Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg play magicians who are also thieves in "Now You See Me"; Michael Shannon is real-life assassin Richard Kuklinski in "The Iceman"; and actress/director Sarah Polley stars in a documentary that investigates whether or not the man who raised her is her biological father. These are some of the movies that premiere on demand from Sept. 2 to Sept. 8, 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. 3, 2013: "Now You See Me" (Same day as DVD), Rated PG-13.
"Now You See Me" pits an elite FBI squad in a game of cat and mouse against the Four Horsemen, a super-team of the world's greatest illusionists. The Four Horsemen (played by Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher and Dave Franco) pull off a series of daring heists against corrupt business leaders during their performances, showering the stolen profits on their audiences while staying one step ahead of the law
For more info: "Now You See Me" website
Sept. 3, 2013: "The Iceman" (Same day as DVD), Rated R.
Inspired by actual events, "The Iceman" follows notorious contract killer Richard Kuklinski (played by Michael Shannon) from his early days in the mob until his arrest for the murder of more than 100 men. The movie's cast also includes Winona Ryder, Chris Evans, Ray Liotta and David Schwimmer.
For more info: "The Iceman" website
Sept. 3, 2013: "Stories We Tell" (Same day as DVD), Rated PG-13.
In this inspired, genre-twisting documentary, writer/director/actress Sarah Polley discovers that the truth depends on who’s telling it. Polley is both filmmaker and detective as she investigates the secrets kept by a family of storytellers. As each relates their version of the family mythology, present-day recollections shift into nostalgia-tinged glimpses of their mother, who departed too soon, leaving a trail of unanswered questions. Polley unravels the paradoxes to reveal the essence of family: always complicated, warmly messy and fiercely loving.
For more info: "Stories We Tell" website
Sept. 3, 2013: "Arthur Newman" (Same day as DVD), Rated R.
A cross-country odyssey of self-discovery and renewal, “Arthur Newman” is a comic romance about two unlikely souls who fall in love and find out who they really are. Colin Firth and Emily Blunt star in this movie as two strangers who have changed their identities in order to escape bad memories from their past but they find that they might have a future together as a couple.
For more info: "Arthur Newman" website
Sept. 3, 2013: "From Up on Poppy Hill" (Same day as DVD), Rated PG.
The dazzling, hand-drawn animated movie “From Up on Poppy Hill” is set in Yokohama in 1963. Japan is picking itself up from the devastation of World War II and preparing to host the Olympics. Against this backdrop of hope and change, a friendship begins to blossom between high-school students Umi (voiced by Sarah Bolger) and Shun (voiced by Anton Yelchin), but a buried secret from their past emerges to cast a shadow on the future and pull them apart. From a screenplay by Oscar winner Hayao Miyazaki, the English-language version is directed by Oscar winner Gary Rydstrom from a script adaptation by Karey Kirkpatrick.
For more info: "From Up on Poppy Hill" website
Sept. 3, 2013: "Scavengers" (Same day as DVD)
In the sci-fi thriller “Scavengers,” the starship Revelator's crew of deep space scavengers have just discovered something: an alien artifact of mysterious, unimaginable power capable of threatening the balance of the known universe. Fiercely pursued by a rival crew of mercenary killers, who know what the life-altering device can do, the crew fights to protect not only the artifact's missing pieces, but find themselves battling for their lives and the very future of the universe itself. Cast members include Sean Patrick Flanery, Roark Critchlow and Jeremy London.
Sept. 3, 2013: "The Lords of Salem" (Same day as DVD), Rated R.
In "The Lords of Salem" (written and directed by Rob Zombie), rock radio DJ Heidi (played by Sheri Moon Zombie, who is married to Rob Zombie in real life) works at a local radio station. A mysterious wooden box containing a vinyl record arrives for Heidi, a gift of a rock band called the Lords. As Heidi and a co-worker play the Lords' record, it starts to play backwards, and Heidi experiences a flashback to a past trauma.
For more info: "The Lords of Salem" website
Sept. 6, 2013: "Adore" (Same day as theatrical release), Rated R.
Set in an Australian seaside town of otherworldly beauty, the drama "Adore" (formerly titled "Two Mothers") establishes an aura of fable as it follows two lifelong best friends (played by Robin Wright and Naomi Watts) who plunge into uncharted waters when they begin affairs with each other's sons (played by Xavier Samuel and James Frecheville). The movie is an unpredictable tale of misguided love and a heartfelt celebration of the enduring nature of female friendship.
For more info: "Adore" website
Sept. 6, 2013: "All the Boys Love Mandy Lane" (Same day as theatrical release), Rated R.
Mandy Lane (played by Amber Heard) is a beautiful 16-year-old girl whom all the boys in her high school seek to conquer. But one of them was killed in this desperate struggle. Some time later, Mandy is invited to spend the weekend at a family ranch with some of her school mates. But the trip turns to tragedy as more vicious murders begin to happen. "All the Boys Love Mandy Lane" was originally released in 2006 in countries outside the U.S., but legal problems with the movie studio delayed the U.S. release.
For more info: "All the Boys Love Mandy Lane" website
Sept. 6, 2013: "Good Ol' Freda" (Same day as theatrical release), Rated PG.
The documentary "Good Ol' Freda" is the untold story of Freda Kelly, the Beatles' trusted secretary and friend throughout their rise to fame. History notes that The Beatles were together for 10 years, but Freda worked for them for 11. One of few documentaries with the support of the living Beatles, the film offers an insider perspective on the beloved band that changed the music industry.
For more info: "Good Ol' Freda" website
Sept. 6, 2013: "Red Obsession" (Same day as theatrical release), Rated PG.
This documentary (narrated by Russell Crowe) is a film about power, passion, and the game of fine wine. Recently, prices for Bordeaux's prestigious "first growth" red wines – including names like Chateau Lafite-Rothschild, Chateau Margaux and Chateau Latour – have been breaking all records. For better or worse, Bordeaux is hitching itself to a new, infinitely wealthy client: China. "Red Obsession" sets out to explore this phenomenon and the link between China and Bordeaux.
For more info: "Red Obsession" website
Sept. 6, 2013: "The Butcher Boys"
From Kim Henkel, co-writer of 1974’s “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” comes this gut-wrenching, non-stop rollercoaster ride through the hellish underbelly of inner-city America. A birthday celebration at an upscale restaurant sets in motion events that bring a group of friends face to face with the macabre world of cannibals, the Butcher Boys. The Butcher Boys are international predators who deal in human flesh — dead or alive. The cast includes Ali Faulkner, Johnny Walters, Derek Lee Nixon, Tory Tompkins, Gregory Kelly