New January Movies and TV Streaming on Netflix

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Earlier today, we gave you a list of some great movies leaving Netflix on Jan. 1. The good news is that it looks like many of those films (Beverly Hills Cop, Big Trouble in Little China, Boyz n the Hood, Braveheart, The Breakfast Club, Hotel Rwanda, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, The Longest Yard, Love Actually, Manhattan, Roman Holiday, Rocky and The Usual Suspects) are coming back a mere weeks later. The biggest addition to the streaming service, though, may be the complete series of Friends starting January 1.

Here are five movie picks that aren’t already available:

election.jpg Election (1/1)
Year: 1999
Director: Alexander Payne
A high-school election for student body president turns into a darkly comic satire on politics and sexuality in one of Alexander Payne’s uproarious takedowns of Midwestern values. The election turns into a struggle of wills between Matthew Broderick’s wormy high-school teacher and Reese Witherspoon’s overbearing know-it-all Tracy Flick, but resentful mediocrity doesn’t stand a chance against relentless ambition. With a hyper-capable schoolkid surrounded by hilariously flawed characters, Election could be Rushmore’s cynical classmate.—Curt Holman

to-be-takei.jpg To Be Takei (1/1)
Year: 2014
Directors: Jennifer M. Kroot, Bill Weber
For almost 7.5 million people around the world, George Takei is one of the best things about their Facebook feed. He’s gathered a massive following online including people who’ve never watched an episode of Star Trek, the show that first brought him to fame almost 50 years ago. While some may only know him from the humorous daily posts on his social media accounts, this documentary by Jennifer M. Kroot and Bill Weber introduces viewers to a man with a tumultuous past who managed to forge a path to success despite the odds that were stacked against him. Takei’s family, along with over 8,000 other Japanese-Americans from California, were sent to an internment camp after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. As a love story, perhaps the most refreshing thing about the documentary is being able to observe a long-term gay couple in such a normal, everyday way. We do occasionally see George and his husband Brad sparring with the vigor of any pairing together for as long as they have been, but it’s almost always with humor. Running a compact 93 minutes and featuring a plethora of familiar faces, the film should be enjoyable even to those who are only casual fans.—Matt Shiverdecker

frank.jpg Frank (1/8)
Year: 2014
Director: Lenny Abrahamson
It’s hard to read Frank’s emotions because his facial expression never changes. How could it? It’s painted on. Walking around with a big, spherical paper mâché head, he looks like a walking cartoon character. But unlike the folks at Disneyland, Frank plays bizarre, haunting music with disorienting melodies and foreign, electronic tones. It would all be quite intimidating if his disembodied voice weren’t so darn friendly. The film enters Frank’s world through the eyes of Jon (Domhnall Gleeson), a young, aspiring musician who doesn’t have much to say or any ideas how to say it. He lives a comfy life at home, writing tiny bits of songs he can’t finish and eating what his mom makes him until he is swept into the adventurous life of a band on the road, driving all night and playing to empty rooms. He sees the romance, but is rather slow to pick up on some of the anguish and mental illness that his bandmates suffer. Director Lenny Abrahamson finds plenty of humor in his band of misfit characters, but the movie doesn’t treat their odd behavior as mere fodder for slapstick. The movie’s heart lies in its understanding of their fragility.—Jeremy Mathews

tinker-tailor.jpg Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (1/16)
Year: 1999
Director: Tomas Alfredson
Steeped in the monochrome color palette and noir soundtrack of 1970s espionage cinema, Tomas Alfredson’s adaptation of John le Carré’s classic bestselling spy novel offers smart, nostalgic entertainment for a discerning adult audience. Alfredson previously directed Let the Right One In, and in some ways his follow-up is as chilly as that Swedish vampire flick. Like his adolescent bloodsucker, these career spies are always on guard, even among those they consider their closest friends. In a profession founded on loyalty and ideals, what they fear most is deceit and betrayal—of each other and of themselves.—Annlee Ellingson

chef.jpg Chef (1/28)
Year: 2014
Director: Jon Favreau 
Jon Favreau taps into the zeitgeist of America’s current food culture—a world where chefs and bloggers are rock stars and Twitter can make or break careers. But underneath all the razzmatazz of carefully crafted food scenes lies a sweet story about a man trying to straighten his life’s bearings while reconnecting with his young son. A detailed and entertaining romp through kitchen life, Chef proves once again that Favreau’s a major triple-threat in Hollywood: He wrote, directed and even stars in the film, despite his non-cookie cutter, leading-man appearance (of which his character is reminded several times throughout the film). The cooking shots in Chef are sure to please any foodie; in particular, there’s one scene in which Casper is making a deceptively simple grilled cheese sandwich for his son at home. The close-up shots reveal the painstaking lengths to which a real chef—as well as a director—will go to get even a grilled cheese (shot) just right.—Christine N. Ziemba

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101 Dalmatians (1996)
Bad Boys II (2003)
Batman & Robin (1997)
Bruce Almighty (2003)
Cast Away (2000)
Dallas: Season 3 (2012)
Get Low (2009)
Election (1999)
Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
Fort Bliss (2014)
Friends: Complete Series (1994-2004)
Jeepers Creepers 2 (2003)
Mean Girls (2004)
Shall We Dance? (2004)
To Be Takei (2014)
The French Connection (1971)
The Quiet Man (1952)
The War of the Worlds (1953)
Wayne’s World 2 (1993)

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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)
White Collar: Season 5

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Brick Mansions (2014)

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Frank (2014)
Psych: Season 8

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Z Nation: Season 1

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Being Human: Season 4 (U.S.)

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Wolfblood: Season 3 (2014)

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The Adventures of Puss in Boots: Season 1
The Fall: Season 2
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (2011)

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Iliza Shlesinger: Freezing Hot (2014)

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Chef (2014)
Beauty & the Beast: Season 2
12 Angry Men (1957)
A Mighty Heart (2007)
A River Runs Through It (1992)
Backdraft (1991)
Bad Boys (1995)
The Bad News Bears Go to Japan! (1978)
Batman (1989)
Beethoven (1992)
Beethoven’s 2nd (1993)
Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
Boyz n the Hood (1991)
The Brady Bunch Movie (1995)
Braveheart (1995)
The Breakfast Club (1985)
Can’t Buy Me Love (1987)
Carrie (1976)
The Chronicles of Riddick (2004)
The Company Men (2010)
D3: The Mighty Ducks (1996)
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
Duck Soup (1933)
Far and Away (1992)
G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, Seasons 1-­2 (1983-­1986)
Girls Just Want to Have Fun (1985)
Gladiator (2000)
Good Burger (1997)
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967)
Happy Gilmore (1996)
Hitch (2005)
Hotel Rwanda (2004)
Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959)
Kiss the Girls (1997)
Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
The Longest Yard (1974)
Love Actually (2003)
Manhattan (1979)
The Mighty Ducks (1992)
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
My Girl (1991)
My Girl 2 (1994)
The Original Kings of Comedy (2000)
The Parent Trap (1998)
The Phantom of the Opera (1989)
Red Dawn (1984)
Rocky I­-V (1976-­1990)
Roman Holiday (1953)
Saved! (2004)
Scary Movie 2 (2001)
Spaceballs (1987)
Stargate (1994)
Taylor Swift: Journey to Fearless (2010)
Titanic (1997)
Tombstone (1993)
Transformers: Generation 1, Seasons 1­4 (1984­1987)
Turner and Hooch (1989)
The Usual Suspects (1995)
The Wedding Planner (2001)
You’ve Got Mail (1998)

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