STREAMTOWN — It's a new month which means another new batch of movies and TV shows are headed to your streaming services.
January has some solid titles headed our way and some off-the-wall ones, but we're here to let you know about both.
Here are the best, albeit somewhat odd in some cases, new titles streaming in January:
It's hard for me to believe, but "The Truman Show" is turning 20 years old this year (click here to read the article about it.) I had to add this one on the list because Jim Carrey's performance is magical, the story is engrossing and touching, and the overall message is so poignant today that it almost seems like the movie was made 20 years too early.
Not everyone is a Woody Allen fan and I totally get it. Truth is, I'm a fan about 50 percent of the time, but with "Midnight in Paris," I'm a fan 100 percent of the time. OK, that didn't totally make sense, but you get what I'm trying to say.
"Midnight in Paris" is one of those movies that resonates with me and one I think of often. The way Allen marries a real-world character with a supernatural/time travel scenario is so seamless and smooth you forget about the absurdity of the premise and just enjoy the character development and beauty of the cinematography.
When you feel like you just need to have some fun on family movie night, Netflix has you covered with "National Treasure."
I wouldn't say the movie itself is a national treasure, but it's a good time and feels like a poor man's version of a Dan Brown novel. Nicolas Cage is at his least crazy, which is good, and the movie is a great night in with family and popcorn.
Now here's something for the little ones that won't utterly destroy the parents. "Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie" is pretty ridiculous and if you've ever read any of the comic books then you know this already. But the movie is quite funny and a good pick for a family movie night with younger kids.
We now go from something to watch with the kids to something you should never watch with the kids. "Zodiac" is an incredible drama chronicling the search for the infamous Zodiac killer in California. David Fincher expertly directs this dark thriller with masterful performances from Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr. and Mark Ruffalo.
The movie isn't the feel-good film of the year, but it is a great example of brilliant filmmaking.
"Zodiac" is rated R for some strong killings, language, drug material and brief sexual images.
This movie is not going to be for everyone, but if you like something a little out of the box and that is all about the visuals and character's personal journey then "All is Lost" is a movie for you.
The 2013 movie starring Robert Redford had a script of only 32 pages with virtually no dialogue. The film is all about Redford's character trying to survive on the open water following a sailing accident. Again, this is not a movie for everyone, but it's a real change of pace and worth a watch, even if it's just to talk about how obnoxious you found this experimental film to be.
This one is an oldy but a goody. I love "A League of Their Own" and remember when my mom took my brother and I to go see it in the theater. I was dying laughing and it still stands as one of my favorite Tom Hanks performances.
The movie is funny, touching, empowering and entertaining — what else could you want? This is a movie I've seen at least a dozen times and I look forward to watching it again.
I know not everyone likes "Hot Rod," but I absolutely love this absurd and ridiculous movie. My wife and I quote this movie all the time and it reminds me that she truly is the one for me.
The comedy is odd and strange, but if you're a fan of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," I can't imagine you wouldn't enjoy "Hot Rod." If you haven't seen it, then strap in for one of the most bizarre comedies you've ever seen and don't blame me if you hate it, just blame the fact that we have very different personalities and I'll feel bad for you that you don't get to enjoy the insanity that is "Hot Rod."