Everything New to Netflix January 2016

By on December 24, 2015

Following a somewhat abysmal month of Netflix releases this December, the streaming service might just start the new year off on the right foot. It’s a classic Netflix offering, in fact, less reliant on exclusives and originals and simply delivering the goods on decent-to-great films and some beloved television that’s reasonably recent. Mostly, though, there isn’t an obscene number of comedy specials.

As always, here’s a completely objective list of featured items followed by the full month’s worth of new stuff for Netflix January 2016 for you to judge on your own account.

Training Day

Training Day Netflix January 2016

Denzel Washington plays a deliciously evil cop and Ethan Hawke tries not to die as his partner. Training Day established that Washington could do more than good-guy, Oscar-bait acting and break bad every once and a while. He would spend the rest of his career trying to live up to his corrupt detective in similar but inevitably inferior roles. And all the while Hawke managed to keep pace and continue his streak of under-the-radar brilliance. (Don’t believe me? See Boyhood or Gattaca).

Constantine

Constantine Netflix January 2016

Say what you will about Keanu Reeves. Say what you will about Shia Labeouf. Say what you will about comic book adaptations that don’t involve super hero team-ups. Constantine manages to work for a number of reasons. First, this is another role that Reeves’ superior style of non-acting fits perfectly. Second, the shear amount of strange that unfolds is satisfying enough to behold. Third, the story lends itself beautifully to some wonderful visual recreations from the comic book and a “they-went-there” ending that leaves no viewer asking for more. It’s a self-contained little gem of a film.

Meet the Parents

Meet the Parents Netflix January 2016

Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro prove an unlikely team-up can lead to an unlikely success, as the two engage in a comedic psychological battle before the younger proposes to the older’s daughter. Of course, the primary twist on the formula is De Niro’s character, an ex-spy who hasn’t quite left the agency on a number of disturbing levels. Stiller is just Stiller, but in the good way. Meet the Parents is tame by today’s standards, but still a worthwhile bit of time.

Parks and Recreation: Season 7

Parks and Recreation Netflix January 2016

This ambitious final season to a show that constantly proved more ambitious than its premise pretty much knocked the entire series out of the park. If you missed out on the original airing (and you probably did), do your best to enjoy Parks and Recreation’s time-jump swan song, in which every character found some ending that doubled as its own beginning, all the while satirizing the modern day with a happy-go-lucky look at the not-so-distant future. Most importantly, Ron Swanson shoots a drone out of the sky.

January 1

2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)
Along Came Polly (2004)
American Girl: Grace Stirs up Success (2015)
Angry Birds Toons: Season 1
Bring It On: Fight to the Finish (2009)
Bring It On: In It to Win It (2007)
Catwoman (2004)
The Celebrity Plastic Surgeons of Beverly Hills: Season 1
Constantine (2005)
Forensic Files: Collection 2
Friday Night Tykes: Season 1-2
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)
Loins of Punjab (2007)
Meet the Fockers (2004)
Meet the Parents (2000)
Nanny McPhee (2006)
Piku (2015)
Pooh’s Heffalump Movie (2005)
Pride and Prejudice (2005)
The Rundown (2003)
Shout Gladi Gladi (2015)
Smokin’ Aces 2: Assassins’ Ball (2009)
Something New (2006)
Stephen Fry Live: More Fool Me (2014)
Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle: Season 3
Swordfish (2001)
The Tale of Despereaux (2008)
Under Arrest: Season 1: “Put Some Clothes On”
We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)
The Wedding Date (2005)
The Whole Ten Yards (2004)

January 2

30 for 30: Four Falls of Buffalo
I’ll Have What Phil’s Having: Season 1

January 3

Sofia the First: Season 2

January 4

Blunt Force Trauma (2015)

Training Day (2001)

January 5

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Season 10
New Girl: Season 4

January 8

Adult World (2014)

Dragons: Race to the Edge: Season 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Tom Segura: Mostly Stories (2015) — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

January 10 

Dos Hermanos (2010)
El Hombre de al Lado (2009)
Esperando La Carroza (1985)
The Marziano Family (2011)
Rosario Tijeras (2005)
Un Oso Rojo (2002)

January 11

Littlest Pet Shop: Season 4

January 12

The Ladykillers (2004)

January 13

Parks and Recreation: Season 7

January 14

The Testimony (2015)

January 15

Degrassi: The Next Class: Season 1– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Last Five Years (2015)
Moonwalkers (2015)
Occupied (2015)
The Overnight (2015)
Sirens: Season 2

January 16

Hyde Park on Hudson (2012)

January 17

Z Nation: Season 2

January 19

Curve (2015)

January 20

Drone (2014)

January 21

When Calls the Heart: Season 2

January 22

Sharknado 3 (2015)

January 23

Chelsea Does (2016) — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

January 25

From Dusk Till Dawn: Season 2
Turbo Kid (2015)

January 28

Frozen Planet (2011)
Frozen Planet: On Thin Ice (2011)
Frozen Planet: The Epic Journey (2011)
The Making of Frozen Planet (2012)

January 29

Ever After High: Dragon Games — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

January 31

Words and Pictures (2013)

About Trevor Ruben

Though I contribute to many online publications on a regular basis, including The Checkout, the crux of my writing lies in video games. When not writing, I'm often streaming a variety of games on Twitch.

One Comment

  1. Chad P

    December 29, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    It’s about time Netflix steps up to the plate! They have announced a price increase that doesn’t affect me at this time but have seriously considered changing to another service due to the poor selections being offered. Thank you for posting this update.

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