3 great free movies you should stream this weekend (May 24-26)

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Are you ready to return to the Wasteland? This weekend marks the arrival of Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga, George Miller’s next entry into the iconic franchise. Furiosa is a prequel set years before Mad Max: Fury Road, with Anya-Taylor Joy playing a young Imperator Furiosa. If you have kids, two movies to consider seeing this weekend are Garfield, the animated adventure starring Chris Pratt as the titular cat, and IF, John Krasinski’s family-friendly tale about imaginary friends.

If you plan to stay inside this weekend, sign up for a FAST service and watch movies for free. All you have to do is sign up, watch a few ads, and then you’re free to stream a movie of your choice. Below, we have curated a list of three great movies that won’t cost you a penny to watch. Our selections include an era-defining film of the 1960s, an underrated satire from 2016, and a heartfelt comedy from the 1990s.

Cool Hand Luke (1967)

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“What we’ve got here is failure to communicate.” That iconic phrase from Cool Hand Luke cemented Paul Newman’s Luke as one of the leading antiheroes of the era. Directed by Stuart Rosenberg, Cool Hand Luke stars Newman as Luke Jackson, a war veteran sentenced to two years in a Florida prison farm for destroying several parking meters. Despite the strict orders from the warden (Strother Martin), Luke immediately establishes himself as an outlaw who doesn’t follow the rules.

Luke’s rebellious antics lead to numerous trips to solitary confinement. However, his undying spirit and positivity win the respect of his fellow prisoners, including the lead inmate, Dragline (George Kennedy). A man can only take so much punishment before he breaks. Yet, Luke’s threshold for pain is unmeasurable, turning him into a folk hero within the prison. With his dashing good looks and award-winning smile, Newman lights up the screen as Luke becomes one of the actor’s defining roles.

Stream Cool Hand Luke for free on Tubi.

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016)

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If This Is Spinal Tap is the captain of music mockumentaries, then Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping is one of the first lieutenants. The hilarious comedy stems from the minds of Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone, and Andy Samberg, better known as The Lonely Island. Conner Friel (Samberg) is a music prodigy and member of the Style Boyz, a rap group consisting of Conner and his two childhood friends, Lawrence Dunn (Schaffer) and Owen Bouchard (Taccone). Conner eventually leaves the band to start a solo career under a new name, “Conner 4 Real.”

Conner’s first album makes him a star, but his second album torpedoes his fame. Desperate to rebound, Conner must rehab his image to stay in the limelight. From the songs (Equal Rights is brilliant) and clothing to the pandering and cameos from real artists, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping is a brilliant satire of the music industry packed with a bevy of laughs and dumb jokes.

Stream Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping for free on Pluto TV.

Swingers (1996)

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If you’ve never seen Swingers, rest assured it is not about open marriages. The film is a nod to the swing music revival of the 1990s. Before directing Iron Man, Jon Favreau wrote the script for and starred in Swingers, his breakout role up to that point. Mike Peters (Favreau) is a struggling comedian who moved from New York to Los Angeles searching for his big break. Yet, Mike has found neither. He also hasn’t gotten over his ex-girlfriend Michelle (Nicole LaLoggia), who broke up with him six months prior.

In a time of need, Mike turns to aspiring actor “Double Down” Trent (Vince Vaughn), his charismatic and smooth-talking friend, who helps him get back on the horse and talk to women. Directed by Doug Liman, Swingers is a fun, witty movie, featuring great depictions of male friendships and relationships. Just remember that you’re so money, baby. 

Stream Swingers for free on Pluto TV.