Top 5 New Netflix Releases: January 2017

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Happy New Year to everyone, 2017 is here and it brings many films and shows to Netflix’s database. January in specific brings a good mix of Netflix originals, movies, and TV series for you to enjoy.

If you would like a full list of the January New Releases please click here.

But we have chosen a list of our top 5 titles from this month’s additions, do you agree with them? If not give us some suggestions from the full list.

5. Ratchet and Clank (2016)

Ratchet and Clank is an animation science fiction action comedy film based on the first of a successful games franchise developed by Insomniac Games. The film follows the origin story of Ratchet meeting his robot companion and saving the Galaxy from evil Chairman Drek. Fans of the game series will be pleased with how faithful it sticks to the source material and the fact that all the original cast is used for the film.

4. Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)

Alice returns to Wonderland after three years of sailing the high seas. She is greeted in wonderland with bad news about the Mad Hatter, his health is depreciating due to his missing family after an attack from the Jabberwocky. Alice has to convince time to help her to save wonderland, but will she be successful? A nice film sequel to watch with the family on an evening.

3. The Shining (1980)

A cult horror classic based on the best-selling Stephen King Horror Novel has been known as a landmark in film-making and horror. It follows a family who heads to stay in an isolated hotel, an evil spirit influences the father (Jack Nickleson) into extreme violence with many other horrific events goings on. This is a thriller that horror fans do not want to go without seeing.

2. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

A classic Spielberg film that’s a timeless classic based on a boy (Henry Thomas) who goes out of his way to protect an unlikely friend. He must help the friendly alien to “phone home” and stop the government capturing and experiment on him. The iconic shot of the bike silhouetted in front of the moon is a definitive moment of film-making. This film is always remembered fondly and that’s why we think you should go back and watch this classic now it’s on Netflix.

1. Series of Unfortunate Events (2017)

The TV adaptation of the children’s novels by Lemony Snicket is set to release onto Netflix on January 13 and the first season will consist of eight episodes based on the first four books by Lemony Snicket. It’s based on 3 children who are sent to live with a deranged relative after their parents die in a fire, the murderous ‘Count Olaf’ is after their inheritance and the children must escape his clutches. Fans of the 2004 Jim Carrey film and the original books will be looking forward to this show, and all it’s strangeness.

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Alex Hirlam has been a contributor to What's on Netflix and provided weekly roundups for Australia and Canada as well as other features. Alex came to What's on Netflix for an apprenticeship where he spent a year and a half maintaining the libraries of the two regions as well as contributing content. Resides in Norwich, UK.