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 Edge of Tomorrow, Maleficent, and Fault In Our Stars for inspiration, we've pulled together a selection of alien invasion adventures, twisted fairy tales, and teen dramas.
Edge of TomorrowTom Cruise stars as a frontline soldier caught in a time loop of the day he dies battling an alien invasion. Can he exploit this strange time quirk to save the day? Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, and Brendan Gleeson co-star; and Doug Liman directs. Read our review here.
Outer space is a big place full of potential threats to humanity, at least in the worlds of sci-fi-fueled action movies. Blast off for adventure and thrills with a selection of tales that feature invading extraterrestrials, intrepid astronauts, and a short-tempered cab driver who just might save the world.
Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto reprise their roles as Captain Kirk and Spock in this sequel to J.J. Abrams 2009 reboot. This time around, the crew of the Enterprise is tracking down a mass-murdering terrorist in a dangerous corner of space. Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Benedict Cumberbatch, Anton Yelchin, and Alice Eve co-star; J.J. Abrams directs.
Torchwood (2006) Spun-off from Doctor Who, this sci-fi series centers on Captain Jack Harkness, an anomaly who has traveled through time and now cannot die. He heads up the titular secret organization tasked with keeping a wide universe of aliens in check. Think of it as Men in Black, but with way more violence, death, destruction, and sex. Seasons 1-4 are streaming. John Barrowman and Eve Myles star.
The Fifth Element (1997) Set in the 23rd century, this adventure has Bruce Willis playing a former soldier turned cabbie who unwittingly joins a mission to save the world from a terrible alien force. Milla Jovovich, Gary Oldman and Ian Holm co-star; Luc Besson directs.