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The week ahead: 'RoboCop,' 'Lone Survivor,' 'A Long Way Down' and more

Joel Kinnaman and Gary Oldman star in a remake of the 1987 action thriller "RoboCop." Mark Walhberg, Taylor Kitsch and Ben Foster tell a true story of Navy SEALs trapped in enemy Afghanistan territory in "Lone Survivor." Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Aaron Paul and Imogen Poots star as four suicidal people who decide to kill themselves on "New Year's Eve." Those are among the movies that premiere on demand from June 2 to June 8, 2014. (Check with your cable or satellite provider for a lineup of on-demand channels on your system.)

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Here is a list of those movies and their on-demand premiere dates:

June 3, 2014: “RoboCop” (Same day as DVD), Rated PG-13.

In "RoboCop," the year is 2028, and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the center of robot technology. Overseas, their drones have been used by the military for years, but have been forbidden for law enforcement in America. Now OmniCorp wants to bring their controversial technology to the home front, and they see a golden opportunity to do it. When Alex Murphy (played by Joel Kinnaman) — a loving husband, father and good cop doing his best to stem the tide of crime and corruption in Detroit — is critically injured, OmniCorp sees their chance to build a part-man, part-robot police officer. OmniCorp envisions a RoboCop in every city and even more billions for their shareholders, but they never counted on one thing: there is still a man inside the machine.

For more info: "RoboCop" website

June 3, 2014: "Lone Survivor" (Same day as DVD; weeks before Netflix and Redbox releases), Rated R.

Based on a true story, "Lone Survivor" tells the incredible tale of four Navy SEALs who get trapped in the mountains of Afghanistan, leading them into an enemy ambush. The all-star cast includes Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Ben Foster, Emile Hirsch and Eric Bana.

For more info: "Lone Survivor" website

June 3, 2014: "The Pretty One" (Same day as DVD), Rated R.

In the comedy "The Pretty One," Audrey (played by Zoe Kazan) has all of the qualities that her identical twin sister Laurel (also played by Kazan)mwishes she possessed: confidence, style, independence. Alternately, Laurel, sweet but painfully awkward, feels stuck in her life, still living at home, coddling their father and obsessed with the boy next door, for whom she used to babysit. When the sisters reunite for their birthday, tragedy strikes and a fateful mix-up leaves Laurel faced with an opportunity to reinvent herself — and her life — as her beloved sibling.

For more info: "The Pretty One" website

June 3, 2014: "Dsknectd"

As clichés go, in 1999 the world as we knew it was about to change — and we’d been expecting it. Since childhood we’d been promised that the 21st century would bring us dramatic new technologies like flying cars and utopian cities. Instead, it bought us the smartphone, social media and online gaming. And as it turns out these technologies began to transform society almost as dramatically as the moon colonies we’d been expecting. Now, more than a decade into the revolution, the documentary "Dsknectd" explores how digital communication technology is profoundly changing the way we interact and experience each other — for the good and for the bad.

For more info: "Dsknectd" website

June 3, 2014: "Dust of War"

An alien invasion has left the Earth scoured. The old American Frontier has become one of the last vestiges for a scavenging world. Through the wreckage, a child emerges who harbors a secret so powerful even she cannot know its truth. The hope of humanity rests on her shoulders. A resistance movement — The Free Legion — has vowed to protect her, convinced she will eventually bring peace. But the child, now a young woman named Ellie (played by Jordan McFadden), has fallen into the hands of General Chizum (played by Bates Wilder), a brutal warmonger bent on unveiling her secret. With humanity in the balance, the Free Legion has dispatched two of their bravest: Abel (played by Steven Luke), the soldier of few words, and Tom Dixie (played by Gary Graham), the cynical war vet. Together, and with the help of a makeshift family led by Crispus Hansen (played by Tony Todd) and Jebediah Strumm (played by Doug Jones) they endeavor to bring her back.

For more info: "Dust of War" website

June 3, 2014: “365: A Year in Happy Valley”

This feature-length documentary film follows the Penn State and State College community at-large from Sept. 1, 2012 to Aug. 31, 2013, in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. The movie explores the concepts of due process, herd mentality, pack journalism and forgiveness as a way of reflecting upon the events that have and will occur. It also serves as a historical documentation of how these inherently bound communities move forward.

For more info: "365: A Year in Happy Valley" website

June 6, 2014: “Burning Blue” (Same day as theatrical release)

They have been trained to meet danger head-on, to execute vital strategic maneuvers while flying at breathtaking speeds. But after a series of fatal accidents, a close-knit squadron of male Navy pilots begins to splinter — and becomes the focus of a criminal investigation. As a government agent digs to uncover the cause of the accidents, two of the pilots engage in a secret, forbidden relationship. Their affair is exposed…and the squadron is engulfed by an incendiary scandal that will challenge each pilot’s notions of friendship, love, honor and courage. Starring Trent Ford, Morgan Spector, Rob Mayes William Lee Scott, Cotter Smith and Michael Cumpsty.

For more info: "Burning Blue" website

June 6, 2014: “A Long Way Down” (Before theatrical release), Rated R.

Four lost souls — a disgraced TV presenter, a foul-mouthed teen, an isolated single mother and a solipsistic muso — decide to end their lives on the same night, New Year’s Eve. When this disillusioned quartet of strangers meet unintentionally at the same suicide hotspot, a London high-rise with the well-earned nickname Topper’s Tower, they mutually agree to call off their plans for six weeks, forming an unconventional, dysfunctional family, becoming media sensations as the Topper House Four and searching together for the reasons to keep on living. Starring Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Aaron Paul and Imogen Poots.

For more info: "A Long Way Down" website

June 6, 2014: “Rigor Mortis” (Same day as theatrical release)

A washed-up actor, desperate and suicidal, moves into a haunted apartment building where supernatural creatures, ghost hunters, taoist exorcists, and the souls of the undead walk among his neighbors. Starring Anthony Chan, Siu-Ho Chin, Kara Hui, Richard Ng, Hoi-Pang Lo and Hee Chang Paw. In Cantonese with English subtitles.

For more info: "Rigor Mortis" website

June 6, 2014: “Burt’s Buzz” (Same day as theatrical release)

The documentary “Burt’s Buzz” takes an intimate look at the world of Burt Shavitz, the face and co-founder of Burt’s Bees, exploring his fascinating and unique life. Wise and wry, ornery and opinionated, the reclusive Shavitz is committed to living off the land and keeping true to his humble beginnings despite his celebrity status. The film chronicles Burt’s life as a photographer, beekeeper and brand spokesman, following his complicated relationship with the company, his fans and the world around him.

For more info: "Burt's Buzz" website

June 6, 2014: “Ping Pong Summer” (Same day as theatrical release), Rated TV-14.

Ocean City, Maryland, in 1985. Summer vacation. Rap music. Parachute pants. Ping pong. First crushes. Best friends. Mean bullies. Weird mentors. That awkward-but-momentous time in your life when you're treated like an alien by everyone around you, even though you know deep down you're as funky fresh as it gets. Starring Susan Sarandon, Marcello Conte, Emmi Shockley, Lea Thompson, Judah Friedlander, Robert Longstreet, Maddie Howard, Amy Sedaris, Myles Massey, Helena May Seabrook, Joseph McCaughtry and John Hannah.

For more info: "Ping Pong Summer" website

June 6, 2014: “Test” (Same day theatrical release)

Set in the free-spirited San Francisco of 1985, “Test” lovingly portrays this exciting and harrowing era as young Frankie (played by dancer Scott Marlowe, in a breakout acting debut) confronts the challenges of being an understudy in a modern dance company where he's taunted to "dance like a man!" Frankie embarks on a budding relationship with Todd (played by Matthew Risch), a veteran dancer in the same company and the bad boy to Frankie's innocent. As Frankie and Todd's friendship deepens, they navigate a world of risk — it's the early years of the AIDS epidemic — but also a world of hope, humor, visual beauty and musical relief.

For more info: "Dust of War" website

June 6, 2014: “Willow Creek” (Same day theatrical release)

Set in Humboldt County, California, “Willow Creek” centers on Jim (played by Bryce Johnson) a Bigfoot believer whose idea of a romantic getaway is to head deep into Six Rivers National Forest in Northern California, video camera in tow, trying to shoot his own Bigfoot footage at the site of the Patterson-Gimlin film. That 1967 fragment of footage purporting to show Sasquatch striding along a dry riverbed became a key artifact in the cryptozoology community, and Jim dreams of nothing more than setting foot on the actual location where it was shot. His long-suffering girlfriend, Kelly (played by Alexie Gilmore), agrees to tag along for the ride, despite the fact that she thinks Bigfoot has about as much chance of being real as leprechauns. But when they strap on packs and head into the forest via a two-hour drive down a dirt road, they start to feel like they might be in over their heads.

For more info: "Willow Creek" website

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