"Search Party" and the Bruce Lee-inspired "Warrior": Here's what's on HBO Max in January

Roster of movies including "King of Staten Island" and "The Little Things" also coming to HBO streaming service

By Ashlie D. Stevens
January 3, 2021 4:00PM (UTC)
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DENZEL WASHINGTON as Joe “Deke” Deacon and JARED LETO as Albert Sparma in Warner Bros. Pictures’ psychological thriller “THE LITTLE THINGS" (Photograph by Courtesy of Warner Bros. Inc.)

The New Year is upon us! And while many use this as an opportunity to look forward to new and innovative things, there's also something really comforting about indulging in things that feel undeniably classic — a crisp glass of Champagne, a simple bowl of pasta and a good movie. 

Some fantastic options that are available on HBO Max this month. There's "The Arrangement," the 1969 film starring Kirk Douglas, Faye Dunaway and Deborah Kerr, which focuses on a successful Madison Avenue executive whose mid-life breakdown and failed suicide deeply impacts his wife, stress compounded by his affair with a much younger woman.

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Rewinding a bit further, check out 1945's "Anchors Aweigh," which stars Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly as a pair of sailors on leave who try to help a movie extra become a singing star. Stream "My Dream Is Yours" — starring Doris Day as a young unknown who scooped up by a talent scout — for a thematic double-feature (and maybe tack on "A Star Is Born," also coming to the platform this month, for good measure). 

I also love "Guys and Dolls," and "On the Town," both of which are available until Jan. 31. 

"Warrior," Jan. 1

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After Bruce Lee's death in 1973, his daughter found a collection of handwritten notes detailing ideas for a treatment for a show about the Tong Wars in San Francisco in the 1870s. Nearly 50 years later, that series finally made it to small screens as "Warrior," which originally aired on Cinemax. 

While it wasn't renewed for a third season (at least on Cinemax), the first two seasons are coming to HBO Max. It opens on Ah Sahm (Andrew Koji), a Chinese immigrant with an American grandfather, arriving in San Francisco. Ah Sahm catches the attention of Chao (Hoon Lee) when he is overseen handily getting rid three police officers looking for immigration papers. Chao takes him to the Hop Wei tong, offering him to its leader, Father Jun (Perry Yung). 

He eventually is taken to a brothel run by Ah Toy (Olivia Cheng); while there, he inquires after a woman whose photograph he brought from China. It turns out that it's his sister Mai Ling (Dianne Doan), who, after escaping her violent husband in China, is now the wife of rival tong leader Long Zii (Henry Yuk). 

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"The High Note," Jan. 2

In this sun-soaked "go for your dreams" film, Dakota Johnson plays Maggie, the assistant to the imperious '90s pop culture diva Grace Davis (Tracee Ellis Ross). Grace is being urged to hang up the idea of releasing new material and finally assume a Vegas residency, but she's reticent and contemplates a new record. To that end, Maggie dreams of being a record producer and has secretly assembled a cut of Grace's new live album. 

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Meanwhile Maggie meets David, a cute musician (Kelvin Harrison Jr.), at a hip grocery store, and sets her sights on transforming him into a successful act. Will anyone see their dreams become a reality? Well, this is a very feel-good movie, which — after this dumpster fire of a year — provides a nice breather. 

"The King of Staten Island," Jan. 9

Shortly after "The King of Staten Island" released on video on demand in June, Judd Apatow spoke with Salon's D. Watkins about the film, which stars Pete Davidson as a wayward tattoo artist who lives in the wake of his father's death. The film is lightly biographical as Davidson's actual father, Scott Matthew Davidson, died while responding to the 9/11 attacks. 

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"Pete plays a guy named Scott who lives with his mom and his sister, and his sister is going away to college," Apatow said. "Now he's going to be living alone with his mom. He's in his mid-20s. He's kind of a loser. His mom hasn't dated since his dad died. He was a fireman who died in a hotel fire. Suddenly she starts dating another fireman, and it forces Pete to confront everything in his life that he's been avoiding about why he's not doing well." 

"The King of Staten Island" features an all-star cast including Marisa Tomei, Steve Buscemi, Bill Burr, Pamela Adlon, Bel Powley, Ricky Velez, Maude Apatow and more. You can listen to more of Watkins and Apatow's conversation here

"Tiger," Jan. 10

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This revealing, two-part documentary takes viewers through the life of legendary golfer Tiger Woods. It begins with his start in the game as something of a childhood prodigy, whose dedication to the sport catapulted him to fame and success — then explores his downfall when his numerous adulterous affairs became media fodder. This led to one of the most legendary comebacks in sports, when Woods won the 2019 Masters. "Tiger" provides an in-depth look at the highs and lows of Woods' life and legacy. 

"Search Party," Season 4, Jan. 14

There's a lot happening in the fourth season of the hit show, "Search Party." A psychotic stalker named Chip (Cole Escola) is holding Dory (Alia Shawkat) prisoner and is determined to make her believe that they are best friends. 

Elliot (John Early) has become a far-right conservative talk show host, while Drew (John Reynolds) is trying to escape his dark past by working as a costumed cast member in a theme park. Portia (Meredith Hagner) is taking a different tack, and is starring in a film about the trial — although not as herself. 

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"Painting With John," Jan. 22

In this irreverent update of the Bob Ross formula, John Lurie — the co-founder of musical group The Lounge Lizards — takes viewers into his home where he displays his watercolor techniques and talks about what he's learned in life. It's a mix of original music, art and cheeky life lessons. 

"Euphoria Special Episode Part 2: F**k Anyone Who's Not a Sea Blob," Jan. 24

This episode is a follow-up to the December special which focused on the aftermath of Rue (Zendaya) being left by Jules (Hunter Schafer), her best friend-turned-romantic interest, at a train station after she backs out of their drunken plan to run away and live in another city. In "F**k Anyone Who's Not a Sea Blob," we see the fallout from Jules' point of view. 

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"The Little Things," Jan. 29

Academy Award winners Denzel Washington, Rami Malek and Jared Leto star in John Lee Hancock's suspenseful psychological thriller about two California sheriffs and their growing obsession with a suspect while embroiled in the search for a killer who targets women.

Here's everything coming to HBO Max this month. 

Jan. 1

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"12 oz. Mouse, Seasons 1 & 2"
"42nd Street"
"All the President's Men"
"Apple & Onion, Season 1B"
"The Autobiography Of Miss Jane Pittman"
"Batman Begins"
"Batman Beyond"
"Batman Beyond: The Return of the Joker"
"Batman: Bad Blood"
"Batman: Death in the Family"
"Batman: Hush"
"Batman: The Animated Series"
"Blade"
"A Better Life"
"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"
"Dog Day Afternoon"
"Check It Out! with Steve Brule"
"Chinatown"
"Codename: Kids Next Door"
"The Color Purple"
"The Conjuring"
"Courage the Cowardly Dog"
"Craig of the Creek," Season 2
"The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course"
"The Dark Knight"
"The Dark Knight Rises"
"Dim Sum Funeral"
"Ed, Edd n Eddy"
"El Amor No Puede Esperar (Aka Love Can't Wait)"
"Happy Feet"
"The Electric Horseman"
"Escape from New York"
"The Exorcist"
"Flashpoint"
"The General's Daughter"
"Gossip Girl"
"Green Lantern"
"Green Lantern: The Animated Series"
"Gremlins"
"Gremlins 2: The New Batch"
"The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy"
"Happily N'Ever After"
"Happily N'Ever After 2: Snow White"
"Happy-Go-Lucky"
"He Said She Said"
"Heaven Help Us"
"The Infamous Future"
"Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back"
"The Jellies"
"Justice League Dark: Apokolips War"
"Kong: Skull Island"
"Little Con Lil"
"Loiter Squad"
"Ma"
"Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior"
"Mad Max: Fury Road"
"Magic Mike"
"Mao Mao, Heroes of Pure Heart"
"March of the Penguins"
"Margaret"
"Miracle On 34th Street"
"Miss Firecracker"
"Mulholland Dr."
"Mystic River"
"Nitro Circus: The Movie 3D"
"No Country for Old Men"
"The Notebook"
"Ocean's 8"
"Ocean's Eleven"
"Ocean's Thirteen"
"Ocean's Twelve"
"Pee-wee's Big Adventure"
"Piter"
"The Producers"
"Pulp Fiction"
"Purple Rain"
"Ready Player One"
"Revenge Of The Nerds"
"Revenge Of The Nerds II: Nerds In Paradise"
"Revenge Of The Nerds IV: Nerds In Love"
"Rollerball"
"Se7en"
"Shallow Hal"
"Snowpiercer," Season 1
"A Star is Born"
"Superman: Doomsday"
"Superman: Man of Tomorrow"
"Superman Returns"
"Swimfan"
"This Is Spinal Tap"
"The Three Stooges"
"TMNT"
"Tom Goes to the Mayor"
"The Trouble With Spies"
"Underclassman"
"V for Vendetta"
"Van Wilder: Freshman Year"
"Walk Of Shame"
"Warrior, Seasons 1 & 2"
"Willard"
"Worth Winning"
"You Can Count On Me"

Jan. 2
"The High Note" 

Jan. 4
"30 Coins" 

Jan. 8
"Patriot's Day"
"Scream"
"Squish"

Jan. 9
"The Alienist: Angel of Darkness," Season 2
"Ben 10"
"The King of Staten Island"

Jan. 10
"Miracle Workers," Season 2
"Tiger"

Jan. 12
"Against the Wild"
"Against the Wild 2: Survive the Serengeti"
"Alpha and Omega 5: Family Vacation"
"Alpha and Omega 6: Dino Digs"
"Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World"
"Blue Valentine"
"Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2"
"Earth Girls Are Easy"
"An Elephant's Journey"
"The Escape Artist"
"Get Carter"
"Hecho En Mexico"
"Hellboy: Blood and Iron"
"Hellboy: Sword of Storms"
"Hellboy: The Dark Below"
"Jennifer Lopez: Dance Again"
"The Killing of a Chinese Bookie"
"The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness"
"La Mujer de Mi Hermano"
"Leapfrog Letter Factory Adventures: Amazing Word Explorers"
"Leapfrog Letter Factory Adventures: Counting on Lemonade"
"Leapfrog Letter Factory Adventures: The Letter Machine Rescue Team"
"Leapfrog: Numberland"
"Lost and Delirious"
"Love and Sex"
"Lovely & Amazing"
"The Man Who Would Be King"
"Meatballs"
"The Men Who Stare at Goats"
"A Mermaid's Tale"
"Mistress"
"Mother's Day"
"Mud"
"Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki"
"Night is Short, Walk on Girl"
"No Eres Tu Soy Yo"
"Norm of the North: King Sized Adventure"
"Ollie & Moon"
"Other Parents"
"Pinocchio"
"Promare"
"Reservoir Dogs"
"Ride Your Wave""Righteous Kill"
"Sprung"
"The Spy Next Door"
"Tender Mercies"
"Thanks for Sharing"
"Turtle Tale"
"The Visitor"
"Vixen"

Jan. 14
"Search Party," Season 4 Premiere

 Jan. 15
"Stephen King's It"
"One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"
"Poltergeist"
"Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World"
"Real Time With Bill Maher," Season 19 Premiere 
"Roots"
"Si Yo Fuera Rico"
"The Wayans Bros"

 Jan. 16
"Eve"
"Kill Bill: Vol. 1"
"Kill Bill: Vol. 2"

Jan. 19
"Everwood"

 Jan. 20
"At Home with Amy Sedaris"
"C.B. Strike"
"C.B. Strike: Lethal White"

Jan. 21
"Gomorrah"
"Looney Tunes Cartoons," Season 1

Jan. 22
"The New Adventures of Old Christine"
"Painting With John"

Jan. 23
"Don't Let Go"
"Person of Interest"

Jan. 24
"Euphoria Special Episode Part 2: F*ck Anyone Who's Not a Sea Blob"

Jan. 26
"Babylon 5"
"Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel" 

Jan. 29
"¡Animo Juventud!"
"The Little Things"
"What I Like About You" 

Jan. 30
"The Mummy"
"The Mummy Returns"
"Pushing Daisies"
"The Scorpion King"

 Jan. 31
"Axios," Season 4 

 


Ashlie D. Stevens

Ashlie D. Stevens is a staff writer at Salon, specializing in culture and food.

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