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The week ahead: 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,' 'Oldboy' and more

Jennifer Lawrence stars in the blockbuster sequel "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." Josh Brolin is a man trying to find out who kidnapped him in the 2013 remake of "Oldboy." Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stacy Martin, Stellan Skarsgård and Shia LaBeouf are among the stars of the sexually explicit drama "Nymphomaniac: Volume I." These are among the films that premiere on demand from March 3 to March 9, 2014. (Check with your cable or satellite provider for a lineup of on-demand channels on your system.)

"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire"
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Here is a list of those movies and their on-demand premiere dates:

March 4, 2014: "Oldboy" (Same day as DVD), Rated R.

In "Oldboy" (a 2013 remake of the South Korean film of the same name), Joe Doucett (played by Josh Brolin) is kidnapped by an unknown assailant and held in a bunker for several years. When Joe escapes, he goes on a mission to find his kidnapper and get revenge. Directed by Spike Lee. Also starring Elizabeth Olsen, Samuel K. Jackson and Sharlto Copley.

For more info: "Oldboy" website

March 4, 2014: "The Bag Man" (Weeks before DVD, Netflix and Redbox releases), Rated TV-14.

"The Bag Man" is a taut crime thriller that follows Jack (played by John Cusack), a tough guy with chronic bad luck but human touches, and legendary crime boss Dragna (played by Robert De Niro). Dragna has summoned Jack and a host of shady characters to a remote bayou motel for unknown reasons, and over the course of a long and violently eventful night, Jack's path crosses with the stunningly beautiful Rivka (played by Rebecca Da Costa). All of their fates intertwine, and when Dragna arrives on the scene there are sudden and extreme consequences for everyone involved.

For more info: "The Bag Man" website

March 4, 2014: "Crook"

In the course of one fateful day, the lives of a drug kingpin, an obsessed cop, a small-time dealer and a cunning call girl converge with deadly consequences. Starring Adam Beach, Leah Gibson, Jon McLaren, Bill Lake and Luigi Saracino.

For more info: "Crook" website

March 4, 2014: “Genius on Hold”

At the heart of the documentary “Genius on Hold” is the story of Walter L. Shaw, a brilliant inventor with an astonishing list of telecommunications patents to his name including call forwarding, touchtone dialing, speakerphone and voice recognition. His ground-breaking designs should have earned him great fortune and lasting fame, but for one thing: the power, greed, and oppression of AT&T, the largest, government-sanctioned, telecommunications monopoly in the United States which blocked him from realizing his dream. Punished, imprisoned, and eventually destitute, Shaw was drawn to the only organization that would reward him for his talent — the mob, whose bookies used his “black box” and “blue box” to run their gambling operations and evade the Feds.

For more info: "Genius on Hold" website

March 4, 2014: "All the Way Through the Evening"

Every year, eccentric elderly East Village pianist Mimi Stern-Wolfe produces and performs a concert of music composers who were lost to HIV/AIDS. Now in it’s 20th year, Mimi and her small ensemble (two vocalists and a cellist) painstakingly rehearse several numbers ahead the World AIDS Day concert program. Several of the musical works from the early era of HIV/AIDS in New York are presented amongst the moving recollections of the composers lovers, friends and collaborators.

For more info: "All the Way Through the Evening" website

March 4, 2014: "Lunch Hour"

"Lunch Hour" is a documentary that examines America’s National School Lunch Program which exposes children to unhealthy, but culturally accepted foods at a young age. Is this the root of the childhood obesity crisis? What is causing us to lust for these unhealthy foods? Have we unconsciously decided to ignore this situation and accept an unhealthy diet as the social norm? School officials, politicians, doctors, celebrity chefs, authors and others share what they’re doing to problem solve this predicament and help save the children of America.

For more info: "Lunch Hour" website

March 4, 2014: "Maidentrip"

In the documentary "Maidentrip," 14-year-old Laura Dekker sets out — camera in hand — on a two-year voyage in pursuit of her dream to be the youngest person ever to sail around the world alone. In the wake of a year-long battle with Dutch authorities that sparked a global storm of media scrutiny, Laura now finds herself far from land, family and unwanted attention, exploring the world in search of freedom, adventure, and distant dreams of her early youth at sea. Jillian Schlesinger’s debut feature amplifies Laura’s brave, defiant voice through a mix of Laura's own video and voice recordings at sea and intimate vérité footage from locations including the Galapagos Islands, French Polynesia, Australia, and South Africa.

For more info: "Maidentrip" website

March 6, 2014: "Nymphomaniac: Volume I" (Before theatrical release)

“Nymphomanic: Volume I” (directed by Lars von Trier) is the story of Joe (played by Charlotte Gainsbourg), a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac who is discovered badly beaten in an alley by an older bachelor named Seligman (played by Stellan Skarsgård), who takes her into his home. As he tends to her wounds, she recounts the erotic story of her adolescence and young adulthood (portrayed in flashback by newcomer Stacy Martin). Also starring Shia LaBeouf, Christian Slater, Uma Thurman, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Connie Nielsen and Udo Kier.

For more info: "Nymphomaniac: Volume I" website

March 7, 2014: "War of the Worlds: Goliath" (Same day as theatrical release)

In a parallel universe, World War I is imminent as we follow the gripping story of human resistance fighters who march to battle against the second invasion of the Martians. In 1899, the Earth was attacked by ruthless invaders from the planet Mars. The Martians’ 80-foot tall, heat-ray spewing Tripod battle machines laid waste to the planet, but the invaders ultimately fell prey to Earth’s tiny bacteria. Fifteen years later, Man has rebuilt his shattered world, in large part by utilizing captured Martian technology. Equipped with giant, steam-powered Tripod battle machines, the international rapid reaction force is Mankind’s first line of defense against the return of the rapacious Martian invaders.

For more info: "War of the Worlds: Goliath" website

March 7, 2014: “Journey to the West” (Same day as theatrical release)

This is a world plagued by demons, who cause its human inhabitants unspeakable suffering. Young demon hunter Xuan Zang, fearlessly guided by his belief in “giving himself for the greater cause,” risks his all and conquers a water demon, a pig demon and the demon of all demons, Sun Wukong. He embraces them as his disciples, and melts them with love. Meanwhile, Xuan Zang discovers the true meaning of Greater Love himself. In order to atone for their own sins and save the common people, the four of them embark on a journey to the West that’s full of challenges.

For more info: "Journey to the West" website

March 7, 2014: “Missing William" (Same day as theatrical release), Rated PG.

"Missing William" is a romantic drama about the love that lives through loss. The story follows Abby, a thirty-something artist living in Rhode Island caring for her husband William after he's tragically injured in a bar fight. As she attempts to coax him back to health, James, her childhood sweetheart and unrequited love, attempts to coax her back into living life again herself. The complicated love triangle that ensues is touching, poignant, and concludes with a realization that's as profound as it is beautiful. Starring Brandon Routh and Courtney Ford.

For more info: "Missing William" website

March 7, 2014: "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" (Same day as DVD), Rated PG-13.

"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" begins as Katniss Everdeen (played by Jennifer Lawrence) has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark (played by Josh Hutcherson). Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a "Victor's Tour" of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow (played by Donald Sutherland) prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell): a competition that could change Panem forever.

For more info: "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" website