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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 April 2019. Watch ’em while you can.
The best free Crackle movies in May 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.
After a mutated strain of mad cow disease runs rampant across the United States and turns most of the population into flesh-eating zombies, college student Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) treks from his Austin, Texas dorm to Columbus, Ohio in search of his parents. Along the way he picks up Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), a bloodthirsty survivor with an affinity for Twinkies who’s mourning the loss of his puppy. The two unlikely partners encounter sisters Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin), adding some romantic tension to the quartet’s survival mission. Combining a killer (literally) cast, heaps of gore, and a brilliant Bill Murray cameo, Zombieland is a gut-busting zom-com with a sweet, undead heart at its core. —Bryan Rolli
3) Not Another Teen Movie
The Scary Movie franchise, and other Seltzberg and Friedman riffs, effectively turned slapstick spoofs into cyanide pills (but I’ll admit to still enjoying the Wayans brothers’ Scary Movies). But I’ll be damned if Not Another Teen Movie isn’t the best film to emerge from that trend. It jabs at every teen movie you’ve ever seen and loved, but the thing that elevates it above its peers is that it’s focused (relatively speaking) on its target and less scattershot in its approach. And it’s still really funny. It even has Chris Evans in his earliest, pre-Marvel form.
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This is most likely 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.
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) Wild Things
Every now and then a trashy movie is just what the doctor ordered, and Wild Things fits the bill. It’s a twisty tale of murder and betrayal set against a swampy, sweltering backdrop of Florida. And as Florida Man has taught us, nothing is too crazy or lurid to go down in the Sunshine State. By the end of the movie, you won’t know which way is up, but you’ll have fun getting there.
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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) 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.
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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.