The New Year brings with it the promise of another year of new movies, and January boasts an eclectic slate of new releases. Arriving one year after M3GAN slayed the box office, Blumhouse's got another horror flick with a proven-viral premise; meanwhile, a new take on Mean Girls arrives in theaters exactly 20 years after Gretchen Wieners first tried to make "fetch" happen.

The month also offers Oscar-winning animation, a number of international imports, and enough dramas to justify making your New Year's resolution to go to the movies more. Read on for A.frame's complete guide to the must-see titles being released in January.

Society of the Snow

Spanish director J. A. Bayona (The Impossible and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) brings the Miracle of the Andes back to the screen with his own retelling of the 1972 Uruguayan flight disaster, the plane crash that stranded passengers in the Andes for 72 days. Spain's official Oscar entry, the survival thriller, which features an original score by Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino (Up), has been shortlisted for Best International Feature Film at the 96th Academy Awards.

Watch it: On Netflix Jan. 4

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Writer-director Michel Franco's latest stars Oscar winner Jessica Chastain (Best Actress in a Leading Role for The Eyes of Tammy Faye) and Peter Sarsgaard, who won the Volpi Cup for Best Actor when Memory premiered at the 80th Venice International Film Festival. The drama centers on the relationship between a social worker and a man who suffers from dementia; when the door to their traumatic past is opened, the two discover a chance at a new future.

Watch it: In theaters Jan. 5

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Good Grief

Dan Levy reveals a new side of himself with his new dramedy, emphasis on the drama. The Schitt's Creek alum — who won four Emmy Awards for producing, writing, directing and starring in the beloved sitcom — marks his feature directorial debut with Good Grief, about an artist (Levy) grappling with the death of his husband during a soul-searching trip to Paris with his two best friends (played by Himesh Patel and Oscar nominee Ruth Negga).

Watch it: On Netflix Jan. 5

Night Swim

What if your swimming pool were haunted? That's the premise of the latest horror flick from James Wan's Atomic Monster and Jason Blum's Blumhouse Productions, which marks the feature debut of director Bryce McGuire. Oscar nominee Kerry Condon and Wyatt Russell play a married couple whose family moves to the suburbs and discovers that the in-ground pool in their backyard houses a supernatural presence.

Watch it: In theaters Jan. 5

The Book of Clarence

The Harder They Fall helmer Jeymes Samuel creates a gospel of his own with this Biblical epic about a scammer, the titular Clarence (Oscar nominee LaKeith Stanfield), who sets out to reinvent himself as another messiah in the vein of Jesus of Nazareth. The Book of Clarence counts Jay-Z as a producer, and features James McAvoy as Pontius Pilate and David Oyelowo as John the Baptist, along with Oscar nominees Benedict Cumberbatch, Marianne Jean-Baptiste and Alfre Woodard.

Watch it: In theaters Jan. 12

Freud's Last Session

Sigmund Freud and C.S. Lewis likely never met; however, Mark St. Germain's stage play of the same name imagines how the conversation might have played out had the two sat down together on the eve of the Second World War. Director Matt Brown's drama features two-time Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins (1991's The Silence of the Lambs and 2020's The Father) as Freud and Matthew Goode as The Chronicles of Narnia author C.S. Lewis and sees the two great minds debate the existence of God.

Watch it: In theaters Jan. 12

Mean Girls

The movie to musical to movie musical pipeline continues with this year's Mean Girls, which was first written by Tina Fey (based partly on the 2002 Rosalind Wiseman book Queen Bees and Wannabes) and made into the 2004 teen comedy starring Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, and Amanda Seyfried. Then came the Broadway musical in 2018, and now, this version arrives on the big screen complete with songs and dances. Fey and Tim Meadows reprise their roles from the original film, alongside Angourie Rice as Cady Heron, Reneé Rapp as Regina George, and an ensemble cast that includes Auliʻi Cravalho, Avantika Vandanapu, Bebe Wood, Ashley Park, Jenna Fischer, and Jon Hamm.

Watch it: In theaters Jan. 12


Pete Docter and Kemp Powers' adventure into the afterlife was originally slated to open in theaters in 2020; but at the height of the global pandemic, it instead pivoted to a streaming debut on Disney+ before going on to win two Oscars, one for Best Animated Feature Film and another for Best Original Score. (The film was also nominated for Best Sound.) Now, Disney is giving Soul a proper theatrical release this month, to be followed by the Oscar-nominated Pixar movies Turning Red next month, and Luca in March.

Watch it: In theaters Jan. 12

Also out in January: He Went That Way (in theaters Jan. 5), The Beekeeper (in theaters Jan. 12), Lift (on Netflix Jan. 12) Role Play (on Prime Video Jan. 12), Self Reliance (on Hulu Jan. 12), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (in theaters Jan. 19), I.S.S. (in theaters Jan. 19), The Kitchen (on Netflix Jan. 19), Origin (in theaters Jan. 19), Which Brings Me to You (in theaters Jan. 19), American Star (in theaters Jan. 26), Miller's Girl (in theaters Jan. 26), The Seeding (in theaters Jan. 26), Sometimes I Think About Dying (in theaters Jan. 26), and Tótem (in theaters Jan. 26).