Nine of the best movies of all time, now streaming on Netflix and other services

Sadly, this is my last streaming-movie column for TechHive. So rather than going out with a batch of new releases that will be quickly forgotten, I thought I’d share a batch of my all-time favorite films that are available for streaming: Classics of all stripes, for people who really love movies. [Editor's note: Good news! Jeff's column has returned. You'll find all his columns, new and old, listed here.]

When I was a kid, we imagined that there would be a day in which, rather than going to the video store, you could just push a button and a movie would play right on your TV. Those days are here. What comes next is anyone’s guess, but here’s hoping there will always be good movies to watch.

Cinema Paradiso (Netflix) 

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The best movies on Netflix and other services this week are a different kettle of fish

Sometimes you’re just in the mood a different movie experience, something that takes you far from the familiar and comfortable. Different, of course, is different for different folks. For some, it could be a a good rock ‘n’ roll comedy; for others, comedies about prison, kidnapping, clones, or life-size dolls. And everyone enjoys a documentary that takes you someplace you’ve never been, or tells you about an album you’ve never heard. Or it could be a hard-hitting, nocturnal drama about the seedy underbelly of TV news.

There’s something for everyone in this collection of the best movies newly available for streaming this week.

Nightcrawler (Netflix)

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The best new movies streaming on Netflix and other services this week revolve around road trips and robots

We gravitate toward lighter entertainment in summer, movies that complement the easygoing feeling that overtakes on these warmer and longer days. But don’t make the mistake of equating lightness with emptiness.

This week’s movie picks include a time-travel story, a ghost story, and a story about a robot. We have chases, escapes, and action; we have smart comedies; and, yes, we have road trips, wherein high temperatures are not the only kind of heat. Jeffrey M. Anderson

Primer (Netflix)

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‘Burbs’ of a feather: A Tom Hanks film and 8 others that deserve another chance

Expectations are a big part of watching movies. The right kind of expectations can turn a movie into a success, but the wrong kind can turn viewers away. Thanks to streaming, we can return to certain movies again and again, even decades later, and watch them with fresh eyes.

The reasons can be myriad. It could be because a beloved actor isn’t playing the right kind of part, because a screenplay has been adapted from a beloved book, or because it’s a remake of a beloved movie. Sometimes a once-lightweight entertainment can turn into a classic, and a marginalized indie movie can turn into a favorite. Here are nine movies that deserve a second shot; for some, it might be a first shot.

The ‘Burbs (Netflix)

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The theme for the best new movies streaming this week is ‘Fiends with Benefits’

Monstrous things sometimes happen, and it’s fascinating when the movies capture these things well. The monsters in this week’s movies come in all forms, ranging from Nazis to jilted lovers, yakuza killers to bad guys who want to take over the world. One movie, believe it or not, features zombie beavers.

Other monsters only appear to be monstrous, but are actually very kind; their real purpose is to expose the monster in us. And it’s those monsters within that are the really scary ones. They can force us to do unforgivable things, or they can prevent us from doing anything at all.

Zombeavers (Netflix)

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