New on Netflix Instant | September 2013
September at the movies is always rather slow. All the just-didn't-make-summer "blockbusters" finally come out as well as those "not-quite-Oscar-material" movies hit theaters.
Lucky for you new Netflix Instant in September is filled with great options to pick from. From Oscar-winning films like There Will Be Blood to some great independent classics like Darren Aronofsky's Requiem for a Dream, you're pretty much set until your horror cravings next month.
But if that all sounds way too serious for you, there's always Zoolander and The Emperor's New Groove for you comedy intake.
Or maybe not so much interested in the laughs and looking for some romance? Netflix has recently added Nicholas Sparks' Safe Haven among Woody Allen's The Purple Rose of Cairo and the recent release To the Wonder.
This summer's blockbusters left you on a sour note concerning Will Smith? Why not put on the sci-fi classic Men in Black.
What if none of these movies interest me, because I've seen them all? Well, you can try some of these maybe --
And keep an eye out because Ricky Gervais' new Netflix Original Series Derek hits streaming September 12th.
There Will Be Blood
In this expansive drama, ambitious prospector Daniel Plainview strikes it rich when he buys the oil rights to a California family's ranch. As he turns a simple village into a boomtown, Plainview stokes the ire of a charismatic young preacher.
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Dano, Kevin J. O'Connor, Ciarán Hinds, Dillon Freasier, Sydney McCallister
Men in Black
In director Barry Sonnenfeld's hip sci-fi romp, a streetwise New York City cop is enlisted to work with a seasoned government agent on a top-secret team that monitors space aliens living on planet Earth, unbeknownst to the general public.
Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Starring: Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith
Ricky Gervais, creator of the original British version of "The Office," produces and stars in this heartwarming comedy-drama as Derek Noakes, a loyal English nursing home caretaker who sees only the good in everyone. Derek's sunny outlook comes in handy with his quirky coworkers and friends as they struggle against prejudice, government bureaucracy, and constantly shrinking budgets to care for the elderly residents who depend on them.
Starring: David Earl, Kerry Godliman, Ricky Gervais, Karl Pilkington
The Emperor's New Groove
In this animated Disney adventure, South American emperor Kuzco experiences a reversal of fortune when his power-hungry adviser Yzma turns him into a llama. Exiled to the wilderness, Kuzco turns to kindly villager Pacha for help.
Director: Mark Dindal
Starring: David Spade, John Goodman, Eartha Kitt, Patrick Warburton, Wendie Malick
This adaptation of the novel by Nicholas Sparks centers on a mysterious woman who arrives in a small North Carolina town and begins a new life but remains haunted by the terrifying secret that prompted her to travel across the country.
Director: Lasse Hallström
Starring: Josh Duhamel, Julianne Hough, Cobie Smulders, David Lyons, Noah Lomax, Red West
Requiem for a Dream
A widow's growing dependence on amphetamines and a self-help television show parallels the struggles of her heroin-addicted son and his girlfriend and friend in Darren Aronofsky's bleak drama.
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Starring: Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, Marlon Wayans, Christopher McDonald
To the Wonder
Soon after returning to his native Oklahoma with a beautiful woman he met in Paris, Neil finds himself drifting toward an old friend. Meanwhile, the woman he brought back with him has unfinished business with her first husband.
Director: Terrence Malick
Starring: Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Rachel McAdams, Javier Bardem
The Purple Rose of Cairo
Stuck in a dead-end job and saddled with an abusive husband, Cecilia depends on the movies for her escape. She sees one picture so often that the film's star walks off the screen and into her life and promptly falls in love with her.
Director: Woody Allen
Starring: Mia Farrow, Jeff Daniels, Danny Aiello, Paul Herman, Edward Herrmann, John Wood
Medical student Mary Mason is becoming dissatisfied with her path in life, mostly because she's piling up massive debt. But when she's offered a lucrative opportunity to get involved in extreme body-modification surgeries, she jumps at the chance.
Director: Jen Soska, Sylvia Soska
Starring: Katharine Isabelle, Antonio Cupo, Tristan Risk, David Lovgren
Saturday Night Fever
Director John Badham's musical ushered in the disco craze with the character of 19-year-old Tony Manero (John Travolta). By day, Tony's a paint store clerk, but at night he's a polyester-clad stallion who rules a Brooklyn nightspot with his partner, Stephanie (Karen Lynn Gorney). Although the plot addresses socioeconomic themes, it's the Bee Gees soundtrack and Travolta's strutting, Oscar-nominated moves that have made the film iconic.
Director: John Badham
Starring: John Travolta, Karen Lynn Gorney, Barry Miller
The fashion world is turned upside down when beautiful and utterly empty-headed male model Derek Zoolander discovers that fashion mogul Jacobim Mogatu is behind a plot to assassinate the prime minister of Malaysia.
Director: Ben Stiller
Starring: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Christine Taylor, Will Ferrell, Milla Jovovich, Jerry Stiller
In the future, catastrophic wars have transformed Earth into a barren wasteland with the remaining population crowded into megacities, where all-powerful cops -- including the ultraviolent Judge Dredd -- are on the hunt for drug-dealing terrorists.
Director: Pete Travis
Starring: Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, Lena Headey, Wood Harris
Available since August 24th.
Set in a postapocalyptic future, this end-of-days tale follows two survivors, a father and son, who navigate an ash-covered wasteland in search of a better life -- with only a sliver of hope that salvation awaits them at the end of their journey.
Director: John Hillcoat
Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Robert Duvall, Guy Pearce, Molly Parker, Michael Kenneth Williams
Available since August 25th.
Our Idiot Brother
Ned is a seemingly clueless but earnest idealist who must rely upon his three exasperated sisters for shelter and support after he's dumped by his fed-up girlfriend and loses custody of his beloved dog, Willie Nelson.
Director: Jesse Peretz
Starring: Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, Steve Coogan, Hugh Dancy
Available since August 27th.
After purchasing a curious old box full of mysterious relics, a young girl unwittingly unleashes the evil spirit residing within. Can the antique's new owner and her parents break the grip the demonic force has on their family?
Director: Ole Bornedal
Starring: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kyra Sedgwick, Natasha Calis, Madison Davenport
Available since August 30th.
Writer-director Richard Curtis's charming treatise on romance and relationships is an all-star ensemble comedy that tells 10 separate (but intertwining) London love stories, leading up to a spirited climax on Christmas Eve.
Director: Richard Curtis
Starring: Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson, Colin Firth, Liam Neeson, Laura Linney, Alan Rickman, Keira Knightley, Rowan Atkinson, Martine McCutcheon, Bill Nighy
Available as of September 17th.
The Kids Are All Right
Joni and Laser, the children of same-sex parents Nic and Jules, become curious about their sperm-donor dad and set out to make him part of their family unit. But his arrival complicates the household dynamics.
Director: Lisa Cholodenko
Starring: Julianne Moore, Annette Bening, Mark Ruffalo, Mia Wasikowska, Josh Hutcherson
Available as of September 17th.
Along Came Polly
After his wife dumps him on their honeymoon for their scuba-diving instructor, uptight Reuben reconnects with Polly, an irreverent childhood friend who teaches him to live life on the edge.
Director: John Hamburg
Starring: Ben Stiller, Jennifer Aniston, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Debra Messing, Alec Baldwin
Available as of September 16th.
Emily copes with her depression by taking antidepressant medication. But when her dire state apparently spirals out of control due to her husband's prison release, she turns to a new medication that alters her life forever.
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Starring: Rooney Mara, Jude Law, Channing Tatum, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Vinessa Shaw, Andrea Bogart
Available as of September 19th.
Film director Guido Contini faces a midlife crisis and struggles to complete his latest movie while juggling relationships with several women -- including his wife, his mistress and his mother -- in this musical based on the Broadway smash.
Director: Rob Marshall
Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Marion Cotillard, Penélope Cruz, Judi Dench, Fergie, Kate Hudson, Nicole Kidman, Sophia Loren, Giuseppe Spitaleri, Elio Germano, Martina Stella
Available as of September 19th.