On Demand profits for films have continued to rise over the past few years, sometimes their VOD totals surpass their theatrical box office numbers. This trend is especially prevalent for Indies where they are smaller budgeted, require less marketing because they rely on word of mouth from viewers and potential customers are willing to take a chance watching them at home than to go out and visit a theater, eventually spending more time and money in the process.
For this reason, Foreign and Domestic films are premiering through Cable systems first and then they may get a wider release in theaters across the country if they do well in this format. So, if you want to see quality movies before anyone else read ahead for what is only On Demand for this weekend.
"6 Souls"- Formerly known as "Shelter" when it was filmed in 2008 outside of Pittsburgh and parts of West Virginia. Julianne Moore stars as a renowned psychiatrist who finds herself in grave danger while she attempts to uncover the mystery behind a patient (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) with multiple personalities that mirror the behavioral patterns of many a murderer. Muddled effort that only clears up due to fine performances by Moore and Meyers.
"The Brass Teapot"- An old teapot transforms an ordinary twenty-something couple (Juno Temple, Michael Angarano) into noteworthy winners. Whenever they see a setback, this treasure fills with funds causing a case of that popular Rapper's refrain of more money, more problems. Delightful film that is a rare find these days, a romantic Comedy full of laughs.
"Like Someone in Love"- Master auteur Abbas Kiarostami ("Certified Copy") again delivers an ambiguous Drama about mistaken identity between a female student (Rin Takanashi) prostituting herself to a scholarly old man. Playful and inventive. Filmed entirely in Japan. Kiarostami seems to have added a wry twist to his film cannon, which up until this Decade consisted of the usual stolid Iranian set pieces, such as "Taste of Cherry" or "The Wind Will Carry Us".
"A Place at the Table"- The Documentary makers of "Food, Inc." provide a humble serving of real life in American kitchens in which 1 out of 4 kids don't know where their next meal will come from. Astonishing expose on hunger that at least points out how this epidemic of "Food Deserts" has exploded since Reagan-era cuts. Featuring actor turned activist Jeff Bridges and 'Top Chef' judge Tom Colicchio.
"War Witch"- Tribeca Films presents an Oscar nominee in this year's Best Foreign Language film category that chronicles the life of a young African refuge after she is forced into rebel service during a bloody Civil battle. An outstanding accomplishment, simply told but solidly efficient in striking a chord of what it must be like to live through wartime in a third-world empire.