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New Arrivals for HBO Max January 2023

by Andrew J. Salazar
Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey star as Joel and Ellie on the official poster for THE LAST OF US series coming to HBO Max in January 2023.

January 2023 is an exciting time for HBO Max subscribers. One of the most anticipated show premieres of the month comes in the form of HBO’s The Last of Us. Any adaptation of Naughty Dog’s award-winning video game title of the same name was always destined to make waves, but the inspired casting of Pedro Pascal as lead character Joel Miller took the levels of excitement to a whole other level. The casting of Game of Thrones breakout Bella Ramsey as Ellie is very commendable as well, further cementing the notion that this HBO series is looking to shape its own place in this video game franchise’s legacy. More HBO Max originals premiering in January 2023 include the adult-oriented animated Scooby-Doo spin-off Velma and Jason Momoa’s rock climbing competition show aptly titled The Climb.

HBO Max subscribers are being treated to a slew of must-see films in January 2023. Those who missed out on the dark comedy-horror delights of The Menu last year are now able to enjoy the film from home. Led by Anya-Taylor Joy, Ralph Fiennes, and Nicholas Hoult, The Menu was arguably a bit overlooked in 2022 but is more than worthy enough for a watch, especially for horror fans. Speaking of horror, Insidious: Chapter 2, The Nun, and The Cabin in the Woods are all back on HBO Max in January 2023. In the mood for some raunchy 80s double features? The first two Ghostbusters and Teen Wolf films are also available to stream. Finally, those who can’t wait for John Wick: Chapter 4 this year will be happy to know that the previous 3 films are now on HBO Max too.

Finally, we have to mention that the third and final season of DC’s Stargirl is coming to HBO Max after having already completely aired on The CW. Read on to discover more about our monthly recs and check out the list of everything coming to and leaving HBO Max in January 2023. You can also find what’s new and about to expire from Netflix and Disney+ right here on DiscussingFilm.

Our Recs:

The Menu

THE MENU | Official Trailer | Searchlight Pictures

The Menu is the latest from Mark Mylod, best known for directing the HBO hit Succession. Extreme foodie Tyler (Nicholas Hoult) and his unsuspecting guest Margot (Anya Taylor-Joy) attend a super-exclusive restaurant called Hawthorne on a coastal island run by the celebrity Chef Slowik (Ralph Fiennes), who has prepared a molecular gastronomy menu to die for. The guests lucky enough to receive a private invitation to Hawthorne range from wannabe hot-shots to insecure actors to esteemed food critics. All is well until Chef Slowik realizes that Margot does not belong on his guest list, ruining Hawthorne’s true and sinister plans which are best left unspoiled.

The ensemble cast of The Menu elevates its satirical horror to new heights. Hong Chau, John Leguizamo, and more all get their time to shine, making this a cinematic culinary treat unlike any other from 2022. Looking to still catch up on some of last year’s most distinct films? Then the arrival of The Menu on HBO Max should not go unnoticed. If that’s not enough of a sell, Anya Taylor-Joy and Ralph Fiennes going head-to-head in a potent dark comedy should be enough to keep people glued to their seats. But don’t count out Nicholas Hoult’s hilariously disturbing turnout.

The Menu lands on HBO Max January 3, 2023!


Velma | Official Teaser | HBO Max

An adult-oriented origin story for Velma Dinkley set before the official formation of Mystery Inc., Velma is aiming to satisfy a very peculiar itch for Scooby Doo fans. Produced by Mindy Kailing, who also voices Velma herself, the series is actually the first project in the lengthy franchise to not feature Scooby Doo at all, due to the more risqué tone of the story. Audiences will follow a fresh interpretation of Velma’s early days getting to know Fred Jones (Glenn Howerton), Daphne Blake (Constance Wu), and Norville Rogers aka Shaggy (Sam Richardson).

The show is best described as a “love quadrangle” between the four, as Velma might initially be interested in Fred who’s obviously interested in Daphne while Shaggy has a long-time crush on Velma. The animated spin-off will eventually form the characters that everybody has come to know and love, which means that Velma’s queerness could be more explicitly explored for an adult comedy. The character recently made headlines as she was confirmed to be a lesbian in the 2022 animated film, Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo! So if Velma’s queerness is already been touched upon in children’s animation, then it’s a safe bet that Velma on HBO Max has future plans to do so as well.

Velma premieres on HBO Max January 12, 2023!

The Last of Us

The Last of Us | Official Trailer | HBO Max

The Last of Us is coming in with loads of pressure on its shoulders. Aside from being one of the most celebrated modern video game titles, this adaptation comes in the form of a long-form series instead of a film – meaning that there’s more time to flesh out the story’s complex characters and serve them justice. Still, HBO’s The Last of Us is hoping to set its own path apart from the Naughty Dog video game franchise instead of just being a straightforward retelling. Naughty Dog co-president Neil Druckman, who played an influential role in the making of both games, co-wrote all nine episodes of this first season with Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin and has confirmed that there have been some adjustments made for television. As a bonus, original game composer Gustavo Santaolalla returned to write the score for the show.

Joining Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey as main duo Joel and Ellie is a jam-packed supporting cast who are all bringing recognizable names from the first game to life. This list features Gabriel Luna as Tommy, Anna Torv as Tess, Nick Offerman as Bill, Melanie Lynskey as Kathleen, and Storm Reid as Riley. HBO’s The Last of Us is only the second project to come from PlayStation Productions, which was launched by Sony in 2019 to purely focus on high-scale video game adaptations. Playstation Productions previously oversaw the development of Ruben Fleischer’s Uncharted starring Tom Holland and is currently in the middle of creating a Twisted Metal and God of War series. Their next release after The Last of Us will be Gran Turismo directed by Neil Blomkamp in August 2023.

The Last of Us kicks off on HBO Max January 15, 2023!

HBO Max Arrivals for January 2023

Coming January 1

20 Feet From Stardom, 2013 (HBO)
American Hustle, 2013
American Ultra, 2015 (HBO)
At Middleton, 2013 (HBO)
Back to School, 1986 (HBO)
Batman and Superman: Battle of the Super Sons, 2022
Black Butterfly, 2017 (HBO)
Captain Phillips, 2013 (HBO)
Catch a Fire, 2006 (HBO)
Child’s Play, 2019 (HBO)
Cold Pursuit, 2019 (HBO)
Cops and Robbersons, 1994 (HBO)
Coup de torchon, 1981
Crocodile Dundee, 1986 (HBO)
Crocodile Dundee II, 1988 (HBO)
Crocodile Dundee In Los Angeles, 2001 (HBO)
Cruising, 1980 (HBO)
Death Warrant, 1990 (HBO)
Dim Sum Funeral, 2008 (HBO)
Dom Hemingway, 2013 (HBO)
Every Secret Thing, 2014 (HBO)
Extortion, 2017 (HBO)
Fool’s Gold, 2008 (HBO)
Flashpoint, 2007 (HBO)
From Here to Eternity, 1953
Gemini, 2017 (HBO)
Geronimo: An American Legend, 1993
Ghostbusters, 1984
Ghostbusters II, 1989
Hereditary, 2018 (HBO)
Hoodlum, 1997 (HBO)
Insidious: Chapter 2, 2013
Jennifer Eight, 1992 (HBO)
John Wick, 2014
John Wick: Chapter 2, 2017
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, 2019
Jumping the Broom, 2011
Jury Duty, 1995 (HBO)
Kill The Irishman, 2011 (HBO)
Kusama: Infinity, 2018 (HBO)
Law Abiding Citizen, 2009 (HBO)
Lawrence of Arabia, 1962
Line of Duty, 2019 (HBO)
Marley & Me, 2008 (HBO)
Matilda, 1996
Nine, 2009 (HBO)
Oasis: Supersonic, 2016 (HBO)
Our Idiot Brother, 2011
Piranha 3D, 2010 (HBO)
Piranha 3DD, 2012 (HBO)
Planet 51, 2009
Precious Cargo, 2016 (HBO)
Quartet, 2012 (HBO)
Regression, 2015 (HBO)
Rememory, 2017 (HBO)
Sarah’s Key, 2010 (HBO)
Skate Kitchen, 2018 (HBO)
Stephen King’s Graveyard Shift, 1990 (HBO)
Stephen King’s Silver Bullet, 1985 (HBO)
Support the Girls, 2018 (HBO)
Teen Wolf, 1985 (HBO)
Teen Wolf Too, 1987 (HBO)
The Artist, 2011 (HBO)
The Book of Life, 2014 (HBO)
The Brink, 2019 (HBO)
The Cabin in the Woods, 2012 (HBO)
The Company Men, 2010 (HBO)
The Cookout, 2004
The Crying Game, 1992 (HBO)
The Guilty, 2021 (HBO)
The Haunting, 1999 (HBO)
The Homesman, 2014 (HBO)
The Hunter, 2011 (HBO)
The Iron Lady, 2011 (HBO)
The Last Face, 2016 (HBO)
The Lobster, 2015 (HBO)
The Master, 2012 (HBO)
The Perfect Score, 2004 (HBO)
The Promise, 2016 (HBO)
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, 1974 (HBO)
The Unborn, 2009 (HBO)
The Whole Ten Yards, 2004 (HBO)
This Boy’s Life, 1993 (HBO)
This One’s For The Ladies, 2018 (HBO)
Urge, 2016 (HBO)
USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage, 2016 (HBO)
Vendetta, 2022 (HBO)
When We Were Kings, 1996
White Chicks, 2004 (HBO)
Wild Rose, 2018 (HBO)
Woman at War, 2018 (HBO)
Zero Dark Thirty, 2012

Coming January 3

The Menu, 2022

Coming January 6

DC’s Stargirl, Season 3
The Nun, 2018 (HBO)
Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace?, Season 2

Coming January 8

We Baby Bears, Season 1F

Coming January 10

Horrible Bosses 2, 2014 (HBO)

Coming January 11

In with the Old, Season 3

Coming January 12

Blended, 2014 (HBO)
The Climb, Max Original Series Premiere
Velma, Max Original Series Premiere

Coming January 13

The Big Soirée (El Gran Sarao), Max Original Premiere
I Don’t Like Driving w/t (No Me Gusta Conducir), Max Original Premiere

Coming January 15

The Last of Us, Series Premiere (HBO)

Coming January 17

Sesame Street Mecha Builders, Season 1E
USWNT @ New Zealand #1, Live Sports

Coming January 20

Game Theory with Bomani Jones, Season 2 Premiere (HBO)
Real Time with Bill Maher, Season 21 Premiere (HBO)
The Cabin Chronicles, Season 3
USWNT @ New Zealand #2, Live Sports

Coming January 23

YOLO: Silver Destiny, Season 2

Coming January 25

USMNT vs Serbia, Live Sports

Leaving HBO Max in January 2023

HBO Max subscribers have a lot to add to their last-chance watch lists in January 2023. To start off, the HBO Max Conjuring Universe collection will be losing The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It in the latter half of the month. Last year’s In the Heights musical adaptation is set to leave soon after. Continuing on with more Warner Bros. films departing this streaming service, Harry Potter fans have until the end of January to stream both Fantastic Beasts films.

A handful of beloved animated DC shows are sadly saying goodbye; Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Justice League, and Justice League Unlimited. Other nostalgic titles set to expire range from the original Jurassic Park trilogy to The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl. Of course, it has to be said that even though they just got added this month, the John Wick trilogy is ironically making its way out of the platform at the end of the month too. Check out the list of everything leaving HBO Max in January 2023 below.

Leaving January 3

Bachelor in Paradise, Seasons 4-6
Bachelor Pad, Season 1
The Bachelor Winter Games
The Bachelor, Season 21
The Bachelor, Season 24
The Bachelor, Season 25
The Bachelorette, Season 11
The Bachelorette, Season 14
The Bachelorette, Season 15
The Bachelorette, Season 16

Leaving January 6

Christmas Eve on Sesame Street
Elmo Saves Christmas
Once Upon a Sesame Street Christmas
A Sesame Street Christmas Carol

Leaving January 19


Leaving January 20

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

Leaving January 21


Leaving January 23

Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007)

Leaving January 25

Babylon 5
What I Like About You

Leaving January 27

In the Heights
The Hangover Part III

Leaving January 28

Person of Interest

Leaving January 31

12 Years A Slave
Amityville 3-D
Amityville II: The Possession
Aquaman (1967)
At Close Range
At First Sight
Batman: The Brave and the Bold
Biker Boyz
Borg vs. Mcenroe
Care Bears: Unlock the Magic
The Champ
Chocolate City
Chopped: Holiday
Chopped: Thanksgiving
Code of Silence
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
Fools Rush In
Gang Related
Good Deeds
Head of the Class (1986)
Holiday Baking Championship season 7
Holiday Baking Championship season 8
Hyde Park on the Hudson
I, Robot
Jeff, Who Lives At Home
John Wick
John Wick: Chapter 2
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum
Jurassic Park
Jurassic Park III
Justice League
Justice League Unlimited
Kick-Ass 2
Le Divorce
Life of Pi
Little Men
Much Ado About Nothing (1993)
The New Adventures of Old Christine
The Next Karate Kid
Riddick, 2013 (Director’s Cut)
Rules of Engagement
Running Scared
School Ties
Soul Food
Source Code
Suite Francaise
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl
The Book Thief
The Care Bears Movie
The Con is On
The Core
The Dead Zone
The Help
The Lost World: Jurassic Park
The Next Three Days
The One I Love
The Possession, 2012 (Extended Version)
The Untouchables
Two Can Play That Game
West Side Story (1961)
Zero Dark Thirty

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