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‘Boogie Nights,’ ‘Beasts of No Nation’ and More Coming to Netflix This October (Plus Indiewire’s Picks)

'Boogie Nights,' 'Beasts of No Nation' and More Coming to Netflix This October (Plus Indiewire's Picks)

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Despite promising October additions to its streaming library such as “Boogie Nights,” “Million Dollar Baby” and “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,” all eyes are on Netflix next month as it attempts to launch its first original feature film, “Beasts of No Nation.” The drama from Cary Joji Fukunaga centers around a young boy who is forced to become a child solider under the guidance of a ruthless war lord (Idris Elba), and the harrowing drama is quite the gamble for the streaming service. “Beasts” has screened to critical acclaim at festivals in Venice, Telluride and Toronto, though it’s anyone’s guess as to how it will preform when it hits Netflix on October 16. 

In addition to “Beasts of No Nation,” here are all of the new titles hitting Netflix this October, including Indiewire’s own picks on what to stream. 

Synopses partially provided by Netflix.

Available 10/1
“A Christmas Carol” (1938)
“About Alex” (2014)
“Alexander: Theatrical Cut” (2004)
“American Pie” (1999)
“Batman Begins” (2005)

Indiewire Pick: “Boogie Nights” (1997) 

In Paul Thomas Anderson’s breakout ensemble drama, a well-endowed busboy (Mark Wahlberg) is taken in by a tight-knit group of 1970’s porn actors and transforms himself into skin flick celebrity Dirk Diggler. The ensemble also includes Philip Seymour Hoffman, John C. Reilly, Burt Reynolds, Julianne Moore, Heather Graham, Don Cheadle and William H. Macy. 

“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” (2005)
“Curse of Chucky” (2013)
“Dark Was the Night” (2014)
“El Tiempo Entre Costuras” (2013)
“Glass Chin” (2014)
“Million Dollar Baby” (2004)
“On the Town” (1949)
“Pal Joey” (1957)
“Pepe” (1960)
“Pressure” (2015)
“Reasonable Doubt” (2014)
“Some Came Running” (1958)
“Take Me Out to the Ball Game” (1949)
“The Bourne Supremacy” (2004)
“The Devil at 4 O’Clock” (1961)

Indiewire Pick: “The Nightmare” (2015)

After directing “The Shining” conspiracy documentary “Room 237,” Rodney Ascher takes on an even scarier subject in what many critics have called the most frightening documentary ever made. Interviewing eight adults who suffer from sleep paralysis and resulting night terrors, Ascher explores his subjects’ terrifying semi-conscious states while also recreating their horrific dreamscapes for the viewer to witness. The result is a unique non-fiction experience that holds its own against the hits of the horror fiction genre.

“White Rabbit” (2013)
“Wild Horses” (2015)

Available 10/2
“Anjelah Johnson: Not Fancy” (2015)
“Le Leyenda de la Nahuala” (2007)

Available 10/3
“Alpha and Omega 5: Family Vacation” (2015)

Available 10/8
“American Heist” (2014)
“Strangerland” (2015)

Available 10/9
“Winter on Fire” (2015)

Available 10/11

Indiewire Pick: “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me” (2014)

When legendary country music singer and variety host Glen Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2011, the award-winning musician refused to retire his guitar and prepare for the worst; instead, he set out on his epic “Goodbye Tour.” What had been planned as a five-week event eventually became a year-and-a-half tour of 151 sold out shows, the journey of which was captured by documentarian James Keach for his inspirational and heartbreaking film, “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me.”

Available 10/14
“The Lazarus Effect” (2015)

Available 10/15
“Isabella Rossellini’s Green Porno Live!” (2015)
“The Five People You Meet in Heaven: Part 1 / Part 2” (2004)

Available 10/16
“Anthony Jeselnik: Thoughts and Prayers” (2015)

Indiewire Pick: “Beasts of No Nation” (2015) 

Although Cary Fukunaga broke into the mainstream due to his acclaimed, Emmy-winning direction of “True Detective” Season 1, indie audiences have been fans of his for quite some time thanks to his striking features “Sin Nombre” and “Jane Eyre.” Fortunately, the success of HBO’s crime drama has given Fukunaga his biggest canvas yet as a writer-director for his new drama, “Beasts of No Nation.” The drama is a harrowing exerpience as it follows a young boy who turns into a child solider under the guidance of a vicious warlord (Idris Elba). 

“Circle” (2015)

Available 10/18

Indiewire Pick: “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” (2013) 

After escaping prison, a convict begins a search for his girlfriend and young daughter, but their reunion doesn’t go as planned. As beautifully shot as it is performed by its two leads, “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” channels genre expectations into sheer poetry, complete with Malick-inspired direction from David Lowery. Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara star. 

Available 10/22
“Results” (2015)

Available 10/24
“Jack Strong” (2014)

Available 10/25
“Walt Disney Animation Studios Short Films Collection” (2015)

Available 10/27
“August: Osage County” (2013)
“Manson Family Vacation” (2015)

Available 10/28
“The Gunman” (2015)

Available 10/29
“Return to Sender”

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