Start the new year with new laughter, new drama, and new adventures — thanks to new films and series available for streaming. This StreamNow Insider is your guide to January viewing, from the latest seasons of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan and Kung-Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight to the documentary series MADOFF: The Monster of Wall Street and the film Shotgun Wedding starring Jennifer Lopez. Keep this issue handy throughout the month for streaming ideas whenever you need them.
Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan TV-MA — John Krasinski returns as the unwavering hero and CIA analyst Jack Ryan in Season 3. When he stumbles upon a suspicious series of bank transfers, his search for answers catapults him into a race against time and across Europe to stop a rogue faction within the Russian government from restoring the Soviet Empire and starting World War III. (Prime Video, Now Streaming)
Shrinking TV-MA — This comedy series tells the story of a therapist who suddenly decides to tell his clients the unabashed truth, much to the chagrin of the practice's other therapists. It stars Harrison Ford (in his first ongoing TV role), Jason Segel, and Jessica Williams. (Apple TV+, January 27th premiere)
Mayor of Kingstown TV-MA — Season 2 of this thrilling series features the aftermath of the prison riots in the fictional town of Kingstown, Michigan — where prisons are the only thriving industry. Mayor Mike McLusky (Jeremy Renner) must work fast, but deftly, to bring his town back under control. (Paramount+, January 15th premiere)
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Shotgun Wedding R — Darcy (Jennifer Lopez) and Tom (Josh Duhamel) gather their lovable but very opinionated families for the ultimate destination wedding, just as the couple begin to get cold feet. And if that wasn't enough, everyone's lives are suddenly in danger when they're taken hostage in this hilarious, adrenaline-fueled adventure. (Prime Video, January 27th premiere)
The Pale Blue Eye R — Christian Bale stars in this thriller as a detective in 1830 who investigates a series of grisly murders with the help of a young West Point cadet who will eventually go on to become the world-famous author Edgar Allan Poe. (Netflix, January 6th premiere)
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Minions: The Rise of Gru PG — The highest grossing animated film of 2022 is now available for streaming. In the heart of the 1970s, Gru (Steve Carell) is growing up in the suburbs. A fanboy of a supervillain supergroup known as the Vicious 6, Gru hatches a plan to become evil enough to join them. Luckily, he gets some mayhem-making backup from his loyal followers, the Minions. (Netflix, January 23rd premiere)
Rocky, Rocky II, Rocky III, Rocky IV, and Rocky V PG — As boxer Rocky Balboa, Sylvester Stallone came out swinging in 1976 with heart, humor, and unforgettable power in the unforgettable, Oscar®-winning film Rocky. Four more films in the "knockout" franchise followed in 1979 to 1990, and all five of them are being rereleased this month. (Netflix, January 2nd premiere)
Kung-Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight TV-Y7 — Po and the crew are back for another epic adventure in Season 2 of this Dreamworks series. They're ready to leave China in pursuit of villainous weasels and magical weapons to save the world from destruction. (Netflix, January 12th premiere)
Star Wars: The Bad Batch TV-PG — Season 2 includes 16 episodes and follows a squad of elite clone troopers with genetic mutations. They're on the run from the Empire and try to find their way in a changing galaxy in the aftermath of the Clone War. (Disney+, January 4th premiere)
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MADOFF: The Monster of Wall Street No rating — With an innovative visual approach, this four-part financial thriller reveals the truth behind Bernie Madoff's infamous multibillion-dollar global Ponzi scheme and the ways in which a willfully blind financial system allowed it to flourish for decades. (Netflix, January 4th premiere)
The Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker TV-MA — This shocking documentary chronicles a happy-go-lucky nomad named Kai who became a viral sensation as a homeless hero then descended in a spiral that resulted in his imprisonment for murder. (Netflix, January 10th premiere)
Sometimes When We Touch No rating — Soft rock dominated pop music, then it became a punch line. Now its influence is felt everywhere from hip-hop samples to TikTok. This three-part docuseries charts a musical movement through its most treasured songs, stories, and stars. (Paramount+, January 3rd premiere)
|JANUARY NEW STREAMING RELEASES
Please note: Streaming services sometimes make last-minute changes to the premiere dates of films and series. This calendar was prepared on December 28th, 2022, but changes may have been made since then. Remember, while the dates below indicate the first day you're able to stream the featured film or series, streaming enables you to enjoy them whenever you'd like!
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