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November 22, 2011

Thanksgiving Movies to Steam on Netflix

By John Lopez | Films

Courtesy Warner Brothers Pictures

Hollywood has saved its best for last this year. A rich selection of high quality films opens in theaters this Thanksgiving, making postprandial multiplex-hopping this weekend’s can’t miss cultural event. Here are recommendations for movies you must see, once you’ve loosened the belt a notch or two.

Should a turkey coma leave you couch-ridden, you can recreate the feel of our recommendations through the miracle of Netflix instant streaming. Interested in The Artist? Check out Chaplin’s classic The Gold Rush, to which Hazanavicius pays loving homage. For Alexander Payne fans, there’s About Schmidt, which nabbed Jack Nicholson a Best Actor Oscar nomination. Netflix also has Jim Henson’s remarkable HBO series The Storyteller, in which whimsically designed Muppets reenact beguiling European folktales. And if you need a Scorsese period piece fix, order The Age of Innocence, his adaptation of Edith Wharton’s classic novel featuring a dashing, young Daniel Day-Lewis. If all else fails, dial up Christmas Vacation on AppleTV.