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27 Holiday Movies You Can Stream on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and HBO Now

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If you've abandoned your cable but still embrace Netflix and other online streaming platforms, you have tons of options when it comes to holiday movies. After all, cold - perhaps even snowy, depending on where you live - weather is coming our way, and there's nothing quite like tucking in with a feel-good holiday film. Before you resign yourself to renting something, take a look at the free (with subscription) movies you can watch right now. All the titles link to where your can watch them! Netflix Netflix is where you'll find the biggest titles. Love Actually is fortunately still available for your annual viewing, but there are also classics like White Christmas. A Very Murray Christmas Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas Miracle on 34th Street Christmas With the Kranks The Legend of Frosty the Snowman Ernest Saves Christmas Saving Santa White Christmas The Fitzgerald Family Christmas Happy Christmas Love Actually
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Jane Got a Gun movie review: a woman’s view on the Old West

A gritty woman’s perspective on tropes of the western genre, a lean action drama that is sparse yet sympathetic, and laconic but simmers with deep emotion. I’m “biast” (pro): desperate for stories about women; love Natalie Portman

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Jane got a gun. She also got a movie. Hooray! And not just because women hardly ever get the spotlight in a Western. This particular film suffered a long roller-coaster battle to get made: its original director and a big-name star dropped out along the way; cast was reshuffled. But there’s no hint of behind-the-scenes turmoil in the finished product: this is a lean action drama, laconic but simmering with deep emotion that must stay buried with more pragmatic concerns at the fore.

It’s Middle of Nowhere, New Mexico Territory, 1871, when Jane’s
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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl movie review: sick of it

The Manic Pixie Dream Girl gets sick, but she can still inspire a man to better himself, while also adding a dash of repugnant narcissism to the subgenre. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

The Manic Pixie Dream Girl is going through quite the evolution this summer. First there was Paper Towns, in which a boy is ushered into the realization that MPDGs are people too, though it’s an Mpdg who does the ushering, and whose story we are explicitly informed is not going to be shared with us; she can go be an authentic human being in some other movie, thank you very much. And now we have Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, in which the Mpdg becomes a Manic Pixie Cancer Girl who will help a “self-hating” teenaged boy come
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American Ultra movie review: Bourne to lose

It’s one joke dragged out for 90 minutes, and while it’s not entirely unamusing, the comedy feels mired in the same stoner fog as its slacker protagonist. I’m “biast” (pro): like Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

It’s one joke — stoner slacker Jesse Eisenberg is actually a sleeper badass covert operative, har har — dragged out for 90 minutes. And while it’s not entirely unamusing, the fact that the trailer tells the same story in two minutes and doesn’t feature any fewer jokes than the film itself tells you all you need to know. Mike Howell (Eisenberg: Rio 2) suffers from panic attacks, a kind of agoraphobia that doesn’t allow him to leave his small West Virginia town, and a complete and utter lack of ambition. But life isn’t too bad,
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Public Morals Review – TV TNT

There aren’t a lot of people who can pull off writer/director/actor in the first place, but among those who can pull it off, they need to find an exact fit. Edward Burns shot out of the gates with The Brothers McMullen 20 years ago, and he’s been trying to find the sweet spot again ever since, and without much luck.

His work mostly hasn’t been bad, but it hasn’t been great (though The Fitzgerald Family Christmas came close), and it has seemed a result of trying to make niches work when there wasn’t truly a lot of potential.

Though Burns only acted in Mob City, it apparently tuned him into a niche he could work with.

With Public Morals, Burns is back in the everything chair, and now he has exactly the right team with him, and though he kicks off slightly cheesy, once
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20 Great Holiday Movies on Netflix Streaming

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The holidays are almost upon us, and if you just can't wait to re-watch seasonal classics like "White Christmas" or "The Muppet Christmas Carol," they're available right now on Netflix. There are also a few Thanksgiving-themed movies you can stream, our favorite being, of course, "Planes, Trains and Automobiles."

There's something for almost every taste, whether you want something nice like an animated film for the kids or something very naughty, like "Bad Santa."

Thanksgiving Movies

1. "American Son" (2008) R

Nick Cannon stars as a young Marine who's just completed basic training and is about to ship out to Iraq: But first, he's home for a volatile four-day Thanksgiving with friends and family.

2. "The House of Yes" (1997) R

Parker Posey proves why she was the '90s Indie Movie Queen in this film where she plays a Jackie Kennedy-obsessed who is unreasonably jealous when her brother (Josh Hamilton) brings home
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Grand Piano review: not enough notes

Builds up a good momentum of suspense only to throw it away on a rushed and powerfully unsatisfying ending, rendering all its preposterousness suddenly unforgivable. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

World-famous classical concert pianist Tom Selznick (Elijah Wood: The Wind Rises, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey) hasn’t been in front of an audience in five years, after a performance went, apparently, so disastrously wrong that classical music nerds are still talking about it. But his movie star wife, Emma (Kerry Bishé: The Fitzgerald Family Christmas, Argo), has arranged a comeback. And as if Tom weren’t already nervous enough, when he opens his sheet music — you know, the kind that I’m pretty sure world-famous classical concert pianists don’t use onstage in the same way that actors onstage don’t
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films to stream for the festive season (Us)

What’s festive and what’s available to stream on Netflix and Amazon Instant Video.

available on Prime

Blackadder’s Christmas Carol: anyone with an ounce of sentiment will be thoroughly appalled by this gleeful, entirely mean-spirited savaging of Dickens; a welcome dose of cynicism in the sugarplum season [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video] Joyeux Noël: devastating film about the “Christmas truce” of 1914 that saw French, British, and German soldiers leave their trenches to celebrate the holiday togther [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video] Santa Claus Conquers the Martians: cheesy 60s sci-fi adventure is so bad it’s must-see [at Amazon Instant Video] Scrooged: a witty satire on television, with Bill Murray exuded his usual combination of smarm, insouciance, and demented charm as an 80s greed-is-good Scrooge [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

for the whole family

A Christmas Story: middle-American 1940s nostalgia is a big pile of wonderful [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video] Home Alone: kiddie slapstick at its finest as little Macaulay Culkin battles Christmas burglars [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video] Miracle on 34th Street
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films to stream for the festive season (UK)

What’s festive and available to stream on Netflix and blinkbox.

grownups only

Blackadder’s Christmas Carol: anyone with an ounce of sentiment will be thoroughly appalled by this gleeful, entirely mean-spirited savaging of Dickens; a welcome dose of cynicism in the sugarplum season [my review] [at Netflix] The Fitzgerald Family Christmas: bittersweet, down-to-earth drama about the familial upheaval that the supposedly happy holidays bring; a gem from filmmaker Ed Burns [my review] [at Netflix] Scrooged: a witty satire on television, with Bill Murray exuded his usual combination of smarm, insouciance, and demented charm as an 80s greed-is-good Scrooge [my review] [at Netflix]

grownups only

Bad Santa: Billy Bob Thornton is a bitter, drunken, misanthropic, sex-addicted department-store Santa/thief in the meanest, curmudgeonliest, blackest holiday movie ever [my review] [at blinkbox] Die Hard: the 80s classic created the genre of the action comedy, and still has not been topped; its Christmas setting is a wicked bonus joke [at blinkbox] Edward Scissorhands: where does snow come from?
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films to stream: Us week of Nov 05 2013

What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream on Netflix and Amazon Instant Video.

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

All Is Bright: Paul Rudd and Paul Giamatti are Canadians selling Christmas trees in New York City; they elevate the underpowered dramedy to something worth your time [at Amazon Instant Video] 2 Guns: Wahlberg and Washington are as fun together as they are separately, but there’s little genuinely unique or clever here; you will forget the movie the moment it ends [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

new to stream

Manhunt: The Inside Story of the Hunt for Bin Laden: wonky, less than wholly satisfying documentary about the CIA’s hunt for the Al Qaida leader [at Amazon Instant Video] White House Down: the action is mildly diverting, and though star Channing Tatum is bland, the rest of the cast, including James Woods and Jamie Foxx, is fun to watch [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

new to prime
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New DVD Blu-ray: 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,' 'Grown Ups 2,' 'White House Down'

Moviefone's DVD of the Week:

"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"

What's It About? The first installment of Peter Jackson's three-part adaptation of the beloved J.R.R. Tolken novel, "The Hobbit," follows an epic quest to retain a treasure. Martin Freeman stars as the titular Bilbo Baggins hobbit (the younger version of Ian Holm's Bilbo), who travels with a pack of dwarves to reclaim their stolen treasure from the vicious dragon Smaug.

Why We're In: While Jackson's "The Hobbit: The Unexpected Journey" is in no way as grand or as incredible as his "Lord of the Rings" films, it is still a fun and worthy visualization of the book.

Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week:

"James Dean: The Ultimate Collector's Edition"

What's It About? This collection features the three films that spanned the iconic actor's short career. In Elia Kazan's 1955 "East of Eden," Dean plays Cal,
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Obit: Veteran Character Actor Ed Lauter (1938-2013), from Hitchcock's 'Family Plot' to 'The Artist' (Video)

Obit: Veteran Character Actor Ed Lauter (1938-2013), from Hitchcock's 'Family Plot' to 'The Artist' (Video)
Among the most pleasant experiences I have enjoyed in recent years was a long, leisurely lunch with Ed Lauter, one of my all-time-favorite character actors, last November at the Starz Denver Film Festival. For the better part of two hours before we engaged in an on-stage, post-screening Q&A after the Denver Fest premiere of Ed Burns' delightful "The Fitzgerald Family Christmas," we chatted about the highlights of our respective careers -- and he was graciously polite enough to indicate he found my anecdotes almost as interesting as his.Mind you, it wasn't like we were in any sort of "Can you top this?" competition. Because, really, what could I possibly say that could top his account of being cast by Alfred Hitchcock in "Family Plot" after The Master of Suspense spotted him in "The Longest Yard"? Lauter impressed Hitchcock so much that he was set to co-star in "The Short Night,
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A Pretty Little Liar Joins the Cast of The Originals

Ready to close out your Monday work day with some casting news for an upcoming new TV show on The CW? If you're a fan of "The Originals," then you'll want to read on for the info.

Per TV Guide, "Pretty Little Liars" actor Steven Krueger will appear in three episodes of "The Originals" as Josh, a young tourist whose night out in New Orleans takes an unexpectedly dark turn when he ends up at Marcel's bar.

The CW will be pairing "The Originals" with "Supernatural" on Tuesday nights, 8Pm and 9Pm, respectively, beginning October 8th; but first "The Originals" will debut on Thursday, October 3rd, immediately following the Season 5 premiere of its sister show "The Vampire Diaries," from which it was spawned.

Series Synopsis:

Family is power. The Original Vampire family swore it to each other a thousand years ago. They pledged to remain together, always and forever. Now,
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Updated Promos for The Originals and The Tomorrow People on The CW

Now that The CW has announced its fall premiere schedule, the network has also released new promos for upcoming shows "The Originals" and "The Tomorrow People." They aren't much different from what we've already seen, but being completists, we have them both for you here.

Look for "The Tomorrow People" to premiere on Wednesday, October 9th (along with "Arrow"), with "The Originals" making its bow on Tuesday, October 15th (paired with "Supernatural").

"The Tomorrow People" Synopsis:

They are the next evolutionary leap of mankind, a generation of humans born with paranormal abilities — the Tomorrow People. Stephen Jameson stands at the crossroads between the world we know and the shifting world of the future. Up until a year ago, Stephen was a “normal” teenager — until he began hearing voices and teleporting in his sleep, never knowing where he might wake up. Now, Stephen’s issues have gone far beyond the usual teenage angst,
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Another Preview Arrives for The Originals

Apparently that extended promo The CW released yesterday for its new series "The Originals" just wasn't enough as they've now provided us with a preview entitled "Jealousy."

Whether or not Episode 1.01 of "The Originals" will be called "Jealousy" isn't clear - but as soon as we get an announcement about the show's premiere date, the ep's title probably won't be too far behind so stay tuned!

Series Synopsis:

Family is power. The Original Vampire family swore it to each other a thousand years ago. They pledged to remain together, always and forever. Now, centuries have passed, and the bonds of family are broken. Time, tragedy and hunger for power have torn the Original Family apart. When Klaus Mikaelson, the original vampire-werewolf hybrid, receives a mysterious tip that a plot is brewing against him in the supernatural melting pot that is the French Quarter of New Orleans, he returns to the city his family helped build.
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Get a Better Look at The Originals

Now that the spring TV Upfronts are over, we can catch our breath and start doling out some of the goods that the networks provided during the week. First up are a few new images from The CW's "The Originals."

Series Synopsis:

Family is power. The Original Vampire family swore it to each other a thousand years ago. They pledged to remain together, always and forever. Now, centuries have passed, and the bonds of family are broken. Time, tragedy and hunger for power have torn the Original Family apart. When Klaus Mikaelson, the original vampire-werewolf hybrid, receives a mysterious tip that a plot is brewing against him in the supernatural melting pot that is the French Quarter of New Orleans, he returns to the city his family helped build. Klaus’ questions lead him to a reunion with his diabolical former protégé, Marcel, a charismatic vampire who has total control over
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The CW Releases Clips for The Tomorrow People, The Originals, The 100, and Star-crossed

The CW has long been one of the best supporters of Our Kind of Shows, and at this year’s Upfronts they put even more money where our hearts are. Of the six new shows announced for the fall and winter schedule, four are for us: The Originals, The Tomorrow People, The 100, and Star-Crossed. Now of course more than one has that trademark The CW soap opera-ish spin on it, but hey, not Every show is for every one of us.

Here to assist in our prejudging are synopses for all, via Deadline, and maybe even better, clips and/or TV spots. There’s not really anything new for The Originals, but fans will want to see it all again anyway. The Tomorrow People features the wonderful Mark Pellegrino so it’s my favorite of the four.

The 100 (pronounced “the hundred”, not “the one hundred”) has an encouraging clip,
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Roundup of New CW Shows for Fall 2013-2014

The CW announced its fall 2013-14 slate earlier today, adding five new dramas including a drama about Mary, Queen of Scots called Reign, as well as the highly anticipated Vampire Diaries spinoff titled The Originals, and The Tomorrow People, starring Robbie Amell, brother of Arrow’s Stephen Amell. The network has also released trailers which you can watch below. Let us know which shows you are interested in watching.

The Originals – Family is power. The Original Vampire family swore it to each other a thousand years ago. They pledged to remain together, always and forever. Now, centuries have passed and the bonds of family are broken. Time, tragedy and hunger for power have torn the Original Family apart. When Klaus Mikaelson, the original vampire-werewolf hybrid, receives a mysterious tip that a plot is brewing against him in the supernatural melting pot that is the French Quarter of New Orleans, he
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The CW Reveals Fall Schedule - Supernatural Paired with The Originals on Tuesday and More!

The CW presented its 2013-14 broadcast schedule today, and we have all the details of who's paired with whom and on which nights we'll be able to see our favorites as well as some clips and previews.

Excerpts from the Press Release:

“We had a terrific season last year, growing our audience on-air, digitally, and socially. Now we are building on that success by continuing to add more original programming all year long and by adding high-concept, exciting shows to our schedule that will help us continue our mission of broadening out our 18-to-34-year old audience,” said Mark Pedowitz, President, The CW. “‘Arrow’ was one of the breakout hits of this season, and we’re using that show and ‘The Vampire Diaries,’ our two highest-rated series, to launch our new dramas ‘The Tomorrow People’ and ‘Reign,’ on Wednesday and Thursday nights. Klaus, Elijah, and Rebekah, the original family of vampires,
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TV News: The CW Moves Several Hits, Launches Three New Shows

Chicago – The CW is shaking things up this Fall, perhaps recognizing that their audience doesn’t care as much what night of the week their shows are on as they’re getting increasingly likely to DVR, download, or stream them. 40% of the net’s line-up is switching nights, moving around three new shows in the mid-section of the week.

Nikita“‘s final season is being held to mid-season.

Full schedule below, followed by new show descriptions.

*-new show

Monday

7pm “Hart of Dixie

8pm “Beauty & the Beast”

Tuesday

7pm “The Originals”*

8pm “Supernatural

Wednesday

7pm “Arrow

8pm “The Tomorrow People”*

Thursday

7pm “The Vampire Diaries

8pm “Reign”*

Friday

7pm “The Carrie Diaries

8pm “America’s Next Top Model”

New Show Descriptions

The Originals

The Originals

Photo credit: The CW

Family is power. The Original Vampire family swore it to each other a thousand years ago. They pledged to remain together,
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