Instant Gratification: “Metallica: Through The Never” and four other good movies to watch on Netflix Instant

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Pick of the week: “Metallica Through The Never — As if still fearing that they were wussified in the excellent and revealing documentary “Metallica: Some Kind of Monster,” one of hard rock’s greatest living bands embraces the myth in this film, which mixes impressive live concert footage (shot in 3D for theaters) with a bonzo narrative about a young roadie who has to fight demon hordes to get a mysterious bag. (The roadie is played by the fine Dane DeHaan, currently seen as Harry Osborne in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.”

Gladiator — “Are you not entertained?” This 2000 action epic entertained enough to win a Best Picture Oscar, with a buff Russell Crowe taking on all combatants in the Colosseum as a glowering Joaquin Phoenix looks on.

Kill Bill” — Netflix Instant has both installments of the first of several revenge tales by Quentin Tarantino, as Uma Thurman fights her way up the chain of command of the crime organization that betrayed her.

Bram Stoker’s Dracula — Francis Ford Coppola’s sumptuous and stylized adaptation of the Bram Stoker novel has some miscasting here and there, but overall is a very entertaining attempt to do something different with the legend.

Sneakers — I have a huge soft spot for Phil Alden Robinson’s light-fingered thriller about a group of hackers, led by a wonderfully world-weary Robert Redford, who get caught up in a government operation. Or so they think.

 

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