It’s the beginning of the month, which means Netflix and Amazon Prime have added a ton of new choices to their streaming collections. Since we love you, we’ve combed through their lists to come up with a solid selection of Certified Fresh choices. Read on for the full list.


New on Netflix

 

The Hustler (1961) 96%

Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason, Piper Laurie, and George C. Scott star in Robert Rossen’s classic about a pool shark who gets in over his head when he agrees to a high stakes match.

Available now on: Netflix


Full Metal Jacket (1987) 92%

Matthew Modine and Vincent D’Onofrio star in Stanley Kubrick’s Certified Fresh Vietnam War movie, which takes viewers through a grueling boot camp before dropping them directly into the field of battle.

Available now on: Netflix


The Wonders (2014) 96%

Monica Bellucci stars in this Certified Fresh drama about a the teenage daughter from a family of struggling beekeepers who becomes obsessed with a mysterious television personality.

Available now on: Netflix


The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) 96%

David Lean’s celebrated war epic stars Alec Guinness as an obsessed World War II POW tasked with building a bridge for his Japanese captors, and William Holden as the escapee who vows to return to destroy it.

Available now on: Netflix


Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) 92%

Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, and Mark Ruffalo star in Michel Gondry’s mind-bending, deeply yearning sci-fi dramedy.

Available now on: Netflix


Jurassic Park (1993)

Steven Spielberg’s dinosaur extravaganza blew audiences away back in 1993, and Netflix is streaming it now, in addition to its two non-Jurassic World sequels.

Available now on Netflix: Jurassic Park, The Lost World, Jurassic Park III


Star Trek: First Contact (1996) 92%

Captain Picard (Patrick Stewart) leads the crew of the Enterprise back in time to prevent the Borg from conquering the Earth.

Available now on: Netflix


Traffic (2000) 92%

Michael Douglas and Benicio Del Toro lead an all-star cast in Steven Soderbergh’s ensemble thriller-drama centered on the drug trade.

Available now on: Netflix


Janis: Little Girl Blue (2015) 94%

This Certified Fresh documentary presents an in-depth portrait of the life and times of the egendary blues singer and Woodstock fave.

Available now on: Netflix


The Usual Suspects (1995) 88%

Kevin Spacey and Gabriel Byrne star in Bryan Singer’s crime thriller about a drug deal gone wrong and the criminal mastermind lurking in the shadows who pulls all the strings.

Available now on: Netflix


Cold in July (2014) 84%

Michael C. Hall and Sam Shepard star in a Certified Fresh thriller about a family man defending himself against an ex-con seeking revenge for the murder of his son.

Available now on: Netflix


Euro Pudding (2002) 76%

This Certified Fresh French-Spanish comedy revolves around a grad student studying abroad in Spain who meets an eclectic group of fellow students from all over Europe.

Available now on: Netflix


New on Amazon Prime

 

Apocalypse Now (1979) 98%

Francis Ford Coppola’s harrowing Vietnam War drama follows a troubled captain (Martin Sheen) as he traverses the jungle in search of a rogue colonel (Marlon Brando) he’s been commanded to assassinate. Both the theatrical cut and Coppola’s extended version, Redux, are streaming now.

Available now on Amazon Prime: Apocalypse Now, Redux


The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1967) 97%

The final chapter in the saga of The Man with No Name, Sergio Leone’s iconic western centers on a trio of gunslingers (Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Eli Wallach) in search of a hidden stash of Confederate gold during the Civil War.

Available now on: Amazon Prime


Ulee's Gold (1997) 94%

Peter Fonda and Patricia Richardson star in this Certified Fresh drama about an aging beekeeper caring for his criminal son’s two daughters who sets out to find his drug addicted daughter-in-law.

Available now on: Amazon Prime


Carrie (1976) 93%

Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, and John Travolta star in Brian DePalma’s horror classic, a tale of a lonely teenager with telekinetic powers.

Available now on: Amazon Prime


Love & Mercy (2014) 89%

Paul Dano and John Cusack star in a Certified Fresh biopic of troubled Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson at two key intervals in his life.

Available now on: Amazon Prime


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This acclaimed British drama revolves around the residents and domestic staff of a grand English country estate. Season six was its last, so you can now stream the entire series.

Available now on: Amazon Prime


Wayne's World (1992) 79%

It’s party time! Excellent! Mike Myers and Dana Carvey star in the classic SNL spinoff about a pair of metalheads with a goofy public access cable show.

Available now on: Amazon Prime


Syriana (2005) 73%

George Clooney and Matt Damon star in this political thriller that weaves together several connected stories about corporate interests and moral intrigue in the Middle East.

Available now on: Amazon Prime

This week on home video, we’ve got the latest installment of Michael Bay’s Transformers franchise, Jon Favreau’s indie hit, and the complete series of a hit Fox show that came back to television for a limited run earlier this year. On top of that, we’ve got a bunch of smaller releases starring the likes of Amy Poehler, Aaron Paul, Sam Shepard, Liam Neeson, Mila Kunis, and more. Read on for details:



Transformers: Age of Extinction

17%

If you don’t know what you’re getting into when you set out to watch one of Michael Bay’s Transformers movies, it may help to start with a little context. Long story short: they’re loud, chaotic, sometimes racist, sometimes misogynistic, and poorly reviewed. They’re also extremely popular worldwide, and extremely profitable, which is why it should surprise few people that, despite an 18 percent Tomatometer score, Age of Extinction earned more than $1 billion in global box office receipts. Leading a “rebooted” cast that includes Nicola Peltz, Stanley Tucci, and Kelsey Grammar, Mark Wahlberg stars as down-on-his-luck inventor Cade Yeager, who comes into possession of a broken-down Optimus Prime and finds himself and his daughter wrapped up in a government conspiracy to hunt down all Autobots. While critics largely dismissed the film as a noisy, jumbled barrage on the senses, a few also conceded that those looking for a bombastic, effects-driven spectacle will probably get what they’re looking for. The Blu-ray comes with an entire disc of bonus features, which include an extensive series of making-of featurettes, a tour of the Hasbro facility where the toys are created, and a ten-minute interview with Bay about his approach to the film and his filmmaking style.

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Chef

87%

Though Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Cowboys & Aliens) is also no stranger to big, CGI-heavy popcorn movies, he nevertheless found time to sneak in a smaller, character-driven comedy this year and managed to earn some rich praise for it. In his latest feature, Chef, Favreau plays Carl Casper, the head chef at a swanky Brentwood restaurant who, stifled by his boss’s old school ways, quits his job in a fit of anger that goes viral. Reluctantly, Carl accepts an invitation from his ex-wife Inez (Sofia Vergara) to move back home to Miami to help raise their son, and in the process, he starts a food truck business and rekindles his passion for cooking. Critics found Chef to be a breath of fresh air, a charming respite from the summer season of action-packed blockbusters, thanks to a clever script and a formidable supporting cast that also included Scarlett Johansson, John Leguizamo, Dustin Hoffman, Robert Downey Jr. and more. The only special features included are a commentary track and some deleted scenes, but this should make a worthy rental or purchase based on the film’s merits alone.



24: The Complete Series with Live Another Day

When Fox debuted 24 back in 2001, it would have been easy to dismiss it as a gimmick show. Each season unfolded more or less in “real time,” with episodes that covered a single hour — complete with a ticking clock — in the span of an extremely eventful day for Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland), an anti-terrorist agent tasked with addressing all manner of threat to our national security. The show proved to be a critical and commercial success, and it aired successfully for eight seasons, notching dozens of nominations and awards, including 20 Emmys, before it ended its initial run in 2010. Back in May of this year, Jack Bauer returned to TV when Fox aired a 12-part series titled 24: Live Another Day, and this week, the studio is re-releasing the complete series — including Live Another Day — on DVD. It carries all of the special features available on the previous release, however, so if you already own that, you can also simply pick up Live Another Day, which is individually available on Blu-ray.

Also available this week:

  • Cold in July (86 percent), starring Michael C. Hall and Sam Shepard in a Certified Fresh thriller about a family man defending himself against an ex-con seeking revenge for the murder of his son.
  • Ivory Tower (85 percent), a Certified Fresh documentary exploring whether or not college is worth the cost of massive student loan debt.
  • Lucky Them (76 percent), starring Toni Collette and Thomas Haden Church in a dramedy about a journalist chasing a story about a rock legend who also happens to be her ex-boyfriend.
  • Space Station 76 (61 percent), starring Patrick Wilson and Liv Tyler in a tongue-in-cheek relationship drama set in a 1970s version of the future.
  • Hellion (59 percent), starring Aaron Paul and Juliette Lewis in a family drama about a young father learning to cope with his wife’s death and his two sons’ increasingly delinquent behavior.
  • Paul Haggis’ Third Person (24 percent), starring Liam Neeson, Mila Kunis, and a bevy of stars in a film connecting three separate love stories.
  • Matt Weiner’s Are You Here (7 percent), starring Amy Poehler, Owen Wilson, and Zach Galifianakis in a road comedy about a man battling his sister for their recently deceased father’s fortune.
  • Season six of The Mentalist is available on DVD.
  • The Equalizer Complete Collection, featuring all four seasons of the 1980s action drama upon which the recent Denzel Washington film was based.
This week at the movies, we’ve got time-traveling Marvel mutants (X-Men: Days of Future Past, starring Hugh Jackman and Jennifer Lawrence) and a misbegotten family vacation (Blended, starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore). What do the critics have to say?



X-Men: Days of Future Past

90%

Marvel fans, the wait is over, and the news is good. Critics say X-Men: Days of Future Past is nearly everything a summer blockbuster should be: star-studded, action-packed, ambitious, thoughtful, and above all, fun. This time out, Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) goes back in time to prevent an assassination that, if it’s carried out, will lead to the creation of a new weapons system that threatens the existence of the X-Men — and potentially, all of humanity. The pundits say the Certified Fresh X-Men: Days of Future Past is so filled with detail that it may occasionally confuse non-diehards, but director Bryan Singer keeps the action moving at such a confident pace that it’s difficult not to avoid getting into the spirit of things. (Check out our video interview with the stars, as well as this week’s Total Recall, in which we count down every X-Men movie by Tomatometer.)



Blended

15%

Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore have teamed up on the big screen twice before, but if you’re hoping that Blended offers an amiable good time in the vein of The Wedding Singer or 50 First Dates, critics say you’re out of luck with this odd, unfunny mix of would-be laughs and excessive sentimentality. After a disastrous blind date, single parents Jim (Sandler) and Lauren (Barrymore) agree to never see each other again. Naturally, they both wind up at the same South African resort, and after some wacky hijinks involving the local wildlife, they discover they actually like each other. The pundits say Blended is pretty desperate stuff — it’s got a creaky plot, a truckload of stereotypical characters, and, worst of all, a shortage of funny gags. (Watch our video interview with the stars, and flip through our gallery of memorable on-screen couples.)

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