I won't pretend to be excited that The Faculty has become available on Netflix Watch Instantly, but only because doing so might imply that I didn't already own the 1998 alien-invasion film on DVD, which might not be entirely true. ("Crash and burn, Casey.") The Elijah Wood starring body snatchers teen sci-fi-horror is just one of a few movies that's been added to Netflix's Watch Instantly. Check out the list ahead to see what's newly available or coming soon to the subscription-based streaming video service.
Those looking to take a break from using their Netflix subscription to marathon through a TV series might want to keep an eye out for what's arrived and what's coming among the movie selection at Netflix Streaming. Apocalypse Now Redux, Look Who's Talking Too, The Cable Guy, The Cider House Rules and Life is Beautiful are all available as of today. Meanwhile, Immortals, 12 Monkeys and Donnie Brasco are among the movies set to become available this July. As is A League of Their Own ("There's no crying in baseball!") And there's more…
Action and Adventure Newly Avail Apocalypse Now Redux (1979)
Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Dennis Hopper, Frederic Forrest
Francis Ford Coppola's timeless epic adapts Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness to the Vietnam War, where special operations Capt. Willard (Martin Sheen) must travel deep into the Cambodian jungle to locate and kill the mysterious -- and insane -- Col. Kurtz (Marlon Brando). This double feature includes the 1979 Oscar-winning masterwork set in the Vietnam War, along with the re-edited and expanded 2001 director's cut, Apocalypse Now Redux.
Avail 7/4 Immortals (2011)
Henry Cavill, Mickey Rourke, Stephen Dorff, Freida Pinto, Luke Evans, John Hurt
In Ancient Greece, King Hyperion searches for a powerful weapon that will free the bloodthirsty Titans and enable them to overpower the gods and enslave mankind. Unable to interfere directly, the gods choose a champion to defend them: Theseus.
Children and Family
Avail 7/18 Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure (2011)
Ashley Tisdale, Austin Butler, Cameron Goodman
When a talent scout gives her the green light to go on to bigger and better things in New York City, Sharpay Evans (Ashley Tisdale) expects an easy bop to the top on Broadway. But the city's charms are clouded by a scheming singer (Cameron Goodman) who will do anything to get ahead. Tisdale also executive produced this High School Musical spinoff that features a furry co-star -- Sharpay's dog, Boi -- and four original songs.
Newly Avail Look Who’s Talking Too (1989)
John Travolta, Kirstie Alley, Olympia Dukakis, Roseanne, Damon Wayans, Gilbert Gottfried
Mollie (Kirstie Alley), James (John Travolta) and Mikey return for more baby time in this hilarious sequel -- and now, they've added a new baby girl named Julie to the mix. Although James and Mollie love their burgeoning family, things become stressful when the kids start to fight, Mikey resists potty training and Mollie's brother, Stuart, decides to move in.
The Cable Guy (1996)
Jim Carrey, Matthew Broderick, Leslie Mann, Jack Black
When recently single Steven (Matthew Broderick) moves into his new apartment, cable guy Chip (Jim Carrey) comes to hook him up -- and doesn't let go. Initially, Chip is just overzealous in his desire to be Steven's pal, but when Steven tries to end the "friendship," Chip shows his dark side. He begins stalking Steven, who's left to fend for himself because no one else can believe Chip's capable of such behavior.
Avail 7/1 A League of Their Own (1992)
Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Madonna, Lori Petty, Rosie O'Donnell, Jon Lovitz
Two small-town sisters join an all-female baseball league formed when World War II brings professional baseball to a standstill. As their team hits the road with its drunken coach, the siblings find troubles and triumphs on and off the field.
Chasing Amy (1997)
Ben Affleck, Joey Lauren Adams, Jason Lee, Dwight Ewell, Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith
After comic book artist Holden (Ben Affleck) falls in love with the perfect woman, Alyssa (Joey Lauren Adams), he discovers she is a lesbian in this comedy from writer-director Kevin Smith. With no help from his friend, Banky (Jason Lee), Holden tries to make a relationship with Alyssa work. Although Holden knows Alyssa cares deeply about him, her homosexual past may conspire to come between them and ruin everything.
Holly Rollers (2011)
Ben Crawford, Brad Currah, Michael Scott Foster, Colin Jones
Follow the rise of the largest and most well-funded blackjack team in America -- made up entirely of card-counting, churchgoing Christians. The players don't see blackjack as a sin; they take from casinos and give to their families and churches.
The Elephant in the Living Room (2012)
Tim Harrison, Terry Brumfield, Russ Clear
Set against the backdrop of a heated national debate, director Michael Webber takes viewers deep inside the controversial subculture of raising the most dangerous animals in the world as common household pets.
Newly Avail Life is Beautiful (1997)
Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Giorgio Cantarini
In this poignant tragicomedy, a clever Jewish Italian waiter named Guido (Roberto Benigni, who also directs and won an Oscar for his role) is sent to a Nazi concentration camp during World War II, along with his wife (Nicoletta Braschi) and their young son (Giorgio Cantarini). Refusing to give up hope, Guido tries to protect his son's innocence by pretending that their imprisonment is an elaborate game, with the grand prize being a tank.
Music of the Heart (1999)
Meryl Streep, Cloris Leachman, Aidan Quinn, Angela Bassett
In director Wes Craven's inspiring Oscar-nominated drama -- which is based on a true story -- a violinist and single mother struggles to convince the administration at an East Harlem high school to let her establish a music program.
The Cider House Rules (1999)
Tobey Maguire, Michael Caine, Charlize Theron
A surrogate son and protege to a kindly physician who runs an orphanage in rural Maine, itchy Homer Wells sets off wide-eyed to see the world -- but cold reality soon intrudes on his youthful idealism and moral certitude.
Avail 7/1 Donnie Brasco (1997)
Al Pacino, Johnny Depp, Anne Heche, Paul Giamatti
When FBI agent Joe Pistone goes undercover and rechristens himself Donnie Brasco to infiltrate the mob, he increasingly identifies with the made men he's charged with taking down in this engrossing crime drama based on a true story.
The Devil’s Double (2011)
Dominic Cooper, Ludivine Sagnier, Raad Rawi
Dominic Cooper stars as Uday Hussein -- Saddam Hussein's depraved, decadent elder son -- and as Latif Yahia, the army lieutenant forcibly drafted to be his body double, in this drama based on Yahia's autobiographical novel.
Newly Avail The Faculty (1998)
Jordanna Brewster, Clea DuVall, Josh Hartnett, Salma Hayek, Famke Janssen, Elijah Wood
Many teens think their teachers hail from another planet -- but what if it's true? Herrington High students notice that faculty members aren't quite themselves, and discover an alien infection they might not be able to stop.
Avail 7/1 Stigmata (1999)
Patricia Arquette, Gabriel Byrne, Jonathan Pryce
After an atheist woman's hands and feet begin to mysteriously bleed, the Vatican sends a priest to investigate the phenomenon, and soon, the two are thrust headlong into supernatural terror.
Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Avail 7/1 12 Monkeys (1995)
Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, Christopher Plummer, Madeleine Stowe
In the year 2035, convict James Cole (Bruce Willis) volunteers reluctantly to be sent back in time by scientists to discover the origin of a deadly virus that wiped out nearly all of the earth's population decades earlier. But when Cole is sent mistakenly to 1990 instead of 1996, he's arrested and locked up in a mental hospital, where he meets a psychiatrist (Madeleine Stowe) and the son (Brad Pitt) of a famous virus expert (Christopher Plummer).
Avail 7/1 Memento (2001)
Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss
Suffering short-term memory loss after a head injury, Leonard Shelby (Guy Pearce) embarks on a grim quest to find the lowlife who murdered his wife in this gritty, complex thriller that packs more knots than a hangman's noose. To carry out his plan, Shelby snaps Polaroids of people and places, jotting down contextual notes on the backs of photos to aid in his search and jog his memory. He even tattoos his own body in a desperate bid to remember.
These aren't the only films set to make their way onto Netflix Watch Instantly in the coming weeks. The list we posted last month, contains other movies arriving on Netflix next month, and some of the upcoming titles that will be available later this month, including Goon which will be available June 28, and Transformers: Dark of the Moon (arriving June 30).
Update: The July 1 date mentioned for Memento and Chasing Amy in the above list appears to be an error. At present, it looks like those are currently available.