Now Streaming: Netflix Instant Alternatives To Lincoln, Anna Karenina & Breaking Dawn - Part 2

By Kristy Puchko 2012-11-11 16:12:05discussion 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, inspired by Lincoln, Anna Karenina and Breaking Dawn Part 2,, we suggest a selection of historical epics, steamy costume dramas, and supernatural romances.


The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2
The final chapter of the Twilight saga draws to a close as Bella must use her newfound vampire powers to protect her daughter from the Volturi. Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner star; Bill Condon directs.

I'm sorry to report that none of the Twilight series is currently streaming. But if your preferred romantic fantasy demands a touch of the supernatural, we've got trio of titles that should appeal featuring, vampires, werewolves, and even some ghosts.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) Before Bella, there was Buffy, a seemingly typical high school student who moonlights as mankind's protector against the bloodthirsty forces of evil. But now not all bloodsuckers are bad, and Buffy falls for not one but two sexy vampires over the course of this beloved Joss Whedon series that blends action, comedy, romance and drama. Sarah Michelle Gellar, James Marsters, and David Boreanaz star. All seven seasons are now streaming.

Being Human (2009) This BBC series centers on a trio of paranormal roommates facing the challenge of fitting in to modern society. For fretful werewolf George, this means keeping his animal side at bay. For brooding vampire Mitchell, it means keeping his blood lust in check. And for perplexed poltergeist Annie, it means uncovering what has made her a wondering spirit. Despite a premise that sounds to the opening line of a goofy joke, this series is a darkly realized drama. Lenora Crichlow, Russell Tovey and Aidan Turner co-star. Seasons 1-3 are now streaming; season 4 will be made available on November 26th.

Ghost (1990) This '90s classic stars Patrick Swayze as Sam, a New Yorker whose life is unexpectedly cut short after a violent confrontation with a mugger. But this is only the beginning of Sam's story. Now a ghost, he seeks a way to communicate with his shattered widow. To save her from a lurking danger, he speaks to a con artist clairvoyant and together they strive to bring his killer to justice before it's too late! Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg co-star. Jerry Zucker directs.
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