If you're looking for some inexpensive entertainment, Netflix's movie streaming service is a great place to start. All you need is at least a one-out-at-a-time Netflix subscription and a Netflix Watch Now Playback device or compatible browser. Each Friday, I'll be highlighting a selection of newly added Netflix Watch-Now titles you can check out - I'll try to screen out the worst of the bunch & just leave the better quality ones or at minimum some of the "broader appeal" titles.
(Disclaimer: Not all of these will appeal to everyone - of course)
TV reporter Rob Salinger (Dudley Moore) is so lucky he's about to become a father ... to babies born to two different women. With his marriage to lawyer Micki (Ann Reinking) unraveling due to their hectic careers, Rob starts up a dalliance with Maude (Amy Irving), a cellist. When Maude announces she's pregnant, Rob decides to divorce Micki; but when she returns from a trip and says she, too, is expecting, he tries to juggle both relationships.
A mischievous French schoolgirl named Madeline (Hatty Jones) tries to save her boarding school from the real estate market, but finds it difficult to convince the building's owner (Nigel Hawthorne) not to sell. A straight-laced schoolmistress (Frances McDormand) tries her best to keep Madeline -- who uses her smarts to discourage prospective buyers -- out of trouble. Based on the popular children's books by Ludwig Bemelmans.
When acerbic, reclusive and obsessive-compulsive author Melvin Udall (Jack Nicholson) lets stressed-out single mom and waitress Carol Connelly (Helen Hunt) and gay neighbor Simon Bishop (Greg Kinnear) and his dog into his life, profound changes await them all in this touching dramedy. Nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Screenplay, the film won Oscars for Nicholson's and Hunt's heartfelt performances.
When his brother is killed in an accident, cold-blooded gun for hire Jack Carter (Sylvester Stallone) returns home to make peace with his past. But when evidence of foul play surfaces, Carter's mission becomes one of retribution rather than redemption. Miranda Richardson, Rachel Leigh Cook, Mickey Rourke and Michael Caine (who starred in the original production) lead the supporting cast in this remake of the classic 1971 crime thriller.
A Farewell to Arms
Adapted from Ernest Hemingway's World War I novel, this drama centers on American soldier Lt. Frederick Henry (Rock Hudson). While serving in the Italian Army, Henry has an affair with nurse Catherine Barkley (Jennifer Jones), and she becomes pregnant. The two lose touch, and Catherine is certain Henry's moved on to greener pastures. But he manages to track her down in Switzerland and arrives at her hospital bedside to find her clinging to life.
The Drowning Pool
Private eye Lew Harper is called away from his Southern California haunt to the Louisiana bayous on what he thinks is a standard blackmail case. He arrives to find it involves an old flame (Joanne Woodward) and her sex-crazed daughter (Melanie Griffith). Suddenly, things are not as they first appeared. Paul Newman reprises his role from Harper as a "new kind" of private detective, a character taken from Ross Macdonald's hard-boiled crime novels.
Pride and Prejudice
With Laurence Olivier playing the smoldering Mr. Darcy and Greer Garson portraying the strong-willed eldest Bennet daughter intent on landing him, the sparks fly in this lively adaptation of Jane Austen's classic novel. Maureen O'Sullivan, Ann Rutherford, Heather Angel and Marsha Hunt play the other four Bennet sisters -- all of whom their status-conscious mother (Mary Boland) is eager to marry off in this Oscar-winning comedy.
After learning that his brother has died under mysterious circumstances, London gangster Jack Carter (Michael Caine) heads to his hometown of Newcastle, England, in search of revenge. Once there, Carter tangles with the local mob boss, a porn star and various other colorful local characters. Directed by Mike Hodges (Croupier, Flash Gordon), this classic action-thriller depicts a grim and brutal world.
Straight from the creators of the groundbreaking Matrix trilogy, this collection of short animated films from the world's leading anime directors fuses computer graphics and Japanese anime to provide the background of the Matrix universe and the conflict between man and machines. The shorts include Final Flight of the Osiris, The Second Renaissance, Kid's Story, Program, World Record, Beyond, A Detective Story and Matriculated.
With Fred playing a psychoanalyst and Ginger as his besotted patient, this Astaire-Rogers vehicle is as much screwball comedy as it is musical. When patient falls in love with doctor, that doctor -- who's best friends with said patient's fiancé -- hypnotizes the patient to convince her otherwise. Much silliness and a smattering of dance numbers ensue (including one set to Irving Berlin's Oscar-nominated "Change Partners and Dance with Me").
The Magnificent Seven
Fed up with being brutalized and impoverished because of outlaw raids led by a merciless brigand (Eli Wallach), the besieged citizens of a small Mexican town hire seven American gunslingers to stave off the marauders once and for all. Badass Yul Brynner heads the band of mercenaries, which includes Hollywood luminaries Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn and Robert Vaughn. Elmer Bernstein penned the film's unforgettable score.
Jewel thief Miles Logan (Martin Lawrence) returns to his hiding place after a jail stint -- only to find that his booty is buried under a newly constructed Los Angeles police station. Posing as a cop in order to get the loot, Logan is assigned a rookie partner (Luke Wilson, a perfect foil for Lawrence's comic antics) who could be a huge liability. Director Les Mayfield serves up this fresh, fast-paced twist on the buddy-cop formula.
Gong Li delivers a superbly nuanced performance as the titular heroine in director Yimou Zhang's droll take on the absurdities of bureaucratic impotency. Set in a remote Chinese province, the film follows pregnant peasant Qui Ju on her resolute quest for justice after the village elder kicks her husband in the family jewels. Merely seeking an apology from the stubborn chief, Qui Ju soon gets caught in the cogs of an exasperating legal system.
Wally (Richard Pryor) is blind; Dave (Gene Wilder) is deaf. When a man is murdered outside the newsstand where they work, the police collar these two unlikely buddies as the main suspects. Wally and Dave are sprung from jail by Kirgo (Kevin Spacey) and Eve (Joan Severance), two criminals posing as lawyers who certainly have something other than their clients' best interests in mind. Arthur Hiller directs this lighthearted comedy.
Molly Ringwald heads the cast as Darcy Elliot, an ambitious teen with big plans for college and a career in journalism -- until she ends up pregnant in this modern morality tale from director John G. Avildsen. Opting to keep the baby, Darcy and her boyfriend (Randall Batinkoff) marry, but will a host of pressures -- including school, parenthood and a stack of bills -- break up the young family? Miriam Flynn plays Darcy's intrusive mother.
A Few Good Men
When cocky military lawyer Lt. Daniel Kaffee (Tom Cruise) and his co-counsel, Lt. Cmdr. JoAnne Galloway (Demi Moore), are assigned to a murder case, they uncover a hazing ritual that could implicate high-ranking officials such as shady Col. Nathan R. Jessep (Jack Nicholson). Director Rob Reiner's probing drama earned four Oscar nominations, and Nicholson's line, "You want the truth? You can't handle the truth!" became a '90s catchphrase.
Internationally acclaimed director Luc Besson delivers the action-packed story of Nikita (Anne Parillaud), a ruthless street junkie whose killer instincts could make her the perfect weapon. Recruited against her will into a secret government organization, Nikita is broken and transformed into a sexy, sophisticated "lethal weapon." Later remade in the United States as Point of No Return, starring Bridget Fonda.
Director Robert Redford narrates this nostalgically American true story of two Montana brothers whose fly-fishing symbolizes their lives. The older brother (Craig Sheffer) makes plans and works hard, while the younger (Brad Pitt) does as he pleases and follows his gut; both struggle to live up to their father's high standards in fishing and morals. This character drama clinched an Oscar for Best Cinematography and two other Academy nominations.
From Here to Eternity
The date which lives in infamy lives on in this gripping adaptation of James Jones' novel about Army life in Hawaii in the idyllic days just before December 7, 1941. Eight Oscars include Best Picture, Screenplay, Supporting Actress (Donna Reed) and Supporting Actor (Frank Sinatra). Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr rolling around in the waves and sand ranks as one of the hottest love scenes in screen history.
Racial tensions flare in this gripping drama set in Louisiana at the end of World War II. When Army attorney Capt. Davenport (Howard E. Rollins Jr.) is sent to Fort Neal to investigate the murder of a black sergeant, he faces a mystery much more complex than he'd imagined. Also starring Adolph Caesar and directed by Norman Jewison from Charles Fuller's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, the film was nominated for three Academy Awards.
When guidance counselor Sam Lombardo (Matt Dillon) rejects the advances of teen-socialite Kelly Van Ryan (Denise Richards), she accuses him of rape. In short order Sam's suspended by the school, rejected by the country club, and fighting to get his life back. Bill Murray plays an unscrupulous lawyer; Theresa Russell plays Kelly's mom; and Neve Campbell is perfect as a disturbed teen in a tale that leaves viewers guessing until the bitter end.
Looking to net a cool million by pinching some biological research vials from a lab, Adam McMullen (Matthew Broderick) recruits his grandfather, Jessie (Sean Connery) -- an unabashed lifelong criminal -- to help with the high-stakes heist. Meanwhile, Adam's father (Dustin Hoffman), once a chip off the old block, wants no part of the scheme but soon finds himself pulled back into Jessie's world to keep an eye on Adam in this comic caper.
I Still Know What You Did Last Summer
The fisherman with a hook is back in director Danny Cannon's chilling sequel. Unfinished business with coed Julie James (Jennifer Love Hewitt) brings the murderer to the Bahamas to terrorize her and her friends, Karla (Brandy Norwood), Tyrell (Mekhi Phifer) and Will (Matthew Settle), during a vacation. Can Ray Bronson (Freddie Prinze Jr.), who survived a bloody attack alongside Julie two summers ago, get to the island in time to save everyone?
Someone to Watch Over Me
In this brooding thriller directed by Ridley Scott, the life of wealthy socialite Claire Gregory (Mimi Rogers) becomes endangered after she witnesses a mob murder. Happily married New York City cop Mike Keegan (Tom Berenger) is assigned to protect Claire and takes up residence in her home while she waits to testify. When a romance develops between the mismatched pair, Mike's marriage to Ellie (Lorraine Bracco) is threatened.
Pork Chop Hill
Based on an ex-soldier's eyewitness essays, this epic film harshly and realistically depicts one of the Korean conflict's bloodiest and most famous battles. With peace negotiations being conducted nearby, Lt. Joe Clemons (Gregory Peck) and his men must take Pork Chop Hill to illustrate America's resolve. The topnotch cast includes Robert Blake, Rip Torn, Martin Landau, George Peppard, Gavin MacLeod and Harry Dean Stanton.
Theater director Lloyd Fellowes (Michael Caine) is told he must bring a British hit play to the American stage with a cast including a feature actor (John Ritter), a washed-up star (Carol Burnett), a vacant leading man (Christopher Reeve), a blond bombshell (Nicollette Sheridan) and a besotted character actor (Denholm Elliott). It seems like a smash hit … until the backstage drama threatens to eclipse what's happening in front of the curtain.
Get ready for some big laughs: America's favorite portly professor, Sherman Klump (Eddie Murphy), is back … and getting married to teaching colleague Denise Gaines (Janet Jackson). Unfortunately, destructive doppelganger Buddy Love is back, too. And he's after a revolutionary youth serum the professor has squirreled away in the family home, guarded by the entire Klump clan. Question is, has Buddy met his match?
When Boris (Jason Alexander), Natasha (Rene Russo) and Fearless Leader (Robert De Niro) take over numerous television networks with the goal of hypnotizing American viewers, young FBI investigator Karen Sympathy (Piper Perabo) tries to stop them with the help of sharp-tongued Rocky and dim-witted Bullwinkle. John Goodman, Carl Reiner, Randy Quaid, David Alan Grier, Janeane Garofalo and Billy Crystal co-star in this mixed live action-animated comedy.
In 1939, the love of Daniel's (Mel Gibson) life, Helen (Isabel Glasser), falls comatose after an accident. Grief-stricken, he agrees to be frozen alive in scientist Harry's (George Wendt) cryogenics experiment in the hopes that when he's thawed, Helen will be recovered. Some 50 years later, two kids revive Daniel, leaving him to cope with society's developments -- and having to find Harry and Helen. Jamie Lee Curtis co-stars.
When a freighter is viciously attacked in the Pacific Ocean, a team of experts -- including biologist Niko Tatopoulos (Matthew Broderick) and scientists Elsie Chapman (Vicki Lewis) and Mendel Craven (Malcolm Danare) -- concludes that an oversized reptile is the culprit. Before long, the giant lizard is loose in Manhattan, destroying everything within its reach. The team chases the monster to Madison Square Garden, where a brutal battle ensues.
Other New Netflix Streaming Movies for this week:
- The Three Stooges in Orbit
- Godzilla vs. Destroyah / Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla Double Feature
- Dream for an Insomniac
- Silent Rage
- SLC Punk
- The 7th Voyage of Sinbad
- On the Waterfront
- Thomas & Friends: It's Great to be an Engine
- Bob the Builder: Lofty's Favorite Adventures
- Mary Reilly
- Thomas & Friends: Calling All Engines
- Never Talk to Strangers
- California Split
- Knock Off
- Bob the Builder: Dizzy's Favorite Adventures
- Striking Distance
- Look Who's Talking Now
- The Care Bears Movie II: A New Generation
- Rick & Steve: Season 1
- The Color of Paradise
- A Good Day to Be Black & Sexy
- Exes and Ohs: Season 1
- The Dish
- As Young As You Feel
- The Greatest Story Ever Told
- Batman vs. Dracula
- The Barkleys of Broadway
- Tom and Jerry: Shiver Me Whiskers
- The Sunshine Boys
- Francis of Assisi
- American Movie
- All This, and Heaven Too
- Lassie Come Home
- Blood and Sand
- Batman & Mr. Freeze: Subzero
- Dot the I
- Grand Prix
- Police Academy 6: City Under Siege
- Police Academy 5: Assignment - Miami Beach
- Spice World
- Anna Karenina
- Anna and the King of Siam
- After the Thin Man
- A Bridge Too Far
- Alien Autopsy (Fact or Fiction?)
- Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: 1932 & 1941
- Fear Dot Com
- Before Sunset
- The Bugs Bunny Road Runner Movie
- How Green Was My Valley
- Follow the Fleet
- Kull the Conqueror
- Moving Violation
- Loose Cannons
- Blue Collar
- Talk of Angels
- The Three Stooges Meet Hercules
- When in Rome
- The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning
- Can't Hardly Wait
- The Comedians
- Le Cercle Rouge
- Hanky Panky
- Barney: Let's Pretend with Barney
- Shanghai Triad
- Henry Fool
- Bob the Builder: Scoop's Favorite Adventures
- The Gerson Miracle
- A Moment in History: The Inauguration of Barack Obama
- Barney: Let's Go to the Farm
- Angelina Ballerina: The Lucky Penny
- Angelina Ballerina: Friends Forever
- Gas Food Lodging
- Dr. Strangelove
- The Missionary
- Thomas & Friends: Come Ride the Rails
- Thomas & Friends: Track Stars
- Thomas & Friends: Songs from the Station
- Bob the Builder: Dig, Lift, Haul
- Rick & Steve: Season 2
- Angelina Ballerina: Lights, Camera, Action!
- The Wiggles: You Make Me Feel Like Dancing
- Rebirth of Mothra / Rebirth of Mothra 2
- Bob the Builder: Roley's Favorite Adventures
- Barney: Movin' and Groovin' with Barney
- Kipper: Imagine That
- The Saint of Fort Washington
- Air Rage
- Fast Forward
- To Die For
- The Fearless Four
- Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life is Calling
- Vengeance Valley
- The Golden Blaze
- Cold Around the Heart
- Serving in Silence
That's it for this week. Let us know in the comments if you loved or hated any of these.
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