Top 10 patriotic movies

Happy 4th of July weekend, streamers. Join us as we celebrate ‘Merica through the best patriotic movies, which just so happen to include a lot of Tom Cruise and Tom Hanks!

Did we miss any of your favorites?

  • Top Gun (Movie, 1986) – A daring yet reckless pilot (Tom Cruise) who shuns teamwork and the rules of engagement eventually learns the importance of cooperation and discipline. Along the way he has a fiery affair, does some spectacular flying and causes the death of his best friend. Available on M-GOAmazon Instant VideoRedbox InstantVudu and Time Warner Cable.
  • Independence Day (Movie, 1996) – Communications systems worldwide are sent into chaos by a strange atmospheric interference caused by gigantic spacecraft, piloted by a mysterious alien species who have set out to launch an attack throughout the globe. After they obliterate parts of the country, a band of survivors devise a plan to fight back against the enslaving aliens for our freedom. Available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Vudu and Time Warner Cable.
  • Captain America: The First Avenger (Movie, 2011) – After being deemed unfit for military service, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) volunteers for a top secret research project that turns him into Captain America, a superhero dedicated to defending America’s ideals. He joins forces with Bucky Barnes and Peggy Carter to wage war on the evil HYDRA organization, led by the villainous Red Skull. Available on M-GOAmazon Instant Video, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • The Patriot (Movie, 2000) – A reluctant South Carolina farmer (Mel Gibson) is forced to fight the British in this epic adventure of the American Revolution. Directed by Roland Emmerich (Independence Day). Screenplay by Robert Rodat (Saving Private Ryan). Available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Saving Private Ryan (Movie, 1998) – Set in France in 1944 shortly after the Normandy invasion. The story concerns a squad of U.S. Army soldiers on a perilous assignment behind enemy lines. The mission: to risk their lives to save the life of one man, paratrooper James Ryan (Matt Damon). Ryan is the last survivor of a family of four brothers, the rest of whom have been killed in action. Available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Apollo 13 (Movie, 1995) – It had been less than a year since man first walked on the moon, but as far as the American public was concerned, Apollo 13 was just another “routine” space flight – until these words pierced the immense void of space: “Houston, we have a problem.” Available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Miracle (Movie, 2004) – Filled with exhilarating nonstop hockey action and heart-racing suspense, Miracle is the inspiring true story behind one of the greatest moments in sports history – the 1980 United States ice hockey team’s triumphant Olympic victory against the Soviet Union. Available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • Forrest Gump (Movie, 1994) – In this Oscar-winning picture, Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks), a gentle soul born in a small Alabama town, happens into one memorable experience after another through a panorama of American history. Throughout his life, he is supported by his love for Jenny, his childhood friend with whom he shares his lifelong memories. Available on M-GONetflixAmazon Instant VideoRedbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Born on the Fourth of July (Movie, 1986) – Based on a true story, the film follows the young Kovic (Tom Cruise) from a zealous teen who eagerly volunteers for the Vietnam War, to an embittered veteran paralyzed from the mid-chest down. Deeply in love with his country, Kovic returned to an environment vastly different from the one he left. Available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Yankee Doodle Dandy (Movie, 1942) – James Cagney danced and sang his way to a well-deserved Oscar for his outstanding portrayal of vaudeville composer and performer George M. Cohan in this Oscar-nominated biography. Available on Amazon Instant Video, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
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Stay entertained on vacation – how to travel with your Roku player

We’ve all been there. You’re on vacation and excited to catch up on your favorite TV shows, but the TV set up is less than ideal – just bad DVDs or even worse…VHS tapes! Stay entertained on vacation, pack up your Roku and enjoy Netflix, Hulu, Pandora and all your favorite channels.

It’s easier than ever to travel with your Roku player. Here’s how you can take your most entertaining travel buddy with you on the road!

First off, Roku players are smaller than ever. Our Roku Streaming Stick (HDMI Version) is so tiny it will fit in your toiletry bag. Our other players are also very small – just the size of a hockey puck.

Next, ensure you’ll have sufficient Internet bandwidth where you’re going.

Staying with a friend or at a vacation rental?

These days some vacation rentals like Airbnb or VRBO offer complimentary WiFi, but be sure to ask! Don’t forget to find out what type of TV will be available as well. If you have a Roku 3 or Roku Streaming Stick (HDMI Version), you’ll need a TV with an HDMI port. Roku 1 and Roku 2 can connect via composite AV cables (the red/white/yellow cables).

Staying at a hotel?

Some hotels offer free Wi-Fi and it’s just a matter of plugging in your Roku and connecting to the wireless network. Others, however, require authentication using an Internet browser beyond a password – like your room number and name, etc. To share an Internet connection, even with the authentication, I use my laptop and an older Netgear wireless travel router (a travel router is just a smaller version of a typical router, and any brand should get the job done).

You will need to clone the MAC address from your computer (that was used to authenticate the connection) to your router.  It sounds complicated, but it’s typically a check box that you select in the router settings menu, which tells the router to use the same address as your computer. As every router is different, you should refer to the proper documentation.

If your destination doesn’t offer Internet access, here are some options:

  • The best and most reliable option is a MiFI/WiFi hotspot
  • Tether from your mobile device (check if you have this option enabled through your mobile carrier), to create a WiFi hotspot. Data charges may apply – again, check with your mobile carrier

Your travel checklist:

  • Your Roku player and accessories
    • Roku remote
    • All the essential cables and cords: HDMI, power adapter, Ethernet, composite cables (on Roku 1 and Roku 2)
    • Have a Roku 2 or Roku 3? Bring your headphones!
    • Don’t forget comfy pants (known to enhance the entertainment experience)

Do you travel with your Roku player? We’d love to hear your travel tips!

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Top 10 new releases and recommendations

It’s that time of the week again where you wonder what you should be streaming this weekend. We’ve done all the heavy lifting and have the best selection of new releases for your entertainment pleasure!

  • 300 Rise of an Empire (Movie, 2014) – Based on Frank Miller’s graphic novel Xerxes, and told in the breathtaking visual style of the blockbuster “300,” this new chapter of the epic saga takes the action to a fresh battlefield – on the sea – as Greek general Themistokles attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the war. Newly released on M-GOAmazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Bad Words (Movie, 2014) – Jason Bateman makes his feature directorial debut with the subversive comedy, Bad Words. Bateman stars as Guy Trilby, a 40-year-old who finds a loophole in the rules of The Golden Quill national spelling bee and decides to cause trouble by hijacking the competition. Newly released on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Winter’s Tale (Movie, 2014) – Set in a mythic New York City and spanning more than a century, it is a story of miracles, crossed destinies and the age-old battle between good and evil. Colin Farrell plays a turn-of-the-century Irish thief who encounters a terminally ill heiress while robbing her house. Falling irrevocably in love with her, his only option is to discover a way to stop time and bring her back from death. Newly released on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Two Lives (Movie, 2012) – As the European communist bloc is collapsing; Katrine’s quiet life in Norway is interrupted by questions about her early years in East Germany. With the truth about her past catching up with her, Katrine must try to explain the facts to her family. Newly released on Netflix.
  • Tarzan (Movie, 1999) – Reworking the ageless cinematic myth of Tarzan, this animated feature records a family’s adventures after being shipwrecked off the African coast. After growing up in the wild, the lone child in the family is destined to become lord of the jungle. Newly released on Netflix, but also available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand and Vudu.
  • The Warlords (Movie, 2007) – In the midst of the Taiping Rebellion of the 1860s, three men take an oath to become “blood brothers,” pledging loyalty to one another until death, but soon become embroiled in a web of political deceit. Newly released on Netflix, but also available on Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • Two Lovers (Movie, 2009) – Leonard (Joaquin Phoenix), a charismatic but troubled young man, moves back into his childhood home following a recent heartbreak. While recovering, Leonard meets two women in quick succession and is forced to make an impossible decision. Newly released on Hulu Plus, but also available on Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • Take This Waltz (Movie, 2012) – Michelle Williams plays twenty-eight-year-old Margot, happily married to Lou (Seth Rogen), a good-natured cookbook author. But when Margot meets Daniel (Luke Kirby), a handsome artist who lives across the street, their mutual attraction is undeniable. Newly released on Netflix, but also available on Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • The Big Wedding (Movie, 2013) – To the amusement of their adult children and friends, long-divorced couple Don and Ellie Griffin (De Niro and Keaton) are once again forced to play the happy couple for the sake of their adopted son’s wedding. Newly released on Redbox Instant, but also available on M-GO, Netflix, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • And the Band Played On (Movie, 1993) – A deadly epidemic is spreading around the world. But when it first began, no one paid attention. Matthew Modine stars in this medical thriller as a young doctor tracking the disease halfway around the world and across two continents and whose work is thwarted at every turn by fear, official indifference and bitter medical rivalries. Newly released on HBO GO, but also available on Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
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Roku UK: New Releases and Recommendations for 27th June 2014

From the World Cup to Wimbledon, there are lots of sporting events to keep us entertained this weekend. However if you fancy a break, or would prefer a Friday film night, there is plenty more on offer on your Roku.

What do you plan to watch? Let us know in the comments section below.

  • We’re the Millers (Movie) – This comedy, starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis, sees a veteran pot dealer create a fake family as part of his plan to move a huge shipment of weed into the U.S. from Mexico. Available from today on Now TV.
  • A Cabbie Abroad (Documentary) – This new BBC series sees London cabbie Mason McQueen drive taxis in three very different cities. In this first episode he visits Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and gets to grips with a unique kind of cab – the tuk-tuk. Watch it now on BBC iPlayer.
  • I Wanna Marry ‘Harry’ (Series) – 12 American girls compete for Prince Harry’s affections, unaware that they are dating a lookalike. The ladies compete to be named Miss Deerfield Manor. Catch up on series 1 on ITV Player.
  • Homefront (Movie) – Phil Broker is a retired Interpol agent, living with his daughter in a backwater town where he’s desperately trying to rebuild his life after the death of his wife. But when a playground feud escalates, redneck meth producer Gator (Franco) becomes involved and drags Phil back into the murky underworld of drugs and guns. Rent it for HALF PRICE now before it leaves Sky Store.
  • Friday Night Dinner (Series) – This comedy returns for its third series. In the first episode available now on 4oD, Adam finally brings a girl home for dinner, but the evening is ruined when the family suddenly have to look after eight-year-old Katie, who has a massive girlie crush on Adam.
  • Frozen Ground (Movie) – In this fact-based thriller, an Alaska state trooper pursuing a serial killer teams with a 17-year-old-prostitute who escaped the predator’s clutches. Catch it now on Netflix.
  • The Hotel Inspector Returns (Series) – Hotel Inspector Alex Polizzi finds out what has since happened to some of the struggling hoteliers she helped previously. Start the second series now on Demand 5.
  • Tinker Bell And the Pirate Fairy (Movie) – One for the kids this weekend, when the rogue fairy Zarina steals Pixie Hollow’s supply of fairy dust and joins the pirates of Skull Rock, Tinker Bell leads the pursuit to get it back. But the journey is thrown into confusion when Tink and her companions discover that their talents have been switched! Watch it now on Sky Store.
  • Scandal (Series) – Watch all of series 1 and 2 on Now TV. Olivia Pope has dedicated her life to protecting and defending the public images of the nation’s elite. Revered and feared at the same time, Olivia, a former media consultant to the President of the United States, left the White House to open her own prominent crisis management firm. However, it becomes apparent that her dysfunctional staff, who specialise in fixing other people’s lives, can’t quite fix their own.

A Golden Oldie:

  • Armageddon (Movie) – Whether you have seen it before or not, this is an undisputable classic that is worth staying in for. As a massive asteroid hurtles toward Earth, NASA’s head honcho hatches a plan to split the deadly rock in two before it annihilates the entire planet. Watch it now on Netflix.
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Introducing the Roku Windows mobile app

You asked, we delivered! A Roku app for Windows is now available for Windows 8/8.1 phones and Windows 8.1 devices in the U.S., Canada, U.K., and Republic of Ireland. We’re thrilled to add Windows to our mobile app lineup, joining our Android and iOS mobile apps.

If you misplace your Roku remote or just can’t quite reach it from the couch – don’t fret, just grab your phone and/or touch-enabled tablet and stream away.

Once connected to your WiFi network, use the app to control any Roku player connected to the same network. Our handy on-screen remote allows you to control and navigate your Roku player. Like our Android and iOS mobile apps, you can easily view and launch your favorite Roku channels in a tap.

We hope your enjoy it and look forward to your feedback!

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Roku UK: New Releases and Recommendations for 20th June 2014

World Cup fever has taken over for the foreseeable future. Not a football fan? This is where the joy of streaming comes in! There is plenty of entertainment available for you to watch on demand. Here are some recommendations to get you started.

What do you plan to watch? Let us know in the comments section below.

  • The Other Guys (Movie) – New York cops Allen and Terry toil in obscurity as lowly desk jockeys until a big break finally gives them a chance to tackle real police work. Watch it now on Netflix.
  • Tigers about the House (Series) – Following British tiger expert Giles Clark, as he hand rears Sumatran tiger cubs at home. Spot and Stripe are now outgrowing Giles’s home and developing adult tiger behaviours. Catch the cuteness on BBC iPlayer.
  • Last Vegas (Movie) – Three sixty-something buddies – Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline – take a break from their day-to-day lives to throw a bachelor party in Las Vegas for their last remaining single pal (Michael Douglas). Director Jon Turteltaub presents The Hangover with a hip replacement in this predictable but hugely amusing look at friendship. Available now on Sky Store.
  • Cold Blood (Series) – Intelligent detective drama with a story of impossible love threaded through the gripping plot. Brian Wicklow plays a game of psychological cat and mouse with detective Eve Granger and her ex-lover Jake. The first episodes of series 2 are on ITV Player now. 
  • My Violent Child (Documentary) – This one-off documentary looks at the hidden world of child-on-parent violence. It follows three families’ poignant journeys as they struggle to cope with their children’s complex behavioural issues whilst also being forced to ask themselves what they could be doing differently. Available on Demand 5.
  • The Deadly Game (Movie) – London-set thriller starring Toby Stephens as Riley, a professional thief who’s hired to pull off the perfect heist only to find himself caught between maverick cop Parker (Rufus Sewell) and ruthless crime overlord Corso (Gabriel Byrne). See it on Now TV.
  • The Mindy Project (Series) – Back for its second series Mindy adjusts to her long-distance relationship with Casey, but can’t come to terms with the fact that she is no longer the only Dr L at Shulman & Associates. Catch up now on 4oD.
  • Spartacus Blood and Sand (Series) – This controversial series brings to life the bloody world of gladiators as the Roman Republic’s most brutal fighters clash in the ultimate arena, and depicts one of history’s most violent and excessive eras. Watch season 1 now on Now TV.
  • Cuban Fury (Movie) – As a junior salsa champ in the 80’s, Bruce Garrett (Nick Frost) had the world at his feet – until bullies stamped out the fire in his soles. But when he discovers his gorgeous new boss (Rashida Jones) is learning to dance, Bruce is inspired to brush up his moves. Unfortunately, the office sleaze (Chris O’Dowd) is determined to do the cha-cha-cha with her first. Catch it on Sky Store.

A Golden Oldie:

  • Pulp Fiction (Movie) – Quentin Tarantino’s 1994 stylized crime caper weaves together stories featuring a burger-loving hit man, his philosophical partner and a washed-up boxer. Recently added to Netflix.
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Top 10 summer blockbusters

It’s finally summer – well, officially tomorrow, but who says we can’t celebrate early? What better way to kickoff a summer of endless streaming than some of the all-time top summer blockbusters ever released!

  • Jaws (Movie, 1975) – Directed by Steven Spielberg, Jaws set the standard for edge-of-your seat suspense quickly becoming a cultural phenomenon and forever changing the way audiences experience movies. When the seaside community of Amity finds itself under attack by a dangerous great white shark, a courageous group embarks on a desperate quest to destroy the beast before it strikes again. Available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Jurassic Park (Movie, 1993) – On a remote island, a wealthy entrepreneur secretly creates a theme park featuring living dinosaurs drawn from prehistoric DNA. Before opening the attraction to the public, he invites a top paleontologist, a paleobotantist, and a mathematician/theorist, and his two eager grandchildren to experience the park – and help calm anxious investors. However, their visit is anything but tranquil. Available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark (Movie, 1981) – Accompanied by his feisty, independent ex-flame, the two-fisted archaeologist (Harrison Ford) embarks on a thrilling quest to locate the mystical Ark of the Covenant. Indy must discover the Ark before the Nazis do, and he has to survive poison, traps, snakes and treachery to do so. Available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • E.T: The Extra-Terrestrial (Movie, 1982) – Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore and Robert MacNaughton star in the unforgettable story of a lost alien and the 10-year-old boy who helps him find his way home. This astounding story is has a timeless message of trust, courage, and the overwhelming power of friendship. Available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Forrest Gump (Movie, 1994) – Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks), a simpleminded man, finds himself in the middle of nearly every major event of the 1960s and ‘70s. Along the way, he makes friends, changes lives and yearns for his childhood sweetheart, Jenny. Available on M-GO, Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Ghostbusters (Movie, 1984) – After losing their academic posts at a prestigious college, a team of parapsychologists creates a business exterminating ghouls, hobgoblins and supernatural pests and are soon hired by a cellist to purge her digs of a demon. Available on M-GO, Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • The Dark Knight Rises (Movie, 2012) – In this epic conclusion to the Dark Knight trilogy, the emergence of Bane, a masked terrorist with ruthless plans for Gotham, drives Batman out of his self-imposed exile. Available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Marvel’s The Avengers (Movie, 2012) – Marvel makes cinematic history as it unites the Super Hero team of a lifetime. Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) assemble together for the first time ever in this epic, action-packed blockbuster alongside Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson). Available on M-GO, Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (Movie, 2006) – Pirate Jack Sparrow must seize the fabled “Dead Man’s Chest” in order to cheat death and eternal damnation. But the high seas present many obstacles — including the mighty Kraken! Available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • Toy Story 3 (Movie, 2010) – As Andy prepares for college, Woody, Buzz, Jessie and the rest of Andy’s faithful toys wonder what will become of them. But, when a mix-up lands them at Sunnyside Daycare, they meet a host of new toys and discover a new adventure is just beginning! Available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand and Vudu.
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A Summer of Endless Streaming

The first day of summer is this Saturday and for millions that means barbeques, baseball, swimming, travel and the great outdoors. However, we recently commissioned an omnibus survey and found that TV now tops the list of summertime activities! This probably isn’t surprising to you streaming fans, which is why we love you so.

When asked what they do on summer days, 60 percent of consumers answered that they watch their favorite TV show, followed by read (47 percent), shop (33 percent), jog or hike (19 percent) and attend a sporting event (16 percent). As a matter of fact, 80 percent reported that they have chosen to stay in and watch their favorite TV shows on a nice summer day, while 43 percent admitted to even making up an excuse to do so.

We’re currently in a “golden age” of TV, largely thanks to the accessibility and choice that streaming provides. Summertime is no longer a slump season for entertainment. With awesome shows like Orange is the New Black, no wonder people value their TV shows so much they keep watching even on vacation! Ninety-two percent of people said they stay current with their favorite TV show when traveling while some use the trip to catch up on a TV show or series they’ve previously started watching.

To celebrate TV and help you make the most of your time indoors when beating the heat this summer, we’ve kicked off a Summer of Endless Streaming sweepstakes. Visit the Roku Facebook page for details and a chance to win dozens of prizes.

Happy Streaming! 

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Roku UK: Father’s Day Movie Recommendations

This Sunday is Father’s Day and what better way to spend it than giving Dad control of the remote and so he can watch his favourite films on Roku.  Here are some recommendations of the best films available this weekend.

What do you plan to watch? Let us know in the comments section below.

  • Robocop - Shiny reboot of the classic 1987 future-shocker with Joel Kinnaman as the critically wounded Detroit detective who is rebuilt by the global OmniCorp as a crime-fighting cyborg. But while his creator (Gary Oldman) fights to keep his personality intact, company boss Michael Keaton sees the human factor as a major bug in his money-making program. Sky Store
  • Big Daddy – Dumped by his girlfriend because he refuses to accept responsibility, overgrown adolescent Sonny Koufax adopts a 5-year-old to prove he’s a grown-up. Netflix
  • The Godfather – A classic from 1972, when an organized-crime family patriarch barely survives an attempt on his life, his youngest son steps in to take care of the would-be killers. Netflix
  • Delivery Man – Two decades after making multiple deposits in a sperm bank, debt-ridden van driver David Wozniak is shocked to learn that he is the father of 533 children. Even more alarmingly, 142 of them have filed a lawsuit to reveal his identity. Although his lawyer friend advises against it, David goes on a quest to see how his kids turned out… Sky Store
  • The Monuments Men – With World War II coming to an end and the German army retreating on all fronts, Hitler issues an edict that all looted Nazi treasures – from Picassos to Renoirs – must be destroyed. American art historian Frank Stokes (George Clooney) leads a creaking band of scholars in a race against time to save the art. Sky Store
  • Jobs – Ashton Kutcher plays computer genius and Apple founder Steve Jobs in this efficient biopic. Director Joshua Michael Stern traces the rise of Jobs from barefoot college geek to corporate overlord, capturing both his intense drive and vision as well as his occasional bouts of fury directed at unsatisfactory employees. Sky Store
  • White House Down – Capitol Hill cop Cale (Channing Tatum) is on a tour of the White House with his daughter when it is attacked by a terrorist group. Led by government insider James Woods, the guerrillas demand a big chunk of the Federal Reserve. However, Cale is determined to save his nipper, protect the president and take the terrorists down. Now TV
  • The Internship – The digital age means redundancy for old school salesmen Billy and Nick (Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson). Out of touch and out of work but desperate to show they’re not obsolete, they talk their way into an internship at internet giant Google. Now TV
  • Olympus Has Fallen – A disgraced Secret Service agent must come to the rescue when Korean terrorists descend on the White House and take the president hostage. Netflix
  • Avengers Assemble – An all-star lineup of superheroes — including Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk and Captain America — team up to save the world from certain doom. Netflix
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Top 10 new releases and recommendations for dads

For always telling cheesy jokes and attending our boring school plays, we owe our dads big time for everything they’ve done for us. Hook Pops up with something he really wants this Father’s Day – save $10 off the Roku LT, Roku 2 and Roku 3 until tomorrow (6/14/14).

What TV show or movie reminds you of your Daddio?

Here’s this week’s streaming lineup every dad will love.

Intense fight scenes and brooding manliness, for the action-packed dad:

  • Non-Stop (Movie, 2014) – During a transatlantic flight, U.S. Air Marshal Bill Marks (Liam Neeson) receives a series of cryptic text messages threatening to kill a passenger every 20 minutes unless $150 million is transferred into an off-shore account. With the lives of hundreds of passengers hanging in the balance, he must use every nuance of his training to uncover the killer traveling on the aircraft. Newly released on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Devil’s Knot (Movie, 2013) – Frothing for vengeance after three 8-year-olds are slain, the community of West Memphis, Ark., directs blame at a trio of teens suspected of Satanism. Atom Egoyan directs Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth in this fact-based tale of justice gone awry. Newly released on Netflix, but also available on Amazon Instant Video, Redbox Instant and Vudu.

Blazing tanks, combating soldiers and invasions, we have historical wars movies:

  • The Pianist (Movie, 2002) – Oscar-winner Adrien Brody stars in this epic true-life story of brilliant pianist and composer Wladyslaw Szpilman, an acclaimed musician who survived WWII with the help of a German officer. Newly released on Hulu Plus, but also available on M-GO, Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • The Wipers Times (Movie, 2013) – Based on the remarkable true story of a satirical newspaper published on the front lines of World War One, this poignant yet comedic drama revels in the extraordinary resilience of the human spirit in the face of overwhelming adversity. Newly released on Hulu Plus, but also available on Amazon Instant Video.

Get dad out of his seat with these thrillers:

  • Repentance (Movie, 2013) – Angel Sanchez (Forest Whitaker) has lost everything following the tragic death of his mother. Seemingly intent on finding inner peace, Sanchez seeks out Tommy Carter, a successful author and spiritual advisor who agrees to help him rebuild his shattered life. But when Sanchez reveals his true intentions, Carter must do everything in his power to stay alive in this terrifying psychological thriller. Newly released on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Fractured (Movie, 2013) – Coming out of a long coma with no memory of his previous life, Dylan White instead awakens slowly to the disturbing facts about his criminal past. As he attempts to atone for his prior misdeeds, Dylan is forced to confront evil itself. Newly released on Netflix, but also available on Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.

The active dad who loves a good sports-themed movie:

  • The Babe (Movie, 1992) – The Babe is the definitive story of one of sport’s most fascinating figures, capturing all the drama and excitement of the greatest player in baseball history. The story chronicles Ruth’s phenomenal story, from his beginnings at an orphanage, to his spectacular rise to becoming a baseball legend. Newly released on Crackle, but also available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • The Current (Movie, 2014) – This inspiring documentary profiles brave athletes who faced incredible obstacles, found the drive to overcome their disabilities and became heroes. Newly released on Netflix, but also available on Redbox Instant.

For any discerning taste, all dads love a good laugh:

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel (Movie, 2014) – Recount the adventures of legendary concierge Gustave H. and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft of a priceless painting; a raging battle for an enormous family fortune; and a desperate chase on motorcycles, trains, sleds and skis – all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent. Newly released on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • The Blues Brothers (Movie, 1980) – After the release of Jake Blues from prison, he and brother Elwood take their blues band back on the road in an attempt to raise money for the orphanage where they were raised. Havoc ensues as the brothers seek redemption on their “mission from God.” Newly released on Crackle, but also available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
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