This week’s releases kick off today with something you’ll find only on Netflix: the exclusive premiere of the first six seasons of the popular CBS series “Criminal Minds.” The popular procedural’s early seasons starred Mandy Patinkin, who left the series and was replaced by Joseph Mantegna. Thomas Gibson and Paget Brewster co-star. Today also brings a new Netflix documentary, “Mission Blue,” which follows oceanographer Sylvia Earle.
Other intriguing projects arrive today, such as the 2014 drama “Hamlet and Hutch,” starring Burt Reynolds and Emma Rayne Lyle, as well as the 2012 adaptation of Dickens’ “Great Expectations,” featuring a stellar cast including Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter and Robbie Coltrane.
August 16 brings an animated family film, “Axel: The Biggest Little Hero,” featuring the voice talents of Edward Asner, Matthew Lillard, and George Takei. For those looking for something more adult, a pair of horror films arrive today: “Tortured,” a grim 2010 revenge thriller starring Erika Christiansen and Jesse Metcalfe, as well as the 2007 supernatural horror film “Dead Silence” by acclaimed horror filmmaking duo James Wan and Leigh Wannell.
Another film featuring a stellar cast arrives August 18, the 2012 comedy-drama film “Thanks for Sharing,” starring Mark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins and Gwyneth Paltrow. The film was the directing debut of Stuart Blumberg, who co-wrote the Oscar-nominated script for 2010’s “The Kids Are Alright.”
August 19 features the debut of the first season of ‘From Dusk Til Dawn,” the television adaptation of Robert Rodriguez’s film. The horror series has already been renewed for a second season, and promises to be exciting. Rodriguez himself serves as executive producer.
The week of streaming releases wraps up with quite possibly the biggest release of them all, the highest-grossing Bollywood film of all time, “Dhoom 3,” starring Aamir Khan and Abhishek Bachchan.
For more information on this week’s releases, read the full list below. View photos of the cast and crew of “Criminal Minds” in the slideshow above.
Criminal Minds: Seasons 1-6 **Only on Netflix!
This intense police procedural follows the professional and personal lives of a group of extraordinary FBI profilers who spend their days getting into the minds of dangerous and psychopathic criminals — and their nights trying to forget.
Hamlet and Hutch (2014)
Burt Reynolds, Emma Rayne Lyle, Elizabeth Leiner, Terri J. Vaughn, Cassi Davis
Stricken with Alzheimer’s disease, former Broadway star Hutch moves to the South to live with his estranged granddaughter, Tatum, who owns a struggling theater. There, he bonds with Tatum’s young daughter, who shares his passion for acting.
Great Expectations (2012)
Jeremy Irvine, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Holliday Grainger, Robbie Coltrane, Ewen Bremner, Jason Flemyng, David Walliams, Sally Hawkins, Olly Alexander
Fate — with a little help from a mysterious unnamed benefactor — whisks young orphan Pip from poverty to a life of unexpected wealth. Filmmaker Mike Newell brings 19th-century London to life as never before in this adaptation of Dickens’s classic.
Mission Blue (2014)
This Netflix documentary follows oceanographer Sylvia Earle’s campaign to save the world’s oceans from threats such as overfishing and toxic waste.
Axel: The Biggest Little Hero (2013)
Edward Asner, Tim Curry, Matthew Lillard, George Takei, Sarah Natochenny, Jessica Paquet
Determined to save the day, Axel and his best friend Jono embark on the journey of a lifetime where they must fly through magnetic valleys, escape an evil robotic lizard king, and put up with a brave but headstrong young Princess.
The Tortured (2010)
Erika Christensen, Jesse Metcalfe, Bill Lippincott, Bill Moseley, Fulvio Cecere, Thomas Greenwood
After their young son is abducted and murdered by a psychopath who receives a light sentence, well-heeled Craig and Elise kidnap the killer from a prison transport vehicle and begin torturing him the same way he tortured their son.
Dead Silence (2007)
Ryan Kwanten, Amber Valletta, Donnie Wahlberg, Michael Fairman, Joan Heney, Bob Gunton
In the wake of his young bride’s mysterious death, grieving newlywed Jamie Ashen is forced to return to his haunted hometown, where he butts heads with the ghost of a creepy ventriloquist who was infamously murdered years ago.
Thanks for Sharing (2012)
Mark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins, Gwyneth Paltrow, Josh Gad, Joely Richardson, Patrick Fugit, Pink, Carol Kane
While making his way through a support group for sex addicts, Adam dips his toe in the dating pool to embrace a meaningful relationship. But the woman he’s attracted to has sworn off addicts altogether.
From Dusk Till Dawn: Season 1 (2014)
D.J. Cotrona, Zane Holtz, Eiza Gonzalez, Jesse Garcia, Madison Davenport, Brandon Soo Hoo, Wilmer Valderrama, Robert Patrick, Don Johnson
A new original series based on the cult grindhouse classic about bank-robbing brothers on the run, a lawman bent on bringing them to justice, the devout family caught in the cross-fire, and an ancient evil eager to feast on them all.
Dhoom: 3 (2013)
Aamir Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Katrina Kaif, Uday Chopra, Jackie Shroff, Tabrett Bethell, Andrew Bicknell, Siddharth Nigam
Dogged detective Jai Dixit travels to Chicago in pursuit of an elusive villain in the third entry of Bollywood’s biggest action franchise. The change of scene might be a challenge, but it won’t stop Jai from getting his man.