Netflix Latest Releases

Tuesday, August 24, 2010 at 11:22 am

Every Tuesday, the Netflix latest releases are available to subscribers of the Internet’s leading online movie rental service. Forty-six films and television shows are being offered this week, but who has the time to look through all those choices? That’s where Only Good Movies comes in, as we’ve examined the possibilities and turned out this list of 10 of the most promising Netflix latest releases.

Once you’ve read this list and made your selections, all that remains is to become a member of Netflix. The process is actually a painless one, only requiring that you click on the provided link. Within minutes, you’ll be enjoying a huge selection of films, pre-paid postage, and never any late fees.

The Square (2008) – An Aussie thriller featuring Raymond Yale (David Roberts) and Carla Smith (Claire van der Boom), an adulterous couple who plan to leave their spouses and run away together. But they need money first, and it just so happens that Carla’s husband is a criminal with a duffel bag full of it. What follows is a tangled web of greed and betrayal, leading to plenty of death in the vein of the Coen brothers’ Blood Simple.

Batman: Under the Red Hood (2010) – This straight-to-DVD release draws from the comic books, specifically the Batman storylines known as “Under the Hood” and “A Death in the Family.” When the Red Hood arrives on the scene in Gotham City and starts killing criminals, it has everyone from Batman to the villainous Black Mask on edge. And why can’t the Caped Crusader shake the feeling that he’s met this masked menace before? Things get taken up another notch when the Joker escapes from Arkham Asylum and starts gunning for The Red Hood, all leading to a white-knuckled conclusion.

City Island (2009) – Set in the Bronx, this film from director/screenwriter Raymond De Felitta tells of the dysfunctional Rizzo family and their many darkly comical woes. Father Vince (Andy Garcia) is a prison guard with a secret son from a previous relationship and an attraction to an aspiring actress (Emily Mortimer). Wife Joyce (Julianna Margulies) decides to stray, but she inadvertently seeks solace in the arms of her step-son. Meanwhile, their daughter (Dominik Garcia-Lorido) is a stripper, and their son (Ezra Miller) has a sexual fetish for obese women. Also starring Alan Arkin.

Underworld (1927) – A silent classic starring George Bancroft as a gangster named Bull Weed who takes an alcoholic under his wing and suffers the consequences. Winner of an Oscar for Best Screenplay, the film co-stars Clive Brook as double-dealing drunk Rolls Royce, and Evelyn Brent as a gangster moll named Feathers. Don’t expect any sex or bullet-riddled bodies, but you will get a compelling story with a strong moral lesson.

Repo Men (2010) – In the future, it’s easy to overcome serious illnesses by having artificial organs implanted courtesy of The Union, the kind of shady corporation required in any dark sci-fi setting. Just don’t fall behind on your payments. If that happens, you’ll be visited by men like Remy (Jude Law) and Jake (Forest Whitaker), professionals who specialize in taking back organs with little regard for the safety (or survival) of the host body. But when a workplace accident forces Remy to get a new heart, it’s not long before he finds himself on the list for repossession. Co-starring Liev Schreiber, Alice Braga, and Carice van Houten.

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Survival of the Dead (2009) – The latest zombie flick from director George A. Romero, Survival of the Dead follows the efforts of several National Guardsmen to survive in a world overrun with zombies. After deserting their post and heading for the safety of an island off the coast of Delaware, they get caught up in a family feud between the O’Flynns and the Muldoons. One side wants to shoot all zombies in the head, while the opposing family hopes to keep their undead loved ones intact until a cure can be found. Guess where this is headed?

Ajami (2009) – Set in a Tel Aviv neighborhood where both Muslims and Christians live, this Israeli film follows five different stories that manage to intersect a la Crash. Issues of violence and inter-religious romance play a large part in the narrative, and the efforts by directors Yaron Shani and Scandar Copti more than paid off. Ajami was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film.

Clash of the Titans (2010) – While this CGI lovefest wasn’t exactly my cup of tea, fans of the 1981 original may still want to see it and judge for themselves. This time around, Perseus is played by Sam Worthington, and he must battle the forces of Hades (Ralph Fiennes), the god of death, in order to save humanity. Along the way, he’ll be pitted against giant scorpions, the snake-headed Medusa, and, of course, the massive Kraken. Co-starring Liam Neeson, Gemma Arterton, and Mads Mikklesen.

Titanic II (2010) – I just couldn’t leave this one off the list of Netflix latest releases. Made by the fine folks at The Asylum (also responsible for Transmorphers and The Day the Earth Stopped), this outrageous motion picture is set 100 years after the sinking of the legendary ship. A new luxury liner named Titanic II is set to launch, and you don’t have to be a genius to figure out what happens next. Yes, it’s cheesy beyond belief, but you won’t be able to stop yourself of laughing. Starring Brooke Burns and Bruce Davison.

The Age of Stupid (2008) – Combining animation, drama, and documentary techniques, the film stars Pete Postlethwaite as an archivist in the year 2055 who’s trying to figure out where everything went wrong. You see, the planet is now devastated by climate change, nuclear war, and other ecological calamities. As he reviews archival footage, he centers on six stories taken from the early part of the 21st century. Shot over a period of three years in seven countries, The Age of Stupid holds modern viewers accountable for the perils of future generations, and it’s well worth a watch.

Join us again next week, when we’ll have another list of the Netflix latest releases. Until then, here are some additional articles to keep you busy. By the way, we do get a commission when you become a Netflix subscriber, but all proceeds go right back into our website.

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