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The week ahead: 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2,' 'Are You Here' and more

Andrew Garfield returns as the web-slinging superhero in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." Owen Wilson, Zach Galfianakis and Amy Poehler headline the comedy "Are You Here." Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston are vampires in "Only Lovers Left Alive." Those are among the movies that premiere on demand from Aug. 18 to Aug. 24, 2014. (Check with your cable or satellite provider for a lineup of on-demand channels on your system.)

"The Amazing Spider-Man 2"
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Here is a list of those movies and their on-demand premiere dates:

Aug. 19, 2014: “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” (Same day as DVD; available in 3-D), Rated PG-13.

In “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” Peter Parker/Spider-Man (played by Andrew Garfield) battles three villains: Electro (played by Jamie Foxx, who also plays Electro's alter ego Max Dillon), the Green Goblin (played by Dane DeHaan, who also plays Green Goblin’s alter ego Harry Osborn) and the Rhino (played by Paul Giamatti, who also plays the Rhino's alter ego Aleksei Sytsevich). There is also turmoil for web-slinging superhero in his personal life: Peter has an on-again/off-again relationship with his girlfriend Gwen Stacy (played by Emma Stone), and he finds out some family secrets that involve his missing parents.

For more info: "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" website

Aug. 19, 2014: “The Quiet Ones” (Same day as DVD), Rated PG-13.

Tucked away in an estate outside of London, Professor Coupland along with a team of university students conduct an “experiment” on Jane Harper, a young girl who harbors unspeakable secrets. What dark forces they uncover are more terrifying than any of them expected. Inspired by true events, the film stars Jared Harris, Sam Claflin and Olivia Cooke.

For more info: "The Quiet Ones" website

Aug. 19, 2014: “Zero Theorem” (Before theatrical release), Rated R.

Terry Gilliam’s madcap science fiction epic "The Zero Theorem" stars Christoph Waltz as Qohen Leth, an eccentric and reclusive computer genius plagued with existential angst. Living in isolation in a burnt-out church, Qohen is obsessively working on a mysterious project personally delegated to him by Management (played by Matt Damon) aimed at discovering the meaning of life – or the complete lack of one – once and for all. Increasingly disturbed by unwanted visits from people he doesn’t fully trust, including flirtatious Bainsley (played by Mélanie Thierry), Management’s wunderkind son Bob (played by Lucas Hedges), his unpredictable colleague Job (David Thewlis), and would-be digital therapist Dr. Shrink-Rom (played by Tilda Swinton), it’s only when he experiences the power of love and desire that he’s able to understand his own reason for being.

For more info: "The Zero Theorem" website

Aug. 19, 2014: “Jealousy” (Five days after theatrical release)

“Jealousy” opens with a man leaving his wife and daughter and, in a series of brief conversations, observed gestures, chance encounters and impulsive acts, tells the story of the relationships that flounder and thrive in the wake of this decision. Louis Garrel (son of "Jealousy" director Philippe Garrel) plays the husband who moves into a garret apartment with his fellow actor girlfriend (played by Anna Mouglalis) as they struggle with fidelity and the temptation to give up their art for an easier life.

For more info: "Jealousy" website

Aug. 19, 2014: "Fading Gigolo" (Same day as DVD), Rated R.

In the comedy "Fading Gigolo," financially troubled Fioravante (played by John Turturro), at the suggestion of his friend Murray (played by Woody Allen), becomes a gigolo for women, with Murray acting as Fioravante's pimp. The seed of this scheme is planted when Murray’s beautiful dermatologist Dr. Parker (played by Sharon Stone) mentions she’s looking for a man to participate in a ménage à trois with her and her equally gorgeous friend Selima (played by Sofia Vergara). Meanwhile, Murray has come across an unusual second client for Fioravante: Avigal (played by Vanessa Paradis), the widow of a revered Chasidic Rabbi, whom she married when she was very young. Avigal’s every move is tracked by Dovi (played by Liev Schreiber), a Chasidic man who has pined for her since boyhood. As Fioravante makes his rounds through the bedrooms of Dr. Parker and Selima, as well as his more chaste meetings with Avigal, Murray discovers it’s not so easy to be a pimp and finds out that the secular and the Orthodox must come to a head sooner or later.

For more info: "Fading Gigolo" website

Aug. 19, 2014: "Only Lovers Left Alive" (Same day as DVD), Rated R.

"Only Lovers Left Alive" is a vampire love story written and directed by Jim Jarmusch. Set against the romantic desolation of Detroit and Tangier, an underground musician (played by Tom Hiddleston), deeply depressed by the direction of human activities, reunites with his resilient and enigmatic lover (played by Tilda Swinton). Their love story has already endured several centuries at least, but their debauched idyll is soon disrupted by her wild and uncontrollable younger sister. Can these wise but fragile outsiders continue to survive as the modern world collapses around them? Also starring Mia Wasikowska, John Hurt, Anton Yelchin and Jeffrey Wright.

For more info: "Only Lovers Left Alive" website

Aug. 19, 2014: "La Bare" (Same day as DVD), Rated R.

"Magic Mike" and "True Blood" co-star Joe Manganiello steps behind the camera to direct "La Bare," a documentary film that goes behind the curtain, behind the stage and behind the magic of the world’s most popular male strip club: La Bare Dallas. Featuring a unique ensemble of the club’s most popular dancers, "La Bare" takes a provocative look into their rock‘n’roll lifestyle and offers a front-row seat to their lives, loves, laughs and losses.

For more info: "La Bare" website

Aug. 21, 2014: “The Trip to Italy” (Five days after theatrical release), Rated TV-MA.

In this sequel to the 2011 comedy film "The Trip," Steve Coogan and Rob Drydon reprise their roles as they play versions of themselves. Two men, six meals in six different places on a road trip around Italy: Liguria, Tuscany, Rome, Amalfi and Capri.

For more info: "The Trip to Italy" website

Aug. 22, 2014: “The Prince” (Same day as theatrical release), Rated R.

Jason Patric, Bruce Willis and John Cusack face off in this action-packed thriller. A retired assassin is drawn back into the life he gave up when his daughter is kidnapped. To rescue her, he must confront his former rival. Also starring Jessica Lowndes, Gia Mantegna and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson.

Aug. 22, 2014: “14 Blades” (Same day as theatrical release), Rated R.

Trained in clandestine combat from childhood, the Jinyiwei were masters of the 14 Blades. Above the law and with a license to kill, they devoted their lives and lethal prowess to the service of the Emperor alone. When the Imperial Court is taken over by evil eunuch JIA, the best of the Jinyiwei, Qinglong (played by Donnie Yen) is assigned to steal a list identifying those still loyal to the Emperor. Unbeknownst to Qinglong, the Jinyiwei have fallen under the control of Jia, and during the mission he’s betrayed and barely escapes with his life. Now the most wanted man in the land Qinglong must seek out and rally the loyalists to rise against Jia and restore the Emperor to power. In his way are the deadliest assassins in the land, his former brethren, the Jinyiwei.

Aug. 22, 2014: "To Be Takei" (Same day as theatrical release), Rated TV-14.

“To Be Takei” is an entertaining and moving look at the many roles played by eclectic actor/activist George Takei whose wit, humor and grace has allowed him to become an internationally beloved figure who may be more relevant today than ever. The film balances unprecedented access to the day-to-day life of George and his husband/business partner Brad Takei, starting with George's fascinating personal journey from his childhood in a U.S. internment camp for Japanese-Americans during World War II, through his iconic and groundbreaking role as Sulu on "Star Trek," to his rise as an Internet phenomenon with over 7 million Facebook fans.

For more info: "To Be Takei" website

Aug. 22, 2014: "Are You Here" (Same day as theatrical release), Rated R.

When his off-the-grid best buddy Ben Baker (played by Zach Galifianakis) inherits his estranged father’s fortune, womanizing local weatherman Steve Dallas (played by Owen Wilson) joins forces with him to battle the legal challenge brought by Ben’s formidable sister (played by Amy Poehler), in this comedy, the movie directorial debut from “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner.

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