Now Streaming: Netflix Instant Alternatives to Looper, Pitch Perfect, And V/H/S

By Kristy Puchko 2012-10-01 14:52:41discussion comments
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With so many titles to choose from, Netflix Instant's library can be overwhelming. And so we offer this bi-weekly 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, in honor of Looper, Pitch Perfect and V/H/S we've selected a trio of time travel tales, competition-fueled comedies and found footage frighteners for your home-viewing pleasure.


Looper
Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as a hitman whose forte is mob targets sent to him from the future. But when his future self (Bruce Willis) shows up for execution, things get complicated. Emily Blunt co-stars; Rian Johnson writes and directs.

Inspired by Looper Katey and I recently discussed the allure of memorable time travel offerings as 12 Monkeys and The Terminator both of which were recent picks in this column. But if you can't get enough of this slippery subgenre, there's lots more in store, including a classic comedy, a mind-bending mystery, and the beloved Doctor.

Groundhog Day (1993) Bill Murray stars as a cantankerous weatherman who can't wait to get out Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania after its annual Groundhog Day celebration. But a mysterious wrinkle in time and space lands him in a loop that forces him to repeat the day over and over until he can learn to make it count. Andie MacDowell and Chris Elliott co-star; Harold Ramis directs.

Timecrimes (2007) The less you know about this twisted thriller, the better for your enjoyment. Suffice to say this Spanish feature centers on one man's troubled traversing of time, and with its brisk pacing, dangerous atmosphere and rabbit hole of narrative, it drew plenty of critical praise including the Next Wave Award at Fantastic Fest. Karra Elejalde stars; Nacho Vigalondo directs.

Doctor Who (2005) You can't talk time travel without mentioning the good doctor, a humanoid alien who has traversed time and space in varying forms since the 1960s. After more than 30 years on British television, the original series took its final bow, only to be resurrected in 2005 with Christopher Eccleston becoming the ninth doctor, tasked with battling villainous extraterrestrial foes with the help of his dedicated companions. Netflix is now streaming seasons 1-6 of the reboot; David Tennant (pictured), then Matt Smith later star at the titular time traveler.
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