Every month Netflix releases new movies for people to watch as licenses are negotiated and new companies join the fold. This month, September, 2016, here’s what’s coming on Netflix and is definitely worth seeing:
Is there a more iconic 80’s movie about dancing, freedom and adolescence? Well, sure, there are all the great John Hughes movies, but still, Footloose is worth a re-watch for a young Kevin Bacon, the nostalgia and the terrific Kenny Loggins score. And there’s some dancing too.
The first “scary monster” film that actually scared you (other than The Birds), Jaws prevented a generation of filmgoers to skip swimming in the ocean. The effects are a bit flat for modern audiences, but Roy Scheider delivers a bang-up performance as the Amityville sheriff who knows that one great white is mad and out to get the citizens of his little town. Still tense, still entertaining. But the sequels? Skip all of them. They get bad quickly and end up pretty horrible and incomprehensible.
True Grit (1969)
Far superior to the modern Coen Brothers remake, the original True Grit is one of the best Western movies ever made, starring a rugged and remote John Wayne as US Marshall Rooster Cogburn, drunken Texas ranger Glen Campbell and Kim Darby as Mattie Ross, the spunky teen who refuses to give up the search for the men who murdered her beloved father. With its snappy dialog and beautiful long shots — thanks to director Henry Hathaway and cinematographer Lucien Ballard, it’s a delight to watch and well worth the time.
Penny Dreadful: Season 3
It’s not a movie but a Showtime original TV series, but I absolutely fell in love with this dark, Gothic horror series that featured so many well-known and iconic Victorian horror characters. The main story in Penny Dreadful is about adventurer Malcolm Murray (Timothy Dalton) who is searching the Earth and hell itself to find his beloved daughter Lily, with the help of the witch Vanessa (Eva Green), gunslinger Ethan (Josh Hartnett), underground doctor and scientist Victor Frankenstein (Harry Treadway) and the always-youthful Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney).
Bonus: the series ends with this third season, so you can watch the entire story arc on Netflix if you start at season one, episode one. And oh, it’s time very well spent.
It’s fun, it’s silly and it’s surprisingly thoughtful about race, culture, and our expectations of upward mobility in our lives. Zootopia is also an animated film where animals talk and have built their own advanced and sophisticated society. The runaway star is Judy Hopps (voice of Ginnifer Goodwin), who tries to realize her dream of becoming a police officer, even as there’s something rotten in the city of Zootopia. Kid friendly viewing and entertaining for adults both.
The Imitation Game (2014)
Alan Turing was one of the most brilliant men alive during WWII and it was his insight that caused the British to break the German Enigma code and help save thousands of Brit lives. But Turing, here portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch, was an enigma himself, a man who lived a very different private life from what his fellow scientists at Bletchley Park saw. The Imitation Game is a terrific drama about the breaking of the code and Turing’s intellectual and personal challenges during that tumultuous period of time.
There are a lot of other movies coming on Netflix in September too, but trust me, use my list as a starting point and you’ll have a chance to see some splendid films as part of your Netflix subscription.
Tip: The last few listed are being released later in September so might not be available at the beginning of the month. Just so you don’t go crazy trying to find them!