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 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 2020. Watch ’em while you can.
The best free Crackle movies in April 2020
Richard Linklater’s account of an East Texas murder is a curio, even by his standards. He mixes real interviews with locals of Carthage, Texas, into his fictionalized account of Marjorie Nugent’s murder at the hands of her assistant, Bernie Tiede. Jack Black’s vocal and physical affectations walk the line of caricature, but he never crosses it. He does the best work of his acting career here. Shirley Maclaine matches, and even surpasses, Black’s work as Marjorie. The film is darkly funny and a fascinating look at a relationship gone horribly wrong.
Few experiences are more joyous than watching a smart sci-fi mindbender that actually holds up and doesn’t collapse under the weight of its contrivances as it reaches the third act climax. Coherence takes a simple high concept (parallel realities) and runs with it, turning it around and around, keeping its characters (and its audience) intrigued and confused but never fully disoriented, all the way to a fulfilling ending that doesn’t cheat.
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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Moon is one of the best sci-fi movies of the 21st century. Sam Rockwell plays Sam Bell, an astronaut working a solo mission on the moon. With his assignment nearing its end, Sam finds out that his replacement is… himself. The more Sam tries to figure out the true nature of his work, and himself, the more his world upends. This is the best work of Rockwell’s career, and he has a blast playing multiple versions of his character. Director and co-writer Duncan Jones delivered a top-tier debut with Moon, and the resourceful filmmaking marked him as a bright new voice. But this is Rockwell’s show, and he crushes it.
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.
The Wachowski siblings burst onto the scene with this slick as hell crime thriller. Gina Gershon and Jennifer Tilly team up to steal $2 million from the Mafia. The plot is straightforward, and the movie rocks along at a fast pace. It’s a testament to the Wachowskis’ talent that a movie with a minimal number of locations feels so kinetic and propulsive. The Wachowskis went on to work on significantly more expensive and complex films, but Bound remains either their best or second-best (behind The Matrix) film.
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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.
8) Bottle Rocket
Compared to the obsessively detailed and bone-dry wit films of his oeuvre, Wes Anderson’s debut film feels quaint in all the best ways. Yes, you’ll recognize plenty of Anderson’s trademarks in this comedy about a robbery that goes sideways. But the quirk still feels fresh, as if you’re discovering a new voice all over again. Anderson stalwarts Luke and Owen Wilson star as the heisting friends (with Owen co-writing the screenplay). Bottle Rocket is a breezy film with easy charm. If you’ve never seen it, or it’s been awhile, do yourself a favor and see why people first took notice of Anderson.
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