Here’s A Taste Of What’s About To Hit NetflixBy: Chris Crum - October 31, 2013
Netflix is a revolving door of movie and television content, particularly on the streaming side of things. Though titles often disappear from availability, new ones are also frequently added. Sometimes these come in the form of Netflix original shows or even exclusive access to certain programming, but sometimes it’s just older titles that many find to be still worth watching.
Content is added to Netflix streaming each week, and it can be difficult to keep up with what’s available all the time. With that, here’s a look at some new additions.
Note: This is for the U.S.
Finally, the much-hyped Aziz Ansari stand-up special is going to be available as well as the hit of the summer, Sharknado. There are quite a few interesting titles coming in this round, including much more TV content like the complete series of Chuck and Leverage, as well as the last season of The Killing. Here are some titles you can expect to appear over the coming week.
Available on 11/01:
Arnez J: Racially Motivated (2013)
Live-wire comedian Arnez J. totes his talent for impressions to the stage of Boston’s Wilbur Theater for this one-hour comedy special that pokes fun — lots of fun — at racial stereotypes.
Aziz Ansari: Buried Alive (2013) – A Netflix Comedy Special
Red-hot comic Aziz Ansari (“Parks and Recreation”) shares his views on adulthood, babies, marriage, love and more in the modern era. Filmed live in Philadelphia, Ansari’s unfiltered look at his own place in today’s adult world is smartly hilarious.
Charlotte’s Web (2006)
Dakota Fanning, Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey, Cedric the Entertainer, Kathy Bates, Reba McEntire
Hollywood A-listers give voice to E.B. White’s beloved barnyard characters in this retelling of the classic children’s tale. When Wilbur the pig discovers he’s destined for the dinner table, kindly spider Charlotte hatches a plan to keep him around.
Chuck: The Complete Series
Computer genius Chuck Bartowski excels at underachieving at the electronics store where he works with his slacker pals, but his life is altered forever when he accidentally downloads top-secret data into his brain and becomes a government asset.
Heather Graham, Carrie-Anne Moss, Kevin Dillon, Joe Mantegna, Kate Trotter, Theresa Joy
Amy, a wannabe professional chef, uses her culinary wiles to win her friends’ devotion and thinks she will easily triumph over her new neighbor, Saffron, a reclusive ex-child star. But Saffron has a food obsession of her own that might trump Amy’s.
Escape to Witch Mountain (1975)
Kim Richards, Ike Eisenmann, Eddie Albert, Ray Milland, Donald Pleasence, Walter Barnes, Reta Shaw
Gifted orphans Tony and Tia use their superpowers to find a place called Witch Mountain — and escape from the nefarious clutches of two schemers who are posing as loving relatives and trying to exploit the kids’ special abilities.
With his life in ruins after being fired from his London media job, Tom heads to his hometown for the first time in years. There he finds his father in his sister’s care and battling Alzheimer’s, and determines to solve the mystery of his leaving.
Kidnap and Ransom: Seasons 1-2
When U.K. businesswoman Naomi Shaffer is kidnapped during a trip to South Africa, British ransom negotiator Dominic King is charged with bringing her home alive — and soon realizes the kinapper’s motives are more sinister than he’d ever imagined.
Land Girls: Series 2-3
A new girl arrives at the farm and sets her sights on Billy. Meanwhile, the manor house has been commandeered by the Americans.
Leverage: The Complete Series
Backed by a staff of thieves and hackers, former insurance investigator Nate Ford (Timothy Hutton) pulls a 180 on the corporate and government entities he used to protect. And with good reason: they played a role in his young son’s tragic death. Aldis Hodge co-stars in this TNT original drama as Ford’s go-to gadget guy, with Gina Bellman and Christian Kane playing the roles of his most-trusted con artist and a martial arts expert.
Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries: Series 1
Get ready to immerse yourself in the opulent, exciting world of Australia’s leading lady detective Phryne Fisher (Essie Davis) in “Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries”. Phryne (pronounced Fry-nee) is a glamorous and thoroughly modern woman of the 1920s.
Dan Byrd, Emily VanCamp, Richard Jenkins, Adam Goldberg, Billy Lush, Camille Mana, Jesse Head
To cope with his father’s terminal cancer, a troubled high schooler begins telling everyone — including his new girlfriend — that he has the same disease. But keeping up the ruse proves just as difficult as dealing with real life.
Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan (2011)
Stop-motion animation pioneer Ray Harryhausen inspired a generation of directors and special effects experts, as this documentary illustrates. The film presents Harryhausen’s collection of prop models, as well as rare experimental footage.
Filmed in six countries over a two-year period, this documentary follows four sommeliers as they embark on an all-consuming course of study for the prestigious (and nearly impossible to pass) Master Sommelier exam.
Tammy Pescatelli: Finding the Funny (2013)
Wife and mother Tammy Pescatelli, winner of Comedy Central’s “Stand-up Showdown,” lives the same life that you do — except that she makes it seem hilarious in this spirited one-hour comedy special.
The Bletchley Circle
Four ordinary women with an extraordinary flair for code-breaking and razor-sharp intelligence skills are the focus of this murder-mystery drama. Having served as code breakers in World War II, the four now focus their talents on catching killers.
The Killing: Season 3
A young Seattle girl’s disappearance sets in motion this moody crime series centering on Det. Sarah Linden, who’s trying to start a new life in California but is unable to walk away from the mysteries posed by the complex case.
This is Not a Film (2011)
When the Iranian government banned director Jafar Panahi from making a film for 20 years, he titled his next project This Is Not a Film. The resulting documentary covers a day in Panahi’s life as he reflects on his unhappy situation.
Val Kilmer, Bruce Dern, Elle Fanning, Ben Chaplin, Joanne Whalley, David Paymer, Anthony Fusco
In this gothic horror film from Francis Ford Coppola, a has-been writer becomes embroiled in a murder mystery during a stop on his book tour. The ghost of a girl appears in his dream and reveals some surprising and dark secrets.
Wild Eyes: The Abby Sunderland Story (2011)
Teen Abby Sunderland dares try to become the youngest person to sail around the globe solo, but her journey — and survival — are put to the test. Thrust into danger, Abby is forced to think fast when the sea turns on her and her childhood dream.
Available on 11/02:
Denzel Washington, John Goodman, Don Cheadle, Melissa Leo, Brian Geraghty, Bruce Greenwood
After his amazing safe landing of a damaged passenger plane, an airline pilot is praised for the feat, but has private questions about what happened. Further, the government’s inquiry into the causes soon puts the new hero’s reputation at risk.
Olympus Has Fallen (2013)
Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Finley Jacobsen, Dylan McDermott, Rick Yune
Director Antoine Fuqua’s action thriller stars Gerard Butler as a disgraced Secret Service agent who must come to the rescue when Korean terrorists descend on the White House and take the president hostage.
The English Teacher (2013)
Julianne Moore, Michael Angarano, Greg Kinnear, Lily Collins, Nathan Lane, Fiona Shaw
Devoted small-town English teacher Linda yearns for love. Enter Jason, a former student whose career as a Broadway playwright didn’t pan out. When she persuades him to stage his play at the school before giving up, love — and controversy — arises.
Available on 11/04:
Heaven’s Lost Property Forte: Seasons 1-2
Girl-crazy Tomoki’s quiet life gets turned upside down when beautiful, winged Ikaros falls from the sky — and starts calling him master. Her origins are a mystery, but she might have the power to make Tomoki’s every dream come true.
Available on 11/05:
Computer Chess (2013)
Patrick Riester, Wiley Wiggins, Myles Paige, Robin Schwartz, Gerald Peary, Gordon Kindlmann
This comedic period piece set before PCs became commonplace centers on a 1980s chess tournament in which human competitors get their first crack at testing their skills against a machine.
Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel (2011)
This intimate and loving portrait of the legendary arbiter of fashion, art and culture illustrates the many stages of Vreeland’s remarkable life. Born in Paris in 1903, she was to become New York’s “Empress of Fashion” and a celebrated Vogue editor.
Frank Skinner Stand-Up: Live from Birmingham’s National Indoor Arena (2008)
Frank Skinner, award-winning comedian, and former half of Baddiel and Skinner, returns to the stage after a gap of ten years, with this performance at Birmingham’s National Indoor Arena.
The Fitzgerald Family Christmas (2012)
Kerry Bishé, Connie Britton, Edward Burns, Heather Burns, Marsha Dietlein, Noah Emmerich
Family rifts crop up and complications ensue when absentee father Jim Fitzgerald — who deserted his wife and seven children two decades earlier — announces his intention to return home for Christmas.
Russell Kane: Smokescreens and Castles Live (2011)
The Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award winning show Smokescreens & Castles explores self, family, and the consequences of Russell’s Dad buying his own council house. Sociological silliness and high energy contortions guaranteed in an unforgettable comic experience which will leave you wanting more.
Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, John Heard, Cassie Scerbo, Jaason Simmons, Alex Arleo, Neil H. Berkow
When a freak hurricane swamps Los Angeles, thousands of sharks are swept up in tornadoes and deposited all over the city, where they terrorize the shocked residents. Among them is bar owner Fin, who must rescue his estranged wife and daughter.
Tar Creek (2009)
Tar Creek is an environmentally devastated area in northeastern Oklahoma with acidic creeks, stratospheric lead poisoning and enormous sinkholes. Nearly 30 years after being designated as a Superfund cleanup program, residents are still struggling.
Available on 11/06:
Dead Man Down (2013)
Colin Farrell, Noomi Rapace, Terrence Howard, Dominic Cooper, Isabelle Huppert, Luis Da Silva Jr.
This taut crime thriller stars Colin Farrell as a brutal gang enforcer who falls for a woman bent on exacting revenge on his boss. Via seduction and blackmail, the woman persuades the gangster to help her achieve a bloody payback.
The Host (2013)
Saoirse Ronan, Diane Kruger, William Hurt, Frances Fisher, Jake Abel, Max Irons, Boyd Holbrook
When an alien race implants a parasite soul named Wanderer into Melanie Stryder’s body, she resists the takeover. Soon, Melanie and Wanderer become reluctant allies as they go on a quest to track down the men they love in this sci-fi thriller.
Available on 11/07:
Europa Report (2013)
Christian Camargo, Embeth Davidtz, Anamaria Marinca, Michael Nyqvist, Daniel Wu, Karolina Wydra
In this nail-biting thriller, a private space-exploration company sends six astronauts to determine whether Europa, one of Jupiter’s moons, can sustain life — and what they find terrifies and transforms them.
The Lifeguard (2013)
Kristen Bell, Mamie Gummer, Martin Starr, Alex Shaffer, Amy Madigan, Joshua Harto, David Lambert
After hitting a rough patch, 29-year-old Leigh abandons her journalism career, moves back in with her parents and gets a job as a lifeguard. Soon, she begins an affair with a teenage boy she meets at the pool.
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