Amazon renting '21 Jump Street,' 'Dark Knight,' others for 99 cents

A mix of new releases and old favorites, each for less than a buck. Good time to stock up on some movies for the weekend!

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Big day for Amazon. First came news of the new Amazon Instant Video app for iPad. Now, the company is offering dirt-cheap rentals on a bunch of new-release movies.

For just 99 cents, you can rent any of the following titles:

  • "21 Jump Street"
  • "Act of Valor"
  • "American Reunion"
  • "Big Miracle"
  • "Friends with Kids"
  • "Lockout"
  • "Mirror Mirror"
  • "Safe House"
  • "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows"
  • "Wanderlust"
  • "Wrath of the Titans"

Not a bad list, eh? Amazon is offering about a dozen older movies as well, also for 99 cents, including "Batman Begins," "The Dark Knight," "Empire of the Sun," and the family-friendly "Despicable Me" and "Wall-E."

Though a handful of these older titles fall under the Amazon Prime umbrella (meaning Prime members can watch them for free), most will set you back a buck. iTunes, by comparison, charges $3.99 for most of them.

The usual rental terms apply: you've got 30 days to start watching, and after you do, you've got 24-48 hours (depending on the movie) to finish.

Amazon Instant Video is compatible with a variety of streaming devices, including Roku boxes, TiVos, the Kindle Fire, and, now, the iPad. If you have one of those devices, this is a great time to score some new releases on the cheap.

Just one thing: I don't know how long Amazon plans to run this 99-cent deal. Could end today, could end in a week. My advice: rent now, before you miss out.