Now Streaming: Netflix Instant Alternatives To Life Of Pi, Hitchcock & Silver Linings Playbook

By Kristy Puchko 2012-11-16 21:03:24discussion comments
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Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren star as the iconic director and his devoted wife/partner in crime Alma Reville in a spirited docudrama that reveals how the two collaborated to create Psycho, and what a toll it took on their marriage. Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, and Scarlett Johansson star; Sacha Gervasi directs.

While Hollywood is a place where dreams come true, it's also a place where plenty are dashed, and you're only as good as your last picture. You can experience all the soaring highs and crushing blows with these three showbiz dramas.

The Cat's Meow (2001) Inspired by a real Hollywood mystery, this star-studded feature speculates about what happened on media mogul William Randolph Hearst's yacht during a mysterious getaway with friends—including his lover Marion Davies, Charlie Chaplin, and gossip columnist Louella Parsons—that led to the curious death of birthday boy Thomas Ince. Kirsten Dunst, Eddie Izzard, Jennifer Tilly and Cary Elwes co-star.

Sunset Boulevard (1950) This classic film stars Gloria Swanson as Norma Desmond, a silent film star who goes mad in her Hollywood mansion once her spotlight fades and movies go on without her. But when an ambitious screenwriter shows up on her doorstep, Desmond becomes obsessed with the prospect of a comeback. And no one—not even an opportunist upstart—will get in her way! William Holden and Erich von Stroheim co-star; Bill Wilder directs.

The Artist (2011) The feature that conquered the Oscars this year, winning Best Actor, Best Director and Best Film is now streaming. Academy Award-winner Jean Dujardin stars as debonair silent film idol George Valentin; Bérénice Bejo plays an emerging talkies starlet Peppy Miller. This silent crowdpleaser follows the pair's rocky journey to love as Valentin's star falls and Miller's rises. Filled with whimsy, joy and romance, The Artist is an elegant ode to the best of Hollywood cinema that can be enjoyed by audiences young and old. John Goodman, James Cromwell, and Penelope Ann Miller co-star; Michel Hazanavicius writes and directs.
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