Joaquin Phoenix is a lonely man who falls in love with a talking computer operating system named Samantha (voiced by Scarlett Johansson) in the dramedy "Her." Aaron Eckhart plays a troubled mutant in the horror movie "I, Frankenstein." Zac Efron is the leader of a trio of bachelor friends who vow to avoid serious love commitments in the romantic comedy "That Awkward Moment." Allison Miller and Zach Gilford are a newlywed couple experiencing a demonic pregnancy in the horror flick "Devil's Due." Those are among the movies that premiere on demand from May 12 to May 18, 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:
May 13, 2014: “Her” (Same day as DVD; weeks before Netflix and Redbox releases), Rated R.
Set in Los Angeles, slightly in the future, "Her" follows Theodore Twombly (played by Joaquin Phoenix), a complex, soulful man who makes his living writing touching, personal letters for other people. Heartbroken after the end of his marriage, he becomes intrigued with a new, advanced operating system, which promises to be an intuitive entity in its own right, individual to each user. Upon initiating it, he is delighted to meet "Samantha," a bright, female voice (the voice of Scarlett Johansson), who is insightful, sensitive and surprisingly funny. As her needs and desires grow, in tandem with his own, their friendship deepens into an eventual love for each other. From the unique perspective of Oscar-winning filmmaker Spike Jonze comes an original love story that explores the evolving nature — and the risks — of intimacy in the modern world.
For more info: "Her" website
May 13, 2014: “I, Frankenstein” (Same day as DVD; available in 3-D), Rated PG-13.
Two hundred years after his shocking creation, Dr. Frankenstein's creature Adam (played by Aaron Eckhart) still walks the earth. But when he finds himself in the middle of a war over the fate of humanity, Adam discovers he holds the key that could destroy humankind. Also starring Bill Nighy, Yvonne Strahovski, Miranda Otto, Jai Courtney and Aden Young.
For more info: "I, Frankenstein" website
May 13, 2014: “That Awkward Moment” (Same day as DVD), Rated R.
Zac Efron, Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan star in the comedy "That Awkward Moment" about three best friends who find themselves where we’ve all been: at that confusing "moment" in every dating relationship when you have to decide "So…where is this going?" Also starring Imogen Poots, Jessica Lucas and Mackenzie Davis
For more info: "That Awkward Moment" website
May 13, 2014: “Devil's Due” (Weeks before Netflix and Re4box releases), Rated R.
After a mysterious, lost night on their honeymoon, a newlywed couple (played by Allison Miller and Zach Gilford) finds themselves dealing with an earlier-than-planned pregnancy. While recording everything for posterity, the husband begins to notice odd behavior in his wife that they initially write off to nerves, but, as the months pass, it becomes evident that the dark changes to her body and mind have a much more sinister origin.
For more info: "Devil's Due" website
May 13, 2014: “Honour” (Before theatrical release)
An urban thriller set in West London starring Paddy Considine and rising star Aiysha Hart. Mona is a young British Muslim girl on the on the run from her family after they find out about her plans to run away with her Punjabi boyfriend. In a desperate bid to save face and their family honor; her mother and older brother enlist the help of a bounty hunter to track her down.
For more info: "Honour" website
May 13, 2014: “I Am I” (Before theatrical release; Vimeo on Demand exclusive premiere)
“I Am I” is the story of a young woman, Rachael (played by Jocelyn Towne), who meets her estranged father Gene (played by Kevin Tighe) at her mother’s funeral. Eager to get to know her father, Rachael later tracks him down at an assisted living home only to realize that Gene suffers from memory loss and thinks he is still a young man. He has no recollection of having a daughter and instead is convinced that Rachael is actually her mother. After trying and failing to make him remember her, Rachael eventually decides to go along with her father’s delusions by pretending to be her mother in order to get to know him. Before long, Rachael is visiting Gene every day, finding new ways to bring elements from his past into their present relationship. What began as a search for understanding has become romantic and joyful, but it can’t go on forever.
For more info: "I Am I" website
May 13, 2014: “Bottled Up: The Battle Over Dublin Dr. Pepper”
A small Texas town fights to preserve its 120-year-old, pure-cane-sugar soft drink heritage against the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group. Directed by Drew Rist, who co-wrote this documentary with Don Merritt.
For more info: "Bottled Up: The Battle Over Dublin Dr. Pepper" website
May 13, 2014: “Devil in My Ride”
In this horror comedy, Hank and Doreen’s dream wedding becomes less-than-perfect when Doreen’s loveable loser brother Travis shows up unexpectedly and gives her a gift to remember: a cursed locket that invites the devil into her soul. Now it’s up to Hank and Travis to save her before she’s possessed for eternity. With Doreen in tow, the mismatched pair embarks on a wild and unpredictable road trip from Chicago to Las Vegas in search of Johnny Priest, a homeless holy man and the last known exorcist in America. Starring Frank Zieger, Joey Bicicchi, Erin Breen, Llou Johnson and Sid Haig.
For more info: "Devil in My Ride" website
May 13, 2014: “Gahan Wilson: Born Dead, Still Weird”
Steven-Charles Jaffe's moving and provocative documentary takes a penetrating look into the life and work of legendary cartoonist Gahan Wilson, whose often subversive and somewhat ghoulish drawings have appeared in the New Yorker, Playboy, National Lampoon, and Paris Match. The film features interviews with comedians, filmmakers, fellow artists and longtime admirers.
For more info: "Gahan Wilson: Born Dead, Still Weird" website
May 13, 2014: “Sign Painters”
"Sign Painters" is a documentary (directed by Faythe Levine and Sam Macon) that celebrates the hand-painted sign industry, an American tradition. Documenting these dedicated practitioners, their methods, and their appreciation for quality and craftsmanship, the film profiles sign painters young and old, from the new vanguard working solo to collaborative shops such as San Francisco’s New Bohemia Signs and New York’s Colossal Media’s Sky High Murals.
For more info: "Sign Painters" website
May 14, 2014: “God’s Pocket” (Five days after theatrical release)
When Mickey's crazy stepson Leon is killed in a construction “accident,” nobody in the working class neighborhood of God’s Pocket is sorry he's gone. Mickey tries to bury the bad news with the body, but when the boy's mother demands the truth, Mickey finds himself stuck in a life and death struggle between a body he can’t bury, a wife he can’t please and a debt he can’t pay. Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christina Hendricks, Richard Jenkins and John Turturro. Based on the Pete Dexter novel, “God’s Pocket” marks the directorial feature film debut for John Slattery, who co-wrote the movie’s screenplay.
For more info: "God's Pocket" website
May 15, 2014: “Lucky Bastard”
“Lucky Bastard” is the story of a shy young man who wins a contest to have sex with a famous porn star on an adult website. When the young man arrives at the porno house/set location, his every move is captured on the numerous reality television-style wallcams that are spread out everywhere in the house. It is the found footage from these cameras that tells the story of the inevitable and horrifying reality of what actually happened. At the center of the story are Mike (played by Don McManus), who owns the Lucky Bastard website; his top porn star Ashley Saint (played by Betsy Rue); and Dave G. (played by Jay Paulson), the unsuspecting shy young man who wins the contest.
For more info: "Lucky Bastard" website
May 16, 2014: “Double Play: James Benning and Richard Linklater”
In 1985, former oil rig worker Richard Linklater began a film screening society in Austin, Texas, that aimed to show classic art-house and experimental films to a budding community of cinephiles and filmmakers. Eventually incorporating as a nonprofit, the newly branded Austin Film Society raised enough money to fly in their first out-of-town invitee: Milwaukee native James Benning, visionary filmmaker, who was then based in New York. Accepting the invitation, Benning met Linklater and immediately the two began to develop a personal and intellectual bond, leading to future screenings and encounters. This documentary explores Benning and Linklater's close friendship and different career paths.
For more info: "Double Play: James Benning and Richard Linklater" website