Top 10 new releases and recommendations

The weekend’s here and there’s plenty of TV shows, movies and documentaries to keep you busy. Time to kick up your feet and stream!

Whatcha watching this weekend? Let us know in the comments below.

  • The Divide (TV Show, 2014) – The premiere episode of We tv’s first scripted series is available free (before it premieres on 7/16!) for Roku users until 7/15/14. The Divide follows Christine Rosa, an impassioned caseworker with The Innocence Initiative, as she delves into the case of a death row inmate whom she believes was wrongly convicted of a young family’s heinous murder.
  • The Bridge Season 1 (TV Show, 2013) – Set on the border between El Paso and Juarez, The Bridge centers on two detectives, one from the United States and one from Mexico, who must work together to hunt down a serial killer operating on both sides of the U.S.-Mexican border. Newly released on Hulu Plus, but also available on Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • Missing William (Movie, 2014) – Forced to care for her husband after he’s injured in a bar fight, Rhode Island artist Abby Leeds finds her life even more challenging when her childhood sweetheart turns up, setting the stage for a complicated love triangle. Newly released on Netflix, but also available on Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand and Vudu.
  • Transcendence (Movie, 2014) – Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) is the foremost researcher in the field of Artificial Intelligence, working to create a sentient machine that combines the collective intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotions. His highly controversial experiments have made him the prime target of anti-technology extremists who will do whatever it takes to stop him. Newly released on M-GOAmazon Instant VideoRedbox Instant and Vudu.
  • The Karate Kid (Movie, 1984) – In this classic movie, an elderly martial arts expert (Pat Morita) teaches a high schooler (Ralph Macchio) about life, friendship and courage under the guidance of a martial arts and to defend himself from bullies. Newly released on Redbox Instant, but also available on M-GO, Netflix, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • Genius on Hold (Documentary, 2012) – Prolific inventor Walter T. Shaw — who transformed modern telecommunications with his discoveries — died penniless and unknown. This documentary tells the tale of how Shaw saw his ideas stolen and his ambitions foiled by the powerful AT&T monopoly. Newly released on Netflix, but also available on Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (Documentary, 2014) – A dynamic and tragic portrait of the life of Reddit co-founder and computer prodigy Aaron Swartz, a champion of open access who grew up to lead the internet community into a new age of data sharing and free speech. Newly released on Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • Heaven Is for Real (Movie, 2014) – Based on the #1 New York Times best-selling book, the movie recounts the true story of a small-town father who must find the courage and conviction to share his son’s extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world. Newly released on M-GOAmazon Instant VideoRedbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Air Force One (Movie, 1997) – Harrison Ford is the President of the United States, a leader unyielding in his opposition to negotiating with terrorists. But when Russian neo-nationalists hijack Air Force One with the First Family on board, the President’s beliefs and courage are put to the test. Newly released on Crackle, but also available on M-GOAmazon Instant VideoRedbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Man in the Chair (Movie, 2007) – A teenage misfit (Michael Angarano) and a mean-spirited, Hollywood retiree (Christopher Plummer) team up against insurmountable odds while trying to compete a short film for high school competition. Newly released on Hulu Plus, but also available on Amazon Instant Video.

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  • Ken

    If you have Netflix why bother with the rest of them?

    • http://www.dynamicsitesolutions.com/ Kravimir

      There’s some overlap in content between the different services, but any given service has some movies and TV shows that another does not have. For example, Stargate: SG-1, Stargate: Atlantis, Stargate Universe, and Veronica Mars TV shows are available via Amazon Prime but not Netflix. On the other hand, Netflix has many more independent movies than Amazon does.

      Also some people might prefer to individually rent or purchase what they want to watch instead of subscribing to a service on a monthly or yearly basis. One of the reasons for that is that Netflix and Amazon Prime generally don’t have the current season of TV shows and have to wait months before getting movies after they’ve been on Pay-Per-View for a while.

      Besides some people are annoyed that Netflix continues to remove features, leaving only minimal features. The community features have been gone for years, the RSS feeds are gone, and the API (e.g. used by web developers) is being phased out (being shut down in November). One consequence of the changes is that you only have seven days notice of when any given movie will no longer be available for streaming (which is intentional because Netflix wanted to minimize the bad press they were getting about content expiring frequently, which is necessary part of their business model).

      (Note: I say Amazon Prime here because “Prime” is the name for Amazon’s subscription service. Both Amazon and Redbox Instant offer subscriptions but also have other movies and TV series that can be rented or purchased individually.)

  • Ken

    A verbose comment. i stand by my original comment. Netflix has myriad movies for one low price.