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Top 5 movies you should watch on Netflix in January

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Netflix has announced which titles will be coming and going on the widely popular streaming service next month and, normally, we’d say the list is fairly exceptional but that’s certainly not the case this time around as there are only a handful of movies that pass our “worth binging” checklist.

With that being said, don’t worry about sifting through what seems to be an endless list of bad dramas that you only watch on TV when you stay home from work because that’s literally the only thing that’s on, because we’ve done the dirty work for you with our list of top five movies to watch on Netflix next month.

Plus, be sure to stick around at the end of this post for the complete list of titles coming and going on Netflix.

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

Because who doesn’t love E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, right? Steven Spielberg’s 1982 classic about a boy and his alien starring Dee Wallace, Henry Thomas, Peter Coyote, Robert MacNaughton, and Drew Barrymore makes for an exciting watch each and every time and never seems to get old. Nothing beats that iconic scene when Elliot’s brother and sister meet E.T. for the first time.

The Shining

Unless you’re a bunch of horror freaks, this probably isn’t the best movie to watch with the family. However, there’s no denying that The Shining is one of Stanley Kubrick’s greatest films of all time and features a terrifying performance from Jack Nicholson in one of his most iconic roles. Isn’t it a bit odd though that Netflix is just adding this now rather than a couple of months ago back in October?

Braveheart

Mel Gibson directs and stars in this epic war film that won five Oscars at the 68th Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best director, Best Cinematography, Best Makeup, and Best Sound Editing. Much like the last movie on our list, this probably isn’t the best movie to watch with the kids but remains a classic in the eyes of many.

Boogie Nights

How could you possibly go wrong with Mark Wahlberg and Julianne Moore in Boogie Nights? This 1997 Paul Thomas Anderson-directed drama, which garnered three Oscar nominations, focuses on a nightclub dishwasher in Los Angeles who soon becomes a popular pornstar and rises through the ranks in the industry’s golden age during the 1970s. Yeah, you probably don’t want to gather the kids around for this movie.

V for Vendetta

Hugo Weaving is a total badass in James McTeigue’s political thriller V for Vendetta which also stars Natalie Portman and Stephen Rea. Based on the 1988 DC Comics series of the same name, you’re sure to get a good watch out of this movie and your fair share of action. Just, once again, don’t watch it with the kids. Are you seeing a pattern here?

Here’s what’s coming to Netflix in January

Available 1/1/17

Around the World in 80 Days (2004)

After Innocence (2005)

Bee Movie (2007)

Boogie Nights (1997)

Braveheart (1995)

Caddyshack (1980)

Collateral Damage (2002)

Dreamcatcher (2003)

El Dorado (1966)

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

HALO Legends (2009)

Hugo (2011)

Justin Bieber: Never Say Never (2011)

License to Drive (1988)

Nancy Drew (2007)

Ocean’s Twelve (2004)

Real Detective: Season 1 (2016)

Superman Returns (2006)

Superman II (1980)

Superman III (1983)

Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)

Superman: The Movie (1978)

The Parent Trap (1961)

The Shining (1980)

The Perfect Physique (2015)

The Rat Race (2012)

To Be A Miss (2016)

Trudell (2005)

V for Vendetta (2005)

Vanilla Sky (2001)

Available 1/3/17

It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia: Season 11 (2016)

Jen Kirkman: Just Keep Livin’? – NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 1/6/17

Coin Heist– NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Degrassi: Next Class: Season 3 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Growing Up Coy (2016)

Mar de Plastico: Season 1

One Day at a Time: Season 1– NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Tarzan and Jane: Season 1– NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 1/7/17

Alpha and Omega 7 (2016)

Miss Sharon Jones! (2015)

Under the Shadow (2016)

Available 1/9/17

Best and Most Beautiful Things (2016)

Ratchet and Clank (2016)

Available 1/10/17

As I Open My Eyes (2015)

Best Friends Whenever: Season 2 (2016)

Happily Married (2015)

Jim Gaffigan: Cinco– NETFLIX ORIGINAL

We’re Lalaloopsy: Season 1– NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 1/11/17

Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)

Available 1/13/17

A Series of Unfortunate Events: Season 1– NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Aquarius (2015)

Casablancas: The Man Who Loved Women

Clinical– NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Historia de un clan: Season 1– NETFLIX ORIGINAL

It Follows (2014)

The Investigator: A British Crime Story: Season 1– NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 1/14/17

Camp X-Ray (2014)

Cardboard Boxer (2016)

Estar O No Estar

Available 1/15/17

A Beautiful Now (2015)

Hostage to the Devil (2016)

Señora Acero: Season 3 (2016)

Twisted Trunk, Big Fat Body (2015)

Wartime Portraits: Season 1 (2014)

Available 1/16/17

Flash of Genius (2008)

Halloweed (2016)

Rezort (2016)

Available 1/17/17

Fatima (2015)

Neal Brennan: 3 Mics– NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Roger Corman’s Death Race 2050 (2016)

Available 1/19/17

Good Kids (2016)

Available 1/20/17

Frontier: Season 1– NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Papa (2015)

Take the 10– NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Voltron: Legendary Defender: Season 2– NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 1/21/17

Bates Motel: Season 4 (2016)

Grami’s Circus Show: Season 2 (2016)

Available 1/24/17

Cristela Alonzo: Lower Classy– NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Gad Gone Wild– NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Hieronymus Bosch: Touched by the Devil (20160

Kill Command (2016)

Terrace House: Aloha State: Season 1: Part 1– NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 1/25/17

Era el cielo

Available 1/27/17

Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh: Season 2– NETFLIX ORIGINAL

iBOY– NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Kazoops!: Season 2– NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Shadows of Truth (2016)

Sharknado: The 4th Awakens (2016)

Available 1/28/17

Ripper Street: Season 4

Available 1/30/17

Antibirth (2016)

Swing State (2016)

Available 1/31/17

Bill Burr Stand Up Special– NETFLIX ORIGINAL

And here are the titles leaving Netflix in January

Leaving 1/1/17

30 for 30: Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. The New York Knicks

30 for 30: No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson

30 for 30: The Day the Series Stopped

30 for 30: Jordan Rides the Bus

30 for 30: Without Bias

30 for 30: Once Brothers

30 for 30: Bernie and Ernie

30 for 30: Requiem for the Big East

30 for 30: The Price of Gold

Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein

Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman

Angry Birds Toons: Season 1

Bewitched

Blade 2

Bring It On

Bring It On: All or Nothing

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Coming to America

Columbo: Seasons 1 – Season 7

Crash

Cupcake Wars Collection: Collection 2

Chopped Collection: Collection 2

Dazed and Confused

Final Destination 3

Flip or Flop: Season 1

Fixer Upper: Season 1 – Season 2

Ghost Town

Hairspray

House Hunters Collection: Collection 3

House Hunters Collection: Collection 3

House Hunters International Collection: Collection 3

House Hunters Renovation Collection: Collection 1

Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Season 1 – Season 3

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: The Thirteenth Year

Little Black Book

Little Man

Maid in Manhattan

Miracle on 34th Street

Murder, She Wrote: Season 1 – Season 12

Nanny McPhee

Property Brothers: Season 4

Property Brothers: Season 5

Saved by the Bell: Seasons 1 – Season 6

South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut

Stardust

Superstar

The Italian Job

The Painted Veil

Sixteen Candles

Saving Private Ryan

The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift

The Fast and the Furious

The Uninvited

The Amityville Horror

The Wicker Man

Vanity Fair

You Live in What?: Season 3

Zoom: Academy for Superheroes

Leaving 1/6/17

The Girl Who Played with Fire

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

Leaving 1/29/17

Stephen King’s A Good Marriage

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Elvis Presley will become a spy for the US government in Netflix’s new animated series ‘Agent King’

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So, uh, with today being the 42nd anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley and all, Netflix announced that they’ve given a series order to Agent King, which is described as an “adult animated action-comedy series” that centers around the iconic music legend becoming — as the title suggests — a special agent.

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Priscilla Presley and John Eddie created and serve as executive producers on the series, which also has Archer‘s Mike Arnold showrunning, writing, and co-executive producing.

“From the time Elvis was a young boy he always dreamed of being the superhero fighting crime and saving the world! Agent King lets him do just that,” said Priscilla Presley. “My co-creator John Eddie and I are so excited to be working with Netflix and Sony Animation on this amazing project and getting the chance to show the world an Elvis they haven’t seen before.”

Yeah, I really don’t know what the fuck to make of any of this, but as someone who loves and takes pleasure in being entertained by weird shit, I suppose Agent King will be right up my alley and is definitely going on my watchlist as soon as it drops on Netflix.

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Indeed, Disney and Lucasfilm have now begun to develop an Obi-Wan Kenobi series for their upcoming Disney+ streaming service, though it appears details about it are being kept tightly under wraps for the time being, according to THR.

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