Top ten new releases and recommendations

The beginning of a new year usually inspires resolution of change, and we have one that you can easily (and happily) stick to: relax more! Kick off the first weekend of 2014 with these newly released classics.

  • Amélie – When impish Amélie finds a long-hidden trove of toys behind a baseboard in her apartment, she’s inspired to return the items to their original owner, an impulse of generosity that sparks more benevolent acts. (Movie, 2001) – Newly released on Netflix, but also available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video and Blockbuster on Demand.
  • Spaceballs – In this spoof of the Star Wars trilogy, nefarious Dark Helmet hatches a plan to snatch Princess Vespa and steal her planet’s air. Space bum Lone Starr and his clueless sidekick fly to the rescue, with help from Yogurt and the power of “The Schwartz.” (Movie, 1987) Newly released on Netflix and Hulu Plus, but also available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video and Redbox Instant.
  • American Psycho – In this classic psychological thriller, with a chiseled chin and physique, Patrick Bateman’s (Christian Bale) looks make him the ideal yuppie — and the ideal serial killer. Bateman takes pathological pride in his business card and his CD collection, all while plotting his next victim’s vivisection. (Movie, 2000) Newly released on Netflix, but also available on M-GO, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, and Crackle.
  • The Talented Mr. Ripley – Charming sociopath Tom Ripley maneuvers into the lush life of Dickie, a young heir vacationing in Italy. Hired to persuade Dickie to return to America, Tom embraces Dickie’s posh lifestyle and takes extreme measures to hold onto it. (Movie, 1999) Newly released on Netflix, but also available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video and Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Internal Affairs – A new LAPD internal affairs investigator sets his sights on a suave but corrupt cop who’s been involved in police brutality and bribery. But the cop has his own way of striking back at the detective starting with his family. (Movie, 1990) Newly released on Redbox Instant, but also available on M-GO, Netflix, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • Sleepless In Seattle – Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan star in an enchanting romance about a widower whose son convinces him to find new love and the woman who answers his call. (Movie, 1993) Newly released on Amazon Instant Video, but also available on M-GO and Vudu.
  • Run Lola Run – In this thrilling roller-coaster ride, Lola receives a frantic phone call from her boyfriend, Manni, who’s lost a small fortune belonging to his mobster boss. If Lola doesn’t replace the money within 20 minutes, Manni will suffer the consequences. (Movie, 1998) Newly released on Crackle, but also available on M-GO.
  • Adaptation – From the creator of Being John Malkovich comes a very original comedy about a screenwriter struggling to adapt a best-selling book about orchid thieves into a movie. Things get really crazy when he writes himself into the screenplay. (Movie, 2002) Newly released on Amazon Instant Video, but also available on M-GO, Blockbuster on Demand, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Honey, I Shrunk the Kids – Wayne Szalinski spends many days and nights trying to get his wacky miniaturization machine to work. No such luck — until one day, he unknowingly shrinks his children down to microscopic size and tosses them outside in the trash. (Movie, 1989) Newly released on Amazon Instant Video, but also available on M-GO and Vudu.
  • The Mighty Ducks – When high and mighty lawyer Gordon Bombay (Emilio Estevez) is arrested on DUI charges, he’s forced into a community service project: coaching ice-hockey to a team of sloppy, unskilled kids who lose annually to their crosstown rivals. (Movie, 1992) Newly released on HBO GO, but also available on M-GO and Amazon Instant Video.

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