It’s a holiday weekend! Spend part of it watching some great movies. Here are our picks

The new February titles continue to roll in, with many gems and surprises among them. After an exclusive release on Vudu, the great Birdman is available for purchase at a number of services (and it will be available for rent on Vudu beginning February 17). That movie’s gritty, dark, but also funny mood pervades some of the week’s other films, such as The Brothers Bloom, Hesher, and The Rover.

I can also recommend several highly stylish movies that experiment with the medium’s boundaries, including Locke and Drive. Extra dark movies like Joe and The Killer Inside Me feature excellent performances and strong atmosphere. And then, for something lighter that still has a sense of place, there’s the romantic comedy Next Stop Wonderland. Enjoy!

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You probably missed these movies when they were in theaters, but now you can stream them on Netflix!

This week we have some overlooked or underrated gems, movies that slipped under the radar or were somehow misunderstood the first time around. There are movies based on classic literature, movies that sing and dance, and movies that blow stuff up. There are stories about real life, stories that just feel like real life, and stories that feel like nightmares.

Then we have some earlier performances by some of the current Oscar-nominees, notably a very good forgotten Michael Keaton movie, as well as Rosamund Pike and Robert Duvall together in a thriller. Stream away!

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Not into football? Stream a few movies this weekend: Here are Oscar nominees, winners, and several overlooked gems

This week we checked out Netflix's Oscar-nominated original documentary Virunga and found it very much worth watching. While we were in an Oscar-type mood, we found some other, previous nominees and winners, as well as some good movies that maybe should have been nominated. Amazingly, there are crime films, cult films, and rock films among them, as opposed to the usual "serious" stuff that often captures the spotlight. Finally, allow me to introduce you to Break.com, a new and free streaming service for Lionsgate movies.

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

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

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-beHouse of Cardsfrom 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

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!

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Where to find the best streaming holiday music and movies

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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