What to watch on Netflix: January

Therese Bussen

Here are films and shows coming to Netflix in January, as well as a few things you might want to check out before they leave.

Be sure to check IMDB’s “Parents Guide” for the film if you need to screen its content; family-friendly films are marked as such.


Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, PG-13 – Captain Jack Sparrow returns in the fifth Pirates movie with another adventure, competing against Captain Salazar to find the Trident of Poseidon with the help of a beautiful astronomer and a young man in the navy.

Apollo 13, PG – Based on the events of the Apollo 13 lunar mission, astronauts battle for survival after an oxygen tank explodes, thwarting their mission.

Batman movies, PG-13 – Batman, Batman and Robin, Batman Begins, Batman Forever and Batman Returns are all headed to Netflix for your fix of the Dark Knight.

King Kong, PG-13 – Peter Jackson’s remake follows a movie director and his crew filming in a remote island, where an actress is whisked away by the monstrous ape.

Midnight in Paris, PG-13 – A frustrated writer travels back in time every night at midnight to visit famous artists and writers of earlier decades, exploring themes of nostalgia and modernism.

National Treasure, PG (Family-friendly) – A historian and code-breaker searches for a rumored treasure dating back to the founding of the U.S., and needs to steal the Declaration of Independence to find it.

The Shawshank Redemption, R – An innocent man sentenced to prison for life for the murders of his wife and lover forms a friendship with a man named Red, experiences the brutality of prison and overcomes it.

The Truman Show, PG – Unbeknownst to him, a man’s life is a TV show that’s broadcast to the world.

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, G (Family-friendly) – The 1971 classic starring Gene Wilder takes a turn on Netflix this month.

Cars 3, G (Family-friendly) – A new generation of fast cars pushes Lightning McQueen out of his sport, so he turns for help to compete before his next biggest race.


E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, PG (Family-friendly) – A gentle alien becomes stranded on earth and is befriended by a boy named Elliot.

Free Willy, PG (Family-friendly) – A struggling orphan who vandalizes a theme park must work there to make amends; there he meets an Orca named Willy, and the two form a tight bond.

I Am Sam, PG-13 – The story of a mentally-challenged man raising a young daughter with the help of his friends, until the unconventional family setting comes to the attention of a social worker who wants the girl placed in foster care.

Miss Congeniality 1-2, PG-13 – An FBI agent goes undercover at the Miss United States pageant to prevent a group from bombing the event. The sequel is also heading out.

The Boy in Striped Pajamas, PG-13 – World War II as experienced and told through the eyes of two young boys who befriend each other: A son of a Nazi commandant and a Jewish inmate in a concentration camp.

The Parent Trap, PG (Family-friendly) – The remake of the original 1961 film, starring Lindsey Lohan, about twin girls who scheme to get their divorced parents back together.

The Secret Garden, G (Family-friendly) – An orphaned girl is sent to live on her uncle’s estate and discovers new friends and a secret garden.

COMING UP: What to watch on Netflix: December

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Here are films and shows coming to Netflix in December, as well as a few things you might want to check out before they leave. This month, we also have a few Christmas movies if you’re craving a seasonal family movie night.

Be sure to check IMDB’s “Parents Guide” for the film if you need to screen its content; family-friendly films are marked as such.


August Rush (Family-friendly), PG – A musically gifted orphan searches New York City for his parents.

The Little Rascals (Family-friendly), PG – Mischievous boys who lead an anti-girl organization pick a buddy, Alfalfa, to drive in their soapbox car rally, only to find out he’s in love with a girl, and they decide they have to break them up.

The Young Victoria, PG – As Queen Victoria gets caught up in the politics of her family, her Belgian uncle schemes to arrange a marriage between her and Prince Albert, who would become the love of her life.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, PG-13 – The Guardians are hired by an alien race to protect
their batteries from invaders.

The Crown, Season 2 – The Netflix-original drama based on the life of Queen Elizabeth II from the 1940’s to modern times continues in its second season. Contains some graphic sexual content.

Christmas movies available this month:

The Santa Clause, 1-3 (Family-friendly), PG – The Tim Allen turned Santa Clause hit and its two sequels will be available on Netflix just in time for Christmas!

White Christmas (Family-friendly) – The Christmas classic starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen follows four singers who help out a former WWII general restore his country inn financially by putting on some showtunes.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Family-friendly), PG – The live-action retelling of Dr. Suess’s classic, starring Jim Carrey.

While You Were Sleeping, PG – A hopeless romantic Chicago Transit Authority token collector is mistaken for the fiancée of a coma patient.


Holes (Family-friendly), PG – A boy and his friends question the motives of a woman who forces them to dig holes at a detention camp.

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, PG-13 – Captain Jack Sparrow fights to reclaim his ship and crew while battling an undead enemy who cursed by pirate treasure.