New Netflix Instant Movies — January 2014
It’s a new year, and what better way to celebrate than with some new movies? Or maybe you just want to reacquaint yourself with some old favorites — either way, Netflix has you covered with a whole new batch of titles headed to Instant for your streaming pleasure next month. Whether you’re viewing for the first time or the third (or fifth … or 50th …), we think you’ll love what the streaming service has in store. Read on for our guide to the newest movies heading to Netflix Instant in January 2014.
’3 Women’ (1977) — Starring Sissy Spacek, Shelley Duvall, and Janice Rule. Three women who have endured hardships and crises exchange and try out each others’ identities until they settle into a way of living that suits them.
‘A Mighty Heart’ (2007) — Starring Angelina Jolie, Dan Futterman, and Irrfan Khan. Mariane Pearl embarks on a frantic search to locate her journalist husband, Daniel, when he goes missing in Pakistan.
‘American Psycho’ (2000) — Starring Christian Bale, Jared Leto, and Justin Theroux. A wealthy New York investment banking executive hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he escalates deeper into his illogical, gratuitous fantasies.
‘The Amityville Horror’ (1979) — Starring James Brolin, Margot Kidder, and Rod Steiger. Newlyweds move into a house where a murder was committed, and experience strange manifestations which drive them away.
‘Amityville 2: The Possession’ (1982) — Starring James Olson, Burt Young, and Rutanya Alda. A family moves into their new home, which proves to be evil, resulting in the demonic possession of the teenage son. Only the local priest can save him.
‘The Apartment’ (1960) — Starring Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, and Fred MacMurray. A man tries to rise in his company by letting its executives use his apartment for trysts, but complications and a romance of his own ensue.
‘As I Lay Dying’ (2013) — Starring James Franco, Tim Blake Nelson, and Danny McBride. Based on the 1930 classic by Faulkner, it is the story of the death of Addie Bundren and her family’s quest to honor her wish to be buried in the nearby town of Jefferson.
‘Baby Boom’ (1987) — Starring Diane Keaton, Sam Shepard, and Harold Ramis. The life of super-yuppie J.C. is thrown into turmoil when she inherits a baby from a distant relative.
‘Beverly Hills Cop 3′ (1994) — Starring Eddie Murphy, Jon Tenney, and Joey Travolta. Axel Foley, while investigating a car theft ring, comes across something much bigger than that: the same men who shot his boss are running a counterfeit money ring out of a theme park in Los Angeles.
‘Big Trouble in Little China’ (1986) — Starring Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, and Dennis Dun. An All-American trucker gets dragged into a centuries-old mystical battle in Chinatown.
‘Boomerang’ (1982) — Starring Eddie Murphy, Robin Givens, and Halle Berry. A successful executive and womanizer finds his lifestyle choices have turned back on him when his new female boss turns out to be an even bigger deviant then he is.
‘The Brady Bunch Movie’ (1995) — Starring Shelley Long, Gary Cole, and Christine Taylor. The original ’70s TV family is now placed in the 1990s, where they’re even more square and out of place than ever.
‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s' (1961) — Starring Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, and Patricia Neal. A young New York socialite becomes interested in a young man who has moved into her apartment building.
‘Bull Durham’ (1998) — Starring Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, and Tim Robbins. A fan who has an affair with one minor-league baseball player each season meets an up-and-coming pitcher and the experienced catcher assigned to him.
‘Carrie’ (2002) — Starring Angela Bettis, Patricia Clarkson, and Rena Sofer. Carrie White is a lonely and painfully shy teenage girl with telekinetic powers who is slowly pushed to the edge of insanity by frequent bullying from both classmates at her school, and her own religious, but abusive, mother.
‘Catch 22′ (1970) — Starring Alan Arkin, Martin Balsam, and Richard Benjamin. A man is trying desperately to be certified insane during World War II, so he can stop flying missions.
‘Changing Lanes’ (2002) — Starring Ben Affleck, Samuel L. Jackson, and Toni Collette. The story of what happens one day in New York when a young lawyer and a businessman share a small automobile accident on F.D.R. Drive and their mutual road rage escalates into a feud.
‘The Day the Earth Stood Still’ (1951) — Starring Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, and Hugh Marlowe. An alien lands and tells the people of Earth that they must live peacefully or be destroyed as a danger to other planets.
‘Days of Thunder’ (1990) — Starring Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, and Robert Duvall. A young hot-shot stock car driver gets his chance to compete at the top level.
‘Death Race 2000′ (1975) — Starring David Carradine, Sylvester Stallone, and Simone Griffeth. In a dystopian future, a cross country automobile race requires contestants to run down innocent pedestrians to gain points that are tallied based on each kill’s brutality.
‘Duplex’ (2003) — Starring Ben Stiller, Drew Barrymore, and Eileen Essell. A young couple has a chance to move into a gorgeous duplex in the perfect New York neighborhood. All they have to do is bump off the current tenant, a cute little old lady.
‘Escape from Alcatraz’ (1979) — Starring Clint Eastwood, Patrick McGoohan, Roberts Blossom. A dramatization of the one possibly successful escape from the notorious prison.
‘Ghost’ (1990) — Starring Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, and Whoopi Goldberg. After being killed during a botched mugging, a man’s love for his partner enables him to remain on earth as a ghost.
‘Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai’ (2000) — Starring Forest Whitaker, John Tormey, and Cliff Gorman. An African American mafia hit man who models himself after the samurai of old finds himself targeted for death by the mob.
‘Good Burger’ (1997) — Starring Kenan Thompson, Kel Mitchell, and Sinbad. Two dim-witted teenage boys, are forced to save the fast-food restaurant they work at from going out of business, despite a new-and-improved burger joint opening across the street that want to be the “Top Dog” in the fast food industry.
‘Grand Canyon’ (1991) — Starring Danny Glover, Steve Martin, and Kevin Kline. The lives of six residents from different backgrounds intertwine in Los Angeles.
‘The Grapes of Wrath’ (1940) — Starring Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, and John Carradine. A poor Midwest family is forced off of their land. They travel to California, suffering the misfortunes of the homeless in the Great Depression.
‘Harlem Nights’ (1989) — Starring Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor, and Redd Foxx. The life of “Sugar” Ray, the owner of an illegal casino in the 1920s, who must battle gangsters and corrupt cops.
‘The Haunting in Connecticut’ (2009) — Starring Virginia Madsen, Martin Donovan, and Elias Koteas. After a family is forced to relocate for their son’s health, they begin experiencing supernatural behavior in their new home, which turns out to be a former mortuary.
‘Journey to the Center of the Earth’ (1959) — Starring James Mason, Pat Boone, and Arlene Dahl. An Edinburgh professor and assorted colleagues follow an explorer’s trail down an extinct Icelandic volcano to the earth’s center.
‘Juice’ (1992) — Starring Omar Epps, Tupac Shakur, and Jermaine “Huggy” Hopkins. ‘Juice’ is about 4 inner-city teens who get caught up in the pursuit of power and happiness, which they refer to as ‘the juice’.
‘The Longest Yard’ (1974) — Starring Burt Reynolds, Eddie Albert, and Ed Lauter. A sadistic warden asks a former pro quarterback, now serving time in his prison, to put together a team of inmates to take on (and get pummeled by) the guards.
‘Love Ranch’ (2010) — Starring Helen Mirren, Joe Pesci, and Sergio Peris-Mencheta. A drama centered around a married couple who opened the first legal brothel in Nevada.
‘Mommie Dearest’ (1981) — Starring Faye Dunaway, Diana Scarwid, and Steve Forrest. Mommie Dearest, best selling memoir, turned motion picture, depicts the abusive and traumatic adoptive upbringing of Christina Crawford at the hands of her mother … screen queen Joan Crawford.
‘Mousehunt’ (1997) — Starring Nathan Lane, Lee Evans, and Vicki Lewis. Two stumblebum inheritors are determined to rid their antique house of a mouse who is equally determined to stay where he is.
‘Narc’ (2002) — Starring Jason Patric, Ray Liotta, and Chi McBride. When the trail goes cold on a murder investigation of a policeman an undercover narcotics officer is lured back to the force to help solve the case.
‘Never Back Down’ (2008) — Starring Sean Faris, Djimon Hounsou, and Amber Heard. At his new high school, a rebellious teen is lured into an underground fight club, where he finds a mentor in a mixed martial arts veteran.
‘Ninja 2: Shadow of a Tear’ (2013) — Starring Scott Adkins, Ron Smoorenburg, and Vithaya Pansringarm. Ninjitsu master Casey is back and out for revenge when his pregnant wife is murdered.
‘The Ninth Gate’ (1999) — Starring Johnny Depp, Frank Langella, and Lena Olin. A rare book dealer, while seeking out the last two copies of a demon text, gets drawn into a conspiracy with supernatural overtones.
‘Novocaine’ (2001) — Starring Steve Martin, Helena Bonham Carter, and Laura Dern. A dentist finds himself a murder suspect after a sexy patient seduces him into prescribing her drugs.
‘Penelope’ (2006) — Starring Christina Ricci, James McAvoy, and Richard E. Grant. A modern romantic tale about a young aristocratic heiress born under a curse that can only be broken when she finds true love with “one who will love her faithfully.”
‘Planes, Trains and Automobiles’ (1987) — Starring Steve Martin, John Candy, and Laila Robins. A man must struggle to travel home for Thanksgiving, with an obnoxious slob of a shower ring salesman his only companion.
‘Play It Again, Sam’ (1972) — Starring Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, and Tony Roberts. A neurotic film critic tries to get over his wife leaving him by dating again, much by the help of a married couple and his alter ego, Humphrey Bogart.
‘Raging Bull’ (1980) — Starring Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Cathy Moriarty. An emotionally self-destructive boxer’s journey through life, as the violence and temper that leads him to the top in the ring, destroys his life outside it.
‘Red Dawn’ (1984) — Starring Patrick Swayze, Lea Thompson, and C. Thomas Howell. It is the dawn of World War III. In mid-western America, a group of teenagers bands together to defend their town, and their country, from invading Soviet forces.
‘Reindeer Games’ (2000) — Starring Ben Affleck, Gary Sinise, and Charlize Theron. After assuming his dead cellmate’s identity to get with his girlfriend, an ex-con finds himself the reluctant participant in a casino heist.
‘Rock ‘n’ Roll High School’ (1979) — Starring P.J. Soles, Vincent Van Patten, and Clint Howard. A group of rock-music-loving students, with the help of the Ramones, take over their school to combat its newly installed oppressive administration.
‘Saved!’ (2004) — Starring Jena Malone, Macaulay Culkin, and Mandy Moore. When a girl attending a Christian high school becomes pregnant, she finds herself ostracized and demonized, as all of her former friends turn on her.
‘Scrooged’ (1988) — Starring Bill Murray, Karen Allen, and John Forsythe. A cynically selfish TV executive gets haunted by three spirits bearing lessons on Christmas Eve.
‘Sex Drive’ (2008) — Starring Josh Zuckerman, Amanda Crew, and Clark Duke. A high school senior drives cross-country with his best friends to hook up with a babe he met online.
‘Sister’ (2012) — Starring Lea Seydoux, Kacey Mottet Klein, and Gillian Anderson. A drama set at a Swiss ski resort and centered on a boy who supports his sister by stealing from wealthy guests.
‘Some Like It Hot’ (1959) — Starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon. When two musicians witness a mob hit, they flee the state in an all female band disguised as women, but further complications set in.
‘Spaceballs’ (1987) — Starring Mel Brooks, John Candy, and Rick Moranis. Planet Spaceball’s President Skroob sends Lord Dark Helmet to steal Planet Druidia’s abundant supply of air to replenish their own, and only Lone Starr can stop them.
‘Star Trek: The Motion Picture’ (1979) — Starring William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, and DeForest Kelley. When a destructive space entity is spotted approaching Earth, Admiral Kirk resumes command of the Starship Enterprise in order to intercept, examine and hopefully stop the intruder.
‘Stealing Beauty’ (1996) — Starring Liv Tyler, Jeremy Irons, and Carlo Cecchi. Following the suicide of her mother, 19 year-old Lucy Harmon travels to Italy to have her picture pained and reconnect with the boy she fell in love with four years prior.
‘The Talented Mr. Ripley’ (1999) — Starring Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Jude Law. In late 1950s New York, Tom Ripley, a young underachiever, is sent to Italy to retrieve a rich and spoiled millionaire playboy, named Dickie Greenleaf. But when the errand fails, Ripley takes extreme measures.
‘Thelma and Louise’ (1991) — Starring Geena Davis, Susan Sarandon, and Harvey Keitel. An Arkansas waitress and a housewife shoot a rapist and take off in a ’66 Thunderbird.
‘The Thing Called Love’ (1993) — Starring River Phoenix, Samantha Mathis, and Dermot Mulroney. A group of newcomers to the country music business seek love and stardom.
‘The Virgin Suicides’ (1999) — Starring Kirsten Dunst, Josh Hartnett, and James Woods. A group of male friends become obsessed with a group of mysterious sisters who are sheltered by their strict, religious parents after one of them commits suicide.
‘West Side Story’ (1961) — Starring Natalie Wood, George Chakiris, and Richard Beymer. Musical about two youngsters from rival NYC gangs who fall in love.
‘What’s Eating Gilbert Grape’ (1993) — Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Johnny Depp, and Juliette Lewis. Gilbert has to care for his brother Arnie and his obese mother, which gets in the way when love walks into his life.
‘Year of the Dog’ (2007) — Starring Molly Shannon, John C. Reilly, and Peter Sarsgaard. A secretary’s life changes in unexpected ways after her dog dies.
‘All the Boys Love Mandy Lane’ (2006) — Starring Amber Heard, Anson Mount, and Whitney Able. A group of high-schoolers invite Mandy Lane, a good girl who became quite hot over the summer, to a weekend party on a secluded ranch. While the festivities rage on, the number of revelers begins to drop quite mysteriously.
‘Drinking Buddies’ (2013) — Starring Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, and Anna Kendrick. Luke and Kate are co-workers at a Chicago brewery, where they spend their days drinking and flirting. They’re perfect for each other, except that they’re both in relationships.
‘Good Ol’ Freda’ (2013) – A documentary in which Freda Kelly looks back at her career as lifelong secretary for The Beatles.
‘Hotel Rwanda’ (2004) — Starring Don Cheadle, Sophie Okonedo, and Joaquin Phoenix. The true story of Paul Rusesabagina, a hotel manager who housed over a thousand Tutsi refugees during their struggle against the Hutu militia in Rwanda.
‘Jack Reacher’ (2012) — Starring Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, and Richard Jenkins. A homicide investigator digs deeper into a case involving a trained military sniper who shot five random victims.
‘Amelie’ (2001) — Starring Audrey Tatou, Mathieu Kassovitz, and Rufus. Amelie, an innocent and naive girl in Paris, with her own sense of justice, decides to help those around her and along the way, discovers love.
‘Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters’ (2013) — Starring Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton, and Famke Janssen. Hansel and Gretel are bounty hunters who track and kill witches all over the world. As the fabled Blood Moon approaches, the siblings encounter a new form of evil that might hold a secret to their past.
‘The Last Stand’ (2013) — Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Johnny Knoxville, and Rodrigo Santoro. The leader of a drug cartel busts out of a courthouse and speeds to the Mexican border, where the only thing in his path is a sheriff and his inexperienced staff.
‘Stuck in Love’ (2012) — Starring Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Connelly, and Lily Collins. An acclaimed writer, his ex-wife, and their teenaged children come to terms with the complexities of love in all its forms over the course of one tumultuous year.
‘The Hunt’ (2013) — Starring Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, and Annika Wedderkopp. A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son’s custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie.
‘Touchy Feely’ (2013) — Starring Rosemarie DeWitt, Ellen Page, and Josh Pais. A massage therapist is unable to do her job when stricken with a mysterious and sudden aversion to bodily contact. Meanwhile, her uptight brother’s floundering dental practice receives new life when clients seek out his healing touch.
‘Blindsided’ aka ‘Penthouse North’ (2013) — Starring Michael Keaton, Michelle Monaghan, and Andrew W. Walker. A reclusive photojournalist lives quietly in a New York penthouse, until a smooth but sadistic criminal looking for a hidden fortune enters her life.
‘Plus One’ (2013) — Starring Rhys Wakefield, Logan Miller, and Ashley Hinshaw. Three college friends hit the biggest party of the year, where a mysterious phenomenon disrupts the night, quickly descending into a chaos that challenges their friendships — and whether they can stay alive.
‘Toad Road’ (2012) — Starring Sara Anne Jones, James Davidson, and Jim Driscoll. A portrait of contemporary youth culture, where the lines between reality and fiction are blurred with often frightening results.
‘The Waiting Room’ (2012) – Go behind the doors of an American public hospital struggling to care for a community of largely uninsured patients.
‘Spy Kids 3: Game Over’ (2003) — Starring Alexa Vega, Daryl Sabara, and Antonio Banderas. Carmen’s caught in a virtual reality game designed by the Kids’ new nemesis, the Toymaker (Stallone). It’s up to Juni to save his sister, and ultimately the world.
‘The Square’ (2013) – A group of Egyptian revolutionaries battle leaders and regimes, risking their lives to build a new society of conscience.
‘Rent’ (2005) — Starring Taye Diggs, Wilson Jermaine Heredia, and Rosario Dawson. This is the film version of the Pulitzer and Tony Award winning musical about Bohemians in the East Village of New York City struggling with life, love and AIDS, and the impacts they have on America.
‘Mitt’ (2014) – A filmmaker is granted unprecedented access to a political candidate and his family as he runs for President.
‘The Croods’ (2013) — Starring Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, and Ryan Reynolds. After their cave is destroyed, a caveman family must trek through an unfamiliar fantastical world with the help of an inventive boy.