Netflix may have landed the biggest blockbuster of them all. From September onwards, Netflix will become the exclusive US pay TV home of the latest films from Disney, Marvel, Lucasfilm and Pixar. For most parents, this means a Netflix subscription will become the best deal around. Nearly every child I know watches Disney and Pixar films. And most families will find something from Marvel or Lucasfilm to enjoy. I am really excited about this news.
My family tends to watch more movies during the summer. We usually have extra free time during vacation days or while my son is out of school. And lets face it, there is something great about enjoying the air conditioning and watching a movie when the temperatures outside are at their peak.
Netflix says that they see about a 20% increase in movie watching in the US around Memorial Day weekend. If you decide to watch a movie over the holiday, Netflix has a new Adam Sandler new movie, The Do Over, starring him and David Spade.
Summer is also a time when Netflix refreshes a large part of its film catalogue. Here are some of the great and varied selection of films coming to the Neflix U.S. service in the next few months:
- Sci-fi adventure classics Jurassic Park, Jurassic Park: The Lost World, Jurassic Park 3 (June 1)
- Academy Award Best Picture winner, Spotlight (June 22), the true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered long-standing child abuse at the Catholic Archdiocese, featuring Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams.
- Sundance hit and Netflix Original film The Fundamentals of Caring (June 24), follows Paul Rudd playing Ben, a writer-turned-caregiver, and his charge, a foul-mouthed British teen with muscular dystrophy played by Craig Roberts, as they take an impromptu road trip.
- The Big Short (July 6) with Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Christian Bale, brings to life the collapse of the U.S. mortgage bubble in an unforgettable and amazingly entertaining way.
- Brahman Naman (July 7), another Netflix Original film, brings the ribaldry of American Pie and takes it to India in the 1980s.
- Tallulah (July 29), another Sundance breakout and Netflix Original, unites Allison Janney and Ellen Page, in the story of a dissatisfied Beverly Hills housewife and the babysitter she hires.
- Also arriving in July for the first time are family favorite franchises such as Back to The Future & Lethal Weapon.
- Netflix will premiere The Little Prince, a stunning animated film based on the beloved children’s book, featuring the voices of Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Ricky Gervais, Marion Cotillard and James Franco.
- Also appearing: The Fast & The Furious, The Wedding Planner and St. Vincent (which is a really wonderful Bill Murray film).
Netflix has a few other gems like the Sandlot and Sixteen Candles that will soon be available for streaming. So crank up the air conditioner and find a comfortable spot on the couch. There is a lot to watch on Netflix this summer.