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A new year is on the horizon and that means a wave of new releases on Netflix UK. January 2015’s list of new Netflix releases is longer than most months’ – and better too.
If it’s any indicator of Netflix’s plans for the next 12 months, the VOD has service has one hell of a year in store, with titles covering a whole range of genres, from Disney movies – Aladdin – and indie drama – Locke, Blue Ruin – to Christian movies (The Lost Medallion, building on the recent release of religious cartoon VeggieTales in the House) and older action favourites (Walking Tall, The Taking of Pelham One, Two, Three). There’s even a Christmas flick arriving a week too late.
There is more good news for award heavyweights (hello to The Fighter and Les Mis) and those who like their TV dramas gripping, with Sons of Anarchy Season 6 arriving on Netflix only a few short months after its DVD release. The biggest treats, though, are the smaller gems of the line-up, such as They Came Together and Joe, with many of them arriving before 2014 is even out.
So get your calendars out, grab a marker pen, and get ready for a cracking month of streaming. (Let’s not talk about Postman Pat: The Movie and Pudsey the Dog, both of which also arrive for New Year’s.)
Here are the top 26 new releases coming soon on Netflix UK in January 2015 (dates subject to change).
Scroll all the way down for a list of other releases – or head this way for our updated list of new releases on Netflix UK (including many not mentioned below.)
They Came Together – 31st December
A man and a woman fall in love in exactly the way they would in a rom-com in David Wain’s spoof. Packed with more knowing jokes than you could shake a self-aware stick at, it’s hilariously witty but – thanks to Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd’s charming performances – unexpectedly sweet too. Equal parts smart and silly, if you giggled at the title, They Came Together is for you.
Read our full review
The Purple Rose of Cairo – 31st December
Woody Allen’s delightful post-modern romance sees a lonely housewife fall in love with a movie matinee idol. When he comes out of the screen and into the real world, though, she has to work out whether reality can ever live up to fantasy. Moving, funny and beautiful to boot, this is Allen at his most magical.
Locke – 31st December
Tom Hardy plays Ivan Locke, a construction worker who drives to London to be with the woman about to have his baby. The problem? She’s not his wife. And he’s meant to be preparing for the largest ever non-military deposit of concrete in Europe. Steven “Peaky Blinders” Knight’s low-key film is a tense, moving and surprisingly existential drama that tackles everything from identity and family to, erm, concrete, without leaving the passenger seat of a car.
Read our full review.
Joe – 31st December
David Gordon Green follows Prince Avalanche with another southern gem about a young boy with an abusive father who finds himself a new role model in the equally inappropriate Joe, played by Nic Cage. Understated and featuring Cage’s first ever on-screen beard, this is fantastic stuff.
Read our full review – and interview with David Gordon Green.
Blue Ruin – 31st December
A bum’s life is turned upside down when he hears some horrible news and so he does the natural thing: goes back home to carry out revenge. Underplayed and unconnected to Liam Neeson, this is a quietly thrilling modern indie classic.
Sabotage – 31st December
Arnie stars in this actioner from Fury and End of Watch director David Ayer, which sees an elite DEA team hunted down after they rob a cartel’s safe house.
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three – 31st December
Walter Matthau stars as a determined transit police chief faced with the hijacking of a train by four anonymous men. Joseph Sargent’s old-school thriller is a gripping cat and mouse game featuring a nose-twitchingly good performance from bad guy Robert Shaw.
Killing Season – 31st December
John Travolta and Robert De Niro appear together in a film for the first time as two soldiers tracking each other on an isolated hunting trip.
Blood Ties – 31st December
Clive Owen, Marion Cotillard, Zoe Saldana, Mila Kunis, Billy Crudup and James Caan all star in this 70s-set gangster drama, which sees an ex-con fail to go straight while kipping on the couch of his policeman brother. If it’s over-stuffed with talent as well as story, the cast make the most of their parts.
Read our full review.
Johnny Bravo: Season 4 – 31st December
Just weeks after Season 3 of Cartoon Network’s show arrived on Netflix UK, the world’s most likeable womaniser returns for more. Whoa, mama.
The Quiet Ones – 31st December
Mad Men’s Jared Harris stars in this horror from the revamped Hammer studio, which sees a group of Oxford students conduct an experiment to turn a girl into a poltergeist. Jared Harris holds the fort perfectly, toeing the line between sinister and uncertain.
Read our full review.
Cube – 1st January
A group of strangers wake up to find themselves in a cube-shaped room that is booby-trapped with nasty puzzles. They escape, only to find another cube next to it. And another. And another. Splice director Vincenzo Natali’s sci-fi horror is a wonderfully trashy B-movie with enough blood to match its bonkers premise.
Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure – 1st January
One week late for Christmas, everyone’s favourite St. Bernard gets a festive outing that can only be better than the rest of the seasonal rubbish available on Netflix UK.
Misfits: Season 5 – 1st January
E4’s sci-fi series, about a group of young offenders who acquire super powers, continues with another series, which sees Alex able to remove other people’s abilities through sexual intercourse.
Sons of Anarchy: Season 6 – 1st January
Kurt Sutter’s drama about family and motorbikes races into a penultimate season that’s predictably dark and darkly unpredictable.
Pretty Little Liars: Seasons 1 to 5 – 1st January
ABC Family’s series, about a group of friends whose leader goes missing – only to apparently begin sending them cryptic messages one year later – is a huge hit in the states with young viewers. Netflix has now bought up the exclusive UK rights, which it hopes will have the same effect for them over here.
Vampire Knight: Seasons 1 and 2 – 1st January
Kiyoko Sayama’s anime, based on the manga of the same, was first broadcast in Japan in 2008. It follows Yuuki, a girl who protects the vampire clan at her father’s boarding school, Cross Academy.
Gus – 2nd January
Who said mules can’t play football? This 1976 live action Disney flick joins the long line of House of Mouse movies about anthropomorphised animals. It’s far from classic, but it might hit the retro spot for some.
The Office (U.S.): Season 9 – 5th January
Everyone knows the American version of The Office is funnier than the British original – but can the show really survive without Steve Carell’s Michael Scott? The final run sees Rainn Wilson’s Dwight finally promoted to regional manager.
Les Misérables – 13th January
Do you hear the people sing? You soon will do after Tom Hooper’s fabulously heart-breaking adaptation of the stage musical. The decision to record the cast singing live on set made headlines when the movie was first released – and you’ll understand why when you hear Anne Hathaway’s understated I Dreamed A Dream. Once you’ve stopped crying, that is.
The League: Season 6 – 18th January
Who knew fantasy football could be the basis of a funny TV comedy? The League did – and Season 6 sees a return to amusing form.
Read our review of The League Season 5.
The Fighter – 20th January
Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg) is a boxer – not a great one, but a good one. He’s the younger brother of Dicky Ecklund (Christian Bale). Dicky’s a boxer too. He once knocked down Sugar Ray. Now he spends his days smoking crack and talking to a documentary crew. The pair’s family drama, mixed with underdog sports thrills, makes for a middle of the road movie, but the performances (including an excellent Amy Adams) give it a massive wallop of compassion.
Aladdin – 23rd January
Known the world over as a panto, this Disney version of the old Arabian Nights tale is arguably the best, as a diamond-in-the-rough street rat takes on the evil sorcerer Jafar and tries to win the hand of Princess Jasmine. Alan Menken’s songs are superb and the animation is lovely, but the show is stolen by Robin Williams as the big blue genie. You never had a friend like him.
Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia – 27th January
Nicholas Wrathall’s portrait of Gore Vidal is a documentary that spans a 50-year career. Including footage of Vidal’s final years, the film explores his impact upon art, literature and politics, as well as his view of the 21st century US administration.
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert – 28th January
Hugo Weaving. Guy Pearce. Terence Stamp. In any other movie, that cast list would be enough to catch your eye. In Stephan Elliot’s comedy, though, they help to deliver a thoughtful, funny road movie about two drag queens and a transsexual woman travelling from Sydney to Alice Springs in a tour bus. A classic.
The Good Wife: Season 5 – 30th January
Before Mike Colter stars as Luke Cage in Netflix’s upcoming Marvel series, catch him in the CBS legal drama, Season 5 of which sees Alicia and Cary open a new firm together.
Other new Netflix UK releases (January 2015)
Pudsey the Dog: The Movie
Postman Pat: The Movie
Draft Day (read our review)
See No Evil 2
The Mighty Quinn
The Single Moms Club
It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
A Long Way Down
The Legend of Hercules
Samurai Jack: Season 3
Mr. Selfridge: Season 2
Dexter’s Laboratory: Season 4
Brothers on the Line
Dance for Me
Music For Mandela
LEGO: The Adventures of Clutch Powers
90210: Season 4
The Tomorrow People: Season 1
Yu-Gi-Oh: Season 2
Attack on Titan
The Lost Medallion
The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes
Davy Crockett – King Of The Wild Frontier
A Country Coyote Goes Hollywood