Colin Farrell and Amanda Seyfried lead an ensemble voice cast in an animated film set in a fantasy forest life; Lindsay Lohan and Charlie Sheen have cameos in horror comedy; and Billy Bob Thornton stars and directs a drama about the clash between two large families. These are some of the movies that premiere on demand from Aug. 19 to Aug. 25, 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:
Aug. 20, 2013: "Epic" (Same day as DVD), Rated PG.
In the animated film "Epic," a teenager (voiced by Amanda Seyfried) is transported to a magical world and recruited by a nature spirit, Queen Tara (voiced by Beyoncé Knowles), to help the “Leafmen” save their existence — and ours — from evil warriors. The whole family will love this fast-paced thrill-ride, with its astonishing animation and an all-star voice cast that includes Colin Farrell, Josh Hutcherson, Jason Sudeikis, Christoph Waltz and Steven Tyler.
For more info: "Epic" website
Aug. 20, 2013: "Scary Movie 5"- Unrated version (Same day as DVD), Rated TV-MA.
The raunchy comedy has spoofs of "Black Swan," "Inception," "127 Hours," "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," "Paranormal Activity "and many other movies. The "Scary Movie 5" cast includes Simon Rex, Ashley Tisdale, Lindsay Lohan, Charlie Sheen, Snoop Dogg, Terry Crews, Kate Walsh and Mike Tyson.
For more info: "Scary Movie 5" website
Aug. 20, 2013: "Jayne Mansfield's Car" (Before theatrical release), Rated R.
"Jayne Mansfield's Car" is a story of fathers and sons, war and peace, and the turbulent time that changed America forever is set in a small Alabama town in 1969, as the death of a quirky clan's long-estranged wife and mother brings together two very different families for the funeral. But do the scars of the past hide differences that will tear them apart or expose truths that could lead to the most unexpected collisions of all? Cast members include Billy Bob Thornton (who directed the movie), Robert Duvall, Kevin Bacon, Ray Stevenson, John Hurt, Frances O'Connor, Tippi Hedren and Katherine LaNasa.
For more info: "Jayne Mansfield's Car" website
Aug. 20, 2013: "Amour" (Before theatrical release), Rated R.
In the Michael Haneke-directed drama "Amour" (which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign-Language Film in 2013), married couple Georges and Anne (played by Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva) are in their 80s. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, who is also a musician, lives abroad with her family. One day, Anne has an attack, and the couple's bond of love is severely tested.
For more info: "Amour" website
Aug. 20, 2013: "No One Lives" (Same day as DVD), Rated R.
From the director of Midnight Meat Train, comes a new horror film splattered with gore. Staring Luke Evans, "No One Lives" will appeal to horror fans who like their films bloody and fun.
For more info: "No One Lives" website
Aug. 20, 2013: "No Place on Earth" (Same day as DVD), Rated PG-13.
The remarkable true story of "No Place on Earth" (a documentary) starts out as a mystery. In 1942, 38 men, women and children slide down a cold, muddy hole in the ground, seeking refuge from the war above in a pitch-black underground world where no human had gone before. These five Ukrainian Jewish families created their own society where young men bravely ventured into the harrowing night to collect food, supplies and chop firewood. While exploring some of the longest caves in the world in southwestern Ukraine in the 1990s, American caver Chris Nicola stumbled onto unusual objects…an antique ladies shoe and comb, old buttons, an old world key. Was the vague rumor true, that some Jews had hid in this cave during WWII and if so, had any survived to tell their tale? Sixty-seven years later, Nicola leads four of the survivors back to Ukraine to say thank you to “the cave.”
For more info: "No Place on Earth" website
Aug. 20, 2013: "A Single Shot" (Before theatrical release), Rated R.
David M. Rosenthal's neo-noir thriller starts with a bang: a single shot, aimed at a lone deer, that hits and kills a young woman. The hunter, John Moon (played by Sam Rockwell), watches her die before discovering a box of money near her body. In a desperate panic, he takes the cash — hiring a low-rent lawyer (played by William H. Macy) to fight his wife's (played by Kelly Reilly) divorce suit — and attempts to cover up the killing. But when he discovers that the money belonged to a group of hardened criminals, the hunter becomes the hunted in this tense cat-and-mouse struggle in the backwoods of West Virginia.
For more info: "A Single Shot" website
Aug. 20, 2013: "Wither" (Same day as theatrical release)
“Wither” is a bloody, scary tale of demonic possession. A group of naive young people come to find that their carefree weekend in an isolated country house goes off the hinges when one of them accidentally unleashes a mysterious and murderous creature trapped in the basement. As the demon begins to attack the couples, the blood-dredged body count mounts and with it, more creatures out for a taste of human flesh. The dazed young men and women soon mount their own desperate counter-attack.
For more info: "Wither" website
Aug. 20, 2013: "This Is Martin Bonner" (Same day as theatrical release), Rated R.
This Sundance award-winning film follows aging Martin Bonner, who leaves his old life behind for a new one: helping released prisoners discover life outside of jail. An unconventional friendship begins when he meets ex-con Travis (played by Richmond Arquette).
For more info: "This Is Martin Bonner" website
Aug. 20, 2013: "Ip Man: The Final Fight" (Before theatrical release), Rated R.
In postwar Hong Kong, legendary Wing Chun grandmaster Ip Man is reluctantly called into action once more, when what begin as simple challenges from rival kung fu styles soon draw him into the dark and dangerous underworld of the Triads. Now, to defend life and honor, he has no choice but to fight one last time. Starring Anthony Wong Chau-Sang, Eric Tsang and Gillian Chung.
For more info: "Ip Man: The Final Fight" website
Aug. 20, 2013: "3 Days of Normal"
In this romantic comedy, Bill Morgan (played by Jace McLean), an uptight, lonely, small-town New Hampshire cop, has his world turned upside down when a reckless young Hollywood starlet stumbles into town. After escaping the paparazzi, ‘It Girl’ Nikki Gold (played by Mircea Monroe) is found passed out in her rental car by Bill, who is unaware of her celebrity identity. Nikki embraces her newfound anonymity and avoids publicity by hiding out in the town. “3 Days of Normal” follows Bill and Nikki during three blissful days as they find themselves relying on one another in ways they never thought possible.
For more info: "3 Days of Normal" website
Aug. 20, 2013: "Crazy Wisdom"
The documentary "Crazy Wisdom" explores the story of Chogyam Trungpa, the brilliant "bad boy of Buddhism," who was pivotal in bringing Tibetan Buddhism to the West. "Crazy Wisdom" director Johanna Demetrakas uses archival footage, animation, interviews, and original imagery to build a film that mirrors Trungpa's challenging energy and invites viewers to go beyond fixed ideas about our teachers and leaders.
For more info: "Crazy Wisdom" website
Aug. 20, 2013: "The 99%: Occupy Everywhere"
This award-winning documentary, narrated by Lou Reed, explores the breadth and depth of Occupy Wall Street and how it quickly grew from a small park in lower Manhattan to an international movement. The film highlights why people from diverse age, ethnic and financial backgrounds support the movement and its focus of removing money from politics in order to reclaim democracy from entrenched corporate interests so that critical issues including job creation, affordable access to health and education, protecting the environment and gun safety can be fully addressed. Featuring interviews with a wide range of subjects including Occupiers, economist Jeffrey Sachs and business magnate Russell Simmons.
For more info: "The 99%: Occupy Everywhere" website
Aug. 20, 2013: "Sparrows Dance" (Before theatrical release)
When stage fright gets the best of her, a former actress (played by Marin Ireland) stops leaving her apartment, crippled by fear of the outside world. Living off delivery food and residuals from her acting career, she spends her days watching bad TV and spying on the city from her window. But when her toilet overflows and a kind, compassionate plumber (played by Paul Sparks) shows up, she reluctantly allows him into her refuge. A tender, comical love story, grounded by exceptional performances by Ireland and Sparks.
For more info: "Sparrows Dance" website
Aug. 20, 2013: "Surviving Evil" (Before DVD release)
A television documentary crew begins shooting a jungle survival special on the remote Mayaman Island in the Philippines. Things start out casual for host Sebastian "Seb" Beazley (played by Billy Zane) and his team until the jungle takes a terrifying turn. With horror they discover a local legend is all too real when a mythical creature called the Aswang ultimately descends from the trees and begins stalking them through the jungle.
For more info: "Surviving Evil" website
Aug. 22, 2013: "The Colony" (Before theatrical release), Rated TV-MA.
"The Colony" is a post-apocalyptic action-packed thriller starring Laurence Fishburne, Kevin Zegers and Bill Paxton. Forced underground by the next ice age, a struggling outpost of survivors fight to preserve humanity against a threat even more savage than nature. Directed by Jeff Renfroe, "The Colony" is the first film ever to be shot inside the former NORAD base buried 60 stories below the earth.
For more info: "The Colony" website
Aug. 23, 2013: "Aint The Bodies Saints" (One week after theatrical release), Rated TV-MA.
In the atmospheric drama “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” (set in the 1970s), Bob Muldoon (played by Casey Affleck) and Ruth Guthrie (played by Rooney Mara), an impassioned young outlaw couple on an extended crime spree are finally apprehended by lawmen after a shootout in the Texas hills. Although Ruth wounds a local officer, Bob takes the blame and goes to prison. Four years later, Bob (who constantly writes letters to Ruth and their daughter, Sylvie, who was born during his incarceration) escapes from prison and sets out to reunite with them.
For more info: "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" website
Aug. 23, 2013: "The Frozen Ground" (Same day as theatrical release), Rated R.
“The Frozen Ground” is inspired by the incredible true story that follows Alaskan State Trooper Jack Halcombe (played by Nicolas Cage) as he sets out to end the murderous rampage of Robert Hansen (played by John Cusack), a serial killer who has gone unnoticed for 13 years. As the bodies of street girls start to pile up in Anchorage, fear strikes a chord with the public. Risking his life, Halcombe goes on a personal manhunt to find the killer before the next body surfaces. When a 17-year-old escapee (Vanessa Hudgens) reveals key information about the case, Halcombe is finally on the trail of the killer.
For more info: "The Frozen Ground" website