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The week ahead: 'Closed Circuit,' 'Cold Comes the Night,' 'Free Ride' and more

"Closed Circuit"
"Closed Circuit"
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Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall are attorneys caught up in government corruption in the political drama "Closed Circuit"; Bryan Cranston and Alice Eve star in the crime thriller "Cold Comes the Night"; and Anna Paquin plays a drug smuggler in the 1970s in the drama "Free Ride." These are among the films that premiere on demand from Jan. 6 to Jan. 12, 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. 7, 2014: "Closed Circuit" (Weeks before Netflix and Redbox releases), Rated R.

Following a mysterious explosion in a busy London market, the police swoop, a suspect is detained, and the country prepares for one of the most high-profile trials in British history. Two exceptional lawyers with a romantic history step into a dangerous web of secrets and lies, and when evidence points to a possible British Secret Service cover up, it's not just their reputations, but their lives that are at stake. The film stars Eric Bana, Rebecca Hall, Jim Broadbent and Julia Stiles.

For more info: "Closed Circuit" website

Jan. 7, 2014: “I Know That Voice”

This documentary about voice actors showcases more than 50 of today’s most audibly recognizable talents in entertainment. Starring industry favorites including Kevin Conroy, Nancy Cartright and Hank Azaria, Jim Cummings, as well as crossover actors such as Diedrich Bader and Seth Green.

For more info: "I Know That Voice" website

Jan. 7, 2014: "The Act of Killing" (Same day as DVD; weeks before Netflix and Redboxes), Rated TV-MA.

"The Act of Killing" is a documentary that takes place in Indonesia. In a country where killers are celebrated as heroes, the filmmakers challenge unrepentant death squad leaders to dramatize their role in genocide. The hallucinatory result is a cinematic fever dream, an unsettling journey deep into the imaginations of mass-murderers and the shockingly banal regime of corruption and impunity they inhabit.

For more info: "The Act of Killing" website

Jan. 7, 2014: “I'm So Excited!” (Same day as DVD), Rated R.

In this Spanish-language comedy directed by Pedro Almodóvar, a very varied group of people are in a precarious situation aboard a plane flying to Mexico City. A technical failure has endangered the lives of the passengers on Peninsula Flight 2549. Life in the clouds is as complicated as it is at ground level, and for the same reasons, which could be summarized in two: sex and death. Their defenselessness in the face of danger provokes a general catharsis among the passengers and the crew, and this ends up becoming the best way to escape from the idea of death.

For more info: "I'm So Excited!" website

Jan. 7, 2014: "Summer in February" (Before theatrical release), Rated TV-14.

A sweeping romance set at a bohemian artist colony on the picturesque coasts of pre-war England, "Summer in February" is based on the true story of painter Sir Alfred Munnings (played by Dominic Cooper) and his blue-blood best friend Gilbert (played by Dan Stevens). Born into a working-class family, Munnings rises to become one of the premiere British artists of his time, winning the affection of aristocratic beauty Florence Carter-Wood (played by Emily Browning). But when Gilbert falls for Florence as well, a love triangle emerges with tragic consequences.

For more info: "Summer in February" website

Jan. 7, 2014: "Eating Alabama"

In this documentary, a young couple, in search of a simpler life, return home to Alabama where they set out to eat the way their grandparents did: locally and seasonally. But as they navigate the agro-industrial gastronomical complex, they soon realize that nearly everything about the food system has changed since farmers once populated their family histories. A thoughtful and often funny essay on community, the South and sustainability, “Eating Alabama” is a story about why food matters.

For more info: "Eating Alabama" website

Jan. 7, 2014: "Pit Stop"

Recovering from an ill-fated affair with a married man, Gabe finds solace in the relationship he maintains with his ex-wife and daughter. On the other side of town, Ernesto evades life at home with his current live-in ex-boyfriend by spending much of his spare time in the hospital with an ailing past love. Impervious to the monotony of their blue-collar world, they maintain an unwavering yearning for romance. Bill Heck, Marcus DeAnda, Amy Seimetz, John Merriman, Alfredo Maduro, Corby Sullivan and Bailey Bass.

For more info: "Pit Stop" website

Jan. 7, 2014: "Sahkanaga"

In 2002, over 300 bodies were discovered on the property of the Tri-State Crematory in the Appalachian foothills of northwest Georgia, thrusting an unassuming, tight-knit community into the international spotlight. "Sahkanaga" (meaning “Great Blue Hills of God” in Cherokee, pronounced “sock-uh-nogga”) imagines this event from the perspective of Paul, a teenager who stumbles upon the first body. Matters are further complicated by his father’s ownership of the local funeral home and the arrival of Lyla, a beautiful stranger whose recently deceased grandfather is the first corpse that Paul finds. Filmed in Walker County, Georgia, with a cast of local, non-professional actors (many of whom had a direct connection to the real-life scandal), the tension mounts as Paul is entangled in his own secrets, and the entire community faces the complexities of forgiveness in the wake of an unfathomable tragedy. Starring Trevor Neuhoff, Kristin Rievley, Jace Flatt, Sharon Huey, Chip Jones, Laura Maynard, Charles Patterson Jr. and Rhea Thurman.

For more info: "Sahkanaga" website

Jan. 10, 2014: "Cold Comes the Night" (Same day as theatrical release), Rated R.

“Cold Comes the Night” tells the story of a struggling motel owner (played by Alice Eve) and her daughter who are taken hostage by a nearly blind career criminal (played by Bryan Cranston) to be his eyes as he attempts to retrieve his parcel of cash from a crooked cop (played by Logan Marshall-Green). Written and directed by Tze Chun and co-written by Osgood Perkins and Nick Simon.

For more info: "Cold Comes the Night" website

Jan. 10, 2014: "Free Ride" (Same day as theatrical release), Rated TV-MA.

In search of a better life for her family and desperate to escape her tumultuous relationship, Christina (played by Anna Paquin) hastily moves to Florida and enters the dangerous world of the high-stakes underground drug scene. She quickly learns that dealing drugs at the height of South Florida’s smuggling heyday has its price. As law enforcement closes in on Christina and her drug operation, she must find a way to salvage the life she has desperately worked to repair before it all comes crashing down. Also starring Cam Gigandet and Drea de Matteo. "Free Ride" writer/director Shana Betz's based this movie on the true story of her real-life mother.

For more info: "Free Ride" website

Jan. 10, 2014: "Dumbbells" (Same day as theatrical release)

“Dumbbells” follows Chris Long (played by Brian Drolet), an ex-NCAA star turned trainer who finds new purpose when his gym’s shallow new owner, Jack (played by Hoyt Richards), unleashes a lucrative plan to turn the neglected business into a reality show. When Chris’ complacent peers resist this new direction, he and Jack form an unlikely alliance that allows them to face the demons of their pasts and ultimately, save their gym’s future.

For more info: "Dumbbells" website

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