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The week ahead: 'The Best Man Holiday,' 'Ender's Game,' 'Adult World' and more

Taye Diggs, Morris Chestnut and Sanaa Lathan are part of the ensemble cast of the comedy sequel "The Best Man Holiday." Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford and Ben Kingsley star in the sci-fi flick "Ender's Game." Real-life couple Emma Roberts and Evan Peters play employees of an adult sex store in the comedy "Adult World." These are among the films that premiere on demand from Feb. 10 to Feb. 16, 2014. (Check with your cable or satellite provider for a lineup of on-demand channels on your system.)

"The Best Man Holiday"
Universal Pictures

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

Feb. 11, 2014: "The Best Man Holiday" (Same day as DVD; weeks before Netflix and Redbox releases), Rated R.

After nearly 15 years apart, Morris Chestnut, Taye Diggs, Regina Hall, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan, Nia Long, Harold Perrineau, Monica Calhoun and Melissa De Sousa reprise their career-launching roles in "The Best Man Holiday," the long-awaited next chapter to 1999's "The Best Man" that ushered in a new era of comedy. When the college friends finally reunite over the Christmas holidays, they will discover just how easy it is for long-forgotten rivalries and romances to be ignited. Malcolm D. Lee returns to write and direct this sequel.

For more info: "The Best Man Holiday" website

Feb. 11, 2014: "Ender's Game" (Same day as DVD), Rated PG-13.

In the near future, a hostile alien race called the Formics have attacked Earth. If not for the legendary heroics of International Fleet Commander Mazer Rackham (played by Ben Kingsley), all would have been lost. In preparation for the next attack, the highly esteemed Colonel Hyrum Graff (played by Harrison Ford) and the International Military are training only the best young minds to find the future Mazer. Ender Wiggin (played by Asa Butterfield), a shy but strategically brilliant boy, is recruited to join the elite. Arriving at Battle School, Ender quickly and easily masters increasingly difficult challenges and simulations, distinguishing himself and winning respect amongst his peers. Ender is soon ordained by Graff as the military’s next great hope, resulting in his promotion to Command School. Once there, he’s trained by Mazer Rackham himself to lead his fellow soldiers into an epic battle that will determine the future of Earth and save the human race. Also starring Hailee Steinfeld, Viola Davis and Abigail Breslin.

For more info: "Ender's Game" website

Feb. 11, 2014: "The Armstrong Lie" (Same day as DVD), Rated R.

One of the world's foremost authorities on structural security agrees to take on one last job: breaking out of an ultra-secret, high-tech facility called "The Tomb.” Deceived and wrongly imprisoned, Ray Breslin (played by Sylvester Stallone) must recruit fellow inmate Emil Rottmayer (played by Arnold Schwarzenegger) to help devise a daring, nearly impossible plan to escape from the most protected and fortified prison ever built. Also starring Jim Caviezel, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Vinnie Jones, Vincent D’Onofrio and Amy Ryan.

For more info: "Escape Plan" website

Feb. 11, 2014: “The Artist and the Model” (Same day as DVD), Rated TV-MA.

Summer of 1943. In an occupied France, not far away from the Spanish border, a famous old sculptor who is tired of life and wars finds the desire to work on his last masterpiece when a beautiful young Spanish girl comes knocking after escaping a refugee camp in the South of France. Starring Aida Folch, Claudia Cardinale, Jean Rochefort. In French with English subtitles.

For more info: "The Artist and the Model" website

Feb. 11, 2014: "Austenland" (Same day as DVD), Rated PG-13.

In the romantic comedy "Austenland," Keri Russell plays a woman obsessed with the BBC production of "Pride and Prejudice" and travels to a Jane Austen theme park in England, in search for her perfect gentlemen. Rounding out the cast are Jennifer Coolidge, Jane Seymour, JJ Feild and Bret McKenzie.

For more info: "Austenland" website

Feb. 11, 2014: "Khumba" (Same day as DVD; available in 3-D), Rated TV-Y.

When a half-striped zebra is blamed for the drought he leaves his herd in search of his missing stripes. He is joined on his quest by an overprotective, sassy wildebeest and a flamboyant, neurotic ostrich, and defeats the sadistic leopard who has been terrorizing all the animals of the Karoo. It's not all black and white in this colorful adventure with a difference. Featuring the voices of Jake T. Austin, AnnaSophia Robb, Steve Buscemi, Laurence Fishburne and Liam Neeson.

For more info: "Khumba" website

Feb. 11, 2014: "Knights of Badassdom" (Same day as theatrical release), Rated R.

"Knights of Badassdom" follows three best friends (played by Peter Dinklage, Steve Zahn and Ryan Kwanten) and dedicated LARPers (Live Action Role Players) as they take to the woods to reenact a dungeons and dragons-like scenario fresh out of the mythical Middle Ages. Trouble arises after they unwittingly conjure up some serious evil in the form of a blood-lusting Succubus, from the pits of hell. Fantasy and reality collide on the Fields of Evermore in an all-out epic battle of make-believe wizards, demons and assorted mythical creatures. Their courage and friendship is put to the test as they attempt to vanquish the evil they have summoned. Will the group prove to simply be foam sword-wielding LARPers or true “Knights of Badassdom?”

For more info: "Knights of Badassdom" website

Feb. 11, 2014: “Wadjda” (Same day as DVD), Rated PG.

"Wadjda" is a landmark Saudi Arabian film, written and directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour. It was shot entirely in Saudi Arabia and is the first feature-length movie made by a female Saudi director. Wadjda (played by Waad Mohammed) is a 10-year-old girl living in a suburb of Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. Although she lives in a conservative world, Wadjda is fun loving, entrepreneurial and always pushing the boundaries of what she can get away with. After a fight with her friend Abdullah (played by Abdullrahman Al Gohan), a neighborhood boy she shouldn't be playing with, Wadjda sees a beautiful green bicycle for sale. She wants the bicycle desperately so that she can beat Abdullah in a race. But Wadjda's mother (played by Reem Abdullah) won't allow it, fearing repercussions from a society that sees bicycles as dangerous to a girl's virtue. So Wadjda decides to try and raise the money herself.

For more info: "Wadjda" website

Feb. 11, 2014: "Love Is in the Air” (Two weeks after theatrical release)

In this French romantic comedy, soon-to-be-married Julie (played by Ludivine Sagnier) and continent-hopping playboy Antoine (played by Nicolas Bedos) find themselves seated next to each other on a first class flight to Paris - but it isn't a welcome arrangement. He broke her heart three years prior, and they haven't spoken since. Alternating between real time and flashbacks from their love affair, this big-budget French affair is a breezy, glossy, and sexy Gallic alternative to the typical Hollywood romantic comedy, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

For more info: "Love Is in the Air" website

Feb. 11, 2014: "Exquisite Corpse"

In this first-of-its-kind crossover comedy, director Ben Popik brings together five comedy writers, and surprises them with a challenge: to each write fifteen pages of a movie, having read only the previous five pages of the script. They agree with one stipulation: if they write the movie, he has to make it. It's a comedy, a love story, a psycho-sexual thriller, and a supernatural adventure all in one. Meanwhile, documentary footage of the writing process provides an inside look into the often-hilarious creative process, as well as the group dynamics that make collaboration between friends difficult. Starring Caleb Bark, Megan Raye Manzi, Julia Frey, Trevor Williams, Tavon Bolourchi, and Geoff Lee.

For more info: "Exquisite Corpse" website

Feb. 11, 2014: “Dry Spell”

"Dry Spell" is a feature-length romantic comedy about a woman who is going through a divorce and preparing to enter the dating world. One night she discovers that her ability to become aroused has left her. In short, she’s dried up. Believing that this is caused by guilt about moving on before her ex-husband has, she embarks on a quest to get him laid. Starring Suzi Lorraine, Kyle Hoskins, Travis Legge. Hoskins and Legge wrote the screeplay. Legge directed the movie.

For more info: "Dry Spell" website

Feb. 11, 2014: "Reaching for the Moon"

Frustrated poet Elizabeth Bishop travels to Brazil and encounters the beguiling architect Lota de Macedo Soares. Initial hostilities make way for a complicated yet long-lasting love affair that dramatically alters Bishop’s relationship to the world around her. Anchored by magnificent lead performances from Miranda Otto and Glória Pires, "Reaching for the Moon" is an intimate snapshot of the search for inspiration, wherever and however you find it.

For more info: "Reaching for the Moon" website

Feb. 13, 2014: “Someone Marry Barry" (One week after theatrical release)

In this romantic comedy, three childhood friends scheme to find a wife for their socially inappropriate pal Barry (played by Tyler Labine). Their plan completely backfires when his new girlfriend Melanie (played by Lucy Punch), turns out to be just like him. The raunchy comedy features Damon Wayans Jr., Hayes MacArthur, Thomas Middleditch, Amanda Lund and Wyatt Oleff.

For more info: "Someone Marry Barry" website

Feb. 14, 2014: “Forever"

This quirky documentary explores the dimensions of grief people experience over the loss of a pet. With interviews from grieving pet owners, veterinarians, psychologists, sociologists, religious scholars, neuroscientists, and the professionals who preserve and re-purpose a pet's body for their devastated clientele (including taxidermy, cloning, and mummification), “Furever” confronts contemporary perspectives on attachment, religion, ritual, grief and death, and studies the psychological and physiological bonds that form between humans and animals.

Feb. 14, 2014: "Easy Money: Hard to Kill" (Same day as theatrical release)

JW (played by Joel Kinnaman), the promising business student who became an organized coke smuggler in “Easy Money,” is serving hard time in prison and is struggling to get back on an honest path. There are glimmers of hope in his life: some venture capitalists are interested in a new piece of trading software he’s developed, and while behind bars he’s made peace with an old enemy. This all proves to be an illusion. On leave from prison, and back in contact with his former gang, JW learns that once you’ve walked in the shoes of a criminal, there just may be no going back.

Feb. 14, 2014: “A Stranger in Paradise” (Same day as theatrical release)

On the verge of making partner, Josh Pratt (played by Colin Egglesfield) has his life turned upside down when the SEC investigates the head of his multibillion-dollar hedge fund for insider trading. Forced into a well-timed "vacation" he never asked for, Josh finds himself in Bangkok with a price on his head, a morally ambiguous brother who is knee deep into the Thai mafia, and a propensity for getting shot at. Unfortunately for Josh, the only way out is to give up information he doesn't know he has. Also starring Stuart Townsend, Catalina Moreno and Byron Mann.

For more info: "A Stranger in Paradise" website

Feb. 14, 2014: “Date and Switch” (Same day as theatrical release), Rated R.

High school seniors Michael and Matty have been best friends since third grade. Still virgins, they make a pact to help each other “score” before senior prom — but their mission suddenly takes an unexpected turn when Matty announces that he’s gay. Starring Nicholas Braun, Hunter Cope, Dakota Johnson, Sarah Hyland, Nick Offerman, Gary Cole, Megan Mullally and Wendi McLendon-Covey.

For more info: "Date and Switch" website

Feb. 14, 2014: “The Returned” (Same day as theatrical release)

“The Returned” (not to be confused with the French TV series of the same name) is set in a post-zombie world where a treatment called the “Return Protein” can stop the spread of the virus if injected quickly after infection, but cannot cure it. With daily injections, the “Returned” are able to live relatively normal lives, but with brutal attacks at the hands of Anti-Return groups and rumors that protein stock is running low, the world is again on the brink of chaos. In the midst of this turmoil are Alex (played by Kris Holden-Reid) and Kate (played by Emily Hampshire), a young, successful and enviable couple that are hiding a long held secret — Alex is Returned. Suspicious that a government order for all the Returned to report to a secure medical facility ‘for their own safety’, the couple flees, taking with them all the doses of “Return Protein” they have. Now in a race against the clock and few places to turn, they must face their worst fears and come to grips with the reality that if they are neither human nor zombies, who exactly are the Returned?

Feb. 14, 2014: “Adult World” (Same day as theatrical release), Rated R.

“Adult World” is a satirical comedy about Amy Anderson (played by Emma Roberts), an eccentric young woman who has just come out of university, convinced she's going to be a famous poet. Saddled with debt and unemployed, she moves back in with her parents, who force her to get a job. Desperate and armed with a poetry degree and not much else, she takes the only job she can find: working as a sales clerk in a pornography store called Adult World. Meanwhile, desperate to get her poems published, Amy stalks an aging punk poet figure named Rat Billings (played by John Cusack), “one of the greatest poets of the early '90s." Rat reluctantly agrees to mentor her. As Amy makes new friends (including a drag queen named Rubia, the elderly couple who owns Adult World, and Alex, who is Adult World’s charming and quirky young manager), she learns that she might not be the voice of her generation after all. Also starring Evan Peters, Armando Riesco, Cloris Leachman, Shannon Woodward, John Cullum, Catherine Lloyd Burns and Reed Birney.

For more info: "Adult World" website

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