Every month, Netflix Australia adds a new batch of movies and TV shows to its library. Here are the titles we think are most interesting, broken down by release date. Netflix occasionally changes its schedule without giving notice. (Unfortunately, the streaming information provided in our Watchlist listings only applies to viewers in the United States.)
‘Fargo: Season 3’
Starts streaming: July 28
The third season of this snowbound anthology crime series deviates some from the pattern of the first two, telling a more up-to-date story about a Russian-backed international criminal (played by David Thewlis) who arrives in St. Cloud, Minnesota and bedevils two feuding brothers (both played by Ewan McGregor) and a struggling local cop (Carrie Coon). Once again, the show is littered with winking references to the Coen brothers’ movies, but these “Fargo” episodes are influenced by today’s headlines, and the ways that modern villains manipulate the world.
Also of interest: “Dance Academy” Seasons 1 and 2 (July 1), “Offspring” Season 6 (July 1), “Degrassi: Next Class” Season 4 (July 8) and “Suits” Season 6, Episodes 1-10 (July 14).
Netflix Original TV Series
‘Castlevania’ Season 1
Starts streaming: July 7
Although it’s based on a long-running video game franchise, the animated version of “Castlevania” isn’t rated “T for Teen” or “E for Everyone.” Warren Ellis, who’s known in part for writing “for mature readers only” comic books, and the producer Adi Shankar have compared this bloody vampire-fighting saga of theirs to “Game of Thrones” and have said that they’re aiming squarely at the market of horror-fantasy fans who require a little sophistication (and a lot of vulgarity) to get their genre kicks.
‘Friends From College’
Starts streaming: July 14
Writer-director Nicholas Stoller — who’s worked on the likes of “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and “Neighbors” — mines his own experiences for this adult comedy, created in collaboration with his wife, Francesca Delbanco. Keegan-Michael Key (“Key & Peele”) and Cobie Smulders also star, as spouses who reconnect with some of the their old Harvard classmates in New York, discovering how middle age has changed them all.
‘Ozark’ Season 1
Starts streaming: July 21
Jason Bateman’s comic persona has always been tinged with desperation and egomania. That should make it fairly easy for him to jump from comedy to drama for this crime series, in which he plays a debt-ridden money-manager who finds himself obliged to some unsavory characters in a picturesque part of Missouri. In addition to taking on the starring role, Bateman produced “Ozark” with creator Bill Dubuque (a screenwriter for “The Accountant” and “The Judge”), and he is one of the show’s primary directors. Laura Linney also stars, as his wife.
Netflix Original Comedy Specials
Starts streaming: July 4
Netflix takes its success with stand-up specials to the next logical phase, presenting half-hour sets by popular comedians as part of a continuing series. The first six-episode run puts the spotlight on Nate Bargatze, Deon Cole, Fortune Feimster, Nikki Glaser, Dan Soder and Beth Stelling.
Also of interest: “Aditi Mittal: Things They Wouldn’t Let Me Say” (July 18), “Ari Shaffir: Double Negative” (July 18) and “Joe Mande’s Award-Winning Comedy Special” (July 25).
Starts streaming: July 1
Well before the likes of “Deadpool” and “Kick-Ass” deconstructed the superhero movie, Will Smith played an unpopular, alcoholic, superpowered Los Angeles crime-fighter in this darkly funny action-comedy. The clever premise concerns the hero’s efforts at rehabilitating his image with the help of a public relations man (Jason Bateman) and his wife (Charlize Theron). Thanks to a couple of good twists and some thrillingly realistic action sequences, “Hancock” is the rare genre spoof that works as both a piece of storytelling and a commentary on how the public treats its heroes.
Starts streaming: July 6
It’s hard to do much that’s new with the horror-anthology concept, but “XX” comes up with something different by offering four substantial and scary shorts directed by women. Annie Clark (better known by her stage name, St. Vincent) and actress Melanie Lynskey deliver the most attention-grabbing of the bunch with their cutting and comedic “The Birthday Party,” Clark’s directorial debut. But the must-see entry here is the one from director Karyn Kusama (“The Invitation”) “Her Only Living Son,” about a mother who’s protecting her demonic child.
‘Burn After Reading’
Starts streaming: July 7
One of the Coen brothers’ funniest films — and perhaps their most socially relevant — is this one-of-a-kind political thriller, starring Frances McDormand as a Washington D.C.-based gym employee who accidentally causes trouble for two pompous civil servants, played by George Clooney and John Malkovich. “Burn After Reading” has all of the suspense and violence of a classic spy thriller but with none of the stakes, making it into a wry statement about America’s military-industrial complex.
Starts streaming: July 8
This adaptation of Michael Bond’s classic Paddington Bear series is charmingly British, graced by the performances of Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins as middle-class Londoners who become reluctant guardians to an unfailingly polite Peruvian bear (voiced by Ben Whishaw). A rousing adventure with a great villain (Nicole Kidman), “Paddington” derives its humor more from the bemused reactions of the characters than from the clanging slapstick and crude humor found in most kid flicks.
‘The Shawshank Redemption’
Starts streaming: July 16
“The Shawshank Redemption” didn’t become an instant phenomenon when it was released in fall of 1994, perhaps because neither the Stephen King novella it’s based on nor the writer-director who adapted it (Frank Darabont) were well-known enough to draw a crowd. Once it popped up on cable, this decades-spanning prison drama — with Tim Robbins as an innocent man plotting an elaborate escape and Morgan Freeman as the schemer who befriends him — struck a chord with audiences who could relate to the heroes’ feelings of being trapped, and to their willingness to do whatever it takes to feel free.