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For the second week in a row general Themistokles and the soldiers of 300: Rise of an Empire were able to fight off all comers to reign supreme at the top of the latest #VUTop10 ranking. This time its biggest threat came from Bad Words, a tale about a grown man, played by Jason Bateman, with the will to take down any kid who comes between him and the National Spelling Bee title.

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Newbie to the service, Snowpiercer, also made quite a splash this week. That shouldn’t come as a surprise since the sci-fi thriller is all about surviving in post-apocalyptic times.

That’s just a taste of this week’s #VUTop10. Take a look below for the full ranking.

  1. 300: Rise of an Empire
  2. Bad Words
  3. The Lego Movie
  4. Snowpiercer
  5. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  6. The Raid 2
  7. Non-Stop
  8. Lone Survivor
  9. Sabotage (2014)
  10. Robocop (2014)

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Unbroken: The true story of a man who trained as an Olympic athlete, and proved he was tougher than anyone else when he became a prisoner of war in World War II.

These other WWII true stories will inspire you too: Band of Brothers, The Pianist

Wild: Reese Witherspoon strikes out on an epic walk of spiritual awakening after her personal life falls apart.

These movies will take you into the wild: Into the Wild, 127 Hours

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If you’re looking for an escape this week, then look no further because Video Unlimited has an exciting collection of films to transport you to a different world – whether real or imagined. From the post-apocalyptic world of Appleseed: Alpha to the pre-recession bloat of a Long Island neighborhood in Affluenza, this New Release Recap has it all.

Appleseed: Alpha: This highly anticipated action-adventure prequel to the Appleseed franchise features the director Shinji Aramaki and music from Skrillex.

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Set in a post-apocalyptic world, two mercenary soldiers, Deunan and Briareos, embark on a mission to the outskirts of their war-torn city. During their quest, the missionaries encounter two citizens from the utopian city of Olympus who might have the key to help save humanity.

Noah: Academy Award winners Russell Crowe, Anthony Hopkins and Jennifer Connolly star in this stunning and action-packed film which retells a well-known Biblical story.

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An enchanting film score and breathtaking scenery, act as a backdrop to this Biblical tale. Noah is chosen by God to undertake a momentous mission: create an enormous ship to save the world’s creatures before an apocalyptic flood cleanses the Earth.

Affluenza: This film recounts the tale of the bloated and unfulfilled feeling of trying to keep up with the Joneses.

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Set in pre-recession suburbia, the aspiring photographer Fisher Miller (Ben Rosenfield) finds an escape from his middle-class life by moving to a wealthy Long Island neighborhood in an attempt to brush shoulders with the young, beautiful elite. He soon realizes that his entitled reality is spinning out of control.

Snowpiercer: This sci-fi thriller tells the tale of a post-apocalyptic world where a failed global-warming experiment kills off most of the planet.

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Humanity’s last survivors board a globe-spanning supertrain, known as Snowpiercer. Curtis (Chris Evans) risks it all to lead a mutiny to gain control of the train’s engine as well as the future of the survivors.

The Strain | Season 1: If you didn’t get enough vampire shenanigans from Twilight and True Blood, then you’re really going to sink your teeth into the aptly-titled first season of The Strain.

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Dr. Goodweather leads the CDC Canary Team in New York City. He and his team are charged with investigating a viral outbreak, which appears to have an ancient and evil strain of vampirism.

Rush: From the two-time Academy Award-winner Ron Howard comes this story of a legendary rivalry that led to a series of events that shocked the world. It’s our 99-cent rental of the week.

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During the golden age of Formula 1 racing, two drivers emerged as the best in the world: James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl). The two clash on and off the Grand Prix racetrack as they push themselves past the breaking point – both physically and emotionally – as they race to the top.

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It was a battle between warriors and minifigures for the top spot in this week’s Top 10. After the dust settled, the Greek general Themistokles and the soldiers of 300: Rise of an Empire came out victorious over the spunky brick cast of The LEGO Movie.

You can also experience action 30,000 feet above land in the high flying thriller Non-Stop; and go along on a jungle adventure with Blu, Jewel and their three kids in the family friendly hit Rio 2.

Here is this week’s #VUTop10.

  1. 300: Rise of an Empire
  2. The Lego Movie
  3. Lone Survivor
  4. Non-Stop
  5. Robocop (2014)
  6. Transcendence (plus Bonus Features)
  7. Rio 2
  8. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
  9. Bad Words
  10. The Grand Budapest Hotel

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St. Vincent: Bill Murray takes a break from crashing bachelor parties to play a misanthrope who winds up forming a friendship with the son of a woman, played by Melissa McCarthy, who moves in next door.

Enjoy more of Murray’s late-career roles here: The Royal Tennenbaums, Hyde Park on the Hudson

Horrible Bosses 2: The whole gang is back and ready to get into more trouble as they try and pull off yet another crime they’re unsuited for.

This isn’t the first time these stars have gotten together: Horrible Bosses, Going The Distance

Jimi: All Is By My Side: Andre 3000 plays the rock guitar legend in this biopic of the star’s rise to fame.

Enjoy more biopics of some musical royalty: Notorious, Ray

Gone Girl: Ben Affleck is the most hated man in America in this second trailer, which shows much more of the story for this crime drama.

The men in these movies didn’t kill their wives either…we think: The Fugitive, Breakdown

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Find out if a kid inspired by money can survive a night in a haunted theater and learn how to get the second installment of The Hunger Games series, starring Jennifer Lawrence, for less than a buck. Find this and more in this week’s New Release Recap.

Ghostlight: How far would you go to win $50,000? Would you spend the night in a place that’s been plagued by a series of mysterious deaths and suicides?

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After winning a radio contest, Andrew spends one night alone inside a haunted theater. His only task is to make it 12 hours without leaving… or dying. Sounds easy, right? Think again.

The Raid 2: Delivering the same high-energy plot as its predecessor, this film will definitely not disappoint die-hard martial arts fans.

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Picking up after the events of the first film, The Raid 2 follows Rama as he joins an anti-corruption task force and infiltrates the ranks of a Jakarta crime syndicate. Can he protect his family while uncovering the corruption within his own police force?

Jodorowsky’s Dune: Learn everything you need to know and then some about cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky.

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Experience a story about the relentless pursuit of a dream, and the necessity of art in this fascinating Jodorowsky-centric tale.

The Monuments Men (plus Bonus Features): Get this true story, starring A-listers George Clooney and Matt Damon, in HD for a super low price.

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A platoon of unlikely soldiers – including experts in various aspects of the art world – are pulled together and dubbed “The Monuments Men” as they travel across war-torn Europe to rescue artwork from Nazi thieves and return them to their rightful owners.

Defiance | Season 2: Popular multi-platform shooter title + TV = a lot of action, drama and explosions.

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Set 2046, this drama introduces a completely transformed planet Earth, inhabited by the survivors of a universal war. Forced to live together, the disparate group struggles to build a new society among the devastation. In the center of it all is Lawman Jeb Nolan, played by True Blood’s Grant Bowler, who enlists the help of others in the struggle to maintain law and order in the town and region.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire: Get your hands on one of the hottest films of 2013 in this week’s 99 Cent Rental deal.

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In this second installment, Katniss and Peeta become targets of the Capitol after their recent victory in the 74th Hunger Games ignites a rebellion in the Districts of Panem. The two are focused back into the aquatic arena to face-off against past winners in what President Snow has declared the Quarter Quell.

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How often does The Fourth of July fall on a Friday? Not too often, but when it does it can mean big box-office for new movies hitting theaters. This week we look back at some of the movies that have had the biggest July 4 openings in film history.

  1. Transformers: Dark of the Moon - $97.8M
  2. Spider-Man 2 - $88.1M
  3. Despicable Me 2 - $83.5M
  4. Transformers - $70.5M
  5. War of the Worlds - $64.8M
  6. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse - $64.8
  7. Hancock - $62.6M
  8. The Amazing Spider-Man - $62M
  9. Superman Returns - $52.5M
  10. Men in Black II - $52.1M

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Fury: Brad Pitt is the leader of a tank squad in World War II who will do anything to protect the men under his command.

Also from director David Ayer: End of Watch, Training Day

Dracula Untold: Go back to the origins of the world’s most famous vampire as he earns his bloody reputation and embraces his destiny.

These movies will go bump in the night: Van Helsing, I, Frankenstein

Life After Beth: When a young woman comes back from the dead it’s a miracle, until she slowly gives in to her zombie tendencies. But is that an obstacle to for her boyfriend?

Enjoy these unusual zombie movies: Warm Bodies, Idle Hands

The Skeleton Twins: Kristin Wiig and Bill Hader are estranged twins who are both going through a rough patch but who come back to support each other.

Get more stories of dysfunctional siblings here: The Savages, Margot at the Wedding

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: We see a couple, played by Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy, fall in love but then fall apart.

Romance sometimes fails, as these movies show: Blue Valentine, Little Children

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If you’re looking for some entertainment this holiday weekend, look no further because we have an explosive lineup of new releases. Embark on a jungle adventure in Rio 2, explore virtual identity in Transcendence and more. See our full new release recap below.

Transcendence (plus Bonus Features): If you had the choice to live forever, would you? This sci-fi thriller explores what happens when dreaming of the future leads to power that’s impossible to control.

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Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) creates a sentiment machine with his full range of emotions and memories. His controversial experiments become the target of anti-technology extremists who will stop at nothing to prevent him from continuing with his research. In their attempts to destroy his creation, they inadvertently lead to his transcendence.

Rio 2: The whole flock is back, plus a gaggle of new characters, including Bruno Mars and Kristen Chenoweth, in this musical action-adventure film.

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Blu (Jesse Eisenberg), Jewel (Anne Hathaway) and their three kids embark on a colorful – and musical – journey as they’re forced from their home in Rio de Janeiro to the Amazon.

Dom Hemingway: Jude Law lets it all hang out in this comedy-drama about one man in search of redemption.

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The notorious safe-cracker Dom Hemmingway (Jude Law) is back on the streets after spending 12 years in prison. Dom sets off with his partner in crime Dickie (Richard E. Grant) in search of a long-awaited payday for keeping his mouth shut.

Teen Wolf | Season 4: The supernatural drama returns to the small screen for a fourth season, bringing back the all-star cast and adding several new faces.

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After the devastating losses in season three, Scott, Stiles, Lydia and Kira are back for a new school semester, with even more nail-biting worries. Expect more dance parties, were-creatures of all shapes and sizes, killer cliffhangers and, of course, teenage angst.

X-Men: The Last Stand: The non-stop action and spectacular effects of the X-Men franchise continue in this epic, mutant action-adventure film. If that isn’t enough to get you excited, this film is our 99-cent rental of the week!

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The mutants are faced with a life-changing dilemma: a controversial cure is discovered, allowing them the ability to give up their powers to become a mere mortal. Meanwhile, the usually peaceful mutant leader Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) goes head-to-head with his enemy, Magneto (Ian McKellen), forcing the mutants to engage in a battle to end all battles.

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Transformers 4: Age of Extinction smashes its way onto the big screen this week, giving audiences all the action-adventure they can handle as giant, brawling bots go head-to-head. This highly anticipated sequel continues the story from the first three installments while also introducing the fan favorite Dinobots to the franchise.

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Transformers 4 isn’t the only film to pit one – or several – machines against another in an attempt to save humanity from destruction, or to just win a bet. Whether they’re fighting, being heroic or falling in love, here are some of our favorite  films starring robots.

  1. Transformers
  2. RoboCop (2014)
  3. Terminator Salvation
  4. The Iron Giant
  5. Pacific Rim
  6. Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla
  7. Wall-E
  8. The Incredibles
  9. Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon
  10. Real Steel

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