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Netflix in January: Here are the best new family movies and shows to stream

"The Incredibles 2," "Ant-Man and the Wasp," four "Indiana Jones" movies and "The Mummy" are among the new January movies for kids and families.

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Sonja Haller, USA TODAY Published 11:00 a.m. ET Jan. 1, 2019
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Indiana Jones, Kimmy Schmidt and Marie Kondo will be on Netflix next month. USA TODAY

Netflix's New Year's resolution for 2019 must have been — more.

In January, the streaming giant offers more variety for kids and families.

Movies such as "Ant-Man and the Wasp," and "The Incredibles 2" are ideal for family movie night.

All four "Indiana Jones" movies roll out in January, as does "The Dark Knight". Both are perfect for older kids.

Animated shows also are part of the mix, including "Happy Feet," "Hotel Transylvania 3" and a new series about a chipper hot dog called "Pinky Malinky."

Here's a look at the best family programming for January. (See the full listing of January Netflix offerings here, including what parents will want to watch when the kids are in bed.)

Heidi Klum (mom of four: Leni, Henry, Johan and Lou (above)): “I’m not someone who [lives] like, ‘OK, this is a museum and you can’t sit here and you can’t touch this and everything has to be put in its place - [the kids] live here as much as we do. You come into our house and a giant elephant and lion are welcoming you. We have toys and things everywhere.”

Jan. 1

A Series of Unfortunate Events (Season 3)

The Baudelaires WILL solve the mysteries of the VFD in the series' final act amid Count Olaf's constant pursuit. Rated: TV-PG ,

Across the Universe

Songs by the Beatles serve as the backdrop for this romance aboard a ship during the Vietnam war between a rich American girl and a working-class British boy. Rated: PG-13 ,

Happy Feet

Every Penguin needs a "heart song" to attract a mate. Poor Mumble doesn't sing, but he can tap dance like nobody's business. Rated: PG ,

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Dr. Henry "Indiana" Jones, Jr. (Harrison Ford) and Mutt (Shia LaBeouf) go in search of a powerful artifact. The Soviets are looking for the Crystal Skull, too, hoping it can help them rule the world. Rated: PG-13 ,

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Indiana Jones must rescue his father who went missing while searching for the Holy Grail. Rated: PG-13 ,

Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

Indiana Jones battles a group of Nazis looking for the Ark of the Covenant. The 1981 movie is the first in the "Indiana Jones" film franchise. Rated: PG ,

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

Indiana Jones searches for a magical stone in India. What he finds are human sacrifices, a secret cult and ancient evil. Rated: PG ,

Separate your needs from those of your children. They can’t live your dreams.

It Takes Two

Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen star in this story of a rich girl and an orphan who accidentally meet and switch identities to make their loved ones fall in love with each other. Rated: PG ,

The Addams Family

Con artists, one claiming to be the beloved and long-lost Uncle Fester, try to swindle the fortune from the eccentric Addams family. Rated: PG-13 ,

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

The son of a Nazi commandant befriends a boy his same age on the other side of the concentration camp fence. The forbidden friendship makes for some unforeseen consequences. Rated: PG-13 ,

The Dark Knight

The Joker (Heath Ledger) and his vile antics make Batman (Christian Bale) walk a fine line between being a hero and a vigilante. Rated: PG-13 ,

The Mummy

A 3,000-year-old Egyptian priest is accidentally awakened, unleashing plagues before going in search of his true love. Rated: PG-13 ,

The Mummy Returns

The Mummy is awakened once again and he seeks immortality, but this time something far more evil also has been unleashed. Rated: PG-13 ,

Pinky Malinky (Netflix original series)

Pinky was born a hot dog and that helps him take a big bite out of life. Always optimistic, he's got his best friends to keep him company. Rated: Unavailable ,

Jan. 2

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

In this comedy, King Arthur and his Knights set out to find the Holy Grail, encountering one silly challenge after another. Rated: PG ,

Let them read what they want. Kids who read for pleasure excel academically—not only in language arts but, as recent research from the Institute of Education, in London, found, in math as well. So while you wish he would pick up Dickens, don't make him feel bad about a graphic novel. "A 'junky' series can be good if it gets kids hooked on the habit of reading," says Mary Leonhardt, a former high school English teacher and the author of Parents Who Love Reading, Kids Who Don't.

Jan. 9

Solo: A Star Wars Story

Years before he joins the Rebellion, young Hans Solo meets his faithful co-pilot Chewbacca and Lando Calrissian, the first owner of the Millennium Falcon. Rated: PG-13 ,

Jan. 18

Carmen Sandiego

This super thief uses her powers for good, foiling the plots of others' evil plans with her trusty sidekicks. Rated: unavailable.

Trolls: The Beat Goes On! (Season 5)

In season 5, the trolls get to ride in a submarine, journey in a Fountain of Glitter, get lost in wormholes and play in snow. Rated: TV-Y7.

Jan. 24

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation

Drac and all the monsters vacation on a cruise ship. But things turn scary when Drac falls for the captain, who harbors a dangerous secret. Rated: PG ,

Jan. 29

Marvel'sAnt-Man and The Wasp

Scott Lang deals with the consequences of his choices as a superhero and father while confronting a powerful new enemy as Ant-Man along side the Wasp. Rated: PG-13 ,

Jan. 30

Disney Pixar's The Incredibles 2

Mr. Incredible finds he must stay home and manage the house with Violet, Dash and Jack-Jack, while Elastigirl tries to save the world. Rated: PG ,

Don’t be too critical towards your child’s exploration of the Internet. Children may come across adult material by accident on the web. Also, a child may intentionally search for such websites; remember that it is natural for children to be curious about off-limits material. Try to use this as an opening to discuss the content with them, and perhaps make rules for this kind of activity. Be realistic in your assessment of how your child uses the internet.

Last call for...

Leaving Jan. 1

Beethoven's Christmas Adventure

Finding Neverland

Journey to the Center of the Earth

Kung Fu Panda

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

Monsters vs. Aliens

The Iron Giant

The Princess Diaries

Leaving Jan. 4

Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World

Leaving Jan. 18

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Leaving Jan. 19

Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring

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