10 new Netflix releases to kick off the new year

Photo courtesy of Netflix. Photo courtesy of Netflix.

2014 was the year that binge-watching Netflix shows and movies became socially acceptable. This approval is leaking over into 2015 as Netflix takes full advantage by adding attention-grabbing content along with older shows and movies for its watchers.

All but two of the following are available to stream on Netflix.

10. "The War of the Worlds" (1953) — This version, added to Netflix on the first of this month, is from 1953 and thus is not the movie featuring Tom Cruise, though the storyline is definitely the same. Everyone, especially the military, searches for a way to end an alien invasion that is killing anything that tries to run away from it. The dialogue seems like that of an old radio show, but this antiquity adds to the quality of the movie. It is definitely an old-school sci-fi classic.

9. "101 Dalmatians" (1996) — You may already have the VHS tape of this movie, but if it's not readily available, your childhood flick is now on hand at Netflix. Evil villain, puppies and love, what more could you ask for in a movie?

8. "Jeepers Creepers 2" (2003) - This is one of the few horror movies released in January. We all have those nights when we feel the need to sit in the dark, maybe with that stuffed animal we've had since elementary school, and watch something that will scare us. This movie is no exception. Students attempt to survive the monster that comes out every for 23 days in the spring to feast on unsuspecting victims. It's a nail-biting feature will have you finish that bowl of popcorn long before the movie ends.

7. "Psych," Season 8 (2015) — The television show with seasons that allow binge-watching goes to another level when it hit Netflix on Jan. 8. You'd better savor every episode, though, because it's the end of the comedy that features a man's observational skills put to the test as he fakes his way around crime scenes as a real-life psychic. The chemistry between the characters and ability to solve crimes will peak your interest.

6. "Bruce Almighty" (2003) — If you have not watched this comedy, do so because it was just added to Netflix on Jan. 1. It focuses on an unappreciated reporter who gets the power to be God from God himself. How he uses his powers will make you chuckle, but we all know greed can get the best of us. This ends up affecting the main character's life throughout the film. Jim Carrey, Morgan Freeman and Jennifer Aniston are featured actors and actresses, each bringing life and humor to their characters.

5. "Mean Girls" (2004) — The obsession with the acclaimed high school drama may now resume again. From wearing pink on Wednesdays to the Burn Book, Tina Fey's concoction continues to please every time, no matter how many viewings you have seen.

4. "House of Cards," Season 3 (2015) — This Netflix series will premiere on Feb. 27. You still have time to catch up on the first two seasons! Politics, betrayal and affairs create a string of now soon-to-be three seasons. The show is a crowd-pleaser and will definitely grab your attention. The main character does not seem to care who is hurt, which adds a lot of suspense to the show.

3. "Cast Away" (2000) — This well-known and gripping movie famous for "WILSON!" has finally been released on Netflix. The yell of a desperate man, played by Tom Hanks, echoes as he is a FedEx worker stranded on an island. This plot pulls at the strings of any beating heart. From his struggle to survive to his attempt to humanize a volleyball, each part will touch you. Caution: laughter and tears will occur. The end will make you question what you would have done in the characters' situation. You will feel an appreciation for the life you live.

2. "Daredevil" (2015) — This new Netflix television series won't be out until April, but Marvel has already created hype for this hard-hitting action hitting show. It is adapted from the popular comic book series, so for all you superhero lovers, this show is for you.

1. "Friends" (1994-03) — Ross, Monica, Chandler, Phoebe, Joey and Rachel are finally on Netflix for your viewing pleasure. On lonely Friday nights, when you're curled up next to that pint of cookie dough ice cream, the full 10 seasons will be there for you.

Each of these titles are sure to please. Not all movies on Netflix are exactly five-star material, but these top 10 are worth checking out.


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