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What’s New to Stream on Hulu for January 2018

Here’s what’s coming to Hulu this month!
By  · Published on January 1st, 2018

Here’s what’s coming to Hulu this month!

Hulu has been stuck in the third place position when it comes to movie streaming behind Netflix and Amazon Prime because most people still see them strictly as a home for next-day television. They have movies too, though, and more than a few of them are terrific gems that make Hulu a destination for more than just TV.

The complete list of new movies hitting Hulu this month — January 2018 — is below, but I wanted to highlight the best of the bunch along with several others worth seeking out.

The Best

Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049 was one of 2017’s many critical darlings that failed to find much of an audience in 2017, but unlike most of them it seems destined to find a growing fan base in years to come. It’s the visionary director’s tenth film and comes after a brilliant run of titles in a row including Arrival, Sicario, Enemy, Prisoners, and Incendies. All are varying degrees of greatness, but his best remains 2009’s Polytechnique (arrives on Hulu starting 1/15). The film explores the horrific mass shooting that occurred at a Montreal university in 1989, and it’s a devastatingly powerful watch. The shooter targeted women specifically, and the film offers a terrifying look at the most nightmarish outcome of male entitlement. As horrifying as it is, from the build-up to the attack itself, the film and performances instill a beautiful sliver of hope in spite of the pain.

New Releases

I wasn’t much of a fan of Vin Diesel’s first two XXX adventures and therefore skipped the latest — the concept of James Bond as an X Games champion does little for me — but those who’ve seen XXX: The Return of Xander Cage (hits Hulu on 1/13) are still singing its praises as a big pile of stylish fun. I do enjoy dark comedies, though, and to that end I can happily recommend Ingrid Goes West (1/22) for like-minded film fans. Aubrey Plaza gives a terrific performance balancing laughs and mental instability as a fan obsessed with a social media celebrity played by Elizabeth Olsen. It’s a dark tale, and while it loses its way a bit in the third act the film still delivers a damning commentary our star-obsessed culture. Like Villeneuve’s film above, Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit (1/24) tackles a horrific real-life incident from the relatively recent past without flinching. Unfortunately, though, similarities end there as it fails to build emotional connections before tearing the world apart and instead delivers a increasingly cruel stream of frustrations and brutalities.

For Charles Bronson Fans

Charles Bronson is an action mainstay with great movies spread across the decades from the 50s through the 80s (and technically dipping into the 90s with a terrific supporting turn in Sean Penn’s The Indian Runner). Three of Bronson’s films are new to Hulu this month starting with the vicious serial killer thriller, 10 to Midnight, which sees him playing a detective on the trail of a Ted Bundy-like madman. It’s nasty fun. Bronson re-teamed with director J. Lee Thompson a few years later for the lighter but still entertaining Murphy’s Law. Bronson plays a cop — again — forced to balance his pursuit of his wife’s murderers with babysitting duty for a foul-mouthed young woman. It tries a bit too hard for laughs at times, but Bronson’s charms shine through. The third Bronson film hitting Hulu this month is a lesser affair in general, but what Assassination lacks in R-rated thrills it (almost) makes up for in the always sweet pairing of Bronson and Jill Ireland.

Have Time to Kill?

Sometimes you sit down to watch a movie and are happy to see it’s only ninety minutes long, but other times? You want the story to continue. Those who fall into the latter group will be happy to see six franchises available to stream this month including Full Moon’s four-film Subspecies series about a vampire’s quest for blood and love. Keeping with the genre trend, Canada’s Cube trilogy offers up a bloody slice of sci-fi/horror while the Look Who’s Talking trilogy explores the horror of adult brains transplanted into baby skulls. Those looking for lighter fare might enjoy the animated shenanigans of an undead canine in All Dogs Go to Heaven and its sequel (both coming to earth on 1/31) or the totally wicked joys of Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and Bogus Journey. Lastly, all four films in the epic anti-bully adventures of The Karate Kid are ready to stream their way into your dojo too.

Keep reading for a look at all of this month’s new arrivals:

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Rob Hunter has been writing for Film School Rejects since before you were born, which is weird seeing as he's so damn young. He's our Chief Film Critic and Associate Editor and lists 'Broadcast News' as his favorite film of all time. Feel free to say hi if you see him on Twitter @FakeRobHunter.