Top 10 new releases and recommendations

This week we are shining the light on an inspiring and brilliant account of one of the most influential families in U.S. history, The Roosevelts. It’s getting rave reviews and quickly becoming a favorite among Roku fans.

Happy streaming!

  • The Roosevelts: An Intimate History (Documentary, 2014) – The stories of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt.  Available to watch on PBS, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • Chef (Movie, 2014) Jon Favreau leads a hilarious all-star cast in this inspiring comedy about a gifted chef who teams up with his ex-wife, best friend and son to launch a food truck business. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO, Redbox Instant and VUDU.
  • 3 Days to Kill (Movie, 2014) – A dying Secret Service agent who wants to reconnect with his estranged daughter is offered a potentially lifesaving drug in exchange for completing one final mission. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO, Netflix, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Transformers: Age of Extinction (Movie, 2014) – As humanity picks up the pieces after an epic battle, a shadowy group emerges to gain control of history. Meanwhile, a powerful new menace sets its sights on Earth. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Silver Linings Playbook (Movie, 2012) – An unexpected bond begins to form between a man trying to rebuild his life and a young woman promising to help him reunite with his estranged wife. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO, Netflix, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • One Day (Movie, 2011)— For 20 years, an idealist and a wealthy charmer reunite on the anniversary of the day they first met, their college graduation.  Available to watch Amazon Instant Video, M-GO, Netflix, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Beginners (Movie, 2010)— Newfound love elicits a man’s memories of his late father, who came out of the closet at 75 to fully embrace his homosexuality. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster On Demand, M-GO, Netflix, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • New Girl Season 3 (TV Show, 2011)— After going through a bad breakup, a woman in her late 20s moves in with three single men. Although they find her behavior very unusual, the men support her – most of the time.  Newly released on Netflix and also available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Hulu, and Vudu.
  • Bones Season 9 (TV Show, 2010)— Dr. Temperance Brennan uses impressive forensics skills to solve murders.  Newly released on Netflix and also available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Hulu, and Vudu.
  • Grace Unplugged (Movie, 2013)— A teenage Christian singer lands a record deal with the help of her father’s ruthless former manager, but her move to Los Angeles and desire for fame lead to a crisis of faith. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO, Netflix, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
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Roku UK: New Releases and Recommendations for 19th September 2014

This week our team across the pond in the US are celebrating an amazing milestone of 10 million Roku players sold! Let’s all join in on the festivities by doing what we all do best – streaming!

Check out our recommendations for this week and don’t forget to let us know what you watch below.

  • Bad Neighbours (Movie) – Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne play the easy going new parents who reach the end of their tether when a raucous college fraternity moves in next door. Zac Efron is the 24-hour party guy who makes their life hell, leading to a tit-for-tat conflict that gets way out of hand. Available on Sky Store.
  • Skyfall (Movie) – When a serious menace threatens MI6, James Bond is on the case and puts aside his own life and personal issues to hunt and destroy the perpetrators. Recently added to Netflix.
  • Our Zoo (Series) – Drama series based on the true story of the Mottershead family who, in the face of staunch opposition and huge personal sacrifice, founded Chester Zoo in the 1930s. Catch up now on BBC iPlayer.
  • The Leftovers (Series) – NEW! Justin Theroux, Christopher Eccleston and Liv Tyler star in a tense new drama from the co-creator of Lost. Based on the bestselling novel by Tom Perrotta, the series charts how the locals of a small New York suburb are coping three years after a rapture-like event in which two per cent of the world’s population disappeared. Catch the first two episodes on Now TV.
  • Glue (Series) – When the body of a local teenage boy is found underneath the wheels of a tractor in a small farming village in the English countryside, the local community – his friends – are forced to open up their world and have their lives thrown into disarray. Outsider Eli – the brother of the murdered teenager – also struggles to cope with his grief. When a young and ambitious police officer, Ruth Rosen, is seconded to the murder investigation the situation becomes yet more complicated. Watch the first episode on 4oD.
  • The Counselor (Movie) – Michael Fassbender leads a class-A cast in Ridley Scott’s grimly stylish crime thriller as the titular lawyer whose decision to enter the drug trade proves horribly unwise. With sex, death and greed high on the agenda, this movie provides plenty of philosophical meat for everyone to chew on, including the Counsellor’s shadiest client Javier Bardem, cartel middleman Brad Pitt and Cameron Diaz as the femme fatale who pulls everybody’s strings. Watch it on Now TV.
  • The Two Faces of January (Movie) – Viggo Mortensen is Chester MacFarland, a sleek Manhattan financier who is doing the rounds of Europe’s grand sights with his younger wife Colette (Kristen Dunst). While in Athens they make the acquaintance of American tour guide Rydal (Oscar Isaac), a minor league ducker and diver whose dodgy connections come in useful when Chester’s angry creditors coming looking for him. Deception, distrust and adultery propel the trio into a labyrinthine nightmare. Available on Sky Store.
  • Can’t pay we’ll take it away (Documentary) – This series gains exclusive access to some of the most experienced High Court enforcement bailiffs and repossession teams in the country, for an eye-opening insight into cash-strapped Britain from the perspectives of debtors, creditors and debt collectors. It reveals what it means to be a creditor who cannot get back what they are owed, what it is like to be saddled with debt that you are simply unable to repay and what it takes to be the kind of person who can pay but refuses to do so. Catch up now on Demand 5.
  • Cilla (Series) – Three-part biopic featuring Sheridan Smith as the Liverpudlian songbird who would later find fame and fortune. It tells of her rocky road to fame and captures the essence of 1960s Liverpool. Available now on ITV Player.

Golden Oldie:

  • Shawshank Redemption (Movie) – This classic will be 20 years old next week! Framed for murder, upstanding banker Andy Dufresne begins a new life at the Shawshank prison and gradually forms a close bond with older inmate Red. Watch it now on Netflix.
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Roku Sets New TV Streaming Milestones

Today we’re happy to announce that we have sold 10 million Roku players in the United States! This is a huge milestone for our company and we want to thank all of you for helping us to achieve it. We are dedicated to bringing consumers the best streaming TV experience and we’re grateful that our fans continue to support and recognize us for making America’s favorite streaming players.

Just over six years ago we shipped the very first Roku player to stream Netflix to the TV and now our players are synonymous with TV streaming. Today Roku players feature more than 1,800 channels – that’s 1,000 more channels than available on other streaming players. And because of this vast selection of entertainment, Roku players stream more than other streaming players. In fact, new NPD data1 found that Roku is the popular choice among streaming players and accounts for an aggregate 37 million hours of video streamed per week compared to Apple TV at 15 million hours, Chromecast at 12 million hours and Amazon Fire TV at six million hours. You’re also referring your friends to Roku more than any other streaming device, according to NPD. Thank you!

In celebration of the milestone, we created a cool infographic that shows interesting Roku fun facts and trends. Does your city have the most Roku fans? What are people searching for on Roku? Click on the infographic below to find out.

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It’s been an incredible journey for Roku and we couldn’t be more thrilled. Here’s to the next 10 million!

Use the hashtag #Roku10Million today to help us celebrate – and if you’re one of our 10 million Roku streamers we always love to see your Roku photos too! Ten Roku 3 players will be given away over a 10-day sweepstakes on Facebook. More details can be found at:

1 July 2014 proprietary consumer study conducted for Roku by The NPD Group, Inc.

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Roku UK: New Releases and Recommendations for 12th September 2014

The summer is all but over, but darker nights are a great excuse for curling up on the sofa to watch the best that your Roku streaming player can offer. Here are some of our top picks for the coming week.

What programmes are on your ‘must see’ list? Leave your recommendations in the comments section below.

  • Clean Bandit Symphony (documentary) – BBC Radio 1 and the BBC Philharmonic present the Clean Bandit Symphony live from BBC North – a unique collaboration between one of the UK’s most exciting artists and its most accomplished orchestras. Available on BBC iPlayer only until the 17th of September, so get watching.
  • Hot Tub Britain (documentary) – Documentary examining the growing attraction of the hot tub in Britain and the £10 million family business in Blackpool which is the country’s biggest hot tub superstore. See the first episode now on ITV player.
  • Robocop (2014) (movie) – The classic 1987 futuristic action film has been brought back to life by director José Padilha, with Joel Kinnaman as the critically wounded Detroit detective who is rebuilt by the global OmniCorp as a crime-fighting cyborg. The 2014 remake is available at half price on Sky Store until 22nd September.
  • The Motorway: Life in the Fast Lane (documentary) – A new series following one of the busiest stretches of road in Britain, where the country’s longest motorway, the M6, meets four other major routes.  You can catch up on the first episode on BBC iPlayer now.
  • Cycling la Vuelta a Espana (sport) – The race that follows on from the famed Tour de France reaches stage 17. This is the last real chance for the sprinters in this year’s Vuelta, often providing the most interesting finishes. You can watch full highlights from this year’s race on ITV Player and catch up on Chris Froome’s return.
  • Educating the East End (series) – After the success of Educating Yorkshire, it’s the turn of Frederick Bremer School in East London to be thrust into the national spotlight. The series looks at playground high jinks, inspirational lessons and life-changing friendships and events. The first episode, available on 4oD, introduces us to headmaster Jenny Smith, her staff and some lively pupils.
  • Louis Theroux: The Ultra Zionists (series) – As the current problems in Palestine rage on, this documentary from 2011 shows Louis spending time with a small and very committed subculture of ultra-nationalist Jewish settlers who want to populate the West Bank. This episode is part of an extensive series that can be watched fully on NetFlix and highlights many of the issues in the unsettled area.
  • World’s Worst Journeys From Hell (documentary) – This new documentary reveals the moments when things go spectacularly wrong, capturing all the drama. The stories are retold moment by moment and journey by journey in this breathtaking documentary. Catch up now on Demand 5.
  • Two Players (series) – Episode 8 features Made in Chelsea star Jamie Lang and fashion blogger Bip Ling kicking back on a sofa for a chat whilst playing some of the newest, best and worst video games. All episodes are available on 4od and last for just 5 minutes each, so are great if you are limited for time.

Golden Oldie:

  • Trading Places – This comedy classic from 1983 stars Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd as a fast-talking lowlife and a squeaky-clean stockbroker who have their lives completely switched around by the meanest, greediest brothers on Wall Street. This highly rated comedy is available to watch instantly on NOW TV.
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Top 10 new releases and recommendations

It is the perfect time to catch up and get carried away in adventure before the start of fall TV. If you are a sucker for a powerful love story, or an adrenaline junkie looking for a good spy drama you have come to the right place to indulge.

  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Movie, 2014) – Captain America, the Black Widow and a new ally, the Falcon, face an unexpected enemy as they struggle to expose a far-reaching conspiracy that puts them up against a formidable enemy—the Winter Soldier. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster On Demand, M-GO and Vudu.
  • The Fault in our Stars (Movie, 2014) – Hazel and Gus are two teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them on a journey.  Their relationship is all the more miraculous given that Hazel’s other constant companion is an oxygen tank, Gus jokes about his prosthetic leg, and they met and fell in love at a cancer support center. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO and Vudu.
  • Le Week-End (Movie, 2013) – A British couple return to Paris many years after their honeymoon in an attempt to rejuvenate their marriage. Newly released on Netflix and also available to watch on Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • Trailer Park Boys Season 8 (TV Show, 2014) – Two petty felons have a documentary made about their life in a trailer park. Available to watch on Netflix.
  • The Blacklist Season 1 (TV Show, 2013) – Former government agent Raymond “Red” Reddington had eluded capture for decades. But he suddenly surrenders to the FBI with an offer to help catch a terrorist under one condition. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Hulu, M-GO, Netflix and Vudu.
  • Refuge (Movie, 2012) – After their parents abandon the family, a young woman works to take care of her younger siblings. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Hulu, Netflix and Vudu.
  • Anastasia (Movie, 1997) – Years after losing her family to evil Rasputin, Czar Nicholas’ grown daughter is able to reunite with her grandmother in Paris. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO, Netflix and Vudu.
  • Filth (Movie, 2013) — A corrupt cop manipulates and hallucinates his way through a bid to secure a promotion and win back his wife and daughter. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • All is Lost (Movie, 2013) – After a collision with a shipping container at sea, a resourceful sailor finds himself, despite all the efforts to the contrary, staring his mortality in the face. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO, Netflix, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Mirage Men (Documentary, 2013) – Former government agents discuss their involvement in shaping UFO mythology during the Cold War. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Netflix and Vudu.
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TV is better than ever

Adapted from Doug Craig’s talk at TEDxHollywood – watch the full presentation here.

“If it weren’t for Philo T. Farnsworth, inventor of television, we’d still be eating frozen radio dinners.” -Johnny Carson

I love this quote from Johnny Carson. It reminds me how advances in technology have changed our lives – we jumped from radio to TV. TV became so integral to our lives and it began to be acceptable to watch while we ate dinner as a family. How many of you had a TV like this in your house?

If you’re like me, you love TV. Right now I can’t stop thinking of that Sons of Anarchy episode I watched last night, but I digress…

As a kid, I had about four channels. I watched what was on or nothing at all. And I had to work for it – remember fiddling with the rabbit ears to get the signal just right? Just imagine me trying to tell my kids that we had to WALK up to the TV to change the channel.

Let’s fast forward to today…

This is my kid’s TV experience. I’m sure it looks familiar. Today kids have no concept of TV networks, schedules or the “TV Guide.” They start, binge-watch and stop at will. Watching TV is complimented with a mobile device. They have complete control of what, when and where they watch TV.

But kids aren’t the only ones who watch TV this way – we all do now.

The Internet has transformed TV and it has made a profound impact on our lives. Today we have access to an unlimited amount of content – content we choose and connect with. There are channels on TV that would have otherwise never had a path to the TV without the power of the Internet and the advent of streaming. The Autism Channel, Diabetic Living and Homeschooling Network have more deeply connected communities with these advances. This year, because of streaming more people than ever united to watch the World Cup all over the world (broke a streaming record too!) and this is just the beginning.

The future is bright for us TV lovers. All TV will be streamed and the experience will only get better and better. If you told seven-year-old me this is how I’d watch TV, I would have been way more excited to grow up.

Stream on.

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Top 10 new releases and recommendations

Is it really September already?! On the upside, football season’s underway and fall TV premieres are just around the corner. Football fans, Draft Day and The League are recommendations just for you. :)

  • Draft Day (Movie, 2014)  On the day of the NFL Draft, general manager Sonny Weaver (Costner) has the opportunity to save football in Cleveland when he trades for the number one pick. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster On Demand, M-GO, Redbox Instant and VUDU.
  • Blended (Movie, 2014) – Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore star as single parents whose families get swept away for a blended family honeymoon in the African Savanna. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster On Demand, M-GO, Redbox Instant and VUDU.
  • The League Season 5 (TV Show, 2013) – Men juggle their personal lives with their love of fantasy football. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Netflix and Vudu.
  • Criminal Minds Season 9 (TV Show, 2013) – An elite squad of FBI profilers analyzes the country’s most-twisted criminals. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO, Netflix and Vudu.
  • Californication Seasons 1-7 (TV Show, 2007) – A self-destructive novelist tries to raise his daughter. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Netflix and Vudu.
  • Cool Runnings (Movie, 1993) – Two Jamaicans make their way to Calgary as long-shot bobsledders in the 1988 Olympics. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO, Netflix and Vudu.
  • Girl Rising (Movie, 2013) – Stories of nine girls from developing countries show them overcoming great obstacles to obtain an education and change their fates.  Available on Amazon Instant Video, Netflix and Vudu.
  • Lords of Dogtown (Movie, 2005) – In the 1970s, a group of California surfers pioneers a revolutionary new style of skateboarding.  Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO, Netflix, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • School of Rock (Movie, 2003) – Fired from his group and desperate for money, a guitarist poses as a teacher for students who play in a school band. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO, Netflix, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Swiss Family Robinson (Movie, 1960) – The shipwrecked Robinsons and their three sons build a house in a huge tropical tree and fight pirates invading the island.  Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Netflix and Vudu.
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Roku UK: New Releases and Recommendations for 5th September 2014

A new month, a new school year, and some great new additions that you can watch on your Roku player.

What are you watching this month? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

  • Harry at 30 (documentary) – Prince Harry turns 30 later this month, and this documentary explores his life so far, with contributions from friends, army comrades, journalists and royal correspondents. Available on ITV Player.
  • In the Club (series)Kay Mellor’s latest gritty British drama follows the progress of six very different pregnant women and their partners who meet at a local antenatal group. The first five episodes are all available to watch now on BBC iPlayer.
  • The X Factor (series) – The annual search for the country’s next singing sensation is back, and the new series sees the return of Cheryl Fernandez-Versini (formerly Cheryl Cole) to the judging panel, alongside new judge Mel B and old faces Simon Cowell and Louis Walsh. You can catch up on the first rounds of auditions on ITV Player.
  • Masters of Sex (series) – Stylish, smart and provocative drama series set in the 1950s, chronicling the relationship of Dr William Masters (Michael Sheen) and Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan), the couple who gave birth to the sexual revolution.  You can catch up on the second series of the America drama on 4oD.
  • DIY SOS (series) – You might want to have some tissues handy for the latest episode of the home renovation series, as Nick Knowles and his team help a couple who had to stop working on their house when their son Noah was born with spina bifida and only two per cent of his brain. Episode 2 of series 25 is on BBC iPlayer now.
  • TV’s Nastiest Villains with Joan Collins (documentary) – A host of television and showbiz personalities offer their insight into what keeps us rooting for the bad guys. From Walter White of Breaking Bad to Tanya Turner from Footballers’ Wives, Joan Collins counts down some of the nastiest men and women to have appeared on our screens. You can watch it now on Demand 5.
  • The Thick of It (series) – Peter Capaldi may now be the new Doctor Who, but it was as foul-mouthed and aggressive Director of Government Communications Malcolm Tucker that he made his name. You can watch all four series of Armando Iannucci’s satirical comedy on Netflix.
  • Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (movie) – Seven years after the hilarious and hugely popular first film, Ron Burgundy and Veronica Cornerstone are now married and co-anchors for New York’s first 24-hour news channel. See how they get on in the sequel which has just been added to NOW TV.
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier (movie) – Two years after the events of Avengers Assemble, Steve Rogers – aka Captain America – continues to undertake heroic missions for S.H.I.E.L.D. under the directorship of Nick Fury and the assistance of Black Widow. The latest superhero instalment from Marvel is now available on Sky Store.

Golden Oldie:

  • Cleopatra (Movie) – The historical drama that brought Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton together stars her as the queen of all Egypt and him as her Roman lover. All 3 hours and 53 minutes of this 60’s classic are available on Sky Store.
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Roku tips and tricks from our customers

Every day our awesome Roku customers share their best Roku tips, favorite channels and much more. We’ve included 10 of our favorite Roku tips below but we’d love to hear yours too – post ‘em below!

See all the tips from your fellow Roku customers on Facebook and Twitter.

Roku app for smartphone is a must. Much easier to search and type than regular remote. – Eric

Use the * (options) key and organize the channels in the order you watch them – Jay

Put your top 3 channels in slots 1-3 and your next 3 channels in the last 3 slots – and simply cursor up. – @tubaman_z

Pairing your phone’s YouTube app with your Roku is easy and awesome. Love watching YouTube vids in 1080p on my 50” TV! #RokuTip – @ballyhewe

Stream your own movie collection with Plex. – Tom

Tip: use Roku app on smartphone to show pictures from your phone or stream music from your phone to Roku. – Phillip

Get some Velcro to mount the Roku to the back of your TV and then use the WiFi remote. That way everything is tucked away and you don’t have to worry about the infrared line of sight with the remote. – Kyle

When you buy a DVD or Blu-ray make sure you get the one with the digital copy. We started doing this and then putting the dvds up where kids can’t get them. Now my kids have access to all their new movies via digital download on Vudu but can’t break or scratch them like they used to. – Wendy

Take it on vacation, plug in, attach to wifi and stream – Rob

Research & explore ALL channels available. Not just the well advertised major ones. There are other channels available. – @SallyJoany

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Top 10 new releases and recommendations

With an extra day off for Labor Day, there’s no reason you can’t get through most of our top 10 list. We did the math, there are about 50 hours you can stream this weekend…that is if you decide to sleep the full 8 hours each night. ;)

We want to hear from you though. Let us know what you’re streaming this weekend.

  • Godzilla (Movie, 2014) This spectacular adventure pits Godzilla, the world’s most famous monster, against malevolent creatures that, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence. Available to buy on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO and VUDU.
  • Muppets Most Wanted (Movie, 2014) – The Muppets find themselves entangled in an international crime caper. Available on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO and VUDU.
  • Parenthood Season 5 (TV Show, 2010) – Four adult siblings share the joys and heartaches of parenthood. Recently released on Netflix and also available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, M-GO and Vudu.
  • Revenge Season 3 (TV Show, 2011) – A young woman returns to the Hamptons to take vengeance on the neighbors that set her father up. Available on Netflix.
  • Once Upon a Time Season 3 (TV Show, 2011) – A bail bond collector must fight for the present day world, in which fairy tales are to be believed. Recently released on Netflix and also available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus and Vudu.
  • Barbershop 2: Back in Business (Movie, 2004) – The owner of a barbershop faces pressure from a corporation that is opening establishments in his neighborhood. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Netflix and Vudu.
  • Great Expectations (Movie, 2013) – A humble orphan becomes a gentleman with help from a mysterious benefactor.  Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO, Netflix and Vudu.
  • From Dusk Till Dawn Season 1 (TV Show, 2014) – A bank robber and his violent brother run from the law but meet vampires. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Netflix and Vudu.
  • Thanks for Sharing (Movie, 2012) – An unconventional romantic comedy that follows the topsy-turvy lives and loves of three obsessive characters: an overachieving environmental consultant, a stubborn small-business owner and a wisecracking ER doctor. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO, Netflix, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Rounders (Movie, 1998) – The release of his debt-ridden pal from jail spurs a law student to resume high-stakes gambling.  Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster On Demand, M-GO, Netflix and Vudu.
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