Those looking to get the most out of their Netflix account will be pleased to know that the streaming video subscription service has a host of films scheduled to join their Watch Instantly selection in the coming weeks and months, in addition to a number of worthwhile films already available, including Groundhog Day and Iron Giant.
Last last month we shared the list of films on the horizon for Netflix Watch Instantly, which includes Thor set to become available to subscribers on June 9th. The latest list adds even more films to the coming-soon selection…
Newly Available Groundhog Day (1993)
Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott, Stephen Tobolowsky
Sent to cover the annual appearance of world-famous groundhog Punxsutawney Phil, a self-centered TV weatherman unleashes his bitterness -- and soon realizes he's doomed to repeat Groundhog Day until he learns that his actions can affect the outcome.
My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997)
Julia Roberts, Rupert Everett, Cameron Diaz, Dermot Mulroney
When she receives word that her longtime platonic pal Michael O'Neal is getting married to debutante Kimberly Wallace, food critic Julianne Potter realizes her true feelings for Michael -- and sets out to sabotage the wedding.
Mouse Hunt (1997)
Nathan Lane, Lee Evans, Vicki Lewis, Maury Chaykin, Eric Christmas
Two down-on-their-luck brothers (Nathan Lane and Lee Evans) inherit a run-down mansion that turns out to be worth millions. They can sell it and pocket a fortune, but first they have to evict its diminutive tenant: a mouse with no intention of leaving. Slapstick humor abounds -- along with a great cameo by Christopher Walken as a crazed exterminator -- in this zany family comedy from director Gore Verbinski.
Starship Troopers (1997)
Casper Van Dien, Dina Meyer, Denise Richards, Jake Busey, Neil Patrick Harris
In this sci-fi adventure, fire-spitting, brain-sucking bugs attack Earth and obliterate Buenos Aires. Coming to the rescue are gutsy soldiers Johnny Rico, Dizzy Flores, Carmen Ibanez and Ace Levy, who head to the Klendathu system for a showdown.
The Iron Giant (1999)
Jennifer Aniston, Harry Connick Jr., Vin Diesel, James Gammon, Cloris Leachman
In rustic 1957 Maine, 9-year-old Hogarth finds a colossal but disoriented robot (of unknown origin), and the two form a strong bond of friendship. Before long, however, a government agent is on their trail -- and he's intent on destroying the automaton. This beautifully rendered parable based on British poet Ted Hughes' feted short story features the voices of Jennifer Aniston, Vin Diesel, Harry Connick Jr. and Cloris Leachman.
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)
Katie Holmes, Guy Pearce, Bailee Madison, Alan Dale
Soon after moving in with her father and his new girlfriend, young Sally discovers she isn't alone in the house: strange creatures live there -- and they might not be as friendly as Sally thinks. Guillermo del Toro co-writes this horror film.
Shark Night (2011)
Sara Paxton, Dustin Milligan, Chris Carmack, Katharine McPhee
A weekend of island beach-house debauchery turns into a hellish nightmare for a group of friends when one of them loses an arm in a vicious shark attack. Worse, the pals soon discover that the waters are infested with dozens of the toothy predators.
Killer Elite (2011)
Jason Statham, Clive Owen, Robert De Niro, Dominic Purcell
This globe-trotting thriller, based on a true story, follows Danny Bryce, a former British special ops tough guy forced to come out of retirement when his mentor is kidnapped by a ruthless criminal. Enraged, Danny has to dodge three top assassins.
Justin Bieber: The Untold Story of his Rise to Fame (2011)
The transformation from small-town Canadian boy to international superstar happened almost overnight for recording artist, Justin Bieber. With the help of his mother, Bieber started a You Tube craze and "Bieber Fever" was born. Justin Bieber: Rise to Fame delves into not only the musical life of the heartthrob, but also how the young star copes with fame and spends his limited free time. Packed with previously unseen footage and exclusive interviews with the teen idol himself, Rise to Fame chronicles the life of the worldwide pop phenomenon who is tearing up the charts and melting young hearts.
The Killer Inside Me (2010)
Casey Affleck, Kate Hudson, Jessica Alba, Ned Beatty
West Texas Deputy Sheriff Lou Ford is harboring a dark secret. Though the small town's residents think he's a bit dense, Ford is, in fact, afflicted with a "sickness" that turns the mild-mannered peace officer into a brutal, psychotic killer.
Avail 6/1 Aventureland (2008)
Kristin Stewart, Ryan Reynolds and Jesse Eisenberg
Unable to afford the European vacation he'd dreamed of, recent college grad James Brennan (Jesse Eisenberg) reluctantly takes a gig at a local amusement park, only to learn that the dead-end job is, in fact, excellent preparation for the real world. Writer-director Greg Mottola's semi-autobiographical comedy-drama, filmed in Pittsburgh's Kennywood Park, also stars Ryan Reynolds and Kristen Stewart.
Everybody's Fine (2009)
Robert Di Niro, Kate Beckinsale, Drew Barrymore
Frank just lost his wife, and without their mother by his side, Frank's grown children aren't compelled to visit for the holidays. So he hits the road to visit them -- collecting various revelations and learning about himself along the way.
Samuel L. Jackson, Colin Farrell, LL Cool J and Michelle Rodriquez
In this slick actioner inspired by the 1970s TV series, veteran Los Angeles cop Hondo Harrelson is tasked with drafting and training an elite special weapons and tactics team -- who soon find themselves up against a crafty international criminal.
The Bad News Bears (1976)
Walter Matthau, Tatum O'Neal, Chris Barnes, Ben Piazza,Vic Morrow
Walter Matthau stars as the grumbling, beer-guzzling Morris Buttermaker, a former minor-league pitcher roped into coaching a crass bunch of perpetually losing half-pint misfits. Desperate to win, Coach Morris brings in two ringers. One is his ex-girlfriend's athletic daughter, Amanda (Tatum O'Neal), and the other the rebellious but talented Kelly (Jackie Earle Haley). Director Michael Ritchie's kids' sports comedy catapulted the genre's popularity.
The Pebble and the Penguin (1995)
Tim Curry, Martin Short, James Belushi
A National Geographic documentary inspired this animated fable about a bashful bachelor penguin named Hubie, who's partial to a pretty female named Marina. Ancient penguin ritual dictates that males present a pebble to their intended, then mate for life. Hubie finds a spiffy stone, but before he can bestow it on Marina, dastardly rival Drake tosses him into the churning sea, and Hubie gets swept away. Can he make it home before Drake swoops in?
The Pianist (2002)
Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Emilia Fox, Frank Finlay
Famed Polish concert pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman (Adrien Brody, in an Oscar-winning role) struggles to survive the onslaught of Nazi tyranny during World War II in this Roman Polanski-directed drama based on Szpilman's memoirs. In spite of his well-known musical talents, Szpilman spends several years holed up in Warsaw, barely alive and subsisting on scraps, until grace comes in the form of a second chance -- at music, at freedom and at life.
One Perfect Day (2004)
Dan Spielman, Leeanna Walsman, Nathan Phillips, Dawn Klingberg
After his sister dies of a drug overdose, maverick musical genius Tommy Matisse (Dan Spielman) begins a lone odyssey of self-discovery in this incisive Aussie drama directed by Paul Currie. Leaving behind his studies at London's Royal Academy of Music when he receives the tragic news, Tommy heads home to Melbourne, where his efforts to overcome his grief lead him to the underground rave scene. Alysse Green plays Tommy's guilt-ridden girlfriend.
Avail 6/6 The Rum Diary (2011)
Johnny Depp, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Rispoli, Amber Heard
Eager to flee his humdrum life in 1950s New York, booze-loving journalist Paul moves to Puerto Rico, but his life becomes unhinged when he falls for a gorgeous woman and clashes with her shifty fiancé in this adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson's novel.
Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie (2012)
Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim, Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly,Zach Galifianakis, Will Forte
All-star cameos spice up the comedy chaos in the movie debut of "Adult Swim" favorites Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, who portray two numbskulls revamping a decrepit mall to repay the billion dollars they wasted while preparing their first film.
Josh Fox, Dick Cheney, Pete Seeger, Richard Nixon
In this Oscar-nominated documentary, director Josh Fox journeys across America to examine the negative effects of natural-gas drilling, from poisoned water sources to kitchen sinks that burst into flames to unhealthy animals and people.
Hostel: Part III (2011)
Kip Pardue, Brian Hallisay, John Hensley, Sarah Habel
In this installment in the popular horror franchise, a bachelor party in Las Vegas turns into a hellish bloodbath for all involved. As the groom and his friends try to escape their sadistic tormentor, they're subjected to a multitude of horrors.
Avail 6/27 Extract (2009)
Jason Bateman, Mila Kunis, Kristen Wiig, Ben Affleck, J.K. Simmons
Poised to sell his successful flavor extract company, Joel's life is pretty sweet -- until an on-the-job accident threatens his livelihood. To make matters worse, his marriage is failing, and a sexy con artist is stirring things up at the office.
Seann William Scott, Jay Baruchel, Alison Pill, Marc-André Grondin
When he's seen dispatching a rude opposing hockey player in the stands, Doug Glatt is hired by a rival team ... for his fighting skills. It seems the new team's star is gun-shy after being hit by a puck, and Glatt's job is to be his on-ice bodyguard.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)
Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Josh Duhamel
The third installment in Michael Bay's trilogy travels back to 1969's historic moon landing, when Neil Armstrong and his Apollo 11 cohorts touch down in the Sea of Tranquility ... and discover what appears to be a downed Transformers craft. Flash forward to the present, and the Decepticons are ready to exact revenge on Optimus Prime and the rest of the Autobots. Shia LaBeouf returns as Sam Witwicky, the Autobots' human ally.
Jesse Bradford, French Stewart, Paula Garcés, Michael Biehn
Scientist George Gibbs invents a mechanism that speeds up the molecules of any target, making it seem as though the rest of the world is frozen in time. When his son is zapped by the device, George must find a way to reverse the effects.
John Travolta, Connie Nielsen, Samuel L. Jackson, Tim Daly
In this twisty thriller, DEA agents Tom Hardy and Julia Osborne investigate the disappearance of a legendary Army Ranger drill sergeant and the deaths four of his soldiers on a military training mission during a raging hurricane.
The Rugrats Movie (1998)
Christine Cavanaugh, Elizabeth Daily, Cheryl Chase, Melanie Chartoff
In this first full-length film based on the popular Nickelodeon cartoon series, Tommy Pickles (voiced by E.G. Daily) takes on additional responsibilities when a new baby brother enters the picture. The infant, named Dil, is such a burden to Tommy and his pals Chuckie, Angelica, Phil and Lil that they decide to bring him back to the hospital. The kids get lost along the way and run into a group of troublesome circus performers.
The Fifth Element (1997)
Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman, Ian Holm, Milla Jovovich, Chris Tucker, Luke Perry
New York City in the 23rd century is a madhouse of flying taxis, street gangs and media overload in director Luc Besson's science-fiction-inspired vision of a tomorrow that seems to have all the right elements. Cabbie Bruce Willis is a regular guy ... and the universe's last hope for survival as he helps the embodiment of love and life (Milla Jovovich) fight the darkness unleashed by the crazed Zorg (Gary Oldman).
The Wedding Planner (2001)
Jennifer Lopez, Matthew McConaughey, Bridgette Wilson,Justin Chambers
San Francisco's premier wedding planner, Mary Fiore, is saved from an accident by the man of her dreams -- only to discover that he happens to be her latest client's fiancé in this old-fashioned romantic comedy.
On the documentary front, the Oscar nominated film GaSLand arrives June 21. For something a bit more pop-culture (and probably less environmentally conscious), there's also a Justin Bieber documentary already available. For those looking for something a bit scarier Hostel: Part III is on the way in late June, while the more-draggy-than-scary Don't Be Afraid of the Dark is already available, as is Shark Night.
The third Transformers movie Transformers: Dark of the Moon lands at Netflix on June 30. For some futuristic action, there's The Fifth Element (coming July 1). And for those who love the wedding romcoms, there's My Best Friend's Wedding (currently available) and The Wedding Planner (coming July 1).
If you're looking to laugh, there's always Groundhog Day (currently available) or the original Bad News Bears (coming June 1). Mike Judge's Extract is also on the way, set to become available June 27.
Finally, it's well worth noting that Goon is set to arrive on Netflix Watch Instantly next month. Written by Jay Baruchel and Evan Goldberg, the hockey-themed comedy only debuted in the U.S. in late March following a Video on Demand release. Netflix has it scheduled to become available to watch instantly on June 28, a month after its DVD release. While not a huge film, this charming and amusing comedy tells the story of Doug Glatt (Seann William Scott), a guy who makes up for with his ability to give and receive a punch what he lacks in book smarts. His enforcer skills are put to good use on the ice when he's recruited to play semi-pro hockey. What makes the movie work is the fact that despite his fighting abilities, Glatt is a really nice guy, and thanks in large part to Scott's performance, it's impossible not to like him. Hockey fans will want to check that one out.