Robert Downey Jr. returns as Tony Stark/Iron Man in the superhero flick "Iron Man 3"; screenwriter/director Joss Whedon does a contemporary version of a Shakespeare classic in "Much Ado About Nothing"; Keanu Reeves stars in his directorial debut, "Man of Tai Chi." These are some of the movies that premiere on demand from Sept. 23 to Sept. 29, 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:
Sept. 24, 2013: "Iron Man 3" (Same day as DVD), Rated PG-13.
"Iron Man 3" (directed by Shane Black) features the return of Robert Downey Jr. as billionaire Tony Stark, also known as superhero Iron Man. In this movie, a fanatical leader named the Mandarin (played by Ben Kingsley) wages a high-tech war against Iron Man. The movie's cast also includes Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Rebecca Hall and Jon Favreau.
For more info: "Iron Man 3" website
Sept. 24, 2013: "Much Ado About Nothing" (Weeks before DVD), Rated PG-13.
From screenwriter/director Joss Whedon, Shakespeare's classic comedy "Much Ado About Nothing" is given a contemporary spin in Joss Whedon's film, "Much Ado About Nothing". Shot in just 12 days (and using the original text), the story of sparring lovers Beatrice (played by Amy Acker) and Benedick (played by Alexis Denisof) offers a dark, sexy and occasionally absurd view of the intricate game that is love. The movie's cast also includes several actors who worked with Whedon before, including Nathan Fillion, Sean Maher and Fran Kranz.
For more info: "Much Ado About Nothing" website
Sept. 24, 2013: "Fill the Void" (Same day as DVD), Rated PG.
"Fill the Void" tells the story of an Orthodox Hasidic family from Tel Aviv. Shira is 18 and the youngest daughter of the family. She is about to be married off to a promising young man of the same age and background. On Purim, her 28-year-old sister, Esther, dies while giving birth to her first child. Everything changes when an offer is proposed to match Yochay (the late Esther‘s husband) to a widow from Belgium. When the girls’ mother finds out that Yochay may leave the country with her only grandchild, she proposes a match between Shira and the widower. Shira will have to choose between her heart’s wish and her family duty.
For more info: "Fill the Void" website
Sept. 24, 2013: "In the House" (Same day as DVD), Rated R.
In this French-language drama, 16-year-old Claude (played by Ernst Unhauer) insinuates himself into the house of fellow high-school student Rapha (played by Bastien Ughetto), writing about his family in essays that perversely blur the lines between reality and fiction for his jaded literature teacher Germain (played by Fabrice Luchini). Intrigued by this gifted and unusual student, Germain rediscovers his taste for teaching, but the boy’s intrusion sparks a series of uncontrollable events. Kristin Scott Thomas plays Germain’s wife, Jeanne, a contemporary art gallery director who avidly follows Claude’s semi-imaginary escapades, while Emmanuelle Seigner plays Rapha’s mom, Claude’s object of desire.
For more info: "In the House" website
Sept. 24, 2013: "I Spit on Your Grave 2" (Four days after theatrical release), Rated TV-MA.
Katie is trying to make it in the cutthroat world of modeling. When she innocently accepts an offer to have new photos taken for her portfolio, the experience quickly turns into an unthinkable nightmare of rape, torture, and kidnapping. When a twist of fate finally frees her from her captors - beaten, battered, bruised, and broken, she will have to tap into the darkest places of the human psyche to not only survive her ordeal, but to ultimately find the strength to exact her brutal revenge.
For more info: "I Spit on Your Grave 2" website
Sept. 24, 2013: "The Kings of Summer" (Same day as DVD), Rated R.
"The Kings of Summer" is a unique coming-of-age film about three teenage friends – Joe (plated by Nick Robinson), Patrick (played by Gabriel Basso) and the eccentric and unpredictable Biaggio (played by Moises Arias) – who, in the ultimate cat of independence, decide to spend the summer in the woods and living off of the land. Free from their parents' rules, their idyllic summer becomes a test of friendship as each boy learns to appreciate that family – whether it is one you were born into or one you create – is something you can't run away from easily.
For more info: "The Kings of Summer" website
Sept. 24, 2013: "Unfinished Song" (Same day as DVD), Rated PG-13.
"Unfinished Song" is a comedy about Arthur (played by Terence Stamp), a curmudgeonly old soul, who is perfectly content sticking with his dull daily routine until his beloved wife (played by Vanessa Redgrave) introduces him to a local seniors singing group. The group is led by the youthful and charming Elizabeth (played by Gemma Arterton) and her unexpected friendship with Arthur reignites his passion for new adventures and shows us all life should be celebrated at any age.
For more info: "Unfinished Song" website
Sept. 24, 2013: "Power of Love"
The vivacious author PJ Payton (played by Vivica A. Fox) is invited on a radio talk show to discuss her best selling book "The Power of Love." The book draws from her own faith-based experiences. In the process, PJ helps listeners improve their relationships by counseling callers with their love matters. Eventually, PJ unwittingly exposes her own love-related issues on air. This romantic comedy-drama (which co-stars Malik Barnhardt, Wood Harris and Joe Torry) is an inspirational journey of love.
For more info: "Power of Love" website
Sept. 24, 2013: "Bloody Homecoming" (Same day as DVD)
A group of seniors anxiously prepare for Homecoming night in the sleepy town of Winston. Three years after a tragic accident left a student dead at the annual dance, they find themselves haunted by a deadly visitor from their past. Unable to bury old demons, it looks like it’s finally payback time, and someone’s out for blood. Before the night is over, the halls will run red as they are stalked, staked and butchered by a relentless, savage killer bent on revenge. They must stop whoever is hunting them, or this year’s dance is going to be a killer. Cast members include Jim Tavaré, Rae Latt, Lexi Giovagnoli, Alex Dobrenko and Randi Lamey.
For more info: "Bloody Homecoming" website
Sept. 20, 2103: “A True Story” (Before theatrical release)
“A True Story” is a feature film about Mike and Matt (played Cameron Fife and Tyler McGee, who co-wrote the movie’s screenplay), two broke writing partners and best friends, waiting for their big break. When Mike's ex-girlfriend Deanna (played by Katrina Bowden) comes back into his life, Matt will do anything to save his only friend from another broken heart. “A True Story” is a film within a film within a film, as we see the less glamorous side of Hollywood. The story is not, however, inclusive to the L.A. scene. It's a story about resisting temptation, maintaining integrity, and keeping track of what's really important in life: the people that really love you and would do anything for you, however imperfect they might be.
For more info: "A True Story" website
Sept. 24, 2013: "The Facility" (Before theatrical release)
At a remote medical facility, a group of seven strangers begin a clinical trial for the experimental new drug: Pro-9. As the untested drug begins to course through their veins, unexpected side-effects start to take hold and several of the volunteers are sent into an uncontrollable murderous rage. Starring Aneurin Barnard, Oliver Coleman, Steve Evets, Skye Lourie, Alex Reid, Nia Roberts and Amit Shah.
For more info: "The Facility" website
Sept. 24, 2013: "A Night in the Woods" (Before theatrical release)
When three friends go hiking, jealousies, sexual tensions and strained relationships come to a head, turning what should have been a peaceful camping adventure into a terror trip. As collective paranoia reaches fever pitch it becomes clear that there is a much darker force at work in their ancient eerie surroundings. Who or what is after them? And can any one of them survive a night in the woods? Starring Anna Skellern, Scoot McNairy and Andrew Hawley.
For more info: "A Night in the Woods" website
Sept. 26, 2013: "Mr. Nobody" (Before theatrical release)
Not to be confused with the 2008 Harmony Korine movie starring Diego Luna. A young boy stands on a station platform. The train is about to leave. Should he go with his mother or stay with his father? An infinity of possibilities rise from this decision. As long as he doesn't choose, anything is possible. Every life deserves to be lived. Starring Jared Leto, Sarah Polley, Diane Kruger, Linh-Dan Pham, Rhys Ifans, Natasha Little, Toby Regbo and Juno Temple.
For more info: "Mr. Nobody" website
Sept. 27, 2013: "Dark Touch"
The rave scene has arrived from Ibiza and warehouse parties are exploding across the UK bringing phenomenal wealth to the organizers. In Manchester, best friends Matt and Dylan are in their early 20s and want to be a part of this social scene. They are taken on a wild journey from the exclusive VIP rooms of London clubs to the outrageous parties in Ibiza super-villas. But as their success continues to grow, they attract a more dark and sinister world. Starring: Jack O'Connell, Emily Barclay, Sam Hazeldine, Henry Lloyd-Hughes.
Sept. 27, 2013: "Man of Tai Chi" (Before theatrical release)
Set in modern Beijing, “Man of Tai Chi” marks Keanu Reeves’ directorial debut. The film, also starring Reeves, follows the spiritual journey of a young martial artist (played by Tiger Chen) whose unparalleled Tai Chi skills land him in a highly lucrative underworld fight club owned by a sadistic crime lord (played by Reeves). As the fights intensify, so does his will to survive.
For more info: "Man of Tai Chi" website
Sept. 27, 2013: "Muscle Shoals" (Same day as theatrical release)
"Muscle Shoals" is a documentary about a place filled with magic and music, legend and folklore, where the river is inhabited by a Native American spirit who has lured some of the greatest Rock and Roll and Soul legends of all time, and drawn from them some of the most uplifting, defiant, and important music ever created. In Muscle Shoals, Ala., music runs through the hills, the river, and the spirit of the people. Jimmy Cliff, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Alicia Keys, Wilson Pickett, The Rolling Stones, Bob Seger, Paul Simon, The Staple Singers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Percy Sledge and countless other stars have all been lured to this remote and mystical place in the backwoods of Alabama to work with the musicians and producers there.
For more info: "Muscle Shoals" website