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The week ahead: 'Fast & Furious 6,' 'Battle of the Year,' 'Hours' and more

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Two movies starring the late Paul Walker ("Fast & Furious 6" and "Hours") are among the films that premiere on demand from Dec. 9 to Dec. 15, 2013. Universal Pictures has announced that a portion of the home-video proceeds from "Fast & Furious 6" will go to Walker's charity Reach Out Worldwide. Also premiering on demand this week is the dance movie "Battle of the Year." (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:

Dec. 10, 2013: "Fast & Furious 6" -- Unedited (Same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix and Redbox releases), Rated PG-13.

Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson lead the returning cast of all-stars as the global blockbuster franchise built on speed races to its next continent in "Fast & Furious 6." Reuniting for their most high-stakes adventure yet, fan favorites Jordana Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Sung Kang, Gal Gadot, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges and Elsa Pataky are joined by series newcomers Luke Evans and Gina Carano. Since the Rio heist led by Dom (played by Diesel) and Brian (played by Walker) toppled a kingpin’s empire and left their crew with $100 million, our heroes have scattered across the globe. But their inability to return home and living forever on the lam have left their lives incomplete. Meanwhile, Hobbs (played by Johnson) has been tracking an organization of lethally skilled mercenary drivers across 12 countries, whose mastermind (played by Evans) is aided by a ruthless second-in-command revealed to be the love Dom thought was dead, Letty (played by Rodriguez). The only way to stop the criminal outfit is to outmatch them at street level, so Hobbs asks Dom to assemble his elite team in London. Payment? Full pardons for all of them so they can return home and make their families whole again.

For more info: "Fast & Furious 6" website

Dec. 10, 2013: "Battle of the Year" (Same day as DVD), Rated PG-13.

Battle of the Year is an international dance crew tournament that attracts all the best teams from around the world, but the Americans haven’t won in fifteen years. Los Angeles Hip Hop mogul Dante (played by Laz Alonso) wants to put the country that started the Sport back on top. He enlists his hard-luck friend Blake (played by Josh Holloway), who was a championship basketball coach, to coach his team. Armed with the theory that the right coach can make any team champions, they assemble a Dream Team of all the best dancers across the country. With only three months until Battle of the Year, Blake has to use every tactic he knows to get twelve talented individuals to come together as a team if they're going to bring the Trophy back to America where it started. Also starring Josh Peck, Caity Lotz and Chris Brown.

For more info: "Battle of the Year" website

Dec. 10, 2013: "The Hunt" (Same day as DVD), Rated R.

"The Hunt" is a thrilling drama about a kindergarten teacher (played by Mads Mikkelsen) accused of wrongdoing. It is a disturbing depiction of how a lie becomes the truth when gossip, doubt and malice are allowed to flourish and ignite a witch-hunt that soon threatens to destroy an innocent man’s life. In Danish with English subtitles.

For more info: "The Hunt" website

Dec. 10, 2013: "Some Velvet Morning" (Before theatrical release), Rated TV-MA.

Fred (played by Stanley Tucci) arrives at the doorstep of his beautiful young mistress Velvet (played by Alice Eve) after four years apart, claiming to have finally left his wife. But when she rejects his attempts to rekindle their romance, his persistence evolves into obsession — and a dark history between the former lovers comes into focus. A return to form for writer/director Neil LaBute, “Some Velvet Morning” is an astutely written portrait of a very modern romance.

For more info: "Some Velvet Morning" website

Dec. 10, 2013: “Desert Runners”

This documentary follows a cast of non-professional runners as they attempt to complete the most difficult desert "ultra marathon" series on Earth. Their intense journey takes them to the driest, windiest, hottest and coldest deserts in the world: the Atacama in Chile, the Gobi in China, the Sahara in Egypt and finally, Antarctica. Along the way, the runners face the thrill of danger, the agony of physical pain and mental defeat, and the emotional victory of crossing the finish line, forever changed from the inside out.

For more info: "Desert Runners" website

Dec. 10, 2013: “Distress”

In this inventive thriller, a corporate executive finds herself locked on the roof of her workplace with her estranged lover and is forced to confront her romantic past and future. As hours slip into days with no rescue in sight, the pair wage a physical and mental battle to survive their urban desert island and each other.

Dec. 10, 2013: “Fading West”

Fading West, directed by Matt Katsolis of Interpret Studios, was filmed during Switchfoot’s 2012 World Tour and follows the band to locations around the world, including the U.S., South Africa, Bali, Australia and New Zealand. In the official press release it is described as "part rock documentary, part surf film, and part travelogue."

For more info: "Fading West" website

Dec. 10, 2013: “The Proving Grounds”

"The Proving Grounds" is a documentary film about Jackson’s MMA, a top mixed-martial-arts (MMA) training academy. Jackson’s MMA (located in Albuquerque, N.M.) has the highest fight winning percentage of any MMA school. Greg Jackson has trained over 10 world champions. "The Proving Grounds" is an all-access inside look at what goes on at Jackson’s. Get to know Greg Jackson and the family. Learn about the strategies, philosophies, history, and hardships behind the best MMA school in the world. What does it take to become a champion?

For more info: "The Proving Grounds" website

Dec. 10, 2013: “Solace”

Six people. Three stories. One truth. Socialite Kathryn and her politician husband struggle to keep their secret second lives concealed, while trying to restore their once love-filled relationship. A lawyer battles wits with a streetwise hustler, risking everything to save his credibility. Construction worker Ridley pushes Sofia to her physical and mental limits. Fate brought them together; a secret will tear them apart. This chilling thriller follows three separate stories, mysteriously connected, that come together in an explosive resolution. Starring Robert Pralgo, Dupree Lewis Jr, Russell Comegys, Dixie Light, Ric Reitz, and Rhoda Griffis.

For more info: "Solace" website

Dec. 10, 2013: “Street Journeys”

"Street Journeys" is a documentary filmed in the heart of Nairobi, where abandoned children wander the streets with no relief from the grim realities of poverty, hope for the future is dim, until renowned Kenyan actress Anne Wanjugu restores the children's spirit through the healing power of theater. When an unexpected event puts their resilience to the test, it's up to the children to draw on their strength, and glean lessons of faith, family, and the rising of their spirit without their mentor. This inspiring documentary chronicles the triumphant journey from the makeshift stage of a small Nairobi church to the bright lights of Broadway.

For more info: "Street Journeys" website

Dec. 12, 2013 “Banshee Chapter” (Before theatrical release)

On the trail of a missing friend (played by Michael McMillian), who had been experimenting with mind-altering drugs, a young journalist (played by Katia Winter) — aided by a rogue counter-culture writer (played by Ted Levine) — finds herself drawn into the dangerous world of top-secret government chemical research and the mystery of a disturbing radio signal of unknown origin. A fast-paced thriller blending fact and fiction, “Banshee Chapter” is based on real documents, actual test subject testimony and uncovered secrets about covert programs run by the CIA.

For more info: "Banshee Chapter" website

Dec. 13, 2013: "Here Comes the Devil" (Same day as theatrical release), Rated TV-MA

“Here Comes the Devil” combines modern indie filmmaking and storytelling with a hint of ‘70s-styled psychological horror that may not just be psychological. Francisco Barreiro and Laura Caro play parents Felix and Sol whose preteen son and daughter inexplicably reappear after being lost overnight on a desolate, cave-riddled mountainside after a casual hike became every parent’s nightmare. The good luck and good fortune of their return soon changes, as the children’s behavior suggests ominous and unspeakable events the night the children were lost that continue even now. As a loving couple — and loving parents — try to care for and protect their children, the ancient and half-whispered legends around the caves and the mountain and those who have gone there before become too strange to believe … and too dangerous, no matter how insane, to ignore.

For more info: "Here Comes the Devil" website

Dec. 13, 2103: "Trap for Cinderella" (Same day as theatrical release)

While living in London, fun-loving photographer Micky (played by Tuppence Middleton) has a chance encounter with her childhood friend Do (played by Alexandra Roach). Soon a friendship is reborn, and Micky's life will be changed forever. Do's fondness for Micky grows into obsession as their friendship blossoms. A relaxing trip to France turns deadly when a fire engulfs the pair, leaving Do dead and Micky badly burnt. Unable to recall anything, Micky is forced on a shocking journey of self-discovery.

For more info: "Trap for Cinderella" website

Dec. 13, 2103: "Jobriath A.D." (Same day as theatrical release)

In the 1970s, glam rock musician Jobriath (also known as The American Bowie, The True Fairy of Rock & Roll and Hype of the Year) was the first openly gay rock star. Jobriath’s reign was brief, lasting less than two years and two albums. Done in by a over-hyped publicity machine, shunned by the gay community, and dismissed by critics as all flash and no substance, Jobriath was excommunicated from the music business. He retreated to the Chelsea Hotel where he died, forgotten, in 1983 at the age of 37, as one of the earliest casualties of AIDS. This documentary features narrator Henry Rollins (Black Flag) and interviews with current musical artists inspired by Jobriath including: Marc Almond, Joey Arias, Jayne County, Joe Elliott of Def Leppard, Stephin Merritt of Magnetic Fields, Jake Shears of Scissor Sisters, Will Sheff of Okkervil River, and Justin Tranter of Semi Precious Weapons.

For more info: "Jobriath A.D." website

Dec. 13, 2013: "Hours" (Same day as theatrical release), Rated PG-13.

Set mostly in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Hours is the story of a man who battles looters, the elements and exhaustion for two days in a hospital while his newborn daughter clings to life inside a ventilator powered only by a manual crank. Starring Paul Walker and Genesis Rodriguez.

For more info: "Hours" website


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