Now Streaming: Netflix Instant Alternatives To The Heat, Lone Ranger, And Despicable Me 2
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 Lone Ranger, Despicable Me 2 and The Heat for inspiration, we've pulled together a selection of standout westerns, colorful animated adventures, and features with kick-ass heroines.
The Lone Ranger
How did a lawman named John Reid transform into the legendary hero The Lone Ranger? This big-budgeted tent pole with a western flare starring Armie Hammer, Johnny Depp, and Helena Bonham Carter wants to clue you in. Gore Verbinski directs. (Read our review here.)
The July 4th holiday is a fantastic time to revel in the most All-American genre: westerns! Whether you want something classic or cutting edge, flashy or thoughtful, Netflix has got a title that should tantalize.
True Grit (1969) For something classic and full of old school brass, check out John Wayne in his Academy Award-winning turn as the cantankerous U.S. Marshal with a heart of gold, Rooster Cogburn. The adventure begins when tomboy Mattie Ross's father is murdered, and his killer runs off. Determined to find justice for her slain father, Mattie hires a marshal as stubborn as herself to help her track the varmint down. Kim Darby and Glen Campbell co-star; Henry Hathaway directs.
Blackthorn (2011) For a more modern take on westerns, try this indie that imagines Butch Cassidy survived that legendary showdown in 1808, but fled to a corner of Bolivia where he created a new name (James Blackthorn) and found some peace. Craving to see the US once more before he dies, this legend begins a journey home along with an ambitious young thief, who attracts all sorts of trouble. Sam Shepard stars; Eduardo Noriega, Stephen Rea, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau co-star. Mateo Gil directs.
Rango (2011) Also directed by Verbinski and starring Depp is this deeply quirky western that centers on a pet chameleon who must learn to blend into the deserts of the Wild West when a freak accident separates him from his humans. Left to his own devices, Rango creates an intimidating persona in the town of Dirt, and soon becomes their new sheriff, entangled in a treacherous quest to uncover what happened to the local water supply. Abigail Breslin, Isla Fisher, Harry Dean Stanton and Ned Beatty also lend their voices.
Subscribe To Topics You're Interested In
Back to top