As a fan of legal online movie streaming, I often hear that there is nothing both good and recent on the UK sites. Earlier in the week I set out 5 examples from Amazon prime instant video and now, as promised, it’s Netflix’s turn. As before, by “recent” I’m talking a UK release of January 2014 or later.
Update 1/9/15: Wow, it’s been a busy week or so on Netflix with The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Daniel Radcliffe-starring Horns and the critically acclaimed The Babadook standing out among the new arrivals. However drawn out it was, the third Hobbit movie would definitely have made this list and is a massive release for Netflix, arriving less than 9 months after its cinema debut.
22 Jump Street
I think few probably excepted 21 Jump Street to be anything other than dreadful so it was a really pleasant surprise when it came out in 2012. It’s maybe even more surprising that the sequel manages to match it. Good dumb summer fun.
…and at the slightly (!) weirder end of the scale we have Frank. I’m not really sure where to start on this but the poster does as a good job as any. Not going to be for everyone but well worth a look.
The Raid 2
Netflix actually has a good selection of big recent action movies. But while I was tempted to go for something higher-profile like the Rock’s “Hercules”, I simply couldn’t leave out the brilliant Raid 2. If you haven’t seen it, you should.
Sin City 2
In case you want your stylish action without the subtitles there’s always A Dame to Kill For, another high profile sequel from last year but available now. Some critics were unimpressed but, while it’s not a patch on the first, it’s still a solid follow up to the groundbreaking original.
Two days, one night – August 2014
For my last pick I’ve gone for Two days, One night. Although there are plenty of higher-profile options to complete this list, none of them are as well reviewed (with a current score of 89 on Metacritic and a Best Actress Oscar nomination for Marion Cotillard’s performance). With Amazon having 12 Years a Slave and The Imitation Game, this helps even up the lists a little. I’ve not seen it yet but it’s on the watchlist. Why not let me know what you think?
So those are my five big and recent releases available now on Netflix (UK). As you’d expect, there were others that didn’t quite make the list including…
Hercules – So close to pipping either the Raid 2 (which is much better) or Sin City 2 (which I decided was bigger). One day The Rock will get the hit he deserves.
Chef – Great cast and strong reviews, which would be well worth a place in a longer list.
The Expendables 3 – Big dumb fun from the “geri-actioners” (not my pun, sadly).
Robocop – Slick, high profile modern remake of a classic. You can probably guess the rest!
Earth to Echo – While they’ve invested heavily in original content, this and Postman Pat look like the only big family movies available that hit cinemas over the last 18 months.
In your eyes – Excellent little film written by Josh Whedon and starring Zoe Kazan but it looks like it didn’t get a UK cinema release.
P.s. Thanks again and a shout out to MaFt and his site at http://uk.newonnetflix.info/ which I used to research this piece. Check out this great site and follow the Twitter feed to keep up to date with what’s changed on Netflix (UK).