Here are all the best films coming to UK Netflix in January

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January's bringing some ace films to Netflix

Obviously, in 2018 you’re going to sort yourself out and stop spending all your free time staring at Netflix, confirming that yes, you are still watching Arrested Development for what must now be the 15th time and no, you do not plan to go outdoors anytime soon. It’s going to be the year you get buff, start your own business, write that novel, sort your diet out and learn Mandarin.

But just in case you find time in your schedule for a leeeeeeetle bit of sitting in the dark and staring, slack-jawed at Hollywood’s finest, here are some of the best films coming to Netflix in the new year.

Concussion (2015)

Will Smith stars as real-life forensic pathologist Dr Bennet Omalu, struggling to expose the damage done to NFL players by endless head trauma. It did really poorly at the box office but works better on the small screen.

The BFG (2016)

Steven Spielberg’s sort-of live-action adaptation of Roald Dahl’s beloved book stars a mo-cap Mark Rylance as the Big Friendly Giant, along with a killer supporting cast of massive rotters including Jemaine Clement and Bill Hader.

Good Time (2017)

A career-high performance from Robert Pattinson is at the centre of this stylishly directed, incredibly frenetic heist movie, nominated for the Palme d’Or.

The Polka King (2018)

A Netflix production based on a true story, this stars Jack Black as the polka-dancing leader of a Ponzi scheme in a ridiculous, massive, musical performance that won rave reviews at Sundance.

Eye in the Sky (2015)

The late, great Alan Rickman makes his last live-action appearance in this, co-starring with Helen Mirren in a thriller about drone warfare that made very little money at the box office despite very good reviews.

Grimsby (2015)

This famously features Sacha Baron-Cohen hiding in an elephant’s vagina. If that appeals, fill your boots. If it doesn’t, avoid it like the plague.

Joy (2015)

Jennifer Lawrence got an Oscar nomination for her role in this story of a broke single mother who invents a new kind of mop and becomes a business mogul.

A Futile and Stupid Gesture (2018)

Another Netflix Original, this biopic of National Lampoon founder Doug Kenney stars Will Forte and Domhnall Gleeson, and looks at the rise of the satirical magazine during the drug-fuelled 1970s. There’s no trailer yet, but look - a still photo of a mostly brown room! 

Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)

Gary Oldman wears a truly amazing selection of wigs in Francis Ford Coppola’s adaptation of the classic vampire tale. Keanu Reeves’ accent in it is very, very bad, like a proper career low point, but the movie around him survives it pretty impressively.

Entourage: The Movie (2015)

You know what, this is shit.


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