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Latest Netflix movies: Which new releases to watch right now

Latest Netflix movies: Which new releases to watch right now
Da 5 Bloods and One-Way to Tomorrow. Pic credit: Netflix

Every month, Netflix makes significant changes. Several movies leave the service, while the streaming giant adds several others to its library.

The good news is that Netflix is always adding original movies to its service, meaning they are building a library that will never leave.

However, at the same time, they are also adding classics and newer releases for at least a limited time that fans can enjoy watching anything they want.

Here at Monsters & Critics, we will keep track of the latest movies added to Netflix, both originals and the best older movies, and let you know our picks for what you should find to watch each month.

Updated on September 4: These movies were all added to Netflix in the past three months and will be updated monthly, with the best new titles to watch. This list is for those films released in June through August 2020.

Casino Royale (August 31)

Netflix: Casino Royale
Daniel Craig in Casino Royale. Pic credit: Sony

Daniel Craig took over the role of James Bond in the movie Casino Royale and the franchise reached new heights of success.

After the more cartoony aspects of the Pierce Brosnan era, Bond went gritty and dark with Craig and was the better for it.

This first film in the new era saw Bond at the start of his career as a 007, sent to assassinate some bad guys before ending up in a high stakes poker game with one of the deadliest terrorists in the world.

Project Power (August 13)

Jamie Foxx as Art and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Frank in Project Power
Jamie Foxx as Art and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Frank in Project Power. Pic credit: Skip Bolen/Netflix

Project Power hit Netflix as a new original superhero series with a twist.

Jamie Foxx and Joseph Gordon-Levitt star in the film about a miracle pill that gives the person who takes it almost limitless power for five minutes — but the costs might be more than they were willing to make.

Three people, a drug dealer, a cop, and a former soldier, set out to stop the distribution of this pill, but they soon find themselves in a myriad of deception and double-turns.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (August 1)

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Pic credit: Focus Features

Charlie Kauffman is one of the most brilliant minds in cinema, although many of his movies seem to fly over the heads of mainstream audiences.

Arguably, his best movie came with Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, directed by Michel Gondry.

Jim Carrey is a mild-mannered man who meets a free-spirited woman played by Kate Winslet. After a fight, she instinctively goes to have a sci-fi procedure that removes all memories of him from her mind so she can just move on.

However, it isn’t as easy for him to move on and when he goes in for the same procedure, the movie plays out their memories as they slowly dissipate.

Being John Malkovich (August 1)

Being John Malkovich
John Malkovich in Being John Malkovich. Pic credit: USA Films

A second Charlie Kauffman movie on this list is Being John Malcovich.

This one was directed by Spike Jonze and starred John Cusack as a man who found a mysterious floor in between two floors in a high rise building in New York City.

On that floor is a hidden door, where if a person enters and slides down a slide, they end up in the head of actor John Malkovich, who they can then control for a short time before being dumped o9nto the side of the New Jersey Turnpike.

Cusack’s character starts to profit from this until Malkovich realizes something is going on.

The Old Guard (July 10)

The Old Guard on Netflix
Matthias Schoenaerts and Charlize Theron in The Old Guard. Pic credit: Aimee Spinks/Netflix

The Old Guard is a good old-fashioned action movie on Netflix, albeit with a great fantasy twist.

Charlize Theron is Andy, an immortal warrior who has put together a team that includes three other immortals to battle enemies for centuries now.

However, when an American soldier dies and is resurrected as a new immortal, the group has to deal with what this means for them. Meanwhile, a new evil rises in a pharmaceutical entrepreneur wants to capture them and use their powers for his own nefarious purposes.

The Kissing Booth 2 (July 24)

The Kissing Booth 2 on Netflix
Joey King, Joel Courtney, and Jacob Elordi starred in The Kissing Booth 2. Pic credit: Netflix

The Kissing Booth was a very successful original Netflix comedy movie that hit in 2018, and it ended up picking up a sequel just two years later.

The original movie focused on a late-blooming high school girl (Joey King) who falls for a bad boy high school senior (Jacob Elordi), only to find it ruined her relationship with her best friend.

The sequel follows the first movie, with Elle now a senior, as she narrates her time with Noah before he leaves high school and moves on to Harvard.

Be warned, the movie ends on a cliffhanger with Elle forced to make a tough decision. The good news is that there will be a Kissing Booth 3 on Netflix.

The Hater (July 29)

Maciej Musialowski as Tomasz in The Hater
Maciej Musialowski as Tomasz in The Hater. Pic credit: Jaroslaw Sosinski/Netflix

The Hater is a movie that plays on today’s fears of never knowing who you can trust on social media.

The movie stars Maciej Musialowski as Tomasz Giemza, who was expelled from college for plagiarism. Lucky for him, he picks up a good job after this.

This is unlucky for many other people, as his job is at a company whose purpose is to send out misinformation online through social media to help their clients. When Tomasz destroys a political election to ruin someone, the film moves scarily into the world in which we live.

Athlete A (June 24)

Athlete A
Béla and Márta Károlyi were two of the top U.S. Gymnastics coaches during the Athlete A scandal. Pic credit: Netflix

Athlete A is a Netflix original documentary that hit the streaming service on June 24, 2020.

It tells the tragic and horrific story of the years of sexual abuse and assault that took place in the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics program.

The story is about the assault by team physician Larry Nassar on hundreds of teenage girls over the years, as well as a look at the training center where the girls were pushed so hard; it made a friendly face like Nassar more trustworthy.

The documentary was critically praised, sitting at 100 percent fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.

One-Way to Tomorrow (June 19)

Metin Akdülger as Ali and Dilan Çiçek Deniz as Leyla in One-Way to Tomorrow
Metin Akdülger as Ali and Dilan Çiçek Deniz as Leyla in One-Way to Tomorrow. Pic credit: Netflix

In our review of One-Way to Tomorrow, film critic John Dotson called this Netflix original movie “a study guide on how to make a movie utilizing one single location.”

That one location is on a train, where two people work through their issues unexpectedly, while stuck on a train together for many hours.

The film hit Netflix on June 19 and is a romantic drama from Turkey that keeps fans involved despite never changing location and keeping the focus on two people sharing conversation.

Lost Bullet (June 19)

Stéfi Celma as Julia from Lost Bullet
Stéfi Celma as Julia from Lost Bullet. Pic credit: Mickael Mongin/Netflix

Also released on June 19, Lost Bullet is another Netflix original movie, this one a French action film.

The movie sees a former criminal and car mechanic who was released from prison early for helping the police ramp up their police cars to make them indestructible.

However, after he receives his pardon, someone frames him for murder, and he has to set out to find the bullet that would implicate him in a crime he didn’t commit.

In our review of Lost Bullet, critic John Dotson called it an action movie with “a lot of impressive moments worth sticking around for.”

Frost/Nixon (June 16)

Frank Langella and Michael Sheen in FROST/NIXON. Pic credit: Universal

On June 16, one of the most impressive political movies of the last 12 years hit the streaming service.

Frost/Nixon is a remake of a play by Peter Morgan, and the movie (directed by Ron Howard) chooses to set up much of the framing of the film as if it was a play itself.

Michael Sheen is journalist David Frost, a reporter who receives the3 interview of a lifetime when he gets a chance to interview disgraced former President of the United States, Richard Nixon.

The movie picked up five Oscar nominations but didn’t win any of them.

Da 5 Bloods (June 12)

Isiah Whitlock Jr.. as Melvin, Norm Lewis as Eddie, Delroy Lindo as Paul, Clarke Peters as Otis and Jonathan Majors as David in Da 5 Bloods
Isiah Whitlock Jr.. as Melvin, Norm Lewis as Eddie, Delroy Lindo as Paul, Clarke Peters as Otis, and Jonathan Majors as David in Da 5 Bloods. Pic credit: Netflix

Spike Lee chose Netflix to create his newest movie, and Da 5 Bloods hit the streaming service on June 12.

In his first movie since winning his first Oscar (screenplay) for BlackKklansman, Lee tells the story of a group of Vietnam War vets who return to Vietnam to find the remains of their fallen squad leader.

There is also some treasure they buried there.

The cast is spectacular, with Delroy Lindo, Chadwick Boseman, and more. Critics praised the movie, giving it a 92 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with Monsters & Critics John Dotson calling it “magnificently tense as well as riveting.”

Clueless (June 1)

Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash and Brittany Murphy in Clueless. Pic credit: Paramount

The first day of the month is when a ton of movies leave and hit Netflix, and June was no different. On June 1, Clueless hit the streaming service.

For those who have not seen it, Clueless stars Alicia Silverstone as a fashion-conscious, but otherwise clueless high school socialite. When she meets a fashion disaster in school, she takes it upon herself to help.

Paul Rudd also made his big-screen debut in this movie as her step-brother, while Stacey Dash and Brittany Murphy both have early-career roles as well.

Zodiac (June 1)

Jake Gyllenhaal and Robert Downey Jr. in Zodiac. Pic credit: Paramount

David Fincher has a lot of critically acclaimed movies, but most people pay attention to his more bombastic efforts like Fight Club.

However, in 2007, Fincher directed Zodiac, a laid-back, yet tense film about two reporters and a police officer trying to figure out the identity of the Zodiac Killer.

The cast is spectacular, with Robert Downey Jr., Jake Gyllenhaal, and Mark Ruffalo in the lead roles. As real crime buffs know, the Zodiac Killer was never caught, but this film shows who at least these men thought it was.

This crime drama hit Netflix on June 1, and Zodiac was based on the novel by Robert Graysmith, the character Gyllenhaal portrays.

The Silence of the Lambs (June 1)

Scariest movies on Netflix (July 2020)
Anthony Hopkins in The Silence of the Lambs. Pic credit: Orion

An Oscar-winning horror movie hit Netflix on June 1 with The Silence of the Lambs.

While this was not the first movie that introduced the world to Hannibal Lecter (that would be Manhunter), this was the film that made him a name everyone knows.

Hannibal Lecter is a former forensic psychologist who is in prison as a serial killer cannibal. When FBI agent Clarice Starling is trying to track down a new serial killer, she goes to interview Lecter to get some information from him.

However, before he shares what he knows, Clarice has to share some of herself.

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