There’s nothing better than a stay-at-home movie night with your spouse… and nothing worse than spending 45+ minutes trying to find something decent to watch. Save yourself the pain and check out one of these 5 great new releases on Netflix this month.
1. The Wolf Of Wall Street
Even with all the hype, in some ways it still feels like this movie got overlooked. The Wolf of Wall Street came out at the same time as American Hustle, which stole a lot of its thunder – but Wolf is by far the better film. DiCaprio is all sleaze and slink as Jordan Belfort, the stock broker who defrauded investors and eventually wrecked his own life in the process. The movie hits its mark with a bullseye and that’s what great art should be. Warning though, the film is filthy dirty and isn’t for anyone who has an aversion to foul language or nudity. Bonus: the best monologue of Matthew McConaughey’s career.
2. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Super Sized Version
Basically, this movie throws 2000 jokes at the wall and you laugh at about 800 of them. Is that a good comedy by your standards? If so, you’ll enjoy this overstuffed version of the sequel starring Will Farrell as his career-defining character, the immutable 70’s weather man, Ron Burgundy.
3. Almost Famous
This movie is on many peoples’ Top 10 list and deservedly so. If you haven’t seen Cameron Crowe’s autobiographical tale of his time as a 13-year old writer for Rolling Stone magazine – yes, 13-years old – you are missing a modern masterpiece. Every single aspect of this film, from the cinematography down to the spellbinding performance of Kate Hudson, makes it worthy of a dozen viewings.
4. American Beauty
Kevin Spacey shines in director Sam Mendes’ Oscar Winning film. With a twisting, brilliant script that keeps you glued to the edge of your seat and an explosive, unforgettable climax, American Beauty is a hard film to deny. It can also be a hard film to watch, however, so make sure you’re in the mood for ths ‘dark’ drama.
5. Outside Providence
An under-the-radar film from the Farrelly Brothers (the guys who made There’s Something About Mary and Dumb and Dumber), this is a funny and poignant coming-of-age drama about a boy headed down the wrong path whose father enrolls him in a prep school in Connecticut. There are plenty of laughs, but it also has some tender moments. Alec Baldwin is hilarious as the boy’s father, Old Man Dunphy.