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The best new movies from Netflix, HBO Max and Amazon Prime (January 2023)


Happy New Year, Polygon readers!

We’re excited to get back to everything after the holidays and are ready to share with you the best movies available to stream on Netflix, HBO Max, Prime Video, Shudder and Hulu. Our list for this month includes Andrzej Żuławski’s 1981 hit classic horror film Possession starring Sam Neill and Isabelle Adjani, 2004 pilot starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Kathryn Bigelow’s 1995 cyberpunk thriller strange day, and more. Here’s what to watch this month based on everything new across platforms:


Editor’s Choice

Owned on Shudder

A close-up shot of the face of a woman (Isabelle Adjani) looking straight into the camera with frenzied horror.

Image: Gaumont/Anchor Bay Entertainment

Category: psychological horror
Year: 1981
run time: 2 hours 4 minutes
Manager: Andrzej uławski
Cast: Actor: Isabelle AdjaniSam Neill Heinz Bennent

Outside of the most avid film buffs, Andrzej Żuławski is not a name that inspires enthusiastic recognition in the United States. Known for his brand of radical arthouse cinema, Żuławski’s career was thwarted by the Communist authorities in his native Poland, with many of his early films heavily censored, banned or in a the case is almost destroyed on release. It also doesn’t help that a few of his films released in the United States have run out of print – although that Looks like that will change soon.

If you know Żuławski’s name, it could be his 1981 psychological thriller. Possession, a film whose cult status among horror connoisseurs has only been amplified in the decades since its release due to its difficulty in obtaining in real-life media, let alone viewing it online. Fortunately for everyone, that’s no longer the case— Possession The time now is final available for streaming courtesy of Shudder.

Set in Cold War-era West Berlin, Żuławski .’s film stars Jurassic Park‘s Sam Neill as Mark, a Russian spy who returns home to discover that his wife, Anna (Isabelle Adjani), has left him and wants a divorce. When Anna refuses to reveal why, only stating that she didn’t leave him for someone else, Mark becomes suspicious and stalks her. The last thing he discovers is a horrifying secret beyond his comprehension, a secret that awakens a source of anxiety, resentment, and despair that has long lain dormant between the two, threatening to disrupt not only small family but also their sanity.

Inspired by Żuławski’s own turbulent divorce in 1976 and his subsequent struggles with suicidal thoughts, Possession blurs the line between autobiography and illusion, with Neill and Adjani’s hysterical performance oscillating between disturbing, humorous, and unsettlingly sympathetic. Inspiration for everything from Ari Aster’s Mid-Autumn to the 2016 music video for Massive Attack’s”Voodoo in my bloodPossession is a must-see for any serious horror fan. —Toussaint Egan

Possession available to stream on Creepy.

New on Netflix

pilot

A man in a brown hat with a thick mustache (Leonardo DiCaprio) stands in front of a row of microphone stands with a giant chrome-plated drone visible behind him.

Image: Video by Warner Bros.

Category: biopic movies
Year: 2004
run time: 2 hours 50 minutes
Manager: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Kate Beckinsale

Martin Scorsese’s 2004 biopic about the life of eccentric airline tycoon Howard Hughes is one of the best movies hitting Netflix this month. So much, we made it ours Editor’s Choice for this week’s foundation! Leonardo DiCaprio delivers a captivating performance as Hughes, who combines the man’s legendary public reputation for courage and outrageous business decisions with his personal struggles with Obsessive-compulsive disorder and undiagnosed hypocrisy. It’s a breathtaking film, both in terms of the scale of the story and the finesse that is evident in its epic production. —TE

pilot available to stream on Netflix.

Raid 2

Yuda (Iko Uwais) and The Assassin face off in The Raid 2.

Image: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Category: Action/thriller
Year: 2014
run time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Manager: Gareth Evans
Cast: Iko Uwais, Arifin Putra, Oka Antara

A sequel to the 2011 hit (and we mean a hit) Raid, the 2014 sequel to Gareth Evans also has a heavy punch (and some hammering). Set shortly after the events of the first film, Rama (Iko Uwais, taking on the lead role) is sent to investigate to expose corruption in the Jakarta police. This involves getting yourself sent to prison, surviving a prison riot, and winning over members of the Jakarta underworld. Filled with thrilling action, gore and eye-catching performances of Indonesian pencak silat, fans of this martial art Raid should also watch the enhanced sequel first. —Pete Volk

Raid 2 available to stream on Netflix.

New on HBO Max

strange day

A woman in a black leather jacket (Angela Bassett) leans against the hood of a darkened vehicle and fires a pistol, a beam of light in the muzzle illuminating both herself and the vehicle's surface.

Image: 20th Century Fox home entertainment

Category: Science Fiction/Horror
Year: 1995
run time: 2 hours 25 minutes
Manager: Kathryn Bigelow
Cast: Starring:Ralph FiennesAngela BassettJuliette Lewis

Like Żuławski said above Possession, Kathryn Bigelow’s 1995 cyberpunk film starring Ralph Fiennes and Angela Bassett is another cult classic whose reputation is determined in no small part by its relatively inaccessible online viewingability. However, that has also changed as HBO Max recently added movies to the service and in HD no more and nothing less.

Set in futuristic Los Angeles just two days before the end of the 20th century, strange day follows Lenny Nero (Fiennes), a black market broker who deals in an illegal technology that allows users to record their own memories and physical sensations and experience them after the fact. When Lenny comes across a recording that threatens to allude to the LAPD in a high-profile murder, he is forced to turn to his old friend Lornette “Mace” Mason (Bassett) to uncover the source behind the recording while Still one step ahead. A mysterious killer wants him dead.

Conceived by producer James Cameron and inspired by the 1992 LA riots that erupted after the infamous Rodney King trial, strange day is a dark sci-fi thriller that deals with racism, voyeurism, social breakdown, and sexual violence, the latter mainly focusing on women and people. black skin. It’s a tough watch — but still a worthwhile watch that offers audiences a trio of stellar performances and an impressively original vision of a bygone alternative future. —TE

strange day available to stream on HBO Max.

New on Hulu

Professor Marston and Wonder Women

A woman in a yellow and blue leotard (Bella Heathcote) stands in front of a brightly painted backdrop next to a woman in a white shirt and red skirt (Rebecca Hall) with her hands outstretched.

Image: Sony Pictures Entertainment

Category: biopic movies
Year: 2017
run time: 1 hour 48 minutes
Manager: Angela Robinson
Cast: Luke EvansRebecca HallBella Heathcote

You’re probably familiar with DC Comics’ superhero stories Wonderful woman, also known as Princess Diana of Themyscira. But do you know the real-life origin behind the leopard-clad demigod, crowned and holding a golden noose? Angela Robinson’s 2017 biopic tells the story of William Moulton Marston (Luke Evans), the psychologist turned comic author behind the creation of Wonder Woman, who has a polygamous relationship between his wife and his wife. , Elizabeth (Rebecca Hall), and his mistress, Olive (Bella Heathcote). ), was the inspiration behind the character’s first adventures and description. Professor Marston and Wonder Women is a compelling film, not only for its telling of an extraordinary real-life story, but also for its sensitive and empathetic depiction of a committed polygamous couple and the BDSM community at large. You will never see the Wonder Woman character the same way again after watching this movie, and I want to emphasize that as a compliment. —TE

Professor Marston and Wonder Women available to stream on Hulu.

New on Amazon Prime Video

Indiana Jones series

harrison ford and sean connery indiana jones and the last crusade

Image: Supreme Image / Lucasfilm

Category: Action adventure
Year: 1981 (Raiders of the Lost Ark); 1984 (Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom); 1989 (Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade); 2008 (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of Skulls)
run time: 1 hour 55 minutes (Raiders of the Lost Ark); 1 hour 58 minutes (Temple of Doom); 2 hours 7 minutes (the last crusade); 2 hours 2 minutes (Kingdom of Crystal Skull)
Manager: Steven Spielberg
Cast: Actor: Harrison Ford Karen AllenPaul Freeman

Indiana Jones and the Wheel of Fatethe fifth installment in the iconic action-adventure series and the first since 2008 Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull Kingdom, is scheduled to hit theaters this June. What better time to re-acquaint or reacquaint yourself with the brave deeds despite the death of Dr. Henry Walton “Indiana” Jones Jr.? The entire series has been added to Prime Video this month, and you really can’t go wrong watching them all (yes—including Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull Kingdom). first movie, Raiders of the Lost Ark, is a classic and undeniably essential watch for anyone who loves traveling around the world and watching the Nazis get punched in the propeller of an airplane. However, I feel especially compelled to introduce 1989 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusadein which series star Harrison Ford teams up with Sean Connery as an estranged father-son duo embarking on a race to find the Holy Grail and prevent an unscrupulous businessman allied with Nazis from achieving discord. death. —TE

Indiana Jones series available to stream on prime minister video.

The best of the rest

The Day After the Trinity

An archival photograph of J. Robert Oppenheimer.

Image: PBS/Criteria Collection

Category: Documentary
Year: 1981
run time: 1 hour 28 minutes
Manager: Jon Else

Christopher Nolan returns this July with Oppenheimer, a biopic based on the life of theoretical physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer starring Cillian Murphy. If you, like us, are holding your breath waiting for Nolan’s latest work, you might be curious enough to learn the history of Oppenheimer’s pivotal role as the “father of the atomic bomb.” “. Lucky for you, 1981 documentary The Day After the Trinity has been added to streaming. Else’s film ranks Oppenheimer’s life from his schoolboy days to the creation of what has become his greatest contribution to human history and his deepest regret in life. his life. —TE

The Day After the Trinity available to stream on Criterion channel.

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