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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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Roku UK: New Releases and Recommendations for 11th July 2014

Wimbledon is over, and there isn’t long left of the World Cup so now you can get back to the best thing about TV…streaming! We have compiled some recommendations of what to watch this week in case you have been out of the loop and distracted by all of the recent sporting events.

What do you plan to watch this week? Let us know in the comments section below…

  • Ride Along (Movie) – Feckless school security guard Ben (Kevin Hart) has to prove to hard-as-nails Atlanta cop James (Ice Cube) that he’s good enough to marry his sister (Tika Sumpter) by joining him on patrol in the city. However, their pratfall-crammed day results in them falling foul of the town’s mysterious crime king Omar. Fast-talking comedy caper from director Tim Story (Think Like A Man). Watch this comedy now on Sky Store.
  • The 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. Watch it now on Netflix.
  • Sunshine on Leith (Movie) – Ex-squaddies Ally (Kevin Guthrie) and Davy (George MacKay) return to Edinburgh after a gruelling tour of duty in Afghanistan. However, both struggle to learn to live a life outside the army and to deal with the everyday struggles of family, jobs and relationships. Adapted from the hit musical based on the music of The Proclaimers, this is a journey north for a beery, teary, toe-tapping tale of home, heart and Hibernian FC. Watch it on Now TV.
  • Big Brother (Series) – As the series draws to an end, catch up on the latest in the house on Demand 5.
  • Britain’s Youngest Carers (Series) – Watch the first episode of this documentary on 4oD, which follows the lives of four of Britain’s youngest carers – six-year-old Ty-Reece, sisters Clare and Erin, who are 16 and 14, and Josh, who’s 13 – to understand the challenges that they face in caring for their parents.
  • Top Boy (Series) – In this gritty, stylish drama series, two London drug dealers ply their lucrative trade at a public housing estate in North London. New episodes now on Netflix.
  • Slum Survivors (Series) – New to BBC iPlayer three British mechanics are guided and challenged for ten days in Lagos, Nigeria, by extraordinary slum dwellers who use dedication, passion and guts to succeed.
  • Ray Donovan (Series) – Meet Ray (Liev Schreiber), a problem solver to LA’s rich and famous with a past that’s back to haunt him. Absorbing drama with Jon Voight. Series one available on Now TV.
  • Tour de France – Watch the highlights of stage five which had nine cobbled sections totalling over 15km which promised to be both exciting viewing, and dangerous riding with a nod to Paris-Roubaix. Catch up now on ITV Player.

A Golden Oldie:

  • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off - Ferris convinces his entire school he’s at death’s door, then hits the streets of Chicago with his girlfriend and best friend for a day of fun. Available on Netflix
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Roku UK: New Releases and Recommendations for 4th May 2014

Overwhelmed by the excessive number of sporting events on at the moment? Escape with a Friday night film or a favourite TV series, all available on Roku for your entertainment now!

What do you plan to watch this week? Let us know in the comments section below…

  • Glastonbury Highlights – A look back at the highlights from 2014′s Glastonbury festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset, including performances from many of the headline acts, a smattering of special acoustic performances and a general celebration of all things Glastonbury. Watch it now on BBC iPlayer.
  • Martina Cole’s The Runaway (Series) – Neglected by their parents, Cathy and Eamonn are two children thrown together in London’s East End where they depend on each other and dream of a brighter future together. Series one is available from today on Now TV.
  • Modern Family (Series) – This Emmy-winning sitcom follows Jay Pritchett and his eclectic family as they deal with the challenges of contemporary life in Los Angeles. A complex clan tries to get along in this biting sitcom, as patriarch Jay, married to a younger woman, tries to identify with his grown children. Seasons 1 and 2 are available to watch now on Netflix.
  • Holes (Movie) – Transformers’ Shia LaBeouf stars as Stanley Yelnats in a Texas juvenile detention camp where delinquents are forced to dig holes every day as a character building exercise. But what’s the real reason for the digging? Available to watch now on Netflix.
  • Scream 4 (Movie) – After ten years Sidney (Neve Cambell) returns to her hometown of Woodsboro for a promotional tour of her self-help book. Things take a blood spattered turn when Ghostface reappears and tries to make up for lost time with another killing spree. On the 15th Anniversary of the original murders, two high-school students are found dead and Sheriff Dewey and his journalist wife Gale try to track down the serial slasher. Watch it on Demand 5.
  • George Clarkes Amazing Spaces (Series) – George Clarke explores the extraordinary world of small builds, where people turn tiny spaces into the most incredible places to live, work and play. He even tries making a few of his own. George visits a canal boat that’s been revamped as the ultimate bachelor pad as he prepares to unveil his deluxe family caravan. Catch up with series 1, 2 and 3 on 4oD now.
  • Non-Stop (Movie) – Whisky-sozzled air marshal Bill Marks (Liam Neeson) has to sober up quickly when a text-fiend threatens to kill a passenger every 20 minutes unless they get $150m. With the help of a fellow traveller and a resourceful air hostess, Marks attempts to identify the blackmailer… but winds up becoming the chief suspect. Catch it now on Sky Store.
  • Escape Plan (Movie) – In the first proper buddy-up for the Hollywood action legends, Sly Stallone plays Ray Breslin, a professional prison breaker-outer, hired by companies to test out the security of their jails. However, when he’s double-crossed and finds himself incarcerated in a futuristic prison ‘off the grid’, only his wits, gravelly voice and violent tendencies will save him. Available now on Sky Store.
  • The Way Way Back (Movie) – A shy 14-year-old finds solace from his divorced mother and her overbearing boyfriend with maverick water park manager Owen. The Descendants writer/directors Jim Rash and Nat Faxon’s directorial debut is a sweet, knowing tribute to teenage awkwardness, to divorced parents trying to restore family values and to those who find themselves as unlikely mentors. Stream it on Now TV.

A Golden Oldie:

  • The Godfather (Movie) – A classic gangster film from the 1970’s, Al Paccino stars in the Godfather. 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. Watch it now on Netflix.
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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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