Now Streaming: Netflix Instant Alternatives To Grand Budapest Hotel, Veronica Mars And Grand Piano

By Kristy Puchko 2014-03-14 09:31:43discussion 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 The Grand Budapest Hotel, Veronica Mars and Grand Piano for inspiration, we've pulled together a selection of crime-centered cinema, from madcap murder mysteries to female-fronted detective tales, and chilling psychological thrillers.


The Grand Budapest Hotel
Wes Anderson's latest centers on the affable and antagonizing Gustave H, the consummate concierge of the titular hotel. When one of his former lovers dies under mysterious circumstances, Gustave calls on the help of his loyal lobby boy Zero to spirit away the inheritance she left him, and then clear his name. Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, Saorsie Ronan, Willem Dafoe and Jeff Goldblum star; Wes Anderson directs. Read our review here.

Who says murder mysteries need to be dramas? If you want a dash of suspense with a healthy helping of laughs, you'll love these three crime comedies.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988) Inspired by the comedy noirs of Hollywood's Golden Age, this animated (in part) adventure pairs a cantankerous private eye with a cartoon rabbit named Roger, when the latter is suspected of murder and the former is hired to clear him. Combining live-action actors with colorful cartoon characters, this film is an astonishing feast for the eyes and imagination. Plus, it's still a hell of a lot of fun. Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd and Joanna Cassidy star. Charles Fleischer, Lou Hirsch, and Kathleen Turner lend their voices. Robert Zemeckis directs.

Charade (1963) For something more classically old school Hollywood, give this charming and unconventional romance a whirl. Audrey Hepburn stars as a widow whose husband's murder makes her a target for three treasure hunting scoundrels. When a dashing Cary Grant appears and offers to play hero, she's soon swooning. But should she trust him? Walter Matthau, James Coburn, and George Kennedy co-star; Stanley Donan directs.

Clue (1985) This is the movie all movies inspired by board games should aspire to be. You know the characters, Professor Plum, Mrs. Peacock, Mrs. White, Miss Scarlet, Colonel Mustard and Mr. Green. But can you figure out who killed Mr. Body? Played for laughs, this whodunit is stuffed with gags and boasts an incredibly funny cast. Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd, Martin Mull and Michael McKean star; Jonathan Lyn directs.
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