streaming from January 17.
Riverdale (S5), January 21
Returning for its fifth season and picking up where it left off (when the pandemic ground production to a halt), Riverdale is back – and fans are being treated to a time jump of up to seven years throughout the season, which will see the gang going about their lives as adults and long graduated from Riverdale High. Expect the usual far-fetched drama, an all-new vibe and some steamy romances. Streaming weekly from January 21.
Booksmart, January 24
One of 2019’s best comedies (back when we didn’t have to worry about a global pandemic) Booksmart is the perfect form of escapism while we’re stuck at home. The coming-of-age comedy follows two bookworms just a day away from graduation, who soon realise they’ve missed out on important high school experiences as a result of prioritising their studies. Think Superbad, but nerdier. Streaming January 24.
Snowpiercer (S2), January 26
Joining the cast for the brand new season, Sean Bean will star alongside Jennifer Connolly for the fan-favourite Snowpiercer – a show recommended by one of our writers in our 2020 round-up. The series is written by Parasite‘s Bong Joon-ho, and follows the survivors of an ice age who all live on the Snowpiercer train in order to survive. Highly dystopian and highly recommended. Season 2 drops January 26, and season 1 is available to watch now.
Hotel Artemis, January 28
In a similar vein to the John Wick films, Hotel Artemis lives in a dystopian world, where Los Angeles has been ripped to shreds and there’s a special hotel for criminals to receive medical treatment. Things turn sour however when a new group of patients begin to cause some trouble. The film has an all-star cast, with the likes of Jeff Goldblum, Jodie Foster, Dave Bautista and Zachary Quinto – to name a few. Streaming from January 28.
The Borrowers, streaming now
A blast from the past for 90s kids to enjoy, The Borrowers has just dropped on Netflix, and its the perfect opportunity to escape to a nostalgic corner of your mind. John Goodman (aka Violet’s dad in Coyote Ugly) stars alongside Tom Felton (who eventually moved onto becoming Draco Malfoy) in the film about a family who finds themselves in a pot of bother when lawyers threaten to destroy their home. Help is close by however when they discover a family of miniature people living below their floorboards.