This cult favorite Warren Beatty comedy opens with an image of disillusionment: Alone in his study, a Democrat Senator (Beatty), up for re-election in 1996, sits in front of his VCR, weeping at repeated shots of himself extolling ‘liberal’ values. At the end of his rope, he takes out a contract on his life (after lining up massive life insurance for his daughter), then goes to a rally in South Central LA where, to the horror of his aides, he tells the black assembly how little they and other impoverished groups mean to politicians of every hue. Aroused both by their response and by the sight of a young woman in the audience (Berry), Bulworth accompanies her to a club where, driven and dazed by desire, drugs and dance, he rediscovers the will both to live and to make a difference simply by telling the awful truth. This is that rare thing: a Hollywood satire/conspiracy thriller that takes its politics seriously, is prepared to provoke and even offend, and actually takes risks, dramatic and otherwise.
July is one of the biggest months of the year at the box office, and so it might be refreshing that Netflix isn’t unleashing any monster-sized new titles during the height of summer (their biggest launch is unquestionably the serialized follow-up to Wet Hot American Summer). On the contrary, you can cool off by catching up with a some of the previous year’s most provocative indies, from Spike Lee’s strange and steamy Ganja & Hess remake to Riley Stearns’s cult comedy, Faults. 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.