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Technology is all around us. It helps us communicate with friends, make ourselves a fancy latte with just the press of a button, and enjoy our favorite music and movies while on the go. But what if technology had a mind of its own or was used in a way to cause more harm than good?

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Today’s theatrical release of Transcendence, featuring the man of many talents Johnny Depp, got us thinking about that very question. While noodling over the answer, our minds wandered a bit to think of some other movies that show what happens when technology goes bad – or takes over completely. Here’s what we came up with:

  1. Terminator Salvation
  2. The Matrix
  3. Minority Report
  4. Transformers: Dark of the Moon
  5. Star Trek: First Contact
  6. I Robot
  7. Wall-E
  8. Tron: Legacy
  9. Event Horizon
  10. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

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SpaceJamFacebookWell folks, the NCAA season has come to a close and March Madness – which now extends into almost mid-April – is officially behind us. The University of Connecticut had what you might call a big week. First the men’s team beat Kentucky 60-54 this past Monday (our bracket was busted well before this) and then the women’s team took home their own trophy as they beat Notre Dame 79-58.

We’re not done with basketball quite yet, though. So we’ve put together some of our favorite movies about the sport, ranging from comedies to dramas to true-life stories. And of course there’s plenty of His Airness, Michael Jordan, both in a documentary about his career and in his starring turn opposite some animated supporting players who aren’t Dennis Rodman.

COMEDIES

Between Will Ferrell as Jackie Moon, Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes trying to out-hustle (on and off the court) and Trey Parker and Matt Stone doing…whatever it is they’re doing, there are plenty of laughs here.

DRAMAS

These movies feature some powerhouse performances from Nick Nolte, Denzel Washington and others as they examine the game and its impact on life, love and the integrity of the college basketball system.

INSPIRED BY A TRUE STORY

Featuring the stirring stories of Texas Western coach, Don Haskins and his 1966 team, and the way Ken Carter inspired his 1999 Richmond, CA high school team to excel. These movies will bring out the emotions.

MICHAEL JORDAN

Whether you think he retired in 1999 or 2003 (both options are right, but one is more right) Jordan brought the game to a whole other level. That and he also saved the Looney Tunes from the evil plans of the Monstars.

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TheWolfofWallStreetFacebookLeonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill bought low and sold high as The Wolf of Wall Street cashed in and became this week’s most popular movie on the Video Unlimited service. It’s a bird…it’s a plane…it’s the latest Superman movie, Man of Steelrounding out the top three.

Sometimes you have to use your connections to reap big rewards. Vince Vaughn’s character, David, enlisted the help of his 533 children through anonymous donations to propel Delivery Man into the top five.

Check out the latest #VUTop10 in its entirety below and be sure to tell us what you plan to watch this weekend!:

  1. American Hustle
  2. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (plus Bonus Features)
  3. Homefront
  4. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (Unrated/Extended Version)
  5. 47 Ronin
  6. Frozen
  7. Delivery Man
  8. Man of Steel
  9. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  10. The Wolf of Wall Street

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FrozenFacebookWinter might be over but that didn’t stop Disney’s Frozen from becoming this week’s most popular movie on the Video Unlimited service. Magic Kingdom counterpart Saving Mr. Banks, starring the ever popular Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson, also edged its way into the Top 10.

The Wolf of Wall Street‘s  stock hit an all-time high as it secured the No. 3 spot. Keanu Reeves’ epic 3D fantasy adventure 47 Ronin landed a couple places behind, as did the novel turned blockbuster The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

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

  1. Saving Mr. Banks
  2. Gravity
  3. Thor: The Dark World
  4. Fast & Furious 6
  5. 47 Ronin
  6. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (plus Bonus Features)
  7. Homefront
  8. The Wolf of Wall Street
  9. American Hustle
  10. Frozen

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TheHungerGamesCatchingFireFacebookNo other tributes, or films, were able to stop novel turned blockbuster The Hunger Games: Catching Fire from achieving #VUTop10 greatness for the second week in a row. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues even sent in its top rated news crew, featuring Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell), Brian, Champ and Brick (Steve Carell) accompanied by his trusty trident.

Spring is here and if the sun is setting on your college years you need to start thinking about the transition to the real world. Get solid career advice from Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson as they learn the ways of Google in The Internship. Or, actually, don’t.

Check out the full #VUTop10 below and be sure to tell us what you plan to watch this weekend in the comments section:

    1. Escape Plan
    2. American Hustle
    3. Frozen
    4. 12 Years a Slave
    5. The Internship
    6. Gravity
    7. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (Unrated/Extended Version)
    8. Thor: The Dark World
    9. Homefront
    10. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (plus Bonus Features)

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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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ThorFacebookThe heroic Thor hoisted his mighty hammer in his right hand and this week’s most popular movies on the Video Unlimited service title in the left. Those who are in the know consider this an epic feat since Thor: The Dark World held off a valiant onslaught from this year’s Oscar® nominees Dallas Buyers Club, Captain Phillips and seven-award winner – including Best Picture - Gravity.

In the mood for some action that’s sure to make the hair on your arm stand up? Look no further than Homefront, written by movie legend Sylvester Stallone and starring Jason Statham and James Franco.

Check out the full #VUTop10 below:

  1. The Counselor (Unrated Extended Cut)
  2.  Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (Extended)
  3. Captain Phillips
  4.  Escape Plan
  5. Ender’s Game
  6. Dallas Buyers Club
  7. Homefront
  8. Frozen      
  9. Gravity
  10. Thor: The Dark World

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Gravity

Put on your best threads and find a comfy spot on your sofa because the Oscars® are coming! That’s right, this Sunday (4pm PT/7pm ET) on ABC all eyes will be on Los Angeles to see what their favorite stars will be sporting on the red carpet, what films will dominate and which actors and actresses will walk away with all the hardware. To get you ready for the biggest night in movies, we’re calling out 10 of the nominated actors and actresses based on their star power and industry résumé.

Take a look at the list below and tell us who you think has the best chance to win. Also, don’t forget you can earn a $5 credit for every $20 spent on past and current Oscars® nominated films here.

    1. Julia Roberts (August: Osage County) – Best Actress in a Supporting Role
    2. Sandra Bullock (Gravity) – Best Actress in a Leading Role
    3. Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street) – Best Actor in a Leading Role
    4. Meryl Streep (August: Osage County) – Best Actress in a Leading Role
    5. Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine) – Best Actress in a Leading Role
    6. Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle) – Best Actress in a Supporting Role
    7. Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club) – Best Actor in a Leading Role
    8. Christian Bale (American Hustle) – Best Actor in a Leading Role
    9. Bradley Cooper (American Hustle) – Best Actor in a Supporting Role
    10. Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street) – Best Actor in a Supporting Role

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Ender'sGameFacebookA new kind of hero and top spot holder has emerged! Young Ender Wiggin was able to lead the International Military to victory against an alien race known as the Formics while allowing Ender’s Game to rocket to this week’s most popular movie on the Video Unlimited service.

Coming in at number two and continuing the theme of man versus a foreign being, this time from the sea, is Pacific Rim. Orbiting the top five was Oscar Best Picture nominee Gravity, starring Hollywood’s seasoned vets Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.

Check out the latest #VUTop10 in its entirety below and be sure to tell us what you plan to watch this weekend in the comments section:

  1. Captain Phillips
  2. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
  3. Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (Extended)
  4. Last Vegas (2013)
  5. Gravity (plus Bonus Features)
  6. Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
  7. Thor: The Dark World
  8. Escape Plan
  9. Pacific Rim
  10. Ender’s Game

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EscapePlanFacebookWhat 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:

  1.  Captain Phillips
  2. Justice League: War
  3. Last Vegas (2013)
  4. Dallas Buyers Club
  5. Ender’s Game
  6. Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (Extended)
  7. Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
  8.  Now You See Me
  9. Thor: The Dark World 
  10. Escape Plan

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