Free iTunes Movie Rentals from Apple

In honor of the Black Lives Matter movement sweeping the country, Apple has been offering a selection of free iTunes movie rentals. Here is an incomplete list of the movies.

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Glory

Glory - Free iTunes Movie Rental

Drama – 1989

Tomatometer – 93%

Starring Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman. Director Edward Zwick.

Considered one of the classics by many, Glory tells the epic story of the first black regiment to fight for the north in the civil war.

Ali

Ali - Free iTunes Movie Rental

Drama – 2001

Tomatometer – 68%

Starring Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, Jon Voight. Director Michael Mann.

Will Smith plays Muhammad Ali “The Greatest”. 

Antwone Fisher

Antwone Fisher - Free iTunes Movie Rental

Drama – 2002

Tomatometer – 79%

Starring Derek Luke, Joby Bryant, Denzel Washington. Director Denzel Washington.

Denzel Washington’s directorial debut tells the true-life-inspired story of Antwone Fisher, a troubled sailor who embarks on a remarkable journey to confront his painful past and connect with the family he never knew.

Monsters and Men

Monsters and Men - Free iTunes Movie Rental

Drama – 2018

Tomatometer – 86%

Starring John David Washington, Anthony Ramos, Kelvin Harrison Jr. Director Reinaldo Marcus Green.

A young father witnesses the police shooting of an unarmed black man and what ensues. 

Selma

Selma - Free iTunes Movie Rental

Drama – 2015

Tomatometer – 99%

Starring David Oyelowo, Tom Wilkinson, Carmen Ejogo. Director Ava DuVernay.

Nominated for Best Picture and winning Best Original Song (Glory) at the 87th Academy Award, Selma tells the story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic struggle to secure voting rights for African-Americans, culminated in the historic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama that helped brought forth the Voting Rights Act in 1965.

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Skip When Shuffling

You might not know this, but if you have a large iTunes library, you’ll have items that should be skipped when shuffling. These items can be voice memos, songs with explicit lyrics, or music intended only for certain occasions, workout music for the gym, for example.

I recently bought Chris Rock’s “Bigger & Blacker”. This is Rock’s 1999 HBO comedy special and it was on sale for $4.99 on iTunes. One of the tracks on the album is called “Nerd & Fly Girl”, and it depicts exactly what you think.

 

When I’m at work I have the habit of playing my music library on my iPhone using shuffle mode over a Bluetooth speaker. Now imagine the sort of trouble I’ll be in if “Nerd & Fly Girl” blared out all of a sudden. People will pour over my desk and ask me what I was watching and where to download it. I’ll tell them it’s just a track from a comedy album while not making eye contact. They’ll be disappointed and hate me. I’ll feel bad because I don’t like disappointing people. The whole thing will be a nightmare.

Fortunately, Apple does allow the option to skip certain items when you shuffle your music, but you can only do it in the Music app on a Mac (iTunes on PC). The setting is called “Skip when shuffling”.

In the Music app, click on the three dots and select Get Info on the song or album, go to Options, make sure Skip when shuffling is checked for playback, and then hit OK.

Finally, remember to sync your iPhone so that the setting is transferred over there.

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