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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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 Now You See Me, The Kings of Summer, and The Purge for inspiration, we've pulled together a selection of crime thrillers, indie comedies and horror stories of the hunted.


Now You See Me
Magicians are more than masters of illusions in this crime thriller; they are also master bank robbers who bestow their ill-gotten goods upon their giddy audience members. But an FBI agent and an Interpol detective are looking to discover the tricks of their trades and track them down. Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, and Morgan Freeman co-star; Louis Leterrier directs. (Read our review here.)

Got a taste for tales of cops and crooks? Netflix has a great title for you whether you are craving something gritty, comedic or deeply chilling.

End of Watch (2012) Starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michal Pena as Officers Taylor and Zavala, this critically heralded drama follows the two cops as they patrol the gang-ridden and drug-fueled streets of South Los Angeles. Anna Kendrick and America Ferrera co-star; David Ayer writes and directs.

Clue (1985) Based on the omnipresent board game, this crime comedy takes viewers into the home of blackmailer Mr. Body, a curious host whose gathered together six colorful dinner guests for a night of mystery and murder. When their duplicitous host turns up dead, all their secrets come out and many hilarious hijinks ensue. Eileen Brennan, Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd, Michael McKean, Martin Mull, and Lesley Ann Warren star; Jonathan Lynn directs.

The Fall (2013) How do you catch a killer who hides in plain sight? That's the question asked in this BBC Two mini-series. Gillian Anderson stars as Stella Gibson, the Detective Superintendent brought in by the Belfast police when a spade of murders has them completely confounded. But this series doesn't only follow her quest. It also tails the killer on his hunt for new victims. Jamie Dornan, Niamh McGrady co-star; Allan Cubitt directs.
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