The best movies streaming on Netflix, Hulu, Crackle, and Vudu this weekend

Jeffrey M. Anderson , TechHive

Jeffrey has been a working film critic for more than 14 years. He first fell in love with the movies at age six while watching "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein" and served as staff critic for the San Francisco Examiner from 2000 through 2003.
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When it comes to movies, the Internet is both an embarrassment of riches and a vast wasteland that makes some of the dreck that’s on television cultured by comparison. If you’d prefer to spend your online hours watching great movies, instead of lookingfor great movies to watch, allow me to be your guide to what’s available on the major online services this week.

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Chinatown

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The Binge-Watch List: Ren and Stimpy take the Internet

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Monty Ashley lives in Seattle, where he watches movies and television, reads books, and plays games. He's trying to learn Latin, for reasons known only to him. He has written for Wizards of the Coast, Television Without Pity, and Previously.TV, and podcasts with The Incomparable.
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It’s not hard to find TV shows to watch these days. But finding good ones to watch amid all the streaming video services fighting for your attention and your eyeballs? That’s more of a challenge. We’ll help you separate a would-be House of Cards from the rest of the pack, as we look at which streaming TV shows are worth your time.

These days, Adult Swim provides bizarre cartoons from a variety of sources. But back in the 1990s, everything weird and gross in animation flowed from one source: The Ren & Stimpy Show. And thanks to Hulu Plus, you can live the dream of every 1992 dorm room and watch the first three seasons whenever you want. It’s quite a change from the days when people had to suffer through whatever Nickelodeon was airing the other 23-and-a-half hours of the day. It was probably Clarissa Explains It All and Rugrats.

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Hark, the Netflix angels sing: Here are 10 Christmas movies for you and yours to stream

Jeffrey M. Anderson , TechHive

Jeffrey has been a working film critic for more than 14 years. He first fell in love with the movies at age six while watching "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein" and served as staff critic for the San Francisco Examiner from 2000 through 2003.
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It’s that time of year again, with mistletoe and fruitcake and joy to the world. But there’s something special about it, and sometimes movies can help us capture or recapture or remember what that special thing might be.

If nothing else, they can give us a great big laugh or a great big cry. Here are 10 movies for all different tastes, all streaming on Netflix this holiday season. Enjoy, Happy Holidays, and Merry Christmas!

Happy Christmas

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Where to find the best streaming holiday music and movies

Christopher Breen Senior Editor, Macworld Follow me on Google+

Chris has covered technology and media since the latter days of the Reagan Administration. In addition to his journalistic endeavors, he's a professional musician in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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The holidays come with trappings and tradition; with family, flavors, and favored evergreens among them. Adding to the atmosphere is holiday entertainment—the sentimental songs and movies entirely inappropriate in mid-March that are the perfect December accompaniment.

Given that this media has such a limited shelf life, most of us don’t bother to acquire it. Rather, when family and friends gather, we too often flip channels on the TV or hope that the local FM station is playing something appropriate. And that’s so 20th century. Today the one thing that separates us from scads of holiday fare is a fair-to-middling broadband connection. The only remaining trick is finding the good stuff. And we’ve got you covered. Just jingle over this way.

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10 excellent movies to stream on Netflix over Thanksgiving weekend

Jeffrey M. Anderson , TechHive

Jeffrey has been a working film critic for more than 14 years. He first fell in love with the movies at age six while watching "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein" and served as staff critic for the San Francisco Examiner from 2000 through 2003.
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Thanksgiving is the perfect time of year to gather on the couch and watch a good movie. While we're sitting there, moaning in pain, having eaten too much yet again, and thinking about how miserable it was to travel, and how crazy our family members are, these 10 movies are a reminder that we're not alone in the world. And, indeed, despite everything, there are many, many wonderful things about this time of year, and plenty of things to be thankful for. Like Netflix.

Addams Family Values

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Pharrell, John Lennon tunes could get pulled from YouTube over royalty spat

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If you somehow haven't heard enough of Pharrell Williams' “Happy,” you might want to enjoy it on YouTube right now.

According to Bloomberg, media mogul Irving Azoff has demanded that YouTube remove songs from several popular artists, including Williams, John Lennon, The Eagles and Steve Miller. Azoff is acting on behalf of Global Music Rights, a royalty collection agency that recently took over rights management duties from Ascap and BMI for 41 songwriters and composers.

The group claims that there's no evidence of YouTube having a license to play its clients' music. And as Azoff told the Wall Street Journal, it's been difficult to get YouTube to prove otherwise. He's hoping that a unified group will compel the streaming video service to respond, either with takedowns or a new royalty agreement with significantly higher pay for clients.

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Now Streaming: 10 movies full of violence and conflict

Jeffrey M. Anderson , TechHive

Jeffrey has been a working film critic for more than 14 years. He first fell in love with the movies at age six while watching "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein" and served as staff critic for the San Francisco Examiner from 2000 through 2003.
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Great stories, and movies, too, are born out of conflict. These can be small ones, such as a father and son trying to communicate during a road trip, or big ones, like a band of downtrodden citizens storming through a train. This week Netflix offers a selection of terrific movies that deal in conflict, especially forms of violence, in fascinating ways.

Nebraska

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