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Here’s Everything Coming To UK Netflix In January

Having spent the last few weeks watching every festive film in Netflix’s back catalogue, many of us are on the hunt for something new. Whether you're searching for a film to soothe the stress of heading back to work or looking for a series to see you through the cold winter nights ahead, Netflix has plenty of new titles heading your way this January.

Where last month’s lineup could be categorised as "festive crowd-pleasers" with big titles like Ryan Murphy’s The Prom, this month’s could be summed up as "new year, new you". With a documentary detailing the transcendent power of decluttering and a short animated series explaining the wonders of meditation, Netflix is clearly trying to promote positivity for 2021.

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If you're searching for more dramatic features, there are plenty of those on offer, too, with a series of star-studded films, movies based on bestselling books and nostalgic TV shows all heading to the platform this month. And if it’s foreign films you're after, you're also in luck, with a range of new and exciting projects from Germany, Turkey and India taking centre stage this January. 

To take a peek at the new additions to the Netflix catalogue for the month ahead, click through the upcoming slides...

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The Minimalists: Less Is Now (2021)

If you are going to release a documentary about decluttering, 1st January is the perfect time to do it. With the excess of Christmas often leaving a sour taste in our mouths come the New Year, a lot of us decide it’s time to get rid of possessions. This documentary aims to show the transformative power of minimalism, following two friends as they go from mass consumers to minimalists. If you liked Marie Kondo, this design documentary is for you.

Available 1st January
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Headspace Guide to Meditation (2021)

Fans of the Headspace app will be happy to know that the guided meditation tech is now getting its shining moment on the big screen. Developed by Headspace’s cofounder, this animated series has eight episodes in total, each of which delves into the benefits and techniques related to mindfulness and meditation. Touching on subjects such as stress and sleep, each 20-minute episode ends with a guided meditation to help bring some calm and relaxation to your day.

Available 1st January
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Asphalt Burning (2019)

From the looks of it, this Norweigan film is one for the petrolheads. After getting into trouble with his future wife at the wedding, car enthusiast Roy is left at the altar, watching her run off into the night. That is, until he accepts a challenge to win back his fiancée in a car race around one of the world’s longest race tracks in Germany. Running into enemies, dead bodies and the police along the way, this is an off-the-wall comedy made with motorheads in mind.

Available 2nd January
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Pieces of a Woman (2021)

Starring Vanessa Kirby as a woman heading into parenthood, Pieces of a Woman delves into the unimaginable pain of losing a child. Following Martha (Kirby) after her home birth ends in tragedy, the film explores grief and the search for justice for a lost child. Executive produced by Martin Scorsese, Pieces of a Woman looks to be a deeply personal portrait about motherhood, fractious relationships and coming to terms with loss. 

Available 7th January
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Pretend It's A City (2021)

Martin Scorsese is probably best-known for his Acadamy-Award winning feature films, but this month the famed director is heading to Netflix with a brand new documentary. Teaming up with author and well-known New Yorker Fran Lebowitz, the doc stands a guide to the Big Apple, presented by two of its most famous residents.

Available 8th January
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Cobra Kai (Season 3)

If you haven’t started the follow-up series to The Karate Kid by now, what have you been doing? Taking place 30 years after the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament, the drama follows Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) as his world collides once again with his old enemy Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) who now runs the famous Cobra Kai karate dojo. After an explosive end to season two, the new season follows Miguel as he embarks on his recovery journey, while Johnny walks away from the dojo.

Available 8th January
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Stuck Apart (2021)

Between his sister’s family moving into his house, a job that he hates and an unhappy private life, Aziz is heading for an existential crisis. Missing the freedom of his youth, Aziz decides a change is needed but his decisions soon see him tangled in a big web of lies. Directed by Turkish filmmakers The Taylan Brothers.

Available 8th January
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The Night Stalker: The Hunt For A Serial Killer (2021)

For those who have already worked their way through The Ripper, this new true-crime doc looks to be just as gripping. Taking place in 1985 Los Angeles, the four-part documentary series charts the murders committed by California-killer Richard Ramierz. Piecing together the story through archival footage and interviews, the series delves deep into the famous case that left investigators stumped for over a year.

Available 13th January
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The White Tiger (2021)

Based on the New York Times bestselling book by the same name, The White Tiger follows Balram on his journey from working class servant to successful entrepreneur in India. After landing a job as a driver for a rich businessman and his wife, Balram goes above and beyond to please his employers. However, after an event shows where their loyalties lie, he decides to rebel against the system and rise up beyond the position that has been forced upon him. Starring Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Adarsh Gourav and Rajkummar Rao.

Available 22nd January
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Snowpiercer (Season 2)

Based on Academy Award-winning director Bong Joon Ho's film of the same name, Snowpiercer is a dystopian thriller for the ages. Following Earth's last surviving humans as they live onboard a giant train, the second series looks to continue its discussion about class inequality, delving into the rising tensions between the uber-rich and working-classes.

Available 26th January
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50M2 (2021)

When a hitman decides he wants a second chance at life, he looks to the only photograph he owns from his childhood. Escaping from his boss' tight grasp, he heads for Güzelce, Istanbul and ends up hiding out in a small, 50-square-metre tailor shop. When the locals assume that he is the son of the recently deceased tailor, he decides to try his luck at a new life. 

Available 27th January
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Penguin Bloom (2021)

Based on a true story, Penguin Bloom follows Samantha (Naomi Watts) and her husband Cameron (Andrew Lincoln) as they embark on a holiday to Thailand with their young sons. There, a freak accident leaves Sam paralysed from the chest down, leaving her without the ability to walk, surf or live life outdoors. Watching their mum battle with depression, Sam’s children bring home a wounded magpie to aid her recovery. Soon becoming kindred spirits, Penguin the magpie helps Sam rediscover her purpose. 

Available 27th January
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The Dig (2021)
 
Starring Ralph Fiennes, Carey Mulligan, Lily James and Johnny Flynn, The Dig is perhaps January’s most star-studded film. Based on John Preston’s novel of the same name, the story reimagines the 1939 excavation of an Anglo-Saxon ship at Sutton Hoo in Suffolk. Set just as England prepares for war against Germany, the film sees Edith Pretty (Mulligan) hire an amateur archaeologist (Fiennes) to dig up the burial mounds on her property. Once the historic importance of the discovery is determined, the team must consider its ramifications.

Available 29th January
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