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New on Netflix this week: A bombastic blockbuster and one of the biggest scandal films of the last 10 years

Every Sunday, just in time for the new week, we offer an overview of what noteworthy news awaits you on Netflix over the next seven days. You can then fill up your watchlist with the information – or set a reminder for particularly important films and series.

But that’s enough of the introduction: Here are the most prominent Netflix news for the week from January 25th to January 31st, 2021.

At the start of the week there is nothing new on Netflix. For those who urgently need supplies right at the start of the week, we recommend our extensive special, in which we present the best films on Netflix in all genres:

The best films on Netflix – in all genres


The first episodes of the dystopian sci-fi series ” Snowpiercer ” received only mediocre reviews and audience reactions – but at the end of the first season it became clear that the series based on the film of the same name by Oscar winner Bong Joon Ho ( “Parasite”) could go on much more exciting in the future.

And indeed: The trailer for the second season of “Snowpiercer” , which starts on Netflix on Tuesday (one episode per week and not all at once), makes it pretty clear: now everything is going to be different (only Jennifer Connelly , of course, remains as great as ever) :


We actually gave “ Transformers 5: The Last Knight ” three stars in the official FILMSTARTS review – and that meant we were very generous. The blockbuster by Krachbumm expert Michael Bay (“6 Underground”) is definitely not a good film in the strict sense of the word – instead, it’s just about how much you let yourself be overwhelmed by the rowdy blockbuster bombast (which in turn means that has to do with what your television set and what your sound system has to offer).

The extensive review of “Transformers 5: The Last Knight”


The fact that Netflix automatically plays out its original productions in all countries where the streaming service is available has the advantage that you can also watch films and series from countries that you would not otherwise have on your screen. For example ” June and Kopi “, a family comedy from Indonesia, in which the two dogs from which the title is based do all sorts of wild jokes together:


When I took part in the world premiere of Lars von Trier’s “ The House That Jack Built ” at the Cannes Film Festival in 2018 , there was already a fat warning on the ticket that “the faint of heart” should rather refrain from going to the cinema. A scandal with an announcement!

The serial killer provocation will be part of Netflix’s program from Friday – and although I think the film itself is only mediocre, I recommend everyone over 18 to form their own opinion. The film is definitely fascinating – and the faint-hearted will switch off automatically after a few minutes.

The biggest start on Friday, however, is the weekly Netflix original, in which Carey Mulligan (currently on Oscar nomination course with “Promising Young Woman”) and Ralph Fiennes (the one whose name is in “Harry Potter “Universe does not pronounce) are part of the party: The lavish historical film” The Excavation ” is about archaeologists who lead an expedition in Sutton Hoo in Eastern England in 1983:


So far there are no noteworthy newcomers for the weekend. But on the one hand this can still change spontaneously – and on the other hand, next Monday is already February 1st and on that, like every first of the month, there are tons of new archive titles in the Netflix program. Including such highlights as “ Wunder ”, “ Funny Girl ” and my personal favorite “ Dennis ” with Walther Matthau as the grumpy neighbor Mr. Wilson.


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