FALL TV SALE, NEW RELEASES, AND MORE

PLUS RENTALS AND MOVIES STILL IN THEATERS

 

NEW SEASON, NEW SEASONS

 

Falling leaves, jack-o-lanterns, and pumpkin spice are great and all, but we all know that the greatest gift of fall is new TV! To celebrate the return of all our primetime faves, Vudu is kicking off the Fall TV Sale to end all Fall TV sales.

 

Whether you’re catching up on old seasons ahead of premiere time or scoring a season pass so you never miss a new episode, now’s the perfect time to save on all your must-watch TV.

 

 

There’s discounted seasons for everyone no matter what your TV taste. Comedy fans can laugh it up with full seasons of Black-ish, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Drama devotees can save on suspense with How to Get Away With Murder, Better Call Saul, and Vikings.

 

Sci-Fi (Doctor Who), lifestyle (Property Brothers), and family shows (Henry Danger) are all in the mix, and you can even save big on multi-season bundles of top-shelf shows like American Horror Story and Sons of Anarchy.

 

 

Can’t pick just one? Our mix-and-match bundle lets you pick 3 seasons from shows like The Good Place, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and Chicago Fire for one autumn-riffic low price. Staying in is all the rage this season, so check back every Tuesday this month for new shows on sale.

 

NEW THIS WEEK

 

 

He may be Solo, but he’s never alone. Join Han Solo, Star Wars’ scoundrel extraordinaire, and his friends, enemies, and frienemies for an intergalactic high-speed chase in Solo: A Star Wars Story, dropping this Friday 9/14. Pre-order now to get an extra $3 movie credit to spend your way.

 

 

One dad + one daughter + one at-home jam sesh = the indie song of the summer? Hearts Beat Loud is a feel-good musical joyride with laughs, lessons, and shout-along songs to spare.

 

NEW TO RENT

 

 

Don’t let the couture fool you. These felonious fashionistas are here for a good time and some serious crime, and they’ve got a few unexpected tricks up their sleeves in Ocean’s 8.

 

 

Sometimes you play the game, sometimes the game plays you. Ambitious hustler Youngblood Priest has risked everything for the top spot in the Atlanta underworld, and he’ll have to risk it again to get out in Superfly.

 

STILL IN THEATERS

 

 

How do you follow up a chart-topping album and the hard-partying fame that comes with it? How about some exams? Rock star Joanne Star (Cobie Smulders of Avengers fame) is heading to college, and she’s going to prove to the world (and herself) that she’s Alright Now.

 

 

You thought Freddy Krueger was scary? Waking up won’t save you this time. Mara lurks in the space between asleep and awake, and she’s ready to put her victims down for good.

 

 

NEW THIS WEEK: JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM, BEAST, AND MORE

PLUS RENTALS AND MOVIES STILL IN THEATERS

 

KEEP ABSOLUTELY STILL

 

 

Cover your scent, stay with the group, and if anything chases you, run! Jurassic World may be shut down, but the leftover dinosaurs aren’t going extinct (again) without a fight in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Part monster movie, part rescue caper, and all heart-stopping adventure, this ride is now open to all ages in up to 4K UHD.

 

 

Need more reptile action? How about some dino-sized crocodiles running rampant in an abandoned government black site? They’re mean, they’re green, and in a franchise of marine monsters they’re the deadliest batch yet. These aren’t your grandma’s crocs; this is Lake Placid: Legacy.

 

 

It’s not that weird to have a new boyfriend your family doesn’t exactly approve of. However, when the family are dangerously controlling and the boyfriend is a suspect in several unsolved murders, awkward holiday dinners are the least of your worries. Moll must choose sides wisely or find herself face-to-face with the true nature of the Beast.

 

 

Blackmail is the name of the game. When a movie star’s private detective pins a scandalous threat on the wrong man, it starts a domino effect that implicates and upends everyone involved. Bullets and accusations fly in The Big Take, a comedy of errors, identities, and extortion.

 

NEW TO RENT

 

 

If horror movies were spicy foods, Hereditary would be a big ol’ ghost pepper. Grab a friend, a flashlight, and a security blanket to watch the haunting family drama that made audiences cry, critics jump, and horror fans scream with joy.

 

 

Once upon a time a man in a cardigan sweater came along and, with the helps of some friendly puppets and a model trolley, taught kids of all ages lessons about caring, community, and compassion. That man was Mister Fred Rogers, and Won’t You Be My Neighbor? is the story of how he took over and changed television, one new neighbor at a time.

 

STILL IN THEATERS

 

 

Accountability means that when something goes wrong on your watch, you make it right. For one dedicated bank manager, that means hunting down the master thief who stole from his bank and murdered one of the employees. For his ex-cop neighbor (Bruce Willis), it means lending a hand, even if it’s not a clean one, in Reprisal.

 

 

NEW THIS WEEK: COMPULSION, SUPERFLY, AND MORE

PLUS RENTALS AND MOVIES STILL IN THEATERS

 

PULSE-POUNDERS

 

You’d better use the bathroom now, because you won’t want to look away from this week’s new releases. With murderous party games and winner-take-all drug wars on the agenda, anything goes and the stakes have never been higher.

 

 

When you’re the one that got away, how do you keep yourself from being pulled back in? When writer Sadie is visited by the ex who inspires her most dangerous work, his invitation to an unusual party is too alluring to resist. Will she escape to tell the tale, or fall victim to Compulsion?

 

 

Superfly may be a remake of the 70s Blaxploitation classic, but with the modern Atlanta backdrop, Future-curated soundtrack, and a cast of up-and-coming stars this remix is all 2018. Drug dealer Youngblood Priest wants out of the game for good, but getting there is going to be the fight of a lifetime.

 

NEW TO RENT

 

With 30 days to start watching and 24-72 hours to finish once you’ve started, you can enjoy these fast-paced flicks at your own speed.

 

 

 

Everyone thinks they could pull of a heist, but in 2003 four twenty-somethings put their money where their mouths were. Cutting between documentary interviews and faithful reenactments, American Animals tells the fascinating story of what happens when regular people go all-in on a bad idea.

 

 

Tricks aren’t just for kids anymore. Five grown friends locked in a lifelong game of Tag will go through embarrassment, disgrace, great personal cost, and furniture to claim the title of champion, and they just may learn the value of friendship along the way.

 

 

Why ask Siri or Alexa to do your dirty work when you can do it yourself? With a powerful onboard AI implanted directly in his body, a man with nothing to lose and everything to avenge is going to do just that. Sometimes all you need is a little Upgrade.

 

STILL IN THEATERS

 

 

I Am Vengeance is a moving portrait of love and longing between two lost souls bonded in their shared love of cats and ice cream. Just kidding. An ex-disappeared ex-soldier rains blood and hellfire on the people who killed his best friend, and has a bloody good time doing it.

 

 

THE CON IS ON WITH OCEAN’S 8

High Crime Is In Fashion

 

 

The Ocean’s franchise strikes again, this time with a new criminal mastermind (Sandra Bullock) assembling an all-woman murderer’s row of felons, fences, cons, and counterfeiters for the attempted robbery of fashion’s biggest night: The Met Gala.

 

With Ocean’s 8 now available on Vudu, in up to 4K UHD (high definition haute couture), we’re wondering just how possible this high-fashion heist really is. We rolled up our sleeves and got to work researching what it might take for the average movie-buff to pull off such a caper (You know, for science. Please don’t try this at home).

 

GALA CRASHERS

 

 

Ocean’s 8 was filmed at the real-life Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute (there were even some actual high stakes happenings that occurred on the film’s set). The Met is home to the annual themed Gala that raises funds for the museum and is the social event of the year for the filthy rich, famous, and fabulous.

 

Unsurprisingly, even getting into the party is no small feat. The Ocean’s 8 team may be able to infiltrate the soirée with a little string-pulling and cyber-subterfuge, but in reality, the 500-800 annual invites are generally reserved for fashion tastemakers, Hollywood royalty, the museum’s largest private donors, and a who’s who of the trending-est names in pop culture. In other words, no fashionista shirt or shoes, no service.

 

 

That’s not to mention the $30,000+ price tag for a single ticket, but if money’s no object there could be an empty seat with your name on it. Ultra-wealthy fans of the event have been known to waitlist tickets in the event of a celebrity dropout (say, a last-minute shooting conflict or pregnancy). With deep pockets and a little bit of luck, you could be sashaying past confused red carpet photographers and onwards towards your big score.

 

If you’re stealing on a budget though, an alternate route may be through the kitchen doors. The waitstaff for the event are meticulously selected and trained by Vogue editor-in-chief and Met Gala organizer Anna Wintour’s private chef, but the only requirements are catering experience and (according to one anonymous server from this year’s event) model good looks. so, if you or a friend have the place-setting and eye-catching qualities to make the cut, this could be your in.

ARTSY & CRAFTY

 

 

Of course, getting in is only the tip of the iceberg-sized diamond. The larcenous ladies of Ocean’s 8 have to get past magnetic locks, a round-the-clock security detail, and state-of-the-art surveillance to try and lift the $150 million Cartier Toussaint necklace from an A-list actress (Anne Hathaway).

 

If your target is a sparkly specimen as well, you’re in for the same types of challenges. In addition to each celeb’s personal security entourage, the jewelry brands that loan out such expensive bling provide their own highly-trained jewelry guards to boot. If that’s not bad enough, brands like Tecori utilize Radio Frequency ID tags to track the jewels’ location in the unlikely scenario that they’re not where they’re supposed to be.

 

You might think that at this point the museum’s art itself might make for an easier target, and you might be right—kind of. Famed street art provocateur Banksy notoriously smuggled one of his pieces into England’s Tate Britain Museum, where it hung amongst the official artwork for hours before falling down of its own accord. As if to double-down on the point, another artist reenacted the same stunt with their own painting at an exhibit of Banksy’s own work, so the idea of secretly adding or subtracting from the exhibits may not seem so far-fetched.

 

 

Times are a-changing, however. In response to rampant pilfering (French art thief Stéphane Breitwieser stole over 200 pieces of art from over 172 museums between 1995 and 2001, simply by picking them up or prying them off the wall), museum security professionals have upped their game. Individual pieces may be outfitted with the same RFID tags used to locate the previously mentioned jewels, and motion sensors are sometimes attached to the frames of valuable paintings.

 

In regards to the Met, metal detectors and bag/package searches are now in full effect. While these methods are by no means foolproof (a police detective has reported surprisingly lax security checks on multiple visits), you may find yourself agreeing with the pros of Ocean’s 8 that the designated exits don’t make for the best escape plan.

 

NOW MUSEUM, NOW YOU DON’T

 

 

Slipping away from couture’s hottest night is—as you’ve probably guessed by now—easier said than done. Even a momentary regrouping or stealthy switcheroo in the restroom may prove difficult, as the event organizers are cracking down on bathroom loitering in response to excess selfies and unauthorized smoking.

 

There’s also the exhibit’s normal security staff to contend with. These are no mere rent-a-cops; a current LinkedIn job post for Met security calls for both a Bachelor’s degree and previous security experience.

 

However, the veteran guards may, in fact, represent one of the few possibilities for a clean getaway, at least according to designer Zac Posen. When Posen needed space to help Christina Ricci change outfits in 2011, Met guards that he knew personally from having interned at the museum allowed him to use a back room and even escorted the original ensemble out the back entrance. Seems like the perfect avenue for some stolen goods…if you’ve got those kinds of connections.

 

HEISTING AIN’T EASY

 

 

If you’re starting to feel like infiltrating and robbing the scenesters and socialites of a famed public institution is more trouble than it’s worth, you’re not alone. Even the badass burglars of Ocean’s 8 find themselves sweating, squabbling, and improvising in their pursuit of the biggest haul of their criminal careers. With a little luck, a few double-crosses, and one or two happy accidents they just might pull it off, and the rest of us are better off enjoying the movie.

 

 

NEW THIS WEEK: ACTION POINT, AMERICAN ANIMALS, AND MORE

PLUS RENTALS, TV, AND MOVIES STILL IN THEATERS

 

LIGHTS, CAMERA… ACTION!

 

Hold onto your hard hat: this week’s new releases are coming at you fast with an all-out onslaught of death-defying stunts, reality-defying special effects, and boredom-defying thrills.

 

 

Ever wonder what would happen if the guys from Jackass got to run their own low-budget, low-safety theme park? Wonder no more, friend. Action Point owner D.C. (Johnny Knoxville) will do whatever it takes to keep and his relationship with his daughter open for business, even if that means a few crash landings and bear attacks.

 

 

From the maker of the mind-bending documentary The Imposter, American Animals is a half doc/half docudrama following four young men in pursuit of  $12,000,000 and something to do. Stealing their school’s rare book collection from under the nose of the watchful librarian won’t be easy, but it definitely beats learning the dewy decimal system.

 

 

We’ve seen zombies get sliced, shot, splattered, and spewed, but have we ever tried talking to them? (Maybe they have feelings too.) One man who can see and talk to dead people will have to conduct some up-close and personal interrogations if he’s ever going to locate Patient Zero and save the world.

 

 

War is hell, and it doesn’t end with coming home. When an army private returns from Iraq without the comrade he swore to protect, he’ll have to answer to the army, the government, and the family of his fallen friend about what he witnessed among The Yellow Birds.

 

 

Living well is the best revenge, but hunting down your wife’s killers with the help of an ass-kicking, ninja-flipping AI chip implanted in your spine can be very satisfying too. Upgrade gives a whole new meaning to the term “self-driving.”

 

NEW TO RENT

 

 

Defeating Thanos and his gauntlet is going to take every super soldier, Asgardian, Wakandan, sorcerer, and raccoon (/rabbit) that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has to offer, and even that may not be enough. Cross (don’t snap!) your fingers and hope for the best in Avengers: Infinity War.

 

STILL IN THEATERS

 

 

When a departed loved one reaches out from the other side, it would be rude not to answer. But when demonic forces start tapping into the call, you may want to hang up before it’s too late. You wouldn’t want to wind up like the family in Along Came the Devil.

 

 

Elizabeth Harvest’s new scientist husband seems like a dream come true: he’s kind, rich, and his only request is that she never, ever goes into his secret room. Wait, what? Secrets are no fun, but curiosity may kill more than just the cat in this Bluebeard-esque tale.

 

TV (SPOILERS AHEAD)

 

 

There’s no place like Gilead, and that’s not really a good thing. With a baby on the way and an ever-shrinking list of options to better her position, Offred must take action to change her fate or be pulled under by sinister tides in The Handmaid’s Tale: Season 2.