The big-time breakthrough of L.A. auteur Kathryn Bigelow (Strange Days) is an Iraq movie done right: no politicizing; only stoic, Hawksian men of action holding up under pressure. It’s an acute portrayal of the daily pressures of Iraq-based bomb defusers. Jeremy Renner’s central performance has an eerie calm about it.
They call ’em the dog days and, sure enough, Netflix has a terrific dog movie for you come August: the dreamlike revenge fantasy White God. Elsewhere on their just-announced lineup, there’s the anxiety of a Hefner-like impresario (The Look of Love) and two of last year’s most impressive female turns, one from Kristen Wiig (Welcome to Me) and the other from Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night). Here are the five most exciting new Netflix movies to stream on your couch, plus a complete list of everything that’s being added to the service this month.