What to stream: Thanksgiving edition

By Jeff Peterson

For the Deseret News

Published: Thursday, Nov. 28 2013 12:00 p.m. MST

“Skyfall” — Along with Daniel Craig, who appears in his third outing as Bond, James Bond, Academy Award-winning director Sam Mendes and cinematographer Roger Deakins (who earned an Oscar nomination for his work here) help redefine the British double-0 agent for the 21st century. “Skyfall” takes Bond even farther down the pathway of “dark and gritty,” so don’t go in expecting invisible cars and deadly bowler hats. Due to the amount of realistic violence and some sexuality (although less than many Bond films), it’s probably not one for kids.

Rating: PG-13

Available on: Netflix Instant, Amazon Prime Instant

“Say Anything” — Cameron Crowe’s 1989 rom-com starring John Cusack (in one of his best roles) as goofy underachiever Lloyd Dobler and Ione Skye as the high school valedictorian he falls in love with is a bona fide classic. Although the content is fairly tame (minus one instance of the “R-rated” curse word), it does deal with teenage relationships in a way that's not appropriate for younger audiences.

Rating: PG-13

Available on: Netflix Instant

“Galaxy Quest” — It’s basically “The Three Amigos” meets Captain Kirk-era “Star Trek,” but you don’t have to be a sci-fi junkie to get most of the references in this comedy starring Tim Allen (Buzz Lightyear), Sigourney Weaver (“Avatar”) and Alan Rickman (Professor Snape from the Harry Potter movies). Although not a huge success when it was originally released back in 1999, “Galaxy Quest” has gone on to develop a sizable cult following. A few bits of humor might seem more at home in a PG-13 movie, but overall it’s pretty family friendly.

Rating: PG

Available on: Netflix Instant, Amazon Prime Instant

“The Bletchley Circle” — The first three-part season of this British series just hit Netfllix Instant, and for fans of period dramas, brainy procedural shows or just quality TV, it’s a must-watch. Four women initially brought together as code-breakers at Bletchley Park during World War II are reunited years later when one of them begins using her talent for patterns to track a serial killer. The beautifully produced show captures 1950s London in fascinating, painstaking detail. Although generally very low key, the realism makes some of the implied violence harder to stomach than other shows on TV.

Rating: TV-14

Available on: Netflix Instant

A native of Utah Valley and a devoted cinephile, Jeff Peterson is currently studying humanities and history at Brigham Young University.

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