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The week ahead: 'Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters,' 'Thanks for Sharing' and more

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Logan Lerman returns as Percy Jackson in the adventure sequel "Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters"; Geoffrey Rush, Donald Sutherland and Jim Sturgess star in the art-world thriller "The Best Offer"; and Mark Ruffalo and Tim Robbins are recovering sex addicts in the drama "Thanks for Sharing." These are among the films that premiere on demand from Dec. 30, 2013 to Jan. 5, 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:

Dec. 31, 2013: "Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters" (Weeks before Netflix and Redbox releases), Rated PG.

Percy Jackson (played by Logan Lerman) has had an unnervingly quiet school year. But then he discovers that the magical borders protecting Half Blood Hill are failing. Unless something is done, the camp will be attacked by demons and monsters. The only way to restore power to the camp's borders and to save their home is to find the mythical Golden Fleece. And the only ones who can undertake this dangerous quest are Percy and his friends. Embarking on a treacherous odyssey into the uncharted waters of the Sea of Monsters (known to humans as the Bermuda Triangle), they battle terrifying creatures, an army of zombies, and the ultimate Evil.

For more info: "Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters" website

Jan. 1, 2014: “The Best Offer” (same day as theatrical release)

Geoffrey Rush stars in this stylish art world thriller as Virgil Oldman, managing director of a leading auction house. Over the years, he has collected hundreds of masterful, priceless portraits of women that he keeps hidden in his villa. One day, Oldman receives a special assignment: A mysterious young woman, who refuses to appear in person, asks him to sell her family's antiques. Not only interested in her classical paintings and furniture, Oldman becomes increasingly fascinated by the mysterious incognito woman, leading to a sumptuous and entertaining mystery of passions, neuroses and intrigue. Directed by Academy Award winner Giuseppe Tornatore ("Cinema Paradiso") with music by Ennio Morricone, "The Best Offer" also stars Jim Sturgess and Donald Sutherland.

For more info: "The Best Offer" website

Jan. 1, 2014: “Coyote”

"Coyote" (not to be confused with the 2007 film of the same name) is the story of a 30-year-old social misfit who befriends an illegal Mexican laborer. Together, they hatch an ill-advised plan to rescue the immigrant's mother and sister who are being held captive across the border in Tijuana. Starring Robert J. Steinmiller Jr., Carlos Pratts, Carlos Gomez, Augie Duke, Jan Broberg and Fernanda Romero.

For more info: "Coyote" website

Jan. 3, 2014: “Jamesy Boy” (Before theatrical release)

“Jamesy Boy” is the story of teenager James Burns (played by Spencer Lofranco) who goes from the suburban street gangs to a maximum-security prison cell surrounded by hardened criminals. In prison, he forms a friendship with a convicted murderer (played by Ving Rhames) who becomes his mentor and helps him turn his life around. In this unlikely setting, James ultimately emerges with hope and a brighter future. Also starring Mary-Louise Parker, James Woods, Taissa Farmiga and Taboo.

For more info: "Jamesy Boy" website

Jan. 3, 2014: "Thanks for Sharing" (Before DVD, Netflix and Redbox releases), Rated R.

On the surface Adam (played by Mark Ruffalo), an over-achieving environmental consultant, Mike (Tim Robbins), a long-married small-business owner, and Neil (played by Josh Gad), a wisecracking emergency-room doctor, have little in common. But all are in different stages of dealing with addiction. Confident and successful in his career, Adam is afraid to allow love back into his life, even if that means losing a chance to start over with smart, beautiful and accomplished Phoebe (played by Gwyneth Paltrow); Mike's efforts to control his wife, Katie (played by Joely Richardson), and son, Danny (played by Patrick Fugit), as tightly as he does his impulses are tearing the family apart; and Neil is still deeply in denial when befriended by Dede (played by Alecia Moore), who has just begun to take her own small steps back to health. As they navigate the rocky shores of recovery, Adam, Mike and Neil become a family that encourages, infuriates and applauds each other on the journey toward a new life.

For more info: "Thanks for Sharing" website


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