Netflix New Movies on DVD

Tuesday, July 6, 2010 at 9:03 am

These Netflix new movies on DVD provide just a few examples of the 29 latest film and television series released by the world‘s most successful online rental service. Netflix presents new releases every Tuesday, and the selection ranges from the latest Hollywood hits to classics making their first DVD appearance. Each week, I select 10 of the strongest options and highlight them for your convenience.

If you’d like to become a member of Netflix, all you have to do is click on this link. There are numerous pricing plans to choose from, and movies are shipped right to your mailbox. When you’re done, just send it back (postage is pre-paid) and make another selection. Could it be any simpler? I think not.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009) – Well-received in over 25 countries, this adaptation of the Stieg Larsson novel is the first in a series known as the Millennium Trilogy. Michael Nyqvist plays Mikael Blomkvist, an investigative journalist facing three months in jail for libel. Before he serves his sentence, he’s contacted by a wealthy industrialist who wants to learn the true fate of his foster daughter, a woman who may not be quite as dead as everyone had believed. Meanwhile, Blomkvist is under surveillance by Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace), a brilliant hacker with deep scars from her past and a whole mess of problems in the present. A meeting between the two leads is inevitable, but the film throws in plenty of twists and turns along the way. One of the most successful films ever shown in limited release in the United States, it got the coveted four-star rating from film critic Roger Ebert.

A Single Man (2009) – Colin Firth received a Best Actor nomination at the Academy Awards for his portrayal of George Falconer, a gay British college professor living and working in 1962 Los Angeles. After the death of his longtime partner in a car wreck, George carefully plans out his suicide and spends his remaining hours with a female pal (Julianne Moore) and a student who idolizes him (Nicholas Hoult). A powerful film anchored by one of the strongest performances of Firth’s distinguished career.

Pushover (1954) – The first film to feature Kim Novak in a leading role, this film noir stars Fred McMurray as a cop assigned to track down over $200,000 stolen by Harry Wheeler (Paul Richards). To accomplish this, the cop keeps tabs on Wheeler’s gal, Lona McLane (Novak), but the dumb flatfoot winds up falling for her in the process. Then the femme fatale makes him a proposition–kill her boyfriend so that the two of them can run away together with the money. It’s a film noir, so don’t expect things to go that smoothly.

Brooklyn’s Finest (2010) – Richard Gere, Ethan Hawke, and Don Cheadle all star in this gritty cop film set in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn. As each man grapples with his inner demons, the film drives them forward to a violent climax at a housing project filled with well-armed drug dealers. Antoine Fuqua directs, and Wesley Snipes delivers a memorable performance as Caz, a criminal just released from prison. Most of the actors involved took a pay cut in order to be a part of the project.

Human Desire (1954) – Directed by Fritz Lang, this film noir stars Glenn Ford as a train conductor and war veteran who begins carrying on an affair with the wife of a killer (Gloria Grahame). It’s not long before she hatches a scheme to be rid of her abusive spouse, and all that’s required is for our hero to engage in a little murder. A bleak film about the corruption of the human soul and the resulting complications.

City of Fear (1959) – Here’s one last film noir entry for fans of the genre. Thinking he’s stolen a pile of heroin, an escaped convict (Vince Edwards) makes his way towards Los Angeles. Unfortunately for him, he’s actually gotten his hands on a stockpile of “Cobalt-60,” a radioactive substance that’s powerful enough to destroy an entire city. As his cargo slowly begins killing him, the police must engage in a desperate effort to stop Vince from reaching his goal. The moral to the story: stay the hell away from both heroin and radioactive materials.

Curb Your Enthusiasm: Season 7 (2009) – Nominated for thirty Emmy Awards as of this writing, Curb Your Enthusiasm is an HBO comedy starring Seinfeld writer and co-creator Larry David as a fictional version of himself. Not exactly what you’d call socially adept, Larry spends most episodes looking like an ass after hilarious run-ins with family and friends. Season Seven features 10 episodes, mainly revolving around Larry trying to get back together with estranged wife Cheryl (Cheryl Hines). Along the way, he burns his hand on an airplane hot towel, participates in a Seinfeld reunion, and offends pal Richard Lewis on multiple occasions. Guest stars include Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen, Catherine O’Hara, Elisabeth Shue, Ben Affleck, and the cast of Seinfeld.

Doctor Who: Underworld (1978) – If you’ve never experienced the magic of the Dr. Who series, the version starring Tom Baker (and his mammoth scarf) is an excellent place to start. This time around he battles killer robots and sentient computers in order to help the survivors of Minyos, a planet which was believed to have been destroyed for a millennia. Yes, the effects are horribly cheesy by modern standards, but Baker’s infectious portrayal of an immortal, time-traveling do-gooder will win you over by episode’s end.

Frontline: The Vaccine War (2010) – A comprehensive look at the current controversies and debates raging over vaccines used on children. While the health community is certainly in favor of them, a growing number of parents and politicians argue that certain vaccines are responsible for the rise in autism. Frontline explores both side of the argument in the kind of fair and balanced way that Fox News can only dream of.

Sesame Street: ABCs with Elmo (2010) – If you’ve got kids who are trying to learn their ABCs, then there’s no better way to educate and entertain at the same time. Elmo is adorable as ever, and those with a bizarre puppet fetish should also find it a delight.

Hopefully, you’ve enjoyed this list of Netflix new movies on DVD. If so, you can join Netflix by clicking on the link provided. We do get a small commission if you sign up, but it doesn’t cost you anything extra and goes right back into the site.

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July 7, 2010

Jose Sinclair

I was shipped Girl w. Dragon Tattoo today.. I’ll let you know what I thought.. thanks for the list, hadn’t heard of many of the others.. they also shipped Invictus, got that to coincide w the World Cup.. [EL, aka Jman]

July 7, 2010

Shane

Look forward to hearing what you think about The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

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