29 Thrilling New Netflix Movies To Watch This January In New Zealand

Megan Zara Walsh Megan Zara Walsh - Staff Writer

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COVID-19 is still wreaking havoc, and sometimes, all we want to do is escape. And hey, nothing screams escapism more than putting on a top-notch flick. Here are 29 of the greatest Netflix movies that you can watch in New Zealand this month ahead.

1. The Hand Of God

This Italian drama movie is set in Naples in 1980. It follows an awkward Italian teen who is struggling to find his place in the world. After he is saved from a freak accident by a football star, he experiences heartbreak and liberation. Full of unexpected twists and turns, it’s an enjoyable watch.

2. Don’t Look Up

This comical American sci-fi movie has hit number one since its release. It follows two low-level astronomers, Dr Randall Mindy (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Kate Dibiasky (Jennifer Lawrence), who must warn mankind about a comet threatening to destroy the planet. With a blockbuster cast, from Ariana Grande, Meryl Streep, Timothée Chalamet, Jonah Hill and more…you won’t be disappointed.

3. The Rhythm Section

This thrilling action movie follows Stephanie, played by Blake Lively. Stephanie descends into a hole of darkness after learning that her family were killed in a plane crash. Later, she discovers that the plane crash was orchestrated by terrorists, so she goes on a mission to take revenge across the globe.

4. The Royal Treatment

On January 20, you’ll be able to watch New York hairdresser, Izzy (Laura Marano) as she seizes the opportunity to work at a Royal wedding of a charming prince. There, she learns that the wedding is an arranged marriage, and the prince is not really in love. Indeed, sparks fly between her and prince.

5. Munich – The Edge Of War

This World War movie is set to be released on January 21. It tells the tale of autumn 1938 in Europe, when Hitler prepares to invade Czechoslovakia, while the government of Neville Chamberlain seeks a peaceful treaty. To try and come to a peaceful arrangement, a British civil servant and a German diplomat, travel to Munich.

6. Brazen

On January 13, you can watch this highly anticipated new Netflix movie. It follows a famous mystery and crime writer, Grace (Alyssa Milano), who gets heavily involved in the mysterious case of her sisters murder, after she learns her innocent sister led a double life as a webcam performer. Certainly, one of the best new movies on Netflix.

7. Tick, Tick…Boom

This new feel-good drama movie is based on the autobiographical musical by playwright Jonathan Larson. It follows an aspiring composer, on the brink of turning 30, who is having a midlife crisis and stresses he has made the wrong career moves. Watch in awe as he navigates love, friendship and pressures of life in New York City.

8. Red Notice

This $200 million budget thriller movie is being absorbed by households around the globe. Eager watchers are already demanding a sequel. With a stellar cast, from Ryan Reynolds, Gal Gadot, Dwayne Johnson, and more…you know it’s going to be good. It follows an FBI agent on an adventure across the world, attempting to capture a smart crook, who is the world’s most wanted art thief.

9. The Unforgiveable

This epic movie follows Academy award winner Sandra Bullock, who stars as a woman released from prison after serving 20 years for a horrific murder. Although, outside the prison walls, society is not willing to forgive her. Nevertheless, she goes on a mission to find her little sister but things take a dramatic turn.

10. The Harder They Fall

This American Western flick stars Oscar winner Regina King, Emmy nominee Idris Elba, Oscar nominee Lakeith Stanfied, and more. It tells the tale of an outlaw, Nat Love, who seeks revenge after his ruthless enemy is released from jail. He gathers his gang to get back together to try and stop this crime boss.

11. The Power Of The Dog

This western drama movie has 5-star reviews online. It wonderfully illustrates the life of a cowboy, Phil (Benedict Cumberbatch), who believes he must be the toughest and most dominant leader in his crew. When his brother George brings home a new wife Rose and her son, Phil responds with mocking cruelty.

12. Love Hard

Watch this popular new Netflix romantic comedy movie. It follows an LA writer, Natalie (Nina Dobrev) as she flies 3,000 miles for Christmas, to surprise a man she met on a dating app. However, she gets the shock of her life when she learns that she has been catfished.

13. The Guilty

This American crime thriller is about a troubled LAPD police officer (Jake Gyllenhaal), after he is downgraded to a 911 operator, after an incident at work. After receiving a disturbing call, he goes on a mission, against the clock, to try and save an abducted woman named Emily. Indeed, this movie is sure to have you on the edge of your seat.

14. Britney vs Spears

In an effort to open the worlds eyes to facts in the #FreeBritney movement, Filmmaker Erin Lee Carr and Journalist Jenny Eliscu bring their investigation to Netflix viewers. With confidential evidence and exclusive interviews, this documentary movie showcases Britney’s fight for freedom from the 13-year conservatorship. Certainly, a must-watch for Britney Spears fans.

15. The Starling

This engaging drama movie has the ability to make you laugh and cry in the space of an hour. It tells the story of Lily (Melissa McCarthy), after suffering the loss of her child. She encounters a Starling bird, who takes up residence near her home and taunts her. As her husband Jack (Chris O’Dowd) deals with his own demons in a psychiatric hospital, Lilly rediscovers her will to live through the Starling. Indeed, this Netflix movie is relatable and grippingly emotional.


16. Man On Fire

This 2004 blockbuster follows an ex-CIA officer, John Creasy (Denzel Washington), who accepts a job as a bodyguard for a 9-year-old girl in Mexico city, at a time, when kidnappings were at an all time high. When Lupita (Dakota Fanning) is kidnapped, Creasy goes on a vicious rampage to find her, uncovering an array of dirty cops, government corruption and linked criminals. Indeed, one of the best Netflix movies to watch this month.

17. Vivo

This 2021 Netflix Original animation flick is being absorbed by households around the globe right now. With fantastic all-new music by Lin-Manuel Miranda, it tells the tale of a music-obsessed Kinkajou (voiced by Lin-Manuel Miranda), who embarks on an unforgettable, musical journey to deliver a love song to Marta, for his owner Andres. It’s the lighthearted family movie you need this weekend.

18. Sweet Girl

You’ll recognise Jason Momoa from the epic Game Of Thrones series, but this time, he plays a man devastated by the loss of his wife. Cooper vows to get justice for his wife’s death while protecting his only remaining family, his daughter, Rachel (Isabela Merced). This suspenseful thriller is arguably, one of the best movies on Netflix New Zealand, and comes with some shocking twists and turns.

19. Kate

Another action-packed thriller that follows a ruthless Tokyo assassin, Kate (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), who is almost poisoned on her last job. With less than 24 hours to spare, she takes matters into her own hands, and goes on a mission to discover who ordered the hit on her, and take revenge. Certainly, the high-action movie you need to see on Netflix New Zealand this weekend.

20. The Fear Street Trilogy

Horror fans can enjoy Fear Street Part: 1994Fear Street Part 2: 1978 and Fear Street Part 3: 1666 on Netflix. The first movie follows a teen and her friends decide to fight against evil forces after a series of brutal murders in their small town. Although, the trilogy jumps back in time for the finally two installations. All three movies were filmed at the same time so you can expect the same terrified faces, if they aren’t already dead.

21. Beckett

This action thriller has received great hype from households around the world. It showcases Beckett, an American tourist, on holiday in Greece. After a tragic car accident, he wakes up to find his girlfriend is missing, and he is now the target of a manhunt in the midst of a dangerous political conspiracy. With a talented cast, from Alicia Vikander, John David Washington, Boyd Holbrook, and more…you won’t be left dissatisfied.

22. Love & Monsters

Watch in suspense as Dylan O’Brien takes on the lead role of a young man trying to survive seven years into an apocalypse that sees monsters run the planet. He ventures up from the underground and risks his life to reunite with his lover. But, the path is extremely dangerous while he meets a friendly dog and some travelling companions along the way.

23. Yes Day

This charming family movie stars Jennifer Garner as mother Allison, along with her husband Carlos, who agree to take part in a ”Yes Day” to please their children. Therefore, for 24 hours they must say yes to everything the kids want to do. This sets the chaotic scenes ahead. A flick filled with laughter, fun and warmth that everyone in the clan can enjoy.

24. The Last Letter From Your Lover

From the author of Me Before You, JoJo Moyes’ brings us another timeless classic. The story tells the tale of a present-day Journalist, Ellie Haworth (Felicity Jones), who discovers mysterious love letters from 1965. She soon learns that they belonged to Jennifer Stirling (Shailene Woodley), the wife of a wealthy industrialist, and her secret lover Anthony, a journalist covering a story on Jennifer’s husband. Ellie sets out to solve the affair.

25. How To Be Single

After splitting with her long-term boyfriend, Alice (Dakota Johnson) learns how to be single with her comical and wild co-worker Robin (Rebel Wilson). Robin loves a good party and a one-night stand and tries to get Alice to embrace this sort of lifestyle. This movie is hilarious and relatable, and the girly indulgence you need this weekend. Indeed, one of the greatest Netflix comedies to watch right now.

26. Set It Up

This heartwarming romantic American comedy stars Zoey Deutch and Glenn Powell. It follows the pair as overworked and underpaid assistants in New York, who team up to try and get their bosses to fall in love, and in turn, give them a little bit of a break and more freedom. Definitely, one of the best Netflix movies to make you laugh this weekend.

27. I Am All Girls

Based on a true story, This iconic flick follows a relentless crime investigator who finds common ground with a killer targeting the organisers of a powerful child-trafficking ring in South Africa. The real events will give you chills down your spine as it involved, amongst others, powerful politicians in the 1980s. Be sure to pop this on your must-see list.

28. The Woman In The Window

Watch as Amy Adams give a truly powerful performance in this psychological thriller. From the creators of The Girl On The Train, Adams plays Dr. Anna Fox who witnesses a disturbing act of violence while spying on her neighbours, the Russel family, through her window in New York.

29. Monster

Another one of the most breathtaking Netflix movies starring Kelvin Harrison Jr. It follows the story of a 17-year old boy, Steve Harmon, from Harlem, who attends a prestigious film school. His life quickly changes when he is charged with a felony murder. Watch in suspense as he fights for his innocence against a criminal justice system already judging him.

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