Now Streaming: Netflix Instant Alternatives To About Time, Ender's Game And Thor: The Dark World

By Kristy Puchko 2013-11-06 03:25:16discussion comments
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With so many titles to choose from, Netflix Instant's library can be overwhelming. So we bring you this biweekly column as a tool to cut through the clutter by highlighting some now streaming titles that pair well with the latest theatrical releases.

Looking to About Time, Ender's Game and Thor: The Dark World for inspiration, we've pulled together a selection of sci-fi romances, out of this world children's movies, and Marvel superhero stories.


About Time
From Love Actually's writer-director Richard Curtis comes a story of a young time traveler who uses his incredible ability to go back into his own life to find love. Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams and Bill Nighy star; Curtis directs. Read our full review here.

With About Time, Curtis uses science fiction to tell a truly unique love story. And if you like your romance with a slathering of sci-fi/fantasy, you'll go gaga for these rom-coms that offer heartsick heroines struggling with love, time travel, and mind-bending technology.

13 Going on 30 (2004) A gawky 13-year-old in 1987, Jenna wants nothing more than to be a grown-up. With the help of some wishing dust on her birthday, she wakes up to be a 30-year-old woman who is no closer to understanding life or love. Basically, it's Big but for girls. Jennifer Garner, Mark Ruffalo and Judy Greer star; Gary Winick directs.

Safety Not Guaranteed (2012) Aubrey Plaza stars as a jaded young journalist who is researching a a man who thinks he can time travel. But once she actually meets this self-proclaimed time traveler (Mark Duplass), she begins to let go of her skepticism and trust her heart. Jake Johnson and Karan Soni co-star; Colin Trevorrow directs.

TiMER (2009) This quirky and completely charming indie is set in a world where a special timer device installed in your wrist counts down to when you'll meet your perfect match. This dramatically effects the way relationships work, with some living it up until love comes along, and others fretting over how fast their fate is to be sealed. But Oona (Emma Caufield) is troubled by her timer's dedication to remaining blank. This conundrum gets all the more confusing when she meets a young man who she really connects with…but her timer remains unimpressed. So, she's forced to wonder if timers work or if they are just a self-fulfilling prophecy. John Patrick Amedori, Michelle Borth and Desmond Harrington co-star; Jac Schaeffer directs.
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