Now Streaming: Netflix Instant Alternatives to Star Trek Into Darkness, The Hangover Part III, And Epic

By Kristy Puchko 2013-05-24 05:25:14discussion 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 Star Trek Into Darkness, The Hangover Part III, and Epic for inspiration, we've pulled together a selection of Marvel Universe movies, romances from literature, and crowd-pleasing comedies with underrated stars.


Star Trek Into Darkness
Captain Kirk and the Enterprise crew are back to face a new threat to Starfleet, a mysterious terrorist played by Benedict Cumberbatch. Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, and Zoe Saldana co-star. J. J. Abrams directs.

If Abrams' rebooted Star Trek is making you nostalgic for the originals, you can spend the whole of your Memorial Day Weekend revisiting the original series and two of its most popular spin-off movies.

Star Trek (1966) Check out the series created by Gene Roddenberry that started it all! William Shatner stars as James T. Kirk, captain of a sprawling starship called Enterprise tasked with a five-year expedition into deep space, the final frontier. Accompanying him on his journey is the ever-logical first officer Spock (Leonard Nimoy), the oft-frustrated Dr. McCoy (DeForest Kelley), and the beautiful and brilliant communications officer Uhura (Nichelle Nichols). All three seasons are now streaming.

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) The first Star Trek movie was roundly scorned, which may explain why it's not streaming. But its far more popular sequel is! Made sixteen years after the series' premiere, this space adventure has Kirk promoted to Admiral, a cushy job that's boring him to death. But when an old enemy resurfaces, Kirk and his ex-Enterprise crew reconvene to save the day! William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy and Ricardo Montalban co-star. Nicholas Meyer directs.

Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984) Taking place shortly after Star Trek II, this sequel has Kirk and company spiraling from side effects of their treacherous brush with Khaaaaaaaaan! Kirk breaks Starfleet rules, faces off against pugilistic Kligons, and travels to an experimental Genesis Planet to save the sanity of one friend, and the life of another. William Shatner, George Takei and DeForest Kelley co-star; Leonard Nimoy directs.
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