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A new month brings new movies and shows to your favorite streaming sites.

“Rain Man”

“Rain Man” is a movie about two brothers who go to Vegas casinos to make money. Tom Cruise plays the younger brother who meets up with his older brother (Dustin Hoffman), who has high-functioning autism. Hoffman’s character is a brilliant mathematician, and they hit the gambling world with these abilities. This film is heartwarming, has an interesting premise and paints a very well-done picture of a mental condition.

“Constantine”

Keanu Reeves plays a trench-coat-wearing demon-hunter in this often forgotten movie from DC Comics. It’s directed by the director of the “Hunger Games” movies and “I Am Legend.” It has an amazing cast, also starring Tilda Swinton, Djimon Hounsou and Shia LeBouf.

“Blade” Trilogy

The classic, action-packed and weird comic book world of the Wesley Snipes’ “Blade” trilogy is now easy to stream. The series follows a vampire slayer on his leather-clad, monster-hunting journeys. With a reboot on the way, it may be a good time to revisit these films, and the action horror of the franchise may even make it a good choice for Halloween. 

“Cloverfield”

For more monsters, watch this found footage film from director Matt Reeves. It’s a unique take on alien creature through its creative story execution and started the strange string of sequels set in the “Cloverfield” universe. 

“Saw”

In the vein of horror, Hulu just added three of the “Saw” films, which means it has the first six films of the franchise available to stream. These gore-packed stories about diabolical death traps aren’t for everyone, but it definitely is convenient for fans of the series or anyone who has been meaning to check out the cult classics. Other famous horror franchises added to Hulu include “Hellraiser” and “I Spit On Your Grave.”  

“Imposter”

For different types of spooks, check out “Imposter.” This chilling mix of documentary and dramatic recreation tells the story of an imposter who claims to be a young American boy who had been missing for years. This film documents his motives and methods of tricking the family into believing he was their long-lost son. Without spoiling the haunting revelations this movie makes, let’s just say it will keep you on the edge of your seat.

“Face/Off”

A completely different imposter story is “Face/Off,” a John Woo movie about Nicolas Cage and John Travolta switching faces to impersonate and hunt each other. Travolta plays an FBI agent who is tracking down a terrorist (Cage), and to do this, he undergoes surgery to look like him. Cage’s character does the same thing, and it causes an action-packed film with these two actors impersonating each other in this ridiculous story.

“Winter’s Bone”

For a totally different movie night, you can watch Jennifer Lawrence win an Oscar for her performance in this hard-hitting, slow-paced film about backwoods gangs and the fallout of how that affects families. This melancholic story isn’t for everyone, but is definitely something special. 

“Mousehunt”

When it comes to special, Hulu has definitely added some bizarre choices, such as “Mousehunt,” a full-feature live-action film about two men trying to hunt a mouse. If it sounds cartoonish, it’s because it very much is. It’s the first film by Gore Verbinski, the director of “Pirates of the Caribbean.” 

“Eagle Vs. Shark”

From the always wonderfully creative world of Taika Watiti, who directed “Thor: Ragnarok,” “What We Do In The Shadows” and the upcoming “Jojo Rabbit,” comes this movie that is as weird as its title. It’s a romantic comedy but one that thrives on the unique sense of humor and style that Watiti brings to his projects. 

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