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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 April 2019. Watch ’em while you can.
The best free Crackle movies in November 2019
1) 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.
2) Take Shelter
Writer-director Jeff Nichols specializes in intimate domestic dramas, and Take Shelter is his best work to date. Michael Shannon plays Curtis, a family man who is slowly losing his grip on reality. Consumed by paranoia, Curtis builds a shelter to protect his family, but it becomes increasingly clear that he may pose a larger threat than any storm. Jessica Chastain co-stars and if you need any more convincing to watch a movie starring Chastain and Shannon, I can’t help you.
3) Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
This is probably the last great film Johnny Depp and Tim Burton made, together or separately, before descending into parodies of themselves. Depp isn’t a natural singer, but his raspy voice makes for a good Sweeney. Ditto for Helena Bonham Carter, who steals the show as Mrs. Lovett, a role she was born to play. 2007 was a great year for film, but Burton’s excellent Sondheim adaptation is too often left out of the conversation. At the very least, Sweeney Todd deserves to be recognized as one of the best on-screen musicals of the last several decades.
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4) Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist
During Michael Cera’s glorious mid-aughts run of comedies, he starred alongside Kat Dennings in this infinitely charming and funny romcom. Nick and Norah, strangers at the start of the movie, turn their meet cute into an all-night chase around New York to catch a secret show by the elusive band Where’s Fluffy. The movie is plenty funny, but it’s the relationship between Nick and Norah that elevates the movie above most of its peers.
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.
6) Premium Rush
Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a bike messenger riding around NYC with Michael Shannon’s dirty cop chasing him around town. The movie is precisely as entertaining as that one-sentence pitch sounds. It’s a blast of silly, sugary action that burns bright and fast. Writer-director David Koepp (Jurassic Park, Spider-Man, Panic Room) specializes in this kind of broadly amusing pop-entertainment. With a runtime under 90 minutes, Premium Rush is a low investment, high returns proposition.
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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.
Zodiac is the great crime movie of our time. David Fincher’s masterpiece about the hunt for the notorious Bay Area killer is not only his best film—it’s perhaps the best film ever made on the nature of obsession. Dark, enigmatic, and unforgettable, this is the kind of movie that gets better with each viewing. Finally receiving some of the recognition it deserves as one of the best films of the past decade, if you’ve only seen Zodiac once, the time to revisit it is now. And if you’ve never seen it, the same holds true.
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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.