Stop scrolling – these are the best new releases on Netflix for January 2022 …
It’s cold, it’s dark, we’re all back to work after Christmas and feeling a bit sorry for ourselves. There’s only one thing for it: curl up in front of the fire and stick on one of these new Netflix releases.
Don’t Look Up. Released December 24.
Twitter was abuzz with the release of Don’t Look Up over the Christmas break, which tells the story of two astronomers (Jennifer Lawrence and Leonardo DiCaprio), who must go on a media tour to warn mankind of an approaching comet that will destroy planet earth in the next six months – and no one seems to care. Also starring Meryl Streep, Jonah Hill, Rob Morgan, Timothée Chalamet, Cate Blanchett and Tyler Perry, Don’t Look Up is a timely reminder of society’s avoidance and non-response to the present climate crisis and the future we face.
The Lost Daughter. Released December 31.
If you didn’t get to this new release over the weekend, The Lost Daughter went live on Netflix on December 31 and stars Olivia Colman, Normal People‘s Paul Mescal, fellow Irishwoman Jessie Buckley, Dakota Johnson, Ed Harris, Peter Sarsgaard and Dagmara Dominczyk. With the script adapted by Maggie Gylenhaal from the novel by Elena Ferrante, this sun-soaked drama is just what we need right now.
Cheer Season 2. Released January 12.
A guilty pleasure for many during the first lockdown, our favourite cheerleaders are back for a second season. As Navarro defends its championship crown against a slew of challenges, including their fiercest rivals at Trinity Valley Community College, unexpected events threaten the camaraderie of the team and the season itself as Covid-19 arrives on the scene.
Cats (2019). Released January 4.
The film everyone loved to hate, Cats (2019, directed by Tom Hooper) is now on Netflix. With a measly 19% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, most will skip past this one, but we think it could be just the outlandish escapism we need for a dull January day.
The House. Released January 14.
The House is an eccentric dark comedy about a house and the three surreal tales of the individuals who made it their home. The four-part series is produced by award-winning Nexus Studios, and the stop-motion animated anthology features the voices of Mia Goth, Jarvis Cocker, Susan Wokoma and Helena Bonham Carter.
Munich – The Edge of War. Released January 21.
Pre-war epic Munich – The Edge of War hits theatres and Netflix accounts in Ireland this month. Set in autumn 1938, Europe stands on the brink of war. Adolf Hitler is preparing to invade Czechoslovakia and Neville Chamberlain’s government desperately seeks a peaceful solution. With the pressure building, Hugh Legat, British civil servant, and Paul von Hartmann, German diplomat, travel to Munich for the emergency conference. In the role of Chamberlain, we see a familiar face – that of veteran actor Jeremy Irons. Read more about him (and his Irish hideaways) here.
Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness. Released January 28.
Fans of Queer Eye and JVN followers will enjoy Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness, a six-part series which sees an exploration into topics and questions that make Van Ness curious. From skyscrapers to bugs, or from gender identity to snacks, each episode follows Van Ness as he meets with experts in various fields to uncover complexities in a wide range of subjects.
The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window. Released January 28.
A satirical slant on the psychological thriller that we’ve come to know and love, this eight-part series stars Kristen Bell as the heartbroken Anna, who sits at home drinking wine, staring out the window, watching the world go by, until one day she witnesses a murder… or does she? Also starring Tom Riley, Samsara Yett, Michael Ealy, Mary Holland, Shelley Hennig, Cameron Britton, Christina Anthony and Benjamin Levy Aguilar, the series will be released at the end of the month.
Inventing Anna. Released February 12.
February will see the release of Inventing Anna, the story of Anna Delvey, the Instagram-legendary German heiress who stole the hearts of New York’s social scene – and stole their money as well. Anna and the reporter in this documentary form a dark, funny love-hate bond as Anna awaits trial and the reporter fights the clock to answer the biggest question in NYC: who is Anna Delvey? The series is inspired by the New York Magazine article “How Anna Delvey Tricked New York’s Party People” by Jessica Pressler.
Bridgerton Season Two. Released March 25.
And finally, the one everyone has been waiting for. March will see the release of Bridgerton season two. Nicola Coughlan is back as Lady Whistledown and Phoebe Dynevor as Daphne Bridgerton. Expect more scandal, sex and sublime costumes.
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