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What's New on Netflix: October Releases

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Just in case you might not want to spend all of October watching endless re-runs of installments from the

Friday the 13th, Saw

and

Scream

movie franchises, here are a few films that will be joining the Netflix line-up in October.

There's no particular theme here, just a random pick of upcoming films. Well, we say random. We have to admit that we very purposefully stayed away from Little Man (available October 6). Even with a cast made up of usually funny folks like Marlon Wayans, Shawn Wayans, Tracy Morgan, John Witherspoon and Kerry Washington, Little Man is an ugly, ugly train wreck.

So we start off with Bad Johnson. (We told you this was random.) Huck Botko directed and Jeff Tetreaultby wrote the screenplay for this comedy-slash-morality tale about Rich Johnson, a man (Cam Gigandet) who can't keep it in his pants. Nothing new there. The twist here is that the "it" detaches itself from his body and becomes a walking/talking/sexing jack-ass (Nick Thune). Rich spends the movie trying to figure out how to put his penis back where it belongs and discovering life when he's not ruled by his dick. (Available October 1.)

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Next up is

Please Subscribe: A Documentary about YouTubers.

(Available October 1.) With Adam Montoya, Will Hyde, Hannah Hart and others, the 2013 documentary chronicles the adventures of YouTubers, that is folks who make a living creating YouTube videos. How do you make money creating content for a free site? Apparently with some real difficulty.

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On the mystery-front is

Before I Go to Sleep.

(Available October 31.) Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth and Mark Strong make up the cast. Kidman plays Christine Lucas, a woman who loses her memory each time

she goes to sleep

(think

50 First Dates

, but sinister and creepy). Every morning she wakes up next to her husband with no idea of who she is or what's happened over the last 20 years. Christine begins to get flashes of memories, the trouble is they don't add up to the same story her husband's telling her.

Despite it's A-list cast, Before I Go to Sleep is a B+ film at best. There's nothing really wrong with it, but there's nothing really right with it either. Kidman makes an effective fragile, pity-worthy victim. Firth is fine as the husband who may or may not have bludgeoned the memory out of her. Strong is also good as the shrink who likes his patient a little too much. Based on the bestseller of the same name by S. J. Watson, Before I Go to Sleep is on our to-watch list; it's just not at the top of the list.

Also coming to Netflix this October are a couple of stand-ups-on-film titles. There's Chelsea Handler: Uganda Be Kidding Me (available October 10). Based on her New York Times bestseller, Uganda Be Kidding Me is Handler doing what she does best - finding the absurdity wherever she goes. And there's also Jay Mohr: Funny for A Girl. (Available October 8.)

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