Top 10 new releases and recommendations

No matter how hectic your week may have been, you made it to Friday! And what’s a better way to celebrate than an evening curled on the couch enjoying the best new releases, including the winner of the Oscar for Best Picture!

  • 12 Years a Slave – Best Picture winner, based on Solomon Northup’s astonishing true story. In 1841, Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free citizen, is kidnapped, stripped of his identity and sold into slavery. Now, he must find the strength to survive in this unflinching story of hope. (Movie, 2013) Newly released on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • Oldboy – A chillingly dark tale of vengeance bursting with unforgettable twists and turns. Kidnapped and kept in solitary confinement for 20 years, Joe Doucett (Josh Brolin) has suddenly been set free without a word of explanation. Obsessed with finding those who imprisoned him, Doucett wreaks havoc upon his captors, unaware his freedom is part of a plan and his true punishment’s about to begin. (Movie, 2013) Newly released on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Arthur and the Invisibles – Ten-year-old Arthur discovers a world of tiny people living in the backyard of his home, which is slated for demolition. A cryptic message leads Arthur to the mini community, where he searches for a rumored treasure in an effort to save his house. (Movie, 2006) Newly released on Netflix, but also available on Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • Babe – It’s the award-winning story of a shy little pig who doesn’t quite know his place. With the help of an assortment of barnyard friends, Babe discovers that he can be anything he wants to be! (Movie, 1995) Newly released on Hulu Plus, but also available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • All the Pretty Horses – With dreams of steady ranch work and a better life, John (Matt Damon) and Lacey (Henry Thomas) travel on horseback across the Rio Grande into Mexico, where they stumble upon a loose-cannon youngster and a hacienda needing cowboys. Everything seems perfect until John meets a beautiful woman (Penélope Cruz) and terrible choices are made. (Movie, 2000) Newly released on Netflix, but also available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Donnie Brasco – When FBI agent Joe Pistone goes undercover and rechristens himself Donnie Brasco to infiltrate the mob, he increasingly identifies with the made-men he’s charged with taking down in this engrossing crime drama based on a true story. (Movie, 1997) Newly released on Netflix and Crackle, but also available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • The Tourist – A mysterious woman (Angelina Jolie) and a mild-mannered American (Johnny Depp) become involved in web of intrigue, romance and danger in this international action thriller set in the spectacular city of Venice, Italy. (Movie, 2010) Newly released on Amazon Instant Video, but also available on Blockbuster on Demand, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • 28 Days – After her drunken antics ruin her sister’s wedding and result in major property damage, journalist Gwen Cummings (Sandra Bullock) enters rehab, where she runs afoul of the program director and soon meets a fellow resident who changes her outlook. (Movie, 2000) Newly released on Netflix, but also available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Redbox Instant, and Vudu.
  • The Roommate – A college freshman, Sara (Minka Kelly), is randomly assigned to a dorm with a stranger named Rebecca (Leighton Meester). They start off as friends, but things turn deadly as Rebecca begins to target people in Sara’s life. (Movie, 2011) Newly released on Crackle, but also available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Zero Effect – The world’s greatest and most dysfunctional private eye is drawn into a case of murder and deception in this ‘charmingly off center little film’ (Nitrate Online). Bill Pullman stars as the off-kilter modern-day Sherlock Holmes with Ben Stiller as his right-hand man (a al Watson). (Movie, 1998) Newly released on HBO GO, but also available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand, Redbox Instant and Vudu.

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