Now Streaming: Netflix Instant Alternatives To Oculus, Under The Skin, And Rio 2

By Kristy Puchko 2014-04-11 11:24:02discussion comments
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Under The Skin
Scarlett Johansson stars as Laura, an extraterrestrial predator who exploits her sexual wiles to lure the unsuspecting men of Scotland into her web. But being so close to humanity makes her crave some of her own. Jonathan Glazer directs. Read our review here.

Glazer's Under The Skin is already being held up as a masterpiece of mind-bending science fiction. For more sci-fi features that defy expectation and offer mind-blowing tales, make a marathon of these titles about space exploration, alien encounters and the mysteries of the human brain.

Europa Report (2013) Shamefully this compelling and truly chilling science-fiction thriller got little notice when it hit last year. But take the opportunity to see it now. Director Sebastian Cordero breathes new life into the tired trope of found footage with this chronicle of six astronauts and their mission to explore Jupiter's fourth largest moon. Europa has water, could it also hold life? Sharlto Copley, Michael Nyqvist, Christian Camargo, and Karoline Wydra co-star.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) The Stephen Spielberg classic is streaming! Richard Dreyfuss stars as a line worker whose ordinary life is thrown into spin when he is witness to something out of this world. Having been contacted, he--and those like him--are drawn to a wilderness destination for a world-changing encounter. Teri Garr and Bob Balaban co-star; Spielberg directs.

Beyond the Black Rainbow (2010) Under The Skin has been drawing a lot of tonal comparison to this wild film that made festival rounds a few years back. Eva Bourne stars as Elena, a telepathic teen who tries to escape the clutches of her unbalanced therapist and the strange facility where he holds her prisoner. Michael Rogers, Scott Hylands, Marilyn Norry, and Rondel Reynoldson co-star; Panos Cosmatos directs.
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