Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson play paranormal investigators in a horror movie based on a true story in "The Conjuring"; Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds star as ghost cops in "R.I.P.D."; and Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy return in "Before Midnight," the third movie in the "Before" series. These are some of the movies that premiere on demand from Oct. 21 to Oct. 27, 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. 22, 2013: "The Conjuring" (Same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix and Redbox releases), Rated R.
Before there was Amityville, there was Harrisville. Based on a true story, “The Conjuring” tells the horrifying tale of how world-renowned paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) were called upon to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded Rhode Island farmhouse occupied by Carolyn and Roger Perron (played by Lili Taylor and Ron Livingston) and their five young daughters. Forced to confront a powerful demonic entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most terrifying case of their lives.
For more info: "The Conjuring" website
Oct. 22, 2013: "R.I.PD." (Before DVD, weeks before Netflix and Redbox releases), Rated PG-13.
Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds headline this supernatural action-adventure as two cops dispatched by the Rest In Peace Department (R.I.P.D.) to protect and serve the living from increasingly destructive spirits hiding among the unsuspecting on Earth. When they uncover a plot that could end life as we know it, the new partners have to turn grudging respect into top-notch teamwork to restore the cosmic balance or watch the tunnel to the afterlife begin sending angry souls the very wrong way.
For more info: "R.I.P.D." website
Oct. 22, 2013: "Before Midnight" (Same day as DVD), Rated R.
In "Before Midnight," we meet talkative couple Celine and Jesse (played by Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke) nine years after "Before Sunset." Almost two decades have passed since that first meeting on a train bound for Vienna in "Before Sunrise," and we now find them in their early 40s in Greece on vacation with their twin daughters and contemplating the state of their romance. Before the clock strikes midnight, we will again become part of their story.
For more info: "Before Midnight" website
Oct. 22, 2013: "Girl Most Likely" (Weeks before DVD, Netflix and Redbox releases), Rated PG-13.
In this comedy (formely titled "Imogene"), failed New York playwright Imogene (played by Kristen Wiig) is awkwardly navigating the transition from Next Big Thing to Last Year's News. The cast also includes Annette Bening, Matt Dillon, Christopher Fitzgerald, Natasha Lyonne and Darren Criss.
For more info: "Girl Most Likely" website
Oct. 22, 2013: "Sal" (Before theatrical release), Rated TV-MA.
“Sal” (directed by James Franco) chronicles the final day in the life of actor Sal Mineo (played by Val Lauren), 1950s teen idol and an Academy Award nominee for his roles in “Rebel Without a Cause” and “Exodus.” Almost two decades later, Mineo is no longer the marquee sensation he had once been — but after years of public struggles with drugs and alcohol, he has become open about his homosexuality and is finding his way to becoming the actor and director he has always wanted to be. Featuring a magnetic performance by Lauren, Franco's intimate portrait finds the human details in a larger-than-life Hollywood story.
For more info: "Sal" website
Oct. 22, 2013: "Storm Rider"
Spoiled 18-year old Dani Fielding’s world is turned upside down when her father gets arrested for securities fraud. She has to leave her cushy home and loses her prize horse to stay with her gruff uncle Sam. As Dani and her uncle struggle to bond, she’s given an orphaned colt named Stormy that is a different type of horse than she is used to training. Dani pours her affection into Stormy and uses him to replace what’s missing in her unsettled life. Through Stormy, Dani soon realizes that truly caring about others is the answer to most of life’s biggest problems. The film stars Kevin Sorbo, Kristy Swanson, C. Thomas Howell and Dani Chuchran.
For more info: "Storm Rider" website
Oct. 22, 2013: "Our Day Will Come"
In this French-language hallucinatory thriller, two outcast redheads — a psychologist (played by Vincent Cassel) and a bullied teen (played by Olivier Barthélémy) — embark on a journey to Ireland. But what starts as a search for a more tolerant community soon descends into a rampage of violence and destruction for the ginger-haired duo.
For more info: "Our Day Will Come" website
Oct. 22, 2013: "Pictures of Superheroes"
After being dumped and fired on the same day, Marie takes a job cleaning up after Eric, an overworked businessman, and his aggressively messy roommate Joe. Marie is reluctantly drawn into an off-kilter world where she's asked to pretend she's Eric's wife, while simultaneously being courted by superhero-loving Joe. A quirky and sincere comedy about candy, insult comics, and pretend marriages.
For more info: "Pictures of Superheroes" website
Oct. 22, 2013 “Nightscape”
In this surreal supernatural thriller, a young drifter crosses paths with a phantom car responsible for a wave of eerie violence. In order to survive the menacing ghost car, she must learn to trust her newfound companions as they are ruthlessly hunted down. This is a Lovecraftian horror film that pits man against ghost machine.
For more info: "Nightscape" website
Oct. 22, 2013: "Stacker"
Dive into the unique subculture of the stacking community, and find out what it's like to be a fierce rival in an underdog sport. This captivating documentary follows the highly competitive world of sport stacking, the international individual and team sport that involves stacking specialized plastic cups in specific sequences in as little time as possible. What started as a novelty on the Johnny Carson show in 1990 has grown to become part of school curricula for students in over 34,000 schools in 30 countries. Though played by all ages, the sport is dominated by 10-to-14-year-olds, considered the best of the best.
For more info: "Stacker" website
Oct. 25, 2013: "Losers Take All" (Same day as theatrical release)
The Fingers are a punk-pop band stumbling and staggering their way from girls to gigs. The band is faced with the unlikely opportunity of committing the ultimate rock'n'roll sin: selling out. However, they must choose between staying true to their indie roots or climbing into bed with mainstream, corporate rock. Starring Kyle Gallner, Peter Brensinger, Aaron Himelstein, Billy Kay, Adam Herschman, Tania Raymonde and Allison Scagliotti.
For more info: "Losers Take All" website