Now Streaming: Netflix Instant Alternatives To Killing Them Softly, Playing For Keeps & Lay The Favorite

By Kristy Puchko 2012-12-02 11:49:09discussion comments
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With so many titles to choose from, Netflix Instant's library can be overwhelming. And so we offer this biweekly column as a tool to cut through the clutter by highlighting some now streaming titles that pair nicely with the latest theatrical releases.

This week, we looked to Killing Them Softly, Playing For Keeps and Lay the Favorite for inspiration, with a lineup of crime thrillers, romantic comedies, and crime comedies for your home viewing entertainment.


Killing Them Softly
In this allegorical adaptation of George V. Higgins' novel Cogan's Trade, Brad Pitt stars as a hitman called in to restore order to the criminal underground of Detroit after a hold-up of a local gambling den throws the crooks economy into peril. James Gandolfini, Richard Jenkins co-star; Andrew Dominik directs.

Despite offering a gangster plotline and a quipping Pitt, Killing Them Softly got slaughtered at theaters last weekend, bringing in a meager box office and an F from Cinemascore. Maybe this has swayed your interest away from this crime thriller, but there are plenty more reputable ones now streaming. Whether you want something edgy, classic or sidesplitting, we've got you covered with a silent getaway driver, an unforgettable femme fatale and a batch of comically inept crooks.

Drive (2011) One of the most controversial films of last year had to offer stars Ryan Gosling as a challenging romantic figure. By day he's a Hollywood stuntman, by night a getaway driver for whomever can meet his fee and play by his rules. He's not a man who many know, but once he meets a beautiful and broken young woman, he'll do whatever it takes to be sure she's safe from some very dangerous men. Bryan Cranston, Albert Brooks, and Carey Mulligan co-star; Nicolas Winding Refn directs.

Chinatown (1974) This iconic noir stars Jack Nicholson as a private eye and Faye Dunaway as the lovely, lying lady who hires him for a simple snoop job. But things turn deeply dangerous when this dick uncovers some clues he was never meant to find. John Huston and John Hillerman co-star; Roman Polanski directs.

Snatch (2000) As follow-up to his breakout hit Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Guy Ritchie brought forth this fast-paced and funny ensemble caper. Jason Stratham stars as a boxing promoter whose forced to hire an untrustworthy gypsy for a major fight held by a very deadly and demented crime boss. Brad Pitt, Benicio Del Toro, Vinnie Jones and Dennis Farina co-star.
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