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New on Netflix: Halloween Favorites, The Zen of Bennett, The King’s Speech and More

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Some great titles coming up on Netflix, including The Zen of Bennett, a thoughtful documentary that takes you inside the life of the legendary Tony Bennett. The film was produced by his son Danny Bennett and includes footage of the singer working with Lady Gaga, Amy Winehouse, John Mayer and more. Don’t miss it.

And for Doris Day fans (of which I am one!), look for Move Over, Darling, the 1963 update of My Favorite Wife starring James Garner, Don Knotts, and everyone’s favorite singer, actress and animal rights maven.

Here’s what else is new and upcoming on Netflix:

Now through 10/31: Special “Halloween Favorites” row is streaming on the Netflix main page. Check out your favorite Fright Night movies or Halloween TV episodes, including Insidious, Paranormal Activity 2, The Omen, Psycho, The Office, Glee, South Park, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and many more. Titles are featured across all genres, from classic horror to kid’s programming.

FILM

Action & Adventure

Avail 12/1

Bad Boys II (2003). Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Gabrielle Union, Henry Rollins. In this hyperkinetic sequel, Miami narcotics cops Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett reteam to investigate Cuban drug lord Johnny Tapia and his ties to the influx of Ecstasy. Meanwhile, Marcus’ sister — and Mike’s lover — has been kidnapped by Tapia.

Bollywood

Avail 10/31

Ishaqzaade (2012). Arjun Kapoor, Parineeti Chopra, Aaftab Ahmed. Rising from the ashes of hooliganism and small-town clan wars comes the love story of a passion ignited by hatred. Two people who were born to hate learn they instead have been destined to fall in love.

Avail 11/1

Don 2 (2011). Shahrukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Boman Irani, Om Puri, Kunal Kapoor, Alyy Khan, Nawwab Shah. With Asia under his complete control, criminal mastermind Don turns to Europe, battling the mob bosses of each nation along the way. One step ahead of the authorities at every turn, Don’s stranglehold on the underground world seems unstoppable.

Children & Family

Avail 11/1

Paulie (1998). Jay Mohr, Gena Rowlands, Cheech Marin, Hallie Kate Eisenberg. Wise parrot Paulie (voiced by Jay Mohr) can ask for more than crackers, as Misha (Tony Shalhoub), the janitor at an animal-research lab, discovers. Paulie reveals via flashbacks how he ended up at the facility after being separated from his original owner, 5-year-old Marie (Hallie Kate Eisenberg), then embarked on a decades-long search to reunite with her. Upon hearing Paulie’s tale, Misha decides to help the loquacious bird realize his dream.

Avail 12/1

Stuart Little 2 (2002). Michael J. Fox, Geena Davis, Hugh Laurie, Steve Zahn, Brad Garrett. In this sequel to the 1999 blockbuster, adorable white mouse Stuart still lives happily with his adoptive family, the Littles — and more zany misadventures are in store as Stuart, his human brother and their mischievous cat raise the roof.

The Wild Thornberrys Movie (2002). Lacey Chabert, Tim Curry, Rupert Everett, Marisa Tomei. The Thornberry clan is on safari, and things are shaping up the way they usually do — until a poacher snatches one of the cheetah cubs Eliza and Darwin are traveling with and it’s time for a daring rescue.

Comedy

Avail 11/1

Crazy People (1990). Dudley Moore, Daryl Hannah, Paul Reiser, J.T. Walsh. Emory is a stressed-out advertising exec who sets off a company scandal with his unorthodox work. Sent to a mental institution, he finds understanding from his fellow patients. Meanwhile, Emory’s ads have become Madison Avenue’s latest craze.

Move Over, Darling (1963). Don Knotts, Doris Day, James Garner, Polly Bergen, Thelma Ritter, Fred Clark. Five years after his wife, Ellen (Doris Day), disappears at sea in a plane crash, successful lawyer Nick Arden (James Garner) decides it’s time to move on: He has Ellen declared legally dead, remarries and sets off on his honeymoon. But there’s trouble in paradise when Ellen — who’s in fact very much alive — turns up to surprise the newlyweds. Day earned a Golden Globe nod for her performance in this update of the 1940 comedy My Favorite Wife.

Avail 11/14

Casa de mi Padre (2012). Will Ferrell, Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna, Génesis Rodríguez, Pedro Armendáriz Jr. Will Ferrell stars as a Spanish-speaking cowboy in this comedy about a Mexican clan trying to rescue their ranch from greedy creditors. When his brother can’t save the day, the simple but noble ranch hand takes on a powerful drug lord.

Avail 11/15

This Must Be the Place (2011). Sean Penn, Frances McDormand, Judd Hirsch, Kerry Condon. Armed with new knowledge that his estranged Jewish father suffered mercilessly at the hands of a sadistic SS officer in the 1940s, a now-retired rock star travels to America, where the ex-Nazi war criminal remains alive.

Avail 12/1

Half Baked (1998). Dave Chappelle, Jim Breuer, Harland Williams, Tommy Chong, Snoop Dogg. Three ganja-smoking dimwits hatch a plot to raise bail money for their jailed friend by selling dope on the street. But they’d better spring their incarcerated buddy fast — before he ends up as the “boy toy” of a criminal named Nasty Nate.

Young Adult (2011). Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, Patrick Wilson, Elizabeth Reaser. Taken aback when she receives a letter from an old boyfriend announcing that he’s just had a baby with his wife, divorced fiction writer Mavis Gary decides to return to her small hometown and reconnect with her former lover.

Documentary

Avail 11/12

The Zen of Bennett (2012). In the throes of a brand-new project on the eve of his 85th birthday, iconic crooner Tony Bennett looks back on his decades-long career, sharing thoughts on music, art and the crazy rhythm of life.  Includes footage with Lady Gaga, Amy Winehouse, Andrea Bocelli, John Mayer, Michael Bublé and Carrie Underwood.

Avail 12/1. Trekkies (1986). Star Trek: The Next Generation star Denise Crosby (aka Lieutenant Tasha Yar) hosts this entertaining and stereotype-busting documentary that delves deep into the Star Trek fan phenomenon, perhaps the most dedicated group of TV-show enthusiasts on earth.

Drama

Avail 10/27

Monsieur Lazhar (2011). Mohamed Fellag, Sophie Nélisse, Émilien Néron, Marie-Ève Beauregard, Vincent Millard. When an Algerian immigrant seeking asylum in Montreal takes a job replacing an elementary school teacher who committed suicide, he finds that his own secret, tragic background enables him to help the children deal with their loss.

Avail 11/1

Out of Sight (1998). George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez, Don Cheadle, Catherine Keener, Dennis Farina. Florida bank robber Jack Foley (George Clooney) plays a genteel game of cat and mouse with Karen Sisco (Jennifer Lopez), the stunning federal marshal he meets in the trunk of a getaway car, in this Steven Soderbergh-directed film that shows off his trademark nonlinear storytelling. Out of Sight received Oscar nominations for both its crack editing (Anne V. Coates) and its brilliant adaptation (Scott Frank) of Elmore Leonard’s novel.

Avail 11/7

The Flowers of War (2011). Christian Bale, Paul Schneider, Ni Ni, Xinyi Zhang, Tony Dawei, Atsuro Watabe. In 1937, as the Japanese army brutally invades the Chinese city of Nanking, an American mortician is trapped inside a western cathedral and vows to protect a group of young schoolgirls and 13 courtesans who are seeking refuge from the soldiers.

Avail 11/25

The King’s Speech (2010). Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Guy Pearce. Britain’s King George VI struggles with an embarrassing stutter for years until he seeks help from unorthodox Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue in this biographical drama that chalked up multiple Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

Horror & Thriller

Avail 11/1

The Boys from Brazil (1978). Gregory Peck, Laurence Olivier, James Mason, Steve Guttenberg. In this thriller based on Ira Levin’s novel, young Nazi hunter Barry Kohler stumbles on the trail of the infamous “Angel of Death,” Dr. Josef Mengele, who is planning to resurrect Hitler’s vision in South America.

Avail 11/6

The Pact (2012). Caity Lotz, Haley Hudson, Kathleen Rose Perkins, Sam Ball, Casper Van Dien. Feeling obligated to return home for the funeral of the mother she despised, Annie soon senses an evil presence in her childhood home. As she seeks answers about her mother’s death, Annie is forced to face demons from her past.

Avail 11/27

Sand Sharks (2011). Brooke Hogan, Corin Nemec, Gina Holden, Julie Marie Berman. In this comedic thriller, an underwater earthquake cracks open a crater deep beneath the ocean’s surface, unleashing a prehistoric shark. The terrifying creature soon begins to prey on a group of unsuspecting teens partying at the beach.

Avail 12/1

Identity (2003). John Cusack, Ray Liotta, Amanda Peet, John Hawkes, Alfred Molina. Complete strangers stranded at a remote desert motel during a raging storm soon find themselves the target of a deranged murderer. As their numbers thin out, the travelers begin to turn on each other while trying to figure out who the killer is.

Sexy Beast (2001). Ray Winstone, Ben Kingsley, Ian McShane, Amanda Redman. Ben Kingsley is unforgettably menacing in this intense crime drama as sociopathic gangster Don Logan, who tries to recruit an ex-partner for a high-stakes heist and won’t take no for an answer — even when the retired criminal refuses.

TV

Children & Family

Newly Avail

Horseland: Season 1. In the further adventures of the animals and humans of Horseland, a wild horse tempts Aztec with tales of freedom, a blind girl brings inspiration to the stables, the girls cope with the loss of a beloved pet, and more.

Avail 11/1

Sesame Street: Classics Vol. 2. Representing a new kind of kids’ show when it debuted in 1969, this educational series has never stopped innovating. Along the way, it’s introduced a gallery of characters — including Oscar and Big Bird — to pop culture via Jim Henson’s Muppets.

Sesame Street: Selections from Season 42. Representing a new kind of kids’ show when it debuted in 1969, this educational series has never stopped innovating. Along the way, it’s introduced a gallery of characters — including Oscar and Big Bird — to pop culture via Jim Henson’s Muppets.

Wallace & Gromit: A World of Invention. Beloved claymation stars Wallace and Gromit introduce and comment on the live-action segments of this science documentary series, providing a light-hearted and humorous look at real-life, mind-boggling contraptions, gadgets and inventions.

Comedy

Avail 12/1

How I Met Your Mother: Season 7. This sitcom details desperate bachelor Ted’s epic search for his soul mate, told through flashbacks as an adult Ted recounts to his kids how he met their mom. As Ted bounces from one red herring to another, his best friends help keep him grounded.

Drama

Avail 11/26

Being Human (U.K.): Series 4. Trying to fit into modern society is a vexing — and often impossible — challenge for a genius werewolf, a flighty ghost and an urbane vampire who share a household in this engaging supernatural drama.

Reality

Avail 12/1

Whale Wars: Season 4. Dedicated to obstructing the Japanese whaling fleet, the crew of the MV Steve Irwin deliberately put themselves in harm’s way in this drama-packed reality program, leading to some frightening high-seas confrontations.

Stand-Up

Avail 10/26

Moshe Kasher: Live in Oakland. Moshe Kasher is an American stand-up comedian, writer and actor based in the Los Angeles area.  This is his first solo television special at The New Parish nightclub in his hometown of Oakland.

Avail 11/1

Live Comedy from the Laff House: Kevin Hart. Comedian Kevin Hart, a familiar face on Comedy Central, serves up laughs in his hometown of Philadelphia in this stand-up performance filmed at the Laff House and hosted by William “Spank” Horton. Hart, a former Philly sneaker salesman, treats the audience to his irreverent and hilarious commentary on the absurdities of life. This comedy show also includes a second stand-up routine by comedian Rich Salter.

Jane Boursaw is the founder and editor-in-chief of Reel Life With Jane. Her credits include hundreds of print and online publications, including The New York Times, People Magazine, Variety, Moviefone, TV Squad and more. Follow her on Twitter at @reellifejane.

Jane Boursaw has written posts on Reel Life With Jane.


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