What’s New on Showtime: January 2018

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At the beginning of (and during) every month, Showtime adds new movies and TV shows to its library. Below, you’ll find our recommendations for January 2018. For more comprehensive coverage of the best titles available on Showtime and elsewhere, check out Vulture’s What to Stream Now hub, which is updated throughout the month.

This Month’s Highlights

Available January 7

Because it’s one of the most promising shows of the year: The Chi

Showtime is starting off 2018 strong, with one of its most promising new shows debuting in the very first week of the year. The Chi comes from Lena Waithe, who won an Emmy for writing Master of None’s acclaimed “Thanksgiving” episode. Produced entirely in the city where it’s set, The Chi is a coming-of-age story set in Chicago’s South Side, based on Waithe’s experiences growing up in the neighborhood. Centering on a group of young people brought together by circumstance, The Chi immediately stands out from everything else on television for its gorgeous, humane portrayal of an underrepresented group of people. Showtime series can be extremely hit or miss, but few are as exciting right out of the gate. Here’s hoping. Available January 7.

Available January 16

Because spy movies are dope: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Based on the John le Carré novel of the same name, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is an extremely taut, quiet thriller about the hunt for a Soviet mole embedded in the British secret service in the 1970s. Featuring a cast stacked with Every British Man You’ve Seen in a Prestige Picture, it’s a showcase for terrific acting and smart filmmaking, thanks to director Tomas Alfredson (making his first English-language film, which, curiously, was followed by the train wreck we now know as The Snowman). If you’re in the mood for brainy espionage, this is your film. Available January 16.

Available January 1

If you’re a David Fincher fan: The Game

The strangest film made by David Fincher, The Game, is about an investment banker (Michael Douglas) who is extremely wealthy but otherwise adrift, distant from family and friends, and generally unhappy. That’s when his youngest brother offers him a bizarre birthday gift: a chance to play into an elaborate yet vague game run by a company that specializes in personalized experiences that change their customers’ lives. Of course, the game ends up being much more than this man ever bargained for, and his life is plunged into chaos. The Game is far from Fincher’s best, but it’s also one of his most interesting, an under-discussed late-’90s psychological thriller. Give it a watch. Available January 1.

Full List

Available January 1

• 54
A Beautiful Mind
• Alone in Berlin
• Bad Santa
• Blue Chips
• Bulletproof
Casualties of War
Charlie Wilson’s War
Cold Mountain
Cop Land
• The Darkest Hour
• Delta Farce
• Dream House
• Extreme Movie
The Game
• The Great Debaters
• The Interpreter
• Killshot
• Last Action Hero
• Last Night
• The Light Between Oceans
• Lions for Lambs
• Madea’s Family Reunion
• Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life
• Miracle
• The Mist
• Money Train
• The Nutty Professor
• Nutty Professor II: The Klumps
Rocky II
Rocky III
• Rocky IV
• Rocky V
• Slow Burn (2007)
• Sniper
• Sniper 2
• Sniper 3
• Sniper: Legacy
• Sniper: Reloaded
The Stepford Wives
• The Straight Story
• Superhero Movie
• U-571
• Undertow (2004)
• Vampire in Brooklyn
• Vanilla Sky
• Young Guns
• Young Guns II
• Zack and Miri Make a Porno

Available January 4

• Pride

Available January 5

• Unsportsmanlike Comedy With Rob Gronkowski

Available January 6


Available January 7

The Chi

Available January 9

• Crossing Over
• Sidewalks of New York

Available January 10

• My First Mister
• Operation Condor
• Rolling Stones: Sweet Summer Sun — Hyde Park Live

Available January 11

XTC: This Is Pop

Available January 13

The Girl on the Train

Available January 15

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

Available January 16

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

What’s New on Showtime: January 2018