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What to Watch: January 2023 Streaming Preview

If you’re looking for something new on streaming in January we’ve got you covered.

Check out some of our picks for what you should add to your January streaming watchlist! What are you most excited to see?

Newly Available on VOD this January

*PVOD titles are fresh from theatrical release and generally rent or sell digitally for $19.99 (or higher).

‘Life Upside Down’ begins streaming on January 27th on VOD.

Criterion Channel

  • Sight and Sound’s Greatest Films of All Time – Once every 10 years, “Sight and Sound” magazine polls film critics from all over the world to issue a list of the 100 greatest films of all time. This year really shook things up with Chantal Akerman’s ‘Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles’ taking the top spot. Over half of the influential films on the list are streaming on the Criterion Channel, many of which you won’t find anywhere else. Dive in to cinema history!
  • Keane – Lodge Kerrigan’s captivating drama starring Damian Lewis from ‘Homeland’ has been hard to come by since it’s release in the early 2000s. Newly restored in 4K. (January 19)


  • The Menu – Mark Mylod, best known for his television work directing on ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Succession,’ serves us a deliciously wicked thriller with Ralph Fiennes starring as a celebrity chef with an exclusive restaurant on a private island. Anna Taylor-Joy, Nicholas Hoult, and the delightful Hong Chau round out the excellent supporting cast. (available now, VOD rental follows on January 17)

It is also expected that Sam Mendes’ ‘Empire of Light’ will premiere before the month ends, but the date is not confirmed. That should be, along with ‘The Menu,’ among the final films from Twentieth Century and Searchlight that go to HBO, wrapping up a 10-year broadcast exclusivity deal that pre-dates their purchase by Disney. All 2023 theatrical releases will now proceed directly to Hulu (or Disney+).

‘The Menu’ is streaming now on HBO Max and available to buy from digital providers.


  • Riotsville, U.S.A. – Utilizing fascinating archival footage, Sierra Pettengill’s powerful documentary traces the militarization of police forces in American cities back to the late 1960s when the U.S. military trained officers using a fictional town. (January 12)
  • Paris, 13th District – Gorgeously shot in black-and-white, this is a vibrant and emotionally charged romance from Jacques Audiard, director of ‘Rust and Bone,’ and co-written by Céline Sciamma (‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’). (January 15)
Available now on VOD, streaming on Hulu as of January 12.


  • The Pale Blue Eye – Scott Cooper (‘Out of the Furnace’) reunites with Christian Bale in this grisly origin story about horror author Edgar Allan Poe. (available now)
  • JUNG_E – South Korean director Yeon Sang-ho has already wowed audiences around the world with ‘Train to Busan’ and its follow-up, ‘Peninsula.’ Now he takes on a different kind of post-apocalyptic future as AI warriors head to war. (January 20)
  • You People – Kenya Barris co-wrote his directorial debut film with star Jonah Hill. Eddie Murphy, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Lauren London, and David Duchovny also star in the comedy about a biracial couple who have to batten down the hatches once their families meet. (January 27)
Head to war with ‘JUNG-E’ streaming on January 20.


  • Devotion – Jonathan Majors, Glen Powell and Joe Jonas star in this inspirational true story of Jesse Brown, the first Black aviator in the United States Navy, who fought in the Korean War. (January 8)
  • Men – Jessie Buckley is drop dead brilliant in Alex Garland’s truly batshit crazy tale of a woman who escapes to the British countryside only to be stalked by a deranged man. Or multiple men. With the same face. This one has to be seen to be believed. (January 20, only with Showtime add-on)
Take to the sky with Jonathan Majors as Jesse Brown in ‘Devotion.’


  • She Said – Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan are tremendously good in this drama about the New York Times journalists whose tireless investigation work exposed Harvey Weinstein as a serial abuser. (available now)
  • Sick – ‘Scream’ scribe Kevin Williamson returns to the slasher genre in this Fantastic Fest hit about two friends who decide to quarantine at a remote lake house but find they aren’t alone. (January 13)

It is also highly likely that ‘TÁR’ and ‘Armageddon Time’ will make it to Peacock before the month ends, but dates have not yet been confirmed.

Prime Video

  • Shotgun Wedding – Jennifer Lopez and Josh Duhamel star alongside Jennifer Coolidge and Lenny Kravitz (!!!) as a couple whose destination wedding is literally hijacked. (January 27)
Say “till death do us part” with ‘Shotgun Wedding,’ streaming on January 27.

Can’t get enough of our January streaming suggestions? Check out last month’s recommendations here!

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