Hulu may not be the powerhouse streamer that it used to be, but it still provides a lot of value for a lower price than Amazon Prime or Netflix. If you’re willing to put up with the ads or pay a little bit more, then you’ll be rewarded with a lineup of movies that rivals any other streaming service. And unlike Disney+, Hulu doesn’t have an aversion to films with an R rating.
But like the other streamers, Hulu also cycles its films in and out every month. The good news is that you still have a long holiday weekend to catch up on a few titles before they leave. To save you some time, here are the best movies leaving Hulu at the end of November.
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Absolute Power (1997)
Clint Eastwood directed and starred in Absolute Power, in which he plays a world-class thief named Luther Whitney. While pulling off an ambitious heist, Luther witnesses the President of the United States, Alan Richmond (Gene Hackman), and his involvement with the death of his mistress. When the president and the Secret Service pin the murder on Luther, he proves to be more elusive than they assumed. But how can Luther bring down the most powerful man in the country when everyone is gunning for him? Oh … he’ll find a way.
Rotten Tomatoes: 57%
Stars: Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Ed Harris
Director: Clint Eastwood
Runtime: 121 minutes
Before the first Blade movie, Wesley Snipes’ vampire hunter was largely a bit player in the Marvel Universe. But this film elevated Blade to full leading-man status while also giving him a greater emphasis on his human/vampire heritage. The Daywalker’s quest for revenge against the vampire Deacon Frost (Stephen Dorff), exposes a plot that could doom humanity. This film plays like an MCU flick several years ahead of Marvel’s movie ambitions. As both a stand-alone story and the start of a franchise, Blade still pops off the screen.
Rotten Tomatoes: 56%
Stars: Wesley Snipes, Stephen Dorff, Kris Kristofferson
Director: Nicholas Stoller
Runtime: 120 minutes
Casino Royale (2006)
Everyone knows James Bond’s name, but few knew much about the man behind the legend until Casino Royale. The reboot of the franchise introduced Daniel Craig in the title role and adapted Bond’s origin story from Ian Fleming’s original novel. On one of his first missions as a 00 agent, Bond is teamed up with Vesper Lynd (Eva Green) to take down a terrorist, Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen), while undercover in a high-stakes poker tournament. Naturally, things get dangerous very quickly, and a tragedy forges Bond into the man he is today.
Rotten Tomatoes: 95%
Stars: Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Mads Mikkelsen
Director: Martin Campbell
Runtime: 144 minutes
Demolition Man (1993)
We’re rapidly catching up with Demolition Man’s dystopian vision of life in 2032, but the city of San Angeles has yet to come together … yet. Sylvester Stallone stars as John Spartan, a police officer who is released from cryo-animation after his old adversary, Simon Phoenix (Wesley Snipes), escapes from custody. John’s fish out of water antics are quite amusing, and a young Sandra Bullock is a lot of fun as John’s new partner, Lenina Huxley. But the humor is just a bonus, and the action still holds up.
Rotten Tomatoes: 60%
Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Wesley Snipes, Sandra Bullock
Director: Marco Brambilla
Runtime: 115 minutes
Critics got it wrong with Fallen, which features Denzel Washington as Detective John Hobbes and John Goodman as his partner, Detective Jonesy. After witnessing the execution of a serial killer named Edgar Reese (Elias Koteas), Hobbes and Jonesy are drawn into the investigation of a copycat killer. However, only Hobbes comes to realize that the real threat is a literal fallen angel: Azazel. And Azazel can possess almost anyone at any given time, which forces Hobbes to take extraordinary measures to stop him.
Rotten Tomatoes: 40%
Stars: Denzel Washington, John Goodman, Donald Sutherland
Director: Gregory Hoblit
Runtime: 124 minutes
Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle (2004)
Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle is technically an accurate description of the film, but it conveys none of the insane comedy within. John Cho and Kal Penn co-star as the titular roommates, Harold Lee and Kumar Patel, respectively. While out on a munchie run for White Castle’s tasty burgers, Harold and Kumar find themselves caught up in a series of wild misadventures. They also meet Neil Patrick Harris, who plays an over-the-top version of himself. And thus, a franchise was born!
Rotten Tomatoes: 74%
Stars: John Cho, Kal Penn, Neil Patrick Harris
Director: Danny Leiner
Runtime: 88 minutes
The Hurt Locker (2009)
Director Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker won the Best Picture Oscar for its unflinching look at the U.S. military’s presence in Iraq. The focus is on an Explosive Ordnance Disposal team, including Sergeants William James (Jeremy Renner) and J. T. Sanborn (Anthony Mackie), as well as Specialist Owen Eldridge (Brian Geraghty). James and Sanborn are often at each other’s throats, But they soon find even greater dangers from private contractors, insurgents, and their own destructive tendencies.
Rotten Tomatoes: 97%
Stars: Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Runtime: 131 minutes
Outbreak seems like it was about 25 years ahead of its time with the story of a virulent virus that becomes a deadly airborne disease. Dustin Hoffman stars as Col. Sam Daniels, a medical doctor charged with halting the outbreak in its tracks. Rene Russo co-stars as Dr. Roberta “Robby” Keough, Daniels’ ex-wife, while Morgan Freeman portrays Brig. Gen. Billy Ford. Most of the tension comes in the lab, as Daniels’ team is exposed to the virus. But Maj. Gen. McClintock (Donald Sutherland) plans even more extreme actions to stop the infections. It’s a little over-the-top, but it’s the comfort food of pandemic thrillers.
Rotten Tomatoes: 60%
Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo, Morgan Freeman
Director: Wolfgang Petersen
Runtime: 128 minutes
Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (1985)
What would you do to reclaim your favorite bike? Would you go on a cross-country quest to “the Alamo’s basement” and beyond? That’s what Paul Reubens’ signature character does in Pee-wee’s Big Adventure. This film was Tim Burton’s live-action theatrical debut, and he injects it with his signature sense of whimsy. It’s a delightfully bizarre comedy that never forgets to keep us laughing along the way.
Rotten Tomatoes: 87%
Stars: Paul Reubens, E. G. Daily, Mark Holton
Director: Tim Burton
Runtime: 91 minutes
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