Tom Hanks stars as the title character in the thriller "Captain Phillips"; Cate Blanchett plays a former socialite having a nervous breakdown in "Blue Jasmine"; and Robert Redford is the only actor in the lost-at-sea drama "All Is Lost." These are among the films that premiere on demand from Jan. 20 to Jan. 26, 2014. (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:
Jan. 21, 2014: "Captain Phillips" (Same day as DVD), Rated PG-13.
"Captain Phillips" is a multi-layered examination of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates. It is — through director Paul Greengrass' distinctive lens — simultaneously a pulse-pounding thriller and a complex portrait of the myriad effects of globalization. The film focuses on the relationship between the Alabama’s commanding officer, Captain Richard Phillips (played by Tom Hanks), and the Somali pirate captain Muse (played by Barkhad Abdi), who takes him hostage. Phillips and Muse are set on an unstoppable collision course when Muse and his crew target Phillips’ unarmed ship; in the ensuing standoff, 145 miles off the Somali coast, both men will find themselves at the mercy of forces beyond their control. "Captain Phillips" received six Oscar nominations, including Best Picture.
For more info: "Captain Phillips" website
Jan. 21, 2014: "Blue Jasmine" (Same day as DVD), Rated PG-13.
After everything in her life falls to pieces, including her marriage to wealthy businessman Hal (played by Alec Baldwin), elegant New York socialite Jasmine (played by Cate Blanchett) moves in with her sister Ginger (played by Sally Hawkins) in Ginger's modest San Francisco apartment to try to pull herself back together again. Also starring Peter Sarsgaard, Louis C.K. and Andrew Dice Clay. "Blue Jasmine" was nominated for three Oscars.
For more info: "Blue Jasmine" website
Jan. 21, 2014: "All Is Lost" (Same day as DVD; weeks before Netflix and Redbox releases), Rated PG-13.
In this tense drama, Robert Redford stars as a nameless man who is lost at sea. Redford is the only actor in "All Is Lost," which features almost no speaking throughout the entire film. Written and directed by J.C. Chandor. "All Is Lost" was nominated for one Oscar: Best Sound Editing.
For more info: "All Is Lost" website
Jan. 21, 2014: “Instructions Not Included” (Same day as DVD), Rated PG-13.
In this Spanish-language comedy, Valentin (played by Eugenio Derbez, who wrote and directed the movie) is Acapulco’s resident playboy, until a former fling leaves a baby on his doorstep and takes off without a trace. Valentin leaves Mexico for Los Angeles to find the baby’s mother, but only ends up finding a new home for himself and his newfound daughter, Maggie (played by Loreto Peralta). An unlikely father figure, Valentin raises Maggie for six years, while also establishing himself as one of Hollywood’s top stuntmen to pay the bills, with Maggie acting as his on-set coach. As Valentin raises Maggie, she forces him to grow up too. But their unique and offbeat family is threatened when Maggie’s birth mom shows up out of the blue, and Valentin realizes he’s in danger of losing his daughter, who his best friend.
For more info: "Instructions Not Included" website
Jan. 21, 2014: "Machete Kills" (Same day as DVD' weeks before Netflix and Redbox releases), Rated R.
“Machete Kills” is an action-packed thrill ride about the adventures of legendary secret agent Machete Cortez (played by Danny Trejo). In his latest mission, Machete is recruited by the U.S. President (played by Carlos Estevez aka Charlie Sheen) to stop a crazed global terrorist (Mel Gibson) from starting a nuclear war. With a bounty on his head, Machete faces death at every turn from an all-star cast of deadly assassins. Breaking all the rules, visionary director Robert Rodriguez leads this star-studded ensemble on one of the wildest adventures to save the world ever captured on film.
For more info: "Machete Kills" website
Jan. 21, 2014: "Runner Runner" (Weeks before Netflix and Redbox releases), Rated R.
Princeton grad student Richie (played by Justin Timberlake), believing he’s been swindled, travels to Costa Rica to confront online gambling tycoon Ivan Block (played by Ben Affleck). Richie is seduced by Block’s promise of immense wealth, until he learns the disturbing truth about his benefactor. When the FBI tries to coerce Richie to help bring down Block, Richie faces his biggest gamble ever: attempting to outmaneuver the two forces closing in on him.
For more info: "Runner Runner" website
Jan. 21, 2014: "In a World ..." (Same day as DVD), Rated R.
Lake Bell wrote, directed and starred in "In a World ...", a comedy about a struggling vocal coach who strikes it big in the cutthroat world of movie-trailer voiceovers, only to find herself in direct competition with the industry’s reigning king: her father (played by Fred Melamed). Also starring Demetri Martin, Michaela Watkins, Ken Marino, Rob Corddry, Nick Offerman and Tig Notaro.
For more info: "In a World ..." website
Jan. 21, 2013: “Outpost: Rise of the Spetsnaz”
In “Outpost: Rise of the Spetsnaz” (the third installment of the hit Nazi Zombie action-horror franchise), we discover the horrifying origins of these supernatural soldiers as they battle the most ruthless and notorious of all military special forces: the Russian Spetsnaz. Starring: Bryan Larkin and James “The Colossus” Thompson.
For more info: "Outpost: Rise of the Spetsnaz" website
Jan. 21, 2014: "Can Do: The Legacy of Jimmy Huega"
This inspiring documentary chronicles the life of legendary downhill skier Jimmie Huega, who became one of the first Americans to win an Olympic medal in alpine skiing. After being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1970, he dedicated his life to saving himself from a chronic disease by pioneering a philosophy of care for people living with MS. “Can Do: The Legacy of Jimmy Heuga” is a compelling look at one man’s determination and a testament to the impact each individual can have in the world today.
For more info: "Can Do: The Legacy of Jimmy Huega" website
Jan. 21, 2014: "Pixelschatten"
Shot entirely in the first person POV style, this intimate and unsettling dramedy follows small-town blogger Pixel, who reveals his life via his blog Pixelschatten. After his friends and girlfriend move away for college, lonely and frustrated Pixel decides to change all their lives with just one post. "Pixelschatten" is a film that captures the changing social reality of a generation. Written and directed by Anil Jacob Kunnel.
For more info: "Pixelschatten" website
Jan. 21, 2014: "Split: A Deeper Divide"
This thought-provoking documentary looks beyond the bitter rancor to reveal the truth of why our country is more polarized now than any other time in recent memory. Written and directed by Kelly Nyks.
For more info: "Split: A Deeper Divide" website
Jan. 21, 2013: “The Honeymoon”
In this intense DIY thriller, a young couple is thrust into a deadly game of cat and mouse after they trek deep into the wilderness on a honeymoon canoe trip. After setting up camp and trespassing on a house near an isolated lake, they become targets of a vengeful family and must survive a savage wasteland or face certain death.
Jan. 21, 2013: “The Trials of Muhammad Ali”
No conventional sports documentary, "The Trials of Muhammad Ali" investigates its extraordinary and often complex subject's life outside the boxing ring. From joining the controversial Nation of Islam and changing his name from Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali, to his refusal to serve in the Vietnam War in the name of protesting racial inequality, to his global humanitarian work, Muhammad Ali remains an inspiring and controversial figure. Outspoken and passionate in his beliefs, Ali found himself in the center of America's controversies over race, religion, and war.
For more info: "The Trials of Muhammad Ali" website
Jan. 23, 2013: “Like Father, Like Son” (Six days after theatrical release)
Would you choose your natural child, or the one you believed was your own during six years together? Following an unexpected phone call, affluent architect Ryota and his wife, Midori, learn that their six-year-old son, Keita, was switched at the hospital and is not their biological child. Seeing Midori's devotion to Keita even after the news, and observing the rough yet caring family that has raised his natural son for the last six years, Ryota begins to question his own values on fatherhood as he must choose between "nature" and "nurture," a decision that will change their lives forever. In Japanese with English subtitles.
For more info: "Like Father, Like Son" website
Jan. 24, 2014: “Off the Rez”
"Off the Rez" is the story of a Native American family in Oregon that leaves the reservation in pursuit of the American dream on behalf of one of their eight children: a 16-year-old girl who is one of the best high school basketball players in the country. Four generations of strong Native American women from the Umatilla Nation struggle together to preserve their traditions with the unforgiving world of big-time American high school sports. Starring Shoni Schimmel, Ceci Moses, Rick Schimmel, Delores Moses and Lillian Moses.
For more info: "Off the Rez" website
Jan. 24, 2014: “Enemies Closer” (Same day as theatrical release), Rated R.
After a major shipment of drugs goes missing on the U.S.-Canadian border, forest ranger and former Navy SEAL Henry is plunged into survival mode when the drug cartel forces him to help retrieve the downed package. Trapped in the wilderness with no communication to the outside world, Henry finds himself face to face with Clay, a man with a personal vendetta against Henry who has returned for retribution. Now, the two mortal enemies must make a choice: put aside their past and work together, or die alone at the hands of the drug runners, a ruthless gang who will stop at nothing to retrieve their lost cargo. Starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Orlando Jones and Tom Everett Scott.
For more info: "Enemies Closer" website
Jan. 24, 2014: "24 Exposures" (Same day as theatrical release)
Fetish photographer Billy (Adam Wingard) stages elaborate shoots around his fixations, photographing women in various stages of undress and death. When one of Billy's models winds up actually dead, depressed and romantically disillusioned investigator Michael (Simon Barrett), suffering through a crumbling relationship himself, knocks on his door and discovers a world he struggles to understand, in Billy's art, as well as his apparent ease at juggling professional and intimate relationships with a committed girlfriend and various models. Jealousy runs high, and meanwhile, a killer is still on the loose.
Jan. 24, 2014: "Run and Jump" (Same day as theatrical release)
After a stroke leaves her husband mentally disabled and fundamentally changed, spirited Irish housewife Vanetia (played by Maxine Peake) struggles to keep her family together in the wake of tragedy. A research grant from American doctor Ted Fielding (played by Will Forte), interested in documenting the family's recovery process, allows them to get by. Though Vanetia initially resents living under Ted's microscope, she soon finds comfort in his calming presence, while Ted responds to Vanetia's dynamic, unpredictable personality. As the two explore their bond within their unique situation, a new family begins to emerge.
For more info: "Run and Jump" website