Every month, the Netflix catalogue gets a few tweaks. Whether it’s a movie we haven’t seen or something we could watch until the sun engulfs the Earth, it’s the new releases that we’re looking for. Besides, chances are, we already watched everything that’s leaving. Here are our recommendations for the 10 new Netflix releases that you should watch this month.
Beverly Hills Cop
This American comedy classic is Eddie Murphy at his absolute best—no questions asked. Murphy plays the role of Axel Foley, a Detroit cop who’s willing to turn the world on its head to get to the bottom of his friend’s murder. Foley goes above and beyond—with the help of a few sympathetic locals—to find out what happened to his friend, all while managing to royally piss off the local PD. You’re not an Eddie Murphy fan if you haven’t seen this movie.
For The Love of Spock
You may not realize this if you’re not a huge Trekkie, but Star Trek, to some people, is so much more than a science fiction franchise. In fact, the show and its characters have influenced literal generations of sci-fi fans all over the world. For The Love of Spock is a fascinating and touching look into the life of the late Leonard Nimoy, the man whose famous portrayal of Spock in the franchise influenced and inspired fans for decades, and continues on even today. It’s not just interesting, but it’s powerful and emotionally evocative, too.
Billed as the most controversial film at Sundance this year, White Girl paints a vivid and oftentimes horrific picture of American youth in New York City. Starring Morgan Saylor (Homeland) as Leah, a college girl who finds far more trouble than she bargained for when a small fling with the drug dealer on her block turns into a wild and sometimes nightmarish ordeal. The film masterfully explores concepts like race, gender, sexuality, and poverty, and at the very least, it’s a wild and ridiculous ride through NYC’s seedier sides.
The Way of the Dragon
A treat for the kung-fu fans, one of Bruce Lee’s lesser-known classics, The Way of the Dragon, debuts on Netflix December 1. Not only was it written and directed by Bruce Lee himself—his first and only directorial role—but it also marks the on-screen debut of one Chuck Norris. Yes, that Chuck Norris. The writing could be better, the budget greater, and the ending less shitty, but if you’re looking for an old-school kung-fu flick to kick back with, this is an excellent choice.
One of the most well regarded cult comedy films of all time, National Lampoon’s: Animal House single handedly spawned an entire subgenre of college films that still get made today. Written by Chris Miller III, Douglas Kenney, and the late great Harold Ramis, and starring the likes of John Belushi, James Widdoes, Tom Hulce, and Stephen Furst, Animal House tells the story of a couple of rowdy and wild fraternity brothers whose sole purpose seems to be centered not around learning or bettering themselves, but on wreaking havoc on the college’s establishment. Animal House is one of those movies we can watch over, and over, and over again. If you haven’t yet seen it, take this golden opportunity to do so.
Captive is a documentary that delves into the world of kidnapping and hostage negotiations. Following eight real-life people kidnapped in eight different countries, Captive looks at the story from every angle—through the eyes of the hostage negotiators, the captors, and their captives. Captive is a thrilling and fascinating look into a world we seldom—if ever—get to explore.
White Rabbit Project
If you were a fan of MythBusters, then you’re going to lose your mind over White Rabbit Project. It’s basically a new series starring everyone from the original MythBusters except Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage. Grant, Tory, and Kari are back to travel “down the rabbit hole” to explore some of history’s and pop culture’s more fascinating and strange mysteries—think old war weapons, famous heists and jail breaks, superpower technology, etc. Count us in.
Lucky Number Slevin
The Rotten Tomatoes score for Lucky Number Slevin are dismal at best (51%), and the reviews aren’t very flattering: “Trying too hard to be clever in a Pulp Fiction kind of way, this film succumbs to a convoluted plot, overly stylized characters and dizzying set design.” Then again, the audience rating or the film is an exemplary 87%, so like, fuck the critics. Lucky Number Slevin is a murder mystery action film with a star-studded cast that includes the likes of Ben Kingsley, Josh Hartnett, Lucy Liu, Bruce Willis, and, Morgan fucking Freeman. We don’t say this often, but Rotten Tomatoes is wrong here. this movie is a solid watch.
A highly anticipated Netflix Original, Barry is a telling biopic about America’s 44th president, Barack Obama. It covers the events of Obama’s formative teen and college years, including his experiences with racial profiling, struggles with his racial identity, his career goals, and even his romantic experiences before Michelle. Barry touches on everything, and in a way that it seems only the studio heads at Netflix know how.
Captain America: Civil War
Netflix is pulling out all the stops for Christmas this year, debuting this box office destroyer in time for us to sip eggnog by the Yule Log and watch Spider-man take on the Winter Soldier. Captain America: Civil War leads in with the government proposing legislation that would give them ultimate control over superheros. Two camps emerge—one headed by Tony Stark and the other by Captain America. As the two groups battle it out to figure out who’s right, mayhem and some true comedic brilliance ensue.
Also an Amazon Prime member? Check out what’s new on Prime Video this month.