Nearly every month, Netflix adds new films and TV shows while its licensing deals for others lapse. We recently listed all of the movies coming to Netflix this month, but here’s a look at indies new to the streaming service this week. They’re listed below in alphabetical order:
Altman (Ron Mann, 2014): Ron Mann’s loving tribute to the late auteur Robert Altman features behind-the-scenes footage from some of his most memorable productions as well as recollections from those who knew him best, including his widow Kathryn, sons Robert and Stephen and longtime collaborators Lily Tomlin, Keith Carradine and Elliot Gould.
Artifact (Bartholomew Cubbins, 2012): This documentary follows Jared Leto’s band 30 Seconds to Mars as it makes the album “This is War” while battling recording giant EMI in a lawsuit. While you can expect to see lots of shots of Leto on the phone with lawyers griping about the state of the music business, the film will appeal to Leto fans, 30 Seconds to Mars fans or anyone fascinated with the state of the music business today.
Fading Gigolo (John Turturro, 2013): Middle-aged Fioravante (John Turturro) and Murray (Woody Allen) are an unlikely gigolo and pimp in this farce about two friends who turn to the sex trade to make ends meet. This unexpected box office hit, written an directed by John Turturro, veers into dark comedy.
Louder Than Words (Anthony Fabian, 2013): After the unexpected death of their daughter, a couple (David Duchovny and Hope Davis) attempts to honor her memory by building a hospital for children and their families. Based on a true story, the film also features Timothy Hutton as a close family friend.
Nebraska (Alexander Payne, 2013): When a booze-addled geezer (Bruce Dern) believes he’s won a magazine sweepstakes prize, his son (Will Forte) reluctantly joins him on a road trip to Lincoln, Nebraska to claim the fortune. In his review of the Oscar-nominated comedy, Eric Kohn wrote, “It’s a sad, undeniably thoughtful depiction of midwestern eccentrics regretting the past and growing bored of the present.”
Virunga (Orlando von Einsiedel, 2014): In the forested depths of the eastern region of the Democratic Republic Congo lies Virunga National Park, one of the most bio-diverse places in the world and home to the last of the mountain gorillas. Here, an embattled team of park rangers that includes an ex-child soldier and a Belgian prince, risk their lives to protect this UNESCO World Heritage Site from armed rebels, poachers, and even corporations trying to wrest control of Congo’s rich natural resources. In his review of the film from The Tribeca Film Festival, where it world premiered, Eric Kohn wrote, “‘Virunga’ unfolds with the elements of gripping ensemble drama.”