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'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey'

'The Commitments'

'A Fish Called Wanda'

'Terminator 2'


'Total Recall'

"What We Do in the Shadows"


'The Sting'

'The Hurt Locker'


Where to watch: Crackle

I absolutely loved the "Lord of the Rings" movies, but couldn't really connect with "The Hobbit" or any of the ones that followed. (Prequels, am I right?) But you could do worse than to curl up with Bilbo Baggins and company for a few hours.

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Where to watch: Hoopla Digital

Alan Parker's ode to soul music -- and working-class Ireland -- features a great ensemble of unknowns, along with one of the best movie soundtracks ever.

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Where to watch: Hoopla Digital

Take two Monty Python vets, add an Oscar-winning performance by Kevin Kline and stir in some Jamie Curtis for good measure. The result is a mostly forgotten but still hilarious dark comedy.

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Where to watch: Crackle and Hoopla Digital

One of the all-time great action movies, and the rare sequel that improved on the original. (Too bad the same couldn't be said for subsequent sequels.) "Come with me if you want to be relentlessly entertained."

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Where to watch: Tubi

Heavy but enthralling, "Crash" won (controversially) the Oscar for Best Picture in 2006. Did it deserve to? Watch for yourself and decide.

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Where to watch: Crackle and The Roku Channel

Despite some fairly dated effects and a few genuinely silly plot turns, "Total Recall" remains one of Arnold Schwarzenegger's best. Come for the action, stay for the one-liners. ("Consider that a divorce.")

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Where to watch: Hoopla Digital

Without question the best vampire comedy since "Love at First Bite" (which didn't set the bar that high), this hilarious gore-fest stars "Flight of the Conchords" vet Jemaine Clement. Finally, a vampire movie that doesn't take itself so seriously (cough, "Twilight," cough).

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Where to watch: Hoopla Digital

Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet go on a cruise. (What, you were expecting more detail? It's "Titanic"!)

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Where to watch: Hoopla Digital

As my dad likes to say, "They don't make 'em like this anymore." Which is too bad, because "The Sting" is everything a movie should be: witty, clever, suspenseful and just plain fun. And, I mean, come on: Paul Newman and Robert Redford. Isn't it time you shared this classic with the kids?

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Where to watch: Tubi

Maybe you've heard of it? Kathryn Bigelow's intense story of an Iraq-war bomb squad pretty much swept the 2010 Academy Awards, with Oscars for writing, acting, directing and, oh, yeah, Best Picture.

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Where to watch: The Roku Channel and Vudu

Tom Cruise is a Nazi. A good Nazi. Or at least one trying to take down Hitler. Based on a true story, "Valkyrie" keeps you riveted even though you know (more or less) how the story ends.

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