Now Streaming: Netflix Instant Alternatives to Now You See Me, The Kings Of Summer And The Purge

By Kristy Puchko 2013-06-07 08:51:08discussion comments
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The Kings of Summer
This Sundance standout follows three teen friends who set our for a summer of adventure and independence when they run away into the local woods and build a house where they make the rules. Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso, Moises Arias star; Nick Offerman and Megan Mullaly co-star. Jordan Vogt-Roberts directs. (Read our review here.)

The Kings of Summer is getting wild and widespread praise for its unique and thoroughly funny coming-of-age narrative. For more outstanding indie comedies about growing up, check out these three that offer stories of love, heartbreak, drug dealing and the kind of self-discovery that derives from them.

Charlie Bartlett (2007) High school sucks. No wonder so many kids today are turning to medication to get them through. And in this sly comedy, their hook-up is master manipulator Charlie Bartlett who cajoles pills from his own psychiatrist so he can play shrink to the pained teens at his new school. This is not only Charlie's offbeat path to popularity, but also a responsibility to his peers that changes him. Anton Yelchin, Robert Downey Jr., Hope Davis and Kat Dennings co-star; Jon Poll directs.

Ceremony (2011) The feature debut of writer-director Max Winkler centers on the pivotal weekend of a twenty-something writer who can't let go of his love affair with an older woman. So, he tricks his best pal into a road trip that not so coincidentally leads them to crash her wedding festivities, in hopes he might win her back. Michael Angarano, Uma Thurman, Reece Thompson and Lee Pace star.

Tonight You're Mine (2011) Shot over five days in at the Scottish music festival T in the Park, this raw romance follows two rock performers on an unexpected adventure of growth and passion. Game of Thrones Natalia Tena plays a grungy and impetuous up-and-coming rocker whose fate is forever changed when she picks a fight with a handsome rock star (Luke Treadaway). When their scuffle attracts the attention of a smiling security guard, he handcuffs them together before vanishing, forcing the sparring singers to get to know each other over an incredible 24 hours filled with music and heat. David Mackenzie directs.
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