Hugh Jackman in Les Mis, one of the movies coming to Netflix this month (Picture: AP Photo/Universal Pictures)

The number of decent movies on television over Christmas was miniscule, wasn’t it?

Well now that the new year has well and truly been rung in, are there any decent movies dropping on Netflix this January to take away the post-party blues?

Here is a list of the best films arriving on the service this month.

The Warriors – 29/01/2015

It doesn’t get any better than Walter Hill’s classic tale of gangs in New York.

The Warriors just want to get back home for the night, but with a string of rabbles after them – the Baseball Furies are my favourite – things aren’t that simple.

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert – 29/01/2015

Guy Pearce, Hugo Weaving and Terence Stamp camp it up in this superb Aussie comedy, sort of like Mad Max meets Muriel’s Wedding… in drag.

A Long Way Down – 01/01/2015

This adaptation of Nick Hornby’s novel has car crash written all over it – it’s a comedy about four people (Toni Collette, Aaron Paul, Imogen Poots and Pierce Brosnan) who bond while attempting suicide from the same jumping spot at a London tower block on New Year’s Eve.

While the initial premise – and some of the aftermath – is a bit dreadful, the performances, particularly from Poots, win you over.

Draft Day – 01/01/2015

Kevin Costner has good form when it comes to sports movies, just look at what he did for the world of golf in Tin Cup, what he did for the world of baseball in Bull Durham and Field of Dreams and what he did for the world of archery in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.

Here he plays an NFL chief trying to bolster his roster on draft day – like Premier League transfer deadline day, only with more money.

Locke – 01/01/2015

It’s Tom Hardy in a car, and that’s, er, it. And it’s really flipping good.

Saying any more would give away the plot, but the camera is trained the whole time on Hardy, who has ditched his cardie from Lawless for a nice woolly jumper (and a Welsh accent), taking phone calls from various friends, workmates and loved ones on a drive down to London.

A great advert for the A41.

Joe – 01/01/2015

Another month, another Nicolas Cage release on Netflix.

This time it’s Joe, the tale of a man with a dark past who stands in the way of a boy and his abusive father.

Les Misérables – 14/01/2015

Altogether now… I’M… JEAN… VALJEAN!! The recent adaptation of Les Mis by Tom Hooper is about fourteen hours too long, but it’s still worth climbing up the rubble of a building and waving a flag for.

Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe warble away like men possessed, although it was Anne Hathaway who bagged an Oscar, even though she’s in the thing for about 25 seconds.

Aladdin – 24/01/2015

What a treat this is. Unlike some Disney fare, Aladdin has aged beautifully, its sweeping animation and great songs still holding up more than twenty years later.

Its ace card, though, is Robin Williams’ Genie – you ain’t never had a friend like him.

Cube – 02/01/2015

A group of strangers find themselves locked in a series of boxed puzzles… and an intriguing game of cat and mouse begins.

Blue Ruin – 01/01/2015

When a vagrant learns that the man who killed his parents has been released from prison, all hell breaks loose, as it tends to do in movies. Heck, you’re not going to watch a revenge thriller where all hell doesn’t break loose, are you?

 
 
 
 

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