Some cool new stuff on Netflix this month, including a compelling environmental documentary about glaciers, a pop star’s docu-concert, and a bunch of superheroes. Let’s take a look at what’s new and upcoming on Netflix…
Chasing Ice (2012) – Documentary
Environmental photographer James Balog deploys time-lapse cameras to capture a record of the world’s changing glaciers, compressing years into seconds to illustrate how these ice mountains are disappearing at a breathtaking rate.
Art of Conflict (2012) – Documentary – Netflix Exclusive
The murals of Northern Ireland are an expression of the region’s violent Troubles. “Art of Conflict” examines these murals through their painters and the people who live there, exploring this unique street art’s impact, purpose, and future. More on this documentary here.
Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection (2012) – Comedy
Tyler Perry, Eugene Levy, Romeo, Denise Richards, Doris Roberts, Tom Arnold
After a Wall Street Ponzi scheme sends George Needleman and his family into witness protection, Madea’s home becomes a haven … of sorts. But with her tough love and sass, they just might outsmart the mob and change everyone’s life for the better.
Reincarnated (2012) – Documentary
In a cloud of smoke, Vice magazine’s Andy Capper follows rapper Snoop Dogg on a pilgrimage to Jamaica, where he experiences a spiritual and commercial transformation, reemerging as Snoop Lion, a reggae artist.
Silent Hill: Revelation (2012) – Horror
Adelaide Clemens, Kit Harington, Carrie-Anne Moss, Sean Bean, Radha Mitchell, Malcolm McDowell
Haunted by shocking nightmares and unsettled by her father’s disappearance just before her 18th birthday, Heather goes on the hunt for him — and discovers a disturbing truth about her own identity in this suspenseful sequel to the hit horror flick.
The Bay (2012) – Horror
Nansi Aluka, Christopher Denham, Stephen Kunken, Frank Deal, Kether Donohue, Kristen Connolly
From director Barry Levinson comes this gruesome tale of ecological horror that follows unfolding events in a seaside Maryland town as a deadly menace infests the bay and turns residents into hosts for mutant parasites.
Katy Perry: Part of Me (2012) – Documentary
Pop star Katy Perry is captured on and offstage in this revealing diary of her California Dreams Tour, featuring her Los Angeles performances. The film shares the air of glamour and fun that radiates from this talented and unique artist.
Family Weekend (2013) – Comedy
Kristin Chenoweth, Matthew Modine, Olesya Rulin, Joey King, Shirley Jones, Eddie Hassell
After her preoccupied parents fail to attend her jump-rope competition, 16-year-old Emily Smith-Dungy decides to hold them hostage until they change their attitude. But her plan hits a snag when the police step in.
The Avengers (2012) – Action & Adventure
Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner
An all-star lineup of superheroes — including Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk and Captain America — team up to save the world from certain doom. Working under the authority of S.H.I.E.L.D., can our heroes keep the planet at peace?
Private Practice: Season 6 (2012)
Kate Walsh reprises her “Grey’s Anatomy” role as Dr. Addison Montgomery, now practicing at an alternative medicine clinic. Dealing with the clinic’s many competing personalities becomes a full-time job as she navigates the world of holistic medicine.
Pretty Little Liars: Season 3 (2013)
Rudderless without their überpopular leader, who vanished a year prior, four formerly tight high school friends drift apart. But they band together again when an anonymous blackmailer threatens to spill their dirt.
Drop Dead Diva: Season 4 (2012)
Karma catches up with superficial, stick-thin Deb Dobkins in this engaging comedy series when she dies and returns to Earth in the body of smart, plus-sized attorney Jane Bingum, who’s just the type of person Deb dismissed in her previous life.
CSI: New York: Seasons 1-8 (2012)
Science in the service of crime fighting comes to the Big Apple in the second spinoff of the “CSI” franchise. Gary Sinise stars as workaholic detective Mac Taylor, who guides an elite squad of forensics investigators determined to nab the criminals.
Gay Pride Month:
Camp (2003) – Comedy
Anna Kendrick, Don Dixon, Daniel Letterle, Joanna Chilcoat, Robin de Jesus, Steven Cutts
Camp Ovation is a performing arts summer camp where talented kids come to spread their wings. Among them are Vlad (Daniel Letterle), a “bona fide straight boy”; Ellen (Joanna Chilcoat), a megastar with huge insecurities; and Michael (Robin de Jesus), who’s struggling with his sexual identity. Their director, Bert Hanlon (Don Dixon), is a washed-up has-been — but the kids have at least as much to teach him as he has to teach them.
We Were Here (2011) – Documentary
The AIDS crisis forever changed gay culture in San Francisco, as examined in this absorbing documentary from David Weissman, who explores the disease’s impact on five individuals. Vintage film clips accompany their sobering stories.
Weekend (2011) – Drama
Tom Cullen, Chris New, Laura Freeman, Vauxhall Jermaine
This frank drama centers on the cautious relationship between two gay men — one a genial lifeguard, the other a lusty art-gallery worker — who contemplate turning a passionate one-night stand into something more meaningful.
Movies for Dad to Enjoy on Father’s Day:
The Hunt for Red October (1990) – Action Thriller
Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin, Scott Glenn, Sam Neill, James Earl Jones
When a Soviet nuclear sub headed toward American waters drops off U.S. scanners, the Yanks scramble to take defensive steps. But CIA analyst Jack Ryan convinces the brass that the sub’s commander has something else in mind.
The Untouchables (1987) – Crime Thriller
Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, Charles Martin Smith, Andy Garcia, Robert De Niro
G-Man Eliot Ness will stop at nothing to take down legendary gangster Al Capone — even if it means bending some rules — in director Brian De Palma’s period crime drama penned by playwright David Mamet.
Tommy Boy (1995) – Comedy
Chris Farley, David Spade, Brian Dennehy, Bo Derek, Dan Aykroyd
Party animal Tommy Callahan is a few cans short of a six-pack. But when the family business starts tanking, it’s up to Tommy and number-cruncher Richard Hayden to save the day in this riotous road comedy.
Films and TV Shows Featuring Iconic Dads:
Family Guy: Seasons 1-9 (1999-2010)
In Seth MacFarlane’s no-holds-barred animated show, buffoonish Peter Griffin and his dysfunctional family experience wacky misadventures, from kidnapping the Pope to being forced to put up scythe-bearing Death for a few days after he breaks his leg.
Life is Beautiful (1997) – Drama
Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Giorgio Cantarini, Giustino Durano
A Jewish Italian waiter named Guido is sent to a Nazi concentration camp, along with his wife and their young son. Refusing to give up hope, Guido tries to protect his son’s innocence by pretending that their imprisonment is an elaborate game.
Malcolm in the Middle: Seasons 1-7 (2000-2005)
Kid genius Malcolm Wilkerson grapples with a suburban family that gives new meaning to the word “dysfunctional.” Between the nonstop squabbling of his parents and merciless persecution by his siblings, it’s all he can do to maintain his sanity.
Meet the Parents (2000) – Comedy
Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller, Teri Polo, Blythe Danner, Nicole DeHuff, Jon Abrahams, Owen Wilson
Greg Focker wants to marry his girlfriend, but before he pops the question, he must win over her father, humorless former CIA agent Jack Byrnes. But everything that can go wrong does, all under Jack’s critical, hawklike gaze.
That ’70s Show: Seasons 1-8 (1998-2005)
Feel groovy with this hit sitcom set in 1970s suburbia, where teenager Eric Forman (Topher Grace) and his pals hang in his parents’ basement, listening to (not-yet) classic rock and indulging other, ahem, hazy benefits of ’70s culture. While he woos girl-next-door Donna (Laura Prepon), Eric hangs with his best friend Hyde (Danny Masterson), exchange student Fez (Wilmer Valderrama), and lovebirds Kelso and Jackie (Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis).