New Release Movies from Netflix

Tuesday, August 10, 2010 at 1:50 pm

Each week brings a new batch of new release movies from Netflix–the world’s leading online movie rental franchise–and this week is no different. Netflix has a grand total of 26 new releases for its members, with everything from mixed martial arts battles to parodies of the giant robot cartoons of the 1980s.

Of course, who has the time to sift through all the new release movies from Netflix? That’s why I’ve culled the list down to 10 essential titles.

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Triage (2009) – Based on the novel Triage by war correspondent Scott Anderson, this film once again demonstrates why Colin Farrell is one of the best young actors working today. He stars as Mark Walsh, a photojournalist who returns home to confront his inner demons after a nightmarish assignment in Iraqi Kurdistan. Paz Vega and Christopher Lee co-star in this tale about the psychological effects of war.

Death at a Funeral (2010) – The 2007 British comedy has been adapted for a black ensemble cast and handed over to director Neil LaBute (Nurse Betty, Lakeview Terrace). The plot remains largely the same, as a patriarch’s funeral is thrown into chaos by the unexpected arrival of a little person (Peter Dinklage reprising his role from the original) claiming to be the gay lover of the deceased. The rest of the cast features a number of top stars, including Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence, Zoe Saldana, Danny Glover, Keith David, Regina Hall, Luke Wilson, and James Marsden (in the scene-stealing Alan Tudyk role). If you enjoy Death at a Funeral, be sure to check out the Frank Oz original of the same name.

The Good Heart (2009) – A French indie film starring Brian Cox and Paul Dano (Little Miss Sunshine). Jacques (Cox) is a surly bartender who’s just suffered a heart attack. Lucas (Dano) is a homeless young man who’s botched a suicide attempt. As they share a hospital room, they come up with a plan: Lucas will stay at the bar and be groomed as Jacques’ successor. Then the lovely Sarah (Stephanie Szostak) enters the picture and messes everything up.

Greenberg (2009) – Ben Stiller gets all dramatic in this comedy/drama about a middle-aged man who’s recovering from a nervous breakdown. Retreating to his brother’s home in L.A., he slowly recovers and demonstrates his utter lack of people skills along the way. Directed by Noah Baum Bach (The Squid and the Whale) and co-starring Jennifer Jason Leigh (who also co-wrote and produced), Greta Gerwig, and Rhys Ifans. Along Came Polly this isn’t.

Tapped (2009) – A look at the dark underbelly of the bottled water business. That sentence alone should be enough to sell this fascinating documentary.

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Titan Maximum: Season 1 (2009) – Spoofing giant robot programs like Voltron, this stop-motion show features the voices of Breckin Meyer, Rachael Leigh Cook, and Seth Green. The show centers around the former members of Titan Force Five, a group of young men and women who piloted a giant robot called Titan Maximum in an effort to save the solar system. But that all ended when Admiral Bitchface (Billy Dee Williams) cut their budget and disbanded the group. Now, several years later, a former member has turned into a villain, and the remaining members of Titan Force Five–as well as a geeky genius and monkey janitor–must join togather to stop his mad schemes. More goodness from Adult Swim.

UFC 114: Rampage vs. Evans (2010) – In this mixed martial arts showdown, Quentin “Rampage” Jackson (B.A. in the recent A-Team movie) takes on “Sugar” Rashad Evans, while stars such as Michael Bisping, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, and Diego Sanchez each take their turn in the octagon. Be sure to catch the Todd Duffee vs. Mike Russow match, as it was awarded Knockout of the Night.

Welcome (2009) – Highlighting the plight of illegal immigrants living in France and trying to reach the UK, this French film from Philippe Lioret follows a French swimming coach (Vincent Lindon) as he helps out a young Iraqi-Kurdish immigrant who dreams of swimming across the English Channel to be reunited with his girlfriend. Recognized by critics and at film festivals, it proved immensely popular in France and brought the debate over immigration to the forefront.

La Mission (2010) – Benjamin Bratt stars as Che, a badass Chicano ex-con who drives a bus for a living and restores classic cars in his spare time. The love of his life is his son, Jesse (Jeremy Ray Valdez), but his macho attitudes are challenged when he finds out Jesse is gay. Luckily, a sexy and headstrong neighbor (Erika Alexander) is there to help him reexamine his priorities. Directed and written by Peter Bratt, Benjamin’s brother.

Children of Invention (2009) – Loosely based on director Tze Chun’s own childhood, this award-winning indie film follows a pair of young siblings who must fend for themselves following the arrest of their mother. Seventeen festivals awarded the film with prizes, and it received positive reviews from everyone from Film Threat to The New York Times.

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