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12 Shows and Movies We’re Excited to Stream in January 2021

Everything we plan on bingeing in the new year, including One Night in Miami and The High Note.

We’ve all got a lot of time on our hands right now. Here are all the movies and television shows we can’t wait to watch on streaming services like Netflix Canada, Amazon Prime Video and Crave in January 2021.

Amazon Prime Video

One Night in Miami
Based on an award-winning play, One Night in Miami received rave reviews following its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this year. Directed by Oscar-winning actress Regina King, the film follows four American cultural icons (and real-life friends)—Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Sam Cooke and Jim Brown—over the course of one eventful night in 1964. Available January 15

Janelle Monae stars in this horror film as Veronica Henley, an African-American author who find herself trapped in an alternate reality at a Southern slave plantation and must figure out a way to escape. The film also stars Jena Malone, Kiersey Clemons and Gabourey Sidibe. Available January 1

This thriller tells a largely fictional story about a real-life person, horror novelist Shirley Jackson. Elisabeth Moss stars as the author, with the film portraying her life during the time period she was writing Hangsaman (published in 1951). Logan Lerman, Michael Stuhlbarg and Odessa Young co-star. Available January 7

With shades of the French show Call My Agent! about a group of talent agents in Paris, this series stars Anna Paquin as an American PR whiz living in London, who specializes in crisis management for high-profile clients. The show also stars Sophie Okonedo, Daniel Dae Kim, Sam Neill and Bradley Whitford. Available January 22

The Rental
Also streaming on Netflix Canada in January 2021 is The Rental, an unsettling horror film directed by Dave Franco and starring Dan Stevens, Alison Brie, Sheila Vand and Jeremy Allen White as two couples who begin to suspect they are being watched in the vacation home they rented for a weekend getaway. Available January 22

Netflix Canada

Call My Agent!: Season 4
Movie stars like Juliette Binoche, Jean Dujardin and Monica Bellucci appear as fictional clients on this French show about a group of agents who work at the top talent firm in Paris. The show returns for a fourth and final season, picking up from a cliffhanger ending that left the future of the agency uncertain. Available January 21

Riverdale: Season 5
Archie, Jughead, Betty and Veronica return along with the rest of the Riverdale High gang for a fifth rollercoaster season that promises just as many twists, turns and dramatic revelations as ever before. Available January 21

The White Tiger
Based on a Man Booker Prize-winning novel by Indian author Aravind Adiga, this film starring Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Rajkummar Rao and newcomer Adarsh Gourav explores the class struggle in modern-day India with a darkly humorous perspective. Available January 22


RuPaul’s Drag Race: Season 13
The Emmy-winning reality series is celebrating its 13th season with 13 fabulous queens, including the series’ first trans man contestant. Follow along as the contestants battle it out for the title of “America’s Next Drag Superstar” and a cash prize of $100,000. Available January 1

The High Note
Starring Tracee Ellis Ross as a music superstar and Dakota Johnson as her personal assistant, the film follows not only the singer’s career choices but also the aspirations of her assistant, who dreams of working her way up to become a music producer. Available January 1

The King of Staten Island
Saturday Night Live cast member Pete Davidson stars in this film as a young man who never really dealt with the grief of his firefighter father’s death when he was seven. When his mother, played by Marisa Tomei, starts dating a firefighter, he’s forced to reckon with his past in order to move forward to a better future. The film also stars Maude Apatow, Bill Burr and Bel Powley. Available January 1

Monkey Beach
Based on a novel by Eden Robinson, this film screened at several film festivals this year, including TIFF and imagineNATIVE. The film follows Lisamarie, a young First Nations woman in Kitamaat, BC as she comes to terms with the sudden disappearance of her brother Jimmy. In order to understand his mysterious disappearance at sea and come to terms with her own identity, she must revisit her family’s ancestral history and grapple with her own supernatural abilities. Available January 6

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