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The Best Movies and TV Shows Coming to Amazon, HBO Max, Hulu and More in January

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‘WandaVision’

Start streaming: 15. January

Perhaps the most anticipated Disney + show since The Mandalorian, the superhero sitcom “WandaVision” marks the start of a new wave of Marvel Comics TV series. It promises to be more eclectic and creative than the darker ones and dark action dramas in other networks. In “WandaVision,” two of the stranger members of the Avengers – the mutated, matter-manipulating Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and the overpowering Android Vision (Paul Bettany) – go covert to suburbs trying to adapt through their lives more like that what they saw on TV. Disney kept the details of this long-produced show largely a secret, but the advertising so far has made it look downright surreal – and absolutely inevitable.

Also arriving:

January 8th

“Marvel Studios: Legends”

22nd of January

“Pixar Popcorn”

“One night in Miami”

Start streaming: 15. January

Based on a play by Kemp Powers, the historical drama “One Night in Miami” imagines what happened during a meeting in 1964 in a Miami hotel between Muhammad Ali (Eli Goree), Malcolm X (Kingsley Ben-Adir) and Sam Cooke ( Leslie) could have happened to Odom Jr.) and Jim Brown (Aldis Hodge). Shortly after these four gathered, Ali changed his name from Cassius Clay to become a Muslim, Malcolm left the Nation of Islam, Cooke recorded music informed by the civil rights movement, and Brown began retiring from his NFL career to dedicate oneself more to activism and action. Directed by Regina King, the film turns an evening of celebration and reflection into a long, stimulating cop meeting between four very different men who argue and joke, away from the control of an audience who judges their decisions.

“Flack” season 1

Start streaming: 22nd of January

Anna Paquin gets her juiciest role since “True Blood” in “Flack,” a kind of low-stakes version of “Scandal,” after PR fixers who do anything to keep their desperate celebrity clients off the tabloids. In almost every episode someone needs the help of Paquin’s character Robyn or her staff after being trapped in the wrong bed or found on the scene. Much of the entertainment value comes from how these smart and caring professionals – mostly women – work miracles to save some legitimate people who barely deserve their help. There’s also a pathos about Robyn managing her chaotic personal life, but “Flack” is generally more comfortably soapy than profound.

Also arriving:

January 8th

“Herself”

15. January

“Tandav”

January 18th

“Alone”

22nd of January

“Jessy and Nessy”

“Dickinson” Season 2

Start streaming: January 8th

The wacky historical dramedy “Dickinson” was part of the first wave of television shows from Apple TV +. and it remains one of the most famous of the service. The second season has all the charms of the first, starting with Hailee Steinfeld’s winning performance as poet Emily Dickinson, portrayed as an idiosyncratic young woman who refutes her family’s notions of respectable femininity. The clever catch with “Dickinson” is that while set in the distant American past, the characters act like they’re in a modern suburban television household – they ironically argue when they’re all together and later ponder quietly while melancholy pop music plays. Season 2 begins with the admission that the historical record is vague at this stage in the writer’s life (a time not long after her brother married the woman Dickinson loved), but that doesn’t prevent the show’s creators from referring to their poems as Window to use in their daily romantic desperation.

“Palmer”

Start streaming: January 29th

Justin Timberlake dampens his big pop star personality considerably for the small drama “Palmer”, a film about a chaste ex-con man who tries to get his life going again in his small hometown in the south. Alisha Wainwright plays a local teacher who is attracted to Palmer after seeing him take care of a neglected neighbor boy who is teased at school for loving girls’ toys and clothes. The message that “outsiders are people too” is uplifting, although the movie’s real selling point is its cast, which includes the phenomenal Temple of Juno as a well-meaning mother struggling with impulse control.

‘Tiger’

Start streaming: 10. January

The 2020 documentary series “The Last Dance” set a high bar for in-depth sports stories behind the scenes full of fame and scandal. HBO’s two-part “Tiger” isn’t that great, but at least it’s in the same league. While missing a key interview with golfer Tiger Woods himself, this miniseries includes contributions from many of his friends and colleagues talking about the private Woods – good and bad – that few golf fans have ever seen. “Tiger” features remarkable footage from Woods’ career (including his amateur years, which were unusually well documented thanks to his forward-thinking parents). But between the scenes of an athlete who dominated his sport for once in a generation, this documentary also deals with the immense pressure that has been placed on him. And it’s open about what happened when the man started cracking.

“Painting with John”

Start streaming: 22nd of January

In the early 1990s, avant-garde musician John Lurie created and hosted the lovably bizarre series “Fishing With John,” a low key nature and interview show that often took surreal turns. Lurie’s new project “Painting With John” just plays things a little straighter. Like a strange version of Bob Ross, Lurie starts each episode by teaching the viewers art, but ends up talking more about life, telling personal anecdotes, and sharing his insights and beliefs. He also paints; and the colorful close-ups of Lurie’s canvases combined with the muffled growl of his voice make this an unusually relaxing show.

Also arriving:

January 14th

“Search Party” Season 4

21th January

“Gomorrah” Season 3

January 24th

“Euphoria” special, part 2

January 29th

“The little things”

“Jann” seasons 1 & 2

Start streaming: January 29th

Fans of light-hearted, characterful Canadian sitcoms like “Schitt’s Creek” should enjoy “Jann,” a similarly sweet and dryly satirical comedy about a former jet-setter preparing for a career downturn. Singer-songwriter Jann Arden plays a cartoony version of herself: a musician who had a few chart hits in the 1990s but has since dealt with health issues, relationship problems, family crises, and a changing pop music market. In the show’s previous two seasons – both already hugely popular in Canada – the lovable Arden has been ready to look silly as she falsified the weaknesses of a showbiz exile. But she and her “Jann” colleagues Leah Gauthier and Jennica Harper have also balanced the character’s persistent state of embarrassment with strong and moving elements of the underdog melodrama.

Also arriving:

January 1st

“Like a boss”

“Save yourselves!”

13th January

“Everyone Does It Great” Season 1

15. January

“Endlings” season 2

“The Ultimate Playlist of Noise”

22nd of January

“Derek DelGaudio is in and of itself”

“The sister”

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