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My Picks: 3 movies you might have missed at the box office

My Picks: 3 movies you might have missed at the box office
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How many times have you spent good money on not-so-good movies? Whether you brought your whole family to the movie theater, rented DVDs, or paid to watch a movie on your TV set, you've spent good money on lots of clunkers.

That's OK. Sometimes, the best part of seeing a movie is telling your family and friends how terrible it was.

The flip side of that though is this: How many great movies have you missed? Maybe you decided to pass on a movie you later heard was terrific. Or maybe you meant to go see a movie but real life got in the way, as it does.

One of the best things about Netflix, Amazon Instant Video and other on-demand TV networks is that you can click a couple of buttons on your remote control and, suddenly, you're catching up on movies that got away.

The following three movies fall into that "got away" category. Kim Komando recently watched them and thought you'd enjoy them. Note: If you do, keep reading to find out how to tell your family and friends about them.

1. The Family Fang

Where to stream it Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, YouTube, more. (From $6.99.)

Overview: Starring Nicole Kidman and Jason Bateman (photo above); from Red Crowns Productions

Everyone's family is quirky, right? But yours is nothing like the Fangs. They're performance artists who dragged their young children into their art and their crazy practical jokes.

The movie, based on the Kevin Wilson novel and directed by Jason Bateman, is a comedy with dramatic undertones. Those kids are now adults played by Bateman and Nicole Kidman in one of her best performances so far, which is saying a lot.

They can appreciate their parents (Christopher Walken and Maryann Plunkett), even though their unconventional lives left scars.

When their parents go missing, the grown kids are reunited and relive their childhoods. But what they're really trying to figure out is: Are their parents really missing or is their disappearance performance art?

Mini-Review: "Funny, touching and vital." (Rolling Stone.)

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