January: The month of the new. From Barbie x Balmain to N°1 de Chanel and even Katy Perry’s non-alcoholic aperitif line, here at Vogue, we got you covered with the latest happenings in the fashion, beauty and lifestyle realms. Fresh starts and transformative change aside, if your new year’s resolution involves embracing the lure of a comfy couch and a good show—here’s what to watch on Netflix in the first month of 2022.
Up first is Mother/Android, a sci-fi thriller featuring Chloë Grace Moretz and Euphoria’s Algee Smith. A heartbreaking story about family, sacrifice and a mother’s love, the film—loosely based on writer-director’s Mattson Tomlin’s own adoption story—is a timely reminder to treasure and set aside time for our loved ones.
Hollywood blockbusters aside, following the success of last year’s Squid Game, Netflix’s 2022 lineup comes with a wider slate of regionally-produced content. From the critically acclaimed Indonesian hit Photocopier to Japan’s The Journalist, you can expect to see more Asian productions coming to your screens in the months ahead. Of special note would be All of Us are Dead, South Korea’s latest zombie thriller. It is touted as the next Peninsula and Train to Busan and based on the popular webtoon Now at Our School by Joo Dong-geun.
The month of January brings with it a clean slate and the promise of a fresh start. For those eager to embrace the year with a more inquisitive mind, check out Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness or revisit history with Munich: The Edge of War. Whether you are looking for more binge-worthy content to unwind after a long day or something empowering to lift your spirits, without further ado, here are our top picks if you are wondering what to watch on Netflix in January 2022.
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Chloë Grace Moretz stars in Mother/Android, a loose adaptation of writer-director’s Mattson Tomlin’s own adoption story amidst the Romanian revolution. Set in a post-apocalyptic world rocked by a violent android uprising, the heavily pregnant Georgia (Moretz) and her partner Sam (Algee Smith) must make their way to Boston, the last human stronghold in North America for a chance at their baby’s survival.
Watch Mother/Android from 7 January.
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With a world premiere at Busan International Film Festival and 12 awards from the Indonesian Film Festival, you can be sure that Photocopier, the debut feature film from Wregas Bhanuteja, is something special. Centred around themes of sexual violence and the injustices victims face, the film tells the story of Sur (Shenina Cinnamon), a student who loses her scholarship when her drunk selfie circulates online. With no recollection of what happened to her that night, she enlists the help of her childhood friend Amin (Chicco Kurniawan), a photocopier, to piece together the events of a campus party she cannot remember.
Watch Photocopier from 13 January.
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Based on the Japanese movie of the same name, this Netflix series adaptation follows Anna Matsuda (Ryoko Yonekura), a journalist determined to uncover the truth behind a government corruption scandal. If investigative thrillers make up your Netflix playlist, make The Journalist your next watch.
Watch The Journalist from 13 January.
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Munich: The Edge of War
If you are a fan of Netflix’s hit series The Crown, Munich: The Edge of War is right up your alley. Adapted from Robert Harris’s 2017 novel, Netflix’s spy thriller recounts the signing of the ill-fated Munich Agreement between the Allied forces and Hitler’s Germany. Featuring George MacKay (“1917”), Jannis Niewöhner and Oscar, Emmy and Tony-winning star Jeremy Irons, experience a slice of WWII espionage unlike any other.
Watch Munich: The Edge of War from 21 January.
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All of Us are Dead
It has been a record-breaking year for Netflix’s Korean programmes. From the runaway hit Squid Game and the opulent Penthouse, to the sci-fi thriller The Silent Sea and even the flirty Single’s Inferno, it seems as though every Netflix Korean production has been hitting the mark as of late. The next to come from the streaming giant is All of Us are Dead, a zombie thriller set on the grounds of a high school. Will this horror series live up to the hype of its predecessors? Stick around to find out.
Watch All of Us are Dead from 28 January.
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Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness
If you have taken it upon yourself to embark on the Kaizen way of improving yourself by 1 percent each day, here’s a fun way for you to stay on track. Join Jonathan Van Ness in his podcast spinoff as he uncovers the answers to his burning questions. From reimagining the future of food to a deep dive into the world of fashion, explore the world with Queer Eye’s resident hair and grooming expert as he quizzes experts and special guests in their respective fields.
Watch Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness from 28 January.
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The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window
Kristen Bell stars as Anna, a heartbroken suburban female who’s guilty of mixing wine, pills and an overactive imagination. When a handsome neighbour (Tom Riley) moves in, Anna thinks her boring life has come to an end—but it all takes an unexpected twist as she witnesses a gruesome murder. Brace yourself for a darkly comedic watch and a satirical slant on the classic thrillers The Girl on the Train and The Woman in the Window.
Watch The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window from 28 January.