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 nicely with the latest theatrical releases.
Looking to G.I. Joe: Retaliation, The Croods, and Admission for inspiration, we've pulled together a selection of military action flicks, outrageous animated adventures for kids, and rites of passage comedies for grown-ups.
G.I. Joe Retaliation
The Joes are back to battle the evil forces of Cobra once more. But once the President of the United States cuts the Joes loose after a devastating frame-up, they'll need to add some new blood, and major firepower to their forces. Channing Tatum, Dwayne Johnson, Bruce Willis star; RZA, Adrianne Palicki, Byung-hun Lee co-star. Jon M. Chu directs.
Want some more stories of All-American heroes? Whether you're craving superhero-level action, real life heroics, or old school (as in 1980s) machismo, we've got you covered with a batch of movies that offer epic action sequences, brawny leading men, and loads of bravado.
Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) Before there was Iron Man, there was Captain America, the first Avenger! Scrawny Steve Rogers is dedicated to serving his country in World War II, if he can only get past the physical. But when his fearlessness and bravery impresses a military scientist, Rogers is given a superhero serum that transforms him from a pint-sized wannabe soldier into America's greatest hero. Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving co-star; Joe Johnston directs.
Act of Valor (2012) Inspired by true invents and starring a band of active-duty Navy SEALs, this action-thriller takes its audience deep into the duties of some of the world's most highly trained, hi-tech decked out warriors. The story follows an elite Navy SEALs team on a covert mission to extract a kidnapped CIA agent from a dangerous terrorist cell. Alex Veadov, Roselyn Sanchez, Nestor Serrano co-star; Mike McCoy and Scott Waugh co-direct.
Commando (1985) Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as John Matrix, a retired Black Ops Commando who is forced to use all the his acquired skills and bulging muscles when his daughter is kidnapped by some South American terrorists. They plan to blackmail him into kicking off a revolution that will put an exiled dictator back in power, but they have no idea the fury they've unleashed. Raw Dawn Chong co-stars; Mark L. Lester directs.