New to Netflix Instant — July 2014

It’s finally July, so it’s time for a bunch of updates to Netflix’s streaming library. I’ll keep this list updated with links throughout the month.

Starting July 1st

12 Angry Men
Knowing full well that a guilty verdict means death, a jury of 12 men must decide the fate of an 18-year-old boy accused of killing his father.

A Raisin in the Sun (2008)
As a widow and her grown children eke out a living, the arrival of an insurance check stirs discord when the family starts making plans for the money. Trigger Warning: Includes P. Diddy.

American Ninja
Joe “GI Joe” Armstrong is having a bad day: Sentenced to military enlistment in the Philippines, Joe, a martial arts expert, is put in charge of a truck convoy.

Animorphs: Seasons 1 & 2
To save Earth from an insidious invasion by parasitic extraterrestrials, five teens team up with an alien that can morph into any animal.

Ararat
Taking on the killing of Armenians by the Turks during WWI, this drama chronicles the life of an Armenian American artist who survived the slaughter.

The Babysitter
An attractive, naive teen accepts a simple baby-sitting job and ends up receiving all kinds of unexpected attention from three different men.

Bad Santa
The greatest holiday film of all time. Watch it.

Basic Instinct
Det. Curran pursues a case involving Catherine, a writer and temptress who is suspected in a murder reminiscent of a crime detailed in her book.

This is that movie where Sharon Stone isn’t wearing underwear in front of Wayne Knight.

NEWMAN

Best Defense
Wylie Cooper believes that a new super-tank he designed is a real lemon on treads. T.M. Landry puts Cooper’s tank to the test during combat in Kuwait.

Blue Chips
A college basketball coach faces ethical issues when he embarks on a nationwide search for up-and-coming players to add talent to his underdog team.

Body of Evidence
A powerful and beautiful woman is on trial for the murder of her wealthy, older lover. Was it an intense lovemaking session that killed him?

Boyz N the Hood
A South Central Los Angeles high schooler struggles to please his father and to stay straight in a community polluted by drugs, violence and racism.

Can’t Buy Me Love
Tired of being an outcast, a nerdy teen offers his life savings of $1,000 to the most popular girl in school in exchange for dating him for a month.

Cheech and Chong’s Up in Smoke
Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong star in this tale of two stoners in search of the perfect stash of hash who end up cruising around in a van made of pot.

City of God
Growing up in a Rio de Janeiro slum, Rocket is able to avoid being drawn into a life of drugs and crime by having a passion for photography.

City of God

City of God is an awesome movie, you should watch it.

Crimson Tide
Controversy boils over when Soviet rebels point weapons at the United States, and the tactical message for one nuclear sub is cut off in transmission.

Croupier
A would-be writer lands a job as a croupier to make ends meet. But when he becomes involved with a gambler, he is lured into taking part in a heist.

The Dark Half
Author Thad Beaumont plots to separate himself from his nom de plume — crime novelist George Stark — by staging a mock murder of his alter ego.

Dead Man Walking
Scheduled to be put to death for brutally slaying two teens, Matthew seeks the aid of an activist nun who becomes his spiritual adviser.

Don’t Look Now
After their daughter’s accidental drowning, a couple relocates to Italy, where they meet a psychic who claims that she sees the child’s spirit.

Eight Men Out
John Cusack and D.B. Sweeney star as disgruntled Chicago White Sox players who agree to lose the 1919 World Series for a big payoff.

Fever Pitch
With the football (soccer) championships coming up, Paul doesn’t have time for love — or so he thinks until he meets Sarah, whose devotion lies elsewhere. This is the English version, not the Jimmy Fallon / baseball one.

Funny Face
Fred Astaire’s dancing feet come full circle in this musical about high-fashion photography in Paris, co-starring Audrey Hepburn as a young model.

Gandhi
Ben Kingsley stars as the diminutive attorney who stood up against British rule in India and became a global symbol of nonviolence and understanding.

Halloween: Resurrection
Michael Myers proves to his sister, Laurie, that he isn’t dead, while a television producer launches a reality show set in Michael’s childhood home.

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
Wayne spends his days and nights trying to get his miniaturization machine to work, and he succeeds — only to shrink his and his neighbor’s kids.

The Hunt For Red October
When a Soviet nuclear sub headed toward American waters drops off U.S. scanners, the Yanks and CIA analyst Jack Ryan scramble to respond.

Jersey Girl
When a music publicist suddenly faces single fatherhood and a defunct career, only a new love and his daughter’s courage can help him bounce back.

The Karate Kid
When bullied teen Daniel LaRusso teams with a martial arts master, he ends up learning much more than just self-defense in this classic underdog tale.

Part III… the forgettable one. (See also: Part II.)

The Karate Kid III… the forgettable one. (See also: Karate Kid II.)

The Karate Kid II
Karate champ Daniel LaRusso and Mr. Miyagi travel to Okinawa, where Miyagi visits his dying father and rekindles his feelings for a former flame.

The Karate Kid III
Daniel LaRusso and Mr. Miyagi are forced to defend themselves against an old rival, the sinister Cobra Kai sensei they defeated in the first film.

The Keys of the Kingdom
Gregory Peck turns in an Oscar-nominated performance in his second feature film, in which he plays a young priest whose nontraditional beliefs set him apart from his pious superiors (including Vincent Price).

Legends of the Fall
The Ludlow clan — father William and brothers Alfred, Tristan and Sam — splinters when Sam leaves to fight in World War I against his dad’s wishes.

Madeline
To save her boarding school from the real estate market, a mischievous French girl uses her wits to discourage prospective buyers.

The Manchurian Candidate
Two U.S. soldiers in the first Gulf War are programmed to rebel once they return home. Several years later, one becomes a vice presidential candidate. This is the Denzel version, not the Sinatra one.

Mean Girls
Cady joins her new high school’s most powerful clique — but there’s hell to pay when the ex-boyfriend of the clique’s leader wants to be Cady’s guy.

My Girl
This coming-of-age charmer follows a summer in the life of an 11-year-old girl who learns about love and loss as she grapples with profound changes.

Then don’t forget to try the action packed computer game.

My Girl 2
A teen makes surprising discoveries when she talks to her dead mother’s high school friends for an essay about someone she admires but has never met.

The Parent Trap
When two girls who seem to be polar opposites meet at summer camp, they think they have nothing in common — only to discover they’re identical twins.

Patton
This epic production follows Gen. George S. Patton as he guides his troops across Africa and Europe, illuminating a man whose life was defined by war.

People I Know
Al Pacino plays a has-been New York publicist whose last remaining A-list client is an actor with a taste for drugs and star-struck women.

Phantoms
Lisa and Jenny arrive in Snowfield for a ski trip, only to find the town deserted. Joined by a Sheriff and his deputies, they search for clues.

Philadelphia
Philadelphia attorney Andrew Beckett launches a wrongful termination suit against his law firm when they fire him because he’s gay and HIV-positive.

Primal Fear
When a blood-spattered altar boy is found running from a murder scene, his conviction seems certain — but his attorney is determined to win the case.

Primal Fear

Primal Fear

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
In the midst of peace negotiations with the Klingons, Capt. Kirk and Mr. Spock find themselves accused of murder when a Klingon vessel is attacked.

Star Trek: The Motion Picture
The Enterprise crew must stop an alien ship that’s approaching Earth in this first Star Trek film, which reunites the cast of the original TV show. I’m pretty sure this is the one where someone gets cut in half in the transporter.

Under the Tuscan Sun
After divorcing her cheating husband, Frances Mayes tries to overcome her depression and writer’s block by taking a vacation to Tuscany.

Venus
Oscar winner Peter O’Toole stars as a veteran actor whose quiet golden years turn topsy-turvy when he falls for a young and brash nude model.

Winnie the Pooh: Springtime with Roo
Spring has sprung, and baby Roo is excited to get out and explore and make new friends. But Rabbit seems preoccupied with spring cleaning, instead of embracing his usual role of playing Easter Bunny.

Coming later this month:

The Believer (July 3)
Young New York Jew Danny struggles with the conflict between his beliefs and his heritage and eventually climbs the ranks of a neo-Nazi organization.

Knights of Sidonia Season 1 (July 4)
A hero rises to save a world that’s also a spaceship under siege by an alien threat in this original anime series based on the popular manga comic.

No God, No Master (July 4)
In 1919, federal agent William Flynn is assigned to track down those responsible for mailing packet bombs to prominent citizens and politicians.

Black Rock (July 5)
Three women’s vacation on a remote island turns into a nightmare when they realize a sinister neighbor doesn’t appreciate their presence.

Bottled Up (July 5)
A middle-aged mom with a passion for plants puts her life on hold to cope with her adult daughter’s addiction to prescription drugs.

Renoir (July 6)
In 1915, vibrant teenager Andrée brightens the lives of the elderly painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir and his son, future filmmaker Jean.

Homefront (July 9)
Out of the Furnace (July 9)
The Battered Bastards of Baseball (July 11)
Hemlock Grove Season 2 (July 11)
Sleeping Beauty (July 12)
The Master (July 14)
Hitch (July 14)
The Last Days (July 15)
Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures Season 1 (July 17)
Baby Daddy Season 3 (July 18)
Melissa & Joey Season 3 (July 18)
Hell on Wheels Season 3 (July 19)
Lost Girl Season 4 (July 24)
Continuum Season 3 (July 26)
Christmas with the Kranks (July 26)