New Netflix Instant Movies – May 2012
Netlflix Instant has a handful of new titles coming to keep you occupied during those rainy days of may. Whether you’re looking for dark drama, comedy, or an insightful documentary, we’ve got you covered in our May guide.
‘The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill and Came Down a Mountain’ (1995) – Hugh Grant stars in this comedy about a cartographer who disappoints an entire town by telling them their beloved mountain is just 16 feet shy of being a mountain. Naturally the townsfolk set out to remedy this situation with a little ingenuity.
‘Finding Forrester’ (2000) – Sean Connery stars as writer William Forrester, a man who nurtures the talents of an underestimated high school basketball player.
‘Outrage’ (2009) – Academy Award winning documentarian Kirby Dick (‘This Film is Not Yet Rated’) explores closeted gay politicians who work fervently to deny the rights of the LGBT community.
‘Mr. Nice’ (2010) – This film follows an intellectual drug smuggler named Howard Marks who pretends to be an MI5 agent to avoid prison and works to legalize marijuana.
‘Snowflower and the Secret Fan’ (2011) – In Wayne Wang’s beautiful coming of age story, two young girls embark on a lifelong friendship amid the trials of an ancient ritual as their personalities blossom and diverge.
‘Blood & Chocolate’ (2007) – A young American werewolf woman in Romania falls in love with a human, enraging the leader of a local pack who plans to take her as his own.
‘The Wiz’ (1978) – This classic re-imagining of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ stars Diana Ross and Michael Jackson. Ross plays Dorothy, a girl who gets swept away to a magical land while looking for her runaway dog.
‘The Addams Family’ (1991), ‘Addams Family Values’ (1993) – They’re creepy and they’re kooky, and they’re totally delightful. You can catch Raul Julia, Anjelica Huston, Christopher Llyod, and little Christina Ricci in these fun spook-fests from Barry Sonnenfeld.
‘Adaptation’ (2002) – Nicolas Cage plays Charlie Kaufman, a screenwriter with a nasty case of writer’s block, in this delirious film from director Spike Jonze and writer Charlie Kaufman and co-starring Meryl Streep.
‘Bubba Ho-Tep’ (2003) – Bruce Campbell (‘The Evil Dead’) plays a nursing home resident who believes that he’s Elvis and befriends a fellow geriatric (Ossie Davis) who believes himself to be JFK. The two square off against a mummy that’s knocking off the elderly in this horror comedy from Don Coscarelli.
‘Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle’ (2003) – In the sequel to McG’s slick re-imagining of the kick-ass angel trio, Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, and Lucy Liu go head to head with Justin Theroux and a corrupt government.
‘Cruel Intentions’ (1999) – Sarah Michelle Gellar, Reese Witherspoon, and Ryan Phillipe star in this tale of scandalous, sexy teenagers at a Catholic prep school and what happens when the machinations of one manipulative girl go too far.
‘Dog Day Afternoon’ (1975) – Based on actual events, this Sidney Lumet film stars Al Pacino and John Cazale as two bank robbers trying to pull off a heist.
‘Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark‘ (2011) – From producer Guillermo del Toro comes this eerie remake of the 70s TV film about a young girl who discovers something lurking in the shadows of her family’s new mansion.
‘Elektra Luxx’ (2010) – Sebastian Gutierrez’ follow-up to his film ‘Women in Trouble’ brings back Carla Gugino as the titular porn actress who discovers that she’s pregnant. Co-stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Timothy Olyphant, and Adrianne Palicki.
‘Groundhog Day’ (1993) – This comedy classic stars Bill Murray as a bitter, snarky weather man who keeps waking up on the same day — Groundhog Day — until he realizes the only way to break the cycle is to change himself for the better.
‘The Iron Giant’ (1999) – Brad Bird’s first animated feature touts the voice work of Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Aniston, and Vin Diesel in the tale of a young boy who befriends a misunderstood alien robot.
‘Not Another Teen Movie’ (2001) – This hilarious spoof of teen movies of the late 90s stars a younger, pre-break-out Chris Evans as a dumb jock trying to win a bet to make a nerdy girl popular. Step one: Remove glasses and ponytail. Step two: Popular.
‘Shark Night’ (2011) – This absurd horror comedy about friends trying to survive shark-infested waters on their vacation stars Sara Paxton and Katharine McPhee.
‘Snatch’ (2000) – Guy Ritchie’s frenetic film about the trouble the theft of an 84 karat diamond causes for various thugs and gangsters stars Brad Pitt and Jason Statham.
‘Starship Troopers’ (1997) – In this wacky sci-fi adventure from director Paul Verhoeven, Casper Van Dien plays an up and coming recruit in the war against giant space bugs.
‘Killer Elite’ (2011) – Based on a true story, this thriller follows Danny Bryce, a man who must rescue his mentor from three of the world’s top assassins.
‘Kenny’ (2006) – A port-a-potty cleaner embarks on a hilarious journey to the International Pumper and Cleaner Expo in Nashville, Tennessee.
‘Dragonslayer’ (2011) – This documentary follows Tristan Patterson, a drug-loving, skateboarding twenty-something as he navigates life in California.
‘Drive’ (2011) – Ryan Gosling plays a stoic stunt driver who moonlights as a getaway driver for criminals in this drama from Nicolas Winding Refn (‘Bronson’). When the driver falls for his next door neighbor and her son, things get violent fast.
‘Dawson’s Creek’ Seasons 1-6 – Aspiring filmmaker and high school student Dawson Leery navigates life and love with his group of friends in this teen melodrama.
‘Henry’s Crime’ (2010) – Keanu Reeves stars alongside a stellar cast including Judy Greer, James Caan, and Vera Farmiga in this dark comedy about a toll booth worker who is accused of a crime he didn’t commit.
‘Mercy’ (2009) – A writer who’s spent his life womanizing and has never known love attempts to write about it while falling in love with a literary critic.