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What’s New to Stream on Hulu for January 2022

Plenty of older gems to binge on Hulu this month!
New On Hulu January
By  · Published on January 4th, 2022

Crossing the Streams is our look at all the offerings hitting the big streaming services each month, and this time we’re checking out what’s new on Hulu for January 2022, including movies from the 60s, 70s, 80s, and beyond!

Hulu Pick of the Month for January 2022

Small Engine Repair

Hulu isn’t dropping any original movie content this month, and the bulk of their new arrivals are older fare — this is not a knock, it’s a positive as Netflix is the exact opposite — but I’m highlighting one of last year’s smaller indies as the pick of the month. I haven’t seen Small Engine Repair (2021, premieres January 30th) yet, but both the premise and cast are speaking my language. It’s a comedic crime thriller about friends who wind up in over their heads with some criminal behavior. Jon Bernthal and Shea Whigham are top-billed, and both are talents worth blind-watching a movie for. Granted, I don’t recall anyone mentioning this one in 2021, but plenty of films fall under the radar each year so we’re hoping for the best.

Movies from the 70s!


I’ve said it before and will probably say it again, but the best decade in movies is the 70s. The talent, the variety, the honesty, the no fucks given… the best. Anyway, Sydney Pollack’s Three Days of the Condor (1975) remains a twisty little thriller about a CIA analyst on the run from assassins, and while Robert Redford’s “relationship” with Faye Dunaway is a little bit icky the bulk of the movie is great stuff. Pollack delivers some solid set-pieces and suspense while the script manages a fine balance between serious beats and thriller fluff.

Sam Elliott headlines Daniel Petrie’s Lifeguard (1976), a drama about a casual dude realizing he has very little to show for his life — so he considers settling down and becoming a car salesman. It’s an odd dichotomy and not one that most viewers will struggle with because come on, a life spent at the beach ain’t so bad, but the character’s struggle works thanks to Elliott’s performance. Add in Anne Archer and Kathleen Quinlan, and you have a low-key So Cal movie worth your time.

John Frankenheimer’s Black Sunday (1977) might seem on the surface like a solid double feature pick for Three Days of the Condor, but the styles and tones couldn’t be any more different. An imminent terrorist attack on U.S. soil sees a collision between government agents, terrorists, traitors, and unflappable American consumerism. Robert Shaw, Bruce Dern, and more familiar faces star in this race against time that manages some strong suspense and action beats on its way towards an explosive conclusion.

Speaking of double features, you can chase Black Sunday with another John Frankenheimer joint if you press play on Prophecy (1979), and you’ll be grateful you did. For all the control shown in the former, this messy slice of ecological horror is a bit too silly to be taken seriously despite its best efforts. Thankfully, it’s a highly entertaining ride as a large, bear-like beast ravages the landscape after being mutated by chemical spills. Loggers, Native American protestors, scientists, and more come together to fight the creature, and most of them don’t survive. Good stuff!

Movies from the 80s!

Real Genius

I’ve said it before and will probably say it again, but the best decade in movies is the 80s. The excess, the action, the ridiculousness, the cocaine… the best. Anyway, after jumpstarting its move into cinemas with the endlessly dull Star Trek: The Motion Picture, the folks at Paramount wisely upped their game with a smart, thrilling, and emotionally satisfying sequel. Nicholas Meyer’s Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) is a direct sequel to one of the show’s better episodes, but even without that knowledge it works beautifully to deliver a killer story, unforgettable character beats, and a whopper of an ending.

Sometimes you just want to watch Arnold Schwarzenegger do what Arnold Schwarzenegger does best — kill bad guys and chase it with a quip. For those times, there’s no better option than Mark L. Lester’s Commando (1985). Some dumb villains kidnap John Matrix’s daughter, and he wipes the floor with every last one. Fun beats, entertaining action, and some highly memorable dialogue go a long way towards making this one of the big guy’s most memorable and rewatchable efforts.

The 80s were great for unforgettable comedies, and while Martha Coolidge’s Real Genius (1985) didn’t hit big at the box office it’s gone on to become a cult hit for those of us with impeccable taste. Val Kilmer plays a college student who takes a young genius under his wing, hijinks ensue, and soon the pair and their friends are doing their best to hamper the international arms race. It’s very funny, highly quotable, and has a weird energy all its own — there’s a plot, and it’s linear, but the film cares every bit as much about its characters and humor.

Ridley Scott just had an interesting year in 2021 with two new releases (The Last Duel, House of Gucci), but his best films remain in the past. That includes Black Rain (1989), a slick and stylish thriller about a pair of cops (Michael Douglas, Andy Garcia) sent to Japan to deliver a prisoner. It looks great, and there are some terrific action beats to be found here too. The ending remains an unlikely one for the genre, and the film delivers a compelling tale of vengeance and honor.

Movies from the 90s!

Forces Of Nature

I’ve said it before and will probably say it again, but the best decade in movies is the 90s. The style, the lens filters, the audaciousness, the auteurs… the best. Anyway, Seven (1995) doesn’t need much of an introduction from me as it remains a stone-cold masterpiece of psychopath cinema. David Fincher delivers iconic set-pieces and a creepy killer while also gifting viewers with protagonists who fascinate us and make us care. Yes, the ending is an all-timer, but the movie is filled with equally memorable images and scenes.

You don’t see a lot of people talking about this one, but Ed Zwick’s Courage Under Fire (1996) is a great blend of action and drama headlined by two stellar leads. Meg Ryan plays against type as a chopper pilot who’s been nominated posthumously for a Medal of Honor, and Denzel Washington is the man investigating her story to determine if she deserves it — despite some odd, possibly sexist pushback. It’s an emotional journey, and Zwick pairs those beats with some thrilling action sequences too.

What’s that? More Ridley Scott? Okay! G.I. Jane (1997) absolutely tanked at the box office, but its a story about a woman’s efforts to become the first to complete an elite, tough as hell military training fires on all cylinders. Demi Moore is terrific in the lead role as the woman who pushes herself past her limits and against the odds — and against sexist pushback (make it a double feature with Courage Under Fire!) — to prove them all wrong. It’s dramatic, thrilling, and at times inspiring.

Okay, after all that seriousness, why not wind down with a romantic comedy? Bronwen Hughes’ Forces of Nature (1999) did well at the box office, but unfortunately, its budget makes it look like a bomb. Put all that aside, though, as the film is a sweet and funny rom-com headlined by Sandra Bullock and Ben Affleck. They’re both good fun here, and you buy into the frustrations as easily as you do the romance. It’s a good time, harmless fun, and a movie you most likely missed back in the far-away 90s.

The Complete Hulu List for January 2022

Release DateTitleNote
1/110,000 BC (2008)
(500) Days Of Summer (2009)
Alfie (2004)
All the Right Moves (1983)
Amistad (1997)
Astro Boy (2009)
Beautiful Creatures (2013)
Beerfest (2006)
Big Top Pee-Wee (1988)
Black Rain (1989)
Black Sunday (1977)
Case 39 (2010)
Charlie’s Angels (2000)
The Collection (2012)
Commando (1985)
Coneheads (1993)
Courage Under Fire (1996)
Coyote Ugly (2000)
Crime Story (2021)
Date Night (2010)
Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010)
Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (2003)
Dolphin Tale 2 (2014)
The Duchess (2008)
Dunston Checks In (1996)
Escape from Alcatraz (1979)
Falling for Figaro (2021)
Fire in the Sky (1993)
The Foot Fist Way (2006)
Forces of Nature (1999)
Fred Claus (2007)
Furry Vengeance (2010)
G.I. Jane (1997)
Georgia Rule (2007)
Gimme Shelter (2014)
The Haunting (1999)
Head of State (2003)
Heartburn (1986)
Hidalgo (2004)
Hitman: Agent 47 (2015)
Home for the Holidays (1995)
Hondo (1953)
Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993)
Hotel for Dogs (2009)
Hugo (2011)
The Impossible (2012)
The Indian in the Cupboard (1995)
Jacob’s Ladder (1990)
The King of Comedy (1983)
Labios Rojos (2011)
Last of the Mohicans (1992)
Lifeguard (1976)
Look Who’s Talking Too (1990)
Look Who’s Talking Now (1993)
The Lovely Bones (2009)
The Machinist (2004)
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2004)
Midnight In Paris (2011)
Moulin Rouge (2001)
Mr. Holland’s Opus (1996)
New Year’s Eve (2011)
Nick of Time (1995)
A Night at the Roxbury (1998)
Norm of the North (2016)
An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)
Once Upon a Time in the West (1969)
Open Range (2003)
Ordinary People (1980)
Panic Room (2002)
Paranormal Activity 3 (2011)
Paycheck (2003)
The Perfect Storm (2000)
Phenomenon (1996)
Prophecy (1979)
Real Genius (1985)
Red Eye (2005)
Red Riding Hood (2011)
Resident Evil (2002)
Revolutionary Road (2008)
The Sandlot (1993)
Semi-Pro (2008)
Sense and Sensibility (1995)
Seven (1995)
Sex And The City (2008)
Sex And The City 2 (2010)
Sinister (2012)
A Soldier’s Story (1984)
The Soloist (2009)
Space Jam (1996)
The Squid And The Whale (2005)
Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984)
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)
Star Trek: Insurrection (1998)
The Stepford Wives (2004)
Sydney White (2007)
Three Days of the Condor (1975)
The Three Stooges (2012)
The Two Faces Of January (2014)
What a Girl Wants (2003)
What About Bob? (1991)
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
When In Rome (2010)
Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! (2004)
Without a Paddle: Nature’s Calling (2009)
Wuthering Heights (2003)
1/2Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married (2007)
1/3Next Level Chef: Series Premiere
The Year of the Everlasting Storm (2021)
1/6I Can See Your Voice: Season 2
1/7The Amazing Race: Complete Season 30
The Amazing Race: Complete Season 31
Pharma Bro (2021)
Survivor: Complete Season 37
1/9Real Housewives of New Jersey: Complete Season 11
1/10Ailey (2021)
Black Bear (2020)
1/11I’m Your Man (2021)
1/13Madagascar: A Little Wild: Complete Season 6
My Best Friend’s Girl (2008)
1/14Bergman Island (2021)
Sex Appeal (2022)
1/15Bad Rap (2016)
Dark Side of the Ring: Complete Season 3B
Main Street (2010)
Marjorie Prime (2017)
Rewind (2019)
Serious Moonlight (2009)
Sprinter (2018)
Woman Thou Art Loosed (2004)
Zero Days (2016)
1/17Georgetown (2021)
1/19Darwin’s Game: Complete Season 1
The Irregular at Magic High School: Complete Season 1
Sword Art Online Extra Edition: Complete Season 1
Your Lie in April: Complete Season 1
1/20The Estate (2020)
1/22American Night (2021)
1/26Dirty Grandpa (2016)
1/27Mayday (2021)
1/29Stop and Go (2021)
1/30Burden of Truth: Complete Season 4
Small Engine Repair (2021)

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