Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds and Emma Stone lead an all-star voice cast in the animated film “The Croods”; Seth Rogen, James Franco and Jonah Hill play versions of themselves in the apocalypse comedy “This Is the End”; horror filmmaker Dario Argento does his 3-D version of the Dracula story in “Argento’s Dracula.” These are some of the movies that premiere on demand from Sept. 30 to Oct. 6, 2013. (Check with your cable or satellite provider for a lineup of on-demand channels on your system.)
Here is a list of those movies and their on-demand premiere dates:
Sept. 30, 2013: “Ass Backwards” (Before theatrical release), Rated TV-14.
Kate (played by June Diane Raphael) and Chloe (played by Casey Wilson) are two childhood best friends who met when they placed dead last in their hometown beauty pageant. Now they are all grown up and living in New York City, where Chloe works as a “girl in a box” at a nightclub and Kate is a CEO… of her own one-woman egg donor “corporation.” Lost in delusion, they believe they are living large until an invitation to their hometown pageant arrives and their past comes back to haunt them. Join these two loveable losers as they take an ass-backwards journey home to reclaim their crown, stopping off at a women’s separatist commune, an amateur strip club competition, and meeting their favorite reality TV star along the way.
For more info: “Ass Backwards” website
Oct. 1, 2013: “The Croods” (Same day DVD, weeks before Netflix and Redbox releases), Rated PG.
“The Croods” is a 3-D animated comedy adventure that follows the world’s first modern family as they embark on a journey of a lifetime when the cave that has always been their home is destroyed. Traveling across a spectacular landscape, the Croods are rocked by generational clashes and seismic shifts as they discover an incredible new world filled with fantastic creatures, and their outlook is changed forever. The voice cast includes Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone, Catherine Keener and Cloris Leachman.
For more info: “The Croods” website
Oct. 1, 2013: “This Is the End” (Same day as DVD), Rated R.
The comedy “This Is The End” follows six friends trapped in a house after a series of strange and catastrophic events devastate Los Angeles. As the world unravels outside, dwindling supplies and cabin fever threaten to tear apart the friendships inside. Eventually, they are forced to leave the house, facing their fate and the true meaning of friendship and redemption. Starring James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Michael Cera and Emma Watson.
For more info: “This Is the End” website
Oct. 1, 2013: “Big Sur” (Before theatrical release), Rated TV-MA.
“Big Sur” is an adaptation of the 1962 novel of the same name by Jack Kerouac. The story is based on the time Kerouac (played by Jean-Marc Barr) spent in Big Sur, Calif., and his three brief sojourns to Bixby Canyon cabin of Lawrence Ferlinghetti (played by Anthony Edwards). These trips were taken by Kerouac in an attempt to recuperate from his mental and physical deterioration due to his sudden success. The movie was directed and co-written by Michael Polish, who is married in real lie to “Big Sur” co-star Kate Bosworth, who plays Willamine “Billie” Dabney in the movie.
Oct. 1, 2013: “Last Love” (Before theatrical release), Rated TV-14.
In “Last Love” (also known by the title “Mr. Morgan’s Last Love”), Matthew Morgan (played by Michael Caine) is a widowed, world-weary professor living in Paris. The cynical Matthew sees no meaningful future for himself until he meets Pauline (Clémence Poésy), a free-spirited young dance instructor. The unlikely bond they form ultimately leads them to rediscover the joy that only family and true friendship can offer. Also starring Justin Kirk, Jane Alexander and Gillian Anderson.
Oct. 1, 2013: “The Castle Project” (Same day as DVD)
This documentary is about Denver’s historic Croke-Patterson Mansion, which has a history of souls checking in but never out. When architect Brian Higgins and partners purchase the home for renovation, they are skeptical of the home’s tragic past. But soon workers begin to experience sightings of ghostly children, unusual temperature changes and whispering voices. Higgins had the foresight to begin filming, and after several hair-raising nights spent alone in the building he began to wonder if there was a reason why souls never checked out at the Croke-Patterson Mansion.
Oct. 1, 2013: “Language of a Broken Heart” (Same day as DVD)
“Language of a Broken Heart” is a comedy about love’s inherent possessiveness, and the realization that it’s not how you love, but who you love. Nick Brown (played by Juddy Talt), a neurotic best-selling author on love, with the heightened emotional capacity of a woman, can write so eloquently on the subject, but can’t keep girls from leaving him. After he comes back to his apartment in New York City to find his fiancée with another man, he returns to his hometown and the only woman he had ever left, his mother, Mimi (played by Julie White). There, he renews his relationships with the people that matter the most, his family and friends. By a simple twist of fate, he meets the free-spirited antiquarian bookseller Emma (played by Kate French), who challenges him to let people appreciate him for who he is.
For more info: “Language of a Broken Heart” website
Oct. 1, 2013: “Breath of the Gods: A Journey to the Center of Modern Yoga”
This documentary is about yoga, which traces its roots back directly to the god Shiva, according to Indian tradition. Modern yoga originated in the early 20th century, a creation of Indian savant T. Krishnamacharya (1888-1989). That story is revealed in this enlightening film that explores Krishnamacharya’s life and teachings through the memories of his students and relatives.
For more info: “Breath of the Gods: A Journey to the Center of Modern Yoga” website
Oct. 1, 2013: “Redlegs”
After their childhood friend is murdered, buddies Marco, Aaron and Wilbur (played by Nathan Ramos, Andrew Katz and Evan Louison) return to their hometown of Cincinnati to reunite for a weekend of mourning and soul searching. In this riveting and unflinching dramedy, the three friends chase the ghosts of their shared past as they come to terms with masculinity, betrayal, race, grief and revenge.
For more info: “Redlegs” website
Oct. 1, 2013: “419”
When a New York City actor loses everything to an internet scam based in South Africa, his two best friends take him to Cape Town to track down the mastermind of the scam. With the help of a charismatic local, they find themselves moving through clubs and back alleyways, into darker territory. Suddenly things prove not to be as they first appeared. Old rivalries flare up, and the limits of friendship are tested in ways the three men could never have imagined. “419” is a unique thriller about the mysteries of male friendship and the true cost of revenge. Starring: Mike Ivers, Scott Kerns, Ned Thorne, Ezra Mabengeza, Emilea Wilson, Cara Loften.
For more info: “419” website
Oct. 3, 2013: “Best Man Down” (Before theatrical release), Rated TV-14.
Lumpy (played by Tyler Labine) is the best man at the Arizona destination wedding of Scott (played by Justin Long) and Kristin (played by Jess Weixler). Lumpy is the life of the party, until a long, indulgent night leads to his untimely death. Forced to cancel their honeymoon and fly back to Minneapolis to arrange for his funeral, Scott and Kristin meet Ramsey (played by Addison Timlin) and learn that Lumpy isn’t quite who they thought he was.
For more info: “Best Man Down” website
Oct. 4, 2013: “Argento’s Dracula” (Same day as theatrical release; available in 3-D), Rated TV-MA.
Horror master Dario Argento returns with a bloody, luridly creepy 3-D version of the classic vampire tale, drenched in gore and sex. An unsuspecting Englishman arrives in Transylvania, lured by a job with a local nobleman. But the undead Count Dracula’s real target is the man’s innocent young wife. Featuring the iconic Rutger Hauer as vampire hunter Van Helsing and the inimitable Asia Argento (the director’s own daughter) as a local all-too-eager to fall under the Count’s sway.
Oct. 4, 2013: “Concussion” (Same day as theatrical release), Rated R.
“Concussion” is a poignant erotic examination of a bored suburban housewife played by Robin Weigert in what could be this year’s breakout performance. Stifled by a life of spin classes, kid pick-ups and being taken for granted, libidinally and otherwise by her lawyer wife, Abby impulsively decides to answer an add for a dodgy paid hook-up. Soon she’s leading a double life as a Sapphic seductress. It’s only a matter of time before that housewife (played by Maggie Siff) who keeps catching Abby’s eye ends up on her client list.
For more info: “Concussion” website
Oct. 4, 2103: “Linsanity” (Same day a theatrical release), Rated TV-PG.
This documentary is about Jeremy Lin, who came from a humble background to make an unbelievable run in the NBA. State high-school champion, all-Ivy League at Harvard, undrafted by the NBA and unwanted there: His story started long before he landed on Broadway.
For more info: “Linsanity” website
Oct. 4, 2013: “The Dirties” (Same day as theatrical release)
“The Dirties” is one of the first films debuting through the new Kevin Smith Movie Club distribution company in association with Phase 4 Films. This somewhat controversial and documentary-like story (from director, producer, star and co-writer Matt Johnson) follows two high school buddies Matt (played by Johnson) and Owen (played by Owen Williams) who are making a film for a class project about getting revenge on ruthless bullies at their school, as renegade detectives combating a local gang. After getting attacked again on their way home from school, the two joke about the idea of trading in their plastic guns for real ones and remaking the their film as a documentary. Over time, the lines between fiction and reality begin to blur as it appears that one of the students isn’t joking.
For more info: “The Dirties” website