Netflix isn’t doing much to get in the Halloween spirit this October — the scariest thing you can see on Netflix these days is the blank space that comes up when you search for “The Shining” — but that’s not to say there aren’t some underlying themes to be found in the service’s latest slate. First and foremost, Netflix is continuing to lean into its own content, as vital new additions like the Eddie Murphy comeback vehicle “Dolemite Is My Name” and Steven Soderbergh’s “The Laundromat” point towards an Oscar season in which the studio will be working overtime to prove its creative bonafides, while the long-awaited “Breaking Bad” movie reinforces the idea that no other distributor can be as flexible or crafty with its releases.
Of course, Netflix’s biggest release of the year (or ever, for that matter) doesn’t arrive until next month, but the company is continuing to build hype for “The Irishman” by dropping “Raging Bull” on Halloween. The October lineup also finds Netflix trying to coast off their competitors’ work, as two Will Smith hits will be available to stream for anyone who’d rather stay home with some comfort food than roll the dice on “Gemini Man.”
Here are the seven best movies new to Netflix in October 2019.