Archive for New Releases

Wish I Was Here: After a much-hyped – and criticized – Kickstarter campaign, Zach Braff is back with his follow-up to Garden State, which looks moving and more than a little weird.

Enjoy Braff’s unique charm here: The Last Kiss, Scrubs

Gone Girl: Ben Affleck stars in this gripping drama from director David Fincher, an adaptation of the bestselling book of the same name.

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Affleck’s been killing it lately in dramas like these: Argo, The Town

How To Train Your Dragon 2: This new trailer plays up the action as Hiccup and his friends uncover a whole new batch of dragons. But danger, of course, isn’t far behind.

Get more animated adventures right here: How To Train Your Dragon, Kung Fu Panda

A Most Wanted Man: The late Philip Seymour Hoffman is a German spy in this gripping drama about intelligence gathering and the attempt to stop a bomb from going off.

You’ll find plenty of intrigue in these other dramas: Spy Game, The Hunt for Red October

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We’re really excited for this week’s new release recap. Why, do you ask? Now on the Video Unlimited service, you can watch the melodrama Labor Day, the horror flick Devil’s Due and the action-drama 24: Live Another Day | Season 1. See the full list of new releases below!

Labor Day:  From Academy Award-nominated director Jason Reitman (Up in the Air, Juno) comes this second chance love story. Frank Chambers (Josh Broslin) takes the reclusive mother Adele (Kate Winslet) ‘hostage’ in her home and becomes entangled in her life, as well as that of her son.

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An emotional roller-coaster and romantic melodrama that will have you rooting for unlikely lovers, as you get increasingly involved in their lives.

Devil’s Due: If you’re in the mood for a horror flick, then this Rosemary’s Baby homage may be exactly what you’re looking for.

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Zach and Samantha McCall come home from their honeymoon and find themselves faced with an unexpected pregnancy. Zach begins to notice that his wife’s odd behavior is something more than nerves. There’s something dark and sinister going on in her mind and body.

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This week’s new release recap offers an eclectic mix films, including a documentary, horror flick and animated series. Get the chills with Lizzie Borden Took An Ax, go nuts with The Nut Job and get the scoop on the rise of our favorite boy band in One Direction: Clevver’s Ultimate Fan Guide.

See the full list of new releases below!

Lizzie Borden Took An Ax: You’ve probably heard the popular (and incredibly creepy) children’s rhyme of the same name, based on one of the last century’s most infamous crimes. Christina Ricci stars in this gripping tale of a schoolteacher on a trial that grabbed the hearts of the nation.

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Buckle up with Kevin Hart and Ice Cube for the ride of a lifetime in the action-packed comedy Ride Along, directed by Tim Story (“Think Like a Man”). The film adds a fresh twist to the buddy cop movie with its hilarious plot and a cast that delivers plenty of laughs.

Former high school security guard Ben (Kevin Hart), joins his girlfriend’s hot-tempered and intimidating brother James (Ice Cube) in a ride-along to patrol the streets of Atlanta. If Ben survives the test, he might just convince James that he’s worthy of his sister’s hand. Will he succeed? Find out by watching the film, now on the PlayStation store.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The heroes in half-shells are back. This brief teaser promises lots of turtle action along with a healthy dose of the humor that made them so popular on TV and the silver screen many years ago.

Embrace Turtle Power today with the 1980s cartoon series and the 1990 live action feature film.

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In this week’s New Release Recap, explore Walter Mitty’s daydreams in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, take part in a dangerous Ride Along (with bonus gag reel) or question your relationships in Friends with Better Lives | Season 1. See the full list of new releases below!

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty: We all have those moments when we consider a life where the grass is always greener. Well, Walter Mitty takes his daydreams one step further in this charming adventure about an ordinary man who starts to question the status quo.

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Ben Stiller stars and directs in James Thurber’s classic story about how one man won’t accept an ordinary life and decides he wants an extraordinary adventure. With SNL star Kristen Wiig co-starring, this is one you don’t want to miss.

Ride Along (with Bonus Gag Reel): Ice Cube is back and better than ever in this action-packed comedy. Don’t forget to stay tuned after the credits for a hilarious gag reel.

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High school security guard Ben (Kevin Hart) joins the police academy in an attempt to convince hot-tempered (and massively intimidating) detective James (Ice Cube) that he is worthy of James’ sister. James puts him to a test: survive a ride-along and Ben just might deserve his future bride.

Friends with Better Lives | Season 1: Brooklyn Decker and James Van Der Beek star in this romantic comedy about a group of thirty-something friends who are questioning their own life choices and wondering if the others are better off.

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These friends are all at different stages – some married, divorced, newly engaged or in new relationships. Andi and Bobby are happily married with kids; the newly single Will is living it up as a bachelor, but secretly misses his ex-wife; Jules and Lowell are deeply invested in their relationship; and Kate is enjoying her successful career but wonders if she’s missing out on a better relationship.

Bleach | Season 24 Returns!: Get ready for the next installment in the anime series based on the Japanese comic of the same name, written by Tite Kubo.

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The Kageroza’s Reigai imposters attempt to take control of the Soul Society and it turns out that they are just as powerful as their Soul Reaper originals. Can Ichigo and the others train Nozomi in time to defeat the Kageroza?

Insidious: Chapter 2: Get ready to feel the chills in our 99 cent rental of the week! James Wan and Leigh Whannell join together to produce this creepy follow-up to their supernatural horror film. In fact, the film was so successful that it was made into a maze for 2013’s annual Halloween Horror Nights.

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This sequel follows the haunted Lambert family as they search for a mysterious childhood secret that has left them disconnected from the real world and dangerously connected to the spirit world.

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We’re really excited for our New Release recap this week. We have a mixture of action-adventure, fantasy and supernatural horror – there’s something for everyone! Now available on the Video Unlimited service are The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones and our 99 cent rental of the week, Man of Steel. See the full list below!

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: We’ve all seen the Lord of the Rings series, like, a million times, so we’re amped for the second chapter of his Hobbit trilogy. More dwarf action – including an amazing choreographed barrel escape down a raging river – and the addition of Benedict Cumberbatch as the voice of Smaug, the treasure-hoarding dragon make this one you can’t miss.

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Our favorite hobbit, Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), finds himself on an epic journey to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Tolkien’s timeless story comes to life like never before in this dramatic prequel.

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We’re really excited for this week’s New Release Recap! Why, do you ask? Well, some of our favorite recent titles are now available on the Video Unlimited service – the Oscar-nominated The Wolf of Wall Street, the crowd-funded Veronica Mars film and our 99 cent rental of the week, Fast and Furious 6!

The Wolf of Wall Street: Leonardo DiCaprio steals our hearts – though he couldn’t snag an Oscar, unfortunately – in this outrageously comedic drama directed by the famous Martin Scorsese.

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Debuting  in 2004, Veronica Mars racked up a huge fan base who tuned in weekly for new adventures from a budding amateur detective who wouldn’t take “No” for an answer and who was determined to uncover the truth behind every curtain. Starring Kristen Bell in the title role, Veronica faced one mystery after another in her hometown of Neptune until the show was canceled in 2007.

Luckily, Marshmallows didn’t take no for an answer! Last year they put together a Kickstarter campaign to fund a Veronica Mars film from creator Rob Thomas and starring the show’s original cast. Thanks to these dedicated fans, you can now watch the movie and original series on the Video Unlimited service!

To prep for the movie, it’s time to look back at the show that we all fell in love with – especially the intricate mysteries and in-depth character developments. In Neptune, California, the determined and intelligent Veronica Mars (Kristen Bell) balances two contrasting lives; she splits her time between being a private investigator and high school – and later  college – student. How does she get it all done?

Meanwhile, in the Veronica Mars movie, our heroine’s sleuthing days are behind her and she’s interviewing for law firm jobs. However, she can’t leave her past behind. She’s drawn back to Neptune to help her ex-boyfriend Logan after he’s accused of murder. But will her past catch up to her and impact the life she’s trying to begin in New York?

Get up to speed on both the movie and the series on the Video Unlimited service!

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TheHungerGamesCatchingFireFacebookIt was a battle between arrow and hammer for this week’s most popular movie on the Video Unlimited service. Who prevailed? Katniss Everdeen, played by Jennifer Lawrence, hit the bullseye, helping the second installment of The Hunger Games series top Thor: The Dark World.

Other notable films include Spike Lee’s remake of Park Chan-wook’s 2003 South Korean cult film Oldboy, crime thriller Homefront and Gravity, which recently expanded its award collection at the Oscars®.

Here’s this week’s #VUTop10 in its entirety:

  1. Dallas Buyers Club
  2. Frozen
  3. Escape Plan
  4. Oldboy (2013)
  5. Homefront
  6. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  7. Gravity
  8. 12 Years a Slave
  9. Thor: The Dark World
  10. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (plus Bonus Features)

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