movies coming to Netflix in January 2018

Believe it or not, 2017 is almost over. This long, strange year is at an end, and we’re about to jump into 2018. With a new month and year comes a whole new list of streaming titles on Netflix. So as you drift through the holidays and look to the future, you can also look forward to all these upcoming titles. January brings with it a pretty stellar Netflix line-up, including an immortal mafia movie classic, a costume drama begging to be rediscovered, a superhero reboot that changed everything, Nicolas Cage trying to steal the Declaration of Independence, the best exorcism movie since The Exorcist, and more. So check out the full list of TV shows and movies coming to Netflix in January 2018 below.

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The last Jedi Runtime

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is set to be the longest Star Wars film in the franchise’s history. That may make some of you groan inwardly while already feeling your rear end falling asleep at the prospect, but worry not: Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, says the protracted runtime isn’t an issue. Hamill takes it a step further, and favorably compares The Last Jedi runtime to that of The Godfather.

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the godfather board game

(Welcome to Cardboard Cinema, a feature that explores the intersection between movies and tabletop gaming. This column is sponsored by Dragon’s Lair Comics & Fantasy in Austin, Texas.)

Back in 2016, we first learned that CMON (formerly Cool Mini Or Not) was making a board game based on Francis Ford Coppola’s masterpiece, The Godfather. Now, after over a year of designing and playtesting and tweaking and playtesting and playtesting (as is the board game way), the Godfather board game is about to hit shelves. And as a new trailer reveals, it looks cool. Really cool, even. Maybe even “day one purchase” levels of cool.

But does it actually look like The Godfather? That’s the question, isn’t it?

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the godfather epic

Just about everyone with a shred of decency and a little bit of good taste agrees that The Godfather is one of the greatest movies of all time. But does that mean everyone with a shred of decency and a little bit of good taste will be interested in a new film about the making of Francis Ford Coppola‘s 1972 gangster classic? HBO Films is betting yes, because they’re currently developing Francis & the Godfather, a feature film that chronicles the behind-the-scenes headbutting that occurred during the film’s development and production.

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best directed movies

The Directors Guild of America is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year and it has decided to commemorate this event in a manner most befitting of the internet age: by making a list. More specifically, by polling DGA members and assembling a list of the 80 best-directed movies made since 1936, when the guild was founded. That’s one movie per year.

And like all internet lists, it’s bound to inspire conversation, eye-rolling, yelling, and maybe even a little cheer or two.

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Unlike their Star Wars or Marvel movies, Disney’s animated features don’t fit into a single shared universe. They do, however, very often reference each other, via sneaky little Easter eggs. Even their latest, Zootopia, gets in on the fun, despite taking place in a universe where human beings don’t actually exist. We told you about one of Zootopia‘s many Easter eggs back before the film even hit theaters, and now that it’s actually out, several more have been discovered. Below, check out some of the Zootopia Easter eggs you might have missed.  Read More »

the godfather board game

There was a time when a board game simply being based on a movie or television show was a clear sign to stay away and save your money. But as tabletop gaming has matured into its present golden age and game design has become more nuanced, board games bearing the likeness of beloved franchises have evolved. In the hands of designers and publishers who give a damn, these games can honor the property their represent and offer players a familiar playground in which they can compete against their friends in contests of skill and/or dice-chucking.

The newly announced The Godfather: The Board Game is the kind of thing that would have sounded terrible a decade ago, but everything about this particular project feels right. This isn’t just a branded knock-off – this is the next game from a talented designer and a company that has shown in the past that it cares about creating quality products. Francis Ford Coppola’s masterpiece is in good hands.

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abe vigoda dead

Abe Vigoda, the character actor best known for playing Salvatore Tessio in Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather and Detective Phil Fish on television’s Barney Miller, has passed away at the age of 94. No specific cause of death was cited, with his daughter, Carol Vigoda Fuchs, telling the Associated Press that he died of old age.

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the godfather epic

Last night, HBO aired The Godfather Epic, a 424-minute long version of The Godfather and The Godfather Part II that re-edits both films into chronological order and features footage that isn’t in the theatrical cut of either film. It will air again on January 23, but it’s currently available to stream on HBO Go and HBO Now.

But here’s the thing: you probably shouldn’t watch this version, especially if it’s your first exposure to these movies. This cut is a fascinating curiosity for devoted fans, but it’s also the worst possible way to experience two of the greatest movies ever made.

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Francis Ford Coppola

Francis Ford Coppola makes a lot more wine than he does movies nowadays. We haven’t seen a film from the iconic director behind The GodfatherApocalypse Now, and The Conversation for four years now. His last picture, Twixt, came and went. Over the past decade Coppola has been directing some of his most experimental work, not what he calls “factory movies,” which he has no interest in making. Read more about why the director stopped making movies for major studios after the jump.

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