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Check out these movies from our rotating video collection:


12 Years a Slave (2013)
The autobiography of Solomon Northup, a free black man who was abducted from New York state and sold into slavery in the mid-1800s, serves as the basis for this historical drama. Chiwetel Ejiofor stars as Northup, and Brad Pitt plays an abolitionist.

Charlie Countryman (2013)
Led to Romania by haunting visions, young American Charlie Countryman falls hard for an alluring cellist whose father has recently died -- and whose violent past could bring about his own demise. Cast: Shia LaBeouf, Evan Rachel Wood.

Cutie and the Boxer (2013)
A 2014 Oscar nominee for Best Documentary Feature, this film explores the work and marriage of Ushio and Noriko Shinohara, who took America's art scene by storm after leaving Japan for New York.

Embryo (1976)
In this sci-fi thriller, Rock Hudson plays insular scientist Paul Holliston, who discovers a way to hasten the human growth process, allowing embryos to mature to adulthood in scant days. Holliston gets more than he bargained for, however, when he tests his formula on the fetus of a suicidal teen mother and his experiment turns into a murderous psychopath (portrayed by Barbara Carrera) who'll do anything to stop her rapid aging.

Ender's Game (2013)
Talented preteen children, including Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, discovered by humanity's military International Fleet, are trained for battle against the alien insectoid Formics ("Buggers") invading Earth. Based on the Orson Scott Card novel.

Her (2013)
In this sci-fi romantic comedy directed by Spike Jonze and starring Joaquin Phoenix, love comes to a lonely young writer in the sleekest of packages when he finds himself falling for the advanced operating system (voiced by Scarlett Johansson) he purchased to run his life.

The Bling Ring (2013)
Based on fact, this comic thriller tracks the saga of the Hollywood Hills Burglar Bunch, who used the Web to time their robberies of stars' homes. The teenage band stole millions in cash, jewelry and other items. With Emma Watson, Israel Broussard, Katie Chang.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)
Director Peter Jackson extends the Lord of the Rings saga with this second installment of Bilbo Baggins's dramatic experiences in Middle Earth. Accompanied by Gandalf and 13 dwarves, Bilbo journeys toward a confrontation with the dragon Smaug.


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