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The 7 Best Movies New to Netflix in January 2022

Vampire cult classics and a Paul Thomas Anderson all-timer are among movies new to the streaming platform this month.

PHANTOM THREAD, from left: Daniel Day-Lewis, Vicky Krieps, 2017. ph: Laurie Sparham /© Focus Features /Courtesy Everett Collection

“Phantom Thread”

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New year, new… us? A week into the year, 2022 doesn’t feel totally different than the last one. (Except that we lost Betty White, Sidney Poitier, and Peter Bogdanovich in barely seven days.)

Still, a new year means a fresh start for streaming content, even if the awards season is far, far from over, and we’ll still be talking about the same dozen movies for the next three months. Many of which are on Netflix, including the Christmas weekend streaming smash “Don’t Look Up” (which both irked and wired viewers for either its bracing assault on climate change denial or too tepid treatment of the same; you pick), as well as Maggie Gyllenhaal’s “The Lost Daughter,” a directorial debut that, in some ways, reduces the bursting historical context of its Elena Ferrante source novel to a Hollywood-friendly adaptation. (Even as the film leaves much to the viewer’s own making.)

If you’re seeking reprieve from the traditional January dumping ground for shoddy horror movies and zombified IP pulled out from the dead, Netflix has alternatives for you, with a few bona fide horror hits that have endured via nostalgia for the ’80s and ’90s, namely Joel Schumacher’s “The Lost Boys” from 1984 and Neil Jordan’s “Interview with the Vampire” from 1994.

But this year’s Netflix movie lineup also includes one of the indisputably greatest films of all time, and one that is sure to rank among them in the decades to come.

David Ehrlich contributed to this story.

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