New On HBO Max In January 2021: Gremlins, Search Party, Escape From New York, And Tons More

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Christmas came a bit early for Roku owners, when on December 17 Roku devices were finally able to access HBO Max. That means those of us with those devices were able to join the streaming fold just in time for a pretty packed January, which has plenty coming to help get your 2021 started off right. Check out the full list below along with a few recommendations.

Right out of the gate on New Year’s Day, there’s a staggering 102 new releases hitting HBO Max–and there’s tons of quality among that quantity, no matter your tastes. Both Gremlins 1 and 2 will be on the platform, which not only serve as great reminders for all the reasons why you shouldn’t snack after midnight–but also should help you get excited all over again for Gremlins 3, which hopefully is still ahead and will become a reality. Also hitting that day will be Escape from New York, the classic 1981 John Carpenter movie about federal prisoner Snake Pilssken (Kurt Russell) tasked with rescuing the president of the United States within 24 hours to earn himself a pardon in the faraway future, dystopian Manhattan Island of 1997. If you’ve never seen it, there’s no excuse: Give it a shot and enjoy all the cheeseball thrills and not so subtle political commentary.

While there are tons more classics to highlight (like One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest on January 15 or Tender Mercies, the quiet 1983 Robert Duvall character study about an alcoholic country singer, on January 13), one of the perks to a streaming platform like HBO Max are its original programs. Search Party, the quirky dark thriller-comedy about Dory Sief (Alia Shawkat), a millennial who gets addicted to killing people–which started life on TBS back in 2016–kicks off Season 4 on January 14. The official synopsis given is pretty spoilery, but suffice it to say, things get even more complicated this upcoming season when Dory finds she has a stalker, and a film is being made about the trial related to one of her alleged murders. It might not sound like it, but the show is a very funny comedy (with a great soundtrack) above all else.

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