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No Netflix? No problem; 5 Sunday afternoon movies on TV

Posted by Emily Wright  February 21, 2014 12:10 PM

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If you haven't bought into the Netflix craze (and are sick of hearing about "House of Cards"), we feel for you.

We did some digging to figure out what kinds of movies are on TV on Sunday afternoon for you to lay back and enjoy before the new episode of "The Walking Dead" on AMC at 9 p.m.

Here's a little bit of something for everyone:

The family-friendly pick: 'Cars 2,' ABC Family, 3:00 p.m.

Mater (Larry the Cable Guy), Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson), and Finn McMissile (Michael Caine) star in this 2011 follow-up to "Cars," following the autos overseas where they compete in a Grand Prix. That's not the only adventure that Mater gets wrapped up in, though. Where does international espionage fit in with talking cars? Watch and find out.

The moving, novel-based pick: 'Precious,' BET, 3:30 p.m.

This Academy Award-winning film is based on the Sapphire book, "Push," follows the life of a pregnant-by-her-father teenager named Precious (Gabourey Sidibe). Precious enrolls in an alternative school where she works to better herself mentally and physically before the birth of her second child.

The '80s throwback pick: 'Mystic Pizza', WLVI, 4 p.m.

Who doesn't love a little vintage Julia Roberts? She starts in this 1988 film alongside Annabeth Gish. The pair play sisters Kat and Daisy Arujo, who along with Jojo (Lili Taylor) are employees at a pizza parlor in Mystic, Conn. that has something special about it. Throw in some boy drama, some money, and you've got yourself a recipe for a romantic comedy worth watching.

The 2000-era comedy pick: 'Hall Pass,' FX, 4:00 p.m.

What happens when a couple of men are given a break from their wives for a weekend? They get a hall pass, and according to the rules of this Owen Wilson-Jason Sudeikis film, all traditional relationship bets are off. Check out what kind of trouble the duo gets into in this Farrelly brothers flick on Sunday.

The thrill seeker pick: 'Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.' TBS, 4:15 p.m.

Before Angelina Jolie took a break from the Hollywood spotlight to settle down and work on raising a family with beau Brad Pitt, she brought video game character Lara Croft to life. In the first of the Lara Croft films, "Tomb Raider" (2001), Croft works against the clock and a bunch of bad guys as she tries to recover some powerful artifacts.

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