One Thing to Watch in January

Our "all killer, no filler" playlist of what to watch this month on the major streaming services.

By Matthew Lissauer

Carey Mulligan in "Promising Young Woman."

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Use our guide to help you pick the one thing on each major streaming service that you should watch this month.

  • Netflix: Pieces of a Woman

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    Shia LaBeouf might be on the verge of cancellation, but don't let his presence stop you from watching Netflix's heart-wrenching and powerful drama. Vanessa Kirby (who Netflix subscribers will recall from the first two seasons of "The Crown") is the one to watch here, and her performance has been generating a great amount of Oscar chatter since the film's debut at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Pieces of a Woman

Drama / 2021 / R

A heartbreaking home birth leaves a woman grappling with the profound emotional fallout, isolated from her partner and family by a chasm of grief.

  • Amazon: One Night in Miami

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    We've written a lot about Amazon's likely awards contender and Regina King's directorial debut. Since its premiere at Venice this year, King's historical drama -- based on a stage play of the same name -- has already been heating up the Oscar conversation. As discussions of racial injustice continue to take center stage, if there's one thing to watch from Amazon this month, this is it.

One Night in Miami

Drama / 2020

On the night of Feb. 25, 1964, in Miami, Cassius Clay joins Jim Brown, Sam Cooke and Malcom X, and they discuss the responsibility of being successful black men during the civil rights movement.

  • Hulu: Save Yourselves!

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    In the locked-down fall of 2020, Bleecker Street debuted this low key sci-fi comedy about a Brooklyn couple who leave town and disconnect for a woodland retreat. When the couple check their phones again, they discover the world has been under attack by alien forces. This was the perfect pre-Halloween escape from our own shut-in lives, and still remains so while we are all still trapped in our homes.

Save Yourselves!

Comedy / 2020 / R

A young Brooklyn couple head to an upstate cabin to unplug from their phones and reconnect with each other. Blissfully unaware of their surroundings, they are left to their own devices as the planet falls under attack.

  • HBO: Locked Down

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    Speaking of lockdowns, also during the fall, director Doug Liman ("Mr. & Mrs. Smith") shot this comedy heist movie with Anne Hathaway and Chiwetel Ejiofor. The two play a bickering couple who look to liven up their stay-at-home by plotting a jewelry heist, as the non-essential luxury store Harrods closes its doors amid the pandemic.

Locked Down

Comedy / 2021 / R

Just as they decide to separate, Linda and Paxton find life has other plans when they are stuck at home in a mandatory lockdown. Co-habitation is proving to be a challenge, but it will bring them closer together in the most surprising way.

  • Disney+: The Wolverine

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    The MCU has been on a long hiatus since 2019. Of course, this was not the plan. But, as you wait anxiously for Disney+'s mind-bending kick-off to Phase 4 with "WandaVision," you can still get your Marvel fix from X-Men hero Wolverine. Hugh Jackman's 2013 solo outing, directed by future "Logan" helmer James Mangold, delivered plenty of action, delved deeper into the Wolverine mythos, and gave hardcore fans what they really wanted - a movie that helped them forget that whole "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" debacle.

The Wolverine

Action / 2013 / PG-13

Lured to a Japan he hasn't seen since World War II, century-old mutant Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) finds himself in a shadowy realm of yakuza and samurai. Wolverine is pushed to his physical and emotional brink when he is forced to go on the run with a powerful industrialist's daughter (Tao Okamoto) and is confronted -- for the first time -- with the prospect of death. As he struggles to rediscover the hero within himself, he must grapple with powerful foes and the ghosts of his own haunted past.

  • VOD/PVOD: Promising Young Woman

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    Carey Mulligan is heating up the awards race, with her lead in this killer revenge thriller from first-time director Emerald Fennell. Look for nice guy actors like Bo Burnham and Max Greenfield playing against type. "Promising Young Woman" hit cinemas last month and should be coming to Premium VOD later this month.

Promising Young Woman

Thriller / 2020

Nothing in Cassie's life is what it appears to be -- she's wickedly smart, tantalizingly cunning, and she's living a secret double life by night. Now, an unexpected encounter is about to give Cassie a chance to right the wrongs from the past.

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