Best new movies to stream on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, HBO, and more

Already fallen off your New Year’s resolutions? That’s OK. Life’s tough enough without instituting major arbitrary changes in your life just because the calendar changed. But if you’re feeling glum, why not turn things around with a movie night? The major streaming services have a ton of new content this month — both brand new and classic. We’re making sure you don’t miss a thing with this weekly roundup. Keep checking back for the best new movies to stream on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, HBO, Apple TV+, and Disney+.

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Phantom Thread (2017) new

Phantom Thread
90 %
r 130m
Genre Drama, Romance
Stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Vicky Krieps, Lesley Manville
Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson
Daniel Day-Lewis is ultra-selective with his roles these days, so you know you’re going to get something special when he teams up with Paul Thomas Anderson. Day-Lewis plays Reynolds Woodcock, a renowned dressmaker who, with his sister Cyril, exist at the epicenter of British fashion in 1950s London. A casual ladies’ man, Woodcock sees women come and go through his life, providing a bit of inspiration and companionship before he moves on. But his carefully tailored existence soon becomes unraveled when he meets Alma (Vicky Krieps).

Taxi Driver (1976)

Taxi Driver
94 %
r 114m
Genre Crime, Drama
Stars Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Albert Brooks
Directed by Martin Scorsese
Robert De Niro delivers his first genuinely iconic performances in one of Martin Scorsese’s finest films. Travis Bickle (De Niro) is a New York City cabbie suffering from insomnia and on the brink of a mental breakdown. Unable to sleep, he prowls the streets in his cab, growing increasingly detached from reality. When he meets an idealistic campaign worker, Bickle becomes obsessed with saving the world, but manifests that idea in strange ways. None stranger than becoming consumed by trying to save a 12-year-old prostitute (Jodie Foster).

I Love You, Man (2009)

I Love You, Man
70 %
r 105m
Genre Comedy, Romance
Stars Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, Rashida Jones
Directed by John Hamburg
The ultimate bromance movie, I Love You, Man stars Paul Rudd as soon-to-be groom Peter Klaven who realizes shortly before his wedding day that he has nobody to be his best man. So, he embarks on a series of “man-dates” to find a new best male friend, soon stumbling across Sydney Fife (Jason Segel). The two hit it off so strongly that their friendship begins to threaten Peter’s relationship with his fiancee (Rashida Jones), making things exceedingly awkward.

The Lost Daughter (2021)

The Lost Daughter
83 %
r 122m
Genre Drama
Stars Olivia Colman, Jessie Buckley, Dakota Johnson
Directed by Maggie Gyllenhaal
Leda (Olivia Colman) is enjoying a solitary seaside vacation when she soon becomes consumed by the relationship of a young mother and daughter on the beach. Compelled by their relationship and perturbed by the behavior of their extended family, Leda soon becomes overwhelmed with nostalgia and terror, recalling her own days of early motherhood. So then when she makes an impulsive decision, she’s soon shocked into facing the unconventional choices she made as a young mother and begins to finally reckon with the consequences.

Don't Look Up (2021)

Don't Look Up
52 %
r 138m
Genre Drama, Comedy, Science Fiction
Stars Jennifer Lawrence, Leonardo DiCaprio, Meryl Streep
Directed by Adam McKay
Adam McKay’s (The Big Short, Vice) newest political bite takes aim at the masses sticking their heads in the sand. When astronomy grad student Kate Dibiasky (Jennifer Lawrence) and her professor Dr. Randall Mindy (Leonardo DiCaprio) discover a comet orbiting within the solar system, they realize it’s on a direct collision course with Earth. Unfortunately, everybody they try to warn about it doesn’t seem to care, including the President (Meryl Streep) and her Chief of Staff (Jonah Hill). With only six months until the comet makes impact, Kate, Randall, and Dr. Oglethorpe (Rob Morgan) take on the 24-hour news cycle and attempt to gain enough recognition on social media to finally get the world to acknowledge the impending doom. Read our review of Don’t Look Up here.


Bergman Island (2021)

Bergman Island
81 %
r 113m
Genre Drama, Romance
Stars Vicky Krieps, Tim Roth, Mia Wasikowska
Directed by Mia Hansen-Løve
A heralded new indie, Bergman Island stars Vicky Krieps and Tim Roth as two American filmmakers retreating to the fictional Fårö island where Bergman lived and shot his most celebrated pieces. Spending the summer there, the filmmakers hope to find inspiration for their upcoming films, but as they spend days separated, the fascination with the island leads to diverging inspirations that threaten to tear the couple apart.

Black Bear (2020)

Black Bear
79 %
r 106m
Genre Drama, Comedy, Thriller
Stars Aubrey Plaza, Christopher Abbott, Sarah Gadon
Directed by Lawrence Michael Levine
A weird, reality-blurring film, Black Bear takes place at a remote lake house in the Adirondacks. There, a couple hosts a guest who is looking for inspiration for her filmmaking. Soon, however, the trio falls into a bizarre triangle of desire, manipulation, and jealousy.

Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)

Star Trek: The Motion Picture
48 %
g 132m
Genre Science Fiction, Adventure, Mystery
Stars William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley
Directed by Robert Wise
While Star Trek: The Motion Picture is something of a letdown, we’ve included it here because Hulu currently has most of the original movie franchise, including the masterpiece Wrath of Khan. If you’re looking for a day-long binge, buckle up on the Starship Enterprise as Admiral Kirk (William Shatner), Spock (Leonard Nimoy), and the crew protect the universe from evil.

Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)

Once Upon a Time in the West
80 %
pg-13 166m
Genre Drama, Western
Stars Claudia Cardinale, Henry Fonda, Jason Robards
Directed by Sergio Leone
You can’t go wrong with a classic Western and Sergio Leone’s Once Upon a Time in the West is one of the greats. There’s just one piece of land around Flagstone with water and rail baron Morton (Gabriele Ferzetti) has designs on it, knowing his new railroad will have to stop there. Morton sends his henchman Frank (Henry Fonda) to scare the land’s owner into selling but Frank kills the man instead, pinning the murder on a well-known bandit in the area. But new arrivals in town will make Morton and Frank’s gambit a lot more difficult.

The Nowhere Inn (2021)

The Nowhere Inn
60 %
Genre Comedy, Drama
Stars St. Vincent, Carrie Brownstein, Ezra Buzzington
Directed by Bill Benz
Real-life friends Annie Clark (a.k.a. St. Vincent) and Carrie Brownstein set out to create a music documentary about St. Vincent’s music, touring life, and on-stage persona. But as they get to work on a naturally personal project for both of them, the lines between subject and filmmaker begin to blur, threatening to derail the project and their friendship. It’s an ambitious, extremely meta film that is at once the exact documentary the on-screen personas set out to make and something completely different.


Hotel Transylvania: Transformania (2022) new

Hotel Transylvania: Transformania
45 %
Genre Animation, Family, Fantasy, Comedy, Adventure
Stars Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg, Kathryn Hahn
Directed by Derek Drymon, Jennifer Kluska
We often default to prestige films or adult comedies in this piece, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t add one of the bigger recent streaming releases: The fourth installment in the Hotel Transylvania franchise. In Transformania, Drac (formerly voiced by Adam Sandler, but here it’s Brian Hull) and his monster pals are back in a whole new way … human. Van Helsing’s “Monsterification Ray” goes haywire, turning Drac and the rest of the monsters into humans — and Johnny into a monster. But while Johnny’s having the time of his life as a monster, Drac and the crew aren’t so thrilled to be without their monster powers. Now, they must race across the globe to find a cure before it’s too late and the transformations become permanent.

The Master (2012)

The Master
86 %
r 137m
Genre Drama
Stars Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams
Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson
Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix are both at the top of their games in Paul Thomas Anderson’s depiction of a post-World War II cult. Freddie Quell (Phoenix) is managing his PTSD with booze and drifting until one night in 1950, when he boards a boat and meets Lancaster Dodd (Hoffman). Dodd is the charismatic leader of a religious movement called the Cause, to which he invites Freddie. As Freddie becomes embroiled in the Cause’s rules and teachings, he forms a close bond with his mentor, threatening the other members of the inner circle.

Saving Private Ryan (1998)

Saving Private Ryan
91 %
r 169m
Genre Drama, History, War
Stars Tom Hanks, Tom Sizemore, Edward Burns
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Saving Private Ryan opens with one of the most harrowing and detailed depictions of D-Day ever filmed and doesn’t let up from there. One of the greatest World War II movies you’ll see, Steven Spielberg’s drama about a mission behind enemy lines to save the lone surviving member of a quad of brothers sent into Normandy hits all the right notes. While the men infiltrate deeper into enemy territory, the terrors of war become increasingly more obvious as each man combats both personal demons and very real enemies to overcome the odds.

Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

Beasts of the Southern Wild
86 %
pg-13 93m
Genre Drama
Stars Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry, Levy Easterly
Directed by Benh Zeitlin
Six-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal of a little girl in a remote, post-Katrina Delta community. This beautifully shot, brilliantly imaginative film follows the little girl, Hushpuppy, as she confronts a changing, terrifying world with the power of her imagination. As temperatures and water levels rise, threatening her home, Hushpuppy imagines fearsome prehistoric beasts called aurochs running on the loose — motivating her to leave her home in search of her long-lost mother.

The Prestige (2006)

The Prestige
66 %
pg-13 130m
Genre Drama, Mystery, Science Fiction
Stars Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Michael Caine
Directed by Christopher Nolan
An underappreciated Christopher Nolan film, The Prestige is rife with twists — appropriate for a film about 19th-century magicians. After an illusion goes horribly wrong, Alfred Borden (Christian Bale) and Rupert Angier (Hugh Jackman) become locked in a battle for supremacy in the London magic scene. But as the two continually escalate their feud, it turns highly dangerous as each tries to destroy the other.

HBO and HBO Max

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) new

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
92 %
pg-13 179m
Genre Adventure, Fantasy, Action
Stars Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler
Directed by Peter Jackson
Perhaps the greatest cinematic fantasy franchise of all time, The Lord of the Rings trilogy is now on HBO and HBO Max. Start with the Fellowship that launched an epic journey to save the world from impending darkness. Young Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood) inherits a ring with extraordinary power. It calls to its owner, the defeated Dark Lord Sauron, who detects its call and once again begins a rise to power. Protected by a Fellowship of great warriors from man, elf, and dwarf, Frodo must traverse Middle Earth to destroy the ring in Mount Doom, right under the nose of Sauron himself.

Joker (2019) new

59 %
r 122m
Genre Crime, Thriller, Drama
Stars Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz
Directed by Todd Phillips
Todd Phillips’ dark new origin story for Batman’s greatest villain became a surprise Oscar darling, getting nominated for a remarkable 11 categories. Joaquin Phoenix won Best Actor for his portrayal of Arthur Fleck, a failed comedian almost certainly suffering from undiagnosed mental illness who spends his days working as a clown to make ends meet. Although he wants to fit into the world around him, society continually pushes him out, precipitating a slow descent into madness and vengeance against the world that drove him away.

The Suicide Squad (2021)

The Suicide Squad
72 %
r 132m
Genre Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Stars Margot Robbie, Idris Elba, John Cena
Directed by James Gunn
James Gunn’s reboot of Suicide Squad was a rousing success because it absolutely refused to take itself too seriously. At Belle Reve, the world’s worst prison for supervillains, the bad guys can negotiate release by serving for the super-secret Task Force X. Unfortunately, most don’t survive Task Force X so there’s some friendly conscription involved. Task Force X supervisor Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) drafts a team and sends them to the extremely heavily armed, remote island of Corto Maltese. With just Colonel Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman) to oversee the Suicide Squad, things are bound to get completely bonkers. Or they’ll all get the chips in their necks remotely activated and explode.

Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts (2022)

Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts
65 %
g 103m
Genre Documentary
Stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson
Directed by Eran Creevy, Giorgio Testi, Joe Pearlman, Casey Patterson
Okay, so it’s not technically a movie but it is film length and looks a whole lot like a documentary so we’re including it here. Basically, because it’s worth a watch for any Harry Potter fan. The 20th Anniversary special sees Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, and many other directors and actors from the franchise reunite to discuss the making of all eight films. Given that the three stars began the series as children, it’s an endearing and surprisingly emotional special as each opens up about just how much the Potter phenomenon changed their lives.

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

2001: A Space Odyssey
84 %
g 149m
Genre Science Fiction, Mystery, Adventure
Stars Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester
Directed by Stanley Kubrick
Stanley Kubrick’s classic adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke’s story has a hallowed place in American cinematic canon. When an astronaut crew led by Dr. Dave Bowman (Keir Dullea) heads into space on a mysterious mission, their ship’s computer system, HAL, begins to act strangely. When the machine goes completely haywire, the astronauts are pitted in a showdown between man and machine as they traverse through space and time.

Apple TV+

The Tragedy of Macbeth (2021) new

The Tragedy of Macbeth
87 %
r 105m
Genre Drama, War
Stars Denzel Washington, Frances McDormand, Alex Hassell
Directed by Joel Coen
Shakespeare’s Macbeth has been told many times on stage and in film, and yet Joel Coen’s newest adaptation still feels necessary. With Denzel Washington in the titular role of the insatiable Scottish king, this gritty, supremely dark Macbeth offers a cinematic tone and style that befits the play’s supremely grim roots.

Swan Song (2021)

Swan Song
67 %
r 116m
Genre Drama, Science Fiction
Stars Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Awkwafina
Directed by Benjamin Cleary
Oscar winner Benjamin Cleary examines how far we’ll go and how much we’re willing to sacrifice for the people we love in this futuristic drama. Cameron (Mahershala Ali) is a loving husband and father who is expecting his second child with wife, Poppy (Naomie Harris). But when he’s diagnosed with a terminal illness, his doctor offers a solution to shield his family from grief. As Cameron grapples whether or not to accept this experimental treatment that may alter his family’s fate, he learns more about life and love than he ever could before.

Finch (2021)

57 %
pg-13 115m
Genre Science Fiction, Drama, Adventure
Stars Tom Hanks, Caleb Landry Jones, Oscar Avila
Directed by Miguel Sapochnik
Finch (Tom Hanks) is a robotics engineer and one of the few survivors of a cataclysmic solar event that has turned the world into a desolate wasteland. For a decade, he’s lived underground, building a world of his own that he shares with his dog, Goodyear. But sensing that he’s going to pass on soon, Finch realizes he needs to leave something to care for Goodyear after he’s gone. So he creates a robot, and the trio set off into the desolate American West so that Finch can teach the robot firsthand what it means to be alive so he can understand what it means to care for another living being.


Eternals (2021) new

52 %
pg-13 156m
Genre Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Stars Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Angelina Jolie
Directed by Chloé Zhao
Eternals has the unfortunate distinction of being the worst-reviewed Marvel movie ever, but it’s Marvel so it’s making this list. Better news? The Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score sits at a respectable 78%. To be fair, Eternals had the near-impossible task of explaining why a race of ancient aliens that have been living on Earth in secret for thousands of years didn’t get involved in the events of Avengers: Endgame. It does its best as an unexpected tragedy lures them out of hiding to take on an even more terrifying threat, the Deviants.

Encanto (2021)

75 %
pg 102m
Genre Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Stars Stephanie Beatriz, María Cecilia Botero, John Leguizamo
Directed by Byron Howard, Jared Bush
The Madrigals live in a hidden, charmed place called the Encanto, high up in the mountains of Colombia. The magic of the Encanto has granted every child in the Madrigal family with a unique gift. All except Mirabel. But when the Madrigals and the magic surrounding the Encanto comes into danger, Mirabel may be the only one who can save them.

TRON: Legacy (2010)

TRON: Legacy
49 %
pg 125m
Genre Adventure, Action, Science Fiction
Stars Garrett Hedlund, Jeff Bridges, Olivia Wilde
Directed by Joseph Kosinski
TRON: Legacy didn’t exactly bring in a new generation of fans, but it’s a fast-paced, exciting update to the futuristic Disney series. When Sam Flynn receives a secret signal from his father, the world’s greatest video game creator, Sam follows it into The Grid, hoping to discover the secret of his father’s disappearance. With the help of a mysterious program called Quorra, Sam soon finds himself wrapped up in an evil plot to launch the evil dictator Clu from crossing into the real world.

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