Latest Netflix movies: Which new releases to watch right now
Fargo and The Devil All the Time are new movies added to Netflix. Pic credit: Focus Features / Netflix
Every month, Netflix makes significant changes. Several movies leave the service, while the streaming giant adds several others to its library.
The good news is that Netflix is always adding original movies to its service, meaning they are building a library that will never leave.
However, at the same time, they are also adding classics and newer releases for at least a limited time that fans can enjoy watching anything they want.
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Here at Monsters & Critics, we will keep track of the latest movies added to Netflix, both originals and the best older movies, and let you know our picks for what you should find to watch each month.
Updated on October 2: These movies were all added to Netflix in the past four months and will be updated monthly, with the best new titles to watch. This list is for those films released in July through October 2020.
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Stranger Than Fiction (Oct. 1)
Will Ferrell in Stranger Than Fiction. Pic credit: Columbia Pictures
Will Ferrell took a step back in Stranger Than Fiction, a 2006 film that was not a typical Farrell comedy but instead played more like a Michel Gondry movie.
Stranger Than Fiction is a dark comedy playing on the idea of existentialism and identity, as Ferrell learns over the course of the movie that he is not a real person.
Instead, he is a fictional character named Harold Crick, an IRS worker in a novel by author Karen Eiffel (Emma Thompson). She is known for killing her protagonists, but when Harold starts to hear a voice narrating his story and realizes he is going to die, he sets out to stop it.
Fargo (Oct. 1)
Frances McDormand in Fargo. Pic credit: Focus Features
The Coen Brothers brought the world Fargo in 1996, a black comedy taking place in the snowy North Dakota countryside.
Frances McDormand stars as Marge Gunderson, a pregnant Minnesota police chief who is investigating a series of roadside murders. These might end up tying in with the kidnapping of a car salesman’s wife.
Two hapless criminals (Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare) kidnapped her and there is more to the crime than anyone knows.
Keeping the Coen Brothers darkly comic sensibilities, Fargo picked up seven Oscar nominations, including one for Best Picture. It won for Best Actress (McDormand) and Best Original Screenplay.
Cape Fear (Oct. 1)
Robert De Niro in Cape Fear. Pic credit: Universal
In 1992, one of the scariest movies of that era arrived with Martin Scorsese’s thriller remake of Cape Fear.
Scorsese remade the film and cast his long-time collaborator Robert De Niro as the crazed former prisoner who sets his sights on Nick Nolte’s attorney and his family, trying to find someone to blame for his prison time.
The movie also featured an early appearance by Juliette Lewis as Nolte’s young daughter. Both De Niro and Lewis picked up Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for their roles in the movie.
WarGames (Oct. 1)
Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy in WarGames. Pic credit: United Artists
In 1983, Matthew Broderick starred in the sci-fi action movie WarGames, where he plays David, a young hacker who accidentally breaks into the U.S. War Operation Plan Response.
Thinking it is a game that runs the simulation, but then he accidentally makes the nuclear weapons control system believe a nuclear war is imminent and it begins preparation to start World War III.
When he is arrested and accused of espionage and being a Soviet agent, David has to escape and find a way to prove his innocence.
Enola Holmes (Sept. 23)
Millie Bobby Brown and Henry Cavill in Enola Holmes. Pic credit: Alex Bailey/Legendary
Enola Holmes brings the young adult novels by Nancy Springer to life with Stranger Things actress Millie Bobby Brown starring as the teenage detective.
Elena is the teenage sister of Sherlock Holmes who runs away when her mother disappears, hoping to find where she went. Before she can learn anything, she ends up in the middle of a mystery where someone is trying to kill a young Marquess.
The movie looks to start a new series and this first effort was fantastic and deserves a sequel.
The Devil All the Time (Sept. 16)
Tom Holland as Arvin Russell in The Devil All the Time. Pic credit: Glen Wilson/Netflix
In The Devil All the Time, Tom Holland stars as Arvin, the son of a World War II vet named Willard.
Willard came home from the war with some severe PTSD and instilled the fear of God into his family.
However, after a chance encounter between Willard and Carl, the two men set out on different paths that lead to dead bodies and broken dreams, as the sins of the father are passed down as torture on his son.
Robert Pattinson also stars as a young preacher coming to town that has a lot more in mind than just spreading the gospel.
Barbershop (Sept. 1)
Ice Cube, Lil Kim, and Cedric the Entertainer in Barbershop. Pic credit: MGM
In 2002, Tim Story released the movie Barbershop to critical acclaim.
Ice Cube stars as a barbershop owner, who inherited the shop from his dad. However, he is struggling to make ends meet and has a lot of get-rich-quick schemes he is eying.
When he sells the shop one day without telling anyone, he immediately regrets it, knowing how important it is to the neighborhood but then he finds out he has to pay double by the end of the day to get it back.
Back to the Future (Sept. 1)
Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd in Back to the Future. Pic credit: Universal
Released in 1985, Robert Zemeckis directed Back to the Future. Michael J Fox stars as Martin McFly, a teenage boy who travels back in time to meet his parents.
However, he has to make sure that he doesn’t change the past, or he will delete himself from the future.
Christopher Lloyd stars as Doc Brown and the movie made the DeLorean a classic iconic car in cinema history.
Produced by Steven Spielberg, Back to the Future has stood the test of time and remains one of the best family movies available on Netflix.
Casino Royale (August 31)
Daniel Craig in Casino Royale. Pic credit: Sony
Daniel Craig took over the role of James Bond in the movie Casino Royale and the franchise reached new heights of success.
After the more cartoony aspects of the Pierce Brosnan era, Bond went gritty and dark with Craig and was the better for it.
This first film in the new era saw Bond at the start of his career as a 007, sent to assassinate some bad guys before ending up in a high stakes poker game with one of the deadliest terrorists in the world.
Project Power (August 13)
Jamie Foxx as Art and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Frank in Project Power. Pic credit: Skip Bolen/Netflix
Project Power hit Netflix as a new original superhero series with a twist.
Jamie Foxx and Joseph Gordon-Levitt star in the film about a miracle pill that gives the person who takes it almost limitless power for five minutes — but the costs might be more than they were willing to make.
Three people, a drug dealer, a cop, and a former soldier, set out to stop the distribution of this pill, but they soon find themselves in a myriad of deception and double-turns.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (August 1)
Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Pic credit: Focus Features
Charlie Kauffman is one of the most brilliant minds in cinema, although many of his movies seem to fly over the heads of mainstream audiences.
Arguably, his best movie came with Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, directed by Michel Gondry.
Jim Carrey is a mild-mannered man who meets a free-spirited woman played by Kate Winslet. After a fight, she instinctively goes to have a sci-fi procedure that removes all memories of him from her mind so she can just move on.
However, it isn’t as easy for him to move on and when he goes in for the same procedure, the movie plays out their memories as they slowly dissipate.
Being John Malkovich (August 1)
John Malkovich in Being John Malkovich. Pic credit: USA Films
A second Charlie Kauffman movie on this list is Being John Malcovich.
This one was directed by Spike Jonze and starred John Cusack as a man who found a mysterious floor in between two floors in a high rise building in New York City.
On that floor is a hidden door, where if a person enters and slides down a slide, they end up in the head of actor John Malkovich, who they can then control for a short time before being dumped o9nto the side of the New Jersey Turnpike.
Cusack’s character starts to profit from this until Malkovich realizes something is going on.
The Old Guard (July 10)
Matthias Schoenaerts and Charlize Theron in The Old Guard. Pic credit: Aimee Spinks/Netflix
Charlize Theron is Andy, an immortal warrior who has put together a team that includes three other immortals to battle enemies for centuries now.
However, when an American soldier dies and is resurrected as a new immortal, the group has to deal with what this means for them. Meanwhile, a new evil rises in a pharmaceutical entrepreneur wants to capture them and use their powers for his own nefarious purposes.
The Kissing Booth 2 (July 24)
Joey King, Joel Courtney, and Jacob Elordi starred in The Kissing Booth 2. Pic credit: Netflix
The Kissing Booth was a very successful original Netflix comedy movie that hit in 2018, and it ended up picking up a sequel just two years later.
The original movie focused on a late-blooming high school girl (Joey King) who falls for a bad boy high school senior (Jacob Elordi), only to find it ruined her relationship with her best friend.
The sequel follows the first movie, with Elle now a senior, as she narrates her time with Noah before he leaves high school and moves on to Harvard.
Be warned, the movie ends on a cliffhanger with Elle forced to make a tough decision. The good news is that there will be a Kissing Booth 3 on Netflix.
The Hater (July 29)
Maciej Musialowski as Tomasz in The Hater. Pic credit: Jaroslaw Sosinski/Netflix
The Hater is a movie that plays on today’s fears of never knowing who you can trust on social media.
The movie stars Maciej Musialowski as Tomasz Giemza, who was expelled from college for plagiarism. Lucky for him, he picks up a good job after this.
This is unlucky for many other people, as his job is at a company whose purpose is to send out misinformation online through social media to help their clients. When Tomasz destroys a political election to ruin someone, the film moves scarily into the world in which we live.
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