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New on Netflix today! October 1, 2015

It's the first of the month, Netflixians! The one moment every 30 or so days where we get just enough movies and TV shows added to the Netflix library so that at least one has to be worth watching. Today, we get a several of those watchables, including Paul Thomas Anderson's Boogie Nights, Christopher Nolan's first foray into the Batman mythos in Batman Begins, and the great Clint Eastwood-directed, Million Dollar Baby. Along with this, we also get 1938's A Christmas Carol, a hefty collection of forgotten Sinatra movies, The Bourne Supremacy, American Pie, and Oliver Stones Alexander.

To even out all of that deliciousness, we're also being subjected to several B-grade movies you've never heard of (and never wanted to) and a ton of reality show filler that's sure to bring a significant amount vomit to your mouth. To hell with that nonsense, though; The addition of Boogie Nights makes it all worth it.

To see the entire lineup for October 2015, click here.



Movies


A Christmas Carol (1938)
Not Rated | 69 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

Director: Edwin L. Marin
Writers: Charles Dickens (novel), Hugo Butler (screenplay)
Stars: Reginald Owen, Gene Lockhart, Kathleen Lockhart

The timeworn Dickens' story about the old merchant Scrooge and how his own disappointments in life shape his view that both life and men are not worthy of his notice or concern. He displays no charity to mankind generally, and in particular, to his employee Bob Cratchett and his unfortunate son, Tiny Tim. But the dessicated gent is about to get his comeuppance when he imagines he is visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future.

About Alex (2014)
R | 99 min | Drama

Director: Jesse Zwick
Writer: Jesse Zwick
Stars: Nate Parker, Jason Ritter, Maggie Grace

When a group of old college friends reunite over a long weekend after one of them attempts suicide, old crushes and resentments shine light on their life decisions, and ultimately push friendships and relationships to the brink.



Alexander: Theatrical Cut (2004)
R | 175 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

Director: Oliver Stone
Writers: Oliver Stone, Christopher Kyle
Stars: Colin Farrell, Anthony Hopkins, Rosario Dawson

Alexander, the King of Macedonia and one of the greatest military leaders in the history of warfare, conquers much of the known world.




American Pie (1999)
R | 95 min | Comedy, Romance

Directors: Paul Weitz, Chris Weitz (uncredited)
Writer: Adam Herz
Stars: Jason Biggs, Chris Klein, Thomas Ian Nicholas

Four teenage boys enter a pact to lose their virginity by prom night.





Batman Begins (2005)
PG-13 | 140 min | Action, Adventure

Director: Christopher Nolan
Writers: Bob Kane (characters), David S. Goyer (story)
Stars: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Ken Watanabe

After training with his mentor, Batman begins his war on crime to free the crime-ridden Gotham City from corruption that the Scarecrow and the League of Shadows have cast upon it.



Boogie Nights (1997)
R | 155 min | Drama

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Writer: Paul Thomas Anderson
Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Julianne Moore, Burt Reynolds

The story of a young man's adventures in the Californian pornography industry of the late 1970s and early 1980s.




The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
PG-13 | 108 min | Action, Thriller

Director: Paul Greengrass
Writers: Robert Ludlum (novel), Tony Gilroy (screenplay)
Stars: Matt Damon, Franka Potente, Joan Allen

When Jason Bourne is framed for a CIA operation gone awry, he is forced to resume his former life as a trained assassin to survive.




Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
PG | 115 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

Director: Tim Burton
Writers: Roald Dahl (book), John August (screenplay)
Stars: Johnny Depp, Freddie Highmore, David Kelly

A young boy wins a tour through the most magnificent chocolate factory in the world, led by the world's most unusual candy maker.




Curse of Chucky (2013)
R | 97 min | Crime, Horror

Director: Don Mancini
Writers: Don Mancini (characters), Don Mancini
Stars: Chantal Quesnelle, Fiona Dourif, Jordan Gavaris

After her mother's mysterious death, Nica begins to suspect that the talking, red-haired doll her visiting niece has been playing with may be the key to recent bloodshed and chaos.



Dark Was the Night (2014)
90 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

Director: Jack Heller
Writer: Tyler Hisel
Stars: Steve Agee, Nick Damici, Kevin Durand

An evil is unleashed in a small town when a logging company sets up shop in the neighboring woods.




Glass Chin (2014)
87 min | Drama, Thriller

Director: Noah Buschel
Writer: Noah Buschel
Stars: Elizabeth Rodriguez, Corey Stoll, Billy Crudup

A down-on-his-luck former boxing champ is forced to make a choice between friendship and ambition when he is framed for murder.




Million Dollar Baby (2004)
PG-13 | 132 min | Drama, Sport

Director: Clint Eastwood
Writers: Paul Haggis (screenplay), F.X. Toole (stories)
Stars: Hilary Swank, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman

A determined woman works with a hardened boxing trainer to become a professional.




On the Town (1949)
Passed | 98 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Directors: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly
Writers: Adolph Green (screenplay), Betty Comden (screenplay)
Stars: Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Betty Garrett

Three sailors on a day of shore leave in New York City look for fun and romance before their twenty-four hours are up.




Pal Joey (1957)
Approved | 111 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

Director: George Sidney
Writers: Dorothy Kingsley (screenplay) John O'Hara (from the musical play book by)
Stars: Rita Hayworth, Frank Sinatra, Kim Novak

Joey Evans is charming, handsome, funny, talented, and a first class, A-number-one heel. When Joey meets the former chorus girl ("She used to be 'Vera...with the Vanishing Veils'") and now rich widow Vera Simpson, the two lecherous souls seem made for each other. That is, until Linda English comes along. Linda is a "mouse on the line" and built like there's no tomorrow. But she's the typical good little girl from a good little home — just the right ingredient to louse up Joey's cushy set up.

Pepe (1960)
Unrated | 180 min | Comedy, Musical

Director: George Sidney
Writers: Claude Binyon, Leslie Bush-Fekete (play)
Stars: Cantinflas, Dan Dailey, Shirley Jones

The young Mexican Pepe's beloved horse is sold to Hollywood star Ted Holt, leading to Pepe's journey to Hollywood to get the horse back, and Pepe's encounter with half the stars working in Hollywood at the time.

Pressure (2015)
R | 91 min | Thriller

Director: Ron Scalpello
Writers: Louis Baxter (story), Alan McKenna
Stars: Danny Huston, Matthew Goode, Joe Cole

A group of men are trapped in a small pod on the sea bed, after diving down to fix an oil pipeline and becoming separated from their ship.




Reasonable Doubt (2014)
R | 91 min | Crime, Thriller

Director: Peter Howitt (as Peter P. Croudins)
Writer: Peter A. Dowling
Stars: Dominic Cooper, Samuel L. Jackson, Gloria Reuben

A District Attorney has his life turned upside down when he's involved in a hit and run and another man is arrested for his crime and charged with murder.



Richard Pryor: Icon (2014)
56 min

Survey the profound and enduring influence of one of the greatest American comics of all time.








Some Came Running (1958)
Approved | 137 min | Drama, Romance

Director: Vincente Minnelli
Writers: James Jones (novel), John Patrick
Stars: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Shirley MacLaine

Dave Hirsch, a writer and army veteran, returns to 1948 Parkman, Indiana, his hometown. His prosperous brother introduces him to Gwen French, a local teacher. But the more flamboyant Ginny has followed him to Parkton, where he also meets gambler Bama Dillert. Dave must come to terms with his roots and with his future.

Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949)
Approved | 93 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Director: Busby Berkeley
Writers: Harry Tugend (screenplay), George Wells (screenplay)
Stars: Frank Sinatra, Esther Williams, Gene Kelly

The Wolves baseball team gets steamed when they find they've been inherited by one K.C. Higgins, a suspected "fathead" who intends to take an active interest in running the team. But K.C. turns out to be a beautiful woman who really knows her baseball. 2nd baseman Dennis Ryan promptly falls in love. But his playboy roommate Eddie O'Brien has his own notions about how to treat the new lady owner and some unsavory gamblers have their own ideas about how to handle Eddie

The Devil at 4 O'Clock (1961)
Approved | 126 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

Director: Mervyn LeRoy (as Mervyn Le Roy)
Writers: Liam O'Brien (screenplay), Max Catto (novel)
Stars: Spencer Tracy, Frank Sinatra, Kerwin Mathews

A crusty, eccentric priest recruits three reluctant convicts to help him rescue a children's leper colony from a Pacific island menaced by a smoldering volcano.



Navy SEALs: Their Untold Story (2014)
114 min

Few know the story of how the U.S. Navy SEALs (Sea, Air and Land) became the renowned warriors of today. Without them, much of the world history would have been written differently, from the beaches of Normandy to the Pacific theater, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan.






The Nightmare (2015)
Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary

Director: Rodney Ascher
Stars: Siegfried Peters, Stephen Michael Joseph, Yatoya Toy

A look at a frightening condition that plagues thousands; sleep paralysis.






White Rabbit (2013)
90 min | Drama

Director: Tim McCann
Writers: Anthony Di Pietro, Anthony Di Pietro
Stars: Britt Robertson, Todd McLaren, Sam Trammell

A bullied high school student starts having visions of a rabbit that he killed when he was a kid, soon putting him in a state where his imagination threatens to cause him to carry out violent acts.



Wild Horses (2015)
R | 100 min | Crime, Drama

Director: Robert Duvall
Writers: Robert Duvall, Michael Shell (story)
Stars: Robert Duvall, James Franco, Josh Hartnett

A detective opens up a fifteen-year-old missing persons case and begins to suspect that the boy it belongs to was murdered — and that a local rancher was involved.




Television


Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics Collection (2011—) — Collection 1
TV Series











Extreme Homes (2012—) — Collection 1
TV Series | TV-G | 60 min | Documentary

Stars: Brian Hanford, Brian Cooney, Eddie Jones

Extreme Homes is a series of tours around some of the worlds strangest, largest, and prettiest properties and their homes.






Fixer Upper (2013—) — Season 1
TV Series | 60 min | Reality-TV

Stars: Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines

Chip and Joanna Gaines take on clients in the Waco Texas area, turning their fixer uppers into the homes of their dreams.






Genevieve's Renovation: (2009—) — Season 1
TV Series

Stars: Genevieve Gorder, Thad Mills, Casey Johnston









House Hunters Renovation Collection (1999—) — Collection 1
TV Series | TV-G | 30 min | Documentary, Reality-TV

Stars: Andromeda Dunker, Suzanne Whang, Ryan Valley

Hosted by Suzanne Whang, the show takes viewers behind the scenes as individuals, couples and families learn what to look for and decide whether or not a home is meant for them.





Million Dollar Rooms (2011—) — Collection 1
TV Series | Reality-TV

Stars: Carter Oosterhouse, Gwen Banta









Property Virgins (2006—) — Collection 1
TV Series

Stars: Egypt Sherrod, Sandra Rinomato, Sean Sassoon

Property Virgins follows first-time homebuyers as they prepare to dive into the real estate market, and gives these newbies targeted home-tours, lots of coaching, and a chance to find their first-ever property. These virgins definitely get their feet wet, and learn to tailor their dream home visions to fit the market and their budget. Hosted by real estate expert Sandra Rinomato.



The Great Food Truck Race (2010—) — Collection 1
TV Series | 60 min | Game-Show, Reality-TV

Stars: Tyler Florence, Chris Hodgson, Lance Kramer

A number of food trucks in a competition to see who earns the most money, with the lowest earning truck kicked off at the end of each episode.






Throwdown with Bobby Flay (2006-2011) — Collection 1
TV Series | 30 min | Family, Reality-TV

Stars: Bobby Flay, Stephanie Banyas, Miriam Garron

Top U.S. chefs compete in their area of expertise.







Uncle Grandpa (2010—) — Season 1 (more episodes)
TV Series | TV-PG | 15 min | Animation, Comedy, Fantasy

Creators: Peter Browngardt, Katie Krentz
Stars: Peter Browngardt, Kevin Michael Richarddson, Eric Bauza

The misadventures of a magical uncle and grandpa to everyone in the world and his friends.





The Vanilla Ice Project (2010—) — Seasons 1-4
TV Series | Reality-TV

Stars: Vanilla Ice, Jeremy Brenner, Frank Morales

Robert Van Winkle, better known as rapper Vanilla Ice, demonstrates his expertise in real estate and home renovation by renovating a house along with a team of handymen.





Worst Cooks in America Collection (2010—) — Collection 1
TV Series | 60 min | Game-Show, Reality-TV

Stars: Annne urrell, Bobby Flay, Robert Irvine

Some of the worst cooks in the country will compete in an elimination series. The last two standing have the chance to cook for culinary critics and win a cash prize.





Robin Williams Remembered: A Pioneers of Television Special (2014)
TV Episode | 55 min | Documentary

Director: Steve Boettcher (as Steven J. Boettcher)
Writer: Mike Trinklein (as Michael J. Trinklein)
Stars: Robin Williams, Louie Anderson, Bea Arthur

Celebrating the life of Robin Williams with interviews, tributes and clips from his career.




Desesign on a Dime Collection (2011—) — Collection 1
TV Sesriess | Reality-TV

Stars: Joel West, Casey Noble

Designer Casey Noble and licensed contractor Joel West team up to deliver creative, sophisticated designs that anyone can do — and that will completely transform any room.

El tiempo entre costuras (2013-2014)
TV Series | 853 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

Stars: Adriana Ugarte, Hannah New, Mari Carmen Sanchez

Sira Quiroga is a young Spanish dressmaker engaged to a solid suitor when a suave typewriter salesman upends her life. Spain is being upended by a civil war and the new regime's growing alliances with Nazi Germany. Sira, smart, gutsy and resourceful with a Scarlett O'Hara-like ability to whip up designer duds on a moments notice, Sira has spunk. Sira gains and loses a small fofortune, is dumped by her cad of a lover in Morocco, runs guns to get the cash to start her life anew and becomes couturier to the Nazi wives stationed in Madred. Urged on by her friend, the real-life British spy Rosalinda Fox, Sira, too, aids the British cause.

Monkey Thieves (2008—) — Seasons 1-3
TV Series

National Geographic release of the Galta Gang. Rhesus macaque monkeys that live in Jaipur India, an observation of their dailaay lives without production interference.

Wakfu (2008—) — Season 1
TV Series | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

Stars: Yoann Sover, Fanny Bloc, Patrick Bethune

Saving the world from an evil madman? Not a problem for this kid. Finding his birth parents? That's the real adventure!