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Save some money with movie deals

Seen any good movies lately? Rather than mortgaging your house for a trip to the theater or paying a bundle subscribing to HBO, catch movies for free or cheap this week.

Here’s how:

Stream movies for free. Before you see the long-awaited horror remake of “Evil Dead” in theaters, catch the cult classic 1981 original “The Evil Dead” for free on

Or if you missed “Fela!” the musical at Shea’s, check out the 1985 documentary “Fela Kuti: Music is the Weapon” about the Nigerian activist, which features his incredible Afrobeat music.

For an expanded library of titles, you can subscribe to HuluPlus for $7.99 a month. Sign up for a free, one-week trial at

Over at, you can find the artsy German crime thriller “Run Lola Run” and the before-Gary-Busey-was-crazy classic “The Buddy Holly Story.”

Netflix just added the Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck classic, “Roman Holiday,” and “The Hunger Games,” based on the Suzanne Collins novels.

If you don’t have a membership, you might consider joining for $7.99 a month at

Brick-and-mortar rental store Family Video lends all its children’s DVDs for free (except for new releases). That includes our daughter’s favorite, “Coraline,” a stop-motion film adaptation based on a novella by Neil Gaiman.

The public library is a great place to borrow free DVDs. There is often a long waiting list for new releases (the list is shorter for Blu-Ray discs), but Niagara and Erie county libraries are well stocked with classics. Try one of my favorites, “True Romance,” starring Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette. It’s a romantic crime thriller written by Quentin Tarantino about an odd couple being pursued by the mob.

Starting Tuesday, Redbox kiosks will begin stocking “Hitchcock,” based on the legendary filmmaker and starring Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren. Four-time Oscar winner “Life of Pi” hits Redbox the same day. All movies are $1.20.

Remember discount theaters to catch the big Oscar-nominated movies on the big screen. Movieland 8 on Thruway Plaza Drive in Cheektowaga is now showing academy favorites “Life of Pi,” “Lincoln,” “Argo” and “Zero Dark Thirty.” Tickets are $4 for all shows every day except Wednesday and Friday, when tickets are just $2. Or you can opt for its $6 “big deal” any day of the week which includes a movie ticket, a small popcorn and a drink. Call 895-3409 for show times.

At Four Seasons Cinema, 2429 Military Road in the Town of Niagara, you can catch Best Actress Jennifer Lawrence in “Silver Linings Playbook” for just $5 or $3 on Tuesday. Call 297-1951 for show times.

Both theaters accept cash only.

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