By Matt Mueller Culture Editor Published Jan 01, 2022 at 9:01 AM

New year. New me. (Well, that's a lie; my resolutions are lasting eight hours at best.) And, most importantly, new movies and TV shows to binge on the couch as the weather turns terrible. 

Indeed, Netflix announced all of the new stuff headed to the service at the start of 2022 – and despite the still-crowded world of streaming (good for you, Paramount+; can't say I predicted you making it this far! Gold star!) and studios hurriedly grabbing their content back, January's lineup is actually quite impressive.

There's a bunch of blockbusters ("300," "Superman Returns," most of the "Terminator" and "TMNT" films) to explode the new sound system you got for Christmas, as well as a collection of cackle-worthy comedies ("I Love You, Man," "The Wedding Singer"). Plus, several horror movies – like "Paranormal Activity," "I Know What You Did Last Summer" – are dropping in to frighten you with something beyond the plunging temperatures outside. As a bonus, for those wanting to pay homage to the late great queen of horny horror Anne Rice, Netflix will also sink its teeth into the '90s gothic classsic "Interview with the Vampire."

For something more kid-friendly, family favorites like "Free Willy," "Gremlins," "Kung Fu Panda" and "The NeverEnding Story" will zip their way onto the streaming service as well in January. And if you're tired of catching up with the year's latest awards nominees, why not dip back into the archives and watch some old Oscar golden boys including "Braveheart," "Hell or High Water," "True Grit," "The Town," "Taxi Driver," "Stand By Me" and "Phantom Thread." It's such a loaded list, it has both "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" AND "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory!" So now you can easily watch the original and then ... skip the remake and just watch the original again!

We haven't even gotten to the Netflix originals ... mainly because there aren't really any eye-catching Netflix originals this month. January must be "Welcome to Dumpsville" for streaming services as much as it is for movie studios because, besides some more "Ozark," it's mostly stuff like yet another season of "Too Hot to Handle," a parody of "The Woman in the Window" (relevant ... ?) and a Kevin James movie about New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton. Oh, and a show dedicated the TikTok creator hive Hype House, in case you want to watch something that will make you feel old and want to die (but at least while knowing the latest dance movies). 

Annyways, with no further ado, here's the full list of new releases ringing in the new year on Netflix.

Jan. 1




"Big Fish"


"Cadillac Records"

"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Chief Daddy 2: Going for Broke"

"Doing Hard Time"

"Escaping the NXIVM Cult: A Mother's Fight to Save Her Daughter"

"First Sunday"

"Free Willy"

"Geronimo: An American Legend"

"Ghosts of Girlfriends Past"

"G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra"

"Girl, Interrupted"

"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"



"Happy Feet"

"Hell or High Water"


NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "The Hook Up Plan" season 3

"I Know What You Did Last Summer"

"I Love You, Man"

"I Still Know What You Did Last Summer"

"Interview with the Vampire"

"Just Go With It"

"Kung Fu Panda"


"The Longest Yard"

"The Lost Boys"

"Midnight in Paris"

"Monsters vs. Aliens"

"Nacho Libre"

"The NeverEnding Story"

"Paranormal Activity"

"The Patriot"

"Road Trip"

"Runaway Bride"

"Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark"

"Stand By Me"

"Superman Returns"

"Taxi Driver"

"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie"

"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze"

"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III"

"Terminator 2: Judgment Day"

"Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines"

"Terminator: Salvation"


"The Town"


"True Grit"

"The Wedding Singer"

"Wild Wild West"

"Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory"


Jan. 4


Jan. 5

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Four to Dinner"


Jan. 6

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "The Club" part 2


Jan. 7


NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Johnny Test" season 2

Jan. 10

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Undercover" season 3

Jan. 11


Jan. 12

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "How I Fell in Love with a Gangster"

Jan. 13



NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "The Journalist"


Jan. 14

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "After Life" season 3


"Blippi: Adventures"

"Blippi's School Supply Scavenger Hunt"


NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Riverdance: The Animated Adventure"

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "This Is Not a Comedy"

Jan. 16

"Phantom Thread"

Jan. 17

"After We Fell"

Jan. 18

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Mighty Express: Train Trouble"

Jan. 19

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "El Marginal" season 4

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Heavenly Bites: Mexico"

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Juanpis Gonzalez: The Series"

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "The Puppet Master: Hunting the Ultimate Con Man"

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Too Hot to Handle" season 3

Jan. 20

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Midnight Asia: Eat Dance Dream"

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "The Royal Treatment"

Jan. 21

"American Boogeywoman"

"The Girl Lay Lay"

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Munich: The Edge of War"

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "My Father's Violin"

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Ozark" season 4 (part one)

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Pokemon Master Journeys: The Series" part two


Jan. 24

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Three Songs for Benazir"

Jan. 25

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Ada Twist, Scientist" season 2

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Neymar: The Perfect Chaos"

Jan. 28

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Angry Birds: Summer Madness"

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Feria: The Darkest Light"

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Framed! A Sicilian Murder Mystery"

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness"


NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "In From the Cold"

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "The Woman in the House Across the Street From the Girl in the Window"

January TBA

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "All of Us Are Dead"


NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Yeh Kaali Kaali Ankhein"

Matt Mueller Culture Editor

As much as it is a gigantic cliché to say that one has always had a passion for film, Matt Mueller has always had a passion for film. Whether it was bringing in the latest movie reviews for his first grade show-and-tell or writing film reviews for the St. Norbert College Times as a high school student, Matt is way too obsessed with movies for his own good.

When he's not writing about the latest blockbuster or talking much too glowingly about "Piranha 3D," Matt can probably be found watching literally any sport (minus cricket) or working at - get this - a local movie theater. Or watching a movie. Yeah, he's probably watching a movie.