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‘We Need to Talk About Kevin’ and More Coming to Netflix This January (Plus Indiewire’s Picks)

'We Need to Talk About Kevin' and More Coming to Netflix This January (Plus Indiewire's Picks)

READ MORE: Last Call: 62 Films Leaving Netflix This January (And 10 You Can’t Miss)

January is notoriously the month when the movies become a dumping ground for ill-faited leftovers, which makes Netflix more essential than ever.

Fortunately, the streaming service is handing a handful of promising titles to ring in the new year, which means the lackluster choices at the theater shouldn’t stop you from seeing great movies. From Lynne Ramsay’s horrifying “We Need to Talk About Kevin” to Patrick Brice’s Sundance sex comedy “The Overnight,” below are all of the titles hitting Netflix this January, plus Indiewire’s personal picks on what to stream.

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2 Fast 2 Furious” (2003)
“Along Came Polly” (2004)
“American Girl: Grace Stirs up Success” (2015)
“Bring It On: Fight to the Finish” (2009)
“Bring It On: In It to Win It” (2007)
“Catwoman” (2004)
”Constantine” (2005)
“The Good Road” (2013)
“House of Wax” (2005)
“How to Change the World” (2015)
“Ice Age 2: The Meltdown” (2006)
“Intolerable Cruelty” (2003)
“Journey to Le Mans “(2014)
“Piku” (2015)
“Pooh’s Heffalump Movie” (2005)

Indiewire Pick: “Pride and Prejudice” (2005)

Two years before “Atonement,” Keira Knightley and then first-time director Joe Wright collaborated on this adaptation of Jane Austen’s most popular novel. Some die-hard Austen fans still stubbornly deny the triumph of Wright’s adaptation, preferring the five-hour BBC version starring Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth, but the director succeeds in his more light-hearted, free-flowing and visually sumptuous version of “Pride & Prejudice.”

“The Rundown” (2003)
“Shout Gladi Gladi” (2015)
“Smokin’ Aces 2: Assassins’ Ball” (2009)
“Something New” (2006)
“Swordfish” (2001)
“The Tale of Despereaux” (2008)
“The Wedding Date” (2005)

Indiewire Pick: “We Need to Talk About Kevin” (2011)

Over the course of this psychological trial, Lynne Ramsay creates an impressionistic nightmare that tells the story of a mother’s emotional and physical reality in the timeframes before and after her son commits an unthinkable tragedy. We don’t just see the mother’s emotions as Tilda Swinton runs the gamut of emotions, we feel them in every shot and every frame. Ramsay composes sequences of horrific beauty and unrelenting realism), and her disorienting editing leaves it up to the viewer to figure out where in time the movie is taking place.

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“Blunt Force Trauma” (2015)

Indiewire Picks: “Training Day” (2001)

Staying on the right side of the law becomes an occupational challenge for rookie cop Jake Hoyt when he’s partnered with narcotics agent Alonzo Harris, a veteran detective whom Hoyt suspects may have more in common with crooks than cops. Featuring an Oscar-winning performance from Denzel Washington, “Training Day” hits a chord of urban realism that few films rarely achieve.

“Loins of Punjab” (2007)
“Meet the Fockers” (2004)
”Meet the Parents” (2000)
“Nanny McPhee” (2006)

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“Adult World” (2014)

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“Dos Hermanos” (2010)
“El Hombre de al Lado” (2009)
“Esperando La Carroza” (1985)
“The Marziano Family” (2011)
“Un Oso Rojo” (2002)

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“The Ladykillers” (2004)

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“The Testimony” (2015)

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“The Last Five Year” (2015)
“Moonwalkers” (2015)
“Occupied” (2015)

Indiewire Pick: “The Overnight” (2015)

Patrick Brice’s hilarious sex romp features a quartet cast — Adam Scott, Taylor Schilling, Jason Schwartzman and Judith Godrèche — that expertly navigates the awkward plot of two couples who go from strangers to possible swingers over the course of one bizarre evening. While the film includes a ton of R-rated raunch (we’re looking at you, prosthetic penises!), “The Overnight” gets real bonus points for handling its swingers storyline with the utmost care for its characters’ predicaments. At the end of the day, the film is a relatable look at how suburban conformity reduces the spark between parents, and how maybe, just maybe, a new sexual experience can help bring it back. 

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“Hyde Park on Hudson” (2012)

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“Curve” (2015)

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“Drone” (2014)

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“Sharknado 3”
“Turbo Kid” (2015)

Available 1/28
“Frozen Planet” (2011)
“Frozen Planet: On Thin Ice” (2011)
“Frozen Planet: The Epic Journey” (2011)
“The Making of Frozen Planet” (2011)

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“Words and Pictures” (2013)

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