Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy play mismatched law-enforcement officers in the comedy “The Heat”; Liev Schreiber battles zombies in outer space in “The Last Days on Mars”; and James Franco directs and stars in a film adaptation of the William Faulkner novel “As I Lay Dying.” These are some of the movies that premiere on demand from Oct. 28 to Nov. 3, 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:
Oct. 29, 2013: “The Heat” (Weeks before Netflix and Redbox releases), Rated R.
Uptight FBI Special Agent Sarah Ashburn (played by Sandra Bullock) and foul-mouthed Boston cop Shannon Mullins (played by Melissa McCarthy) couldn’t be more incompatible. But when they join forces to bring down a ruthless drug lord, they become the last thing anyone expected: buddies.
For more info: “The Heat” website
Oct. 29, 2013: “Monsters University” (Same day as DVD), Rated G.
The animated film “Monsters University” is a prequel to 2001’s “Monsters Inc.” In “Monsters University,” Mike Wazowski (voiced by Billy Crystal) and James P. Sullivan (voiced by John Goodman) are an inseparable pair, but that wasn’t always the case. From the moment these two mismatched monsters met they couldn’t stand each other. “Monsters University” unlocks the door to how Mike and Sulley overcame their differences and became the best of friends.
For more info: “Monsters University” website
Oct. 29, 2013: “How the Fire Fell”
How the Fire Fell is a dark, tragic, semi-silent study of the activities and atmosphere of a religious cult and it’s effects upon the families involved. Inspired by true events that took place in Corvallis Oregon between 1903-1906, the film Chronicles the rise and fall of the Brides of Christ sect headed by Charismatic Preacher Edmund Creffield (played by Joe Haege). The film utilizes a quiet “fly on the wall” approach, maintaining a sense of mystery and wonder throughout.
For more info: “How the Fire Fell” website
Oct. 29, 2013: “Margarita”
When illegal Mexican nanny Margarita is fired by her cash-strapped yuppie employers, it sets in motion a series of events leaving her torn between her loyalties and the law. Starring Nicola Correia Damude, Claire Lautier and Maya Ritter.
For more info: “Margarita” website
Oct. 29, 2013: “Suck Buddy”
“Suck Buddy” is a documentary that asks the question: Are vampires real? With a cross and garlic in hand, filmmaker Steve Sale goes on a bizarre and eye-opening journey visiting vampire aficionados and underground subcultures to find a genuine blood-sucking Nosferatu.
For more info: “Suck Buddy” website
Oct. 30, 2013: “Skinwalker Ranch” (Same day as theatrical release)
In 2010, Skinwalker Ranch gained media attention after experiencing a wide range of unexplained phenomena. Reports ranged from UFO sightings to livestock mutilation, but maybe most notable was the disappearance of ranch owner Hoyt Miller’s 8-year-old son, Cody on Nov. 11, 2010. Close to a year later, Modern Defense Enterprises (MDE) has sent a team of experts to document and investigates the mysterious occurrences, which only escalate upon their arrival. The incidents continue to escalate, and the group debates whether the answers are worth risking their lives for, or if they should just call off the investigation and leave the ranch — that is, if leaving is actually an option.
For more info: “Skinwalker Ranch” website
Oct. 31, 2013: “The Last Days on Mars” (Before theatrical release), Rated R.
On the last day of the first manned mission to Mars, a crew member of Tantalus Base believes he has made an astounding discovery — fossilized evidence of bacterial life. Unwilling to let the relief crew claim all the glory, he disobeys orders to pack up and goes out on an unauthorized expedition to collect further samples. But a routine excavation turns to disaster when the porous ground collapses, and he falls into a deep crevice and near certain death. His devastated colleagues attempt to recover his body. However, when another vanishes they start to suspect that the life-form they have discovered is not yet dead. As the group begins to fall apart it seems their only hope is the imminent arrival of the relief ship Aurora. Starring Liev Schreiber, Romola Garai, Elias Koteas, Olivia Williams, Johnny Harris, Goran Kostic and Tom Cullen.
For more info: “The Last Days on Mars” website
Nov. 1, 2013: “As I Lay Dying” (Before DVD release), Rated R.
“As I Lay Dying” (directed by and starring James Franco), chronicles the Bundren family as they traverse the Mississippi countryside to bring the body of their deceased mother Addie to her hometown for burial. Addie’s husband Anse and their children — Cash, Darl, Jewel, Dewey Dell, and the youngest one, Vardaman — leave the farm on a carriage with her coffin — each affected by Addie’s death in a profound and different way. Their road trip to Jefferson, some 40 miles away, is disrupted by every antagonistic force of nature or man: flooded rivers, injury and accident, a raging barn fire, and not least of all — each individual character’s personal turmoil and inner commotion which at times threaten the fabric of the family more than any outside force.
For more info: “As I Lay Dying” website
Nov. 1, 2013: “Angels Sing” (Same day as theatrical release), Rated PG.
In “Angels Sing,” Harry Connick, Jr. stars as Michael Walker, who, as a child, wished every day was Christmas. That is, until a tragic accident crushed his holiday spirit. Thirty years later, Michael still can’t muster any joy for Christmas, despite encouragement from his wife (played by Connie Britton) and well-intentioned parents (played by Kris Kristofferson and Fionnula Flanagan). But when his young son (played by Chandler Canterbury) faces a tragedy, Michael needs to make amends with his past. A mysterious man named Nick (played by Willie Nelson) gives Michael a gift that instills in him the courage to find the Christmas joy that he lost.
For more info: “Angels Sing” website
Nov. 1, 2013: “CBGB” (Three weeks after theatrical release), Rated R.
“CBGB” is a feature film that follows the story of Hilly Kristal’s kegendary New York club from its origins as Country, Bluegrass and Blues (CBGB) to what it ultimately became: the birthplace of underground rock’n;roll and punk. Kristal, a fan of country and bluegrass, dreamed of having a club in New York City’s Lower East Side that catered to that kind of music, when he had difficulty booking those bands he turned to other kinds of rock music. The movie’s cast includes Alan Rickman as Kristal, Justin Bartha as Stiv Bators of the Dead Boys, Malin Akerman and Debbie Harry of Blondie and Joel David Moore as Joey Ramone.
For more info: “CBGB” website
Nov. 1, 2013: “Mr. Nobody” (Same day as theatrical release), Rated R.
A young boy stands on a station platform. The train is about to leave. Should he go with his mother or stay with his father? An infinity of possibilities rise from this decision. As long as he doesn’t choose, anything is possible. Every life deserves to be lived. Starring Jared Leto, Sarah Polley, Diane Kruger, Linh-Dan Pham, Rhys Ifans, Natasha Little, Toby Regbo and Juno Temple.
For more info: “Mr. Nobody” website
Nov. 3, 2013: “Museum Hours” (Weeks before DVD, Netflix and Redbox releases), Rated TV-14.
When a Vienna museum guard befriends an enigmatic visitor, the grand Kunsthistorisches Art Museum becomes a mysterious crossroads which sparks explorations of their lives, the city and the ways artworks reflect and shape the world. Starring Mary Margaret O’Hara, Bobby Sommer and Ela Piplits.
For more info: “Museum Hours” movie