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New Netflix Instant Releases — July 2014

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If you’re looking to avoid theater crowds and take advantage of that Netflix subscription, July has a whole lot of new stuff to offer, including new original content from the streaming service, like ‘Hemlock Grove’ season 2 and Netflix’s new anime series ‘Knights of Sidonia.’ Read on for our guide to the best new releases hitting Netflix Instant in July 2014.

July 1

‘American Ninja’ (1985) — Staring Michael Dudikoff, Steve James, and Judie Aronson. American soldier, obviously very skilled in martial arts, single-handedly takes on mercenaries in the Philippines.

‘Ararat’ (2002) — Starring Charles Aznavour, Brent Carver, and Eric Bogosian. Interrogated by a customs officer, a young man recounts how his life was changed during the making of a film about the Armenian genocide.

‘The Babysitter’ (1995) — Starring Alicia Silverstone, J.T. Walsh, and Jeremy London. A teenage babysitter is the focus of two boys and a man’s separate obsessions.

‘Bad Santa’ (2003) — Starring Billy Bob Thornton, Bernie Mac, and Lauren Graham. A miserable conman and his partner pose as Santa and his Little Helper to rob department stores on Christmas Eve. But they run into problems when the conman befriends a troubled kid, and the security boss discovers the plot.

‘Basic Instinct’ (1992) — Starring Sharon Stone, Michael Douglas, and George Dzundza. A police detective is in charge of the investigation of a brutal murder, in which a beautiful and seductive woman could be involved.

‘Best Defense’ (1984) — Starring Dudley Moore, Eddie Murphy, and Kate Capshaw. A military weapons engineer struggles to do his job responsibly, while a hapless tank commander has to live with the consequences in combat years later.

‘Blue Chips’ (1994) — Starring Nick Nolte, J.T. Walsh, and Mary McDonnell. A college basketball coach is forced to break the rules in order to get the players he needs to stay competitive.

‘Body of Evidence’ (1993) — Starring Madonna, Willem Dafoe, and Joe Mantegna. A woman is accused of killing a man to inherit his millions by having sex with him.

‘Boyz n the Hood’ (1991) — Starring Laurence Fishburne, Cuba Gooding Jr., and Ice Cube. Saga of a group of childhood friends growing up in a Los Angeles ghetto.

‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ (1987) — Starring Patrick Dempsey, Amanda Peterson, and Courtney Gains. A nerdy outcast secretly pays the most popular girl in school one thousand dollars to be his girlfriend.

‘Cheech and Chong’s Up in Smoke’ (1978) — Starring Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong, and Strother Martin. Two stoners unknowingly smuggle a van — made entirely of marijuana — from Mexico to L.A., with incompetent Sgt. Stedenko on their trail.

‘City of God’ (2002) — Starring Alexandre Rodrigues, Matheus Nachtergaele, and Leandro Firmino. Two boys growing up in a violent neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro take different paths: one becomes a photographer, the other a drug dealer.

‘Crimson Tide’ (1995) — Starring Gene Hackman, Denzel Washington, and Viggo Mortensen. On a US nuclear missile sub, a young first officer stages a mutiny to prevent his trigger happy captain from launching his missiles before confirming his orders to do so.

‘Croupier’ (1998) — Starring Clive Owen, Nick Reding, and Nicholas Ball. An aspiring writer is hired as a croupier at a casino, where he realizes that his life as a croupier would make a great novel.

‘The Dark Half’ (1993) — Starring Timothy Hutton, Amy Madigan, and Michael Rooker. A writer’s fictional alter-ego wants to take over his life … at any price.

‘Dead Man Walking’ (1995) — Starring Susan Sarandon, Sean Penn, and Robert Prosky. A nun, while comforting a convicted killer on death row, empathizes with both the killer and his victim’s families.

‘Don’t Look Now’ (1973) — Starring Donald Sutherland, Julie Christie, and Hilary Mason. A married couple grieving the recent death of their little daughter are in Venice when they encounter two elderly sisters, one of whom is psychic and brings a warning from beyond.

‘Eight Men Out’ (1988) — Starring John Cusack, Clifton James, and Michael Lerner. A dramatization of the Black Sox scandal when the underpaid Chicago White Sox accepted bribes to deliberately lose the 1919 World Series.

‘Fever Pitch’ (2005) — Starring Drew Barrymore, Jimmy Fallon, and Jason Spevack. Lindsay is stuck in the middle of her relationship with Ben and his passion for the Boston Red Sox.

‘Funny Face’ (1957) — Starring Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire, and Kay Thompson. An impromptu fashion shoot at a book store brings about a new fashion model discovery in the shop clerk.

‘Gandhi’ (1982) — Starring Ben Kingsley, John Gielgud, and Candice Bergen. Biography of Mohandas K. Gandhi, the lawyer who became the famed leader of the Indian revolts against the British rule through his philosophy of nonviolent protest.

‘Halloween: Resurrection’ (2002) — Starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Busta Rhymes, and Brad Loree. A reality TV show sends six teenagers into the childhood home of infamous killer Michael Myers, who is plotting his final confrontation with Laurie Strode.

‘Honey, I Shrunk the Kids’ (1989) — Starring Rick Moranis, Matt Frewer, and Marcia Strassman. The scientist father of a teenage girl and boy accidentally shrinks his and two other neighborhood teens to the size of insects. Now the teens must fight diminutive dangers as the father searches for them.

‘The Hunt For Red October’ (1990) — Starring Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin, and Scott Glenn. In 1984, the USSR’s best submarine captain in their newest sub violates orders and heads for the USA. Is he trying to defect, or to start a war?

‘Jersey Girl’ (2004) — Starring Ben Affleck, Liv Tyler, and George Carlin. After his career is sidelined from an unexpected tragedy and a personal blowup, a single man must take care of his precocious daughter.

‘The Karate Kid’ (1984) — Starring Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, and Elisabeth Shue. A handyman/martial arts master agrees to teach a bullied boy karate and shows him that there is more to the martial art than fighting.

‘The Karate Kid II’ (1986) — Starring Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, and Pat E. Johnson. Daniel accompanies his mentor to Okinawa who is off to see his dying father and confront his old rival, while Daniel inadvertently makes an enemy of his own.

‘The Keys of the Kingdom’ (1944) — Starring Gregory Peck, Thomas Mitchell, and Vincent Price. A priest struggles to establish a Catholic church in China over the course of several years.

‘Legends of the Fall’ (1994) — Starring Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, and Aidan Quinn. Epic tale of three brothers and their father living in the remote wilderness of 1900s USA and how their lives are affected by nature, history, war, and love.

‘Madeline’ (1998) — Starring Frances McDormand, Hatty Jones, and Nigel Hawthorne. A clever and troublemaking red-headed orphan must help her school mistress defend the establishment from being sold off by Lord Covington.

‘Mean Girls’ (2004) — Starring Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, and Tina Fey. Cady Heron is a hit with The Plastics, the A-list girl clique at her new school, until she makes the mistake of falling for Aaron Samuels, the ex-boyfriend of alpha Plastic Regina George.

‘My Girl’ (1991) — Starring Anna Chlumsky, Macaulay Culkin, and Dan Aykroyd. This coming-of-age tearjerker follows a momentous summer in the life of 11-year-old Vada Sultenfuss, who learns powerful lessons about love and loss as she grapples with profound changes — including a new woman in her widowed father’s life.

‘My Girl 2′ (1994) — Starring Dan Aykroyd, Anna Chlumsky, and Jamie Lee Curtis. Fulfilling a school assignment to write an essay about someone she admires but has never met, teenager Vada Sultenfuss makes surprising discoveries when she traverses Los Angeles to speak with her dead mother’s high school classmates and friends.

‘Patton’ (1970) — Starring George C. Scott, Karl Malden, and Stephen Young. The World War II phase of the career of the controversial American general, George S. Patton.

‘People I Know’ (2002) — Starring Al Pacino, Tea Leoni, and Ryan O’Neal. A New York press agent must scramble when his major client becomes embroiled in a huge scandal.

‘Phantoms’ (1998) — Starring Ben Affleck, Rose McGowan, and Liev Schreiber. 150 dead and 350 missing in the tiny mountain town of Snowfield, Colorado. And that’s only the beginning…

‘Philadelphia’ (1993) — Starring Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, and Roberta Maxwell. When a man with AIDS is fired by his law firm because of his condition, he hires a homophobic small time lawyer as the only willing advocate for a wrongful dismissal suit.

‘Primal Fear’ (1996) — Starring Richard Gere, Laura Linney, and Edward Norton. An altar boy is accused of murdering a priest, and the truth is buried several layers deep.

‘A Raisin in the Sun’ (2008) — Starring Sean Combs, Sanaa Lathan, and Audra McDonald. An African-American family struggles with poverty, racism, and inner conflict as they strive for a better way of life. Based on the play by Lorraine Hansberry.

‘Star Trek: The Motion Picture’ (1979) — Starring William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, and DeForest Kelley. When a destructive space entity is spotted approaching Earth, Admiral Kirk resumes command of the Starship Enterprise in order to intercept, examine and hopefully stop the intruder.

‘Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country’ (1991) — Starring William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, and DeForest Kelley. On the eve of retirement, Kirk and McCoy are charged with assassinating the Klingon High Chancellor and imprisoned. The Enterprise crew must help them escape to thwart a conspiracy aimed at sabotaging the last best hope for peace.

‘Under the Tuscan Sun’ (2003) — Starring Diane Lane, Raoul Bova, and Sandra Oh. A writer impulsively buys a villa in Tuscany in order to change her life.

‘Venus’ (2006) — Starring Peter O’Toole, Jodie Whittaker, and Leslie Phillips. Life for a pair of veteran actors gets turned upside down after they meet a brash teenager.

‘Winnie the Pooh: Springtime with Roo’ (2004) — Starring Jim Cummings, Ken Sansom, and Jimmy Bennett. Roo is upset when Rabbit cancels Easter and declares “Spring Cleaning Day” instead.

July 4

‘Knights of Sidonia’ (2014) — Starring Satomi Arai, Ryota Ohsaka, and Aki Toyosaki. A thousand years after the destruction of Earth by gigantic aliens called Gauna, mankind is living on massive spaceships. One of these space ships is Sidonia, which is protected by large armed robots called Gardians.

July 9

‘Homefront’ (2013) — Starring Jason Statham, James Franco, and Winona Ryder. A former DEA agent moves his family to a quiet town, where he soon tangles with a local meth druglord.

‘Out of the Furnace’ (2013) — Starring Christian Bale, Zoe Saldana, and Casey Affleck. When Rodney Baze mysteriously disappears and law enforcement doesn’t follow through fast enough, his older brother, Russell, takes matters into his own hands to find justice.

July 11

‘The Battered Bastards of Baseball’ (2014) — This documentary tells the story of Hollywood star Bing Russell (‘Bonanza’), who created America’s first independent baseball team in 1973: the Portland Mavericks.

‘Hemlock Grove’ Season 2 (2014) — Starring Famke Janssen, Landon Liboiron, and Bill Skarsgard. A teenage girl is brutally murdered, sparking a hunt for her killer. But in a town where everyone hides a secret, will they find the monster among them?

July 14

‘The Master’ (2012) — Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, and Amy Adams. A Naval veteran arrives home from war unsettled and uncertain of his future – until he is tantalized by The Cause and its charismatic leader.

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