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The week ahead: 'Dallas Buyers Club,' 'Free Birds,' 'Escape Plan' and more

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Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto star as AIDS patients who become unlikely friends in "Dallas Buyers Club." Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson lead the voice cast of the animated film "Free Birds." Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger are prisoners in "Escape Plan." These are among the films that premiere on demand from Feb. 3 to Feb. 9, 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:

Feb. 4, 2014: "Dallas Buyers Club" (Same day as DVD; weeks before Netflix and Redbox releases), Rated R.

Matthew McConaughey stars in "Dallas Buyers Club" as real-life Texas cowboy Ron Woodroof, whose free-wheeling life was overturned in 1985 when he was diagnosed as HIV-positive and given 30 days to live. These were the early days of the AIDS epidemic, and the U.S. was divided over how to combat the virus. Ron, now shunned and ostracized by many of his old friends, and bereft of government-approved effective medicines, decided to take matters in his own hands, tracking down alternative treatments from all over the world by means both legal and illegal. Bypassing the establishment, the entrepreneurial Woodroof joined forces with an unlikely band of renegades and outcasts, including a transgender woman named Rayon (played by Jared Leto) — who he once would have shunned — and established a hugely successful “buyers’ club.” Their shared struggle for dignity and acceptance is a uniquely American story of the transformative power of resilience. "Dallas Buyers Club" received six Oscar nominations, including Best Picture.

For more info: "Dallas Buyers Club" website

Feb. 4, 2014: "Free Birds" (Same day as DVD; weeks before Netflix and Redobox releases), Rated PG.

In this animated adventurous buddy comedy for audiences of all ages, two turkeys from opposite sides of the tracks must put aside their differences and team up to travel back in time to change the course of history and get turkey off the Thanksgiving menu for good. The voice cast includes Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson and Amy Poehler.

For more info: "Free Birds" website

Feb. 4, 2014: "Escape Plan" (Same day as DVD), Rated R.

One of the world's foremost authorities on structural security agrees to take on one last job: breaking out of an ultra-secret, high-tech facility called "The Tomb.” Deceived and wrongly imprisoned, Ray Breslin (played by Sylvester Stallone) must recruit fellow inmate Emil Rottmayer (played by Arnold Schwarzenegger) to help devise a daring, nearly impossible plan to escape from the most protected and fortified prison ever built. Also starring Jim Caviezel, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Vinnie Jones, Vincent D’Onofrio and Amy Ryan.

For more info: "Escape Plan" website

Feb. 4, 2014: “About Time” (Same day as DVD; weeks before Netflix and Redbox releases), Rated R.

"About Time" is a comedy about love and time travel, which discovers that, in the end, making the most of life may not need time travel at all. At the age of 21, Tim Lake (played by Domhnall Gleeson) discovers he can travel in time. The night after another unsatisfactory New Year party, Tim’s father (Bill Nighy) tells his son that the men in his family have always had the ability to travel through time. Tim can’t change history, but he can change what happens and has happened in his own life — so he decides to make his world a better place by getting a girlfriend. Moving from the Cornwall coast to London to train as a lawyer, Tim finally meets the beautiful but insecure Mary (played by Rachel McAdams). They fall in love, then an unfortunate time-travel incident means he’s never met her at all. So they meet for the first time again — and again — but finally, after a lot of cunning time traveling, he wins her heart.

For more info: "About Time" website

Feb. 4, 2014: "The Broken Circle Breakdown" (Weeks before DVD, Netflix and Redbox releases), Rated TV-MA.

In this Dutch-language film, Elise (played by Veerle Baetens) and Didier (played by Johan Heldenbergh) fall in love at first sight. She has her own tattoo shop and he plays the banjo in a bluegrass band. They bond over their shared enthusiasm for American music and culture, and dive headfirst into a sweeping romance that plays out on and off stage — but when an unexpected tragedy hits their new family, everything they know and love is tested. An intensely moving portrait of a relationship from beginning to end, propelled by a soundtrack of foot-stomping bluegrass, "The Broken Circle Breakdown" (an Oscar nominee for Best Foreign-Language Film) is a romantic melodrama of the highest order.

For more info: "The Broken Circle Breakdown" website

Feb. 4, 2014: "Diana" (Before DVD, Netflix and Redbox releases), Rated PG-13.

"Diana" is a portrait of Diana, Princess of Wales during the final two years of her life. The film stars Naomi Watts, who assumes the leading role of the eponymous and iconic princess. Naveen Andrews co-stars as Dr. Hasnat Khan, who had a doomed love affair with Diana before she began dating Dodi Fayed. Douglas Hodge, Geraldine James, Charles Edwards and Juliet Stevenson round out the supporting cast.

For more info: "Diana" website

Feb. 4, 2014: "The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete" (Same day as DVD), Rated R.

During a sweltering summer in New York City, 13-year-old Mister’s (played by Skylan Brooks) hard-living mother (played by Jennifer Hudson) is apprehended by the police, leaving the boy and nine-year-old Pete (played by Ethan Dizon) alone to forage for food while dodging child protective services and the destructive scenarios of the Brooklyn projects. Faced with more than any child can be expected to bear, the resourceful Mister nevertheless feels he is an unstoppable force against seemingly unmovable obstacles. But what really keeps the pair in the survival game is much more Mister’s vulnerability than his larger-than-life attitude.

For more info: "The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete" website

Feb. 4, 2014: “Love & Air Sex” (Before theatrical release)

In “Love & Air Sex” (formerly known as “The Bounceback”) when brokenhearted Stan (played by Michael Stahl-David) flies to Austin for the weekend in hopes of "accidentally" running into his ex-girlfriend Cathy (played by Ashley Bell), he arrives to find their best friends Jeff (played by Zach Cregger) and Kara (played by Sara Paxton) in the middle of their own vicious breakup. Before too long, battle lines are drawn. And with the Air Sex World Championships in town, anything can go down. What is Air Sex? It’s Air Guitar meets karaoke meets mime meets perversion. Contestants get on stage and act out a wild sexual scenario to a song of their choosing, completely by yourself and (usually) completely clothed.

For more info: "Love & Air Sex" website

Feb. 4, 2014: “Special ID” (Before theatrical release), Rated R.

Donnie Yen is Zilong "Dragon" Chen, an undercover cop deep inside China’s most ruthless crime syndicate. The boss, Xiong (Collin Chou) swears to find every traitor and make them pay with their lives. Agents are turning up dead. His days are numbered. Desperate to protect his family and his life, Chen must risk everything to protect the special identity he never wanted before it’s too late.

Feb. 4, 2014: "From Above" (Same day as DVD)

"From Above" (formerly titled "Chasing Shakespeare") is an endearing love story told through flashbacks from the memory of widower William Ward (played by Danny Glover) about the life he spent with beloved wife Venus. This Native American family lived in a small Arkansas town and had an affinity for lightning as well as a deep connection to nature. William and Venus lived in a world filled with racial and ethnic differences, which made their love a difficult plot to play. But in an original mixture of Native American narration and Shakespearean tragedy Niven creates a spiritually uplifting and visually stunning story.

For more info: "From Above" website

Feb. 4, 2014: “The Divorce” (Same day as DVD)

Successful TV anchorwoman, Yolanda Massey (played by Dawnn Lewis), is celebrating her recent divorce by throwing herself a divorce party with her closest sorority girlfriends. Coming along for the ride of her hilariously funny, nonsense BFF, Eva (played by Vanessa Bell Calloway), her younger sister, CeCe (played by Angeli Conwell), and her younger beau and a handsome ex-husband and you are in for an evening of raucous laughter, heartache and the ultimate surprise.

Feb. 4, 2014: "Dead Dad"

When their dad dies unexpectedly, estranged siblings Russell, Jane and their adopted brother, Alex, come home to tend to his remains. Though a stubborn and proud bunch, they are able to agree on one thing: nobody wants to keep the ashes. With little guidance and mounds of resentment among them, the three must work together to achieve a proper goodbye. The man who split them apart brings them closer together as the siblings learn what it means to be a family without their dad. Starring Kyle Arrington, Jenni Melear, Lucas K. Peterson, Allyn Rachel, Ben Hethcoat, Brett Erlich and Fred Stoller.

For more info: "Dead Dad" website

Feb. 4, 2014: “Format Perspective"

"Format Perspective" is a documentary that explores the work, lives and opinions of six European skate photographers. The film showcases the photography of Nils Svensson (Malmö), Stuart Robinson (Belfast), Alex Irvine (London), Richard Gilligan (Dublin), Bertrand Trichet (Barcelona-Tokyo) and Sergej Vutuc (Heilbronn), while also giving us an insight into the different approaches used by this diverse line-up of photographers. Filmed completely on Super 8 film, this project gives a behind-the-scenes look at the skating that these guys like to shoot, as well as the resulting photos that emerge from these sessions.

For more info: "Format Perspective" website

Feb. 4, 2014: “Free Fall”

Fresh out of college, a young man (played by Chris Lowell) is left devastated when the girl of his dreams (played by Rose McIver) dumps him. Refusing to move on, he devises a plan to transform himself into the man she desires. After resigning himself to working for the head of a company in corporate mediocrity (played by Clark Gregg), he falls for a hipster songstress (played by Jessica Szohr) who likes him as he is. As his path continues to unfold unexpectedly, the counsel of a kindred spirit astronomer (played by Allison Janney) helps him understand how to truly carve out a place in the universe.

Feb. 6, 2014: “Enemy” (Before theatrical release)

Adam Bell (played by Jake Gyllenhaal) is a glum, disheveled history professor, who seems disinterested even in his beautiful girlfriend, Mary (Mélanie Laurent). Watching a movie on the recommendation of a colleague, Adam spots his double, a bit-part actor named Anthony Clair, and decides to track him down. The identical men meet and their lives become bizarrely and irrevocably intertwined.

Feb. 6, 2014: “The Right Kind of Wrong” (Before theatrical release)

In the romantic comedy “The Right Kind of Wrong,” Leo Palamino is a failed-writer-turned-dishwasher made famous for his many flaws and shortcomings in a blog called "Why You Suck," a huge Internet success written by his ex-wife. Then Leo meets Colette, the girl of his dreams — on the day she is marrying the perfect man. And so, the ultimate underdog story begins as Leo, a fearless dreamer, risks all to show Colette and the whole wide world all that is right with a man famous for being wrong. Starring Ryan Kwanten, Sara Canning, Ryan McPartlin, Kristen Hager, James A. Woods, Will Sasso and Catherine O'Hara.

Feb. 6, 2014: “Art Machine” (Before theatrical release)

At age 6, child prodigy painter Declan Truss (played by Joseph Cross) was propelled into the art world as a rare marvel, but by 17, the tightrope of notoriety is catching up with him. Declan seeks inspiration as the immense pressures of an impending coming-of-age exhibition loom. His world explodes when he stumbles on a commune of rebellious freethinkers through an incendiary rooftop meeting with pyrotechnic outsider artist Cassandra Moon (played by Jessica Szohr). Declan reaches beyond painting to wild experimentation, quickly spinning out of control. As he becomes consumed by his mania, he begins to regard his mother (played by Joey Lauren Adams) as part of a system that's keeping him down, and magnetically rallies the rebels to take part in his progressively subversive art exhibition — one that will ultimately shock and destroy.

For more info: "Art Machine" website

Feb. 7, 2014: “The Art of the Steal” (Before theatrical release), Rated R.

Crunch Calhoun (played by Kurt Russell), a third rate motorcycle daredevil and semi-reformed art thief, agrees to get back into the con game and pull off one final lucrative art theft with his untrustworthy brother, Nicky (played by Matt Dillon). Reassembling the old team, Crunch comes up with a plan to steal a priceless historical book, but the successful heist leads to another far riskier plan devised by Nicky. They fail to realize each other’s separate agendas when their plan goes awry in this con comedy about honor, revenge and the bonds of brotherhood.

For more info: "The Art of the Steal" website

Feb. 7, 2013: “After the Dark” (Same day as theatrical release)

Faced with an impending nuclear apocalypse, a group of twenty college students must determine which ten of them would take shelter underground and reboot the human race. The decision quickly becomes deadly as each in the group turns against each other in a desperate fight for survival. Starring James D’Arcy, Bonnie Wright, Daryl Sabara, Sophie Lowe, Rhys Wakefield, Freddie Stroma, Maia Mitchell, Jacob Artist and Katie Findlay.

Feb. 7, 2014: “Nurse 3D” (Same day as theatrical release), Rated R.

Paz de la Huerta turns up the body heat in this wickedly entertaining story of a fatal attraction. By day, nurse Abby Russell (played by Paz de la Huerta) lovingly attends to the patients at All Saints Memorial Hospital; by night, Abby prowls nightclubs, luring unfaithful men into dangerous liaisons. After Danni (played by Katrina Bowden), a young, sensitive nurse, joins the hospital staff, Abby pursues her friendship. But when the friendship turns to obsession, Danni spurns Abby, unleashing Abby’s fury and a rampage of terror. Also starring Corbin Bleu, Boris Kodjoe, Niecy Nash and Judd Nelson.

For more info: "Nurse 3D" website

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