New on Netflix for April 2016
(KUTV) - For the second month in a row Netflix unleashes a fantastic variety of new titles coming to their streaming service.
Before he was Tony Stark,Robert Downey Jr. wowed audiences with his Oscar-nominated performance as Charlie Chaplin in Richard Attenborough's fantastic biopic "Chaplin." A familiarity with Chaplin's films helps, but isn't required.
"Begin Again" (2013)
Keira Knightly, Mark Ruffalo and Adam Levine star in John Carney's tale about a music executive (Ruffalo) who tries to get his career back on track by working with a talented young musician (Knightly).
"ThePrincess Bride" (1987)
It's hard to imagine that there was a time when "Princess Bride" wasn't a family staple. Rob Reiner directs Cary Elwes, Robin Wright and Mandy Patinkin in this beloved adaptation of William Goldman's fantasy about a farm girl, who is lamenting the loss of her true love, is chosen to marry Prince Humperdinck.
"Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 2"
I haven't even had a chance to watch the first season of "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," the story of a woman (Ellie Kemper) saved from a doomsday cult, and I'm even excited for its second season. Good thing I have a couple of weeks to catch up. (Available 4/15/16)
"The Running Man" (1987)
The '80s were a glorious for those who couldn't get enough ofArnold Schwarzenegger and his seemingly endless string of successful campy sci-fi films that were essentially Roger Corman B-movies dressed up as big-budget films. "The Running Man" finds Schwarzenegger starring as Ben Richards, a former cop wrongly blamed for a massacre. Following a failed prison break Richards is given one last chance for freedom if he can only elude the group of killers that are stalking while the world watches the event live on TV.
Other recommended titles include Stanley Kubrick's "2001" and "A Clockwork Orange;" Paul Thomas Anderson's "Boogie Nights;" Julia Roberts's Oscar-winning performance in "Erin Brockovich;" Al Pacino in "Looking for Richard;" Clint Eastwood's excellent drama "Mystic River;" the story of the Mercury 7 astronauts in "The Right Stuff:"Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman in the classic "The Shawshank Redeption;" Billy Wilder's "Sunset Boulevard;"the family friendly "Minions;" the hysterical action of "Transporter 3;" the documentaries "Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine" and "Team Foxcatcher" as well as stand-up comedy from Patton Oswaltand the very funny dog-competition mockumentary "Best of Show."
Here's a look at the complete list:
All title and dates are subject to change.
Film descriptions provided by Netflix
"16 Blocks" (2006)
Tasked with escorting a prosecution witness to court, an aging cop gears up for the 16-block trek but they'll be lucky to make it there alive.
"2001: A Space Odyssey" (1968)
Stanley Kubrick's sci-fi classic probes the mysteries of space and human destiny. While investigating the appearance of mysterious monoliths throughout the universe, astronauts David and Frank battle their ship's intelligent computer, HAL-9000.
"A Clockwork Orange" (1971)
Against a bleak futuristic landscape, young sociopath Alex DeLarge spends his time stealing, raping and beating innocent people in nihilistic orgies of violence, all in an attempt to get his nightly kicks.
"Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown: Season 5"
This CNN original series has chef Anthony Bourdain traveling to extraordinary locations around the globe to sample a variety of local cuisines.
"The Ascent of Woman: A 10,000 Year Story"
A groundbreaking four-part documentary series originally created for BBC2 in the UK that charts the role of women in society over the course of 10,000 years. Dr. Amanda Foreman's landmark series is the first ever documentary to present the history of women from the dawn of civilization to the modern day. The Ascent of Woman argues that the history of women isn't a straight line from Eve's apple to Margaret Sanger's Pill. Instead, over the past ten thousand years it has veered wildly between extremes of freedom and oppression, inclusion and exclusion.
"Beat Bobby Flay: Season 1"
Two chefs create mouthwatering masterpieces, and the winner will prepare his or her own signature dish in a showdown with celebrity chef Bobby Flay.
"Best in Show" (2000)
Master mockumentarian Christopher Guest turns his cameras on the neurotic contestants vying for top honors in a highly competitive dog show.
"Bob's Burgers: Season 5"
This Emmy-winning animated series centers on Bob Belcher and his ragtag burger-flippers, who are desperate to get their greasy spoon off the ground.
"Boogie Nights" (1997)
A well-endowed busboy is taken in by a tight-knit group of 1970s porn actors and transforms himself into skin flick celebrity Dirk Diggler. Dirk's rising star shrinks, however, when he becomes intoxicated by success, drugs and delusions of grandeur.
A teenager finds an escape from her unhappy home life when she meets a charismatic new student, but their friendship grows increasingly toxic.
This dramatic biopic recounts comic icon Charlie Chaplin's poignant journey through triumph, failure, infamy and government persecution.
"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" (2005)
Charlie is one of five golden-ticket holders treated to a tour of Willy Wonka's chocolate factory in Tim Burton's take on the children's classic.
Addressing the glaring gender gap in the U.S. technology workforce, this documentary spotlights the Technovation Challenge, a competition aimed at encouraging highschoolage females to focus on technical sciences.
Inspired by the movie "Thelma & Louise," three young people with Down syndrome leave the institution where they live to take a road trip together.
Adapted from Stephen King's best-selling novel, this 1983 horror flick chronicles a chilling tale of man's best friend turned satanic killer.
"Cutthroat Kitchen: Seasons 3-4"
The chefs face more grueling challenges: One must cook a dish with only tin foil and heat, and another has to cook mussels with a clothes steamer.
"Deep Impact" (1998)
A 7-mile-wide space rock is hurtling toward Earth, threatening to obliterate the planet. To save the world, the U.S. president appoints a steely veteran astronaut to lead a joint AmericanRussian crew into space to destroy the comet before impact.
"Dennis Rodman's Big Bang in Pyongyang" (2015)
This film depicts former NBA star Dennis Rodman's controversial and often hilarious efforts to stage a peace-making basketball game in North Korea.
"Dolphin Tale" (2011)
A badly maimed juvenile dolphin is given a new tail, and a new life, through the efforts of the humans who save it in this true-life adventure saga. After losing its tail to a crab trap, the dolphin is doomed until a young boy spots its plight.
"Erin Brockovich" (2000)
Julia Roberts earned an Oscar in this emotional drama for her portrayal of a twice-divorced mother who sees an injustice and takes on the bad guys.
Dreaming of space travel, a teenage science whiz and his best friend create an interplanetary spacecraft in a homemade laboratory.
"Fixer Upper: Season 2"
Join Texas design experts Chip and Joanna Gaines as they help home-buyers turn less-than-perfect properties into dream houses.
"Frank and Cindy" (2015)
A student filmmaker vengefully turns his camera on his bitter mom and washed-up rock star stepdad in this dramedy based on a documentary.
"Giada at Home: Season 7"
Giada De Laurentiis shares recipes and entertaining tips with a laid-back California flair, from gameday snacks to dinner parties to fusion cuisine.
"The Great Food Truck Race: Seasons 12"
Food truck teams compete as they cruise across the country, trying to outsell one another in each city to avoid elimination and land a big cash prize.
"House Hunters Collection: Collection 3"
Prospective buyers and their realtors deal with both the practical and the emotional repercussions of finding and purchasing their dream home.
"House Hunters International Collection: Collection 3"
House hunters and their realtors check out a range of architectural styles and work through the quirks of buying real estate in various countries.
"House Hunters International Renovation: Season 1"
Prospective homebuyers shop the globe to find abodes with serious potential, then renovate against all odds to make them moveinready.
"Jeremy Scott: The People's Designer" (2015)
The journey of fashion designer Jeremy Scott from humble roots on a Missouri farm to creative director of Moschino is charted in this documentary.
"Kids Baking Championship: Season 1"
Preteen bakers face off in an elimination baking contest, creating delightful desserts and contending with the judges' lastminute challenges.
"Looking for Richard" (1996)
Oscar winner and renowned thespian Al Pacino searches for a way to channel Shakespeare's flawed hero in this selfeffacing documentary that faithfully chronicles what went on behind the scenes when "Richard III" was revived for the New York stage.
"Lost & Found Music Studios: Season 1" NETFLIX ORIGINAL
A group of talented young performers in a unique elite music program hope to turn their passion into their profession..
"Love It or List It, Too: Season 4"
When families outgrow or otherwise become disconnected with their homes, a realtor and a designer help them decide: renovate or relocate?
"The Mask You Live In" (2015)
This documentary on the American "boy crisis" explains how to raise a healthier generation of men and features interviews with experts and academics.
A perilous game of cat and mouse ensues when a German defector employed by the British poses as a Nazi officer to gain entry onto a freighter to disarm explosives on the vessel, which is carrying a valuable load of crude rubber.
"My Girl" (1991)
This coming-of-age tearjerker follows a momentous summer in the life of 11-year-old Vada Sultenfuss, who learns powerful lessons about love and loss as she grapples with profound changes including a new woman in her widowed father's life.
"Mystic River" (2003)
Tragedy reunites childhood friends Sean, Dave and Jimmy when they're linked together in the Boston-based murder investigation about Jimmy's teenage daughter. But while detective Sean works the case, Jimmy launches his own quest for the truth.
"The Next Best Thing" (2000)
Abbie and Robert are single friends who never let sex get between them it's never been an issue, as he's gay. But one night, a little too much wine leads to an unexpected tryst. Abbie decides to keep the baby, and Robert offers to help raise it.
"The Perfect Storm" (2000)
As a huge storm approaches, a fisherman who's on a run of bad luck risks everything for an enormous catch, going beyond his boat's normal reach.
"The Phantom" (1996)
In 1930s New York City, the purple-clad Phantom's longtime effort to crush a culture of evil pits him against megalomaniac villain Xander Drax.
"The Princess Bride" (1987)
Blending comedy, adventure, romance and fantasy, this cult classic follows peasant farmhand Westley as he battles three bumbling outlaws and a nefarious prince to win the hand of his one true love, a young woman named Buttercup.
"Property Brothers at Home: Season 1"
"Property Brothers" Jonathan and Drew Scott spend a season renovating their own Las Vegas home to prepare for an upcoming family reunion.
"The Ranch: Part 1" NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Being a pro athlete didn't pan out for Colt. Now he's helping his dad and brother keep the ranch a float, and figuring out how he fits into the family.
"Rev Run's Sunday Suppers" (2014)
A hip-hop pioneer and his wife share their favorite recipes as they cook up a storm for Sunday dinner with family and friends.
"The Right Stuff" (1983)
The adaption of Tom Wolfe's best-seller chronicles NASA's transition from breaking the sound barrier to the astronaut expeditions of the 1960's.
"Rising Sun" (1993)
An exinvestigator familiar with Japanese customs helps an American detective solve the murder of a call girl during a corporate gala in Tokyo.
"The Running Man" (1987)
In a totalitarian future America, cop Ben Richards is framed for a massacre and sentenced to battle for his life on a violent game show.
"Say It Isn't So" (2001)
Likable but dorky animal-control officer Gilly Noble meets hairstylist Jo Wingfield when she gives him a trim (and lops off part of his ear). After they fall in love and get engaged, Gilly discovers...
"The Shawshank Redemption" (1994)
Framed for murder, upstanding banker Andy Dufresne begins a new life at Shawshank prison, where he comes to be admired by the other inmates including an older prisoner named Red for his integrity and unquenchable sense of hope.
A coldhearted TV exec is about to discover the true meaning of Christmas the hard way in this wild, woolly spin on Dickens's A Christmas Carol.
"Something's Gotta Give" (2003)
Still sexy at 60, Harry Sanborn is having the time of his life, wining, dining and bedding women half his age. But when he agrees to go to the Hamptons with his girlfriend, their getaway goes awry after her playwright mother stops in unannounced.
"Sunset Boulevard" (1950)
Running from debt collectors, screenwriter Joe Gillis stumbles upon the crumbling mansion of former silent-film star Norma Desmond. As he begins penning a comeback screenplay for her, their professional relationship evolves into something more.
"Transporter 3" (2008)
Buckle up and hold on tight for this installment of the action-packed franchise, which follows mercenary driver Frank Martin as he takes on the task of delivering important cargo ... no questions asked.
"Uncommon Valor" (1983)
Jason Rhodes is at his wit's end not knowing what has happened to his son, who's been missing in action for over a decade. After useless appeals to the government, Rhodes takes matters into his own hands, storming Vietnam to carry out a daring task.
"Under the Same Moon" (2007)
Rosario, a woman working illegally in the United States, struggles to provide a better life for her son Carlitos, who remains at home in Mexico.
"V for Vendetta" (2005)
A masked freedom fighter known as "V" takes up arms against the totalitarian government in a futuristic Britain. Finding an unlikely ally in a young woman named Evey Hammond, V urges the citizenry to fight the oppression of the state.
"Walt Before Mickey" (2015)
This portrait of a young Walt Disney traces his path from Missouri to Hollywood, as he juggles big breaks, raw business deals and a budding romance.
"God's Pocket" (2014)
A blue collar worker tries to cover things up when his stepson is killed in a suspicious accident, but a local reporter senses something's amiss. A deaf writer who retreated into the woods to live a solitary life must fight for her life in silence when a masked killer appears in her window.
"Look Who's Back" (2015)
It is present day summer and Adolf Hitler suddenly wakes up on the site of his former bunker, now a residential area of Berlin, 70 years after his presumed demise. The war is over, his party is no more, his beloved Eva is not there to console him and the present German society is so multicultural he does not recognize it. But, against all the odds, Adolf Hitler begins a new career on television because he is universally mistaken for a brilliant comedian - even though he is indeed the genuine article and his intentions have not changed...
"Girl Meets World: Season 2"
"Boy Meets World" couple Cory and Topanga Matthews are back in this sitcom that focuses on the continuing adventures of their young daughter.
"TURN: Washington's Spies: Season 2"
Set in 1778, this period drama recounts the story of Abe Woodhull, an American cabbage farmer obliged to begin spying on the British enemy.
"AJIN: Season 1" NETFLIX ORIGINAL
A teenager discovers that he is an Ajin and flees before the authorities experiment on him. Other Ajin plan to fight back and he must choose a side.
A brain-addled war vet, a failing band manager and a Stanley Kubrick impersonator help the CIA construct an epic scam by faking the 1969 moon landing.
"Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine" (2015)
This unflinching documentary examines the exacting work environment created by Apple's mercurial CEO and his cultlike influence on technology culture.
Two brothers become partners in a modest nightclub and turn it into the hottest spot in town, but their exhilarating rung of success comes at a price.
"Cuckoo: Season 3" NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Rachel is still heartbroken and missing the son-of-her-dead-husband-by another-mother, but has managed to salvage a certain friendship with her jilted former fiance, Ben. Just as life looks like it's about to return to normal in the Thompson household, a transformed Dale returns from China to shake things up all over again. Meanwhile, Ken and Lorna are preparing for the birth of their unexpected new baby, and their son Dylan is getting ready to leave for university.
"Kong King of the Apes" (Film & Series) NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Film (Episode 1): In the not so distant future, ruthless poachers are flying to San Francisco to deliver a black market baby ape when he breaks out of his cage and causes their chopper to crash. Luckily for the baby ape, acclaimed bionic scientist, Dr. Leo Remy and his twin sons are camping nearby. Dr. Remy's son Lukas convinces his dad to take the 'little ape' home with them, despite the protests of his brother Richard. One night, Richard accidentally sets his father's new lab on fire. Kong bravely rescues the boy, but in order to treat his injuries, Richard must become a bionic boy.
One stormy night, Kong risks his life to rescue a family in danger. As his reward, police exile him to Alcatraz Island. Suddenly thousands begin coming from all around the world to get a glimpse of the gigantic 'hero'. However, with the help of his sons, Dr. Remy is soon able to convert the situation into the fulfillment of a lifelong dream: The Remy Natural History and Marine Preserve, soon to be better known as Kong Island but Richard has other plans. Having created dozens of lifesize Bionobotic Dinosaurs, Richard tries to use them to take down Kong, who narrowly escapes thanks to Lukas. From this point forward, Kong and Lukas are hunted fugitives.
Series (Episodes 2-13): It's 2050 and the future looks bright for San Francisco's Alcatraz Island since its transformation into the most impressive Natural History and Marine Preserve on the planet. But when the star attraction suddenly goes ape and KONG becomes public enemy number one, the villain that framed him is free to unleash an army of gigantic robotic dinosaurs on the unsuspecting world. Ironically, Kong is the only force formidable enough to stop these superpowered dinosaurs and the evil genius manipulating them. But Kong is now the world's most hunted fugitive. Fortunately, there are a handful of young humans who know the truth and are willing to risk their lives to help Kong evade capture, while he battles to save humankind.
"Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 2" NETFLIX ORIGINAL
When a woman is rescued from a doomsday cult and lands in New York City, she must navigate a world she didn't think even existed anymore.
"How to Get Away with Murder: Season 2"
Brilliant criminal defense attorney and law professor Annalise Keating, plus five of her students, become involved in a twisted murder case.
"Lost Girl: Season 5"
Discovering she's a succubus who sustains herself by feeding on the sexual energy of humans, seductive Bo sets out on a journey to understand herself.
"The Messengers: Season 1"
A mysterious object crashes on earth and a group of unconnected strangers die from an energy pulse it emits, but then reawaken to find out that they have been deemed responsible for preventing the impending Apocalypse.
"Catching The Sun" (2015)
This documentary explores the worldwide economics of the burgeoning solar energy industry and its impact on hopeful job seekers in the United States.
"Patton Oswalt: Talking for Clapping" (2016) NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Comedian Patton Oswalt is headed to Netflix next month with Patton Oswalt: Talking for Clapping. The one-hour comedy special premieres Friday, April 22. Oswalt delivers a fresh hour (and more) of brand-new stand-up that covers everything from misery to defeat to hopelessness. It's his most upbeat special to date. You will believe that a man is capable of: TALKING FOR CLAPPING.
Born to serve despicable villains, these crazy, yellow second-fiddles have a tragic history of accidentally killing off their masters. Without leadership they will perish, so three Minions head out on a dangerous journey to find their next evil boss.
"Begin Again" (2014)
Moving to New York City proves disastrous for a young singer after her boyfriend yields to the temptation of another woman. But opportunity comes knocking when she meets a recently axed music producer looking to launch her career and save his own.
"The Fosters: Season 3"
This offbeat drama charts the ups and downs of an interracial lesbian couple and their multiethnic brood of biological, adopted and foster children.
"Danger Mouse: Season 1" NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The world's greatest superspy returns to save the world with the help of hapless hamster Penfold and a collection of state-of-the-art gadgetry.
When 13-year-old delinquent Jacob lures his little brother, Wes, into trouble, the state sends the younger boy to live with an aunt.
"Special Correspondents" (2016) NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Ricky Gervais's hilarious comedy follows a struggling radio journalist and his hapless technician faking front-line war reports from a NYC hideout.
"Team Foxcatcher" (2016) NETFLIX ORIGINAL
With never-before seen home video, this film recounts the paranoid downward spiral of John E. du Pont and the murder of Olympic wrestler David Schultz.
"Sensitive Skin: Season 2"
Empty-nesters Al (Denis Lawson) and Davina Jackson (Joanna Lumley) have a wonderful life: They love their jobs, both still look great at 60, and they're ready for a fun new phase of their existence. But things don't go as swimmingly as they expect in this BBC television series. They find themselves dealing with professional issues, extramarital temptations and their 30yearold son Orlando's (James Lance) enduring case of arrested development.
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