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Five new releases on Netflix to stream this week

Another week of new releases for Netflix as the streaming platform kicks into overdrive with a huge selection of titles being made available. You can find every release coming to Netflix this month here.

Every run of form must come to an end, however, and, after weeks of exciting new releases, the upcoming slate of movies and TV series looks a little slim. 

Fear not, however, as if you’re not too keen on the forthcoming list of content, then you’ve always got the likes of The Sandman and Trainwreck: Woodstock ’99 to fall back on.

But, if you’re looking for new releases, then you’re in the right place, with this week of content providing a bevvy of TV and a trickling of movies. Including a return of some of Tom Cruise’s woeful singing and the introduction of hilarious-looking cult-comedy film, take a look at our list of the best new releases to stream this weekend.

New Netflix releases to stream this weekend:

Rock of Ages

While the musical may not be to everybody’s tastes, there is huge value in watching Tom Cruise parade around the set as the epitome of rock and roll. It’s an alluring prospect that has seen the musical develop cult status despite being critically panned.

If you’re expecting to watch a succinct and soulful retelling of the birth of rock itself, then move along and try to find yourself a new cut of the Elvis Presley biopic. However, if you’re simply looking for a piece of irreverent entertainment for a Saturday night in, then chances are this piece of trash will suffice.

Æon Flux

You may ask why we have put the trashy action movie Æon Flux onto our list this week, but there’s a strange charm to the 2005 flick as if it is the product of another world and a distant movie industry long forgotten. The sci-fi adventure follows a mysterious assassin working for the Monicans, a group of rebels trying to overthrow the government, only for her latest mission to unearth an entirely new conspiracy. 

Whilst majorly outdated in the industry, Æon Flux is an extremely fun ride, featuring the likes of Charlize Theron, Marton Csokas and Jonny Lee Miller, all hamming it up together. 

Napoleon Dynamite

A cult comedy that has somewhat stood the test of time, Napoleon Dynamite is a bizarre high-school movie following an alienated teenager who decides to run for class president. Well-known for its dance sequence in which the titular protagonist takes to the stage in front of the school and boogies to ‘Canned Heat’ by Jamiroquai, this 2004 cult classic became a hit shortly after its release.

Headed up by Jon Heder in the lead role, he is joined by a supporting cast of Efren Ramirez, Diedrich Bader and Aaron Ruell. 

Under Her Control

A brand new release takes the seventh spot on our list of exciting content, with the Spanish drama telling the story of a fashion employee who believes she will have to end her career after getting pregnant. This changes, however, after her boss offers to adopt the child, leading this Netflix drama into tense and strange territory that looks like a great, stylish watch judging from the trailers.

Helmed by Fran Torres and written by Laura Sarmiento Pallarés, the film stars Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, Cumelen Sanz, Younes Bachir and Pedro Casablanc.

Fakes: Season 1

Speaking of new young adult series, Netflix’s Fakes also drops on September 2nd, a comedy crime show that follows two teenage best friends who mistakenly build one of the biggest fake ID empires in America. A solid concept for an easy-watching show, Netflix’s new series stars Richard Harmon, Emilija Baranac, Jennifer Tong, Eric Bempong, Matreya Scarrwener and Mya Lowe. 

With a little more going for it compared to Life by Ella, judging by the trailers, this new Netflix addition could be worth a shot.