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 Captain Phillips, ACOD, and Machete Kills for inspiration, we've pulled together a selection of inspiring biopics, wild family-comedies, and over-the-top action flicks.
Tom Hanks stars as the titular captain who made headlines in 2009 after he was forced to confront a gang of Somali pirates. When they boarded the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama cargo ship, Phillips knew he was the only thing standing between these gun-toting terrors of the high seas, and the safety of his crew. Barkhad Abdi, Catherine Keener and Barkhad Abdirahman co-star; Paul Greengrass directs. Read our full review.
There’s nothing so inspiring as an incredible true story. For more tales of men who overcame harrowing odds, try this trio about a crippled aristocrat, a former freedom fighter, and a lonely boy named John Lennon.
The Intouchables (2011) An odd couple story that’s stranger than fiction, this biopic centers on the friendship that blossomed between an quadriplegic aristocrat and the stubborn young man from the projects who he hired to be his caretaker. Showing a remarkable warmth and joie de vivre, this French dramedy won praise worldwide, and became the nation’s biggest box office hit. Francois Cluzet and Omar Sy star; Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano direct.
The First Grader (2010) When Kenya attempted to revitalize its nation with a new education initiative, it meant hordes of children got access to primary school. No one expected an 84-year-old Mau Mau freedom fighter to show up with a dream to learn to read. No matter the ridicule, threats, and scorn he faces from the controversy-torn community, Kimani N'gan'ga Maruge is committed, as is the young teacher who’ll risk everything to help him reach his goal. Oliver Litondo and Naomie Harris star; Justin Chadwick directs.
Nowhere Boy (2009) Before he was an internationally beloved rock star and activist, John Lennon was just a boy living with strict aunt Mimi, and trying to start a band. But his simple life is derailed when his estranged mother shows up and tries to make up—or smooth over—all the years she’s missed. Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Thomas Brodie-Sangster co-star; Sam Taylor-Johnson directs.