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 Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, Dumb and Dumber To and Beyond The Lights for inspiration, we've pulled together a selection of female-fronted dystopian dramas, moron-centric comedies, and African-American-fronted romantic dramas.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1Having survived The Quarter Quell, Katniss finds herself at the center of a brewing revolution between District 13 and The Capitol. Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson and Elizabeth Banks star; Francis Lawrence directs. Read our review here.
For more stories of teen girls thriving despite the incredible odds set against them in dark dystopias, check out these three dramas from around the globe.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) Refresh yourself on the trials and triumphs of author Suzanne Collins' Katniss Everdeen, winner of The Hunger Games and reluctant revolutionary. While she and Peeta travel Panem in their "Victor's Tour," the Capitol's tyranny becomes something these two can no longer ignore. And when their whole world is watching, all they have to depend on is each other. Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Woody Harrelson star, Francis Lawrence directs.
How I Live Now (2013) Based on the novel Meg Rosoff, this drama follows American teen Daisy as a trip to her English cousin's country home becomes a battle for survival when a world war descends like a dark cloud. Love and loyalty sustain her. Saoirse Ronan, Tom Holland, and George MacKay star; Kevin Macdonald directs.
Tomorrow, When The War Began (2010) Based on John Marsden's novel, this Australian offering centers on seven high schoolers who come home from a camping trip to discover their nation has been invaded. Ellie Linton (Caitlin Stasey) and her friends team up to fight back. Rachel Hurd-Wood, Lincoln Lewis, Deniz Akdeniz, Phoebe Tonkin, Chris Pang and Ashleigh Cummings co-star; Stuart Beattie directs.