January’s Netflix Additions and Deletions


January 1st doesn’t mark the beginning of a new year, it also marks the beginning of the streaming run of a number of new films on Netflix. It also marks the end date for a number of other films’ availability on the service, so take some time over the holidays to catchup on what you want to see before they disappear. (But come on Netflix, swapping out the 1989 Batman for 1997’s Batman & Robin just seems cruel.)


101 Dalmatians (1996)
When Cruella De Vil dognaps 15 Dalmatian puppies to make them into a fur coat, their parents rally all the city’s animals to come to their rescue.

Bad Boys II (2003)
In this hyperkinetic sequel, a pair of Miami narcotics cops investigate a Cuban drug kingpin’s connection to Florida’s influx of Ecstasy.

Batman & Robin (1997)
Along with crime­fighting partner Robin and new recruit Batgirl, Batman battles the dual threat of frosty genius Mr. Freeze and Poison Ivy.

Bruce Almighty (2003)
When TV reporter Bruce Nolan angrily ridicules God, the Almighty responds by giving Bruce all His divine powers. But can Bruce improve on perfection?

Cast Away (2000)
After FedEx systems engineer Chuck Noland’s plane crashes in the Pacific Ocean, he finds himself fighting to survive on a deserted island.

Get Low (2009)
Robert Duvall stars as irascible backwoods loner Felix Bush, who plans his funeral while he’s still around to attend ­­and enjoy ­­the proceedings.

Election (1999)
Tracy Flick appears to have the election for student council president sewn up until a teacher rounds up a worthy opponent: a popular football player.

Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
A sportswriter and his Samoan lawyer embark on a hallucinogenic three­day romp from Los Angeles to Las Vegas in this counterculture cult favorite.

Fort Bliss (2014)
Maggie, a U.S. Army medic and single mother, returns home from an extended tour of duty in Afghanistan to discover the bond with her five-­year-­old son has been broken.

Jeepers Creepers 2 (2003)
An ancient creature known as the Creeper terrorizes a group of varsity basketball players, cheerleaders and coaches stranded on a remote highway.

Mean Girls (2004)
Cady joins her new high school’s most powerful clique, but there’s hell to pay when the ex­-boyfriend of the clique’s leader wants to be Cady’s guy.

Shall We Dance? (2004)
A wistful middle­-aged lawyer finds an undiscovered passion within when an impulse prompts him to take ballroom dancing lessons.

To Be Takei (2014)
This documentary profiles the career of actor George Takei, who played Lieutenant Sulu on “Star Trek” and later became a gay­ rights advocate.

The French Connection (1971)
Tough narcotics detective “Popeye” Doyle is in hot pursuit of a suave French drug dealer who may be the key to a huge heroin­ smuggling operation.

The Quiet Man (1952)
Ex­boxer Sean Thornton courts lovely Mary Kate. But her brother may need some common sense knocked into him -­ literally ­-­ before the deal is done.

The War of the Worlds (1953)
When a scorching meteor­-like object crashes to Earth, a scientist waits three ill­-fated days for the object ­­- a Martian­-filled spaceship ­-­ to cool.

Wayne’s World 2 (1993)
In this sequel to the comedy hit based on a recurring “SNL” skit, a message from Jim Morrison in a dream prompts cable access TV stars Wayne and Garth to put on a rock concert, “Waynestock,” with Aerosmith as headliners.


Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)
CIA analyst Jack Ryan tries to thwart a terrorist plot to bring down the U.S. economy in this action­ thriller starring Chris Pine in the title role.


Brick Mansions (2014)
An undercover Detroit cop navigates a dangerous neighborhood that’s surrounded by a containment wall with the help of an ex­con in order to bring down a crime lord and his plot to devastate the entire city.


Frank (2014)
An aspiring musician joins a band of eccentrics led by an enigmatic singer ­­ who wears a fake head ­­and his unstable girlfriend.


Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (2011)
This gripping thriller about Cold War espionage follows an English spy as he returns to MI­6 under suspicion that he’s become a Soviet operative.


Chef (2014)
When chef Carl Casper’s plans for opening a restaurant in Los Angeles fail to pan out, he returns home to Miami and debuts a food truck instead.

12 Angry Men (1957)
A Mighty Heart (2007)
A River Runs Through It (1992)
Backdraft (1991)
Bad Boys (1995)
Batman (1989)
Beethoven (1992)
Beethoven’s 2nd (1993)
Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
Boyz n the Hood (1991)
Braveheart (1995)
Can’t Buy Me Love (1987)
Carrie (1976)
D3: The Mighty Ducks (1996)
Duck Soup (1933)
Far and Away (1992)
Girls Just Want to Have Fun (1985)
Gladiator (2000)
Good Burger (1997)
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)
Love Actually (2003)
Manhattan (1979)
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
My Girl (1991)
My Girl 2 (1994)
Red Dawn (1984)
Rocky I­V (1976­1990)
Roman Holiday (1953)
Saved! (2004)
Scary Movie 2 (2001)
Spaceballs (1987)
Stargate (1994)
The Bad News Bears Go to Japan! (1978)
The Brady Bunch Movie (1995)
The Breakfast Club (1985)
The Chronicles of Riddick (2004)
The Company Men (2010)
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
The Longest Yard (1974)
The Mighty Ducks (1992)
The Original Kings of Comedy (2000)
The Parent Trap (1998)
The Phantom of the Opera (1989)
The Usual Suspects (1995)
The Wedding Planner (2001)
Titanic (1997)
Tombstone (1993)
Turner and Hooch (1989)
You’ve Got Mail (1998)

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A film fan since he first saw that Rebel Blockade Runner fleeing the massive Imperial Star Destroyer at the tender age of 8 and a veteran freelance journalist with twenty-five years experience writing about film and pop culture. He is a member of the Philadelphia Film Critics Circle.
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