Now Streaming: Netflix Instant Alternatives to Cloud Atlas, Wreck-It Ralph & The Man With The Iron Fists

By Kristy Puchko 2012-10-27 12:31:44discussion comments
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Wreck-It Ralph
Disney's latest animated feature plugs into the rich world of video gaming with the story of an 8-bit bad guy who dreams of being a hero. But when Wreck-It Ralph abandons his arcade game to seek out the glory of being the good guy, he throws the whole linked worlds of the arcade into spin. Rich Moore directs; John C. Reilly, Jack McBrayer, Sarah Silverman and Jane Lynch lend their voices.

The first step to becoming a hero is often made by stepping out of one's everyday world. Whether it be leaping into a new time, a new dimension, or just outside the walls of one's palace, the protagonists of these motion pictures—like Wreck-It Ralph—discover their destinies by breaking their routine and taking a risk that makes for a wildly entertaining adventure.

Futurama the Movie: Bender's Big Score (2007) Wreck-It Ralph's director Rich Moore executive produced this 88-minute movie that followed Futurama's fourth season. It's the first of a trilogy—the second and third of which are also streaming—and here Fry, the dopey pizza delivery boy from the 20th century who accidentally cryogenically froze himself to the 31st century, time travels to save his friends from nefarious scammers, thanks to a mysterious tattoo on his ass. Like you do. Futurama seasons 1-6 are also available.

Jumanji (1995) The adventure in this family-friendly fantasy begins with a seemingly harmless board game. When young Alan Parrish plays the jungle-themed game with his crush, he and she are shocked to discover it takes immersive entertainment to a whole new level, literally sucking him into the game! 26-years-later a brother and sister pick up the dusty board game and upon playing accidentally unleash wild animals as well as a grown and feral Alan! Joe Johnston directs; Kirsten Dunst, Robin Williams and Bonnie Hunt co-star.

Mirror Mirror (2012) In Tarsem Singh's vivid interpretation of Snow White, the titular pale princess is kept like a recluse in the castle her father built by the passive-aggressive bullying of her evil stepmother, the Queen. That is until the day she decides to venture forth and not only discovers a charming and pantsless prince, but also her destiny to save the land from the Queen's tyrannical rule! And while she's at it, she'll throw out those dullsome gender convention of needing a prince to save her. Julia Roberts, Lily Collins and Armie Hammer co-star.


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