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7 Films New to Netflix to Watch In September 2016, Including ‘Zootopia’ and ‘The Imitation Game’

Open wide, it's "Jaws" time.


Next month over on streaming giant Netflix offers up a giant selection of films of all stripes — modern to classic, animated to live action, Oscar contender to…not so much — and we’ve picked seven (well, really 11) that you should watch as soon as humanly possible, either for the first time or as part of a nostalgic little binge. Enjoy.

1. “Footloose” (available September 1)



If you’ve never experienced the original “Footloose” — no, not the one starring Miles Teller, though he is quite serviceable in a charming role — do yourself a favor and check out Herbert Ross’ 1984 classic. Yes, the concept of a town outlawing dancing is bizarre and outdated, but Ross and his cast (including Kevin Bacon in the kind of star-making role that’s so rare these days) really sell the concept, thanks to some serious drama and hard-earned emotion. But there is also dancing! It’s joyous and gymnastic and pure, and damn if it won’t leave you toe-tapping and boot-scooting. (No, seriously, “Footloose” really is quite excellent in its own strange way.)

2. “Jaws,” “Jaws 2,” “Jaws 3” and “Jaws: The Revenge” (available September 1)



Binge-watching isn’t just for television. Settle in for the full “Jaws” experience with all four films — well, two films and then also two other ones that don’t exactly bring glory to what started as an excellent franchise — in the safety of your own (presumably dry) home. It’s the prefect way to send out summer and remind yourself that, hey, going to the beach is exceedingly overrated.

3. “Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made” (available September 16)

"Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made"

“Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made”

Drafthouse Films

A passion project like no other, this lovingly made and meticulously crafted documentary follows the unbelievable true story of “Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation,” a shot-for-shot remake of the classic Indiana Jones adventure originally launched by three pre-teens. The film is funny and smart, but it’s also a testament to the power of fanhood and what it really, truly means to love something.

4. “Zootopia” (available September 20)



Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

The box office winner and apparent frontrunner for Best Animated Film has all the hallmarks of classic Disney: Vivid characters, important life lessons and a eye-popping world created from pure imagination, but it’s also extremely funny and deeply progressive. Like the best of its ilk, it’s got entertainment value for kids and adults — and everyone in between — all wrapped up in an appealing and fun package.

5. “Audrie & Daisy” (available September 23)

"Audrie & Daisy"

“Audrie & Daisy”

This heartbreaking Sundance documentary follows the parallel experiences of the eponymous Audrie and Daisy — two teenage girls who were assaulted by classmates and then heinously bullied for it — and offers up an enlightening look at the current state of online teen culture.

6. “The Imitation Game” (available September 28)

"The Imitation Game"

“The Imitation Game”

Benedict Cumberbatch’s big Oscar player is an intriguing slice of hidden history that features solid acting, impressive craftsmanship and one hell of a depressing ending. Save this one up for a quiet night at home, when you can be alone with your thoughts (and maybe some tissues).

6. “Amanda Knox” (available September 30)

"Amanda Knox"

“Amanda Knox”

This new look at the fascinating — and stomach-churning — Amanda Knox criminal case will debut at TIFF before making its way to the online streaming outfit mere days later. For true crime buffs, it seems like a must-see and it promises to offer up some fresh perspective that has been sorely lacking as of late.

The Rest of Incoming Films:

“The Amityville Horror” (available September 1)
“Babel” (available September 1)
“Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius of James Booker” (available September 1)
“Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey” (available September 1)
“Bratz: The Movie” (available September 1)
“Burn, Burn, Burn” (available September 1)
“Cats & Dogs” (available September 1)
“Defiance” (available September 1)
“Easy Fortune Happy Life” (available September 1)
“Europe’s Last Great Wilderness” (available September 1)
“The Fierce Wife” (available September 1)
“Full Out” (available September 1)
“Hoot” (available September 1)
“Hope Floats” (available September 1)
“Joyful Noise” (available September 1)
“Keepers of the Game” (available September 1)
“Last Holiday” (available September 1)
“Man on Wire” (available September 1)
“Milk Money” (available September 1)
“Practical Magic” (available September 1)
“Road Trip” (available September 1)
“Saving Private Ryan” (available September 1)
“Scary Movie 2” (available September 1)
“Stomp the Yard” (available September 1)
“Sweeney Todd” (available September 1)
“Top Gun” (available September 1)
“True Grit” (available September 1)
“U­571” (available September 1)
“The Wicker Man” (available September 1)
“Wild Madagascar”
“Kulipari: An Army of Frogs” (available September 2)
“Crash” (available September 6)
“The Finest Hours” (available September 6)
“Hard Target 2” (available September 6)
“Honey 3” (available September 6)
“R.L. Stine’s Mostly Ghostly: One Night in Doom House” (available September 6)
“London Has Fallen” (available September 13)
“Sample This” (available September 15)
“Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made” (available September 16)
“The White Helmets” (available September 16)
“3 Days to Kill” (available September 17)
“Iliza Shlesinger: Confirmed Kills” (available September 23)
“River” (available September 24)

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