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The best new movies on Netflix

Stream your socks off with our pick of the best new movies available to stream in the UK right now

Written by
Rob Martin
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From mask-headed rockers to knife-wielding chop-sockers, some of 2014’s finest films were added to Netflix in February – along with one of the most hilariously awful revenge flicks ever made. So put your feet up and be entertained by our list of the ten best films new to stream – plus one that simply has to be seen to be believed.

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  • Horror

Ever wondered what ‘Saving Private Ryan’ would look like if George A Romero had directed it? Gory, if this breakneck, D-Day-set zombie movie is anything to go by. The set-up has a group of American paras stumbling upon a secret Nazi facility where things turn undead in a hurry. This bloody blast of a horror movie is actually the work of Aussie filmmaker Julius Avery. 


Added to Netflix UK Oct 11.

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  • Action and adventure

Brad Pitt is at his most handsome and taciturn in this grand, old-school epic from Ed Zwick (‘Glory’). It’s hardly subtle in either its story machinations or tragic moments, but it has a historic sweep and a romantic core that will bring together war-movie buffs and fans of weepies for an unlikely sofa-based alliance. 

Added to Netflix UK Oct 10.

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The Forty-Year-Old Version
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The Forty-Year-Old Version

New York playwright-turned-filmmaker Radha Blank’s debut comedy has loads to say for itself: about success (or lack thereof), about gentrification, about cultural gatekeepers, about race, and about being true to yourself. Funny, fierce and full of edge and smarts, ‘The Forty-Year-Old Version’ is essential viewing.

Added to Netflix UK Oct 9.

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Londoner Shola Amoo’s first film, ‘A Moving Image’, was a sensitive, sideways look at race and gentrification in Brixton. His follow-up is another gem, this time with a semi-autobiographical edge. It follows a British-Nigerian foster kid coming up the hard way on an Elephant & Castle estate. Both movies are streaming on Netflix now.

Added to Netflix UK Oct 1. 

 

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  • Comedy

If you found Charlie Kaufman’s ‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’ a bit bleak, this 2002 meta-comedy, scripted by Kaufman and directed by Spike Jonze, makes for a slightly shallower dive into the deep waters of Kaufmanesque angst. The blocked, tortured artist this time is played by a sweaty, fidgety Nicolas Cage. He’s a writer whose twin brother (also Cage) is annoyingly untroubled by self-reflection. Meryl Streep is great as real-life novelist Susan Orlean. 

Added to Netflix UK Oct 1. 

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  • Horror

Until the next season of ‘Stranger Things’ lands, JJ Abrams’s sci-fi blockbuster can provide the ’80s-homaging helping of pop-culture comfort food you need. It’s produced by Steven Spielberg and ticks a multitude of Spielbergian boxes: big spectacle, talented young actors, and paranoia-inducing military cover-ups. 

Added to Netflix UK Oct 1.

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