How to watch movies online for free — legally

How to watch movies online for free — legally

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In the modern age of the internet, there are ways to watch movies for free that are completely legal. Yes, you read that correctly. There’s no need to visit any shady sites or jump around YouTube in order to watch free movies. 

Free (and legal) movies are waiting for you only a few clicks away, and there’s a pretty easy hack to get you there. It all hinges on one crucial step: Get creative with utilizing free trials, and you’ll have hundreds of free movies right at your fingertips. 

Almost every movie streaming service offers new subscribers a free trial period to “try before you buy.” Taking a test run on a streaming service is the best way to know if it’s a good fit for you and your individual movie tastes. Of course, eventually you’ll run out of free trials, but the idea is to use these free trials to shop around so you can find the streaming service that you truly love — and don’t mind paying for. Read more…

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‘Dumbo’ is too gosh darn cute, and that’s (somehow) a complaint

‘Dumbo’ is too gosh darn cute, and that’s (somehow) a complaint

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Dumbo‘s problem isn’t really that the animal is too cute. But that’s part of it.

For starters, it undermines the initial premise of the movie, which is that Dumbo would be ostracized by humans as a hideous freak instead of worshipped as the most adorable creature ever to exist. And at a circus, no less — a place people go specifically to see things that are weird in a fun way. 

The larger issue, though, is that Dumbo’s adorableness floods the movie with sentiment that feels largely unearned. 

It is impossible not to feel moved when Dumbo whimpers for his mother or snuggles up to his favorite humans. In the context of a movie that does little else to elicit genuine emotional response, however, it’s also difficult not to notice how calculated these moments feel.  Read more…

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4 ways of understanding Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’

4 ways of understanding Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’

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Warning: Major spoilers for Jordan Peele’s Us ahead. 

After seeing Us, Jordan Peele’s follow up to Get Out, you immediately understand why Rorschach test imagery was used so prominently in its marketing.

Like the famous psychological ink blot test, Us is a movie that invites you to make your own meaning out of its evocative imagery and themes — acting like a reflection of your own thoughts. The short answer to the question, “What does Us mean?” is, essentially, “What does it mean to you?”

The longer answer is that it can mean a whole lot of different things to different people. And that’s where this article comes in. Although it’d be impossible to “explain” exactly what Us is trying to say — and although that ambiguity is one of its greatest accomplishments — we do have some theories about what it all means. Read more…

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‘Rogue One’ writer reveals the film could have ended with a wedding

‘Rogue One’ writer reveals the film could have ended with a wedding

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story took a turbulent journey from page to screen, but we never realized how different things could have been. Screenwriter Chris Weitz revealed that before he joined the project, the story had a happy ending.

“The version prior to [my involvement] didn’t have everyone die. As a matter of fact, it ended with a wedding,” Weitz told CultPopture. “I think it was on the presumption that Disney wouldn’t allow characters to die with such abandon.”

More than two years after the film’s release, this is almost impossible to imagineRogue One ending with a joyful wedding???

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Delightful image of Tom Hanks as Mr. Rogers will make you tear up

Delightful image of Tom Hanks as Mr. Rogers will make you tear up

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Here to make you cry in public is another photo of Tom Hanks as Mr. Rogers in the upcoming film A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. 

The image, released today by Sony Pictures in honor of what would have been Fred Rogers’ 91st birthday, depicts Hanks in his full Rogers attire, tossing a dress shoe in the air. 

Fans of the original series will remember this as Rogers’ classic changing into sneakers bit, a moment that accompanied Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood‘s opening theme song.

Directed by Marielle Heller (Can You Ever Forgive Me?), A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood tells the story of the real-life friendship between Rogers and journalist Tom Junod — played in the film by The Americans star Matthew Rhys. Read more…

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Quentin Tarantino returns with nostalgic ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ trailer

Quentin Tarantino returns with nostalgic ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ trailer

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Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt team up in the trailer for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino’s latest film about the industry’s “golden era.”

DiCaprio plays Rick Dalton, a TV actor trying to stay relevant, while Pitt plays his aloof stuntman Cliff. The trailer is all candy-colored ’60s nostalgia with barely a glimpse of the rest of the star-studded cast, which includes Al Pacino, Kurt Russell, Timothy Olyphant, Dakota Fanning – and the late Luke Perry. We  do see Margot Robbie as real-life actress Sharon Tate, who was murdered the year this movie takes place. Read more…

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A new limited MoviePass offer comes close to the tantalizing original plan

A new limited MoviePass offer comes close to the tantalizing original plan

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MoviePass isn’t done yet!

The company continues to try and win over new customers, this time with a new plan that comes close to the monthly unlimited which first got it so much attention. MoviePass Uncapped will offer users more movies than any current plan for the limited-time price of $9.95/month.

The promotional price is only available with a 12-month commitment – 2017’s shocking Unlimited plan cost the same with a guaranteed fixed price for the first year, but no required commitment. Tickets can be reserved up to three hours before a screening and and users can once again see one MoviePass movie per day.  Read more…

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