Robots versus monsters in the sci-fi flick "Pacific Rim"; Kevin Hart does a stand-up comedy documentary in "Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain"; and Abigail Breslin stars in the horror movie "Haunter." These are some of the movies that premiere on demand from Oct. 14 to Oct. 20, 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:
Oct. 15, 2013: "Pacific Rim" (Same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix and Redbox releases; available in 3-D), Rated PG-13.
From acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro comes the sci-fi action adventure “Pacific Rim.” When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes — a washed-up former pilot (played by Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (played by Rinko Kikuchi) — who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.
For more info: "Pacific Rim" website
Oct. 15, 2013: "Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain" (Same day DVD), Rated R.
"Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain" captures the laughter, energy and mayhem from Hart's 2012 concert tour, which spanned 10 countries and 80 cities, and generated over $32 million in ticket sales.
For more info: "Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain" website
Oct. 15, 2013: "Drug War" (Same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix and Redbox releases), Rated TV-14.
Manufacturing just 50 grams of meth in China will earn you a death sentence. Timmy Choi (played by Louis Koo) has manufactured tons, and after a violent lab accident, he's in the custody of Captain Zhang (played by Sun Honglei). Now, he has only one chance to avoid execution: turn informant and help Zhang’s undercover team take down the powerful cartel he’s been cooking for. But as the uneasy allies rush to execute a months-long operation in just a few days, the increasingly desperate police are quickly stretched past their limits. As things spin wildly out of control, the line between duty and recklessness is blurred, and it becomes unclear whether Zhang or Choi actually has the upper hand.
For more info: "Drug War" website
Oct. 15, 2013: "A Fierce Green Fire" Rated TV-PG.
"A Fierce Green Fire" is the first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement: grassroots and global activism spanning 50 years from conservation to climate change. Directed and written by Mark Kitchell, and narrated by Robert Redford, Ashley Judd, Van Jones, Isabel Allende and Meryl Streep, the film is inspired by the book of the same name by Philip Shabecoff and informed by advisors like Edward O. Wilson. The documentary chronicles the largest movement of the 20th century and one of the keys to the 21st. It brings together all the major parts of environmentalism and connects them.
For more info: "A Fierce Green Fire" website
Oct. 15, 2013: "Renoir" (Weeks before DVD, Netflix and Redbox releases), Rated R.
Set on the French Riviera in the summer of 1915, Gilles Bourdos’ lushly atmospheric drama "Renoir" tells the story of celebrated Impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir, in declining health at age 74, and his middle son Jean, who returns home to convalesce after being wounded in World War I. The elder Renoir is filled with a new, wholly unexpected energy when a young girl miraculously enters his world. Blazing with life, radiantly beautiful, Andrée will become his last model, and the wellspring of a remarkable rejuvenation. At the same time, Jean also falls under the spell of the free-spirited young Andrée. Their beautiful home and majestic countryside grounds reverberate with familial intrigue, as both Renoirs, père et fils, become smitten with the enchanting and headstrong young muse. Starring Michel Bouquet, Vincent Rottiers and Christa Theret.
For more info: "Renoir" website
Oct. 15, 2013: "Paradox Alice"
A group of astronauts have been sent on a dangerous mission to retrieve water from Europa, one of the several moons orbiting the planet Jupiter. After narrowly escaping the moon to head back home, the team discovers that a nuclear war has left earth uninhabitable. While the remaining male astronauts come to grips over their losses, one of the crew members spontaneously transforms into a woman (in a scene that is as shocking as 1979's “Alien”). Each character tries to uncover the mystery of this horrific event. Was it an act of God, or a biological reaction for keeping the human race alive? As the men vie for the last female in existence, they begin to turn on one another. All of the questions come to a head in a shocking finale.
For more info: "Paradox Alice" website
Oct. 15, 2013: "A Monstrous Holiday" (Same day as DVD)
In this animated film, a young inventor named Andy, reaches out to his neighbor Doctor Frankenstein to help him win the upcoming science fair. But, finding the Doctor not to be at home, he meets the next best thing, Frankenstein’s monster; who turns out to be a teenager like himself. While Frankenstein takes Andy’s place on the football team, Andy uses Frankenstein’s knowledge and lab to find an invention for the fair. But when he inadvertently creates a monster of his own, they must work together to save the town and Halloween. The voice cast includes Brooke Shields, Jon Heder, Sean Astin, Matthew Lillard, Drake Bell and Kyle Chandler.
Oct. 15, 2013: "Embrace of the Vampire" (Same day as DVD)
In this remake of the 1995 film “Embrace of the Vampire,” Sharon Hinnendael stars as Charlotte, a timid and sheltered teen who has just left an all-girls Catholic school for a new life at a co-ed university. But an ancient evil has followed her here, tormenting her with disturbing nightmares and tempting her with forbidden desires. It is a hunger that can only be satiated by sensual pleasures of the flesh and a thirst for blood. It’s a battle for her soul — and one she’s losing. But Charlotte is a fighter. The chaos and torment threatens to unleash her own inner beast, and anyone even close to her may find themselves embracing their own horrific fate.
For more info: "Embrace of the Vampire" website
Oct. 15, 2013: "Plush" (Same day as DVD), Rated R.
After losing her band mate and brother to a drug overdose, rising rock star Hayley (played by Emily Browning) finds herself in a downward spiral. The new album from her band Plush is received as a critical and commercial disaster. She finds new hope and friendship in Enzo (played by Xavier Samuel), the replacement guitarist who inspires her to reach new creative heights. But soon their collaboration crosses the line and Hayley, who is married with two children, retreats from Enzo's advances. As Hayley slowly discovers Enzo's dark and troubled history, she realizes she may have let a madman into her home and that her mistake may cost the lives of people closest to her.
For more info: "Plush" website
Oct. 15, 2013 “The Mirror”
Who is Taylor? That is the question filmmaker William Dickerson tries to answer in this meta-fictional satire about a quirky and charismatic lifestreamer. Taylor is an open book who magnetically draws others into his world where public and private are one and the same. But as Dickerson pushes Taylor to delve deeper into his traumatic past, the story takes an unexpectedly dangerous turn.
Oct. 15, 2013: "Electric Man"
When a rare first issue of the "Electric Man" comic book mysteriously appears in Jazz and Wolf's comic book shop, it seems their financial problems are solved. However, the pricey comic is sought by a number of people who'll stop at nothing to get it for themselves, including the strange and alluring Lauren McCall, comic-nerd Edison Bolt and Lauren's Uncle Jimmy, a violent thug. This comedy whodunit blends the mystery of "The Maltese Falcon" with the geekiness of "Clerks."
For more info: "Electric Man" website
Oct. 15, 2013: "My Other Me: A Film About Cosplayers"
An eye-opening documentary exploring the life of cosplayers, the "costume play" subculture where people dress as characters from their favorite video games, books and comics. "My Other Me" chronicles a year in the life of three different cosplayers: a veteran, a young teen first-timer and a transgendered man who found acceptance through this community. The doc follows the subjects as they travel the convention circuit, balancing their home lives with their cosplay alter egos, revealing the profound effects the community has played in their lives.
For more info: "My Other Me: A Story About Cosplayers"
Oct. 18, 2013: "Haunter" (Same day as theatrical release), Rated TV-MA.
Lisa Johnson (plaed by Abigail Breslin) is one day shy of her 16th birthday. And she will be forever. She and her family are dead and doomed to repeat that fateful last day before they were all killed in 1985. Only Lisa has “woken up” and realizes what is going on. She starts to feel as if she is being haunted, but the “ghost” turns out to be Olivia, a very much alive girl who lives in the house in the present day with her own family. With her help, Lisa discovers that the house once belonged to a serial killer who kidnapped teenage girls and burned their remains in a hidden furnace room. When he died, he became a Haunter — a powerful, evil spirit able to possess the living.
For more info: "Haunter" website
Oct. 18, 2013: “Hellbenders" (Same day as theatrical release; available in 3-D), Rated R.
There are demons so terrible that no mortal man of God could successfully drive them back to hell. The only option is for the exorcist himself to invite possession and then commit suicide, dragging along the demon to damnation — so the Augustine Interfaith Order of Hellbound Saints — or Hellbenders — was formed. A group of elite, highly-trained exorcists, they live in a constant state of debauchery so they will be ready to go to Hell at any moment. When an infernal Norse demon called Black Surtr escapes into New York City intent on cracking open the gates of Hell, the Hellbenders must use every ounce of their debauchery to battle the demon and save the planet from eternal damnation.
For more info: "Hellbenders" website
Oct. 18, 2013: "Two Jacks" (Same day as theatrical release), Rated TV-MA.
"2 Jacks" is a fast-paced, glamorous and romantic vision of Hollywood then and now, a commentary on how time changes but human nature stays the same, along with the story of a son struggling to follow in the footsteps of his famous father. Starring Danny Huston, Sienna Miller, Jack Huston, Jacqueline Bisset and Billy Zane.
For more info: "Two Jacks" website
Oct. 18, 2013: "Adventures in the Sin Bin"
Brian is a shy teen who loans out his van, nicknamed Sin Bin, to his friends for their sexual exploits while he remains a frustrated virgin. When he meets a helpful school mate and his girlfriend, he finds himself in an awkward love triangle while learning the art of wooing women. Starring Bo Burnham, Michael Seater, Emily Meade, Gillian Jacobs, Ben McKenzie, Jeff Garlin and Tim Blake Nelson.
For more info: "Adventures in the Sin Bin" website