The Kitchen, American Nightmare and more to watch on Netflix this weekend, Jan. 19-21

A sci-fi dystopian film directed by Daniel Kaluuya and Kibwe Tavares is one of the biggest new Netflix releases this week.
The Kitchen. (L to R) Kane Robinson as Izi, Jedaiah Bannerman as Benji in The Kitchen. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2023
The Kitchen. (L to R) Kane Robinson as Izi, Jedaiah Bannerman as Benji in The Kitchen. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2023 /

Given how dang cold it is across most regions of the US right now, this weekend seems like the opportune time to stay indoors, bundle up, and watch something good on Netflix.

This weekend, Netflix releases a British sci-fi thriller, a hilarious buddy comedy starring Kristen Bell, and a suspenseful Korean drama series. The streamer also just dropped over 40 older movies onto its catalog this week as it returns to licensing content alongside creating originals.

You might have noticed that some excellent older films like Erin Brokovich, Anger Management, Fried Green Tomatoes, King Kong, and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark are all avilable to watch, so there are plenty of options for subscribers!

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The Kitchen

Academy Award-winning British actor Daniel Kaluuya makes his directorial debut with the sci-fi film The Kitchen, which he co-directed alongside fellow British filmmaker Kibwe Tavares. Kaluuya also worked on the script with Joe Murtagh and Rob Hayes in addition to serving as a producer. The movie, which stars Top Boy star Kano, is set in a dystopian London where social housing has been eliminated, but one community, The Kitchen, refuses to give up their home without a fight.

The Bequeathed Ryu Kyung-soo as Kim young-ho in The Bequeathed Cr. Jeong Se Hyeon/Netflix © 2024 /

The Bequeathed

Fans of twisted family dynamics won't want to miss this dark mystery series following the ambitious instructor Yoon Seo-ha (Kim Hyun-joo), who inherits a burial ground from an uncle she never knew existed. Seo-ha might not know who her uncle is, but plenty of people are vying for his land. Her inheritance makes her the target of a murderer and pushes her to extremes as she uncovers sinister family secrets.

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American Nightmare

Another week, another Netflix documentary series to watch and this one is quite heavy. For those who follow true crime cases religiously, you might recall the kidnapping of Denise Huskins in 2015. Huskins became infamous in the media because the police investigating her case did not believe her and she was dubbed a real-life Gone Girl. American Nightmare is a thoughtful three-parter that gives Denise the chance to speak on her traumatic experience and reveal the truth of this sensationalized story.


This 2021 comedy film just hit the Netflix Top 10 charts after the streamer licensed the movie to stream globally. Despite originally being released on Paramount+, the film starring Kristen Bell, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Vince Vaughn, and Paul Walter Hauser, now has the chance to reach a much broader audience.

Bell and Howell-Baptiste star as best friends who launch a criminal enterprise based around coupon-clipping as they orchestrate a scam to steal from corporations and give back to coupon clippers across the country as a hapless duo composed of a police officer and a US postal inspector try to hunt them down and put a stop to their antics.

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