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These movies are worth sitting through a couple of commercials for.
Crackle has carved out a solid niche in the world of streaming services. It won’t be overtaking Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon anytime soon, but it’s still worth your time—especially if you’re on a budget. Crackle movies change monthly, so flicks are constantly rotating in and out. That means there’s always something to fresh to watch, even if it won’t stick around for long.
The best part about Crackle movies is that they’re free. The only catch is that there are commercial breaks, but hey, those interruptions don’t have to be a bad thing. You can run to the bathroom or grab a snack. Make the breaks work for you. Here are our picks for the best free movies on Crackle for January 2019. Watch ’em while you can.
The best movies on Crackle in January 2019
The first time I watched Superbad I laughed as often and as hard as I have laughed at any movie in theaters. A decade and numerous viewings later, the comedy is showing its age, but it’s still funny, if you’re into Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s work. But the aspect of the film that endures is the friendship between Evan and Seth (Michael Cera and Jonah Hill). That’s the key ingredient to the success of these kinds of movies. If you buy the friendship, then everything else is gravy. It’s crazy to think that 10 years after its release the core cast of Superbad would have a three Academy Awards nominations for acting under its belt (and one win courtesy of Emma Stone), but Superbad has more going for it than most high school comedies.
The Alien series has been able to sustain full-on action (Aliens), French art film influences (Alien Resurrection), pro wrestling (Alien vs. Predator), and isolationist survival horror (Alien 3). Yet of all the films in the series, the original stands the tallest, as a perfect blending of Lovecraftian science and gothic horror. Anchored by an all-star cast—Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Ian Holm, and more—Alien makes you care about each character before they’re systematically ripped apart. Barely showing the monster builds a sense of the unknown flashier films sometimes miss out on, and Alien is a stronger film for it. Director Ridley Scott has returned to the series recently with two prequels, Prometheus and 2017’s Alien: Covenant. —John-Michael Bond
3) Arlington Road
A professor (played by Jeff Bridges) grows increasingly paranoid as he begins to suspect his neighbors (Tim Robbins and Joan Cusack) are up to no good. It doesn’t help that Bridges’ character teaches a course on domestic terrorism, which only increases his paranoia. The film ratchets up tension impressively and delivers a potent finale. The script (by Ehren Kruger) is sharp, with good characterization and great reversals.
4) Devil in a Blue Dress
The great Walter Mosley novel gets a worthy big-screen adaptation courtesy of writer-director Carl Franklin. Denzel Washington is note-perfect as Easy Rawlins, a World War ll vet turned private investigator. The story is set in the ‘50s, and the film captures the era well. Noir fans will feel at home roaming the streets with Easy. The film features observational social commentary that elevates it above typical genre fare.
5) Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser
If God made dirt and dirt don’t hurt, and God also made David Spade, does that mean Joe Dirt 2 is touched by the divine? You’re going to have to see for yourself to find out. But if you liked the original Joe Dirt, most likely you’ll be on onboard this goofy go-round too. Joe and his mullet transport back in time, and Joe has to make his way back to the present. Joe Dirt 2 is a Crackle exclusive, which made it the first movie sequel to be produced for a streaming outlet.
A group of strangers come together at a rinky-dink motel in the middle of a hellacious storm. Then they start to realize they have some connections. Then they start dying. It’s the kind of of movie where every time you think you’ve figured it out, a new wrinkle is introduced. Identity is a riff on Agatha Christie’s Ten Little Indians, and it’s a fun thriller that’ll keep you guessing to the end.
7) Office Uprising
The corporate world meets the undead in Sony Crackle’s zombie comedy Office Uprising. Desmond (Brenton Thwaites) is a typical young 20s slacker type, whose corporate ineffectiveness comes in handy when his coworkers are turned into zombies. With the help of two friends Desmond have to fight their way throughout their building, taking on bosses, brown-nosers, jargon, and, of course, zombies along the way. The movie plays fast and loose with zombie tropes, generally for the movie’s benefit. Office Uprising is silly, very silly, but also quite entertaining.
Most likely this is your first time hearing about Predestination and that means you get to have a first viewing of Predestination, and I’m jealous of you. It’s a twisty cat-and-mouse thriller about a temporal agent chasing a criminal. Written and directed by Michael and Peter Spierig, Predestination is a head trip of a movie that’s fun as hell.
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Crackle movies: What’s new in January 2019
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Crackle movies: Available one month only
- 30 Days of Night: Dark Days
- A Few Good Men
- Alien Hunter
- Alien III
- Alien: Resurrection
- American Crude
- Anacondas: The Hunt for The Blood Orchid
- Arlington Road
- Bad Country
- Balls Out: Gary The Tennis Coach
- Big Daddy
- Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
- Blood and Bone
- Bram Stoker’s Dracula
- Candy Stripers
- Carlito’s Way
- Carlito’s Way:The Rise To Power
- Catch Hell
- Cruel Intentions 2
- Days of Thunder
- Dead Man Down
- Devil in A Blue Dress
- Dragon Wars
- Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
- I Spy
- Instant Death
- Kung Fu Hustle
- Planes, Trains and Automobiles
- Rambo III
- The 6th Day
- The Art of War
- The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day
- The Calling
- The Net
- The Replacement Killers
- The River Murders
- Truth or Consequences, N.M.
- Under Suspicion
- Vantage Point
- Young Guns
What’s leaving Crackle in January 2019: Last chance to watch
- Battle Los Angeles
- Black Jack: The Movie
- Charlie’s Angels
- Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle
- Fist of The North Star
- Lupin The 3rd: Legend of Gold Babylon
- Street Fighter II: Movie
- The Big Lebowski
- Urusei Yatsura 2: Beautiful Dreamer
- Wicked City
- Young Guns II
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Eddie Strait is a member of the Austin Film Critic Association. His reviews focus primarily on streaming entertainment, with an emphasis on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and other on-demand services.