Which new releases to watch right now (October 2021)

Ferris Bueller and Catch Me if You Can on Netflix. Pic credit: Paramount / DreamWorks

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 in October 2021: These movies were all added to Netflix in the past four months and will be updated monthly, with the best new titles to watch. This list is for those films released in May 2021 through August 2021.

Jaws (September 1)

Roy Scheider in Jaws. Pic credit: Universal

One of the best horror movies of all time arrived on Netflix in September 2021.

Steven Spielberg’s Jaws is the movie that popularized the idea of summer blockbusters and launched Spielberg’s massively successful directing career.

The movie was about a summer beach vacation town that refused to shut down the beaches despite a shark attack. This led to more deaths and three men were sent out to try to bring down the giant Great White Shark.

This movie resulted in business in beach towns dropping for years.

Labyrinth (September 1)

David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly in Labyrinth
David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly in Labyrinth. Tri-Star Pictures

Jim Henson directed the fantasy movie Labyrinth in 1986 and it has remained a beloved cult classic since that time.

The movie stars Jennifer Connelly as a teenage girl who is stuck babysitting her baby brother. When she wishes the Goblin King would take the baby out of her life, he does.

The girl then sets out in a labyrinth full of dangerous goblins to try to save her brother from David Bowie’s brilliant Goblin King.

Do the Right Thing (September 1)

Spike Lee in Do the Right Thing
Spike Lee in Do the Right Thing. Pic credit: Universal

In 1989, Spike Lee created his masterpiece in Do the Right Thing.

The movie had a day in the life of a Bed Stuy neighborhood when the intense heat and racial tensions reached a peak. It resulted in a huge riot in the streets that concluded with the police showed up and choked one black man to death.

The movie picked up Oscar nominations was added to the Library of Congress in its first year of eligibility, and picked up a pristine Criterion release.

It hit Netflix in September 2021, allowing people to rediscover this masterwork.

Blade Runner (September 1)

Harrison Ford on the Blade Runner poster
Harrison Ford on the Blade Runner poster. Pic credit: Warner Bros

The movie considered the seminal science fiction movie and one of the greatest in film history hit Netflix in September 2021.

Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner is on the streaming giant, and it is the Final Cut, adding in what Scott created but the studio edited out in the original release.

Harrison Ford is Deckard, a Blade Runner whose job is to hunt down replicants – androids created to serve humanity. The replicants he is sent to take out are ones that have developed an advanced level of being and consider themselves living beings.

The one he hunts down in this movie is Roy Batty, played by Rutger Hauer, and the entire movie is the template for what smart sci-fi should look like.

Magnolia (August 1)

Magnolia by PT Anderson
Magnolia by PT Anderson. Pic credit: New Line Cinema

In 1999, film auteur P.T. Anderson created his masterpiece. The movie is Magnolia and it tells the interconnected stories of several people living in San Francisco.

The cast was phenomenal, with Tom Cruise, Philip Baker Hall, Philip Seymour Hoffman, William H. Macy, Alfred Molina, Julianne Moore, John C. Reilly, Melora Walters, and the final movie performance of the late Jason Robards.

Each of the characters had their own story, but all the character’s lives were intertwined with each other, proving that even the slightest moment could change everyone’s lives forever.

Catch Me If You Can (August 1)

Leonardo DiCaprio in Catch Me If You Can
Leonardo DiCaprio in Catch Me If You Can. Pic credit: Dreamworks

Catch Me If You Can is a 2002 Steven Spielberg movie based on a true story and starring the dynamite combo of Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio.

DiCaprio is Frank Abagnale, a teenager who becomes a master forger and begins to take on the life of different people, including becoming an airline pilot through forged documents.

Hanks is FBI agent Carl Hanratty, who has taken it upon himself to try to figure out who this man really is and bring him to justice.

The movie picked up two Oscar nominations.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (August 1)

The cast of Ferris Bueller's Day Off
The cast of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Pic credit: Paramount

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is a teen comedy from 1986 starring Matthew Broderick in the lead role.

In this movie, Beuller decides to skip school and enjoy a day in the town. However, while it starts out good, his principal doesn’t believe he is really sick and sets out to prove otherwise.

The movie remains a beloved comedy classic to this day, with crowd-pleasing moments and a character it is almost impossible not to follow to the ends of the Earth.

Inception (August 1)

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The Christopher Nolan movie Inception. Pic credit: Warner Bros

In 2010, Christopher Nolan created one of the most mind-bending movies in cinema.

Leonardo DiCaprio is Dom Cobb, who, along with Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Arthur, are specialized thieves. They use experimental military tech to go into the subconscious of a person to steal their memories.

Since much of the movie takes place in their victims’ memories, it allows Nolan to create a world with no rules and allowed him to create one of the most visually astonishing worlds ever to grace a movie screen.

Terminator 2: Judgement Day (July 1)

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Edward Furlong in Terminator 2
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Edward Furlong in Terminator 2. Pic credit: Tri-Star Pictures

One of the best action movies of the ’90s and one of the best sequels ever made, Terminator 2: Judgment Day is now on Netflix.

In the movie, Arnold Schwarzenegger is back as the Terminator, but this time he is in the present day to help save John Connor from a new, more dangerous Terminator (Robert Patrick).

Linda Hamilton is also back as John’s mother, Sarah Connor, and the three of them end up in a battle with a seemingly indestructible killing machine.

The movie picked up four Oscar nominations and was the highest-grossing movie of Arnold’s career.

Midnight Run (July 1)

Charles Grodin and Robert De Niro on a bus in Midnight Run. Pic credit: Universal

Midnight Run is a 1988 comedy action thriller with Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin electrifying the screen.

The plot has a bounty hunter (De Niro) trying to bring in a mob accountant (Grodin) after he embezzled $15 million from the mob.

However, as he tries to pull off this task, they two find themselves on the run from gangsters, corrupt federal officers, and rival bounty hunters.

The deadpan humor makes this a movie that is just as fun to watch today as it was over 30 years ago.

Million Dollar Baby (June 1)

Clint Eastwood and Hilary Swank in Million Dollar Baby
Clint Eastwood and Hilary Swank in Million Dollar Baby. Pic credit: Warner Bros

Clint Eastwood directed the Oscar-nominated Million Dollar Baby in 2004.

The movie stars Hilary Swank as an underdog boxer who tries to fight her way to the top and finds help from a trainer (Eastwood) as she tries to achieve her dreams.

The movie won Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, and Best Supporting Actor (Morgan Freeman).

Be warned, though. This story does not have a happy ending.

The Big Lebowski (June 1)

Jeff Bridges, John Goodman and Steve Buscemi in The Big Lebowski
Jeff Bridges, John Goodman and Steve Buscemi in The Big Lebowski. Pic credit: Gramercy Pictures

The Coen Brothers directed The Big Lebowski in 1998 and it remains among the brothers’ most popular films.

Jeff Bridges stars as Jeffrey Lebowski, The Dude, in ’90s Los Angeles. Some thugs attack him at his home, demanding money. When they realize they have the wrong guy, they leave him but urinate on his favorite rug.

When The Dude’s bowling buddies admit he needs to do something about it, he goes to find out who is responsible and get his rug replaced, putting himself and all his friends in danger.

Silver Linings Playbook (June 1)

Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper from Silver Linings Playbook
Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper from Silver Linings Playbook. Pic credit: The Weinstein Company

Silver Linings Playbook stars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence as a pair of damaged individuals who find each other.

Cooper is a man recently released from a mental asylum, following an incident where he severely injured a man he caught cheating on his wife. He moves back home with his parents, both of which deal with their own issues.

He soon meets a widowed woman who has an unnamed disorder, but one that makes it almost impossible for her to maintain relationships with others.

These two broken people end up helping each other find what they were missing.


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