The best movies released by Netflix, Hulu, Prime and HBO Max in late January 2023 (2023)

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It's the end of the month, so you know what that means, Polygon readers: a new batch of movies are coming out of their respective streaming services.

After the typical rush of arrivals and departures as the calendar ends in 2023, the end of January sees a lot of good movies leaving streaming services again. Polygon's entertainment team has highlighted the best of the best for each streaming service and will be doing it again next week to bring you the best news of February.

Without further ado, here is the list. We've got comedy on Netflix, drama on Hulu, action sci-fi on HBO Max and more to delight your heart and fill your weekend plans.

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a familia adams

The best movies released by Netflix, Hulu, Prime and HBO Max in late January 2023 (1) Image: Warner Home Video

Genre:black comedy/fantasy
Director:barry sonnenfeld
Pour:Anjelica Houston, Raúl Julia, Christopher Lloyd

while watchingWednesdayThat piqued his interest, but he wanted more of the creepy, wacky Addams Family, so why not visit one of the older incarnations? The 1990s movies have an electric cast, with Raúl Julia and Anjelica Houston leading the family as Gomez and Morticia. Christina Ricci's Wednesday remains perhaps her most iconic. (Sorry, Jenna Ortega! There's a reason she's on the Netflix show, too!) It's funny and reveals the macabre without being too scary for young viewers. The film follows the family as they reunite with Uncle Fester (played here by Christopher Lloyd), but is he really Fester or the adopted son of a con man trying to swindle the Addams Family out of their fortune? The intrigue!– Petrana Radulović

a familia adamslinennetflixFebruary 1

paper tigers

The best movies released by Netflix, Hulu, Prime and HBO Max in late January 2023 (2) Image: Well Go USA Entertainment

Genre:action comedy
Duration:1 standard 48 minutes
Director:Tran Quoc Bao
Pour:Alain Uy, Ron Yuan, Mykel Shannon Jenkins

A heartwarming comedy about former martial arts prodigies who become apathetic middle-aged men, only to get back together after the death of their former master.paper tigersplay all the notes you want. It's funny, it's cute, the action scenes are great (choreographed by YouTube sensation The Martial Club, who also appear in the movie and choreographed the fights inEverything everywhere at once) - is the charming brand of low-budget action comedy we rarely get these days. Be sure to check it out when you get the chance. —pete people

paper tigerslinennetflixFebruary 1

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Ernesto and Celestino

Duration:1h 20m
Directors:Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar, Benjamin Renner
Pour:Lambert Wilson, Pauline Brunner (Original); Forest Whitaker, Mackenzie Foy (doblaje)

A cozy little hidden gem of a movie., Ernesto and CelestinoIt was released in the United States the same year asfrozenand thus was doomed to drown in the fanfare of "Let It Go". Animated like a picture bookErnesto and Celestinotells the story of a precocious orphaned mouse who befriends a reluctant bear named Ernest. At first it seems like a simple story of "a rough man who becomes a father figure to a boy", but the film delves into interspecies conflicts with more nuance.zootopiait would be a few years later. Ernest and Celestine support each other as they face judgment from their respective governments for possibly betraying their kind (like I said, it's profound!). The story is thought-provoking and the animation feels like a cup of hot tea. —public relations

Ernesto and Celestinoleaves Hulu on January 28.

Oh Mother!

The best movies released by Netflix, Hulu, Prime and HBO Max in late January 2023 (4) Image: Universal Pictures

Genre:romance musical
Duration:1 standard 48 minutes
Director:phyllida lloyd
Pour:Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Amanda Seyfried

Oh Mother!is the perfect antidote to dreary winter days - check out those warm sunny beaches, those crystal clear ocean waters, ABBA! Most of the cast were drunk on ouzo (a strong Greek liquor) during filming and it's fair to say they're having a great time. Can Pierce Brosnan sing? Really no! But he and Meryl Streep are so adorable together that we'll forgive him. However, everyone loves parents.Oh Mother!A celebration of womanhood takes center stage: Sophie, Donna, Tanya and Rosie lead the way and the three dads (and Sky) sit around looking beautiful. Sit back, relax and let Kalokairi Island take you into the sweet serenade of "Dancing Queen".—PR

Oh Mother!leaves Hulu on January 31.

The Age of Innocence

The best movies released by Netflix, Hulu, Prime and HBO Max in late January 2023 (5) Imagem: The Criteria Collection

Genre:historical drama/romance
Duration:2h 19m
Director:Martin Scorsese
Pour:Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Winona Ryder

The elegant 19th-century ballroom drama may not seem like your usual Martin Scorsese sack, though it does find its place in this adaptation of Edith Wharton's novel about a tangled love triangle in New York high society: betrayal, oppression and emotional violence as an individual. . burden of finding oneself in a strictly coded and strictly hierarchical social world - perhaps this is no different fromgood guysin the end. It's all about dresses, swooning, and party invitations. Where it differs from most of its filmography is its interest in the relationship between men and women rather than between men and other men. The costumes, cinematography and sets create a claustrophobically ornate and fantastically detailed backdrop for the film's intense love drama, and even the great Daniel Day-Lewis is brought off the screen by a brilliant Michelle Pfeiffer in perhaps her finest role.- was welsh

age of innocenceleaves Hulu on January 31.

Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters' Great Assault

The best movies released by Netflix, Hulu, Prime and HBO Max in late January 2023 (6) Imagem: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Duration:1 standard 45 minutes
Director:shusuke kaneko
Pour:Chiharu Niiyama, Ryudo Uzaki, Masahiro Kobayashi

Few film franchises have maintained the same level of quality as the Godzilla films (most American films excluded). The original from 1954Godzillait's a stone-cold masterpiece, and nearly every movie that followed early in the era strikes a perfect balance between popcorn entertainment and biting social commentary.

2001Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters' Great Assaultit's a throwback to this early era of Godzilla movies, both in tone and style.GMKhe uses miniatures with a glowing effect like the original films and forgoes a computer-generated Godzilla for the classic "man in a suit" approach. There's a stunning moment when the camera pans from a man in a bathroom to Godzilla crushing the house he's standing in with his foot, going from life-size scenery to miniatures without pausing the shot. The movie does this several times, switching to thumbnails using clever masking techniques.maximum effectand impressive proportions, and draws on the delight of the film's formal approach.

Like many of the best Godzilla movies, it balances the tones really well. It can be funny, for the first 90 seconds, referencing both the original film and Roland Emmerich's 1998 entry (humorously dismissing the latter's potential status as canon), and very tense in the destruction sequences. There are few good moments guaranteed like a quality Godzilla movie, andGMKdefinitely fits this bill. One note: Hulu only offers the dubbed version, as Toho dubbed the movie for international release. The voice acting is very solid, however, with the voice actors leaning towards the sincere (and sometimes goofy) tone of the project. —photovoltaic

Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters' Great Assaultleaves Hulu on January 31.

Goodbye to HBO Max

Jurassic Park

The best movies released by Netflix, Hulu, Prime and HBO Max in late January 2023 (7) Image: Universal Pictures

Duration:2h 7m
Director:Steven Spielberg
Pour:Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum

Steven Spielberg's Dinosaur Adventure needs little introduction, but did you know Spielberg stayed on in post-production?Jurassic Parkat the same time shootSchindler's Listreturning from a traumatic scene where the Holocaust is re-enacted every day in Poland to oversee images of dinosaurs with fantasy digital effects? With one hand, he effectively established the prestige ceiling of his career, while with the other he reinvented the popular form of cinema (at least for the second time). It's an almost disgusting display of directorial mastery, but any consideration of it vanishes when you sit back and watch spellbinding films, especially this one, a populist marvel that's thrilling, terrifying, and more sophisticated and confident than you might think. Take a look at replacement director John Hammond (played by current director Richard Attenborough), a circus-born performer with the world's most dangerous case of imposter syndrome, sitting in the middle of his dilapidated park wailing: "I wanted to show them something real..” Also critic Adam Naymanleg is: "a genuinely thoughtful blockbuster that has something interesting to say about itself and the contradictions of trying to recreate the past using cutting-edge technology."—AU

Jurassic Parklinenhbo maxIt's January 31st.


The best movies released by Netflix, Hulu, Prime and HBO Max in late January 2023 (8) Imagem: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Duration:1h 59m
Director:david doshy
Pour:Vin Diesel, Jordi Mollà, Matt Nable

Richard B. Riddick, the main anti-hero of the Chronicles of Riddick series, is essentially Vin Diesel's answer to "Mad" Max Rockatansky: a sci-fi action role that pretends to be the main vehicle for his title character. David Twohy's 2013 film picks up five years after the events of 2004Chronicles of Riddick, with its eponymous protagonist waking up stranded on a deserted alien planet after being betrayed by the Necromongers, the onicidal antagonists of the previous film.

ridiculousis essentially a 2000s iterationblack suit, the first film in the series, and a soft reboot in the form ofMad Max: Road Fury, with Diesel's character once again forced to join forces with unlikely allies - in this case, a group of mercenaries led by the father of their old nemesis William J. Johns as they fight a horde of murderous mud creatures to escape the living planet. . It has great special effects, better cinematography and more interesting action choreography thanblack suit, but it's a film that benefits from having seen the previous two live-action episodes of the series. If you haven't seen the previous movies,ridiculousit's a great place to start before working as you please.– Toussaint Egan

ridiculouslinenhbo maxIt's January 31st.

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AI Artificial Intelligence

The best movies released by Netflix, Hulu, Prime and HBO Max in late January 2023 (9) Imagem: DreamWorks Home Entertainment

Genre:Science Fiction-Drama
Duration:2h 26m
Director:Steven Spielberg
Pour:Elenco Haley Joel OsmentJude LawFrances O'Connor

There's a growing chorus on movie Twitter and Letterbox fansANas Steven Spielberg's masterpiece and one of the greatest films of all time. Its recording upon release in 2001 was much more mixed, and some may still find it structurally overwrought and sonically unstable. Either way, it's an intriguing and unique artifact: a sort of asynchronous posthumous collaboration between two of the greatest filmmakers of all time, Spielberg and Stanley Kubrick, in which their different styles collide in interesting ways but never quite harmonize.

AN— a story about an android boy (Haley Joel Osment) who is abandoned by his human family and embarks on an adventure to become a "real boy" — was Kubrick's baby, but he gave it to Spielberg a few years before its death, hell after years of development. Spielberg ended up turning it into something of a memorial to his friend, and it's amazing how much he feels like the ghost of a Stanley Kubrick movie wearing the mask of a Spielberg movie. It's alternately cool and sappy, brooding and wide-eyed, but never in the way you'd associate with any of the directors. It's also fair to say that their version of the AI ​​uniqueness has since been surpassed by more modern, nuanced films likeIs it over there.

However, you must see it. Whether it's Kubrick's grim backdrops and tableaus of A Thousand Years of Alienation, or Spielberg's unparalleled effects shots and radiant light, or John Williams' eerily restless score, this is a compelling and memorable film: an epic. sci-fi movie full of big ideas and raw. personal feelings and the reverent mourning of one great filmmaker for another.—AU

AI Artificial Intelligencelinenmain videoIt's January 31st.

the color of money

The best movies released by Netflix, Hulu, Prime and HBO Max in late January 2023 (10) Imagem: Touchstone Home Entertainment

Duration:1h 59m
Director:Martin Scorsese
Pour:Paul NewmanTom CruiseMary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

In the mid-1980s, Martin Scorsese was primarily concerned with getting work assignments when he was trying to get them.The Last Temptation of Christoff the ground It wasn't a passion project of his, it was a yuppie nightmare.after hoursand the classic sports dramathe color of moneythey remain some of his most entertaining films: well-crafted studio films, helmed by a ridiculously overqualified director, who gave them their trademark restless urgency.the color of moneyIt's a continuation of the 60's classic.the scammer, with Paul Newman reprising the role of pool hall con man Fast Eddie. It's a slow but satisfying story told fluently.

The real show here is the passing of the torch from one true screen idol to another: Newman ages with preternatural grace and silvery charm, and Tom Cruise as Eddie's protégé Vincent, in the days when he was still comfortable channeling his energy. moron. (The movie was released after Cruise went supernovabest weapon, but filmed earlier). Newman won an Oscar, but Cruise steals most of the amazing sequelfrom him dancing and posing around the pool table to the angular, howling sound of '80s rock as he hits tricky shots. Scorsese's camera, utterly seduced by his swaggering pride and explosive self-esteem, glides and dances with him. Looking away is impossible.—AU

the color of moneylinenmain videoIt's January 31st.

In the Heat of the Night

The best movies released by Netflix, Hulu, Prime and HBO Max in late January 2023 (11) Imagem: The Criterion Channel

Duration:1h 50m
Director:Norman Jewison
Pour:Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Warren Oates

The late, great Sidney Poitier plays a quiet, charismatic, career-defining role as Virgil ("They call me Mr. Tibbs!"), who kills a prominent local businessman as he travels across Mississippi to visit his elderly mother. When Virgil's identity and innocence are confirmed, Police Chief Bill Gillespie (Rod Steiger) reluctantly enlists his help in solving the murder.

the meaning ofIn the Heat of the Night, both in terms of the topic and the timing of its publication, cannot be overstated. The story of a white police officer in the American South who had to reckon with Virgil's deductive skills and hard-working intelligence, and ultimately accept him as an equal, resonated with audiences during the height of the civil rights movement and seems as radical and relevant in 2023. as it happened then. The scene between Poitier and the elegant racist Eric Endicott (Larry Gates) in his greenhouse is for the history books.-A

In the Heat of the Nightlinenmain videoIt's January 31st.

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