Netflix New Movies

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 9:27 am

It’s Tuesday, which means that we’ve got another list of Netflix new movies for you. While the online rental service has 35 new releases on Blu-ray and DVD this week, I’ve narrowed it down to 10 to keep things simple. What follows is an interesting mix of horror, comedy, romance, and even a little Steve Guttenberg thrown in for good measure.

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The Road – Based on the award-winning novel from Cormac McCarthy, The Road stars Viggo Mortensen as a father desperate to protect his son (Kodi Smit-McPhee) amidst the chaos and rubble of a post-apocalyptic planet. And when he’s not dodging cannibals and thinking about how to use his last remaining bullet, The Man (Mortensen) dreams of happier times with his beautiful wife (Charlize Theron). Also starring Robert Duvall and Guy Pearce. If you’re looking for an uplifting film, then look elsewhere; this one’s bleak as hell.

Tell-Tale – Produced by brothers Ridley and Tony Scott, Tell-Tale concerns a heart transplant patient (Josh Lucas) who comes to realize that he’s being stalked by the same psychopath who killed his donor. Inspired by the original story from Edgar Allan Poe, the film also stars Brian Cox and Lena Headey.

It’s Complicated – Jake (Alec Baldwin) and Jane (Meryl Streep) have been divorced for 10 years, but a night of passion suddenly turns Jane into the “other woman.” To further complicate things, Jane is also being pursued by Adam (Steve Martin), a sensitive architect who’s recovering from a divorce of his own. Also starring John Krasinski and Lake Bell, this film is perfect for anyone in the 45 to 60 age range.

Cornered! – A serial killer is on the loose in L.A., and he’s selected convenience store employees as his victims of choice. So when a gang of buddies gather in a convenience store to play poker, it’s little surprise that the madman puts in an appearance. The choice of the week for gorehounds, this Netflix new movie stars Steve Guttenberg and Eduardo Antonio Garcia.

No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson – Before he made a splash in the NBA, Allen Iverson was sentenced to 15 years in prison for a bowling alley brawl that took place when he was in high school. How he avoided serving the sentence, and what actually happened in the bowling alley, are topics discussed by director Steve James (Hoop Dreams) in this documentary for ESPN.

Stagecoach – While this 1939 John Wayne western is hardly new, it’s just become available on DVD and Blu-ray from Netflix. This was the film that helped Wayne become a star, and it’s also the first sound western from director John Ford. Taking a stagecoach to the New Mexico Territory, a group of western stereotypes (good-natured prostitute, alcoholic doctor, etc.) are plagued by marauding Indians, bandits, and a charismatic outlaw (Wayne) looking for revenge. Considered one of the most influential American films ever made.

The Guild: Season 3 – One of the main inspirations for Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, this web series follows the adventures of an MMORPG guild known as “The Knights of Good.” As they struggle to fight evil online and outwit the rival guild, “Axis of Anarchy,” the members must also deal with plenty of real-life problems, including romance and power struggles within the group. Written, produced, and starring Felicia Day, who also played Penny on Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.

All My Friends Are Funeral Singers – After years of living with a group of unruly ghosts, fortune teller Zel (Angela Bettis) suddenly long to be rid of them. So she sets out to send them into the light, but can she convince the spirits of a priest, bride, mute child, and (gasp) musicians to leave? A unique indie film bolstered by the music of Califone (of which writer/director Tim Rutili is a member).

Mystery Team – When a trio of high school detectives known as the Mystery Team decide to take their game to a new level, they set their sights on a double homicide in this quirky comedy. If you want a satirical look at The Hardy Boys or those kids from Scooby-Doo, then give this one a try.

Dear John – Another tragic tale of romance from author Nicholas Sparks, Dear John follows what happens after a soldier on leave (Channing Tatum) falls for a beautiful college student (Amanda Seyfried). Played out over several years, their love only deepens in the midst of combat and personal tragedy. This is the same guy who brought you The Notebook and Message in a Bottle, so expect some red, puffy eyes by the time it’s over.

That’s all for our list of Netflix new movies this week. Be sure to join us again next week, however, when we’ll be recommending another batch of ten. In the meantime, why not give Netflix a try by taking advantage of their free trial membership?

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