New on Netflix Instant | December 2013

Netflix Instant December

Christmas is a time of cold winter days and family.

So this month snuggle up in a blanket and check out some of these new Netflix Instant adds!

Check out classics like All About Eve to biographical movies about classic directors like Gods and Monsters.

Netflix Instant also seems to be on a roll with South Korean fair this month, adding a slew of dramas and movies like A Gentleman's Dignity and A Werewolf Boy.

Netflix also has a bunch of Christmas favorites this month, so be sure to check out them as well once you start getting ready for those holiday festivities.

And don't forget to check back weekly for new adds!

Where the Buffalo Roam

In this comedy based on the semi-biographical stories of Hunter S. Thompson, the gonzo journalist stumbles through a series of wacky adventures (some true, some imagined) from 1968 to 1972, often with his attorney, Carl Lazlo, by his side.

Director: Art Linson
Starring: Peter Boyle, Bill Murray, Bruno Kirby, Rene Auberjonois, R.G. Armstrong, Danny Goldman 

 

Take Me Home

Thom is an unlicensed New York cabbie who takes on the fare of his life when a woman asks him to drive her to California to see her ailing father. In classic rom-com style, the chemistry between the two builds as they make their way west.

Director: Sam Jaeger
Starring: Victor Garber, Bree Turner, Lin Shaye, Michelle Krusiec, Sam Jaeger, Cristine Rose 

 

To the Beautiful You

A high school girl who's enthralled with a gold-medal pole vaulter devises a scheme to attend his school to be closer to him. But he goes to an all-boys school, and she'll have to talk, act and look like one of the guys to pull off her plan.

Country: South Korea
Cast: Sulli, Minho, Lee Hyun Woo, Seol-ri Choi, Hwang Kwang Hee, Ha-neul Kang, Kim Ji Won 

 

A Shot in the Dark

Sight gags and pratfalls abound in director Blake Edwards's unadulterated farce about a sexy parlor maid accused of killing her lothario lover. Enter the bumbling Inspector Clouseau who's intent on proving the young beauty's innocence.

Director: Blake Edwards
Starring: Peter Sellers, Elke Sommer, George Sanders, Herbert Lom 

 

Rooftop Prince

In this time-bending comedy-drama, a crown prince and three of his associates from the Joseon Dynasty are transported 300 years into the future, where he assumes a new identity to be near a woman who resembles his wife, who died mysteriously.

Country: South Korea
Cast: Park Yu Chun, Han Ji Min, Jung Yoo Mi, Tae-Sung Lee, Min-ho Lee, Jung Suk-won, Choi Woo-shik 

 

Kalifornia

While researching a book on serial killings, writer Brian Kessler (David Duchovny) and his girlfriend, Carrie Laughlin (Michelle Forbes), travel cross-country to the murder sites and unwittingly stumble upon strangers who know the subject firsthand. A pair of hitchhikers (Brad Pitt and Juliette Lewis) offer to share expenses for the trip, but Kessler doesn't realize just how close he is to his subject -- even as bodies pile up behind them.

Director: Dominic Sena
Starring: Brad Pitt, Juliette Lewis, David Duchovny, Michelle Forbes 

 

Internal Affairs

When a newly minted Internal Affairs investigator trains his crosshairs on a manipulative, corrupt cop who's been involved in police brutality for years, the pursuit of justice turns into a personal vendetta in this slick thriller.

Director: Mike Figgis
Starring: Richard Gere, Andy Garcia, Laurie Metcalf, Nancy Travis, Richard Bradford, William Baldwin 

 

Hondo

John Wayne is Hondo, an antisocial half-breed who splits his time between the white man and the Apache. Preferring the company of American Indians, Hondo develops an unlikely friendship with a New Mexico farm wife who spends most of her time alone.

Director: John Farrow
Starring: John Wayne, Geraldine Page, Ward Bond, Michael Pate, James Arness, Rodolfo Acosta 

 

Hard Eight

World-weary card shark Sydney takes reckless John under his wing after showing him how to exploit casino perks. The surrogate father and son are successful gamblers until John falls for a cocktail waitress and gets mixed up with a shady stranger.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Starring: Philip Baker Hall, John C. Reilly, Gwyneth Paltrow, Samuel L. Jackson, Philip Seymour Hoffman 

 

Hannibal

Anthony Hopkins returns as serial killer Hannibal Lecter -- one of the great villains in screen history -- in this riveting sequel that finds his only surviving victim trying to draw Lecter out of hiding by using FBI agent Clarice Starling as bait.

Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman, Ray Liotta 

 

Gods and Monsters

As his life draws to a close, film director James Whale -- the openly gay genius behind The Bride of Frankenstein and The Invisible Man -- befriends a gardener, and both men learn from their unexpected but platonic bond.

Director: Bill Condon
Starring: Ian McKellen, Brendan Fraser, Lynn Redgrave, Lolita Davidovich, Jesse James, David Dukes 

 

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

This lovingly made fantasy, based on R.A. Dick's novel of the same name, centers on a lonely widow (Gene Tierney) who refuses to be scared away when the ghost of a salty sea captain (Rex Harrison) unexpectedly turns up in her cottage. When her debts mount, he helps her write a successful novel about his life, but she's ultimately forced to choose between her love for his spirit and a flesh-and-blood man.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Starring: Gene Tierney, Rex Harrison, George Sanders, Edna Best 

 

A Gentleman's Dignity

Can four highly accomplished men in their 40s navigate life and romance to find love and success in urban Korea? Kim Do Jin (Jang Dong Gun), architect and manager of a construction company, is highly analytical and finds it difficult to give his heart to a woman because it means that he has to share his wealth too. Dr. Choi Yoon (Kim Min Jong), an ophthalmologist, is still trying to recover from the loss of his beloved wife seven years ago but a young woman tries to win his heart. Im Tae San (Kim Soo Ro), a macho architect and co-CEO of an architecture company, is in a relationship with a cold-hearted woman but is intrigued when he learns that Song Ye Soo (Kim Ha Neul), a high school ethics teacher, has a crush on him. Ko Young Do (Lee Jong Hyuk) marries a rich older woman and becomes the head of a coffee shop company, but his womanizing is putting his marriage and his cushy life in jeopardy. Will the four friends make the right choices when it comes to romance? "A Gentleman's Dignity," also called "The Gentleman's Club," is a 2012 South Korean drama series directed by Shin Woo Chul. It has been referred to as the male version of the popular American television series "Sex and the City."

Country: South Korea
Cast: Jang Dong Gun, Ha-Neul Kim, Kim Su Ro, Kim Min Jong, Lee Jong Hyuk 

 

Dances with Wolves

Wounded Civil War soldier John Dunbar (Kevin Costner) tries to commit suicide -- and becomes a hero instead. As a reward, he's assigned to his dream post, a remote junction on the Western frontier, and soon makes unlikely friends with the local Sioux tribe. This special edition of Costner's Oscar-winning directorial debut features an extended cut of the film, an audio commentary from Costner, a behind-the-scenes featurette and more.

Director: Kevin Costner
Starring: Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Rodney Grant, Graham Greene 

 

Cry-Baby

Helmed by director John Waters, this kitschy comedy set in 1950s Baltimore stars Johnny Depp as Wade "Cry-Baby" Walker, a street hood who falls for a goody-two-shoes girl. The unlikely romance sparks a battle between rival factions.

Director: John Waters
Starring: Johnny Depp, Amy Locane, Susan Tyrrell, Polly Bergen, Iggy Pop 

 

Coffy

Determined to avenge her young sister, a tough nurse goes on a bloody rampage to execute the drug dealers and corrupt cops who hooked her on heroin. Coffy appoints herself judge, jury and executioner in this classic 1970s blaxploitation flick.

Director: Jack Hill
Starring: Pam Grier, Booker Bradshaw, Robert DoQui, Allan Arbus, Sid Haig 

 

Black Sunday

America's Super Bowl comes under terrorist fire when a band of renegade Arabs hatches a plot involving a Goodyear blimp manned by a Vietnam vet. Now, it's up to a Mossad agent working with the FBI to stop them.

Director: John Frankenheimer
Starring: Robert Shaw, Bruce Dern, Marthe Keller, Fritz Weaver, Steven Keats 

 

Bad Lieutenant

This gritty, visceral crime drama puts an out-of-control police lieutenant on a collision course with disaster. A survivor of the streets, this junkie, thief and killer is forced to confront his private demons when he investigates the rape of a nun.

Director: Abel Ferrara
Starring: Harvey Keitel, Victor Argo, Paul Calderon, Robin Burrows 

 

All About Eve

Writer-director Joseph L. Mankiewicz's sharp script anchors this story about New York City theater life, with Bette Davis playing an aging Broadway diva who employs a starstruck fan (Anne Baxter) as her assistant, only to learn the woman is a conniving upstart. The now-classic All About Eve won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director (Mankiewicz), Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor (George Sanders).

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Starring: Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, Celeste Holm, Gary Merrill, Hugh Marlowe, Gregory Ratoff, Barbara Bates, Marilyn Monroe, Thelma Ritter, Walter Hampden 

 

The Red Baron

Based on the true story of the notorious World War I flying ace, this drama explores the life of Manfred von Richthofen -- aka the Red Baron -- from his childhood fascination with flying to his renowned career in the German Luftwaffe.

Director: Nikolai Müllerschön
Starring: Matthias Schweighöfer, Til Schweiger, Joseph Fiennes, Lena Headey 

 

Zulu

Based on a real-life battle, this action epic follows a group of British soldiers stationed in South Africa who must defend their tiny outpost against an attack by an overwhelming force of Zulu warriors.

Director: Cy Endfield
Starring: Stanley Baker, Jack Hawkins, Ulla Jacobsson, James Booth, Michael Caine 

Available as of December 4th

Nightmares in Red, White and Blue

Horror and sci-fi veteran Lance Henriksen narrates this fascinating look at the history of the American horror film, examining the earliest monster movies of the silent era up to the scariest modern-day masterpieces.

Director: Andrew Monument
Starring: Lance Henriksen, John Carpenter, Joe Dante, Roger Corman, George A. Romero, Darren Lynn Bousman, Larry Cohen, Mick Garris, Tom McLoughlin, John Kenneth Muir 

Available as of December 4th

Lovelace

Amanda Seyfried stars as adult film icon Linda Lovelace, a woman coerced into and abused by the porn industry before taking charge of her life. The supporting cast includes all manner of Hollywood A-listers stepping into meaty roles.

Directors: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
Starring: Amanda Seyfried, Peter Sarsgaard, Chris Noth, Hank Azaria, Bobby Cannavale, Sharon Stone, Robert Patrick, Adam Brody, Juno Temple, James Franco, Eric Roberts 

Available as of December 6th
 

Holes

Falsely accused of stealing sneakers, a nerdy teenager is sent to a detention camp, where he and the other delinquents are forced by the sadistic warden to dig holes as a character-building exercise. But what's the real reason for all the digging?

Director: Andrew Davis
Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Jon Voight, Tim Blake Nelson, Shia LaBeouf, Khleo Thomas, Patricia Arquette 

Available as of December 6th
 

A Werewolf Boy

After moving to the country to cope with illness, city girl Suni befriends a mute boy who appears to have literally been raised by wolves. But violent conflict brews when another man seeks Suni's attention.

Director: Jo Sung-hee
Starring: Song Joong-ki, Park Bo-yeong, Yoo Yeon-seok, Young-nam Jang 

Available as of December 6th

American Horror Story: Asylum

Season 2 of this horror anthology brings new characters and a new location as Jessica Lange returns to portray the administrator of an East Coast mental institution for the criminally insane in the 1960s.

Creators: Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk
Starring: Evan Peters, Jessica Lange, Zachary Quinto, Sarah Paulson 

Available as of December 7th

C.O.G.

Based on a short story by David Sedaris, this comedy follows the brash young author as he travels to Oregon to work on an apple farm. The journey exposes him to all sorts of culture clashes, but what awaits him at the farm is far worse.

Director: Kyle Patrick Alvarez
Starring: Jonathan Groff, Denis O'Hare, Corey Stoll, Dean Stockwell, Casey Wilson, Troian Bellisario 

Available as of December 7th

Sightseers

Newly coupled Chris and Tina embark on an RV road trip to take in England's unique sights and rolling countryside. But as events and people inadvertently raise Chris's ire, the trip takes a gory wrong turn.

Director: Ben Wheatley
Starring: Alice Lowe, Eileen Davies, Steve Oram, Seamus O'Neill, Richard Glover 

Available as of December 10th

GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling

Via the rose-tinted memories of the women who lived it, this engaging documentary chronicles the fleeting cultural phenomenon that was "The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling," a weekly show that elevated its female grapplers to star status in the 1980s.

Director: Brett Whitcomb
Starring: Emily Dole, Dee Boocher, Angelina Altishin, Jeanne Basone, Dawn Rice, Lorilyn Palmer 

Available as of December 10th

The Angels' Share

After avoiding jail, Robbie vows to turn his life around for his newborn son. He has a talent for discerning fine whiskeys, and he and his community service cohorts hatch a plan to lift a few expensive bottles to buy themselves a better future.

Director: Ken Loach
Starring: Paul Brannigan, Siobhan Reilly, John Henshaw, Gary Maitland 

Available as of December 10th

Prince Avalanche

While repainting traffic lines along a burnt-out stretch of rural highway, a mismatched pair -- straightlaced Alvin and his girlfriend's harebrained brother, Lance -- form an unlikely bond that builds upon their differences.

Director: David Gordon Green
Starring: Paul Rudd, Emile Hirsch, Lance LeGault, Joyce Payne, Gina Grande, Lynn Shelton 

Available as of December 12th

Duress

Grieving after his wife's recent suicide, Richard Barnett (Martin Donovan) witnesses a brutal killing by the charismatic Abner Solvie (Sakis Rouvas). The widower's troubles multiply when Abner forces him to become his criminal protege by threatening to execute Richard's daughter (Ariel Winter). In order to keep her alive, Richard must behave like his psychotic captor in this tautly suspenseful thriller.

Director: Jordan Barker
Starring: Martin Donovan, Sakis Rouvas, Billy Wirth, Catherine Dent 

Available as of December 12th

Blackfish

This fascinating documentary examines the life of performing killer whale Tilikum -- who has caused the deaths of several people while in captivity -- and questions the safety and humaneness of confining these intelligent creatures.

Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite

Available as of December 12th

Lilyhammer | Season 2

Season 2 finds Frank enjoying his status as crime kingpin, nightclub owner, and father of twins. But being a dad is harder than he thought, and his snowbound gangster's paradise attracts unwanted attention from international rivals.

Distributor: Netflix
Starring: Trond Fausa, Tommy Karlsen, Steven Van Zandt, Robert Skjærstad 

Available as of December 13th
 

Talhotblond

Director Barbara Schroeder's true-crime documentary follows a love triangle whose participants had never met beyond cyberspace -- yet their passions ended up sending one member to prison and another to the grave.

Director: Barbara Schroeder
Starring: Thomas Montgomery, Steve Clement 

Available as of December 13th
 

Drug War (Du Zhan)

When an illegal-drug manufacturer gets arrested after a wild attempt to evade capture, police captain Zhang Lei senses an opportunity. But after convincing the man to betray his own cronies, Zhang wonders if he's not the one being played.

Director: Johnnie To
Starring: Honglei Sun, Louis Koo, Huang Yi, Wallace Chung  

Available as of December 13th
 

Street Thief

In this fascinating A&E IndieFilm, professional thief Kaspar Carr divulges his trade secrets when it comes to cracking safes, holding up stores, tapping phones and walking away with thousands of dollars in priceless merchandise. An inventive blend of fact and fiction, Street Thief is hardly a documentary, as its protagonist and story line are made up -- but the information it reveals about the criminal mind is shockingly true.

Director: Malik Bader
Starring: Malik Bader, Wesley Walker, Frank Zieger 

Available as of December 15th
 

Island at War

Set on a fictional slice of the Channel Islands, this engrossing series follows three families caught on the islands at the beginning of World War II, capturing their experiences as they grapple with the stress of daily life and global conflict.

Starring: Saskia Reeves, Philip Glenister, Owen Teale, Julia Ford, Sean Ward, James Wilby, Sean Gallagher, Joanne Froggatt, Samantha Robinson, Clare Holman 

Available as of December 15th
 

Not Fade Away

Inspired by the music of Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, three 1960s high-schoolers form a rock band in the New Jersey suburbs. James Gandolfini co-stars in this debut feature from "Sopranos" creator David Chase.

Director: David Chase
Starring: John Magaro, James Gandolfini, Bella Heathcote, Jack Huston 

Available as of December 16th
 

Little Birds

Lily and Alison struggle to overcome the boredom of being teenagers in a small town. When they meet three street kids and follow them to Los Angeles, the girls learn just how far they're willing to go to find their freedom and remain friends.

Director: Elgin James
Starring: Juno Temple, Leslie Mann, Kate Bosworth, Kyle Gallner, Kay Panabaker 

Available as of December 18th
 

Newlyweeds

Lyle and Nina love each other almost as much as they love smoking pot, and they earn enough between them to maintain a steady flow of buds. But as the days and months drift by in a smoky haze, Nina begins to long for a more stable life.

Director: Shaka King
Starring: Amari Cheatom, Trae Harris, Tone Tank, Isiah Whitlock Jr. 

Available as of December 18th
 

Lost and Found in Armenia

A vacation in Turkey meant to help an American tourist get over a recent breakup goes seriously awry when he ends up in Armenia accused of spying. Luckily for the tourist, he also meets a beautiful Armenian woman who risks her safety to save him.

Director: Gor Kirakosian
Starring: Jamie Kennedy, Angela Sarafyan, Mikael Pogosyan, Hrant Tokhatyan 

Available as of December 19th
 

Cutie and the Boxer

Explore the work and marriage of Ushio and Noriko Shinohara, who took America's art scene by storm after leaving Japan for New York. Each has created their own unique space, both in style ... and in their 40-year relationship.

Director: Zachary Heinzerling
Starring: Noriko Shinohara, Ushio Shinohara 

Available as of December 19th
 

The Citizen

Yearning to leave behind a difficult existence in the Middle East, Ibrahim Jarrah wins the green card lottery for a chance to become an American citizen. He arrives the day before the September 11 attacks, which forever change his life.

Director: Sam Kadi
Starring: Khaled Nabawy, Agnes Bruckner, Rizwan Manji, William Atherton, Cary Elwes, Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad 

Available as of December 19th
 

The Wall

Vacationing with a couple in their mountain retreat, a woman finds herself alone at the cabin one afternoon, inexplicably trapped by an invisible wall. Her isolation behind the barrier grows more surreal as hours, then days, then weeks pass.

Director: Julian Roman Pölsler
Starring: Martina Gedeck, Karl Heinz Hackl, Ulrike Beimpold, Wolfgang Maria Bauer, Hans-Michael Rehberg, Julia Gschnitzer 

Available as of December 20th
 

More Than Honey

Already hailed as a definitive work on the subject, this comprehensive documentary examines the disappearance of honeybee populations worldwide. Cutting-edge filmmaking illustrates the causes and consequences of this alarming phenomenon.

Director: Markus Imhoof

Available as of December 20th
 

Food, Inc.

Drawing on the nonfiction books Fast Food Nation and The Omnivore's Dilemma, director Robert Kenner's provocative, Oscar-nominated documentary looks at the food industry's detrimental effects on human health and the environment.

Director: Robert Kenner

Available as of December 20th
 

Chocolate (Fury)

Acclaimed Thai action director Prachya Pinkaew helms this martial arts drama, which follows Zen (JeeJa Yanin), a young autistic woman who discovers that she has the uncanny ability to absorb precision fighting skills just by watching martial arts movies. When her cancer-ridden mother's creditors come calling, Zen attempts to settle the debts by standing up to a hardnosed gang of criminals who have wrongfully swindled money from her family.

Director: Prachya Pinkaew
Starring: JeeJa Yanin, Ammara Siripong, Hiroshi Abe, Pongpat Wachirabunjong 

Available as of December 20th
 

Stand Up Guys

This tough-guy comedy follows the rambunctious reunion between three retired gangsters and their reminiscences of wild times and crimes gone by. Energized by their own memories, the drunken friends unwisely undertake a reckless criminal adventure.

Director: Fisher Stevens
Starring: Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, Alan Arkin, Julianna Margulies 

Available as of December 23rd
 

Turbo FAST

Join Turbo and his posse on the Turbo Fast Action Stunt Team. Filled with outrageous comedy, action and laugh out loud fun, "Turbo FAST" amps up everything to the extreme: extreme adventures, extreme challenges, and extreme excitement.

Distributor: Netflix
Starring: Eric Bauza, John Eric Bentley, Michael Patrick Bell, Reid Scott, Phil LaMarr, Amir Talai, Grey DeLisle 

Available as of December 25th