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Sometimes it's good to focus on the donut of what is new or still remaining on Netflix, rather than the hole of what's going away. Here, contributors share their knowledge and opinions of upcoming, newly arrived, and existing titles.



Contents:
Amélie
Atonement
Batteries Not Included
Big Eyes
The Big Short 
Cave of Forgotten Dreams
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close 
Finding Vivian Maier 
The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden
Heathers
Hidden Kingdoms
History of the Eagles
The Hunting Ground 
The Irish Pub 
Kung Fury
The Look of Silence
Lovesick - Series 
Minions 
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries Series
My Beautiful Broken Brain
Person of Interest Series
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Reincarnated 
Secrets of Great British Castles Series
Spiral Series
Spotlight 
The Square and Winter on Fire
Sunset Boulevard  
Theeb 
The Time In Between Series
Turn Series  
Velvet Series 
Walt Disney Animation Studios Short Films Collection
The Way Back 

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Amélie (2001)
5 Oscar noms
Art Direction
Cinematography
Foreign Language Film (France)
Sound
Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen)
— Pox Voldius

Atonement (2007)
1 Oscar win
Music (Original Score)
6 Oscar noms
Actress in a Supporting Role (Saoirse Ronan)
Art Direction
Cinematography
Costume Design
Best Picture
Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
— Pox Voldius, February 16, 2016

Batteries Not Included (1987)
A touching and funny story about help from unlikely places. An elderly couple is faced with eviction from their building, but they're in for a big surprise.  — Apple, April 22, 2016













Big Eyes (2014)
Interesting story of Margaret Keane, and how she became known. Some decent performances, but only an okay film. Plays too much like a standard biopic; maybe a different director could have given the story the film it deserved. But the scene where Waltz cross examines himself has to be seen to be disbelieved.  
— Brian Clarkson, November 14, 2016

The Big Short (2015)
1 Oscar win
Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
4 Oscar noms
Actor in a Supporting Role (Christian Bale)
Directing (Adam McKay)
Film Editing
Best Picture

I quite liked the style of storytelling in this one - educational, entertaining, and irreverent all at the same time.  — Pox Voldius, July 6, 2016

Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010)
[A Werner] Herzog documentary that I highly recommend is Cave of Forgotten Dreams, but if you are set up for 3D at home, buy it and watch it on Blu-ray 3D instead of just watching it flat on Netflix.
— Achernar, April 17, 2016












Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2011)
2 Oscar noms
Actor in a Supporting Role (Max von Sydow)
Best Picture
— Pox Voldius, July 1, 2016

Finding Vivian Maier (2013)
Vivian Maier was a talented street photographer and nanny, whose work was discovered when a box of her negatives was purchased at auction. John Maloof, who discovered the negatives, decided to find out more about her, and ended up making this documentary. The documentary is an interesting portrait of what Maloof discovered of her life and of her probable mental illness.

I got to see this film at what was then our local movie theater for its only showing in the state outside Atlanta.  — Achernar, March 19, 2016

The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden (2013)
An IMDb reviewer called this "Darwin meets Hitchcock." This documentary is built from home movies, voice-over readings from letters and diaries, and interviews with descendants and witnesses, telling of two German couples and a French "baroness" and her lovers, who are the only inhabitants of an isolated island in the 1930s, and whose story, developed slowly, becomes more and more bizarre over several years. It certainly kept my attention. Also, an interesting view of the Islands before modern Eco-management took over. Mostly in English, with some subtitled Ecuadorean Spanish.   — CanandaiguaNY, September 5, 2016

Fairly well paced, overly long, biographical, historical crime documentary.  2.0 stars
— Eric Vandenberg, September 6, 2016

Very good documentary that's a cross between Rashomon and a high-heeled Dateline NBC special. Interesting characters, video (including a short film featuring one of the main people), and use of visuals. The narration of the written materials by such actors as Cate Blanchett, Diane Kruger, and Connie Nielsen add to the atmosphere. It occasionally drifts from the narrative when it focuses on some of the people from present day, but otherwise worth seeking out.  — Brian Clarkson, September 7, 2016

Heathers (1989)
Dark comedy may not be for all tastes, but this story of two teens rebelling against high school society was pretty good.   — Brian Clarkson, November 26, 2016

Hidden Kingdoms (2014)
A charming 3-part documentary about some of the smaller members of the animal kingdom.  
— Apple, November 15, 2016












History of the Eagles (2013)  3.0 stars
Well paced, interesting, 3+ hour rock documentary; good mix of interviews, sound clips, and concert footage.  — Eric Vandenberg, October 2, 2016

The Hunting Ground (2015)
[3-14-16:] NF has just added The Hunting Ground, the exposé about the college campus sexual assault epidemic and its cover-up by school administrators, which was nominated for the Oscar for Music (Original Song - "Til It Happens To You" - Lady Gaga [with Diane Warren]).
http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2016/02/29/lady_gaga_s_oscar_performance_of_til_it_happens_to_you_was_both_awkward.html    

[Review update] Guaranteed to make you furious.  — Pox Voldius, June 13, 2016

The Irish Pub (2013)
A newly discovered favorite. Pull yourself a pint, and then pull up a chair. This is a relaxing and funny look at what local pub life is like. You'll like this if you enjoy a bit of local color and good story tellers.  
— Apple, August 18, 2016

Kung Fury (2015)                    
There are batshit-crazy homages to '80s action films, and then there's KUNG FURY—a 30-minute slice of gleeful insanity that arrived this week on Netflix and combines kung-fu, dinosaurs, Adolf Hitler, killer video games, bad synth riffs, and, for good measure, Viking women with machine guns. Oh, and it was made in Sweden. Glad I caught this one before canceling next month!  — David Speranza, October 24, 2015


The Look of Silence (2014)
Warning: This film contains interviews with members of the Indonesian death squads of the 1960's, who still consider the mass murder, torture & mutilations they participated in to be a good & heroic thing.  
— Pox Voldius, February 28, 2016

Lovesick (Scrotal Recall) - 1 Season (2014)    
Well acted and paced, highly amusing British romantic comedy-drama, with a horrible series title.  3.5 stars  
— Eric Vandenberg 
[Editor's note: This review was written prior to the series name change.]

Minions (2015)
NF just added Minions. Banana! Fun for the whole family. (And you don't need to have seen the Despicable Me films to be able to follow the story.)  — Pox Voldius, April 24, 2016












Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries - Series 1-3 (2012-2015)
Private detective Phryne Fisher solves mysteries in 1920s Melbourne. I find this show to be a lot of fun to watch. If you want excitement, you can't go wrong with this show.  — Apple, March 14, 2016













My Beautiful Broken Brain (2016)
I'm looking forward to the documentary My Beautiful Broken Brain that Netflix is adding tomorrow [March 18]. The trailer was fascinating.  — Apple, March 17, 2016

Person of Interest - Seasons 1-4 (2011-2015)
Former CIA agent Reese - now presumed dead - and billionaire software genius Finch join forces as a vigilante crime-fighting team. This show is fast paced and action packed.  — Apple, March 17, 2016

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl has returned to NF! And apart from just being a very fun movie, it also has:
5 Oscar noms
Actor in a Leading Role (Johnny Depp)
Makeup
Sound Editing
Sound Mixing
Visual Effects (John Knoll)
— Pox Voldius, December 26, 2015



Reincarnated (2012)  2.0 stars
Fairly well paced documentary.  — Eric Vandenberg

Secrets of Great British Castles - 1 Season (2015)
Dan Jones takes you into famous and infamous castles around England. He reveals a rich and sometimes scandalous backstory for each one. A must watch for any Anglophile.  — Apple, April 22, 2016

Spiral - 4 Seasons (2012)
There's an addition of note. Netflix is now streaming all four seasons of the French/BBC TV co-production Spiral. The fifth season is now being broadcast in those two countries. From what I've heard, this is the first non English-language show the Beeb has financed.
— CanandaiguaNY, October 2, 2015

I thought that Spiral was one of the best made series I have ever seen, a lot like a French version of The Shield, but darker and with a lot of different plot lines.
— Wellesley72, October 4, 2015

Spotlight (2015)
2 Oscar wins
Best Picture
Writing (Original Screenplay)
4 Oscar noms
Actor in a Supporting Role (Mark Ruffalo)
Actress in a Supporting Role (Rachel McAdams)
Directing (Tom McCarthy)
Film Editing
— Pox Voldius, June 22, 2016


The Square (2013) and Winter on Fire (2015)
As it turns out, it is not a completely terrible idea to watch The Square (about Egypt's revolution) right after watching Winter on Fire (about Ukraine's revolution). They both deal with protesters fighting a police state, and with revolution, turmoil, and uncertain future. But while Winter on Fire will make you angry, sad, and outraged, The Square takes a tone of optimism and hope for eventually achieving something better, even in the face of violence and setbacks.  — Pox Voldius, January 30, 2016

Sunset Boulevard (1950)  
3 Oscar wins
Art Direction (Black-and-White)
Music (Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture)
Writing (Story and Screenplay)
8 Oscar noms
Actor (William Holden)
Actor in a Supporting Role (Erich von Stroheim)
Actress (Gloria Swanson)
Actress in a Supporting Role (Nancy Olson)
Cinematography (Black-and-White)
Directing (Billy Wilder)
Film Editing
Best Motion Picture
This is the film that gave us the iconic line, "All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up."
— Pox Voldius

Theeb (2014)
1 Oscar nom: Best Foreign Language Film (Jordan)

I liked this one. Good, understated story and picturesque cinematography.  — Pox Voldius, July 4, 2016

The Time In Between - 1 Season (2013)
A young Spanish seamstress runs away with her lover to Tangier at the start of the Spanish Civil War. Needless to say, things do not go as planned. This show is full of love, loss, and intrigue. It starts off a little slow, but the backstory really adds to the show later down the line. If you're looking for a slow burn, this is the show for you.  — Apple, March 23, 2016

Turn - 2 Seasons (2015)
Set during the Revolutionary War is a story of spies and intrigue. If you like a little drama with your historical stories, check this one out.  — Apple, April 22, 2016













Velvet - Seasons 1-3 (2013-16)
I'd like to recommend a series. It's from Spain and it's called "Velvet." It's a forbidden love story set in the 50s/60s. If you like period dramas for the clothes or scenery, or if you're a fan of drama, this is a great show.
— Apple, March 11, 2016













Walt Disney Animation Studios Short Films Collection (2015)
Coming later this month is the Disney Shorts Collection, featuring Oscar winner, "Paperman," and Oscar nominee, "Get a Horse!"  — Brian Clarkson, October 11, 2015

The Way Back (2010)
1 Oscar nom:  Makeup

Beautifully shot. The pace might be on the slow side, but it fits the story being told, and it doesn't drag. I liked this one.   — Pox Voldius, August 7, 2016

Well acted, slowly paced, overly long WW2 survival drama.  2.0 stars   — Eric Vandenberg, August 1, 2016



32 comments:

  1. I'm not sure if this page is only for movies. But if I can, I'd like to recommend a series. It's from Spain and it's called "Velvet". It's a forbidden love story set in the 50s/60s. If you like period dramas for the clothes or scenery or if you're a fan of drama this is a great show.

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    1. Hi Apple, so nice to hear from you. Series recommendations/reviews are most welcome. If it's streaming on Netflix, we love to hear what others think about it. Thanks for letting us all know about Velvet. I wasn't aware of it, but I'm definitely going to check it out now.

      I'll put your review in the body of the page, above, when I do tomorrow's update. Thanks again!

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  2. Carol, I just want to say I think you're doing a great job with this site. It's a wonderful resource.

    Person of Interest - Former CIA agent Reese -- now presumed dead -- and billionaire software genius Finch join forces as a vigilante crime-fighting team. This show is fast paced and action packed.

    The Great British Baking Show - Judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood have exacting standards in this delightful cooking show.

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    1. Thanks for your kind words, Apple. I'm glad the site is useful to you.
      And thanks for joining in - it's all the contributions that really make the site work, and feel like a community.

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  3. NF just picked up another Fritz Lang silent film: Destiny (1921). [Original German title: Der müde Tod]

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  4. Beware: Like so many other titles on NF lately, U-571 (2000), which was recently added, is also missing the subtitles on the foreign language dialogue. Unless you're willing to put up with Closed Captions throwing up subtitles for absolutely everything, including the sound effects.

    Is it just me, or does it seem like NF has been doing this just to make the content licenses cheaper? Like they thought no one would notice? This has got to be at least the 6th or 7th title I've run into where they've neglected to buy the subtitles that go with the film.

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  5. (copied by Carol from the "Complaints" page)

    Apple December 21, 2016 at 10:07 AM

    For me, I find that going out of my comfort zone has actually opened up shows and movies I wasn't sure about at the start. For example, I've recently been watching a TV show from Turkey that has completely captured my attention.

    Also there is still a good amount of content if you're willing to dig just a bit more. I find this website (http://usa.newonnetflix.info/) to be a great source of information. I find programs through them I might not find on my own.

    For what it's worth here are some of the titles I've enjoyed recently.

    "The Little Prince" (PG) - It's a Netflix original animated movie that I found quite charming.

    "What About Bob?" (PG) - A comedy from 1991 starting Bill Murray that is very funny.

    "Chicken Run" (G) - An Aardman classic.

    "Larry Crowne" (PG-13) - I was surprised by how much I liked this.

    "Magnificent Century" (TV-14) - The aforementioned Turkish TV show.

    "The Heavy Water War" (TV-14) - A wonderful historical drama.

    "Zoo" (TV-14) - An interesting fantasy/sci-fi series.

    "Silver Spoon" (PG) - A relaxing and colorful anime series.

    "The Lion in Your Living Room" (G) - This one is good for cat lovers.

    "Hidden Kingdoms" (PG) - A charming nature documentary.

    "72 Cutest Animals" (G) - It's as cute as it sounds.

    "Mumbai Railway" (PG) - An in depth look at the CST station in Mumbai.

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    1. I'm going to let these stay in the comments. I think it makes more sense to keep them all together than to separate them in the alpha list in the top section.

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  6. I am going to pile on the love for "The Lion in Your Living Room." A quick, cute watch if you like cats. You just might learn something, too--if you can hear what they're saying over your squeeing. Also fun to have on if you have cats to see how they react. Mine kept looking for the cats whenever they would meow.

    "Second Chance Dogs" is a short documentary from the ASPCA about their Behavioral Rehabilitation Center, where they work with dogs who have been victims of abuse, such as hoarding situations and puppy mills, in an effort to make them adoptable. It made me cry, but in a good way.

    "Cute to Killer" is a short about lion cubs growing up over the span of two years. It documents how they learn to hunt. I don't really think it offered anything that I hadn't already seen in other lion documentaries, but I'm always willing to squeal over cute little lion cubs.

    "A Dog's Life" is about dogs: how they perceive the world and understand it. This was a bit more scientific than I was expecting, showing different behavioral experiments run on dogs, such as putting blankets over objects to test whether or not they could then find the object. Still a very interesting watch. I recommend it especially if you have a dog.

    "The Grinder" is about actor Dean Sanderson, who decides to become a lawyer in real life instead of just playing one on TV and joins his family's law firm. The only problem is he doesn't believe he has to go to law school. A very funny show; it makes me sad that it was cancelled. I did think that the comedy faded a bit towards the end. My favorite episodes were early on, especially when Timothy Olyphant guest starred. You have to be able to tolerate your comedy a little over-the-top at times to really enjoy this show.

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  7. NF just added Captain America: Civil War (2016).

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  8. I'm back again with a new batch of recommendations.

    "Last Chance to See" (PG) - This is a fun and funny trip around the world to visit some of the worlds most amazing (and endangered) animals.

    "Alice Through the Looking Glass" (PG) - While this may not have blown me away like the last one it was still a fun watch. If you liked the first installment you should check this one out.

    "A Royal Night Out" (PG-13) - A fun and simple what might have been on this one night out.

    "A Grand Night In" (PG) - A look at the history of Aardman animation.

    "Oliver Stone's Untold History of the United Sates" (PG) - A fascinating look at forgotten moments during some of history's biggest events.

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  9. Yay and yay - The Great British Baking Show is back on NF, this time with three seasons. Yay!

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  10. 13th is an excellent documentary that gets into the experience that African Americans have had with the 13th Amendment to the constitution and in particular the clause about slavery being lifted unless it was for a crime. It gets into the Civil Rights movement, various law and order Presidents, the drug war, and the inequity of the prison experience. It's definitely involving and eye opening.

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  11. The Student Body (2016) -- Not bad. A high school student challenges her state legislators over a misguided law that practically mandates body-shaming school children.

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  12. The Impossible (2012) -- True-story disaster movie. Warning: The first 45 minutes of this film are absolutely agonizing to watch.

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  13. The Secret Life of Pets (2016): I was very much looking forward to watching this film. It was only okay in my opinion. It had its funny moments and its sad moments, but wasn't very deep. This is a good film to watch if you just need to relax, not think very much, and be entertained. If you're hoping for a much deeper story, you probably won't find it here.

    The Angry Birds Movie (2016): On the flip side, I really wasn't expecting much from The Angry Birds Movie. Based on the mobile games, it focuses on Red, Chuck, and Bomb, who are all in anger management class together. One day, a boat of pigs arrives on their island. The pigs claim to be explorers, but they are really out to steal the birds' eggs. There are plenty of references to the various Angry Birds games and some pop culture references that are a bit more suited to adults instead of kids. I enjoyed this movie far more than I thought I would and appreciated that there was a somewhat deeper message to the movie than just trying to cash in more on the games. I think you could enjoy this movie even without having played the games, but I don't think you would enjoy it as much if you hadn't played at least Angry Birds and Angry Birds Go first to fully appreciate all of the game references thrown in.

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  14. Puss in Boots: Trapped in an Epic Tale (2017): It's really cute! As a fan of choose-your-own-adventure books, this was great. It's not a format that every show can do, and there were definitely some transitional issues, but for a kids' show, I thought it was pretty well done. I think the length they give you is based on the longest scenario. My list on the website says 23 minutes, the phone app says 53 minutes. My biggest complaint is that there's no way that I found on my phone app to rewind, so if you miss what a character said, you're out of luck. Once you reach the end, you can go back and explore options that you did not choose. I haven't gone through all the scenarios, but I look forward to doing so.

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    1. Thanks Nica! My kids LOVED choose-your-own-adventures, and I had fun reading/playing along with them. I'm curious to see how this is handled on Netflix - can't wait to give this a whirl. I'm thinking my now middle-aged boys will want to try it, too, but shhhsh - don't tell them I told you that. :-)

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  15. I've just seen Okja, the newest film from Bong Joon Ho (The Host, Snowpiercer). It was decent. Kinda felt the sillier aspects of the tale overshadowed the more serious messages of the film. Ahn Seo-hyun as Mija is nothing short of good and the rest of the performances outside of the bizarre one by Jake Gyllenhaal are pretty good.

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  16. Also recently returned is American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs, an excellent documentary that dives into how much one person can change the lives of others whether it's during the civil rights movement or helping young people to reform Detroit through Detroit Summers.

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  17. Added to NF:

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) -- 2 Oscar noms: Sound Mixing, Visual Effects [John Knoll]

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  18. The Iron Giant - A classic, funny and engaging animated movie.

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  19. Tokyo Trial - A miniseries that depicts the trial against Japanese war criminals after the end of World War 2.

    I thoroughly enjoyed it. I found it thought provoking and engrossing.

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  20. Sing - Koala Buster Moon owns a once lavish and well known theater. Desperate to save it he puts on an amateur singing competition. Things go horribly and hilariously wrong thanks to his well-meaning but absent-minded secretary.

    Personally, this is one of the best movies I've seen in awhile. I loved every second of it.

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    1. Bokeh (2017): A movie about two Americans vacationing in Iceland who wake up one day to discover that everyone is gone. There are no bodies, no signs of where anyone has gone. They try to call home and check the internet, but there are no signs of anyone, anywhere. A pretty film, but I found the characters a bit hard to connect to. I don't find their reactions (the woman becomes depressed and the man tries to make the best of it) to be too out there, but I found them to be too calm about the whole situation, to be honest. It tries to be philosophical and kind of fails, in my opinion.

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    2. Oops, that wasn't meant to be a reply, Apple! I think I hit the wrong button when trying to post.

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  21. Sing (2016): I'll have to second Apple's recommendation. It's just a fun time. My favorite character is Gunter. And now I want a tank lit by squid.

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  22. Wellesley72 August 29, 2017 at 8:15 PM

    No Tomorrow (2016, one season). An incredibly funny and moving story of a level headed female worker at a warehouse store who falls for a man who believes that the world will end in 8 months. He convinces her to "live in the moment" and together they create hilarious bucket lists that they proceed to try before the "alleged" apocalypse. Originally intended to be renewed for a second season, the program was ultimately cancelled. A web video brought closure to the series but is not included in the Netflix episodes. Nevertheless, great chemistry between the two principal actors and a great script. We could use more shows like this.

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    1. Travis September 5, 2017 at 5:46 AM

      thanks for writing this btw. it piqued my interest, not enough to binge watch it (which i loathe to do for any show) before the initial expiration, but now that it's back i look forward to seeing it. i'd probably never given it a second glance browsing netflix before. i also located the extended cut of the finale on the CW web site (http://www.cwtv.com/shows/no-tomorrow/no-sleep-til-reykjavik/?play=e00be037-714f-4890-b26d-023167df9a81&promo=tw-).

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  23. The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015)---Wanted to see this for a while and when I got the 'Flix back, I pressed play. Although it did capture everything that happened when Philip Zimbardo hired a group of college kids to be prisoners and guards (I think I heard that Zimbardo okayed this take), the film falters because you don't get to see what the students were like before the experiment which might have given it more impact. Instead, it comes across as bad things happened and not much more than that. The most interesting character was that of the prison "consultant" played by the late Nelsan Ellis.

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  24. History of the Eagles: I found the portions that focused on the Eagles being founded and the rise and fall of the band to be interesting. Naturally, the music being a highlight as is the clear reflection of the members that participated in the reunion. But it falters in part 2 as it focuses more on the reunion and the agenda that several band members has against a former member. It felt like it went on a bit long, even though I did generally like it.

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  25. Destiny: Fascinating 1920s film about a woman who agrees to battle death on saving one of three doomed people so she can be reunited with her lover. I recommend this one.

    Kung Fury: Hate to be the spoilsport here, but there's a difference between being outrageous and hilarity that the filmmakers here must have missed. Yeah, crazy things happened but a lot of it fell flat for me.

    Minions: Film focuses on this swinging 1960s adventure as the Minions get involved with Scarlett Overkill (Sandra Bullock) and her husband (Jon Hamm) as they scheme to steal the crown. Although it was funny/cute for about an hour or so, it's clear why they're better suited with being support and not the leads of their own film.

    Secret Life of Pets---Yeah, I was hoping for more here. The premise sounded like a slam dunk, but we spend too much time with two dogs who go on a big trip and manage to bond. New York City does look fine animated with plenty of things going on and Jenny Slate was great as a Pomeranian named Gidget.

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