Drama… So much drama. But all of it is oh so good. Acclaimed film 12 Years a Slave, the epic Season 3 of Game of Thrones and lots more fill this week’s New Release Recap.
12 Years A Slave: Don’t take our word for it, take the Golden Globes and Oscar nominations this film has under its belt as the proof. Not only is it one of the (or arguably THE) most gripping and powerful films of the year, it’s packed with one heck of an all-star cast, including: Benedict Cumberbatch, Brad Pitt, Paul Dano and more.
From acclaimed director Steve McQueen (Shame, Hunger) comes this moving film based on a true story. In the pre-Civil War United States, free citizen Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) is abducted and sold into slavery. Through years living as a slave to a vicious plantation owner (Michael Fassbender), Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. It’s only after a chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist that he finds hope to change his life.
A few necessities for a great Oscar party:
- Great snacks. If you want to get fancy and create dishes inspired by the movies, well, we can’t stop you.
- Plenty of seating. All your friends aren’t going to fit on that one futon in your living room, dude.
- That you’ve seen at least some of the nominated movies. This one we can help you with.
To help get you ready for the Oscars we’re offering you great deal: For every $20 you spend on movies or TV shows in the PlayStation Store, we’ll give you $5 in SEN wallet cash back*.
So when you buy or rent movies like Captain Phillips, 12 Years a Slave, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and others you will earn SEN Wallet Cash you can use later on to catch American Hustle, The Wolf of Wall Street and others when they hit PlayStation Store in the coming months.
The best news? There’s no limit to what you can earn. Anytime you spend $20 between now and March 10, 2014 you’ll earn another $5. Vouchers with your total credit will be delivered by March 19th and must be used by March 31st, 2014.
Visit Sony.com/Oscars for more details. Now get back to getting ready for the Academy Awards on March 2nd to see who will win their little statue this year!
*United States and Canada only
This week’s Staff Pick of the Week, Wadjda is a groundbreaking film that not only the first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia it’s also first feature-length film made by a female Saudi director Haifaa Al-Mansour.
Wadjda is an inspiring and touching story about a fun loving 10-year-old girl who has her mind set on a beautiful green bicycle. Now she doesn’t want the bike just to cruise around the neighborhood. The access to wheels will give her the ability to beat her friend Abdullah in a race. Even without the blessing of her mother, who sees bicycles as a danger to a girl’s virtue, Wadjda looks to win a school competition to earn the money to make the purchase. Will she do it? You only can find out by watching the film. Check it out now on the PlayStation store today!
What do you get when you pair up two legendary action heroes with a renowned rapper? You get this week’s most popular movie on the Video Unlimited service, Escape Plan, featuring Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and 50 Cent. After a few swings of the mighty hammer Thor: The Dark World climbed its way to the number two spot, eluding the magical trickery of Now You See Me.
Still on a quest to watch all the movies in the running for this year’s Best Picture at the Academy Awards? Don’t forget to watch Dallas Buyers Club, starring the ever-popular Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner.
Here’s this week’s #VUTop10 in its entirety:
- Captain Phillips
- Justice League: War
- Last Vegas (2013)
- Dallas Buyers Club
- Ender’s Game
- Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (Extended)
- Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
- Now You See Me
- Thor: The Dark World
- Escape Plan
Odd Thomas: Anton Yelchin is a supernatural investigator who finds himself needing to save his town from the forces of evil.
These movies keep the bogeymen at bay: Constantine, Hellboy
Planes: Fire & Rescue: Last year’s family hit gets a quick sequel that has Dusty trying to join a fire-fighting team.
This week’s Staff Pick, The Armstrong Lie, tells the story of cycling legend Lance Armstrong’s improbable rise to greatness and ultimate fall from grace. Told through the eyes of award winning director Alex Gibney, who covered his fairytale comeback in 2009, this documentary tells the real story about arguably the biggest deception saga’s in the history sports.
Hop on and get ready for an informative ride that has its twist and turns but sheds truth on the back end of Armstrong’s storied career.
Tagged: Armstrongs Lies
There’s lots of action and drama in this week’s New Release Recap. Sandra Bullock and George Clooney share some ‘quality time’ in the Academy Award nominated Gravity, French kicker of butt Jean Reno returns to the big screen as an ex-mobster out for vengeance in 22 Bullets, plus lots more!
Gravity: Tina Fey said during the Golden Globes, “George Clooney would rather float away in space and die than spend one more minute with a woman his own age.” We’re not sure if that’s really true, but George Clooney does spend some serious quality time with Sandra Bullock in the dark silence of deep space.
Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is a brilliant engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski (George Clooney). Disaster strikes, leaving their shuttle is destroyed and Stone and Kowalski completely alone – tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness.
Take a deep breath! You’ve almost made it through the rough 71-day hiatus of The Walking Dead. Thankfully this Sunday, February 10th Rick, Daryl, Michonne and the rest of the crew will be back at it looking for a new place to call home and you can watch the new episode a day after it airs on the PlayStation Store.
To help you through the last 48 hours of walker-free TV we put together a list of the top 10 episodes to date.
- Days Gone Bye (S1 E1) – Come on! We can’t leave out the first episode. It set up the entire series, introduced us to Rick and showed us a world that was very different than the one he fell asleep to.
- This Sorrowful Life (S3 E15) – If you like cars with tons of horse power and playing Motörhead as loud as possible this episode is for you. All in all Merle was a bad dude but he gets back in good grace with his last/only act of kindness.
- Save the Last One (S2 E3) – Otis finds out the hard way that Shane is not a team player when Carl’s life is in jeopardy.
- What Lies Ahead (S2 E1) – Memo to Sophia: when Rick tells you stay put, stay put!
- Seed (S3 E1) – Home sweet home? The crew makes their way into the prison taking out walkers in epic riot gear.
- Better Angels (S2 E12) – There goes that love triangle. The inevitable showdown between Rick and Shane takes place. Rick prevails and Shane joins the hordes of walkers headed straight for the farm.
- TS-19 (S1 E6) – It’s official! The C.D.C. is not the solution to the outbreak. As the self-destruct countdown ticks away the crew learns how the infection works.
- Killer Within (S3 E4) – Next to the barn scene with Sophia, Carl’s final exchange with his mom (Lori) goes down as one of the most powerful moments of the series.
- Welcome to the Tombs (S3 E16) – If the aquarium full of live walker heads didn’t scream out the Governor is crazy, then his Tony Montana-like actions on the citizen of Woodbury will truly tip you off. Oh…we also say au revoir to Andrea.
- Pretty Much Dead Already (S2 E7) – After six episodes of playing “Where’s Sophia” the crew finds out she was under their noses the entire time.
Tagged: The Walking Dead, The Walking Dead Season 4
Valentine’s Day is once again right around the calendar corner, and this year (to make it even more difficult) it lands on a Friday. If spending the evening in a crowded restaurant and/or theater doesn’t sound like the most romantic of plans then we may be able to help.
Forget the overpriced prix fixe menus, get out that apron and whip up a meal in the sound controlled comfort of your own home, and snuggle up for a killer movie. Depending on your mood and tastes we’ve got “jump off the couch in terror” horror films and “OMG they’re so cute together” romantic comedies. Flip a coin, watch two, or maybe three! Or perhaps, it’s time for a singles night? Simply make some delicious hors d’oeuvres with your friends and pick an amazing flick to enjoy.
Either way the Video Unlimited service has got you covered. To make it all even easier we’re doing some movie-recipe pairing for you. Try it yourself and pick from list of popular titles during our Valentine’s Day Sale from now until February 17th, 2014.
A Million Ways to Die in the West: Seth MacFarlane moves from talking teddy bears to taking on the Old West in this raunchy comedy.
Watch more MacFarlane: Ted, Family Guy
The Rover: Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson navigate a post-apocalyptic world.