Top 5 new releases on Netflix UK (1st June 2014)
James R | On 01, Jun 2014
It’s the start of June and you know what that means: new releases on Netflix UK. And while there are nowhere near as many as on Amazon Prime Instant Video this first-of-the-month, it’s a good line-up if you’ve got kids or you’re a big kid yourself.
Horrid Henry Season 1
This animated series is based on Francesca Simon’s novels about young tearaway 10-year-old Henry. Voiced by Lizzie Waterworth, the show not only captures the amiable, reckless spirit of the books but manages to be entertaining as well. Highly recommended for younger viewers and a much-needed addition to Netflix UK’s kid-friendly catalogue.
Pokémon: Indigo League – Season 2
Gotta catch-em-all isn’t just Ash Ketchum’s motto: it’s apparently Netflix’s too. They recently added a whole heap of Pokémon to their streaming line-up and now, they’ve caught a load more. For fans of newer adventures, there’s Pokémon the Movie: Kyurem vs. The Sword of Justice and Pokémon: Black & White but the real gem is Season 2 of Pokémon: Indigo League, the classic series starring Ash, Brock, Misty and all the animated creatures being introduced for the first time. Because that’s what the world needs: more Pokémon.
Jodie Foster stars in this largely nonsensical thriller about a missing girl on an airplane. Is the pilot in on it? Did Jodie Foster’s engineer imagine her daughter in the first place? Is she going mad with grief from her recently-deceased husband? Yes, it’s trash, but Robert Schwentke keeps things claustrophobic enough to stay enjoyably tense.
Days of Glory
Director Rachid Bouchareb’s war film is a tribute to the North African soldiers who fought for France in World War II. Historically important, featuring realistic action sequences and nominated for Best Foreign Film at the 2007 Oscars.
Romeo + Juliet
Far and away the best of today’s new releases on Netflix UK, Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet manages the rare feat of updating Shakespeare without changing a word. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio at his baby-faced best opposite a heart-achingly good Claire Danes, it’s visceral, funny, tragic – and dripping with flamboyant style.