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What's Now Streaming on HBO - January 2021

Here's a look at what's new, what's hot and what you should watch this month on HBO & HBO Max.

By Matthew Lissauer

Pete Davidson in "The King of Staten Island."

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The Warners' main streaming space is looking to kick off the year with a ton of great originals, a handful of theatrical premieres, and plentiful classics that are sure to keep you occupied while stuck at home. Read on for all the new films now available or coming soon. Happy streaming!

  • The King of Staten Island - HBO Theatrical Premiere

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    Judd Apatow came back to the director's chair for this summer-fun movie that, in a perfect world, probably would have been a hit at the box office. Instead, with the pandemic still surging in the summer months, the film went straight to Premium VOD and still managed to generate big word of mouth. SNL's Pete Davidson stars in this pseudo-biography following a young high school dropout (Davidson) who navigates his Staten Island life, and dreams of becoming a tattoo artist, while coping with the loss of his firefighter father at a young age. "The King of Staten Island" comes to HBO this Saturday, January 9th.

The King of Staten Island

Comedy Drama / 2020 / R

Synopsis: An aimless slacker dreams of becoming a tattoo artist while living with his mother and hanging out with his friends in Staten Island, N.Y.

  • Locked Down - HBO Max Original

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    Director Doug Liman ("Edge of Tomorrow," "Mr. & Mrs. Smith") takes advantage of the pandemic with this rom-com-heist-thriller that was shot during the actual lockdowns. Anne Hathaway and Chiwetel Ejiofor star as a married couple who were already at their wits end before Covid hit. Now, locked down and furloughed with each other, things heat up until the two plot the perfect heist, as famed luxury store Harrods closes its non-essential doors. "Locked Down" hits HBO Max on January 14th.

Locked Down

Comedy / 2021 / R

Synopsis: 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.

  • The Little Things - HBO Max Exclusive

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    Director John Lee Hancock ("The Founder," "Saving Mr. Banks") steps back from biopics with this neo-noir crime drama. Denzel Washington and Rami Maleck star as Kearns County and L.A. County detectives (respectively) who clash as they investigate a series of crimes at the hands of a serial killer. Jared Leto creeps onto the screen as the prime suspect. "The Little Things" will debut in theaters, while also exclusively premiering on HBO Max on January 29.

The Little Things

Drama / 2021 / R

Synopsis: Deputy Sheriff Joe "Deke" Deacon joins forces with Sgt. Jim Baxter to search for a serial killer who's terrorizing Los Angeles. As they track the culprit, Baxter is unaware that the investigation is dredging up echoes of Deke's past, uncovering disturbing secrets that could threaten more than his case.

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Nostalgic premieres now on HBO Max include Steven Soderbergh's entire "Oceans" heist saga (perfectly suited for those still looking for more comedic heists following "Locked Down"). You can also find arguably the two best films of the "Max Max" franchise, "The Road Warrior" and "Fury Road," Christopher Nolan's "Dark Knight" Batman trilogy, Rob Reiner's classic rock-mock-umentary "This Is Spinal Tap," and David Lynch's mind-bending mystery/thriller "Mulholland Drive."

Here's the full list of debuts.

HBO Premieres

  • A Better Life (2011) - 1/1
  • Dim Sum Funeral (2008) - 1/1
  • Dr. Dolittle: Million Dollar Mutts (2009) - 1/1
  • Flashpoint (1984) - 1/1
  • Happily N'Ever After 2: Snow White - Another Bite at the Apple (2009) - 1/1
  • Happily N’ever After (2007) - 1/1
  • Happy-Go-Lucky (2008) - 1/1
  • He Said, She Said (1991) - 1/1
  • Heaven Help Us (1985) - 1/1
  • Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001) - 1/1
  • Ma (2019) - 1/1
  • Margaret (2011) - 1/1
  • Miracle on 34th Street (1994) - 1/1
  • Miss Firecracker (1989) - 1/1
  • Nitro Circus: The Movie (2012) - 1/1
  • Revenge of the Nerds (1984) - 1/1
  • Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise (1987) - 1/1
  • Revenge of the Nerds IV: Nerds in Love (1994) - 1/1
  • Rollerball (2002) - 1/1
  • Shallow Hal (2001) - 1/1
  • Swimfan (2002) - 1/1
  • The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1974) - 1/1
  • The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course (2002) - 1/1
  • The Electric Horseman (1979) - 1/1
  • The General's Daughter (1999) - 1/1
  • The Three Stooges (2012) - 1/1
  • The Trouble with Spies (1987) - 1/1
  • Underclassman (2005) - 1/1
  • Van Wilder: Freshman Year (2009) - 1/1
  • Walk of Shame (2014) - 1/1
  • Willard (1971) - 1/1
  • Worth Winning (1989) - 1/1
  • You Can Count on Me (2000) - 1/1
  • The High Note (2020) - 1/2 - Theatrical Debut
  • The King of Staten Island (2020) - 1/9 - Theatrical Debut
  • Kill Bill, Vol. 1 (2003) - 1/16
  • Kill Bill, Vol. 2 (2004) - 1/16
  • Don't Let Go (2019) - 1/23 - Theatrical Debut
  • The Mummy (1999) - 1/30
  • The Mummy Returns (2001) - 1/30
  • The Scorpion King (2002) - 1/30

HBO Max Premieres

  • 42nd Street (1933) - 1/1
  • A Star is Born (2018) - 1/1
  • All the President's Men (1976) - 1/1
  • Batman Begins (2005) - 1/1
  • Batman Beyond: The Return of the Joker (2000) - 1/1
  • Batman: Bad Blood (2016) - 1/1
  • Batman: Death in the Family (2020) - 1/1
  • Batman: Hush (2019) - 1/1
  • Blade (1998) - 1/1
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) - 1/1
  • Chinatown (1974) - 1/1
  • Dog Day Afternoon (1975) - 1/1
  • Escape from New York (1981) - 1/1
  • Green Lantern (2011) - 1/1
  • Gremlins (1984) - 1/1
  • Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990) - 1/1
  • Happy Feet (2006) - 1/1
  • Justice League Dark: Apokolips War (2020) - 1/1
  • Kong: Skull Island (2017) - 1/1
  • Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1983) - 1/1
  • Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) - 1/1
  • Magic Mike (2012) - 1/1
  • March of the Penguins (2005) - 1/1
  • Mulholland Dr. (2001) - 1/1
  • Mystic River (2003) - 1/1
  • No Country for Old Men (2007) - 1/1
  • Ocean's 8 (2018) - 1/1
  • Ocean's Eleven (2001) - 1/1
  • Ocean's Thirteen (2007) - 1/1
  • Ocean's Twelve (2004) - 1/1
  • Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985) - 1/1
  • Pulp Fiction (1994) - 1/1
  • Purple Rain (1984) - 1/1
  • Ready Player One (2018) - 1/1
  • Seven (1995) - 1/1
  • Superman Returns (2006) - 1/1
  • Superman: Doomsday (2007) - 1/1
  • Superman: Man of Tomorrow (2020) - 1/1
  • The Color Purple (1985) - 1/1
  • The Conjuring (2013) - 1/1
  • The Dark Knight (2008) - 1/1
  • The Dark Knight Rises (2012) - 1/1
  • The Exorcist (1973) - 1/1
  • The Notebook (2004) - 1/1
  • The Producers (1968) - 1/1
  • This Is Spinal Tap (1984) - 1/1
  • TMNT (2007) - 1/1
  • V for Vendetta (2005) - 1/1
  • Patriot's Day (2016) - 1/8
  • Scream (1996) - 1/8
  • A Mermaid's Tale (2017) - 1/12
  • Against the Wild (2014) - 1/12
  • Against the Wild 2: Survive the Serengeti (2016) - 1/12
  • Alpha and Omega 5: Family Vacation (2015) - 1/12
  • Alpha and Omega 6: Dino Digs (2016) - 1/12
  • An Elephant's Journey (2018) - 1/12
  • Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World (2015) - 1/12
  • Blue Valentine (2010) - 1/12
  • Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 (2000) - 1/12
  • Earth Girls Are Easy (1989) - 1/12
  • Get Carter (1971) - 1/12
  • Hellboy: Blood and Iron (2007) - 1/12
  • Hellboy: Sword of Storms (2006) - 1/12
  • Hellboy: The Dark Below (2010) - 1/12
  • It's Not You, It's Me (2011) - 1/12
  • Lost and Delirious (2001) - 1/12
  • Love & Sex (2000) - 1/12
  • Lovely & Amazing (2002) - 1/12
  • Made in Mexico (2012) - 1/12
  • Meatballs (1979) - 1/12
  • Mistress (1992) - 1/12
  • Mother's Day (2012) - 1/12
  • Mud (2013) - 1/12
  • My Brother's Wife (La Mujer de Mi Hermano) (2005) - 1/12
  • Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki (2016) - 1/12
  • Night is Short, Walk on Girl (2017) - 1/12
  • Norm of the North: King Sized Adventure (2019) - 1/12
  • Pinocchio (2012) - 1/12
  • Promare (2019) - 1/12
  • Reservoir Dogs (1992) - 1/12
  • Ride Your Wave (2019) - 1/12
  • Righteous Kill (2008) - 1/12
  • Sprung (1997) - 1/12
  • Tender Mercies (1983) - 1/12
  • Thanks for Sharing (2013) - 1/12
  • The Escape Artist (1982) - 1/12
  • The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976) - 1/12
  • The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness (2013) - 1/12
  • The Man Who Would Be King (1975) - 1/12
  • The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009) - 1/12
  • The Spy Next Door (2010) - 1/12
  • The Visitor (2007) - 1/12
  • Turtle Tale (2018) - 1/12
  • Vixen (2015) - 1/12
  • Locked Down (2021) - 1/14 - HBO Max Original
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) - 1/15
  • Poltergeist (1982) - 1/15
  • Stephen King's It (1990) - 1/15
  • The Little Things (2021) - 1/29 - HBO Max Exclusive

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