The new year brings a bunch of new movies that are perfect to curl up and watch on the chilly winter nights ahead. Prime Video, Netflix, and more of the best streaming services are offering something for everyone.
The major standout is Society of the Snow, an Oscar favorite that tells the harrowing true story of a stranded rugby team that survived the freezing wilderness for months There's also Eileen, Anne Hathaway’s thriller that follows one woman's ill-fated friendship with a new counselor at the prison facility where she works.
Society of the Snow (Netflix)
Netflix's chilling survival thriller paints a haunting picture of what it takes to survive impossible odds. The latest from Spanish filmmaker J.A. Bayona (The Impossible, The Orphanage), Society of the Snow adapts the harrowing true story of the Uruguayan 1972 Andes flight disaster that saw a group of young men stranded in the heart of the Andes mountains for months.
In the wake of the crash, the survivors must resort to extreme measures if they have any hope of rescue from one of the most hostile and inaccessible environments on the planet. Pan’s Labyrinth’s Oscar-winning special effects make-up artists David Martí and Montse Ribé go to great lengths to put viewers in the frostbitten shoes of the survivors with agonizingly realistic injuries. Fair warning: This movie is not for the faint of heart.
Watch it now on Netflix
You can finally watch Anne Hathaway’s Sundance thriller from the comfort of your own home. Based on Ottessa Moshfegh's debut novel of the same name, Eileen stars Thomasin McKenzie as Eileen Dunlop, a young woman working at a correctional facility in a dreary New England town. Her mundane, often bleak day-to-day life with her abusive, alcoholic father (Shea Whigham) takes a dramatic turn with the arrival of the facility's new psychologist, Rebecca (Anne Hathaway).
What unfolds is a 1960s period drama that gives audiences a front-row seat to what happens when desperate people reach their breaking point. Critics have raved about the charged but disturbing duo that is McKenzie and Hathaway. Brace yourself for a riveting psychological thriller packed with outstanding performances.
Buy or rent on Amazon now
Foe (Prime Video)
Starring Saoirse Ronan and Paul Mescal as husband-and-wife Hen and Junior, Foe is a sci-fi thriller set in 2065 with some serious Black Mirror vibes. The couple leads an unassuming life on a remote farm, but their tranquil existence is shaken by an encounter with a mysterious stranger (Aaron Pierre).
The stranger presents them with an intriguing proposition: Junior gets the chance to live among the stars, but there's a catch — Hen will be accompanied by a robot in his absence. It's a tantalizing offer that ends up challenging the couple's relationship and identities. Despite Foe receiving mixed critical reviews, audiences were much kinder, in particular praising Ronan and Mescal's performances that shine despite the movie's flaws.
Watch it now on Prime Video
Good Grief (Netflix)
Also landing on Netflix this week is Dan Levy’s directorial debut, Good Grief. Levy wrote and stars in this latest comedy-drama, where he plays a widower still reeling from the unexpected loss of his husband (Luke Evans) and who takes his friends to Paris for some soul-searching.
Along for the ride are Ruth Negga and Himesh Patel as his friends, Sophie and Thomas. The trio unpacks messy secrets and tackles some hard truths as they try to help their friend pick up the pieces after his world falls apart. Just based on the trailer, Good Grief looks to be a love letter to friendship and the messiness of grief that is sure to pull on your heartstrings.
Watch it now on Netflix
Danger Below Deck (Hulu)
I grew up on Lifetime movies, and while no one's making the argument that they're the pinnacle of cinema, they do scratch a certain itch. Danger Below Deck is no exception, blending True Crime vibes and suspenseful action sequences for the perfect mindless popcorn fodder.
The movie stars Katherine McNamara and Jasmine Sky Sarin as two influencers who set out on a cruise trip through the Caribbean and South Pacific. A battle of wills threatens to tear them apart as their online personas and real-life ambitions clash, and their vacation soon turns into a nightmare as they find themselves fighting for their lives.
Watch it now on Hulu
School of Rock (Netflix)
Director Richard Linklater and White Lotus creator Mike White are behind this delightful romp filled with earworms ("So if you wanna be the teacher's pet~") and Jack Black's brand of heartwarming silliness.
Dewy Finn (Black) is a slacker struggling to make it big as a rock 'n roll star who, after getting fired from his band, is in desperate need of rent money. He poses as his roommate to take on a substitute teacher gig at a prestigious prep school, where he introduces fourth graders to his hard rock idols — much to the dismay of the uptight principal (Joan Cusack). With no educational qualifications whatsoever, he ditches the academic syllabus in favor of converting his class into his bandmates so he can win a local Battle of the Bands competition. Even when his scheme is discovered, Dewey pushes them to believe in their abilities and go for glory.
Watch it now on Netflix
Jurassic Park (Netflix)
Few movies have left such a dinosaur-sized footprint on the film industry as the Steven Spielberg classic Jurassic Park. And it's easy to see why.
Paleontologists Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) along with mathematician Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) are among the chosen few selected to tour an island theme park populated by dinosaurs created from prehistoric DNA. While the park's mastermind, billionaire John Hammond (Richard Attenborough), assures everyone that the facility is secure and there's nothing to worry about, he changes his tune after velociraptors, T-Rexes and other ferocious predators break free and go on the hunt.
Watch it now on Netflix
More from Tom's Guide
Get the BEST of Tom’s Guide daily right in your inbox: Sign up now!
Upgrade your life with the Tom’s Guide newsletter. Subscribe now for a daily dose of the biggest tech news, lifestyle hacks and hottest deals. Elevate your everyday with our curated analysis and be the first to know about cutting-edge gadgets.
Alyse Stanley is a news editor at Tom’s Guide overseeing weekend coverage and writing about the latest in tech, gaming and entertainment.
Prior to joining Tom’s Guide, Alyse worked as an editor for the Washington Post’s sunsetted video game section, Launcher. She previously led Gizmodo’s weekend news desk, where she covered breaking tech news — everything from the latest spec rumors and gadget launches to social media policy and cybersecurity threats. She has also written game reviews and features as a freelance reporter for outlets like Polygon, Unwinnable, and Rock, Paper, Shotgun. She’s a big fan of horror movies, cartoons, and miniature painting.