Streaming Picks

If you're trying to teach your kids how to watch movies well this weekend, you might check out Free Birds, now on Netflix. And then discuss its themes with them: read our review of the cartoon here.

Love Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson? Can't get enough of Michael Bay, even after the latest Transformers? See the two bad boys team up in the action-packed film Pain & Gain. We were bullish on it when it came out, but sometimes you're just in the mood. Read our thoughts on the Michael Bay-directed movie here.

If you're looking for an educational, history-filled flick, check out PBS's Secrets of Henry VIII's Palace. Netflix has just started streaming the piece that reveals secrets of the 500 year-old palace, as well as more on the King himself.

Robin Williams fans can re-watch the classic favorite Hook. The live-action Peter Pan film is now streaming free for Hulu Plus members.

Critics Roundup

Zach Braff is best known for his role on Scrubs, but true fans know him for his directorial debut of the cult classic Garden State. Braff is back this week with another film he's starring in and directing—funded by a Kickstarter campaign— called Wish I Was Here. PluggedIn's Bob Hoose had good things to say about the film. An important lesson learned in the film is that "sometimes it's the most difficult moments—such as the passing of Aidan's father—that lead to the most personal growth and steps taken in positive directions." In his look, The New York Times' Stephen Holden focused the film's technical aspects, noting that Braff is "a professed devotee of Woody Allen, and . . . he has aimed for the ...

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