Chris Pratt and Elizabeth Banks are part of the animated blockbuster "The Lego Movie." Diogo Morgado stars as Jesus Christ in the drama "Son of God." Emmanuelle Seigner and Mathieu Amalric star in Roman Polanski's French-language film adaptation of the award-winning play "Venus in Fur." Those are among the movies that premiere on demand from June 16 to June 22, 2014. (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:
June 17, 2014: “The Lego Movie” (Same day as DVD; weeks before Netflix and Redbox releases; available in 3-D), Rated PG.
This original 3-D computer animated story follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average Lego minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously under-prepared. The movie's voice cast includes Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Charlie Day, Liam Neeson and Morgan Freeman.
For more info: "The Lego Movie" website
June 17, 2014: "Son of God" (Weeks before Netflix and Redbox releases), Rated PG-13.
This feature film is an edited version of the miniseries "The Bible," which brings the story of Jesus' life to audiences of all kinds through compelling cinematic storytelling and an extraordinary powerful and inspirational journey. Mixing adventure, action and drama with authentic tales from biblical history, "Son of God" stars Diogo Morgado, and Roma Downey, who is one of the producers of the movie.
For more info: "Son of God" website
June 17, 2014: “Ernest & Celestine” (Same day as DVD), Rated PG.
The Oscar-nominated animated film "Ernest & Celestine" joyfully leaps across genres and influences to capture the kinetic, limitless possibilities of animated storytelling. Deep below snowy, cobblestone streets, tucked away in networks of winding subterranean tunnels, lives a civilization of hardworking mice, terrified of the bears who live above ground. Unlike her fellow mice, Celestine is an artist and a dreamer. And when she nearly ends up as breakfast for ursine troubadour Ernest, the two form an unlikely bond. But it isn’t long before their friendship is put on trial by their respective bear-fearing and mice-eating communities. The voice cast includes Forest Whitaker, Mackenzie Foy, Lauren Bacall, Paul Giamatti, William H. Macy, Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman and Jeffrey Wright.
For more info: "Ernest & Celestine" website
June 17, 2014: "The Final Member" (Same day as DVD), Rated R.
Husavik, Iceland — a diminutive village on the fringe of the Arctic Circle — boasts the world’s only museum devoted exclusively to painstakingly preserved male genitalia. "The Final Member" is a documentary about this museum. Founded and curated by Sigurður “Siggi” Hjartarson, the Icelandic Phallological Museum houses four decades worth of mammalian members, from a petite field mouse to the colossal sperm whale, and every “thing” in between. Lamentably, his collection lacks the holy grail of phallic phantasmagoria: a human specimen. Hjartarson's world changes dramatically when he receives generous offers from an elderly Icelandic Casanova and an eccentric American. However, as the competition for eternal penile preservation heats up between the two men, Siggi soon discovers that this process is more complicated than it initially appeared.
For more info: "The Final Member" website
June 17, 2014: "Alchemy"
“Alchemy” chronicles the emotional and creative life of a young artist as she attempts to find a place for herself in the world around her. Accepting a position at a month-long artists’ retreat, Louisa is confronted with heartbreak, self-discovery, and love, as she grows as a woman and as an artist. This movie (directed by Suzanne Myers) was originally released in 1995, but makes its premiere on Amazon Instant Video on June 17, 2014.
June 17, 2014: “My Mother's Idea”
"My Mother's Idea" is a cross-genre documentary, a memoir of sorts, that looks back at what it was like studying ballet at one of the most renowned ballet schools in the country, and the impact of the two dancers — Walter Camryn and Bentley Stone — who ran the school for 45 years. Director Finitzo (herself a former student) uses humor, memory, archival footage, and narrative filmmaking interlaced with interviews of family and former students to highlight the dance careers of Camryn and Stone. But more importantly, Finitzo evokes the power they had as teachers, and the profound impact their teaching — about dance and life — had on the lives of their students.
For more info: "My Mother's Idea" website
June 17, 2014: “OJ: The Musical”
"OJ: The Musical" is a comedy about an eccentric theater artist's struggle to stage an OJ Simpson musical with the help of his childhood friends. Starring Jordan K. Kamp, Malcolm Barrett, Larisa Oleynik, Owiso Odera, Mimi Michaels, Bianca DeGroat, Paul Scheer, Eddie Steeples, Jonathan Slavin, Sarah Hagan, Jess Andres, Eric Martig, Ben Begley, Ewan Chung, Kat Primeau and John Atzberger.
For more info: "OJ: The Musical" website
June 17, 2014: “Wirey Spindell”
A semi-autobiographical tale of Eric Schaeffer, who, as Wirey Spindell, is seeing a marriage counselor with his future wife because he is nervous about his upcoming wedding. Together, they remember some of Wirey's life and the sexual misadventures of his youth. “Wirey Spindell” is a whimsical look at love, sex, and relationships, seen through the eyes of an unforgettable character. This movie was originally released in 2000, but is being made available on Amazon Instant Video as of June 17, 2014.
June 20, 2014: “Coherence” (Same day as theatrical release)
On the night of an astrological anomaly, eight friends at a dinner party experience a troubling chain of reality bending events. Part cerebral sci-fi and part relationship drama, “Coherence” is a tightly focused, intimately shot film that quickly ratchets up with tension and mystery. Starring Emily Baldoni, Maury Sterling, Nicholas Brendon, Elizabeth Gracen, Alex Manugian (who also conceived of the story), Lauren Maher, Hugo Armstrong and Lorene Scafaria.
For more info: "Coherence" website
June 20, 2014: "We Are the Best!" (Three weeks after theatrical release)
"We Are the Best!" is the exuberant and joyful story of three young misfits growing up in early '80s Stockholm. Pixieish, Mohawk-sporting Klara and her best friend Bobo are 13-year-old rebels looking for a cause. Despite having no instruments — or discernible musical talent — the two put all their energy into forming an all-girl punk band, recruiting their shy, classical guitar-playing schoolmate Hedwig as the third wheel. With tender affection for its young characters and the period in which the film is set, "We Are the Best!" paints an ebullient and sharply observant portrait of DIY spirit and growing up different. In Swedish with English subtitles.
For more info: "We Are the Best" website
June 20, 2014: “Venus in Fur” (Same day as theatrical release), Rated TV-MA.
Based on the Tony Award-winning Broadway play by David Ives, which itself was based on Leopold von Sacher-Masoch’s groundbreaking novella, "Venus in Fur" is directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Roman Polanski. Alone in a Paris theater after a long day of auditioning actresses for his new play, writer/director Thomas (played by Mathieu Amalric) complains that no actress he’s seen has what it takes to play the lead female character: a woman who enters into an agreement with her male counterpart to dominate him as her slave. Thomas is about to leave the theater when actress Vanda (Emmanuelle Seigner) bursts in, a whirlwind of erratic and erotic energy. As the extended "audition" builds momentum, Thomas moves from attraction to obsession until, with Vanda taking an ever more dominant role, the balance of power shifts completely. In French with English subtitles.
For more info: "Venus in Fur" website