Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis star as three friends who find danger in Las Vegas in the comedy "The Hangover Part III"; Will Smith and his son Jaden Smith play father and son in the sci-fi drama "After Earth"; and Ethan Hawke stars as a man protecting his family from a home invasion in horror thriller "The Purge." These are some of the movies that premiere on demand from Oct. 7 to Oct. 13, 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. 7, 2013: "Sunlight Jr." (Before theatrical release), Rated TV-14.
“Sunlight Jr.” spotlights hard-working convenience store clerk Melissa (played by Naomi Watts) and her disabled boyfriend, Richie (played by Matt Dillon), who are trapped in a generational cycle of poverty. Their luck may be changing when they learn that Melissa has become pregnant. But as soon as she loses her job and they get evicted from the motel they live in, their joy vanishes. Through this adversity, the couple realizes that they can never lose everything as long as they have each other.
For more info: "Sunlight Jr." website
Oct. 8, 2013: "The Hangover Part III" (Same day DVD, weeks before Netflix and Redbox releases), Rated R.
In the comedy "The Hangover Part III," the Wolfpack of Phil, Stu and Alan (played by Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis) are three buddies who have misadventures in Las Vegas. This time, there is no wedding or bachelor party. But there is the same dilemma of finding their missing friend Doug (played by Justin Bartha). It turns out that Doug has been kidnapped because of a debt owed by gangster Mr. Chow (played Ken Jeong), and it's up to the Wolfpack to save Doug before he possibly gets murdered.
For more info: "The Hangover Part III" website
Oct. 8, 2013: "After Earth" (Same day as DVD), Rated PG-13.
A crash landing leaves teenager Kitai Raige (played by Jaden Smith) and his legendary father Cypher (played by Will Smith) stranded on Earth, 1,000 years after cataclysmic events forced humanity’s escape. With Cypher critically injured, Kitai must embark on a perilous journey to signal for help, facing uncharted terrain, evolved animal species that now rule the planet, and an unstoppable alien creature that escaped during the crash. Father and son must learn to work together and trust one another if they want any chance of returning home.
For more info: "After Earth" website
Oct. 8, 2013: "The Purge" (Same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix and Redbox releases), Rated R.
In "The Purge," a speculative thriller that follows one family over the course of a single night, four people will be tested to see how far they will go to protect themselves when the vicious outside world breaks into their home. In an America wracked by crime and overcrowded prisons, the government has sanctioned an annual 12-hour period called The Purge, in which any and all criminal activity — including murder — becomes legal. When an intruder breaks into the home of security expert James Sandin during The Purge, he begins a sequence of events that threatens to tear a family apart. Now, it is up to James, his wife, Mary (played by Lena Headey), and their two kids to make it through the night without turning into the monsters from whom they hide.
For more info: "The Purge" website
Oct. 8, 2013: "Zero Charisma" (Before theatrical release)
As the strict Game Master of a fantasy role-playing game, Scott (played by Sam Eidson) leads his friends in a weekly quest through mysterious lands from the safety of his grandmother’s kitchen. But his mastery of his own domain starts to slip — along with everything else in his life — when neo-nerd hipster Miles (played by Garrett Graham) joins the game, winning over the group with his confident charm and dethroning Scott with an unexpected coup. Caught in delusions of grandeur, Scott must roll the dice and risk everything to expose Miles as the fraud he believes him to be. A darkly comedic fable of epic proportions, “Zero Charisma” is an ode to nerds from every realm.
For more info: "Zero Charisma" website
Oct. 9, 2013: "Curse of Chucky" (Same day as DVD), Rated TV-MA.
"Curse of Chucky" is the sixth movie in the "Child's Play" franchise. From the filmmakers that brought you "Chucky," comes the terrifying return of the pint-sized doll possessed by the spirit of a notorious serial killer. When a mysterious package arrives at the house of Nica (played by Fiona Dourif), she doesn’t give it much thought. However, after her mother’s mysterious death, Nica begins to suspect that the talking, red-haired doll her visiting niece has been playing with may be the key to the ensuing bloodshed and chaos. The return of America’s favorite toy, voiced again by Brad Dourif, is full of more blood-splattered thrills and chills.
For more info: "Curse of Chucky" website
Oct. 8, 2013: "Stuck in Love" (Same day as DVD), Rated R.
“Stuck in Love” (formerly titled "Writers") is a dramedy about three writers who come from the same family and their struggles with love. Three years past his divorce, veteran novelist Bill Borgens (played by Greg Kinnear) can't stop obsessing over, let alone spying on, his ex-wife Erica (played by Jennifer Connelly), who ignominiously left him for another man. Even as his married neighbor-with-benefits Tricia (played by Kristen Bell) tries to push him back into the dating pool, he remains blind to anyone else's charms. Meanwhile, his fiercely independent collegiate daughter Samantha (played by Lily Collins) is publishing her first novel while recoiling at the very thought of first love with a diehard romantic (played by Logan Lerman); and his teen son Rusty (played by Nat Wolff) is trying to find his voice, both as a fantasy writer and as the unexpected boyfriend of a dream girl with unsettlingly real problems. As each of these situations mounts into a tangled trio of romantic holiday crises, it brings the Borgens to surprising revelations about how endings become beginnings.
For more info: "Stuck in Love" website
Oct. 8, 2013: "McConkey" (Same day as theatrical release), Rated TV-MA.
The documentary "McConkey” is a heartfelt examination of the legacy one athlete left to the progression of his sports, and the path he paved to conquer his dreams. Shane McConkey is revered as a pioneer of freeskiing and ski-BASE jumping, and through his talent and ability to use his trademark irreverent humor, he inspired countless lives. “McConkey” celebrates the life of one of the world’s ultimate innovators.
For more info: "McConkey" website
Oct. 8, 2013: "Nothing Left to Fear" (Four days after theatrical release)
“Nothing Left to Fear” is inspired by the legend of Stull, Kansas. Wendy (played by Anne Heche), her husband Dan (played by James Tupper) and their kids have just moved to the small town of Stull, Kansas, where Dan is the new pastor. But in this sleepy community of friendly neighbors, a horrific series of occurrences awaits them: Their teenage daughter (played by Rebekah Brandes) is being tormented by grisly visions. Her younger sister (played by Jennifer Stone) has been marked for a depraved ritual. And deep within the heartland darkness, one of the Seven Gates of Hell demands the blood of the innocent to unleash the creatures of the damned. Ethan Peck and Clancy Brown co-star in this demonic shocker featuring original music by producer Slash and inspired by the real-life paranormal legacy of Stull.
For more info: "Nothing Left to Fear" website
Oct. 8, 2013: “The Network" (10 days after theatrical release)
This compelling and eye-opening documentary follows Afghanistan's first independent television network, TOLO TV, and the group of family members and dedicated staff behind it. Launched in 2004, TOLO TV has grown to be Afghanistan's largest and most successful television network employing over 800 Afghans, producing news, current affairs, drama, comedy, music, and lifestyle programs. But as the country faces the impending withdrawal of foreign troops, and with security rapidly deteriorating, the film reveals an uncertain future for the network and its employees, many of whom are women. Featuring interviews with TOLO TV founder Saad Mohseni and former Viacom CEO Tom Freston.
Oct. 8, 2013: "Camera Shy"
In this dark comedy, corrupt Vancouver City Councilor Larry Coyle's state of mind is questioned after a mysterious cameraman starts filming his every move, determined to reveal the truth behind Larry's lies. Unable to convince friends and family that the cameraman exists, Larry comes to the conclusion that he's a character in his own movie. This inventive comedy satirizes political corruption and the power of ego. Starring Nicolas Wright, Lara Gilchrist, Gerard Plunkett and Hilary Jardine.
For more info: "Camera Shy" website
Oct. 8, 2013: "The Lost Medallion"
When Daniel Anderson (played by Alex Kendrick) visits a foster home to drop off donations for the children, he is roped into telling them a story. He tells them about the adventures of Billy Stone (played by Billy Unger) and Allie (played by Sammi Hanratty), two teenage friends, who uncover a long-lost-medallion and then accidentally wish themselves back in time and into a great adventure. Will the experience give them a new understanding of who they are and what their lives really mean? When Daniel finishes his story to the children, he tells them of their tremendous value to God who loves them and created them.
For more info: "The Lost Medallion" website
Oct. 11, 2013: "Escape From Tomorrow" (Same day as theatrical release), Rated TV-MA.
An epic battle begins when a middle-aged American husband and father of two learns that he has lost his job. Keeping the news from his nagging wife and wound-up children, he packs up the family and embarks on a full day of park hopping amid enchanted castles and fairytale princesses. Soon, the manufactured mirth of the fantasy land around him begins to haunt his subconscious. An idyllic family vacation quickly unravels into a surrealist nightmare of paranoid visions, bizarre encounters, and an obsessive pursuit of a pair of sexy teenage Parisians. Chillingly shot in black and white, “Escape From Tomorrow” dissects the mythology of artificial perfection while subversively attacking our culture's obsession with mass entertainment. Starring Roy Abramsohn and Elena Schuber.
For more info: "Escape From Tomorrow" website
Oct. 11, 2013: "Sweetwater" (Same day as theatrical release)
In the late 1800s, a beautiful former prostitute (played by January Jones) is trying to build an honest life with her husband in the rugged plains of New Mexico. When she catches the eye of a sadistic and powerful religious leader (played by Jason Isaacs), her life is violently turned upside down. She embarks on a bloody course of vengeance with the assistance of a renegade sheriff (played by Ed Harris) who has pretty violent tendencies of his own.
Oct. 11, 2103: “Broadway Idiot” (Same day a theatrical release), Rated TV-PG.
From punk rock mosh pits and sold-out stadiums to the Great White Way, this electrifying documentary follows Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong as he works with Broadway producers to turn Green Day’s mega-hit album “American Idiot” into a staged Broadway musical. The film goes behind the scenes to reveal the creative choices and challenges made by Grammy winner Billie Joe Armstrong and Tony-winning director Michael Mayer to create the thrilling and one-of-a-kind musical experience. More than just a show, but a personal and transformative experience for Armstrong, the film provides insider access to his journey from rock star to Broadway star, dress rehearsals, performances and more.
For more info: "Broadway Idiot" website
Oct. 11, 2013: “Ghost Team One” (Same day as theatrical release), Rated R.
When roommates Brad and Sergio accidentally arouse the dead, they team up with sexy amateur ghost hunter, Fernanda, to expose the evil inside their home. But just as the guys start to get close to their hot new partner, they discover that a horny demon wants in on the action. Now, cameras are up and more than fear is rising in this horror comedy starring Carlos Santos, J.R. Villarreal, Fernanda Romero, Tony Cavalero, Meghan Falcone, James Babson, Scott MacAuthor and Craig Stott.
For more info: "Ghost Team One" website
Oct. 11, 2013: “Cottage Country” (Same day as theatrical release), Rated TV-MA.
In the horror comedy "Cottage Country," Todd (played by Tyler Labine) wants everything to be just perfect at the family cottage where he plans to propose to Cammie (played by Malin Akerman). But things go awry with the arrival of Todd's slacker brother Salinger (played by Dan Petronijevic) and his free-spirited girlfriend Masha (played by Lucy Punch). When Todd accidentally dispatches his irksome sibling with an axe, Cammie is determined not to let murder stand in the way of their happiness.
Oct. 11, 2013: “Forgetting the Girl” (Same day as theatrical release), Rated TV-MA.
Haunted by a traumatic history, photographer Kevin Wolfe (played by Christopher Denham) struggles to systematically forget all his bad memories, but erasing his past threatens to consume his future. Kevin is obsessed with finding a girl who can help him forget his unpleasant past. However, all his encounters with the opposite sex inevitably go afoul, creating more awkward experiences than he can cope with. As the rejections mount, Kevin’s futile search for happiness and love becomes overwhelmingly turbulent, forcing him to take desperate measures.
For more info: "Forgetting the Girl" website