New on Netflix Instant | July 2013
The heat of summer is on, and to beat that heat, there's nothing better than some Netflix on your chosen device.
July has plenty to offer, especially on the "new classic" front. The Truman Show and Can't Hardly Wait stick out as the winners for a flashback friday viewing.
Remember when Jim Carrey was trying to establish himself as a cross-over actor? Seems as long ago as the days WIll Smith was just a rapper.
On the new front, Expendables 2 is worth a watch, as it finally delivers on what the first Expendables promised.
Of last note, there's a few hidden gems this month. Dear Zachary is possibly the best documentary ever made, though heart-wrenching — no really, think, "I'm so sorry I ever watched Flipper after I watched The Cove," level of heart-wrenching. Also, Starlet, which played at SXSW a year back, hits the servers. Here are a few other quick hidden gems if you're into feeling lucky:
In this high-octane thriller, Mr. Church brings the Expendables back together for an easy job -- but things go wrong, and one of the mercenaries is brutally murdered. Now the band of hired guns goes on a mission of revenge in hostile territory.
Director: Simon West
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Jeane-Claude Van Damme
13 Going on 30
It's 1987, and geeky Jenna wants to be popular. When her 13th birthday party goes awry, and she makes a wish that she could just be 30 already, she wakes up to discover she's flash-forwarded 17 years. Now a successful magazine editor, Jenna finds out that being an adult isn't all it's cracked up to be.
Director: Gary Winick
Starring: Jennifer Garner, Mark Ruffalo
Can't Hardly Wait
At a wild party, newly minted high school graduates celebrate and ponder the future -- including love-struck dork Preston Meyers, who tries to work up the courage to act on his feelings for beautiful prom queen Amanda Beckett.
Director: Harry Elfont
Starring: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Seth Green
Jane, a 21-year-old slacker, finds $10,000 stashed in a thermos she buys at a garage sale. Unsure what to do with the money, she begins spending time with Sadie, the elderly widow who held the garage sale. Note: this film contains explicit content.
Director: Sean Baker
Starring: Dree Hemingway, Besedka Johnson
In this animated hit, a neurotic worker ant in love with a rebellious princess rises to unlikely stardom when he switches places with a soldier. Signing up to march in a parade, he ends up instead enlisted to fight against a termite army.
Director: Eric Darnell
Starring: Woody Allen, Sylvester Stallone
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
Trash-TV maven Chuck Barris has it all -- the hit series "The Gong Show" and the love of a good woman. But he also has a big, dark secret: He's a CIA assassin who kills while purportedly escorting his game show winners on their vacation prizes.
Director: George Clooney
Starring: Sam Rockwell,, Drew Barrymore
Filmmaker Kurt Kuenne's poignant tribute to his murdered childhood friend, Andrew Bagby, tells the story of a child custody battle between the baby's grieving grandparents and Shirley Turner, Bagby's pregnant ex-girlfriend and suspected killer. Initially, Kuenne made this documentary as a memorial for Andrew's loved ones, but it morphs into an emotional legal odyssey when Turner goes free on bail and is allowed to raise her son.
Director: Kurt Kuenne
Starring: Kurt Kuenne, Dr. Andrew Bagby
When he discovers that he has a twin he never knew existed, the studious Julius Benedict (Arnold Schwarzenegger) sets out to find his long-lost sibling and is shocked to discover that his brother is a diminutive petty crook (Danny DeVito). Kelly Preston, Tom McCleister and David Caruso also star in this hilarious 1988 laffer from veteran comedy director Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters, Kindergarten Cop).
Director: Ivan Reitman
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny DeVito
The Truman Show
Truman Burbank is the star of "The Truman Show," a 24-hour-a-day TV phenomenon that broadcasts every aspect of his life without his knowledge. When Truman discovers that his life is a sham for public consumption, he makes a desperate escape bid.
Director: Peter Weir
Starring: Jim Carrey, Ed Harris