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December 30, 2021 | Lea Wentworth

FREE HOOPLA MOVIES A LA MATT

It’s cold and rainy, and all you want to do is watch a movie. But, oh no…the library is closed for New Years and you forgot to pick up some movies! Never fear. Just take a look at Hoopla. 

If you’re like most of us, you primarily use your Hoopla account for e-books and e-audiobooks. But have you checked out their movie selection lately? Hoopla’s streaming movie selection keeps getting better and better. You can even download movies ahead of time to watch offline later.   

To get you started, here are some free-to-stream movies on Hoopla, hand-picked by library employee Matt Jaeger: Action, Classics, Comedy, Docs, Drama, Family, Horror, Offbeat Indie, Sci-Fi, Thriller, Westerns, and even a special trio of Swedish Films! 

Action/Adventure 

Lost City of Z – Based on real-life explorer Percy Fawcett’s journey into the Amazon. (Charlie Hunnam) 

The Terminator – A cyborg is sent from the future to stop a hero. (Arnold Schwarzenegger)  

White Squall – Based on the true story of a school ship that encounters a freak storm. (Jeff Bridges) 

Classics 

Charade – A woman is chased for a fortune they think her husband took. (Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn) 

Some Like It Hot – Two men masquerade as women to elude mobsters. (Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon) 

African Queen – Mismatched strangers join forces to take on a German gunboat. (Bogart, K. Hepburn) 

Comedy 

Moonstruck – Oscar-winning comedy a woman who falls for her fiancé’s brother. (Cher) 

Raising Arizona – A childless couple kidnap one baby from a set of quintuplets. (Nicholas Cage) 

What We Do in the Shadows – Mockumentary about daily life for New Zealand vampires. (Taika Waititi) 

Documentaries 

Amy – Moving portrait of the life and death of singer Amy Winehouse.  

Blackfish – An exploration of orca captivity told through the story of Tilikum, a notorious killer whale. 

I Am Big Bird – Portrait of Caroll Spinney, the puppeteer behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch.  

Drama 

Fearless – Two survivors of a plane crash must learn to reconnect society. (Jeff Bridges, Rosie Perez) 

Glengarry Glen Ross – Things heat up as New York real estate salesmen vie for their jobs. (Al Pacino) 

Moonlight – The epic journey to manhood for a young black man in Miami. (Mahershala Ali) 

Family 

The Neverending Story – A book transports a boy to a fantasy world. (Noah Hathaway) 

The Secret of Roan Inish – Beautiful Irish film about selkies – magical seals of folklore. (Jeni Courtney)  

Simon Birch – Simon is the smallest kid in town but has the biggest destiny. (Ian Michael Smith) 

Horror 

Halloween – 1978 classic about escaped mental patient, Michael Myers. (Jamie Lee Curtis) 

The Host – Comedy/horror Korean film about a river monster from director of Parasite. (Bong Joon-ho) 

House on Haunted Hill – Five people agree to stay in a haunted house for cash. (Geoffrey Rush) 

Offbeat Indie 

The Lobster – A man has 45 days to fall in love or he’ll be turned into a lobster. (Colin Farrell) 

The Man Who Killed Hitler and then The Bigfoot – Description in title. (Sam Elliott) 

Hunt for the Wilderpeople – A kid on the lam with his foster uncle in the New Zealand bush. (Sam Neill) 

Sci Fi & Fantasy 

Hellboy – A demon becomes an unlikely champion for good. (Ron Perlman) 

Ex Machina – A young programmer encounters a dangerous and beautiful robot. (Oscar Isaac) 

Midnight Special – A father goes on the run to protect his son with superpowers. (Micahel Shannon) 

Suspense/Thriller 

Room – A kidnapped mother and son making a daring escape. (Brie Larson) 

The Illusionist – A magician uses magic to win back the love of his life. (Edward Norton) 

The Firm – A young lawyer uncovers a dangerous web of corruption and murder. (Tom Cruise) 

Swedish 

Let the Right One In – Swedish horror film about a coming-of-age vampire. (Kare Hedebrant) 

A Man Called Ove – Based on the best-selling novel about a grumpy retiree and his new friends. (Holm) 

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo – The first in the series about hacker Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) 

Westerns 

The Great Train Robbery – Based on a true story about a Victorian-era gold heist. (Sean Connery) 

Hidalgo – A famed horseman enters his mustang in a grueling desert race (Viggo Mortensen)  

Slow West – A bounty hunter guides a naïve boy across frontier Colorado (Michael Fassbender)