Widescreen: The best new movies, shows you can watch at home in January

 
 
Updated 1/7/2022 9:58 AM

The snow has arrived, the holidays are over, and our unwelcome viral friend still won't leave. Luckily, there are plenty of new offerings coming to our televisions and mobile devices while we hunker down this January. Here are some highlights.

Anya Taylor-Joy, left, and Thomasin McKenzie star in the time-bending mystery "Last Night in Soho."
Anya Taylor-Joy, left, and Thomasin McKenzie star in the time-bending mystery "Last Night in Soho." - Courtesy of Focus Features
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Hit sequel "Ghostbusters: Afterlife" and buzzy mystery "Last Night in Soho" became available for purchase on digital platforms like iTunes and Vudu this week, and go to standard rental prices on Feb. 1 and Jan. 18, respectively. The latter, a time-bending thriller set in swinging London starring Anya Taylor-Joy ("The Queen's Gambit") and directed by Edgar Wright ("Shaun of the Dead"), comes with 23 bonus features -- no need to wait for a special Blu-ray release to get more bang for your buck.

Kumail Nanjiani battles evil in "Eternals."
Kumail Nanjiani battles evil in "Eternals." - Courtesy of Marvel
Jan. 12

"Nomadland" director Chloe Zhao's divisive Marvel epic "Eternals" makes its home premiere on Disney+ for all subscribers, not as one of its $30 "premier access" titles. Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek and Kit Harington lead the ensemble in an interstellar fantasy that grossed more than $400 million but also got a rare "rotten" rating from the Rotten Tomatoes critics' survey.

Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand give stellar performances in "The Tragedy of Macbeth."
Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand give stellar performances in "The Tragedy of Macbeth." - Courtesy of Apple TV+
Jan. 14

Something wicked this way comes: Joel Coen, one half of the brother duo responsible for "Fargo" and "The Big Lebowski," directs Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand in the black-and-white Shakespeare adaptation "The Tragedy of Macbeth." It's in theaters now, but already comes home next week on Apple TV+.

Jan. 18

Eight years after "How I Met Your Mother" ended its nine-year run on CBS, here comes "How I Met Your Father," a 10-episode comedy on Hulu with erstwhile "Lizzie McGuire" star Hillary Duff. Just like in the original, the main character's future self is represented by a famous narrator; this time it's Kim Cattrall, who perhaps isn't too sad she wasn't invited to the "Sex and the City" revival party.

Freeform's "Single Drunk Female," about a 20-year-old struggling with her sobriety and moving back in with her mother, stars Ally Sheedy and Sofia Black-D'Elia.
Freeform's "Single Drunk Female," about a 20-year-old struggling with her sobriety and moving back in with her mother, stars Ally Sheedy and Sofia Black-D'Elia. - Courtesy of Freeform
Jan. 20

When was the last time you saw Ally Sheedy, aside from your old VHS copy of "The Breakfast Club?" Happily, she'll be back on our screens in "Single Drunk Female," a 10-episode series airing on Freeform and streaming on Hulu. Sheedy plays mom to the title character who moves back home while struggling with her sobriety. Sofia Black D'Elia, who was part of the hilarious ensemble of Fox's short-lived "The Mick," plays the 20-year-old protagonist in a dramedy that could launch her to stardom.

• Sean Stangland is an assistant news editor who highly recommends watching reruns of "The Mick" on Hulu ... as long as the kids aren't around.

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