Here’s a peek at what’s new and upcoming on Netflix…
House of Cards – Check out the trailer for this Netflix original series starring Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey, Golden Globe nominee Robin Wright and actress Kate Mara. This looks fantastic!
Directed by David Fincher, the dramatic series is based on the BBC miniseries of same name and highlights greed, sex, love and corruption in modern Washington DC. All 13 episodes will be available starting Feb. 1, 2013.
Holiday Favorites Row – starting Dec. 4 through the holidays, Netflix will once again gather favorite holiday movies on its main page for everyone to enjoy this season.
Action & Adventure
Batman: The Movie (1966). Adam West, Burt Ward. In director Leslie H. Martinson’s campy action comedy based on the tongue-in-cheek 1960s TV series, Batman (Adam West) and Robin (Burt Ward) battle sharks, Catwoman (Lee Meriwether), The Joker (Cesar Romero), The Penguin (Burgess Meredith) and The Riddler (Frank Gorshin) on the big screen. Can they keep the bad guys from taking over the world? With a “wham!” and a “pow!” the heroes just might pull it off — and maintain their secret identities.
Barfi! (2012). Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra. Years after rejecting Barfii, a hearing and speech impaired young man, for a more “appropriate” suitor, Shruti crosses paths with him once again. Now, the tables are turned as he has a girlfriend — and Shruti finds herself falling for him. Barfi! is India’s selection for Best Foreign Language picture in the 2013 Academy Awards.
Children & Family
A Cat in Paris (2010). Marcia Gay Harden, Anjelica Huston. In this Oscar-nominated animated feature, little Zoe discovers that her cat, Dino, moonlights as the companion to Nico, a burglar with a heart of gold. Soon Zoe is drawn into a thriller filled with gangsters, jewels and the rooftops of Paris.
Stuart Little 2 (2002). Michael J. Fox, Geena Davis. 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 Adventures of Tintin (2011). Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig. Blockbuster filmmakers Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson team up for this 3-D motion capture adaptation of Georges Remi’s classic comic strip, centered around the adventures of fearless young journalist Tintin and his trusty dog, Snowy.
Christmas Cupid (2010). Chad Michael Murray, Ashley Benson. Workaholic publicist Sloane Spencer is haunted by the spirit of a newly deceased client, actress Caitlin Quinn, who tries to persuade Sloane to forsake her single-minded life and reunite with a former flame to find true love by Christmas.
Adventures in Plymptoons (2011). Bill Plympton, Tom Kenny. Saluting iconoclastic animator Bill Plympton, this affectionate documentary looks at the life of the prolific artist through a series of vignettes featuring clips from his cheeky work and interviews with peers, celebrity fans, family and friends.
Monsieur Lazhar (2011). Mohamed Fellag, Sophie Nélisse. 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.
Union Square (2011). Mira Sorvino, Tammy Blanchard. Jenny has been avoiding her family — especially her sister Lucy — for years, and is on the brink of marriage when Lucy erupts back into her life. With her own world in crisis, Lucy soon manages to upend Jenny’s as well in this smart Bronx comedy.
October Sky (1999). Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Cooper. As the Soviet satellite Sputnik streaks across the heavens in October 1957, it’s a source of inspiration for 17-year-old Homer Hickam. Drafting a few friends to help, Homer crafts a rocket to compete for a science fair scholarship.
Music & Musicals
Flashdance (1983). Jennifer Beals, Michael Nouri. This is the film (with an Oscar-winning title song) that put Jennifer Beals on the map. She plays a macho welder by day and a star performer of erotic dance routines by night at a local Pittsburgh club. She’s also tentatively navigating a romance with her steelyard boss (Michael Nouri). But her biggest, seemingly unattainable dream is to audition and win a place at an exclusive, classical dance school.
Horror & Thriller
The Devil Inside (2012). Fernanda Andrade, Simon Quarterman. At once spooky and grisly, this thriller follows a woman’s quest to find the truth behind claims that her mother killed three people during an exorcism. The daughter’s journey takes her to Italy, where she becomes involved in other exorcisms.
The English Patient (1996). Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche. Set against the backdrop of World War II, this Oscar-winning drama stars Ralph Fiennes as a badly burned pilot who recounts a tale of doomed romance to the nurse tending him. As his story spills out via flashback, so do secrets about his identity.
Children & Family
Wallace & Gromit: A World of Invention (2011). 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.
Kung Fu Panda Holiday (2010). In this seasonal tale, Master Shifu calls on Po to host the year’s biggest event: the Winter Feast, a special time to celebrate family, tradition and kung fu. But he soon finds himself facing a choice between his responsibilities and family custom.
Thomas & Friends: A Very Thomas Christmas (2012). All aboard for a special holiday delivery filled with friendship, teamwork and fun! Unwrap the holiday adventures with Thomas and his friends and best wishes for a very Thomas Christmas!
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Season 1-7 (2005-2011). Narcissistic friends Charlie, Mac, Dennis, and Dennis’s sister, Dee, run Paddy’s Pub, a downtown Philadelphia Irish bar, where everyone’s judgmental (and juvenile) behavior usually brings situations from uncomfortable to hysterically horrible.
Portlandia: Season 2 (2012). Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein send up the righteous, artistically inclined and 100% organic residents of Portland, Ore., in this sketch-based comedy series. Typical targets include artisanal light bulbs, feminist bookstores and indie rock.
Little Britain: Series 1-2 (2003-2005). With an impressive lineup of quirky characters, including troubled teenager Vicky, clueless caregiver Lou, plus-sized female Bubbles and hotel manager Ray, this popular sketch comedy show cleverly pokes fun at all sectors of society.
Keeping Up Appearances (1990). Meet everyone’s favorite snobbish pretender and social climber, Hyacinth Bucket (Patricia Routledge) and her wacky extended family in this hilarious British series that first aired on the BBC. While Hyacinth’s days are spent performing “charitable” acts for the lower classes (including her sisters), she still finds time to give her long-suffering husband, Richard (Clive Swift), plenty of unnecessary advice and keep her neighbors on edge.
American Horror Story (2011). Following a personal tragedy, the Harmon family hopes for a fresh start in Los Angeles, unaware their palatial new home is haunted. And everyone, particularly an eccentric neighbor, seems to know more about the house’s history than they’re telling.
Bones: Season 7 (2011). Socially awkward forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan teams up with intuitive FBI agent Seeley Booth to investigate crimes that have left scant evidence behind: namely, the bones of the deceased.
Army Wives: Season 6 (2011). This drama series follows the emotional ups and downs of four women and one man, each married to a soldier and living on an army base where they contend with infidelity, PTSD, their spouses’s long deployments and other heartaches.