The top 10 mob movies

Join us in wishing Al Pacino a happy 74th birthday today. To celebrate, we pulled together the top gangster movies of all time and of course Al Pacino, king of mob movies, stars in quite a few of them!

Did we miss any?

  • The Godfather (Movie, 1972)– The winner of 3 Academy awards including Best Picture, The Godfather is the compelling story starring Al Pacino and Marlo Brando based on the novel by Mario Puzo about the life and times of Mafia patriarch Don Corleone and his family. Available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Scarface (Movie, 1983)– In the spring of 1980, the port at Mariel Harbor was opened, and thousands set sail for the United States. They came in search of the American Dream. One of them found it on the sun-washed avenues of Miami…wealth, power and passion beyond his wildest dreams. He was Tony Montana (Al Pacino). Available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand and Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Donnie Brasco (Movie, 1997) – Posing as jewel broker Donnie Brasco, FBI agent Joseph D. Pistone (Johnny Depp) is granted entrance into the violent mob family of aging hit man Lefty Ruggiero (Al Pacino). When his personal and professional lives collide, Pistone jeopardizes his marriage, his job life and, ultimately, the gangster mentor he has come to respect and admire. Available on M-GO, Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Redbox Instant, Crackle and Vudu.
  • Carlito’s Way (Movie, 1993) – Oscar winner Al Pacino gives an electrifying performance as former drug kingpin Carlito Brigante, who is sprung from prison by his high-powered attorney (Sean Penn). He stuns the New York underworld by vowing to go straight from a history of violence, but his plans are undermined by misguided loyalties and an outmoded code of honor. Available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand and Redbox Instant.
  • Goodfellas (Movie, 1990) – Martin Scorsese exposes the fascinating, mysterious and violent underworld of New York’s Mafia families through the life of insider Henry Hill. Starring Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta and Joe Pesci. Available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Pulp Fiction (Movie, 1994) – Writer/director Quentin Tarantino delivers an unforgettable cast of characters — including a pair of low-rent hit men, their boss’s sexy wife, and a desperate prizefighter — in a wildly entertaining and exhilarating motion picture adventure that both thrills and amuses! Available on M-GO, Netflix, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • American Gangster (Movie, 2007) –Armed with ruthless, street-wise tactics and a strict sense of honor, crime boss Frank Lucas (Denzel Washington) rules Harlem’s chaotic drug underworld. When outcast cop Richie Roberts (Russell Crowe) sets out to bring down Lucas’s multi-million dollar empire, it plunges both men into a legendary confrontation. Available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Reservoir Dogs (Movie, 1992) – Critically acclaimed for its raw power and breathtaking ferocity, it’s the brilliant American gangster movie classic from writer-director Quentin Tarantino. Four perfect strangers assemble to pull off the perfect crime, then their simple robbery explodes into bloody ambush and the ruthless killers realize one of them is a police informer. But which one? Available on M-GO, Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Casino (Movie, 1995)– Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone and Joe Pesci star in director Martin Scorsese’s riveting look at how blind ambition, white-hot passion and 24-karat greed toppled an empire. Las Vegas 1973 is the setting for this fact-based story about the Mob’s multi-million dollar casino operation where fortunes and lives were made and lost with a roll of the dice. Available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Mean Streets (Movie, 1973) – Two-time Academy Award-winner Robert De Niro stars in Martin Scorsese’s drama of young men coming to manhood by the code of New York’s Little Italy. A harrowing, intense, and grueling dramatic experience — brilliantly acted and directed. Available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
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Roku UK: New Releases and Recommendations for 25th April 2014

If like me you were out and about last weekend making the most of the extended bank holiday break and unusually nice weather, make this weekend more relaxing. Catch up on your favourite programmes or watch one of this week’s new movies available on Roku. Here are my recommendations to get you started.

What are you watching?

  • The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (Movie) - Ben Stiller makes a return to the director’s chair for this comedy-drama. Stiller plays the titular Mitty, a repressed, lonely soul whose life lacks even the smallest modicum of action. But with his job under threat, Walter has a chance to not only redeem himself, but change for the better too. Available on Sky Store.
  • Captain Phillips (Movie) – HALF PRICE! A must see, Tom Hanks takes the titular helm of this maritime thriller based on a true story. An American cargo ship is seized by Somali pirates, as the military rescue is mobilised, Captain Richard Phillips and his crew must endure a terrifying ordeal at the hands of the volatile hijackers. Available for half price this weekend on Sky Store.
  • Eastenders (Series) - Last weekend saw the murder of Lucy Beale – the start of a long-running ‘who done it’ – with some of the soaps biggest characters in the frame. The storyline is set to run until next year so if you want to keep up, make sure you catch up now on BBC iPlayer.
  • Derek (Series) – A year after the events of the first series, all the old Broadhill faces are back, alongside some new ones. The bittersweet comedy by Ricky Gervais is back for its second series with the first episode now on 4oD. If you missed the first series, you can catch this first on Netflix.
  • Game of Thrones (Series) – Sky Atlantic’s epic tale of lust, treachery, and bloodshed follows seven noble families as they fight for control of the kingdom of Westeros, and as the land becomes consumed by political intrigue, dark forces begin to stir beyond the Great Wall in the North.  Catch up on season four this weekend on Now TV.
  • Louis Theroux’s Weird Weekends (Documentary) – Want to see an insight in to how other people spend their weekends. Louis gives viewers a chance to get glimpses of things they wouldn’t normally see by diving into obscure or marginalized subcultures. Available now on Netflix.
  • After the Fall (Movie) – This 2010 film shows the life changing trip of a woman who finds previously unknown hidden reserves of strength when a terrible horse riding accident leaves her paralysed. Watch for free on Demand 5.
  • Despicable Me 2 (Movie) – Available from today on Now TV, get ready for more Minion madness! Chris Meledandri and his acclaimed filmmaking team create an all-new comedy adventure featuring the return of (former?) super-villain Gru (Steve Carell), his adorable girls, the unpredictably hilarious Minions…and a host of new and outrageously funny characters.
  • The Lone Ranger (Movie) - From the team behind Pirates of the Caribbean, The Social Network’s Armie Hammer grabs the reins as the likable lead and Johnny Depp manages to exorcise the ghost of Jack Sparrow for a surprisingly heartfelt turn as native sidekick Tonto. Available now on Now TV.

A Golden Oldie:

  • The Shawshank Redemption (Movie) – 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. Catch this classic on Netflix now. 
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YouTube update: Channel now available to all current-generation devices

Happy Tuesday, streamers! We have a great and long-awaited channel update to share – YouTube is available now in the Roku Channel Store for all current-generation* Roku devices in the U.S., Canada, U.K. and the Republic of Ireland! We’re thrilled it’s finally here as we’re dedicated to our industry-leading selection of streaming entertainment.

YouTube has something for everyone, and is without a doubt a favorite for people to watch creative, high definition videos from all over the world. From viral hits to music videos to educational videos, we’re excited to be able to bring the YouTube channel on Roku to more customers. We appreciate your patience and know you’ll enjoy watching the best of the web on your big screen.

Remember, you can also send YouTube videos from your Android devices, iPhone and iPad to your TV, when you’re connected on the same WiFi. Perfect for those situations when you’ve been sent a link of the latest YouTube sensation or when you don’t want to huddle with others around your phone or tablet to watch Rosanna Pansino’s latest cooking tips, or news around the world from VICE. Just click on the screen icon to instantly send the video to your TV.

*Current generation players are those introduced after June 2011 and include the Roku LT, Roku 1, Roku 2, Roku 2 HD, Roku 2 XD, Roku 2XS, Roku 3, the Roku Streaming Stick (both HDMI and Roku Ready versions) and the Roku HD model #2500.

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FOX NOW: Available for Comcast customers starting today

Jack Bauer lives another day! We’re counting down the days to the 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY 12-episode event starting May 5th on FOX. That’s one of the reasons we love the FOX NOW Roku channel. It makes it possible to stream full episodes of your favorite FOX shows on demand from American Idol and Brooklyn Nine-Nine to The Mindy Project and The Simpsons - the day after they air.

The FOX NOW channel on Roku has been very popular and we’re happy to report that Comcast customers can now also get in on the action by linking their Xfinity accounts. This is in addition to already supported providers, including AT&T U-Verse, Dish, Verizon FiOS, Optimum and many more. For more information on supported providers, please visit:

The Roku streaming platform helps get the most out of your subscriptions with unlimited access and additional ways to watch. For instance, if you have a room in the house or a weekend getaway that doesn’t have a cable box, all you need is an Internet connection and your Roku player to start streaming entertainment.

And, while linking your TV provider to FOX NOW gives you access to the most current season FOX episodes anywhere, you don’t need a provider login to access new episodes of select spring and summer series including 24: Live Another Day, Surviving Jack and Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey.

As we like to say at Roku, Keep Calm and Stream on!

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Top 10 new releases and recommendations

Academy Award nominees, love stories, movies to keep the kiddos entertained and much more to fill up your Easter weekend.  What will you be watching?

  • Philomena (Movie, 2013) – Academy Award-Winner Judi Dench stars as Philomena, a woman who alongside a grumpy reporter (Steve Coogan) journeys to America to find the child she put up for adoption so many years ago. Newly released on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (Movie, 2013) – Ben Stiller directs and stars in this inspiring story about an ordinary man who finds the courage to discover his destiny and leap into the extraordinary adventure that is life. Newly released on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • The Pirate Fairy (Movie, 2014) – From the world of Peter Pan comes The Pirate Fairy, a swashbuckling advanture about Zarina, a smart and ambitious dust-keeper fairy who’s captivated by Blue Pixie Dust and its endless possibilities. Newly released on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Vudu and Blockbuster on Demand.
  • Hop (Movie, 2011) – Reluctant to take over his father’s job, the son (Russell Brand) of the Easter Bunny runs away to Los Angeles, where he tricks an unemployed slacker (James Marsden) into taking care of him. Available on Vudu, Amazon Instant Video, Redbox Instant and Blockbuster on Demand.
  • Labor Day (Movie, 2013) – From director Jason Reitman, Labor Day stars Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin as two strangers drawn together under incredible circumstances. What starts as an unforeseen encounter over a long holiday weekend soon becomes a second chance love story. Newly released on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • The Eagle (Movie, 2011) – Haunted by the disappearance of his father, who vanished with the Roman Ninth Legion on an expedition into the north of Britain, centurion Marcus Aquila (Channing Tatum) sets out to unravel the mystery and recover the legion’s eagle standard. Newly released on Netflix, but also available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video and Blockbuster on Demand.
  • 3 Days of Normal (Movie, 2012) – In this thoroughly charming romantic comedy, Bill Morgan, an uptight, lonely, small-town New Hampshire cop has his world turned upside down when a reckless starlet stumbles into town. Newly released on Snagfilms, but also available on Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • Short Term 12 (Movie, 2013) – Grace, a compassionate young supervisor at a foster care facility, works with her boyfriend and colleague, Mason, to help at-risk teens. But when a new charge dredges up memories of her own troubled past, Grace’s tough exterior begins eroding. Newly released on Netflix, but also available on Amazon Instant Video, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Blast Vegas (Movie, 2013) – Starring Frankie Muniz, fraternity brothers head to Las Vegas for spring break. One of them steals the sword of Thutmose III from a hotel, but they don’t realize that they have unleashed an ancient curse in the form of a sand storm that slowly moves down the strip, destroying famed hotels. Newly released on Hulu Plus, but also available on Netflix, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • Lost in Translation (Movie, 2003) – Two lost souls, Bob Harris (Bill Murray) and Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson), visiting Tokyo — the young, neglected wife of a photographer and a washed-up movie star shooting a TV commercial — find an odd solace and pensive freedom to be real in each other’s company, away from their lives in America. Newly released on Crackle, but also available on M-GO, Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
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Roku UK: new releases and recommendations for 18th April 2014

There are some crucial football games on over this Easter weekend, so you could treat yourself to a Sky Sports day pass. If you would rather watch a film or catch up on a TV Series here’s what I’m watching – let me know your recommendations in the comments below!

  • Sherlock (Series) – The greatest detective of all time and his trusty sidekick meet in the 21st Century. The sleuth prowls the streets of modern day London in search of clues. Stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman and Una Stubbs. Available on Netflix.
  • Shetland (Series) – With the wonderful scenery as a backdrop, this is the story of detective Jimmy Perez , a native to the islands who returns home and of course gets involved in a murder mystery. Available on BBC iPlayer.
  • The Big Wedding (Movie) – A long-divorced couple feigns years of wedded bliss to please a special guest at their son’s nuptials: His birth mother. Stars Robert de Niro and Diane Keaton Available on Netflix.
  • Harry Brown (Movie) –2009 British Vigilante Film starring Michael Caine and Emily Mortimer. The story follow a retires Marines Veteran who served in Northern Ire who lives on a London Housing estate who fights fire with fire when a friend is murdered.  The violence may be off putting for some viewers, so beware.  Available on Demand5.
  • The Battle of Hood and Bismarck (Documentary) – This two part documentary uses unique archive footage, eyewitness testimony, dramatic reconstruction and state of the art computer graphics to tell the definitive story of the epic sea battle. Available on 4OD.
  • Chasing Mavericks (Movie) – The story of real life surfing hero Jay Moriarty who, as a fearless 15-year old set out to conquer the baddest breakers of them all: California’s mighty “Mavericks”. Available on Now TV.
  • About a Boy (Series) –Smart comedy inspired by the hit film and novel of the same name. Fun loving bachelor Will has some growing up to do when his new next door neighbour moves in.  Available on Now TV.
  • WW1 Uncut (Documentary) –An army was as good as the kit its soldiers wore to fight and the food they had to eat. Did German or British soldiers eat better in WW1? Historian Dan Snow finds out. Available on BBC iPlayer.
  • Killing Spree (Documentary) –A forensic analysis of different murders. This week it’s the Miami Murders– About Andrew Cunanan who killed Gianni Versace. Available on Demand5.

A Golden Oldie:

  • Little Britain, (Series). Always worth having another look even though you may have seen it all before. Usually you spot something you missed in this series which became a hit by skewering British Society. Available on Netflix.
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How to Maximize your Plex Experience on your Roku Player

New to Roku or looking for new channels to explore? Get tips and tricks straight from our channel partners in our new Channel Highlight series. Leave your questions or comments below for Plex!

Everybody loves how simple it is to combine all their favorite media streams through their Roku player, and Plex, enhances that functionality by turning your Roku player into a window for all your personal media. With Plex on Roku, you have the ability to better organize your videos, photos, music and movies and stream them to your big screen.

For Roku owners who’ve used the Plex app, you already know about the way Plex makes your personal media look beautiful by automatically pulling in metadata like cover art, descriptions, ratings and more.  If you’re unfamiliar with Plex, here are some tips to turn your Roku Player into the perfect center for your personal media.

  1. Share your media with friends and family – Plex allows friends and family to stream your media directly to their Plex-enabled mobile, desktop or set-top devices.
  2. Queue videos from different websites, like YouTube, Vimeo, Ted Talks and more, to watch later on your Roku. The Plex app allows you to prepare a streaming video list for later viewing, saving you time.
  3. Give the bookmarklet a whirl. Easily bookmark videos from your favorite sites with one-click and watch later on Plex.
  4. For Plex Pass subscribers, now you can easily stream your most up to date photos from your smartphone or tablet to your big screen using the new Camera Upload feature.

With these tips & tricks, you’ll see why Plex is one of the top-10 channels on the Roku player.

In a nutshell, Plex organizes all of your personal media, no matter where it’s stored, so you can access and enjoy it on any of your devices. All Roku users in the U.S., Canada and UK can add the Plex channel for $4.99 after a free 30 day trial.

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Top Roku® Search Results Revealed as Roku Search on Mobile App Released to Roku 3 Players

There are now more than 1,500 channels to choose from in the Roku Channel Store! That’s not just hundreds of thousands of TV shows and movies and millions of songs and music videos; it’s also news, sports, science, food, kids, fitness videos –  that’s countless hours of entertainment and enrichment. With so many choices how does someone decide what to stream?

The Roku Search feature has been helping customers quickly find exactly what they want to watch on Roku since it debuted in 2012. Roku customers access Roku Search on the TV screen with the included Roku remote control. Starting today and over the next week a software update will roll out to Roku 3 players so customers can also use Roku Search via the Roku mobile app for Android and iOS mobile devices. (Roku Search on the mobile app will be available for additional models in the coming weeks.)

Roku Search scours for movie, TV show, actor or director entries across multiple channels including Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, Crackle, Vudu, Redbox Instant by Verizon, Popcornflix, Blockbuster On Demand, HBO GO, M-GO and SnagFilms. This allows customers to see all of the options available so they can determine the channel that’s the most convenient and affordable way to stream the entertainment they want to enjoy. Feel like a Daniel Craig flick? Just enter “Da” and Roku Search serves up a list of “Daniel” results. When Daniel Craig is selected a filmography of more than 25 choices appears, each with channel availability and associated pricing for free with subscription, rental or purchase. Simply tap your preferred search result and your Roku player will automatically take you to the channel to start playing your selected entertainment.

When presented with the largest collection of streaming  entertainment available anywhere, what do Roku customers search?

We took a look at aggregated Roku Search on-device results from last few months and Roku customers agree that it’s the golden age of TV with television series dominating the top 25 searched titles. Lord Grantham outclasses Walter White to help Downton Abbey nab the number one spot among most-watched TV series. The top list includes a mix of comedy, drama and kids shows and proves the lasting appeal of Sponge Bob over TV phenomena like The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones.

The “aca-amazing” antics of Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and crew pushed Pitch Perfect to the top of Roku’s now 35,000 movie offerings – it was the number one searched for movie by Roku customers since the start of 2014, followed by Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2. The remainder of the top searched for movies include best picture nominees like Silver Linings Playbook and Life of Pi as well as favorites Star Trek Into Darkness and The Lincoln.

Roku customers are less likely to search for famous personalities than TV series and movies, but when they do, they sure enjoy a classic hero. The top searched for people are surprisingly almost all male, and are headed up by silver screen icon John Wayne. One woman broke through the sea of macho…Sandra Bullock, who defied gravity to land at the number three most searched for spot. See below for the full breakdown.

Happy Streaming!

Top Searched TV Series:

  1. Downton Abbey
  2. Breaking Bad
  3. SpongeBob SquarePants
  4. The Walking Dead
  5. The Big Bang Theory

Top Searched Movies:

  1. Pitch Perfect
  2. Despicable Me
  3. Despicable Me 2
  4. Silver Linings Playbook
  5. Star Trek Into Darkness

Top Searched People:

  1. John Wayne
  2. Clint Eastwood
  3. Sandra Bullock
  4. Jason Statham
  5. Tom Selleck

*Roku Search for the Roku mobile app on Android and iOS devices is available on the Roku Streaming Stick (HDMI version). Roku 3 players will automatically receive the software update which is expected to be completed by April 22.

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Top 10 new releases and recommendations

There are plenty of watch-worthy options this week – from thrillers to dramas; we’ve scoured for only the best releases to feed your streaming appetite!

  • August: Osage County – Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts lead an all-star cast. A family crisis unites a dispersed group of siblings at the Oklahoma house they grew up in with the dysfunctional woman who raised them. (Movie, 2013) Newly released on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Iron Sky: Director’s Cut – In 1945, the Nazis secretly retreated to the moon. But now the Third Reich is back! And this time they have a galactic battleship and an impressive plan to assume control of the entire planet in this Netflix-exclusive director’s cut. (Movie, 2013) Newly released on Netflix, but also available on Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • A Touch of Sin – Weaving together four stories of people living in different Chinese provinces, this drama follows a miner protesting corruption, a migrant worker with a gun, a factory drone always drifting to a new job and a receptionist who’s been assaulted. (Movie, 2013) Newly released on Netflix, but also available on Amazon Instant Video.
  • Afflicted – This terrifying horror thriller follows two best friends who set out on the trip of the lifetime around the world. Their journey, documented every step of the way, soon takes a dark and unexpected turn after an encounter with a beautiful woman in Paris leaves one of them mysteriously afflicted. (Movie, 2013) Newly released on Amazon Instant Video, Redbox Instant, and Vudu.
  • The Bay – Two million fish washed ashore. One thousand blackbirds dropped from the sky. On July 4, 2009 a deadly menace swept through the quaint seaside town of Claridge, Maryland, but the harrowing story of what happened that Independence Day has never been told – until now. (Movie, 2012) Newly released on Amazon Instant Video, but also available on M-GO, Netflix, Blockbuster on Demand, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Home Run – To cure his drinking problem, pro baseball star Cory Brand returns to his hometown and begins coaching a Little League team as part of his rehab. After faking his recovery at first, Cory starts to glimpse real redemption in the kids playing for him. (Movie, 2013) Newly released on Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Sunlight Jr. – Starring Academy Award nominees Naomi Watts and Matt Dillon, Sunlight Jr. spotlights hard-working convenience store clerk, Melissa, and her disabled boyfriend, Richie. A young couple at odds with the American Dream. (Movie, 2013) Newly released on Hulu Plus, but also available on Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • How Do You Know – In this love triangle comedy, a white collar executive (Paul Rudd) and professional baseball player (Owen Wilson) are each vying for the affections of the same woman (Reese Witherspoon). (Movie, 2010) Newly released on Amazon Instant Video, but also available on M-GO, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • People Like Us –Featuring an all-star cast, including Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks, Michelle Pfeiffer and Olivia Wilde, a fast-talking salesman latest deal collapses the day he learns about his father’s death. He is called home to put his father’s estate in order and reconnect with his estranged family where he uncovers a startling secret. (Movie, 2012) Newly released on Amazon Instant Video, but also available on M-GO and Vudu.
  • In Dreams – This darkly imaginative film from director Neil Jordan follows Claire Cooper (Annette Bening), a psychic New England housewife who loses her grip on reality when her dreams connect with those of a psychotic murderer. (Movie, 1999) Newly released on Redbox Instant, but also available on Netflix and Amazon Instant Video.
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Roku UK: new releases and recommendations for 11th April 2014

If you’re like me, you binged through Breaking Bad on Netflix in, well, a very short amount of time. Experiencing some major withdrawals like me? It’s OK, there’s plenty more movies and TV shows to keep you entertained.

Here’s what I’m watching – let me know your recommendations in the comments below!

  • A Dark Truth (Movie) – To expose a bloody corporate cover-up, an ex CIA agent must rescue a desperate activist and his wife who have escaped with proof of the crime. Stars Andy Garcia and Kim Coates. Director Damian Lee won Best Director at Boston Film Festival 2012. Available on Netflix.
  • Act Like You Love Me (Movie) – When Kelly’s sister hires a gorgeous actor to pose as Kelly’s boyfriend for a party, it isn’t long before the charade turns into genuine affection. Stars Essence Adams and Christian Keyes. Available on Netflix.
  • World War Z (Movie) – How would the world respond to a real-life zombie epidemic?  Brad Pitt’s IN Advisor sets out on a global search to figure out how to stop the world from becoming the planet of the living dead. Also stars Mireille Enos and Eric West. Available on Now TV.
  • Angels Sing (Movie) -After moving into a neighborhood drenched in holiday spirit, a man whose brother died at Christmas years before begins to see beyond his own sadness. Stars Harry Connick Jr and Connie Britton. Available on Netflix.
  • The Smoke (Series) – Feel the heat in this adrenaline-fueled firefighter drama from the makers of Spooks. Stars Jamie Bamber (Law & Order UK) and Jodie Whittaker (Broadchurch). Available on Now TV.
  • Suits (Series) -Lawyers need to be clever, cunning and silver-tongued. Actually going to law school is optional, right? Available on Netflix.
  • The Call Centre (Series) -The Fly on the wall documentary series following the ups and downs of Swansea call Centre CEO Nev Wilshire and his staff of extraordinary characters. Commercial Director Phil Wilshire has an idea to lift spirits and put him on the map. Available on BBC iPlayer.
  • Kirsty’s Best of Both Worlds (Series) – Kirsty Allsopp helps house buyers negotiate the tug of war between town and country showing that you can have both the rural idyll and the fun of the big city – if you know where to look. Available on 4OD.
  • Ironside (Series) – A reimagining of the 70’s TV show originally starring Raymond Burr, but any resemblance to Burr’s character stops with the wheelchair and the flair for cracking crime (Crime Drama). Available on Demand5.

A Golden Oldie:

  • The Tudors (Series) – All the splendour and scandal of England’s 16th Century royal court comes to life in this series that follows notorious Tudor monarch Henry VIII. Stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Henry Cavill. Available on Netflix.


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