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Here’s What’s Coming (‘Frank’) and Going (‘Kramer vs. Kramer’) on Netflix in January 2015

Here's What's Coming ('Frank') and Going ('Kramer vs. Kramer') on Netflix in January 2015

Netflix has released the complete roster of film titles slated to become available on the popular streaming platform as of next month, which includes the 2014 independent films “To Be Takei,” “Frank” and Jon Favreau’s “Chef.”

According to the Netflix “Last Call” list, however, a substantial number of classic titles will be taken out of circulation as of the first of the year. “Kramer vs. Kramer,” “Boyz n the Hood,” “Love Actually,” “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” and “Roman Holiday” make up just a few of the exiting films. Thank goodness for the holiday season and the extra time it gives us to catch up on our queue.

Below we’ve got both the incoming and outgoing list of films, along with our special picks. Happy streaming!

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101 Dalmatians (1996)

Bad Boys II (2003)

Batman & Robin (1997)

Bruce Almighty (2003)

Cast Away (2000)

Get Low (2009)

Election (1999)

Indiewire Pick: “Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas” (1998)

Terry Gilliam’s 1998 adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson’s absurd, semi-autobiographical novel will make your heart race from both discomfort and fascination. Johnny Depp stars as Raoul Duke, a journalist, not unlike Thompson, tasked with covering a motorcycle race taking place just outside Los Angeles. Raoul takes this job as an opportunity to embark on a wild, drug-addled road trip with his friend Dr. Gonzo, who is played by Benicio Del Toro.

Of course, chaos (of the best kind) ensues, but the fun doesn’t have to stop once the credits start to roll for the film. For those interested in all things Thompson, Netflix also has the Alex Gibney documentary, “Gonzo: The Life and Work of Hunter S. Thompson” available to stream. Gibney’s film can be seen as a sort of companion piece to Gilliam’s adaptation of “Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas,” as it draws a great deal of stylistic inspiration from its cinematic predecessor.

READ MORE: A Guide to Alex Gibney: Breaking Down the Acclaimed Documentarian’s Filmography

Fort Bliss (2014)

Mean Girls (2004)

Shall We Dance? (2004)

To Be Takei (2014)

Indiewire Pick: The French Connection (1971)

William Friedken’s cop thriller starring Gene Hackman, Fernando Rey and Roy Schneider was the first R-rated film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture since the MPAA’s implementation of the Ratings System. The film also contains one of the most memorable car chases in film history. In his review of the film, Roger Ebert observed that the genius of the chase is rooted in the fact that “it occurs in an ordinary time and place. No rules are suspended.” It’s an approach that filmmakers have attempted to replicate time and time again; the most recent example being “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” Co-directors Anthony and Joe Russo cited the car chase in “The French Connection” as one of their major sources of inspiration for the way they approached working on the Marvel franchise.

The Quiet Man (1952)

The War of the Worlds (1953)

Wayne’s World 2 (1993)

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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)

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Brick Mansions (2014)

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Indiewire Pick: Frank (2014)

Based on screenwriter and journalist Jon Ronson’s real-life experience joining a band headed up by musician and comedian Chris Sievey, who is best known for his masked, onstage persona “Frank Sidebottom, the film “Frank” is strange to say the least. Strange, but also magical in the most unexpected ways. With his face obscured by a giant paper maché mask, Michael Fassbender completely inhabits the character of Frank. While Fassbender is indeed an accomplished actor, with “Frank” he is perhaps further away from his acting persona than ever before — which proves to be an interesting exercise for audiences as well.

READ MORE: Sundance Review: Michael Fassbender Wears a Giant Fake Head In Irreverent Music Comedy ‘Frank’

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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (2011)

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Iliza Shlesinger: Freezing Hot (2014)

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Chef (2014)

Last Call: January 1, 2015

12 Angry Men (1957)

A Mighty Heart (2007)

A River Runs Through It (1992)

Backdraft (1991)

Bad Boys (1995)

Indiewire Pick: “Batman” (1989)

Tim Burton’s “Batman” is the secret ingredient that makes Alejandro González Iñárittu’s “Birdman” so appealing. If it weren’t for the fact that 25 years ago Michael Keaton assumed the role of Batman in the same way that his “Birdman” character Riggan once assumed the role of Birdman, Iñárritu’s film would not have hit the same note with audiences. Re-visiting Keaton’s performance in “Batman” before the film is removed from the Netflix streaming platform might be a good way to put the superhero genre metanarrative of “Birdman” into perspective.

Beethoven (1992)

Beethoven’s 2nd (1993)

Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

Big Trouble in Little China (1986)

Indiewire Pick: “Boyz n the Hood” (1986)

Given recent events in Ferguson and New York City, John Singleton’s directorial debut is more than just a piece of film history. Tre Styles’ coming-of-age is relevant now more than ever. The fearless way in which the film examines how institutional racism and class-based prejudice have shaped the lives of Tre, his family, his friends and other members of his community, provides an instructive example for the conversations that are currently going on in the United States legal system, the media and in the streets.

Braveheart (1995)

Can’t Buy Me Love (1987)

Carrie (1976)

D3: The Mighty Ducks (1996)

Far and Away (1992)

Girls Just Want to Have Fun (1985)

Gladiator (2000)

Good Burger (1997)

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967)

Happy Gilmore (1996)

Hitch (2005)

Hotel Rwanda (2004)

Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959)

Indiewire Pick: “Kramer vs. Kramer” (1979)

Meryl Streep, Dustin Hoffman and then-newcomer Justin Henry give heart-wrenching performances in this timeless family drama about divorce. Streep plays Joanna, an unhappy young housewife who is married to Ted, a workaholic advertising executive played by Hoffman. At the start of the film, Joanna abruptly informs Ted that she’s leaving, thrusting Ted into single parenthood, as he must now care for their seven-year-old son Billy (played by Henry). The title, “Kramer vs. Kramer,” takes its name from the custody battle that ensues once Joanna reappears and wishes to take back Billy. Count on crying a lot over the course of this film, and afterwards, you will most likely be prone to expressing spontaneous bursts of affection towards your loved ones.

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)

Love Actually (2003)

Manhattan (1979)

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

My Girl (1991)

My Girl 2 (1994)

Red Dawn (1984)

Rocky I­V (1976­1990)

Roman Holiday (1953)

Saved! (2004)

Scary Movie 2 (2001)

Spaceballs (1987)

Stargate (1994)

Taylor Swift: Journey to Fearless (2010)

The Bad News Bears Go to Japan! (1978)

The Brady Bunch Movie (1995)

The Breakfast Club (1985)

The Chronicles of Riddick (2004)

The Company Men (2010)

The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

The Longest Yard (1974)

The Mighty Ducks (1992)

The Original Kings of Comedy (2000)

The Parent Trap (1998)

The Phantom of the Opera (1989)

The Usual Suspects (1995)

The Wedding Planner (2001)

Titanic (1997)

Tombstone (1993)

Turner and Hooch (1989)

You’ve Got Mail (1998)

READ MORE: ‘Almost Famous,’ ‘Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion’ and More New Titles on Netflix This December

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